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07/22/2015Bakersfield Council to Hear Appeals of 2 Controversial Projects

July 22--Two controversial, recent approvals by city boards -- one for a northwest shopping center widely believed to include a Walmart market, the other for a modern apartment complex downtown -- are being appealed to the Bakersfield City Council on Wednesday. Here's what to expect from an evening that could deliver the unexpected: --Artisan Square appeal: Residents Aneta Adams and Scott ...
07/21/2015Worker Rescued After Being Hit By Falling Object at Yolo County Construction Site

July 21--A man was injured Tuesday morning at a construction site in Yolo County when a large object fell on him as he worked below ground on a municipal water project. The construction project is part of a Woodland-Davis clean-water project near the Sacramento River. The construction worker was hit in the back by the object when he was at the bottom of a coffer dam about 40 feet down, ...
07/21/2015Cajon Pass Fire Victims Outraged About Towing Fees

July 21--Laura Caro thought the fire on the freeway in the Cajon Pass was bad. And then she got the bill for leaving her vehicle there. Caro was driving her 80-year-old mother home from a doctor's appointment Friday when the North fire spread to Interstate 15 and started burning vehicles. On officers' orders, she left her SUV and fled, pushing her mom in a wheelchair through a smoky maze of ...
07/21/20154.0 Earthquake Centered in Fremont Followed By a Dozen Aftershocks

July 21--FREMONT -- A 4.0-magnitude earthquake jolted people out of bed and caused early morning delays on BART Tuesday, officials said. The earthquake was centered in Fremont and struck at 2:41 a.m., the United States Geological Survey reported. By 6:39 a.m., the USGS reported 13 aftershocks, the largest being a magnitude 2.6. According to police, several people called to report the ...
07/21/2015California I-10 Bridge Collapse Reverberates To Arizona

DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Loren Primmer will have to take the scenic route for a while. But even Joshua Tree National Park's beauty won't make up for a commute that's suddenly expanding from one to three hours with the collapse of a California freeway bridge. Primmer, one of 200 residents of Desert Center, will be among those most affected by the shutdown of rain-battered Interstate 10. But ...
07/20/2015San Bruno Skeptics Question Hotel Developer Subsidies

July 20--SAN BRUNO -- Officials in this small town west of San Francisco International Airport are determined to bring a hotel to a city-owned property along El Camino Real, but are they giving away too much money to get it? San Bruno residents are raising a new round of questions about the project, which calls for the city to give a South Carolina development company nearly $4 million in ...
07/20/2015Wash. State City Hires Law Firm to Shine Light on Giant Lava Lamp Project

July 20--SOAP LAKE -- Plans are bubbling again at this lakeside city to erect a 60-foot-tall Giant Lava Lamp, a project now in the works for more than 13 years. The city council has hired a Spokane law firm to research any trademark issues that could arise by using Lava Lamp's registered name, brand and distinctive lamp shape. Raising $1 million to erect and light the lamp would come next. ...
07/20/2015Bay Bridge Costs Trimmed, But No Wiggle Room for Contingencies

July 20--OAKLAND -- Chopping into the swelling cost estimates for finishing the final touches of the new Bay Bridge and razing the rest of the old one has worked, but a budget approved Monday includes no room for the kinds of unexpected costs that keep popping up. The lack of contingency money bothered members of the bridge construction oversight committee on Monday as it approved a $22 ...
07/20/2015Sacramento Kings Say Arena Project Exceeds Local Hiring, Contracting Goals

July 20--The Sacramento Kings said Monday they've exceeded local hiring and contracting goals for building their new arena. In a quarterly report, the Kings and an arena advisory council said 78 percent of the construction contracts, totaling $280 million, were awarded to local companies. Some 21 percent, or $76 million worth, went to local small businesses. Both figures surpass goals ...
07/20/2015California I-10 Bridge Collapses Due to Heavy Rains, Closing Major Highway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All traffic along a major freeway connecting California and Arizona was blocked indefinitely when a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during heavy rain, and the roadway in the opposite direction suffered severe damage, authorities said. The collapse on Interstate 10 in southeastern California Sunday afternoon left one driver injured, stranded numerous motorists and ...
07/20/2015Harbor Gateway Apartments Pit Industry Against L.A. City Hall

July 20--Band saws whine. Forklifts beep as they zip in and out of sheds. A worker slams his sledgehammer into a wooden staircase -- a sound that echoes off nearby buildings. All Access Staging & Productions, in L.A.'s Harbor Gateway neighborhood, is not an especially quiet workplace. Its employees build, ship and dismantle stage sets for concert tours and music festivals. A fair amount of ...
07/18/2015Costa Mesa Council to Review I-405 Widening Project Report

July 18--Costa Mesa will be affected by several construction projects under a planned 405 Freeway widening project that includes new toll lanes, according to project reports that the City Council will review Tuesday. The construction is part of a larger, $1.7-billion effort to expand the San Diego (405) Freeway along a 14-mile stretch between Costa Mesa and the junction with the 605 Freeway, ...
07/18/2015Most Lanes of 15 Freeway Reopen After Fire Destroys 20 Vehicles, Threatens Homes

July 18--All northbound lanes and three southbound lanes of the 15 Freeway are open through Cajon Pass on Saturday morning after a fast-moving wildfire shut down traffic and incinerated several vehicles on Friday, the CHP confirmed. The brushfire, which started about 2:30 p.m., swept over the freeway, closing it in both directions. It destroyed 20 vehicles and spread to 3,500 acres, ...
07/18/2015Sundt Construction Chosen to Build Shasta County Courthouse

July 18--REDDING, California -- An Arizona-based construction company celebrating its 125th anniversary has been selected to build the new Shasta County Courthouse. The Judicial Council of California chose Sundt Construction, based in Tempe, Arizona, with an office in Sacramento, to construct the 165,296-square-foot, $155.8 million courthouse. Tom Camden, one of the project's leaders, said on ...
07/18/2015Los Angeles Tightens Regulations on New Building Near Quake Faults

July 18--Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday that the city has begun more extensive scrutiny of new developments proposed near earthquake faults on the Westside, in the South Bay and in Northeast L.A. Under the new rules, the city is requiring developers to study whether faults run under their projects. The regulations apply to parts of the Santa Monica, Hollywood-Raymond and ...
07/17/2015Berkeley Defines "Significant Community Benefits" for Downtown High-rises

July 17--BERKELEY -- A system has at long last been approved for calculating the value of "significant community benefits" developers of downtown high-rise buildings are obligated to provide in excess of the existing requirements for all projects in the city. The vote Tuesday by the City Council follows several months of contentious debate. The underlying idea is that the community should get ...
07/17/2015Facebook's Plan for Hotel, Offices Takes Shape in Menlo Park

July 17--Facebook's plan for the TE Connectivity campus is starting to take shape. The Planning Commission held a study session Monday on the scope of a preliminary environmental impact report for the social network's latest development proposal, which envisions a hotel and two 75-foot-tall office buildings. The structures would be built on TE's 58-acre campus at 300-309 Constitution Drive, ...
07/17/2015Airport Authority, Burbank City Council Talk New Terminal

July 17--There were a few tense moments during a joint meeting between the Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board on Wednesday evening to discuss a proposed 14-gate replacement terminal at Bob Hope Airport. For example, Glendale Councilman Frank Quintero -- the authority president as of Monday -- and Dan Feger, the airport's executive director, each ...
07/17/2015$1.4B Expansion Planned for Washington State Convention Center in Seattle

July 17--The Convention Place bus station in downtown Seattle could be transformed into a five-story exhibition center, as part of a $1.4 billion plan to double the capacity of the Washington State Convention Center. The massive project, which is feeding a hotel-development boom, will fill in the area with high-rises even as it eliminates a major transit gateway into downtown. Construction on ...
07/17/2015Ruling by Seattle Officials Clears Way for Construction of $400M Hotel

July 17--A Seattle developer has won a fight against a powerful union to build the largest hotel north of San Francisco. Officials at R.C. Hedreen Co. say a ruling this week by the city's hearing examiner on an appeal filed by Unite Here Local 8 means they can finally begin construction on the $400 million, 45-story project on the Denny Triangle block between Stewart and Howell streets and ...
07/16/2015Pipeline Spill Cleanup Near Santa Barbara, Calif. Nears Completion

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly two months after an oil pipeline break fouled beaches near Santa Barbara, California, the costly cleanup is about finished, officials said Thursday. About 300 workers remained on the job, mostly focused on an area near the site where oil flowed into the ocean through a storm drain culvert. The May 19 spill occurred after a corroded section of onshore pipe ...
07/15/2015Gilroy Pursues Legal Action to Spur Retrofit Work Downtown

July 15--GILROY -- In a first-of-its-kind move, the city of Gilroy has filed criminal complaints against the owners of two downtown buildings--two of many in the city's core--deemed structurally unfit to survive a high-magnitude earthquake, in an effort to clean up what officials declare is a public safety hazard. The owners of the Creamery and Water Store buildings, located at 7491 Railroad ...
07/15/2015Work Restarts on Three Alaskan Megaprojects as Gov. Lifts Halt Order

July 15--Three of the state's mega projects are back in business, at least temporarily, after Gov. Bill Walker's administration partially lifted an administrative order halting spending on the development work. State officials overseeing the Knik Arm bridge, the Susitna-Watana dam and the Juneau access road all got the go-ahead to continue work with existing funding in memos sent out by Office ...
07/15/2015Berkeley Balconies Now Must Have Inspections, Tougher Building Codes

July 15--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- Balconies in Berkeley must now pass a safety inspection every three years, and new ones must be built of rot-proof wood or steel, under measures passed Tuesday as the campus community addresses the deaths last month of six young people and grave injury of seven more. California building code officials said they know of no other community that has taken the ...
07/14/2015Calif. Lawmakers Reject Bill to Disclose Construction Settlements

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers want to take more time considering a proposal crafted in response to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday rejected a bill that would have required construction companies to disclose felony convictions and settlements to state regulators over construction defects. SB465, authored by ...

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