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07/29/2015OPINION: Why California Infrastructure Is Falling Apart

July 29--On July 19 the collapse of a "functionally obsolete" bridge shut down nearly 50 miles of Interstate 10. What was the problem? Too much rain, too little infrastructure. Infrastructure? Don't stop reading: Your life, literally, depends on infrastructure. Steven P. Erie, a political science professor at UC San Diego, says that if California infrastructure were a student in his class, ...
07/29/2015$269M San Rafael School Bonds Set for Fall

July 29--San Rafael voters in November will have the chance to approve two bond measures totaling $269 million to repair, upgrade and in some cases rebuild the city's schools. The reason: aging school buildings need to be upgraded to accommodate an expected enrollment surge, San Rafael school officials say. "The District is looking at potential overcrowding based on student increases of 30 ...
07/28/2015Sewer Work Seen as Future Boon for Glendale

July 28--A new sewer pipeline project getting underway beneath the streets of Glendale next month will aim to save millions of dollars and gallons of water in the long run for the city. An 18-month effort in the San Fernando Road Corridor, dubbed the Chevy Chase Sewer Diversion project, will add 4,300 feet of new pipeline that will divert wastewater initially headed for the Hyperion Plant for ...
07/28/2015Edison Seeks Almost $7.6B in Damages for San Onofre Nuclear Plant

July 28--Southern California Edison is seeking almost $7.6 billion from the Japanese manufacturer of the faulty steam generators that led to the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Edison's latest claim is at least $3 billion higher than the utility had previously sought from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a Tokyo-based firm that reported the latest figure in a statement ...
07/28/2015Elk Grove Sues P3 Aquatics Center Contractor

July 28--The city of Elk Grove is seeking more than $500,000 in damages from a contractor hired to build an "Olympic-quality" aquatics center. In a lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court earlier this year, the city accuses P3 International LLC of falsely representing its credentials to build the project and then failing to deliver on the contract approved in October 2013. The contract ...
07/27/2015Caltrans, Contractors Fined in Willits Bypass Collapse

July 27--State officials have levied a total of $165,000 in fines against Caltrans and two construction companies for the January collapse of a 150-foot section of the Highway 101 bypass project in Willits that seriously injured three workers. California Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded that serious worker safety violations were committed by the agency and two ...
07/27/2015College for Heavy Machine Operators Opens in San Bernardino

July 27--SAN BERNARDINO -- Bulldozers. Excavators. Backhoes. This wasn't your typical classroom. The hum of the behemoth earth-moving vehicles enveloped the students here. As dust kicked up from the work, a water tanker spewed a long jet of water to keep the dust at bay. Students, all seven of them, make up the inaugural class of the Heavy Machinery College of San Bernardino. The Heavy ...
07/26/2015LAX Could See More than 100 Million Travelers a Year by 2040

July 26--New aviation forecasts predict that Los Angeles International Airport, already straining under a record number of passengers, could have more than 100 million travelers annually by 2040, far more than the ceiling set by a 2006 court settlement that will soon expire. According to projections released last week, the Southern California Assn. of Governments estimates that between 78.9 ...
07/25/2015As Berkeley Begins Balcony Inspections, Records Show Safety Problems Common

July 25--A rotting deck railing at a San Francisco house suddenly snaps during a birthday party, and three people fall onto concrete below, suffering serious injuries. Posts tenuously prop up the collapsing balcony of four San Jose apartments that city inspectors may soon order vacated, fearing an imminent collapse. In Concord, inspectors find balconies at an apartment complex badly rotted and ...
07/25/2015Contractor Delays Finish Date for Glendale Community College Lab

July 25--After nearly two years of construction, the structure that will become Glendale Community College's largest building will not be open to students before the spring semester as college officials had hoped. The building won't open for use until late February, officials confirmed this week. Crews broke ground on the 90,000-square-foot, $40-million lab/college services building in October ...
07/24/2015Statewide Report Criticizes Passage of School Bonds

July 24--More than 80% of proposed school bond measures -- about $110 billion -- have passed in California since 2001 after Proposition 39 reduced the voter threshold required for approval, according to a new report from the California Policy Center. While bonds have allowed hundreds of districts to build and renovate facilities over the past decade, the California Policy Center -- a nonprofit ...
07/24/2015Solar Facility Proposed for Former Oil Refinery Near Fillmore

July 24--FILLMORE, Calif. -- Chevron Corp. officials said this week they are considering a solar power facility where an oil refinery operated for decades east of Fillmore. "Chevron is optimistic that solar will be feasible for this site," said Juliet Don, a spokeswoman for Chevron in Northern California. Chevron has looked at various uses for the 55-acre site, such as a light industrial park, ...
07/24/2015Judge Rules in City's Favor in Sacramento Arena Lawsuit

July 24--In a detailed ruling issued Friday, a judge ruled in favor of the city of Sacramento in a lawsuit challenging its 2014 deal with the Kings to subsidize a new downtown arena. The opinion by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Tim Frawley is listed as a "proposed statement of decision." The two sides have 15 days to file objections for the judge to consider before finalizing his decision. ...
07/24/2015Major I-80 Construction Could Snarl Downtown Sacramento Commute

July 24--The biggest freeway construction project in Sacramento in decades moves into a new phase Sunday, with lane changes that could slow the morning commute for tens of thousands of downtown workers for as much as a year. In a complicated move called a "double crossover," crews will shift eastbound traffic on Interstate 80 onto the shoulder and outer lanes to allow two lanes of westbound ...
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 ...

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