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04/16/2014Appeals Court Denies High-speed Rail Petition to Avoid Trial

April 16--A state appeals court has denied a petition by the California High-Speed Rail Authority seeking to head off a trial over whether its bullet-train plans comply with state law. A three-judge panel of the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento issued its order late Tuesday, summarily denying the rail agency's March 21 request related to a lawsuit by high-speed rail foes in Kings ...
04/16/2014Galt to Seek New Contractor for Wastewater Plant Project

April 16--City Manager Jason Behrmann will terminate an agreement with a contractor that the city says has not fulfilled its duties, as directed by the Galt City Council on Tuesday. In March 2011, the city entered into an agreement with Mountain Cascade, Inc., to complete a wastewater treatment plant project expansion. It was scheduled to be completed in May 2013 at a cost of $2.7 million. But ...
04/16/2014Central Valley Growth Fuels Proposal for New 70-mile Power Line

April 16--A 70-mile transmission line meant to meet the Valley's growing demand for electricity is proposed to be built through portions of Fresno, Kings and Madera counties and go into operation by 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials said the route hasn't been decided yet, but power lines would pump electricity between two PG&E substations: One south of Huron and east of Interstate 5, ...
04/16/2014Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion

April 16--Elected officials called for an independent review of corrosion inside the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They said their concerns stemmed from a Sacramento Bee investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber where the new span's main suspension cable is attached. The corrosion -- confirmed by lab testing -- affects ...
04/16/2014Tribune Co. Scuttles Plan for Subway Entrance on Land it Owns in Downtown L.A.

April 16--Transportation officials have shelved plans for a second entrance to a downtown subway station across from L.A. police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times because the newspaper's parent company says it may develop the site, according to Metro documents published Tuesday. The Tribune Co. property, a parking lot in downtown L.A.'s Historic Core, is the site of a future station along ...
04/16/2014Owens Valley Mobilizes Against Proposed $680M LADWP Solar Project

April 16--INDEPENDENCE, Calif. -- One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development -- but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's ...
04/15/2014Metro Recommends $927M Contract with Skanska/Traylor for Downtown L.A. Rail Project

April 15--A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan ...
04/15/2014Ventura County Again Leads Slump in Southern California Housing Sales

April 15--Southern California home sales tumbled to the lowest level in six years for the month of March and the highest drop in sales was observed in Ventura County, DataQuick Information Systems reported Tuesday. In Ventura County, sales were 22 percent below where they were a year ago in March. Across the six-county region of Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and ...
04/15/2014BNSF Officials Tell Vancouver Safety Top Priority at Proposed Oil-Handling Facility

April 15--BNSF Railway officials emphasized a safety-first mentality, billions of dollars' worth of capital investments and a pledge to spend millions training first responders in the event of an oil spill during a workshop Monday with the Vancouver City Council. Johan Hellman, executive director of governmental affairs for the Northwest region, and Patrick Brady, director of hazardous ...
04/15/2014Bellingham's Lakeway Inn to Undergo Major Renovation

April 15--BELLINGHAM -- A longtime Bellingham hotel soon will begin a multimillion-dollar renovation that should give it more of a Northwest look. The first phase of the remodeling project at the Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center is scheduled to begin in May and run through mid-July. In a news release, General Manager Larry MacDonald said the projects will emphasize Northwest colors ...
04/15/2014Christopher Hawthorne: Tweaks Can't Overcome Dramatic Flaws in Academy Museum Design by Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali

April 15--For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the ...
04/15/2014Atherton Goes Full-steam Ahead with $31.8M Town Center Project

April 15--Even though it still needs to raise almost two-thirds of the money, Atherton intends to proceed with a $31.8 million town center project. "If we think it's not going to happen, it's not going to happen," City Manager George Rodericks said Monday. "We have a positive attitude. We hope by the time we're ready to break ground, which is sometime next year, we'll have the money in the ...
04/15/2014DOE Pitches New Hanford Waste Treatment Deadlines

April 15--Washington and the federal Department of Energy have found some common ground on a plan to start treating Hanford tank waste for disposal as soon as possible, a top DOE official said Monday. David Huizenga, who leads DOE's environmental cleanup efforts nationwide, spoke to the Herald in an interview Monday and to about 100 people at a public meeting in Richland. DOE called the town ...
04/15/2014Steinberg Says California Cap-and-trade Money Should be Spent on Housing, Transit, High-speed Rail

April 15--Abandoning a controversial effort to add a gasoline tax to California's fledgling program to reduce greenhouse gases, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, on Monday shifted his focus to how to spend billions of dollars on affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail. "National and international experts say that the climate problem grows worse, that we ...
04/15/2014Southland Air Regulators Seek to Hold Ports to Pollution Targets

April 15--Air quality regulators, embarking on a bold new strategy to reduce smog in Southern California, want to hold the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach responsible for their pledges to cut pollution from thousands of trucks, ships and trains carrying goods to and from the nation's largest port complex. If a rule proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District is adopted, it ...
04/15/2014Rialto Airport Closure to Make Way for New Mixed-use Community

April 15--RIALTO -- Redevelopment of Rialto Airport land, which began a decade ago and slowed down considerably during the recession, is just about ready for take off. Just ask developer Randall Lewis. "We think this will be a good site for housing," said Lewis, principal at the Lewis Group of Companies, which is helping oversee development. "Rialto is a good place to live and this will be a ...
04/14/2014California Looking to Recycled Water to Ease Drought Concerns

April 14--At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes that irrigate the lawns of 4,000 homes. Proponents call it water recycling. Critics call it "toilet-to-tap." But as the drought has taken hold in California, opposition to the idea has been drying up, and recycled ...
04/14/2014Barstow Officials to Visit Aluminum Plants in China Similar to Proposed $1.5B Facility

April 14--BARSTOW -- Five city and county officials will be visiting China later this month to view a new type of aluminum manufacturing facility that is proposed here. The plant is said to be the first in North America to combine aluminum cast house operations with the making of extruded products (parts) and rolled (sheet metal) products under one roof. If the planned 2.95 million square foot ...
04/14/2014Merced County, Calif. OKs Dos Palos Solar Project

April 14--The Board of Supervisors approved a small solar photovoltaic project that will span 11 acres of farmland in the Dos Palos area. The project will spread across two parcels on the east side of San Juan Road and about 550 feet north of Highway 152, according to county documents. County supervisors last week unanimously approved the project's conditional use permit. About 7,560 ...
04/13/2014'Premium' on Calif. School Bond Issues Violates Law

April 13--Despite warnings that the practice is illegal, schools across California continue to squeeze extra cash out of bond deals to pay banks and lawyers -- leaving taxpayers with an unexpected bill. Banks and other firms have been advising the schools to use the controversial tactic, which is known on Wall Street as "selling bonds at a premium." The companies have an interest in promoting ...
04/13/2014New Bay Bridge Shows Signs of Rust in Critical Areas

April 13--Some of the most vulnerable and integral cable sections and rods on the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting. The bridge suspension span and iconic tower rely on an unusual design: A single cable, comprising 137 steel strands, loops over the tower and under the bridge to hold it up. That cable is secured on the eastern edge of the span, inside chambers ...
04/12/2014California Braces for a Massive Increase in Oil-by-rail Imports

April 12--SACRAMENTO -- There are no pipelines that bring crude oil into California. For decades, the fuel that powers the state's 32.3 million vehicles has come from one of two sources -- 65 percent from tanker ships bringing in oil from Alaska and overseas, and 35 percent from in-state production. That equation is changing dramatically. As a result of the North American oil boom, crude will ...
04/12/2014S.L.O. County Denies Allegations Leveled by Contractor in Los Osos Sewer Project

April 12--San Luis Obispo County has formally denied the allegations made in a lawsuit recently filed by a construction company helping to build the Los Osos sewer. The county has fired back with a cross-complaint against ARB, the construction company that filed a lawsuit Feb. 26 claiming breach of contract and demanding $15 million. ARB claims the county didn't compensate the company for ...
04/12/2014State Coastal Commission Shoots Down Long Beach Hotel Project

April 12--A Taj Mahal-like hotel and condo project proposed next to Long Beach's Bixby Park was shot down on Friday by the state Coastal Commission, with Long Beach mayoral hopeful Robert Garcia siding with the 12-member board to scrap the $60 million complex. While getting the Coastal Commission's support was preferred, a spokesman for the developer says the vote doesn't matter. Instead, said ...
04/12/2014Frank Coluccio Dies; Founder of Seattle Construction Firm Founded in 1953

April 12--CORRECTION: Information in this article, originally published April 11, 2014, was corrected April 12, 2014. A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of Alan Hinton. Apr. 11--Frank Coluccio has his fingerprints all over the infrastructure of Seattle and King County. From bus tunnels to sewage-treatment plants to Seattle City Light's maintenance, he worked behind ...

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