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08/19/2014Lawsuit Challenges Hood Canal Easement for Blocking Commercial Development

Aug. 19--HOOD CANAL -- An easement purchased by the Navy to prevent commercial development on Hood Canal is illegal, according to a lawsuit filed in state and federal courts. The lawsuit was initiated by Hood Canal Sand and Gravel, owner of the proposed "pit-to-pier" gravel-mining project in Jefferson County. The restrictive easement, for which the Navy paid the state $720,000, extends along ...
08/19/2014Oregon Nixes Permit for Coal Export Project After Public Outcry

Aug. 19--YAKIMA, Wash. -- In a move that had been urged by the Yakama Nation and other critics, Oregon on Monday denied a key permit needed for construction of a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River. The permit would've allowed Australia-based Ambre Energy to construct a rail-to-barge facility on the Columbia River near Boardman, Ore., creating a vital link that could send nearly ...
08/19/2014West Modesto Crowd Voices Anger at Highway 132 Bypass Plan

Aug. 19--West Modesto's King-Kennedy Memorial Center on Monday nearly burst at the seams with people, many of them passionately opposed to a future freeway that they fear could endanger their quiet homes, their health and their property values. The restive crowd endured a slide-show update on the proposed Highway 132 bypass, with dozens standing because all seats were taken. Some had trouble ...
08/19/2014Anchorage Mayor Estimates $300M More Needed to Complete Port Project

Aug. 19--Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan estimated Monday that the city needs about $300 million in additional funding to complete the problematic Port of Anchorage construction project. Sullivan's cost projection is the first made public since the city began its latest effort to resume work on the port. He spoke briefly at a week-long, closed-door "charrette" that was attended by more than 50 ...
08/18/2014Pacific Industrial Breaks Ground on $50M Distribution Center in Fontana

Aug. 18--Pacific Industrial, a Long Beach-based investment firm that develops industrial real estate, has broken ground on a $50 million logistics and distribution center along a major travel corridor in Fontana. Under construction near I-210, the Sierra Pacific Center will feature a high-gloss, two-story glass tower entrance, an open lobby floor plan, a solar-ready rooftop and oversized ...
08/18/2014Severe Drought Covers 99.8% of California, Report Says

Aug. 18--Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100% of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements. For the past two weeks, California's drought picture has remained the same, halting a steady march toward worse. But the breather has allowed the state to recover only ever so slightly. In May, 100% of ...
08/18/2014PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in Gas Explosion Case; San Bruno Demands PUC Preserve Computer Drives

Aug. 18--SAN BRUNO -- PG&E pleaded not guilty on Monday to a new federal criminal indictment on felony charges linked to a fatal natural gas explosion on the Peninsula, and hours later, San Bruno officials requested the state Public Utilities Commission preserve computers and other electronic data that could shed further light on cozy ties between the PUC and the utility it is supposed to ...
08/18/2014PG&E Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in San Bruno Gas Blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered the plea in court on Monday to all 28 counts in the indictment, including obstruction of justice. The ...
08/18/2014What Kind of Prison Might the Inmates Design?

Aug. 18--SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The workshop leaders came laden with markers in colors other than red and blue (gang colors), drafting rulers crafted from museum board (too dull to double as weapons) and kiddie scissors (ditto). All the students wore orange. And on this final day, their paper models were taking shape. Architect Deanna VanBuren adjusted a piece of tracing paper over Anthony ...
08/18/2014Natomas Unified Among Districts Pursuing November School Bonds

Aug. 18--Natomas Unified and several other area school districts have placed bond measures on the November ballot to pay for school construction and repairs despite a lack of statewide funds that typically help stretch local dollars. In Natomas, school officials say they need $129 million to build new campuses once a federal building moratorium expires and to upgrade 19 existing schools. ...
08/18/2014Water Agencies, Delta Farmers Trade Water Diversion Accusations

Aug. 18--In what is believed to be a first, the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are asking the state board that oversees water rights to investigate water diversion practices by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The two powerful water agencies say they suspect farmers are taking water released from upstream dams and intended for consumers in ...
08/18/2014Merced School District Holds Contractor Workshop to Prep for Upcoming Building Projects

Aug. 18--The Merced City School District is reaching out to local contractors to get them involved in a large number of construction projects ranging from the ongoing $6 million expansion of Rivera Middle School to the $130 million effort to modernize all campuses over the next 10 to 20 years. A Contractors and Vendors Outreach Workshop is planned Aug. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rivera Middle ...
08/18/2014New Concentrated-Solar Powerplants Scorch Birds in Mid-Air

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one ...
08/17/2014Competition Heats Up for Tesla's Gigafactory, Despite Potential Reno Site

Aug. 17--PALO ALTO -- Tesla Motors' plan to build a massive battery manufacturing plant -- its "Gigafactory" -- has set off fierce competition for the country's biggest economic development prize in years. As the five states under consideration, including California, intensify efforts to land the factory and its 6,500 jobs, speculation about who holds the lead is rampant and changes by the ...
08/17/2014Petersen Museum Raises Half of $125M Renovation Budget

Aug. 17--Representatives of the Petersen Automotive Museum took advantage of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to announce they have collected more than half of the $125 million they will need for their massive planned remodel. The museum has also made a deal with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to display the jewels of their car collection during the one-year reconstruction ...
08/17/2014EDITORIAL: Is $7.5B Bond a High Water Mark, or All Wet?

Aug. 17--California legislators struck a compromise. Democrats and Republicans negotiated a $7.5 billion water plan, placing it on the Nov. 4 ballot with just two no votes -- a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in Sacramento. For that, they deserve credit. Their work product deserves consideration -- and also careful scrutiny. Before making a recommendation, we want to understand clearly ...
08/17/2014Concerns Mount About Construction Costs in School District's $1.6B Bond Program

Aug. 17--RICHMOND -- A federal probe. An overdue audit. Voter revolt. After years of smooth sailing, West Contra Costa Unified's massive $1.6 billion bond program is listing as trustees and staff scramble to get back on course, respond to mounting questions and figure out how to complete more than two dozen large construction projects after residents rejected a multimillion bond measure in ...
08/17/2014Methane Leaks from Pipelines Significant, Scientists Say

Aug. 17--The natural gas pipelines snaking under the Sacramento region likely leak a significant amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, scientists say. Methane is a major component of the natural gas that travels from transmission lines to the underground pipelines that deliver it to homes and businesses. The amount that leaks out is relatively small, but scientists say it has a big ...
08/17/2014Thousands of Housing Units Planned for L.A.'s Warner Center

Aug. 17--Dean Hagen and his girlfriend, Lesa Alexis, could be considered the new urbanites, residents who like living close to their work and entertainment destinations. They live at the hip The Met at Warner Center, a big condo complex on Canoga Avenue and the 101 Freeway and one of the first big mid-rise developments in the area. Turns out Warner Center was a nice surprise, said Hagen, who ...
08/16/2014Women's Jail Begins Construction after Long Wait for Funding

Aug. 16--Construction is underway at the site of the new expanded women's jail, a project more than a decade in the making to ease overcrowding at the current facility. The new 46,000-square-foot jail will include a 38,000-square-foot housing unit with 198 beds and space to provide counseling and other programs. Approximately 8,000 square feet will be dedicated to a medical facility to serve ...
08/16/2014$113M Jail Expansion Is Largest Project in Stanislauy County History

Aug. 16--Local and state officials and dignitaries gathered Friday to kick off the largest capital project launched by Stanislaus County government. Builders will pour tons of concrete for two maximum-security units adding 480 jail beds at the Public Safety Center on Hackett Road in west Ceres, with the expansion including a medical and mental health wing for inmates. But the aggressive ...
08/16/2014Corps' Report on Redwood City Saltworks Plan Pulled at Last Minute

Aug. 16--An Army Corps of Engineers report whose findings could give a boost to Cargill's scaled-back Redwood City Saltworks project was poised to be publicly released but was withheld at the last minute after another federal agency intervened, according to documents reviewed by The Daily News. And now, officials at the Corps of Engineers are wrangling with those at the U.S. Environmental ...
08/16/2014Gov. Jerry Brown Defends CPUC President, Delta Tunnel Plan

Aug. 16--Gov. Jerry Brown voiced strong support for beleaguered California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey on Friday, following the disclosure of emails indicating a cozy relationship with the utilities Peevey regulates. Brown, meeting with this newspaper's editorial board, also said he plans to proceed with his twin-tunnel plan for the Delta whether or not the public ...
08/15/2014No Active Quake Fault Under Hollywood Projects, Says Calif. State Official

Aug. 15--SACRAMENTOX2014 -- A state official Thursday agreed with developers who contend an active earthquake fault does not exist underneath several prominent Hollywood projects, including the site of the proposed Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers. Stephen Testa, executive officer of the State Mining and Geology Board, said at a public hearing at the state Capitol that there appears to be "a ...
08/15/2014Bond Measure Would Provide Infusion for Inland Empire Water Projects

Aug. 15--Inland water projects designed to help the region withstand drought could benefit greatly from the $7.5 billion bond measure that will go before voters in November, local officials said Thursday. "This opens up a whole potential funding stream for Southern California," said Bob Muir, spokesman for Metropolitan Water District, the region's wholesaler of imported supplies from the State ...

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