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05/25/2015Oil Left in Ruptured Pipeline Drained

May 25--The remaining oil left in the pipeline that ruptured last week spewing oil into the ocean off Santa Barbara County has been drained, according to a statement from the pipeline operator Sunday. Plains All American Pipeline said the process to drain the estimated 450 to 500 barrels -- 18,900 to 21,000 gallons -- of oil from the affected part of the pipeline took longer than expected. The ...
05/25/2015Workers Put in 12-hour Days at Santa Barbara Oil Cleanup Site

May 25--SANTA BARBARA -- Clad in white protective suits and yellow hard hats, the workers knelt below a jagged cliff-side, packing oil-saturated sand into plastic bags. Coin-sized tar balls and oil-stained kelp washed in with the waves at the once-pristine beach at El Capitan State Park as the sun baked workers cleaning the Santa Barbara coastline after last week's oil pipe rupture. About ...
05/25/2015Turning Sewage into Drinking Water Gains Appeal as Drought Lingers

May 25--It's a technology with the potential to ease California's colossal thirst and insulate millions from the parched whims of Mother Nature, experts say. But there's just one problem -- the "yuck factor." As a fourth year of drought continues to drain aquifers and reservoirs, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption of a polarizing water recycling policy known as ...
05/24/2015Southland Rebate Funds to Replace Grass Are Being Drained

May 24--Demand for rebates to replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping has overwhelmed water officials and prompted questions about the future of the highly popular program. The Metropolitan Water District's program, which pays homeowners and businesses $2 per square foot to replace grass, ran short of funds this month due to a surge in demand. The MWD has received more than $330 ...
05/24/2015Culver City Architect Builds a Career on Huge Projects

May 24--The gig: Michael Hong, 56, is the founder and senior principal designer of Michael Hong Architects in Culver City. Hong was the master planner of the $3.5-billion Baha Mar project, a 1,000-acre resort, casino, hotel, convention center and beachfront entertainment venue in the Bahamas. His 12-person company, which was founded in 2004, is currently working on a development in Riyadh, ...
05/24/2015EDITORIAL: Stormwater Can't Go to Waste in Drought

May 24--If the city of Sacramento is going to jack up customer rates to fund a major upgrade to its storm drainage system, officials have to think big. They have to think of the drought. It's not enough anymore just to fix storm drains in neighborhoods where streets flood most easily and to reduce pollution flowing into waterways, as important as those goals are. The city, and others across ...
05/23/2015Proposed 370-home Development Moves Forward after 17 Years

May 23--After 17 years of planning, a development at San Luis Obispo's southwestern edge that will bring about 370 homes to the city is moving forward. The San Luis Obispo City Council this past Tuesday unanimously gave its tentative approval to the proposed Righetti Ranch and Jones Ranch subdivisions -- 286 single-family homes and 84 multi-family units on 155.4 acres. Forty-nine of those ...
05/23/2015Facebook's Green Roof Mirrors Company's Workplace Culture

May 23--MENLO PARK -- Facebook employees looking for a break from sitting hunched over a computer don't need to venture far from the company's new office space. They just need to walk upstairs -- to the roof. A 9-acre green roof sits atop the tech firm's new Frank Gehry-designed building across from its main headquarters, filled with a plethora of native trees and flowers, lawn furniture, ...
05/23/2015Vandals Damage Inflatable Dam in Calif., 49 Million Gallons of Water Lost

May 23--FREMONT -- Enough water to supply 500 homes for one year spilled into the Bay on Thursday after vandals damaged a water district dam in Fremont, officials said. The loss of 49 million gallons of water began sometime Thursday morning, when an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek was destroyed. Alameda County Water District, which maintains the dam, reported it to police at 11:30 a.m. "This ...
05/22/2015West Coast Dockworkers Approve New Labor Contract

May 22--West Coast dockworkers ratified a labor contract Friday covering 29 ports, ending a year-long process for a new deal that erupted into labor strife on the docks. The new contract, which the union and shipping companies started negotiating last May, will expire in July 2019. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union overwhelmingly voted for approval, with 82% giving the ...
05/22/2015Water Agency Approves Farmers' Voluntary Water Reduction Plan

May 22--In a move reflecting the growing severity of California's drought, state water regulators have accepted a historic proposal by delta-region farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25%, or alternatively, allow a quarter of their fields to lay idle. The action follows a move by Gov. Jerry Brown to cut urban water use by 25% -- an emergency measure that has caused no small amount of ...
05/22/2015Feds Order Company Involved in California Oil Spill to Test Pipe

May 22--Officials at the company that owns the pipe that ruptured and spilled up to 105,000 gallons of heavy crude in Santa Barbara County said Friday they will not appeal a federal order to take corrective steps. The order by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration directs Plains Pipeline to send out the section of pipe that ruptured for metallurgical testing, conduct a ...
05/22/2015Magnitude-5.4 Earthquake Felt in Las Vegas

May 22--A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning 24 miles from Caliente, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit more than 100 miles north of Las Vegas, but multiple people reported feeling the ground shake along the city's famed Strip. The temblor occurred at 11:47 a.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles, the USGS said, and quakes of magnitude 3.8 and 3.0 were ...
05/22/2015U.S. Corps of Engineers Looks to Fill 200 Positions in Sacramento Area

May 22--With more than 200 job vacancies to fill in the coming months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will hold a job fair in Wednesday in downtown Sacramento to help applicants navigate the process. Among the expected vacancies are permanent, limited-term and student positions at the district's Sacramento headquarters and its field offices throughout the western United ...
05/22/2015Sacramento's Senator Hotel Sells in Online Auction

May 22--Sacramento's historic Senator Hotel office building has been sold in an unusual online auction, a broker said Thursday. The building, located across from the Capitol on L Street, went for nearly $31.8 million in a sale conducted by Auction.com. The price includes 5 percent in sale-related fees. The Senator was put up for sale by LNR Property of Miami, which took over the ...
05/22/2015Developer Unveils Plans for $100M Luxury Condo Tower in Downtown L.A.

May 22--With downtown Los Angeles facing a condominium shortage, a Chinese developer has unveiled plans for a $100-million luxury high-rise residential tower near Staples Center. The building, proposed to the city Planning Commission on Thursday, would rise 37 stories at the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and 12th Street. The tower would have 126 units, which shouldn't be hard to sell, ...
05/22/2015PUC Approves Plan to Replace Aging San Diego County Power Plant

May 22--State regulators approved a plan to replace a 1950s natural gas power plant in northern San Diego County with a new version, sparking complaints from environmentalists that renewable energy options were being overlooked. The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4 to 1 on Thursday to allow San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to purchase power from the proposed Carlsbad Energy Center. ...
05/21/2015Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit over Sacramento Kings Arena

May 21--The California Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit this week challenging the Sacramento Kings arena project on environmental grounds. Without comment, the court refused to hear an appeal filed by project opponents led by retired state Department of Transportation director Adriana Saltonstall. The court's decision leaves one remaining legal hurdle to the project, which broke ground last ...
05/21/2015Feds Give SMART Environmental Clearance to Extend to Larkspur

May 21--A planned extension of the SMART commuter train from San Rafael to Larkspur has gained environmental approval from the federal government, helping clear a path to connect the two cities. The Federal Transit Administration announced this week there were no significant impacts to the environment associated with the project. Work started on the environmental plan by SMART more than two ...
05/20/2015Officials Assess Damage from Big Oil Spill on Santa Barbara County Coast

May 20--A 21,000-gallon oil spill off the Santa Barbara County coast is the latest reminder of the inherent risks of mixing industry and economy with nature, local politicians and environmental groups say. The rupture occurred Tuesday afternoon on an 11-mile-long underground pipe owned by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline and spilled the equivalent of 500 barrels of crude. The pipe ...
05/20/2015Hotel Indigo Coming to Downtown L.A.'s Metropolis

May 20--The flag of Indigo, a hip boutique brand operated by InterContinental Hotels Group, will fly over the 350-room hotel being built as part of the $1 billion Metropolis development in downtown Los Angeles. The 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles is intended to serve growing hotel demand in the blocks near the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center. It is expected to open ...
05/20/2015Santa Rosa City Council Rejects Ghilotti Appeal Over Road Project

May 20--The Santa Rosa City Council unanimously rejected an appeal Tuesday by the Ghilotti Construction Company of the decision to award a major road widening contract to a competitor from the East Bay. In February, the city awarded the $10 million contract to widen Stony Point Road between Sebastopol Road and Hearn Avenue to the lowest bidder, Bay Cities Paving & Grading, Inc. of Concord. ...
05/19/2015Futrell Takes Wraps Off Former AT&T Building

May 19--For more than a year, most of the work to transform the former AT&T building downtown has been shrouded behind five stories of scaffolding and black debris netting. On Tuesday morning, the wraps came off the downtown monolith to reveal a glass-clad office building featuring a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Old Courthouse Square. "It's like Christmas morning for me," ...
05/19/2015Construction of New Bon Air Bridge in Larkspur Set to Begin in June

May 19--If you go: --A public meeting about the Bon Air Bridge Replacement Project will be held at 6 p.m. May 21 at the Central Marin Police Authority station, 250 Doherty Drive in Larkspur. --For more information, visit www.bonairbridge.com. Construction is anticipated to begin next month on a $16 million project to replace the 57-year-old Bon Air Bridge in Larkspur with a new precast ...
05/19/2015Owner, PM Convicted of Manslaughter in 2012 Home Construction Collapse in Calif.

May 19--MILPITAS -- The owner and project manager of a Fremont-based construction company were each convicted of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in connection with the cave-in death of a worker at a Milpitas home-build site in 2012, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said. Authorities contended U.S. Sino Investment Inc. owner Richard Liu, 53, formerly of Fremont; and project ...

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