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07/24/2014Fremont's Civic Center May Cost $250 Million

July 24--FREMONT -- The city's plan to create a traditional downtown, where people walk among condos, shops and restaurants, has added a crucial but costly element:A $250 million civic center complex. The sweeping project would include a new City Hall, which Fremont envisions as downtown's centerpiece. "Downtown is something everyone in Fremont has dreamed of for a long time," said Deputy City ...
07/24/2014Atwater-Merced Expressway Project Moves Ahead; Full $336M Funding Still Uncertain

July 24--Construction crews are continuing to make progress on the $336 million Atwater-Merced Expressway project, with most of the first phase scheduled for completion by the end of September. Funding sources for the entire $336 million project have not been identified. Officials said they have secured $66 million, which is only enough for part of Phase 1A. The remainder of the project is ...
07/24/2014L.A. County Office Market Improves as New Leases Edge Out Renewals

July 24--The office market in Los Angeles County is picking up, even in long-suffering downtown L.A., as businesses once chastened by the Great Recession are opening up their purse strings. A growing number of businesses are taking the plunge and moving their offices when their leases expire. New leases edged out renewals in the second quarter, suggesting that many companies are feeling ...
07/23/2014Santa Rosa Junior College to Put $410M Bond Before Voters

July 23--Santa Rosa Junior College officials will ask voters to support a $410 million bond measure for facility and technology upgrades, including the construction of new math and science buildings. The college trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to place the bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. "It is the time," trustee Rick Call said at a meeting where faculty, staff and students urged the ...
07/23/2014Petaluma Council Dismisses Union Concerns, OKs EIR for Riverfront Project

July 23--Petaluma City Council members have approved the environmental report for a proposed hotel and housing project, dismissing safety concerns raised by construction trade unions about air quality and soil contamination on the site. The developer, Basin Street Properties, and others had said the unions' concerns were less about lead or arsenic in the ground and more about their failure to ...
07/23/2014San Bruno Presses PUC to Force PG&E to Produce More Accurate Records

July 23--SAN BRUNO -- In a filing that ultimately could force PG&E to reduce pressure in some of its natural gas lines, San Bruno city officials and a key unit with a powerful state agency this week demanded that California regulators require the utility to produce improved records for multiple gas pipelines. "The public's interest in safety is not being adequately met," Connie Jackson, San ...
07/23/2014Construction to Start on O.C. House the Size of a Football Field

July 23--Construction is expected to start soon on a 52,000-square-foot house in Newport Beach that's expected to become Orange County's biggest home. The family that's building the "Villa de Formosa" mansion held a private ground-breaking ceremony Monday at the Crystal Cove site where the three-level, Italian-style mansion is planned, according to Beverly Hills publicist Penelope Francis. But ...
07/22/2014Disagreement Suspends Work on Bob Hope Airport EIR

July 22--City officials have temporarily suspended work on a report studying the environmental impacts of constructing a new 14-gate terminal at Bob Hope Airport following unresolved differences between the city of Burbank and the airport. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week voted to defer considering making a payment of nearly $800,000 for the report, which includes the ...
07/22/2014Sacramento Commuters Deal With I-80 Construction Project

July 22--Just weeks after downtown's Fix50 freeway closures came to a merciful end, Sacramento commuters find themselves dealing with another freeway reconstruction headache -- this one on Interstate 80 through Natomas. Caltrans' $133 million freeway repair and expansion, currently the largest in the region, involves adding several new lanes and rebuilding old ones along a 10-mile stretch from ...
07/22/2014Pana-Pacific Breaks Ground at New Southeast Fresno Plant

July 22--Pana-Pacific manufacturing is building a new plant, bringing more jobs to Fresno. City officials say the project shows their business-friendly attitude is working. Pana-Pacific, which manufactures electronics for commercial vehicles, broke ground on its new headquarters Monday in southeast Fresno. Pana-Pacific's top executive said the economic numbers make it wise to partner with ...
07/22/2014Madera County's Gunner Ranch Development Clears Major Hurdle

July 22--MADERA -- The 20-year-old Gunner Ranch residential and commercial project in Madera County finally hit a milestone on Monday when its final environmental impact report was approved. The Madera County Board of Supervisors, in a 4-1 vote, paved the way for developer Richard Gunner to take the next step in turning 1,000 acres of orchards and open space along Highway 41 near Children's ...
07/22/2014LAX Approves $900M New Terminal, Selects CM Joint Venture

July 22--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport continued Monday with the approval of a new $900-million terminal that will add gates for wide-bodied aircraft and help eliminate a major inconvenience for travelers. Airport commissioners unanimously approved construction of the northern half of a midfield concourse west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is ...
07/21/2014Alaska's LNG Export Project Takes Step Forward

July 21--The Alaska gasline mega-project took a step forward on Friday with the state's major oil companies filing an application with the Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas. The 42-page application -- supported by more than 150 pages of attachments -- requests permission to export up to 20 million metric tons of LNG each year for three decades. That's equal to 2.5 billion ...
07/21/2014Tesla Idles Fremont Production Line During $100M Upgrade

July 21--FREMONT -- Tesla Motors shut down its production line Monday as part of a long-scheduled plan to retool the factory to increase production of the Model S sedan and prepare for the introduction of the Model X crossover SUV. "We'll be back at regular production Aug. 4," Simon Sproule, Tesla's vice president of communications, said in an interview. "We'll be down for 128 hours of ...
07/21/2014Plans Approved for $900M LAX Terminal With Gates for Wide-Body Aircraft

July 21--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport continued Monday with the approval of a new $900 million terminal that will add gates for wide-body aircraft and help eliminate a major inconvenience for travelers. Airport commissioners unanimously approved construction of the northern half of a midfield concourse west of the Bradley International Terminal, which is undergoing ...
07/21/2014Petaluma OK Sought for Riverfront Project Despite Union Opposition

July 21--The face of a little baseball player on the verge of tears juxtaposed with scary looking 50-gallon drums strewn about a field is a powerful image, one meant to raise safety concerns about a planned hotel and residential project in Petaluma. But is it accurate? Or is it a union blackmail tactic to force the developer to agree to hire only union labor for its 39-acre plan? On Monday ...
07/20/2014Threat of Litigation Looms over Faulty Board of Equalization Tower in Sacramento

July 20--Board of Equalization employee Luella Vaughn remembers her introduction to the department's notorious high-rise headquarters right after starting her job there seven years ago. "I was on the fourth floor," she recalled. "And you could see the little brown spots. I was sitting right on top of a water leak." Vaughn is one of 2,200 employees who work in this downtown building, 24 stories ...
07/19/2014Warm Springs BART Station Construction Brings Fremont's Future Innovation Center into View

July 19--FREMONT -- The shell of the Warm Springs-South Fremont BART station has made conspicuous progress in recent months, slowly rising above a dusty field northeast of the Tesla factory. That small step in the city's complex Warm Springs development signifies something big: Fremont's dream of creating an 850-acre Innovation Center is slowly becoming reality, after years of planning and ...
07/19/2014Six Upcoming Aloha Projects Include Roads, Park, Farmers Market

July 19--At least $32 million has been earmarked for Aloha investments in the next five years, according to Mike Dahlstrom, the Washington County senior planner who coordinated the Aloha-Reedville Study. Some of these investments align with action items identified in the three-year, $3-million study aimed at solving some of the unincorporated community's urban problems. The money comes from ...
07/19/2014Construction Delays Hold up Los Angeles River Greenway

July 19--WINNETKA -- For months, Josh Harris has hoisted his bicycle over or around a chain link fence blocking a pristine bike path along the Los Angeles River. For him and other guerrillas of the so-called L.A. River Greenway, the city has dragged its feet too long to open it. "The path could have been completely opened months ago, but instead it's been stuck in limbo," said Harris, 41, who ...
07/19/2014Anaheim to Make a Second Run at Convention Center Financing

July 19--ANAHEIM -- The City Council on Tuesday will take another shot at financing the Anaheim Convention Center's next expansion after a previous deal was upended by a lawsuit that city officials say has caused delays and construction costs to soar by $10 million. Under the new plan, city officials would still try to sell up to $300 million in bonds to pay for the project, now pegged at $190 ...
07/19/2014Green Power CEO Indicted on Federal Ttax Evasion Charges

July 19--Federal prosecutors continue to add to the multitude of charges filed against Green Power CEO and founder Michael Spitzauer. Spitzauer of Kennewick was indicted this week in connection with tax evasion. In all, he has been indicted on 30 charges, including 16 counts of wire fraud, six counts of money laundering, three counts of bank fraud, two each of aggravated identity theft and ...
07/19/2014Sacramento HVAC Firms Say Filling Technician Jobs Getting Tougher

July 19--Some of Sacramento's big heating and air conditioning companies say they have good jobs available in an industry with strong growth prospects, but they're having a hard time finding qualified workers or a new generation of trainees. Industry leaders blame the worker shortage on several factors: fewer schools offering training certificates, increasingly complex HVAC technology and what ...
07/19/2014Proposed EPA Limits Pose Roadblock for Alaska's Bristol Bay Mine

July 19--REPORTING FROM SEATTLE -- The Obama administration proposed mining restrictions in Alaska on Friday that would protect what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency described as "one of the world's most valuable salmon fisheries," but which critics said could effectively halt development of one of the largest open pit mines on the planet. EPA officials said they would prohibit any ...
07/18/2014Clackamas Community College Pitches $90M Facilities Bond to November Ballot

July 18--Clackamas Community College will ask voters in November to approve a $90 million bond to upgrade and expand its facilities. College officials say modernized classrooms and laboratories would allow the college to better prepare students for highly specialized and in-demand jobs in fields such as engineering and healthcare. "There were 32,000 jobs in Oregon last year that went unfilled ...

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