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03/27/2015Citrus Heights Approves Relocating City Hall to Make Way for Medical Office Building

March 27--A $53.2 million project to relocate Citrus Heights' city hall and construct a medical office building on the current civic center site won unanimous approval from the City Council following a more than three-hour hearing Thursday night. The project, one of the most divisive since the city incorporated in 1997, continued to draw opposition from various quarters. Norman Hill, a ...
03/27/2015Inglewood NFL Stadium Developers, Labor Group Reach Jobs Deal

March 27--Developers of the proposed NFL stadium in Inglewood and organized labor reached agreement Thursday on jobs for the $1.86-billion project, avoiding a referendum that could have delayed the start of construction. "We now have certainty that the project will be an economic engine for the entire region and help turn the tide against poverty-level jobs in Los Angeles," said Rusty Hicks, ...
03/26/2015Lawmakers Send $1B Drought-Relief Package to Governor

March 26--SACRAMENTO -- The Assembly on Thursday sent to Gov. Jerry Brown two emergency drought-relief bills that allocate more than $1 billion for various actions and gives the Department of Fish and Wildlife greater authority to stop illegal diversions from rivers and streams, particularly by illegal marijuana growers. "We're in a crisis situation, so we have to act like it and respond ...
03/26/2015Martinez Tragedy: Gravel Truck Driver's Employer Devastated By Accident

March 26--The employer of a driver whose gravel truck tipped over and killed a pregnant woman in Martinez earlier this week called the incident a "nightmare." "I'm devastated," Greg Menna, the owner of Greg's Trucking, said Thursday. "I see that young woman's face branded on my mind. I'm a father, a grandfather. The last thing I would want or my company would want is for anybody ever to be ...
03/26/2015City Takes Step to Replace Irwindale Speedway with Outlet Mall

March 26--Last year Irwindale seemed on the verge of driving the Sriracha plant out of the city over pungent smells before the hot sauce company owner and politicians cooled down and patched things up. But the industrial town of 1,500 now looks poised to lose another of its well-known features after the City Council voted to approve plans to demolish the Irwindale Speedway to make way for a ...
03/26/2015Mayor Ed Lee Faces Fire over Who Benefits as S.F. Booms

March 26--SAN FRANCISCO -- The 656-condo Lumina complex promises a "transcendent living experience," with a club lounge, climbing wall and pet grooming station. The smallest units start at about $1 million. The penthouse is priced at $49 million, a city record. But on this day, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had donned a hard hat and orange vest to tour a development farther away from the bay that ...
03/26/2015Lawmakers Intent on Overhaul After Oil Regulators' Lapses

March 26--The agency that regulates the oil industry in California is -- by its own admission -- in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources are trying to untangle years of chaotic operation. But the fixes aren't happening fast enough to satisfy many ...
03/26/2015L.A.'s Share of River Restoration Could Hit $1.2 Billion

March 26--Returning the Los Angeles River to a more natural state has long been a dream of city officials, who see it as way of adding parkland, restoring habitat and attracting investment along its curving path from Griffith Park to downtown. That effort seemed to get a big boost last year when Mayor Eric Garcetti announced support from a high-level federal official for an ambitious plan to ...
03/25/2015Alameda Planning Board Backs $50M Ferry Maintenance Facility

March 25--ALAMEDA -- A ferry maintenance facility proposed for Alameda Point garnered broad support from the Planning Board on Monday, when members said the $50 million project would bring jobs and investment to the city. Along with floating berths for up to 12 ferries, the facility planned by the Water Emergency Transit Authority would have a 6,700-square-foot building that would house ...
03/25/2015Despite Bird Deaths, Altamont Pass Wind Farm Wins Extension

March 25--OAKLAND -- An electric wind turbine company at the Altamont Pass can continue running 828 older generation windmills until 2018 despite estimates they will kill an estimated 1,600 birds during that time, following a 3-2 vote by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The board overrode a vote of the East County Board of Zoning Adjustments to deny Altamont Winds, Inc., the ...
03/25/2015Palo Alto Council Poised to Cap Office Development

March 25--Palo Alto may temporarily cap the amount of new office space that can be built in certain areas. On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to begin preparing an interim ordinance that would limit development to 50,000 square feet per year in the University Avenue, California Avenue and El Camino Real business districts. City staff is expected to return with wording in May. ...
03/25/2015Congress Members Urge $16m to Fund Quake Early Warning System

March 25--More than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging their colleagues to allocate $16.1 million in the next federal budget for an earthquake early warning system, which could give people as much as a minute's warning before severe shaking arrives. So far, $6.5 million in federal money has been allocated for the project, including $5 million in new funding President ...
03/25/2015Water Officials Approve Recycled Water Project at New Apple Campus

March 25--SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple's futuristic new campus a little bit greener. During a Tuesday evening meeting, the board was considering whether to give a final stamp of approval to a project that would pump more reclaimed water in ...
03/25/2015Efforts to Expand California University Systems Are Growing

March 25--The death last week of former University of California system president and UC Irvine chancellor Jack W. Peltason at 91 elicited warm memories of the modest political scientist who achieved high positions in American academia without losing his sense of humor. He also was known for his role in helping to build new university campuses from scratch and growing them to maturity. At UC ...
03/25/2015Firm Working on Elon Musk's Hyperloop Leases Space in L.A.'s Arts District

March 25--Hyperloop isn't all hype. A company behind the futuristic, high-speed transportation system fantasized by Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk has leased warehouse space in downtown Los Angeles and is rapidly adding new workers to a staff of 20 full-time employees. Musk's imaginary Hyperloop would use vacuum tubes to transport freight and passengers at speeds of 750 mph, racing ...
03/24/2015New $2B Stanford Hospital Tops Off in Palo Alto

March 24--PALO ALTO -- Construction of the new Stanford Hospital crossed a major milestone Monday with the "topping off" of the steel structure. It took just minutes for a crane to hoist the final 3,400-pound section into place. Painted white, the 30-foot-long beam was signed by thousands of people ranging from patients to physicians. "We're here to relieve human suffering, to make life and ...
03/24/2015Gravel Truck Topples During Construction, Crushing Pregnant Woman

March 24--MARTINEZ -- State and local investigators on Tuesday tried to determine how and why a dump truck carrying gravel toppled over and crushed a car in an adjacent driveway Monday, killing a 32-year-old pregnant woman whose 4-year-old daughter was standing nearby. Some neighbors were angered to see work continuing Tuesday morning along Shell Avenue just west of Pine Street into the ...
03/24/2015Citrus Heights to Act on Long-Debated City Hall, MOB Project

March 24--The Citrus Heights City Council this week will consider a $53.2 million city hall and medical office project, one of the community's most divisive proposals since its incorporation in 1997. Plans call for relocating Citrus Heights' city hall and constructing a three-story Dignity Health medical building on the current civic center site at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive. ...
03/24/2015Construction Foreman Gets Prison Term for Stealing from Employees

March 24--A Costa Mesa man who worked as a construction foreman was sentenced Friday to 4 1/2 years in state prison for stealing more than $330,000 from the employees he supervised. An Orange County Superior Court judge handed down the verdict immediately after Antonio Naranjo Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts. According to prosecutors, Naranjo worked for Irvine-based construction ...
03/24/2015California's Push for Clean Energy Has a Problem: No Place to Store It

March 24--REPORTING FROM FOLSOM, Calif. -- On a quiet Sunday morning last April, power plants were pumping far more energy into California's electricity grid than residents needed for their refrigerators, microwaves and television sets. So officials made an odd request in a state that prides itself on leadership in renewable energy: They asked wind and solar plants to cut back their output. ...
03/23/2015Novato Receives Application for Controversial Sports Complex

March 23--The city of Novato has received a planning application for the Hamilton Field Sports Park, a 55-acre sports complex with a 12-acre community park, four baseball fields and a 1,000-seat ballpark for high school and collegiate sports located in the Hamilton neighborhood. The Marin Sports Academy LLC of Kentfield filed the application for the sports complex at Hamilton Parkway behind ...
03/21/2015Exide Faces a Long, Costly Cleanup of Closed Vernon Plant

March 21--The deal federal prosecutors struck with Exide Technologies this month to permanently close its battery recycling plant in Vernon and avoid criminal charges marks the beginning of a long and costly cleanup. The plant leaves behind decades' worth of pollution and hazardous waste, along with many questions about how the mess will be taken care of. Who will oversee the cleanup and how ...
03/20/2015Judge Halts Sacramento Sewer Project, Citing Problems With Contract Award

March 20--A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ordered the Sacramento region's sewer agency to halt construction of a storage project, finding enough probability that a $114 million contract awarded to Teichert Construction of Davis violated state law. During a hearing Friday, Judge Timothy Frawley called the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District's contracting process "troubling" and ...
03/20/2015Affordable-Housing Project Proposed for Sacramento Railyard

March 20--A developer is planning a 200-unit affordable-housing project for the downtown Sacramento railyard, the dormant 240-acre district waiting to come to life. USA Properties Fund Inc., a Roseville developer of affordable housing, expects to submit plans next week to city officials for the four-story complex, to be called Metro Crossing. The project, consisting of one- and two-bedroom ...
03/20/2015L.A.'s Crumbling Pipe System Requires $15B to Make Quake-Resistant

March 20--In San Francisco, $4.8-billion pipe retrofitting effort is expected to triple water bills. How about in L.A.? Mayor Eric Garcetti's call to strengthen Los Angeles' water system -- one pillar of his ambitious plan to ready the city for a major earthquake -- would cost as much as $15 billion and require decades of work, Department of Water and Power engineers estimate. The previously ...

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