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02/26/2015Developers Decry Folsom Park Fee Hike Proposal

Feb. 26--The Folsom City Council tabled a proposal late Tuesday to increase park fees on new construction by 170 percent after getting an earful from developers about the amount and lack of notification. Under the proposal, the fee on a single-family home would jump from $2,910 to $7,874 to pay for city parks. Similar increases are proposed for multifamily housing and commercial projects. City ...
02/26/2015State Assembly Speaker Pushes Plan to Fund More Affordable Housing

Feb. 26--The top Democrat in California's State Assembly visited Chinatown on Wednesday to unveil a plan to boost affordable housing in the state. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins is proposing a new $75 fee on many real estate transactions, with the proceeds dedicated to financing the development of more apartments for low- and moderate-income Californians. It's part of a broader package Atkins is ...
02/26/2015Chinese Developer Buys Site Near Staples Center, Plans to Build Condos

Feb. 26--Another developer from China has entered the downtown Los Angeles real estate market with the $26-million purchase of property near Staples Center where it intends to build condominiums. Shanghai-based Shenglong Group bought 1201 S. Grand Ave. from Rafi and Danny Shaoulian in what was one of the highest per-foot prices ever paid for land in Los Angeles not already zoned for dense ...
02/26/2015Plan to Bridge Dangerous Metrolink Crossing Stalled by Lack of Money

Feb. 26--A proposed $30-million to $35-million grade separation project that would have prevented Tuesday's crash of a Metrolink commuter train in Oxnard has been delayed for years by a lack of money, officials said Wednesday. The planned overpass project, which was first considered 15 to 20 years ago, would eliminate the Rice Avenue rail crossing at East 5th Street, which has been identified ...
02/25/2015Construction of Topaz Solar Farms in California Valley Wraps Up

Feb. 25--The massive Topaz Solar Farms photovoltaic plant in California Valley is now complete, producing 550 megawatts of electricity for the state's power grid -- enough energy to power some 180,000 homes served by PG&E. Construction activities drew to a close late last year. Plant owner BHE Renewables says it plans to formally announce the completion of the project next week. First Solar ...
02/25/2015San Juan Unified Embarks on High School Building Plan

Feb. 25--The Rio Americano High School band has performed at the Sydney Opera House and at New York City's Lincoln Center. But at the Wilhaggin campus, the group is confined to performing in the band room or the cafeteria. At Bella Vista High, where the Science Olympiad team competes with the best in the region, there are too few electrical connections and too few lab stations for science ...
02/25/2015Budget Shortfall Shrinks for $88M Fresno County Jail Project

Feb. 25--Fresno County supervisors learned Tuesday they're not in as deep a financial hole on building a new county jail as they thought two months ago. Supervisors were told in December that the county could be on the hook for up to $2 million it had not expected for the $88 million jail addition. The county's share of the project is $8.8 million -- about 10% of the cost -- and supervisors ...
02/25/2015Inglewood City Council Votes to OK Stadium Plan

Feb. 25--After four hours of public comment, financial analysis and questions for traffic planners and noise consultants, the vote by the five members of Inglewood's City Council to approve plans to build an NFL-caliber stadium was swift and unanimous. And when it was through, Mayor James Butts had one thing to say. "Now we can celebrate." And celebrate they did. In the City Council chambers ...
02/25/2015Inglewood Council Approves NFL Stadium Plan

Feb. 25--The Inglewood City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an 80,000-seat stadium at the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack, jump-starting the effort to bring an NFL team back to the area after a two-decade absence. After almost four hours of presentations and discussion in front of a weary crowd, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. hailed the agreement as "the best ...
02/25/2015Quay Valley New Town Project Re-Emerges in Kings County

Feb. 25--The massive Quay Valley new town proposal in western Kings County is suddenly alive again after being left for dead at the start of the Great Recession. Last week developer Quay Hays of Los Angeles submitted an application to the Kings County Planning Department seeking to rezone 7,500 acres of grazing land for housing and commercial development. The proposed development straddles ...
02/24/2015Site of Oxnard Train Crash has History of Collisions

Feb. 24--OXNARD, Calif. -- At least five other crashes have occurred at the site of Tuesday's train collision in Oxnard, and local officials say it might have been prevented by a proposed bridge crossing in the works for years. In June, two Oxnard men were killed when their vehicle hit an Amtrak train there. Darren Kettle, executive director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, ...
02/24/2015Metrolink Upgrades May Have Saved Lives in Oxnard

Feb. 24--After three dozen Metrolink commuters were killed in the past decade in two San Fernando Valley rail collisions, the railroad spent $500 million to buttress safety. The upgrades, including cars equipped with a "crash energy management" system designed to absorb the force of impact, may have helped save lives Tuesday in Oxnard, officials say. While dozens were injured, some critically, ...
02/24/2015High-Speed Rail Agency Settles with Bakersfield Commons Developer

Feb. 24--California high-speed rail officials announced Tuesday they have settled a lawsuit filed by a developer proposing a 255-acre, mixed-use project at Coffee and Brimhall roads. The terms of the agreement signed last Wednesday require project officials to "consider in good faith" routes that do not cross the developer's property. For its part, Coffee-Brimhall LLC, controlled by South ...
02/24/2015Friends, Colleagues Stunned by Death of Glen Ellen Architect

Feb. 24--Everything Mark Perry did, he did well. Writing, poetry, painting, music, sports, and of course, architecture, his livelihood. He was a good son, husband and father. One close friend described Perry, 38, as a "renaissance man," full of creativity, vigor, intelligence and ambition. Perry had his whole life ahead of him -- the architecture firm he started in 2008, which specialized in ...
02/24/2015Rods Securing Bay Bridge Tower Show Rust, Cracking

Feb. 24--California transportation officials said Friday that corrosion and cracking have been found on one of the steel anchor rods that secures the new suspension span tower for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to its foundation -- reinforcing critics' concerns about the structure's vulnerability in a major earthquake. The bridge tower is secured by 424 massive anchor rods, each 25 feet ...
02/23/2015Former Firm Build Execs to Pay $1.8M to Asbestos Victims

Feb. 23--A federal court judge has ordered three former executives of the defunct nonprofit Firm Build to pay a total of $1.8 million to dozens of victims who were exposed to asbestos while working for the group, the office of U.S. District Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced Monday. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on Monday ordered Patrick Bowman, Rudy Buendia III and Joseph Cuellar to ...
02/19/2015Exxon Mobil Refinery Explosion Cause Unclear

Feb. 19--A portion of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance has been shut down after a large blast Wednesday morning injured four workers and sent ash into the sky. By the afternoon, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health had ordered the refinery to shut down all work inside its fluid catalytic cracking unit, where the blast occurred, the agency's spokeswoman Erika Monterroza ...
02/19/2015Whole Foods to Anchor Posh Apartment Complex in Downtown L.A.

Feb. 19--A ritzy 700-unit apartment complex, anchored by a prominent supermarket on the ground floor, is rising in resurging downtown Los Angeles. The project, called Eighth & Grand, is one of several residential and retail developments that are transforming blocks of historical structures and parking lots on the south edge of the downtown's financial district. The revival has drawn the first ...
02/19/2015State Promises $195M Loan for Fresno Water Project

Feb. 19--Fresno's ambitious water project has qualified for a state loan big enough to make a sizable dent in the typical home's monthly bill. The help from Sacramento lenders could be enough to give Mayor Ashley Swearengin a winning hand when she pitches her water-rate plan to the City Council Feb. 26. Swearengin told The Bee on Wednesday that state officials have agreed to loan $195 million ...
02/19/2015Water Service Restored After Hollywood Hills Water Main Break

Feb. 19--A nearly century-old water main burst in the Hollywood Hills in the predawn hours Wednesday, cracking sidewalks and pavement and submerging cars as at least 100,000 gallons of water spewed into a residential neighborhood. Much of the flooding had subsided by mid-morning, but customers near the break in the 6400 block of Dix Street went without water until just before 9 p.m. when ...
02/19/2015L.A. Convention Center Shortcomings Cost Area $5B in Four Years

Feb. 19--Los Angeles lost out on nearly $5 billion in economic benefits over the last four years from 271 conventions that bypassed the city because its convention center was either too small or lacked enough hotel rooms within walking distance. That was the assessment given Wednesday by Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board chief Ernest Wooden Jr., who made a pitch for a greater investment ...
02/18/2015Court Dismisses Environmental Challenge to Kings Arena

Feb. 18--The Sacramento City Council was still voting on the development deal for the new Kings arena when a group of arena foes handed out copies of a lawsuit blasting the project as an environmental disaster in the making. Nine months later, the lawsuit has been dismissed by a state appellate court, removing one of the last remaining legal obstacles to a $477 million project that has already ...
02/18/2015Property Owners Vote to Help Fund $150M Sacramento Streetcar Project

Feb. 18--Sacramento's effort to bring streetcars back to downtown got a major boost Tuesday night when property owners near the proposed line voted to kick in $30 million in construction funds. The mail-in vote, tallied at City Hall, came in at 66 percent in favor of helping finance the estimated $150 million project. The vote, although only advisory, represents a necessary step to put the ...
02/17/2015Aging Water Mains a $1B Headache for DWP

Feb. 17--The water main break that flooded Nowita Place in 2013 wasn't the kind of spectacle that brought TV cameras. Water sprayed a foot in the air through a hole in the buckled asphalt, leaving residents in the Venice neighborhood without water service for hours. But the break fit an increasingly common pattern for L.A.'s aging waterworks: The pipe was more than 80 years old. It was rusted ...
02/16/2015Portland's $25M Grove Hotel Project Would Change Old Town Skyline

Feb. 16--The developers rejuvenating the Grove Hotel in Portland's Old Town Chinatown neighborhood are proposing to transform the longtime eyesore into a nine-story building, making it one of the historic district's tallest buildings. Bob Naito, head of Naito Development and part of the prominent Portland family, said his group's original plan to rehab the derelict city-owned hotel into a ...

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