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08/18/2015$700M Mixed-Use Development in Downtown L.A. To Include 250-Room Hotel

Aug. 18--The trendy W Hotels chain has agreed to open its third Los Angeles outpost in a $700-million complex set to be built downtown near Staples Center. Chinese real estate developer Shenzhen Hazens Real Estate Group Co. said the upscale hotel operator will run a 250-room W Hotel at the intersection of Figueroa and 11th streets. The existing W Hotels are in Hollywood and Westwood. The new ...
08/18/2015Panel Pans Subsurface Intake Option for Poseidon Desal Plant

Aug. 18--Poseidon Water advanced another step toward its proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant Monday with the release of a technical report suggesting that design changes to make the plant's water intake more fish friendly are economically infeasible. Poseidon's proposed design for the plant -- which would separate salt from ocean water to produce drinkable water -- calls for ...
08/18/2015Stockton Mayor, Builders Pushing Fee Cuts

Aug. 18--STOCKTON -- Months after first going public with the idea, Mayor Anthony Silva and the home-building industry are pushing a fee-slashing proposal they promise will create thousands of jobs and spark Stockton's economy. The proposal would reduce public facilities fees -- revenue the city collects from builders to pay for the costs of infrastructure and service needs that result when ...
08/18/2015Exide Cleanup: Toxic Lead Removal Could be California's Biggest Yet

Aug. 18--Removing lead-contaminated soil from thousands of homes near a closed Vernon battery recycling plant would be a years-long endeavor -- eclipsing any similar cleanup in California and ranking among the largest in the nation-- environmental officials and remediation experts said Monday. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced Friday that soil testing shows ...
08/18/2015Cal Poly Pomona Plans New Student Housing Project

Aug. 18--POMONA -- Cal Poly Pomona will use five acres of pasture land on campus to build housing that will accommodate 800 to 1,000 freshman students, university administrators announced Monday. The land to be used is on the southeast corner of Kellogg Drive and Eucalyptus Lane and is one of 10 sites on campus considered for the project, administrators said. The cost of the project has not ...
08/18/2015SMART Begins Search for Developer of Site Near Santa Rosa Station

Aug. 18--Santa Rosa and the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Authority are hoping developers will get onboard with long-stalled plans for a transit village west of Railroad Square, the downtown site of the busiest planned station for the coming commuter rail line. The rail authority has begun soliciting interest from firms qualified to finance and build a large mixed-use housing project on the highly ...
08/18/2015San Bruno Aftermath: PUC Eyes Broad Probe of PG&E

Aug. 18--SAN BRUNO -- State regulators on Monday took the first steps toward a wide-ranging probe into PG&E's culture and how the company governs itself, the latest fallout from a fatal explosion in San Bruno, and an effort that could radically transform the company. PG&E's principal regulator, the state Public Utilities Commission, on Monday proposed a full-fledged investigation into the ...
08/18/2015Funding Likely to Get OK'd for Stalled Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier

Aug. 18--The first funds related to construction of a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge are up for approval this week, with bids to build the landmark project going out as soon as October. When bridge board members meet Thursday and Friday, up to $355,000 is expected to be approved to hire a consultant -- San Jose-based HNTB Corp. -- to help those bidding on the work better understand ...
08/18/2015Millions of Gallons of Water Lost in Vallejo Pipeline Break

Aug. 18--Nearly 5 million gallons of potable water was lost during this past weekend's 20-inch water main break in Vallejo, city officials said Monday. Water was completely restored by 6:30 a.m. Sunday to the thousands of customers impacted by the break, first reported Friday night, city officials said. The system was fully pressurized by 9 a.m., they said. Anyone still experiencing problems ...
08/18/2015Chinese Firm, Local Partner Start Bellevue Apartment Project

Aug. 18--A private Chinese real-estate company broke ground Monday in downtown Bellevue on a six-story, 162-unit apartment building, the first of several it plans on the West Coast. Beijing-based Create World Group is developing the two-phase residential project north of Bellevue Square in a joint venture with Seattle-based Daniels Real Estate. While Chinese investors have bought commercial ...
08/17/2015EDITORIAL: Fixing California Roads and Highways Should Top Legislators' Agenda

Aug. 17--California lawmakers will vote to cut gasoline use by 50 percent -- or not. They'll impose new taxes on cigarettes and health care plans, and increase payments to doctors and others who care for poor people and developmentally disabled people -- or they won't. Lawmakers and lobbyists have returned to the Capitol for a final month of horse-trading and buttonholing. Whether the big ...
08/17/2015L.A. County Supervisors Will Reconsider Vote on Jail Diversion, Construction

Aug. 17--Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will ask his colleagues on Tuesday to reconsider a controversial and potentially illegal vote taken last week after concerns the action was improperly publicized. Antonovich will ask that the board reconsider the vote and instead consider next month a plan to divert 1,000 mentally ill inmates from jail and a decision to authorize ...
08/17/2015Sacramento Kings Hotel Won't Open Until Early 2017

Aug. 17--The Sacramento Kings won't be able to finish their new hotel and condo tower in time for the opening of their new arena after all. The team said Monday that preliminary construction is under way on the 16-story tower at the north end of Downtown Plaza, but the project won't begin rising from the ground until this fall. Grand opening is expected sometime in early 2017. That would be ...
08/17/2015Earthquake Strikes San Francisco Bay Area

Aug. 17--A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Monday morning in Piedmont, Calif., near Oakland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:49 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was two miles from Emeryville, Calif., three miles from Oakland, three miles from Berkeley and 64 miles from Sacramento. The quake was felt most ...
08/17/2015Land Acquisition Plans Prepared for Delta Tunnel Project in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels. Farmers whose parcels were listed and mapped in the 160-page property-acquisition plan expressed dismay at ...
08/17/20158 Unanswered Questions About Disneyland's Star Wars Land

Aug. 17--Disney raised more questions than it answered at the D23 Expo with the announcement of plans to unveil Star Wars Lands at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. Here's what we know so far: The new 14-acre lands will each feature two attractions set in a remote frontier town on the outer rim of the "Star Wars" galaxy. No opening dates have been set for ...
08/17/2015South L.A. Residents Resist Oil Firm's Plans to Burn Bas at Drilling Site

Aug. 17--In South Los Angeles, residents are battling an oil company that has been a longtime neighbor, resisting its plans to burn off excess gas at its West Adams Boulevard drilling site. Freeport-McMoRan, which operates the site, says an enclosed burner is needed as a backup method to dispose of unused gas that is pulled from the earth along with the oil. It has told neighbors and the city ...
08/16/2015State Lawmakers Return to Confront Cars, Carbon and Highways

Aug. 16--SACRAMENTO -- When state lawmakers return to the Capitol from their summer recess on Monday, awaiting them will be elements of a potential megadeal that could resolve three of the major issues they must tackle in the month that remains before adjourning for the year. Those issues are: * Deciding the fate of far-reaching legislation that would double down on the state's aggressive ...
08/16/2015Disney Plans to Develop More 'Star Wars' at Parks

Aug. 16--More "Star Wars" (yes more). More "Toy Story." Lots of "Avatar." A little bit of "Iron Man." That was the take-away from Disney's discussion of the its parks and resorts at the D23 Expo today. The big news out of the Anaheim Convention Center came in the morning, when during a discussion of live action film slate Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said that 14-acre "Star Wars"-themed ...
08/16/2015Sound Transit OKs $20M to Finish Design for Light Rail Over Floating Bridge

Aug. 16--Before the first tracks are installed, Sound Transit must spend as much as $20 million in unexpected engineering coststo finish designing the world's only rail corridor over a floating bridge, as it extends service to the Eastside. Ron Lewis, project director for East Link, shared the blame between his own team and engineering giant Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). The company could now ...
08/15/2015Orange County Residents Willing to Raise Taxes for Desalination

Aug. 15--How much might Orange County residents be willing to pay in extra property taxes to pay for a steady supply of desalinated water? The so-called magic number, according to a new Mesa Water District-sponsored survey, could be between $65 and $75 a year. Mesa Water directors on Thursday examined SCI Consulting Group's survey, which received both skepticism and praise from the small ...
08/15/2015Crews Begin Work on Drought Fix at Folsom Lake

Aug. 15--As water regulators continue to rapidly drain Folsom Lake to bolster supplies downstream, crews have begun construction of a floating barge that could keep water flowing to the city of Folsom this fall. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the reservoir, has allowed roughly 42 billion gallons to flow from Folsom Lake in the last 30 days. The lake now stands at its ...
08/14/2015Downtown Berkeley High Rise Gains Key Approval Despite Criticism

Aug. 14--BERKELEY -- A downtown mixed-use project at 2211 Harold Way marched another step forward toward final approval Thursday, when a divided Landmarks Preservation Commission granted a permit to demolish portions of the historic Shattuck Hotel and signed off on an Environmental Impact Report. The vote, after more than four hours of discussion, was 6-3, with commissioners Austene Hall and ...
08/14/2015With 'Godzilla El Niño' Expected, Focus Shifts to Pasadena Dam that Could Overflow

Aug. 14--With forecasters saying that this winter's El Niño could be among the most powerful on record, officials preparing for the expected downpours are focusing their attention on vulnerabilities in Southern California's flood-control system. The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that this El Niño is shaping up to be as strong as the El Niño that sent storms ...
08/14/2015Los Angeles Could Learn Some Olympic Lessons from Tokyo

Aug. 14--Los Angeles residents curious about the business of hosting the Olympics should look to the west, where Tokyo is fighting to control its budget for the 2020 Summer Games. On Friday, Japanese officials approved new guidelines for the construction of a national stadium. The previous plan -- which would have cost $2.1 billion -- was recently scrapped. "We should make a structure that ...

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