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12/19/2014Final Design Approved for Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier

Dec. 19--The final design for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved Friday by the district Board of Directors, moving the project closer to reality. "This represents another important step to advance the Golden Gate Bridge suicide deterrent project into construction," said Ewa Bauer, the bridge district's chief engineer. The bridge district's $76 million suicide barrier plan ...
12/19/2014Turner/PCL Awarded $961M Contract for LAX Midfield Concourse

Dec. 19--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step forward Thursday with approval of the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel. City airport commissioners also initiated preliminary planning and the environmental review for several projects included in the $4-billion ground ...
12/16/2014Court Halts Amphitheater Construction on West L.A. Veterans Campus

Dec. 16--A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to halt construction of an amphitheater on its West Los Angeles campus. A two-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the veterans agency should maintain the "status quo" while it appeals a lower court ruling striking down numerous leases, including those authorizing UCLA's baseball ...
12/16/2014L.A. Looks to Protect Water Infrastructure From Earthquakes

Dec. 16--Los Angeles gets 88% of its water from three major aqueducts, flowing from the Colorado River, Owens Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. But as they make their way into the region, the aqueducts cross the San Andreas fault a total of 32 times. Officials have long warned that a massive temblor on the San Andreas could destroy key sections of the aqueducts, cutting off ...
12/15/2014Surface Transportation Board: Fed. Law on High-Speed Rail Trumps Calif. Environmental Lawsuits

Dec. 15--A three-member panel of presidential appointees has apparently derailed seven lawsuits challenging the the California High-Speed Rail Authority's approval of its Fresno-Bakersfield bullet-train route. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board, in a ruling issued late Friday, declared on a 2-1 vote that the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, "is categorically preempted" in ...
12/12/2014Rockslides, Rescues as Powerful Rainstorm Slams L.A.

Dec. 12--A fast-moving storm that wreaked havoc in the Bay Area has reached Southern California, where heavy downpours have triggered rock slides and mud flows that have forced some residents to flee and left others trapped inside their homes. Flash flood warnings began rolling across Ventura and Los Angeles counties after midnight, when the storm dropped up to 2 inches of rain on Camarillo ...
12/12/2014Richmond Hosts First Public Meeting of Governor's Refinery Safety Task Force

Dec. 12--RICHMOND -- In the first of what they hope will be a series of public information meetings in Richmond and across the state in communities near California's 13 oil refineries, state and county officials outlined the rapidly changing petroleum industry's impact in the area and the regulatory framework that is trying to catch up. "It takes great cooperation from a range of agencies and ...
12/12/2014Winter Storms Finally Starting to Boost Storage Levels in Key Reservoirs

Dec. 12--After three years of relentlessly bad news about California's historic drought, the drenching storm that barreled in Thursday from Hawaii finally delivered the state some desperately needed good news. One storm does not end a drought as severe as this one, meteorologists and water managers emphasized again Thursday. But this storm and last week's milder one have done something very ...
12/12/2014California Selects Contractors for $1.23B Next Phase of Bullet Train Route

Dec. 12--The state high-speed rail authority took another key step Thursday in building the initial segments of the bullet train system between Los Angeles and San Francisco, saying it had preliminarily selected a team of contractors for another 65 miles of the route through the Central Valley. While the agency continues to move ahead with planning, contracts, legal settlements and political ...
12/12/2014Contractor with $1.23B Bid Selected for Next Leg of High-Speed Rail

Dec. 12--The apparent winning bid to build the second section of high-speed rail in the central San Joaquin Valley was announced Thursday -- and it came in under the state's original cost estimate. Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick submitted a bid of $1.23 billion to design and build the 65-mile stretch from the south end of Fresno to near the Tulare-Kern county line and was deemed the "apparent best ...
12/11/2014Downtown Sacramento, West Sacramento Streetcar Vote Set

Dec. 11--A remarkable vote is about to take place in downtown Sacramento. The central business district's largest property owners will be asked next month whether they are willing to pull $30 million out of their pockets to help build a $150 million streetcar system. The mail ballot vote will be distributed Jan. 13 to the several hundred companies and individuals that own 1,200 parcels within ...
12/11/2014Kings to Develop $250M in Mixed-Use Projects Near Sacramento Arena

Dec. 11--The Sacramento Kings said Thursday the mixed-use tower and other developments they plan to build next to their new downtown arena will cost roughly $250 million. The price tag includes new retail space to be built adjacent to the arena. Kings President Chris Granger disclosed the estimated cost shortly before the Kings and their development partner, JMA Ventures of San Francisco, went ...
12/11/2014Unique Ship Arrives in Stockton to Supply Rail Construction Projects

Dec. 11--STOCKTON -- Port officials Wednesday welcomed the arrival of the Pacific Spike, a ship custom-built to carry 440-foot lengths of steel rail destined for Union Pacific Railroad expansion and replacement projects throughout the western United States. Making its maiden voyage, the ship is delivering the steel for a rail-welding facility still under construction on port property on the ...
12/11/2014San Joaquin Delta College to Pay $4M to Contractor in Settlement

Dec. 11--STOCKTON -- San Joaquin Delta College has agreed to pay a contractor $4 million to settle a lawsuit related to the construction of the new math and science building on the north side of campus. The lawsuit, filed by Cypress-based Taisei Construction Co., originally sought $25 million in damages. Taisei claimed Delta increased the scope of work after construction had started. The ...
12/11/2014Alhambra to Get $130M Shopping and Housing Complex

Dec. 11--Alhambra is about to get a $130-million shopping and housing complex that could give one of Los Angeles County's oldest communities a new lift. The city, named after a popular 19th century book by Washington Irving, has seen the arrival of new shops, restaurants and theaters in recent years, but still suffers from vacant storefronts in its business district. Now work is underway at ...
12/11/2014Supreme Court Rejects Defense Petition in Colonies Corruption Case

Dec. 11--The California Supreme Court has denied a petition by a defense attorney in San Bernardino County's Colonies corruption case to review a Superior Court judge's decision not to dismiss the case on grounds of improper grand jury instruction and insufficient evidence. The state's highest court posted its decision on its website Wednesday. Defense attorney Stephen Larson, who is ...
12/11/2014Mountain View Hikes Construction Fees to Pay for Affordable Housing

Dec. 11--In a move designed to increase the number of affordable apartments in Mountain View, the City Council this week voted 6-1 to require developers to pay higher housing impact fees. According to the resolution approved by the council Tuesday with John Inks dissenting, the impact fee charged for construction of new apartments will rise from $10.26 per habitable square foot to $17. To ...
12/10/2014OCTA Board Delays Contract on $1.7B 405 Widening Project

Dec. 10--The Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors agreed this week to delay until February a vote on whether to approve a contract with state authorities that would pave the way toward widening the 405 Freeway. The nearly $43-million contract with the California Department of Transportation would provide construction inspection services and other oversight of the 405 ...
12/10/2014Officials Present High-speed Rail Route Options to Burbank

Dec. 10--It could be the largest infrastructure project in the United States -- the first high-speed rail system in the country -- and it's expected to come to Burbank. But high-speed officials are grappling with options to either build the tracks around the Angeles National Forest or under it. On Monday, officials from the California High-Speed Rail Authority were at the Buena Vista Branch ...
12/10/2014Proposal for Longer Runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport Grounded Again

Dec. 10--A proposed 1,000-foot runway extension at the Tacoma Narrows Airport has again been nixed. For the second time in three months, Pierce County says the proposed extension would not be part of its draft master plan for the 568-acre airport. This time, five Pierce County Council members agreed to remove it during Tuesday's meeting of the infrastructure and economic development committee. ...
12/10/2014Morro Bay to Pursue Rancho Colina Site for $75M Sewage Plant

Dec. 10--The Morro Bay City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday on its preferred site for the city's future sewage treatment plant -- a property it's calling Rancho Colina located outside the city limits off Highway 41. Pursuing the Rancho Colina site for the city's new sewage treatment plant and wastewater reclamation facility is expected to cost about half as much as the other option, expansion of the ...
12/10/2014University of Oregon Seeks to Build $45M Dorm

Dec. 10--The University of Oregon is proposing to build a $45 million, 500-bed residence hall on the eastern edge of campus. The new housing is a steppingstone toward renovation of the aging Bean, Hamilton and Walton halls, because it will allow the university to shift students into the newly built rooms so that renovations on the old rooms can commence. Altogether, rooms with 2,100 beds will ...
12/10/2014Plan to Redevelop Former Alameda Navy Barracks Proposed

Dec. 10--ALAMEDA -- A building complex that U.S. Navy sailors once used as a barracks would be transformed into an international boarding school and apartments to provide assisted living for seniors under a proposal that the Planning Board will consider on Monday. The former Bachelors' Enlisted Men's Quarters at 2401 Lexington St. has been vacant since the Alameda Naval Air Station closed in ...
12/10/2014Hudson Pacific to Buy 26 Bay Area Properties for $3.5B

Dec. 10--Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. has agreed to purchase 26 Bay Area office properties for $3.5 billion in cash and stock, underscoring the hot Silicon Valley real estate market and greatly expanding the Los Angeles firm's portfolio. The real estate investment trust is acquiring the Northern California properties from the Blackstone Group, a private equity giant that scooped up the ...
12/10/2014Agencies Prepare for Big Storm in North Bay

Dec. 10--Public agencies are ratcheting up preparations for a fierce winter storm expected to strike the North Coast late Wednesday night with high winds and a torrent of rainfall certain to wreak all kinds of havoc through the night and most of Thursday, at least. With gusting winds and up to 8 inches of rain predicted for the coastal hills, emergency officials are anticipating flooding, ...

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