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03/30/2015Big Lynden Construction Project Gets Rolling This Week

March 30--LYNDEN -- This north Whatcom community will be a hub of activity in the coming weeks as more intense work begins on one of its biggest construction projects. Up to 40 trucks an hour will be taking gravel to West Main Street over the next few weeks in preparation for a 331,568-square-foot cold storage facility being built for Preferred Freezer Services. The company has put this ...
03/30/2015New $1.5B Round of Levee Work Planned for Sacramento River

March 30--A massive new round of levee improvements is ahead for Sacramento over the next decade, this time focusing primarily on the Sacramento River south of downtown. The work is estimated to cost nearly $1.5 billion and will be concentrated on levees adjoining Land Park, Greenhaven, the Pocket and Little Pocket neighborhoods. The proposed work includes building deeper seepage walls inside ...
03/29/2015Feds, State Question Dixon's Use of Downtown Transit 'Depot'

March 29--Federal and state officials have amped up the pressure on the city of Dixon this month, demanding more explanations about the city's use of its downtown train "depot" -- a facility built a decade ago with federal transportation funds that has yet to have a passenger train land at its front door. Federal Highway Administration officials confirmed last week that they are participating ...
03/29/2015Rural Oregon Poised for Data Center Boom

March 29--A package of tax breaks for tech companies passed the Oregon Legislature last week and could become law any day with the signature of Gov. Kate Brown, ending years of legal disputes and corporate anxiety over the unusual way the state values telecom property. The new law, Senate Bill 611, could also trigger a new building boom among big data center operators in central and eastern ...
03/29/2015Newark OKs New Environmental Review for Large Housing Proposal

March 29--NEWARK -- A large housing development that environmentalists long have sought to stop is now closer to breaking ground as Newark has approved its new environmental impact report. Council members also have given a thumbs-up to the specific plan and development agreement for the long-planned proposal in Areas 3 and 4 -- the swath of land near the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National ...
03/29/2015Artifacts Found at Sutter County Levee Construction Site Ignite Firestorm

March 29--The scale of the dispute about Native American artifacts found in Sutter County is virtually unprecedented for all involved. Construction crews encountered 15 cultural sites during work on the Feather River West Levee Project in 2014. The discovery yielded 230 intact human burials and fragmentary remains of an additional 3,000 individuals. The sites also yielded hundreds of thousands ...
03/29/2015Metro Light Rail Crash Near USC Renews Debate on Rail Safety

March 29--On a Saturday morning trip to downtown Los Angeles, a Metro Expo Line train pulled out of a station in Exposition Park, its three cars filled with passengers. Traffic signals along Exposition Boulevard turned red, and lights flashed to signal the approach of the train, which had "watch for trains" printed in yard-high letters on the front car. But the warnings weren't enough. Just ...
03/27/2015Demolition Crews Clear the Way for Burbank IKEA

March 27--The first of more than a dozen buildings on the site of the future IKEA store came crashing down in a matter of minutes Thursday morning, a milestone that comes more than a year after the project was approved. Nineteen buildings are being torn down to make way for a new 456,000-square-foot store, which will be the Swedish retailer's largest in the United States when it opens in ...
03/27/2015Citrus Heights Approves Relocating City Hall to Make Way for Medical Office Building

March 27--A $53.2 million project to relocate Citrus Heights' city hall and construct a medical office building on the current civic center site won unanimous approval from the City Council following a more than three-hour hearing Thursday night. The project, one of the most divisive since the city incorporated in 1997, continued to draw opposition from various quarters. Norman Hill, a ...
03/27/2015Inglewood NFL Stadium Developers, Labor Group Reach Jobs Deal

March 27--Developers of the proposed NFL stadium in Inglewood and organized labor reached agreement Thursday on jobs for the $1.86-billion project, avoiding a referendum that could have delayed the start of construction. "We now have certainty that the project will be an economic engine for the entire region and help turn the tide against poverty-level jobs in Los Angeles," said Rusty Hicks, ...
03/26/2015Multnomah County Workers Chipped Away Bad Concrete on Sellwood Bridge

March 26--Sellwood Bridge construction crews intentionally removed bad concrete from a 70-foot column that raised concerns in the community because of its flawed appearance, a Multnomah County spokesman said Thursday. After The Oregonian/OregonLive published pictures of the pockmarked column, Multnomah County officials heard from community members, construction professionals and other media. ...
03/26/2015Lawmakers Send $1B Drought-Relief Package to Governor

March 26--SACRAMENTO -- The Assembly on Thursday sent to Gov. Jerry Brown two emergency drought-relief bills that allocate more than $1 billion for various actions and gives the Department of Fish and Wildlife greater authority to stop illegal diversions from rivers and streams, particularly by illegal marijuana growers. "We're in a crisis situation, so we have to act like it and respond ...
03/26/2015Martinez Tragedy: Gravel Truck Driver's Employer Devastated By Accident

March 26--The employer of a driver whose gravel truck tipped over and killed a pregnant woman in Martinez earlier this week called the incident a "nightmare." "I'm devastated," Greg Menna, the owner of Greg's Trucking, said Thursday. "I see that young woman's face branded on my mind. I'm a father, a grandfather. The last thing I would want or my company would want is for anybody ever to be ...
03/26/2015City Takes Step to Replace Irwindale Speedway with Outlet Mall

March 26--Last year Irwindale seemed on the verge of driving the Sriracha plant out of the city over pungent smells before the hot sauce company owner and politicians cooled down and patched things up. But the industrial town of 1,500 now looks poised to lose another of its well-known features after the City Council voted to approve plans to demolish the Irwindale Speedway to make way for a ...
03/26/2015Mayor Ed Lee Faces Fire over Who Benefits as S.F. Booms

March 26--SAN FRANCISCO -- The 656-condo Lumina complex promises a "transcendent living experience," with a club lounge, climbing wall and pet grooming station. The smallest units start at about $1 million. The penthouse is priced at $49 million, a city record. But on this day, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had donned a hard hat and orange vest to tour a development farther away from the bay that ...
03/26/2015Lawmakers Intent on Overhaul After Oil Regulators' Lapses

March 26--The agency that regulates the oil industry in California is -- by its own admission -- in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources are trying to untangle years of chaotic operation. But the fixes aren't happening fast enough to satisfy many ...
03/26/2015L.A.'s Share of River Restoration Could Hit $1.2 Billion

March 26--Returning the Los Angeles River to a more natural state has long been a dream of city officials, who see it as way of adding parkland, restoring habitat and attracting investment along its curving path from Griffith Park to downtown. That effort seemed to get a big boost last year when Mayor Eric Garcetti announced support from a high-level federal official for an ambitious plan to ...
03/25/2015University of Alaska Fairbanks Plant Estimate $50M Over Budget

March 25--The University of Alaska Fairbanks will likely have to wait a year longer to get its new heat and power plant up and running. Cost estimates available in February came in more than $50 million over budget for the coal-fired combined heat and power, or CHP, plant, according to university spokeswoman Marmian Grimes. University of Alaska President Pat Gamble told Senate Finance ...
03/25/2015Alameda Planning Board Backs $50M Ferry Maintenance Facility

March 25--ALAMEDA -- A ferry maintenance facility proposed for Alameda Point garnered broad support from the Planning Board on Monday, when members said the $50 million project would bring jobs and investment to the city. Along with floating berths for up to 12 ferries, the facility planned by the Water Emergency Transit Authority would have a 6,700-square-foot building that would house ...
03/25/2015Despite Bird Deaths, Altamont Pass Wind Farm Wins Extension

March 25--OAKLAND -- An electric wind turbine company at the Altamont Pass can continue running 828 older generation windmills until 2018 despite estimates they will kill an estimated 1,600 birds during that time, following a 3-2 vote by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The board overrode a vote of the East County Board of Zoning Adjustments to deny Altamont Winds, Inc., the ...
03/25/2015Palo Alto Council Poised to Cap Office Development

March 25--Palo Alto may temporarily cap the amount of new office space that can be built in certain areas. On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to begin preparing an interim ordinance that would limit development to 50,000 square feet per year in the University Avenue, California Avenue and El Camino Real business districts. City staff is expected to return with wording in May. ...
03/25/2015Congress Members Urge $16m to Fund Quake Early Warning System

March 25--More than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging their colleagues to allocate $16.1 million in the next federal budget for an earthquake early warning system, which could give people as much as a minute's warning before severe shaking arrives. So far, $6.5 million in federal money has been allocated for the project, including $5 million in new funding President ...
03/25/2015Water Officials Approve Recycled Water Project at New Apple Campus

March 25--SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple's futuristic new campus a little bit greener. During a Tuesday evening meeting, the board was considering whether to give a final stamp of approval to a project that would pump more reclaimed water in ...
03/25/2015Efforts to Expand California University Systems Are Growing

March 25--The death last week of former University of California system president and UC Irvine chancellor Jack W. Peltason at 91 elicited warm memories of the modest political scientist who achieved high positions in American academia without losing his sense of humor. He also was known for his role in helping to build new university campuses from scratch and growing them to maturity. At UC ...
03/25/2015Firm Working on Elon Musk's Hyperloop Leases Space in L.A.'s Arts District

March 25--Hyperloop isn't all hype. A company behind the futuristic, high-speed transportation system fantasized by Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk has leased warehouse space in downtown Los Angeles and is rapidly adding new workers to a staff of 20 full-time employees. Musk's imaginary Hyperloop would use vacuum tubes to transport freight and passengers at speeds of 750 mph, racing ...

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