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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 ...
04/17/2014MCAG Considers Diverting Funds from Los Banos Bypass Project

April 17--A dispute brewing over the allocation of regional transportation fees will come to a head during a Merced County Association of Governments meeting today. Regional Transportation Impact Fees, established by the association in 2005, are paid by developers of new commercial or residential structures to fund transportation projects. The total stands at $9.6 million as of March, ...
04/17/2014New Office Tower to Rise Next to Historic Warner Bros. Studio in Hollywood

April 17--One of Hollywood's biggest landlords is setting the stage for another expansion as the historic heart of the film and broadcast business rises again. Hudson Pacific Properties, the owner of two neighboring Sunset Boulevard studio lots with golden-era pedigrees, plans to build a 14-story office tower next door to the majestic 1920s landmark building that was once executive ...
04/17/2014Work to Begin on $9.4M Steel Truss Pedestrian Bridge in Larkspur

April 17--Ground is expected to be broken at the end of this month on a new pedestrian overpass that will take those on foot and bike across busy Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. The new steel truss bridge would essentially follow the alignment of an old railroad trestle -- part of a rail line built in the 1880s and made famous in the movie "Dirty Harry" -- that ...
04/17/2014Commuter Trains, Bus Systems Gear Up for Fix50 Project Traffic in Sacramento

April 17--Sacramento Regional Transit will launch bulked-up train service and added security next week when construction starts on Highway 50 downtown, in hopes of offering commuters a smooth alternative to expected freeway congestion. Across the Sacramento River, Yolobus officials say they also will offer increased bus service for commuters heading downtown, as well as ticketing deals for the ...
04/17/2014Thousands of Volunteers to Work on Mack Road Rehab Projects in Sacramento

April 17--As many as 5,000 volunteers from across Sacramento are expected to gather on Mack Road later this month for what some have described as the largest community service project undertaken in the city. Scheduled for April 26, "ReImagine Mack Road" will include more than two dozen projects along the corridor between Highway 99 and Franklin Boulevard, organizers announced Thursday. The ...
04/16/2014Appeals Court Denies High-speed Rail Petition to Avoid Trial

April 16--A state appeals court has denied a petition by the California High-Speed Rail Authority seeking to head off a trial over whether its bullet-train plans comply with state law. A three-judge panel of the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento issued its order late Tuesday, summarily denying the rail agency's March 21 request related to a lawsuit by high-speed rail foes in Kings ...
04/16/2014Galt to Seek New Contractor for Wastewater Plant Project

April 16--City Manager Jason Behrmann will terminate an agreement with a contractor that the city says has not fulfilled its duties, as directed by the Galt City Council on Tuesday. In March 2011, the city entered into an agreement with Mountain Cascade, Inc., to complete a wastewater treatment plant project expansion. It was scheduled to be completed in May 2013 at a cost of $2.7 million. But ...
04/16/2014Central Valley Growth Fuels Proposal for New 70-mile Power Line

April 16--A 70-mile transmission line meant to meet the Valley's growing demand for electricity is proposed to be built through portions of Fresno, Kings and Madera counties and go into operation by 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials said the route hasn't been decided yet, but power lines would pump electricity between two PG&E substations: One south of Huron and east of Interstate 5, ...
04/16/2014Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion

April 16--Elected officials called for an independent review of corrosion inside the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They said their concerns stemmed from a Sacramento Bee investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber where the new span's main suspension cable is attached. The corrosion -- confirmed by lab testing -- affects ...
04/16/2014Tribune Co. Scuttles Plan for Subway Entrance on Land it Owns in Downtown L.A.

April 16--Transportation officials have shelved plans for a second entrance to a downtown subway station across from L.A. police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times because the newspaper's parent company says it may develop the site, according to Metro documents published Tuesday. The Tribune Co. property, a parking lot in downtown L.A.'s Historic Core, is the site of a future station along ...
04/16/2014Owens Valley Mobilizes Against Proposed $680M LADWP Solar Project

April 16--INDEPENDENCE, Calif. -- One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development -- but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's ...
04/15/2014Metro Recommends $927M Contract with Skanska/Traylor for Downtown L.A. Rail Project

April 15--A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan ...
04/15/2014Ventura County Again Leads Slump in Southern California Housing Sales

April 15--Southern California home sales tumbled to the lowest level in six years for the month of March and the highest drop in sales was observed in Ventura County, DataQuick Information Systems reported Tuesday. In Ventura County, sales were 22 percent below where they were a year ago in March. Across the six-county region of Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and ...
04/15/2014BNSF Officials Tell Vancouver Safety Top Priority at Proposed Oil-Handling Facility

April 15--BNSF Railway officials emphasized a safety-first mentality, billions of dollars' worth of capital investments and a pledge to spend millions training first responders in the event of an oil spill during a workshop Monday with the Vancouver City Council. Johan Hellman, executive director of governmental affairs for the Northwest region, and Patrick Brady, director of hazardous ...
04/15/2014Bellingham's Lakeway Inn to Undergo Major Renovation

April 15--BELLINGHAM -- A longtime Bellingham hotel soon will begin a multimillion-dollar renovation that should give it more of a Northwest look. The first phase of the remodeling project at the Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center is scheduled to begin in May and run through mid-July. In a news release, General Manager Larry MacDonald said the projects will emphasize Northwest colors ...
04/15/2014Christopher Hawthorne: Tweaks Can't Overcome Dramatic Flaws in Academy Museum Design by Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali

April 15--For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the ...
04/15/2014Atherton Goes Full-steam Ahead with $31.8M Town Center Project

April 15--Even though it still needs to raise almost two-thirds of the money, Atherton intends to proceed with a $31.8 million town center project. "If we think it's not going to happen, it's not going to happen," City Manager George Rodericks said Monday. "We have a positive attitude. We hope by the time we're ready to break ground, which is sometime next year, we'll have the money in the ...
04/15/2014DOE Pitches New Hanford Waste Treatment Deadlines

April 15--Washington and the federal Department of Energy have found some common ground on a plan to start treating Hanford tank waste for disposal as soon as possible, a top DOE official said Monday. David Huizenga, who leads DOE's environmental cleanup efforts nationwide, spoke to the Herald in an interview Monday and to about 100 people at a public meeting in Richland. DOE called the town ...

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