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04/23/2014Fix50 Traffic Improves on Second Day of Closures in Sacramento

April 23--Updated 7:25 a.m. A traffic backup is forming this morning but has not reached the proportions that hobbled drivers on the first day of Fix50 lanes along the W-X portion of Highway 50 in Sacramento. But traffic officials caution that celebration would be premature. "It's early. Let's wait til 8 or 9 o'clock before we pat ourselves on the back," said Caltrans spokesman Dennis Keaton. ...
04/23/2014Hotel Growth Boom Needed as L.A. Tourism Growth Lags Rivals

April 23--In the battle for tourists, Los Angeles is losing ground to rivals Orlando, Fla., New York, and Chicago. L.A. County has broken its own record for annual visitors three years in a row -- thanks to a rebounding economy, sunny California weather and popular tourist attractions. But L.A.'s tourist numbers are not growing fast enough to keep up with the nation's top three destinations, ...
04/23/2014Design of California Detention Center Spurs Litigation

April 23--SAN BERNARDINO -- The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county counsel to enter into litigation with the architectural and engineering behind the High Desert Detention Center expansion project in Adelanto. County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle made the announcement following a closed session discussion with supervisors prior to Tuesday's board meeting. He said the board authorized ...
04/23/2014Helendale 20MW Solar Facility Gets Approval Despite Protests

April 23--SAN BERNARDINO -- San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday rejected an appeal from a Route 66 preservation group opposing a 20-megawatt solar plant in the Mojave Desert near Victorville and unanimously approved development of the project. The California Historic Route 66 Association appealed the county Planning Commission's Feb. 6 approval of the project, arguing it was in ...
04/23/2014Failure of Warriors' Waterfront Arena the Latest in a Long Line of Bay Development Defeats

April 23--The Golden State Warriors' decision this week to abandon plans to build a new arena on piers along the San Francisco waterfront is not just a local development issue, but rather the latest example of a 40-year trend around San Francisco Bay. No matter how rich or how politically connected, people who have proposed projects that environmentalists say are "filling the bay" or "walling ...
04/23/2014With Warriors Gone, Oakland's Coliseum City Faces New Hurdles

April 23--OAKLAND -- The struggle for Oakland to keep its sports teams suffered a twin blow this week when the Golden State Warriors made clear they are leaving for San Francisco and the Oakland Raiders appeared to backtrack on their desire to stay. To the surprise of city officials, the Raiders missed a 5 p.m. Monday deadline to submit a Letter of Interest in working on a project to transform ...
04/23/2014Fresno Developer Buys Historic Rowell Building Downtown, Plans Renovation

April 23--The Rowell Building, a historic office building in the heart of downtown Fresno, now belongs to Ed Kashian and is in line for a major overhaul. River Park Properties III, a partnership led by Fresno developer Ed Kashian and his company, Lance-Kashian & Co., is buying the 101-year-old landmark at Tulare Street and Van Ness Avenue. The six-story building had been owned since 1998 by ...
04/22/2014Voters to Decide $249M School Bond for Orange County

April 22--ANAHEIM -- Voters in five cities may decide in November whether to approve a $249 million bond measure aimed at refurbishing aging schools within the Anaheim Union High School District. In the meantime, a group of students on Monday announced an online petition meant to gather support for fixing up the district's 19 campuses, mostly made up of middle and high schools. The signatures ...
04/22/2014Pittsburg Gives Tentative Approval for Office Building Next to Civic Center

April 22--PITTSBURG -- City Council members gave tentative approval Monday to a development agreement for a long-delayed plan to transform an empty five-acre lot next to Pittsburg's civic center into a three-story commercial office building. The project calls for Concord-based developer Garaventa Enterprises to erect a building between 65,000 and 75,000 square feet in size, a bicycle path, ...
04/22/2014Workers Discover Part of Mother Ditch, L.A.'s First Water System

April 22--A 4-foot-diameter brick pipe discovered recently underneath a former restaurant by workers excavating a site was once part of the so-called Mother Ditch that carried water from the L.A. River to the city. The antiquity was uncovered April 10 as workers were beginning construction on the Blossom Plaza, a five-story mixed-use apartment and storefront project on North Broadway. About 73 ...
04/22/2014Construction Begins for $51M Regional Transportation Center in Stockton

April 22--STOCKTON -- Dirt is moving at the construction site for a new behind-the-scenes hub for the future of bus routes connecting Stockton and linking the city to other parts of San Joaquin County and points beyond. The $51.1 million Regional Transportation Center will be the largest construction project undertaken by the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. Expected to be completed by ...
04/22/2014Warriors Abandon S.F. Waterfront Arena Plan, Purchase Lot in Mission Bay

April 22--OAKLAND -- With cost estimates and political opposition rising, the Golden State Warriors abandoned their waterfront arena plan Monday and turned their attention to a site 10-blocks south of AT&T Park. The Warriors have agreed to purchase a 12-acre lot from Salesforce.com in San Francisco's Mission Bay district where it will build an 18,000-seat arena, said several city leaders ...
04/22/2014Revised $477M Arena Deal Offers More Certainty for Sacramento, Leaders Say

April 22--The price tag for the new Sacramento Kings arena just went up, and the team's development deal with the city has undergone significant changes. Yet an updated deal released by the city Monday shows its planned contribution to the project has actually been reduced slightly, to $255 million, and the Kings' owners will pay for the additional $30 million or so needed to build the team's ...
04/21/2014New Sale Tax Could be Key to $11B San Joaquin County Transportation Plan

April 21--STOCKTON -- The long-term transportation plan for San Joaquin County that is being developed includes roughly $11 billion in road, transit and other projects officials say will be needed to move people around and through the county until 2040. But about $1 billion of that proposed plan hangs on a new 1/4-cent sales tax that has yet to be approved by voters. Officials say it could be ...
04/20/2014Bid Protest: ACCO Accuses Ventura County of Favoring Emcor for Mechanical Job

April 20--A Glendale mechanical contracting firm is charging that favoritism led Ventura County to award a $1 million-plus maintenance contract to a competitor whose bid was $152,000 higher. County officials said the allegation was false, saying their selection process was conducted properly. "Each member of the evaluation committee was instructed as to the rules of conduct required, which ...
04/19/2014Construction Jobs Growing Fast in California

April 19--The healthier housing market and a slew of city towers going up are brightening job prospects for construction workers in California. Employment in commercial and residential construction grew by 2,400 in March, according to Labor Department data analyzed by the Assn. of General Contractors. Since March 2013, the state's construction workforce has grown by 37,100, or 5.9%, nearly ...
04/19/2014Rail Agency Issues Final Environmental Report for Fresno-Bakersfield Route

April 19--A final version of an environmental report has been issued for the Fresno-Bakersfield stretch of California's proposed high-speed rail system. The 20,000-page report, released Friday afternoon by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, details the anticipated effects that construction of the rail line and operation of the bullet train would have on homes, businesses, farmland and ...
04/18/2014Caltrans Orders Contractor to Redo Parts of I-80 Freeway Project in Natomas

April 18--Caltrans has ordered a contractor to tear up a new lane that had just been poured on Interstate 80 in Natomas as part of a carpool lane expansion project. About two miles of 10-inch-thick concrete in the new carpool lane on the westbound side of the freeway has already begun to crack, Caltrans project manager Jess Avila said. "That is unacceptable," Avila said. "It needs to be ...
04/18/2014Richmond Residents Express Outcry over Chevron's $1B Modernization Project

April 18--RICHMOND -- More than 60 people addressed the city's Planning Commission on Thursday, saying the environmental report describing Chevron Corp.'s proposed $1 billion modernization of its local refinery does too little to reduce pollutants and ensure safety. "The proposed way that Chevron wants to run its plant is unacceptable," said Mike Parker, a resident and mayoral candidate. ...
04/18/2014Sacramento Creates Task Force to Study Building New Performing Arts Venue

April 18--Sacramento's City Councilvoted Thursday night to create a task force to examine the possibility of building a major new performing arts venue to replace downtown's aging Community Center Theater -- a 2,500-seat space that hosts ballet, musical theater and orchestra performances. The ambitious plan comes weeks before the City Council is expected to devote $258 million in public funds ...
04/17/2014Caltrans' Fix50 Bridges Project Won't Add New Lanes

April 17--After $46 million worth of work, and two months of disruptive lane closures during its Fix50 project, Caltrans will deliver a bigger, better freeway to get commuters through downtown easier than before, right? Sorry, highway officials say. The big Fix50 project, which kicks into high gear next week, is a bridge rehab project, not a freeway expansion. When the W-X section of the ...
04/17/2014San Simeon Declares Water Emergency

April 17--San Simeon residents and businesses now have more stringent water-conservation rules to follow and tripled fines to pay if they don't. Directors of the San Simeon Community Services District on April 9 unanimously approved declaring that the district is in a Stage 3 water emergency, and put some temporary measures in place until they can draft and finalize a redrafted list of ...
04/17/2014New 49ers Levi's Stadium Gets Its Field as Opening Day Nears in Santa Clara

April 17--SANTA CLARA -- Nearly eight years after the San Francisco 49ers announced plans to move to Silicon Valley, the team finally has a new field to call home. A special new breed of turf that's been growing in the Central Valley for the past 18 months reached Levi's Stadium on a convoy of flatbed trucks before dawn Thursday. By late morning the north end zone where Colin Kaepernick ...
04/17/2014People Camp for Days to Nab Affordable Living Units Under Construction in Oxnard

April 17--People have been camping since Tuesday on a grassy median near a Ventura office park, waiting for a shot at affordable housing. They'll be there until Saturday. That's when the application window opens for the Wagon Wheel Family Apartments, a 120-unit complex now under construction in Oxnard. As of Thursday morning, more than 50 people ringed the edge of the circular median island of ...
04/17/2014Pittsburg to Consider Development Agreement for Long-delayed Office Building

April 17--PITTSBURG -- A long-delayed plan to transform an empty five-acre lot next to Pittsburg's civic center into a three-story commercial office building is moving forward after being stalled by a slow economy. On Monday, the City Council will consider a development agreement for the Civic Tower project next to the civic center along Highway 4. The project calls for Concord-based developer ...

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