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09/19/2014Sacramento Rail Manufacturer Scores $650M Contract

Sept. 19--Sacramento-based Siemens Rail Systems announced on Friday it has won a major contract to build 175 light rail cars for San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency. At $650 million, the order is the largest the manufacturer has won in the United States, and follows a large contract Siemens signed last week to provide high-speed locomotives and rail cars for Florida. "These new ...
09/18/2014Man Arrested on Suspicion of Arson in Out-of-control King Fire

Sept. 18--A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately starting the huge King fire in Northern California, which exploded in size overnight and now threatens thousands of homes, authorities confirmed Thursday. Wayne Huntsman was booked Wednesday on suspicion of arson and was being held in lieu of $10-million bail, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. He was ...
09/18/2014California Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires Rage

Sept. 18--California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a ...
09/18/2014Stockton Poised to Approve $12M Cal Weber Downtown Housing Complex

Sept. 18--STOCKTON -- New businesses and attractions, some already operating and some preparing to open, are dotting downtown Stockton these days, ranging from a Mexican ice cream shop to a Filipino history museum. Now, ready-made customers soon may be moving downtown, as well. A proposed affordable housing development at California Street and Weber Avenue is on the brink of the government ...
09/18/2014New PUC Flap Emerges over Ousted Peevey Aide in Wake of PG&E Emails

Sept. 18--SAN BRUNO -- The Public Utilities Commission landed in a fresh controversy following the disclosure Wednesday that Carol Brown, ousted top aide to the PUC's most powerful official, is actually on leave and did not depart the agency as widely thought. On Monday, the PUC announced that President Michael Peevey had asked Brown, his chief of staff, to resign and that she did so ...
09/18/2014Large Demo Begins in Fresno to Clear Way for High-speed Rail

Sept. 18--The hardened steel teeth of a large excavating machine took the first bites out of the derelict Del Monte building in downtown Fresno on Wednesday, marking the start of several weeks of work to demolish the building to make way for California's high-speed rail project. At more than 100,000 square feet of floor space, the 68-year-old building on G Street between Tulare and Kern ...
09/18/2014Postwar Apartment Complex in Venice Gets $200M Makeover

Sept. 18--Lincoln Place, a vast housing community for former G.I.'s and other young people who flocked to Los Angeles after World War II, is making a comeback through a $200-million makeover that keeps its Midcentury style intact. The giant garden apartment complex in Venice that was the subject of a long, successful fight by preservationists to save its open spaces is again emerging as a ...
09/17/2014Calif. Regulators Reverse Course, Approve Palen Solar Power Tower

The three towers at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System are shown in operation on July 23, 2014 in the Mojave Desert in California near Primm, Nevada. It's Palen, not Palin, but it's still proving to be controversial and unpredictable. Seemingly dead in December, then indicted in the press last month as a likely wanton bird incinerator, the Palen Solar Electric Generating System now ...
09/16/2014Deal Reached to Demolish Centennial Center in Vancouver

Sept. 16--The Centennial Center, part of the 1962-built Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, will be demolished for the extension of Columbia Way. Chad Eiken, Vancouver's director of community and economic development, told the city council on Monday that eliminating the Centennial Center means Columbia Way can be a straight street. Eiken mentioned the Centennial Center's imminent demise as ...
09/16/2014Thousands of Customers Remain Without Power as L.A. Heat Wave Peaks

Sept. 16--About 4,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers remained without power Tuesday amid warnings that a stifling heat wave would likely send temperatures across the region into the triple digits, potentially breaking longtime records. The power outages were scattered across the L.A. region, affecting new neighborhoods even as crews restored service to others. New outages ...
09/16/2014PG&E, PUC Oust Several Key Officials in Wake of Email Flap

Sept. 16--SAN BRUNO -- PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission announced the ouster of several top officials as a result of controversial email exchanges that critics charge indicated a troublingly close relationship between the two. In addition, PUC President Michael Peevey, whose email to utility officials also drew scrutiny, recused himself from two key cases related to PG&E's ...
09/16/2014Northern California Wildfire Engulfs Town, 100 Buildings Burned

Sept. 16--Officials plan to send a damage assessment team to the Northern California community of Weed on Tuesday, where a wildfire destroyed or severely damaged more than 100 buildings, including a church and the town sawmill. More than 1,500 residents were evacuated to the Siskiyou County fairgrounds as the Boles fire, last reported at 350 acres, tore through the town. The fire broke out ...
09/16/2014San Francisco Tries 'Shaming' Building Owners on Quake Reinforcement

Sept. 16--REPORTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO -- Cities across California are struggling with how to convince property owners to retrofit buildings at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. San Francisco this week is using an unusual tactic: trying to publicly shame building owners into shoring up their structures to better withstand shaking. The city will slap large signs -- in multiple ...
09/15/2014Medford Looks to Annex Land for Housing, Commercial Growth

Sept. 15--Faced with the prospect of running out of buildable land in the near future, the city of Medford may seek approval from the state to add another 1,650 acres to its urban growth boundary to help accommodate 15,000 new homes and enough land for commercial development. City officials are trying to figure out how much land it needs to handle anticipated growth over the next 20 years as ...
09/14/2014Plan Calls for Riparian Repair in Eugene, Ore.

Sept. 14--State regulators have recommended a plan to clean up a property along the Willamette River in Eugene that was contaminated by a coal gas plant a century ago. The plan would require the Eugene Water & Electric Board, the property's current owner, to remove contaminated soil and shore up the riverbank, among other conditions. The successors of two prior owners would help pay those ...
09/12/2014Newport Beach Votes to Pay State-mandated Wage on Public Works Projects

Sept. 12--NEWPORT BEACH -- City lawmakers on Tuesday voted to pay state-mandated wages on city-funded public works projects after millions in state dollars were put in jeopardy. The state-mandated wages, commonly called prevailing wages, will apply to city public works contracts awarded after January 1, 2015, and could push up labor costs on some contracts by up to 20 percent, according to a ...
09/12/2014Future Uncertain for $1.3B I-405 Toll Lanes Project

Sept. 12--COSTA MESA -- Representatives from six cities in the I-405 corridor spoke out against a Caltrans proposal to add toll lanes on the freeway at a community forum Thursday that was attended by about two hundred residents. The plan, announced by Caltrans in July, would include toll lanes as a part of the county's impending $1.3-billion construction project to widen a 14-mile stretch of ...
09/12/2014Nevada OKs Laws that Open Way for New Tesla Battery Factory

Sept. 12--The Nevada legislature has passed a series of bills designed to lure Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors' $5-billion battery factory to the northwest part of the state. Late Thursday night, after a two-day special session in the state capitol of Carson City, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed them into law. Sandoval, in a high-profile event held last week with Tesla Chairman and founder Elon Musk, ...
09/12/2014California Roads Need More Money for Mending, Report Finds

Sept. 12--Bad highways and byways cost Marin and other Bay Area residents time and money -- about $2,200 per driver, according to a study released Thursday by a group pushing for more road construction. Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack safety features cost California motorists $44 billion each year in repairs, accidents, time and gas burned in traffic, according to a ...
09/12/2014President Obama Issues Disaster Declaration for Napa Quake

Sept. 12--President Obama declared California a major disaster site Thursday, unlocking federal funds for recovery efforts in the areas affected by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa last month. The Aug. 24 quake resulted in one fatality and more than 280 injuries, devastated more than 100 wineries and damaged at least 1,000 buildings, many of which were historic properties. The ...
09/11/2014Sunnyvale Tech Campus Development Moves Past Planning Commission

Sept. 11--A 777,000-square-foot campus proposed to be built at the corner of Central Expressway and N. Wolfe Road may be one step closer to being approved. On Aug. 25, the Sunnyvale Planning Commission narrowly approved recommending the project to the city council, which is tentatively scheduled to review the project on Oct. 14. The 18-acre site would be home to three interconnected office ...
09/11/2014UCLA Water Main Break's First Claims Are In to DWP

Sept. 11--The Department of Water and Power has received its first claims from that flooded UCLA and nearby areas with more than of water. The initial claims are for damages to cars that were flooded out while in parking structures at the campus, spokesman Joe Ramallo said. In all, as of Wednesday, the DWP has received 190 claims for damages, of which 82 have been approved for payment related ...
09/11/2014Bad Roads, Congested Commutes Cost State Drivers $44B a Year, Report Says

Sept. 11--California drivers pay a staggering $44 billion a year in extra car costs because of traffic jams that seemingly grow worse by the day, spreading potholes and outdated roads and bridges, according to a national highway advocacy group. Some Bay Area drivers fork over as much as $2,200 a year, according to a report released Thursday by The Road Information Program, or TRIP. The latest ...
09/11/2014August Slowdown Hits Bay Area Housing Market After Red-hot Year

Sept. 11--After a red-hot start to the year, the Bay Area's housing market is heading toward a fall and winter hibernation that should be easier for buyers battered by frenzied competition for a scant supply of homes for sale. "We're edging back to normalcy," said Andrew LePage of CoreLogic DataQuick. This year's big annual price gains came early, with February recording a 30 percent yearly ...
09/11/2014OCC's Expansion Plans Draw Criticism from Residents and Mayor

Sept. 11--If Orange Coast College offered four-year degrees, would it be destined to become Cal State Costa Mesa? And if the campus expanded its services to more than 28,000 students, would traffic in the city become even more of a headache? Those questions and a number of others were posed Tuesday during a community meeting hosted by Costa Mesa city officials in College Park, an OCC-adjacent ...

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