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06/26/2015Sacramento Takes Next Step on Railyard Hospital, Soccer Stadium

June 26--With a hospital in the planning stages and a soccer stadium potentially on the horizon, Sacramento city officials took the next step Friday to fleshing out their new vision for the abandoned railyard at the northern edge of downtown. The city issued a formal notice declaring its intent to launch a new environmental impact report on the planned redevelopment of the 240-acre railyard. ...
06/26/2015Poll: Residents Would Support $3B BART Bond Measure

June 26--Bay Area residents' opinions about transportation and transit are little changed from last year in a new Bay Area Council poll -- they're generally unhappy -- but there's good news for BART. A hefty three-quarters of people polled in April said they definitely or probably would support a $3 billion bond measure to improve service and trains, and 59 percent strongly or somewhat favored ...
06/25/2015Disney Wants to Invest $1B at Disneyland, California Adventure

June 25--ANAHEIM -- The Walt Disney Co. is seriously considering a $1 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort with new attractions, a 5,000-slot parking structure and improvements to streets surrounding the massive theme park complex. Disney officials said Thursday they don't know whether the expansion would be an addition to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, or perhaps both parks. ...
06/24/2015Developers May Add Hotel to Planned Condo Complex in Beverly Hills

June 24--The Chinese owners of a former department store site in Beverly Hills -- long considered one of the region's most desirable development locations -- are proposing to add a top-of-the-line hotel in their planned $1-billion condominium complex. Wanda Group, which bought the property at 9900 Wilshire Blvd. last year, said Wednesday that it planned to reduce the number of condos in the ...
06/24/2015L.A. Panel OKs $300M Academy Museum, Despite Objections

June 24--Unlike Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," planners and backers of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be delighted if Wednesday is a repeat of Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received a thumbs-up for its $300-million museum from the Los Angeles City Council's planning and land use management committee in a hearing Tuesday afternoon at City Hall. The full ...
06/24/2015Berkeley Balcony Contractor Faces Suit over Pajaro Farmworker Complex

June 24--PAJARO -- The contractor behind the Berkeley building where six students died last week after a balcony collapsed also faces a Monterey County lawsuit over an allegedly defective farmworker housing complex in Pajaro. The suit, over the 63-unit Nuevo Amanecer complex on Salinas Road, a 2009 finalist for a prestigious I. Donald Terner prize for affordable housing design, alleges ...
06/24/2015Berkeley Calls for New Inspection, Construction Rules after Balcony Collapse

June 24--REPORTING FROM BERKELEY -- City officials proposed new inspection and construction rules Tuesday aimed at preventing another balcony collapse like the one that left six dead and seven injured last week. The failure of the cantilevered, fifth-floor apartment balcony during a 21st birthday celebration also drew scrutiny by officials beyond Berkeley. A spokeswoman said the Alameda County ...
06/24/2015City Hall Players Offer Different Takes on Sacramento Arena Deal

June 24--Two City Hall players offered dueling views in court Tuesday on whether city negotiators buried secret sweeteners in a partnership deal with the Sacramento Kings to build a downtown arena. Testifying in Sacramento Superior Court during the second day of a lawsuit challenging the 2014 arena deal, former City Council member and deal opponent Kevin McCarty said he felt the city was ...
06/23/2015FUSD Leaders Reject Call to Hire Outside Investigator on Leaseback Deal

June 23--Fresno Unified School District leaders have denied bids by school board members to schedule a vote on hiring an independent investigator to examine a controversial construction deal. So trustees Brook Ashjian, Carol Mills and Luis Chavez are taking their campaign public. On Tuesday, The Bee published a letter to the editor from the three, who urged their fellow board members to ...
06/23/2015Bay Bridge Tower Bolts Could Be Replaced, Engineer Says

June 23--OAKLAND -- The end-game for the suspect rods bolting the new Bay Bridge tower to its base clarified Tuesday with an engineer's declaration that he'll do whatever is necessary to make sure the bridge is earthquake-proof for 150 years, even replacing them all. Although nearly 407 rods passed a seismic test, the bases of many are immersed in 2 to 12 inches of salty water, and there's ...
06/23/2015Experts Suspect Poor Waterproofing in Berkeley Balcony Collapse

June 23--As officials investigate the sudden collapse of a Berkeley balcony last week that killed six and injured seven, outside experts say it's obvious what happened: Water got into the balcony and didn't get out, rotting the wood that kept it in place. The big question is why. Berkeley city officials gave no timeline for the release of findings on why the balcony collapsed. But outside ...
06/23/2015Funding and Travel-time Concerns Impede Proposed L.A. Streetcar Line

June 23--Two and a half years ago, downtown Los Angeles residents overwhelmingly approved a new property tax to build a streetcar line through the heart of their reemerging neighborhood. Officials said the local rail loop would attract business and new development to dormant blocks and help revitalize the city's historic core. But since that political victory, progress on the Los Angeles ...
06/23/2015Kern County Objects to Coal Plant's Chemical Manufacturing Plans

June 23--In an 11th-hour objection that could help sink one of the area's largest industrial projects, Kern County Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt informed state officials last week that a clean-coal project proposed in western Kern County is not permitted to manufacture chemicals for use in transportation. Contradicting recent testimony by Hydrogen Energy California CEO Jim Croyle, Oviatt's ...
06/23/2015Most Water Rights Holders Facing Cuts Miss State Compliance Deadline

June 23--The majority of California growers, irrigation districts and others who have been ordered to stop drawing water from rivers and streams due to worsening drought conditions have failed to register their compliance before an official deadline, officials said Monday. In what one spokesman described as a "disappointing" development, the State Water Resources Control Board released figures ...
06/23/2015Judge Refuses to Halt Homeless Center in Fort Bragg

June 23--A Mendocino County Superior Court judge dealt a blow Monday to opponents of converting a 123-year-old hotel in downtown Fort Bragg into office space for a homeless service provider and short-term housing for the needy. Judge Richard Henderson on Monday denied a request by Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg for a preliminary injunction to halt the controversial project while a lawsuit ...
06/22/2015FUSD Board Members Call for Outside Investigation into Lease-back Deal

June 22--Three Fresno Unified School District trustees are calling for an outside investigation of a controversial contract with Harris Construction, saying details released so far about a lease-leaseback deal have been "conflicting" and "incomplete." Trustees Brooke Ashjian, Carol Mills and Luis Chavez say the community deserves transparency regarding Davis v. FUSD, a lawsuit filed by another ...
06/22/2015Oakland Not Releasing Raiders Stadium Plan

June 22--OAKLAND -- City officials finally have their hands on a preliminary financing plan for a new Oakland Raiders stadium that, if workable, could keep the Raiders in the East Bay, but chase away the Oakland A's. The financing plan, one of several reports submitted Monday by San Diego-based businessman Floyd Kephart, is bound by a confidentiality agreement and has not yet been released, ...
06/22/2015Statewide Fire Season Conditions Worst on Record, Cal Fire Says

June 22--Summer is officially here, the hills have lost their last tinge of green and fire season has arrived, marked by a flurry of North Coast wildfires in recent days. With the Fourth of July around the corner, firefighters' concerns are ratcheting up regarding a summer that by all accounts has the drought-fueled potential to go down as a very busy and dangerous one. "We're definitely ...
06/22/2015Trial Challenging City Subsidy for New Sacramento Arena Begins

June 22--A two-year-old legal challenge Sacramento's downtown arena financing deal got underway Monday in Sacramento Superior Court. The first morning was largely uneventful, consisting of opening arguments and testimony from one witness, Assistant City Manager John Dangberg, one of the key players in fashioning the deal last year to build a $477 million downtown arena. That deal, signed last ...
06/22/2015Rising Tides in San Francisco Bay Demand Unified Solutions

June 22--MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Every community that rings San Francisco Bay is vulnerable to rising seas. But while some places are preparing, others are not -- and no single agency is coordinating the effort, according to two new civil grand jury reports. "It is a slow-moving emergency," said state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, lead author of the state's first report on climate-related ...
06/21/2015Construction To Resume on Disputed $1.4B Telescope Project in Hawaii

The construction of a $1.4 billion telescope on land considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians will resume Wednesday, according to the nonprofit company behind the project. Henry Yang, chairman of the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Board, in a statement said the board decided to move forward after more than two months of consultations. "Our period of inactivity has made us a better ...
06/20/2015Auburn-Folsom Road Construction Finally Nearing Conclusion

June 20--Placer County officials say they have entered the fourth and final phase of a decade-long effort to rebuild and widen Auburn-Folsom Road, a major thoroughfare between Placer and Sacramento counties. The $20-million project on the section of Auburn-Folsom between Douglas Road and the city of Folsom is expected to be finished in August, Placer County Public Works Director Ken Grehm ...
06/20/2015$700M Plan to Restore Salmon Habitat in Columbia River Basin Faces New Challenge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A massive federal habitat restoration effort in the Columbia River Basin has spent more than $700 million on breaching levies, restoring tidal channels, reconnecting floodplains and other actions meant to boost salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by hydroelectric dams. Experts say it's likely the largest, most intensive, and most expensive habitat restoration ...
06/20/2015Wash. State Pulls Plug on Panel That Was Monitoring Seattle Tunnel Project

June 20--As the state of Washington and its Highway 99 tunnel contractors careen toward litigation, the Legislature has suddenly scrapped the panel that monitors the project. The three-member Expert Review Panel (ERP) is the only source of oversight in the $2 billion project that combines independent members, megaproject experience and nearly unfettered access to debrief the tunnel's ...
06/19/2015Two Construction Workers Injured in Gas-Line Explosion in Bellevue, Wash.

June 19--An investigation into the explosion that injured two workers on Thursday at a commercial building in Bellevue will focus on how they ignited a gas line. Around 9:30 a.m. the workers were soldering in a utility hole at the building in the 14300 block of Southeast Eastgate Way when there was an explosion. The plumbers pulled themselves out, still on fire, and other workers doused the ...

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