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09/16/2014Thousands of Customers Remain Without Power as L.A. Heat Wave Peaks

Sept. 16--About 4,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers remained without power Tuesday amid warnings that a stifling heat wave would likely send temperatures across the region into the triple digits, potentially breaking longtime records. The power outages were scattered across the L.A. region, affecting new neighborhoods even as crews restored service to others. New outages ...
09/16/2014PG&E, PUC Oust Several Key Officials in Wake of Email Flap

Sept. 16--SAN BRUNO -- PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission announced the ouster of several top officials as a result of controversial email exchanges that critics charge indicated a troublingly close relationship between the two. In addition, PUC President Michael Peevey, whose email to utility officials also drew scrutiny, recused himself from two key cases related to PG&E's ...
09/16/2014Northern California Wildfire Engulfs Town, 100 Buildings Burned

Sept. 16--Officials plan to send a damage assessment team to the Northern California community of Weed on Tuesday, where a wildfire destroyed or severely damaged more than 100 buildings, including a church and the town sawmill. More than 1,500 residents were evacuated to the Siskiyou County fairgrounds as the Boles fire, last reported at 350 acres, tore through the town. The fire broke out ...
09/16/2014San Francisco Tries 'Shaming' Building Owners on Quake Reinforcement

Sept. 16--REPORTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO -- Cities across California are struggling with how to convince property owners to retrofit buildings at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. San Francisco this week is using an unusual tactic: trying to publicly shame building owners into shoring up their structures to better withstand shaking. The city will slap large signs -- in multiple ...
09/12/2014Newport Beach Votes to Pay State-mandated Wage on Public Works Projects

Sept. 12--NEWPORT BEACH -- City lawmakers on Tuesday voted to pay state-mandated wages on city-funded public works projects after millions in state dollars were put in jeopardy. The state-mandated wages, commonly called prevailing wages, will apply to city public works contracts awarded after January 1, 2015, and could push up labor costs on some contracts by up to 20 percent, according to a ...
09/12/2014Future Uncertain for $1.3B I-405 Toll Lanes Project

Sept. 12--COSTA MESA -- Representatives from six cities in the I-405 corridor spoke out against a Caltrans proposal to add toll lanes on the freeway at a community forum Thursday that was attended by about two hundred residents. The plan, announced by Caltrans in July, would include toll lanes as a part of the county's impending $1.3-billion construction project to widen a 14-mile stretch of ...
09/12/2014Nevada OKs Laws that Open Way for New Tesla Battery Factory

Sept. 12--The Nevada legislature has passed a series of bills designed to lure Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors' $5-billion battery factory to the northwest part of the state. Late Thursday night, after a two-day special session in the state capitol of Carson City, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed them into law. Sandoval, in a high-profile event held last week with Tesla Chairman and founder Elon Musk, ...
09/12/2014California Roads Need More Money for Mending, Report Finds

Sept. 12--Bad highways and byways cost Marin and other Bay Area residents time and money -- about $2,200 per driver, according to a study released Thursday by a group pushing for more road construction. Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack safety features cost California motorists $44 billion each year in repairs, accidents, time and gas burned in traffic, according to a ...
09/12/2014President Obama Issues Disaster Declaration for Napa Quake

Sept. 12--President Obama declared California a major disaster site Thursday, unlocking federal funds for recovery efforts in the areas affected by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa last month. The Aug. 24 quake resulted in one fatality and more than 280 injuries, devastated more than 100 wineries and damaged at least 1,000 buildings, many of which were historic properties. The ...
09/11/2014Sunnyvale Tech Campus Development Moves Past Planning Commission

Sept. 11--A 777,000-square-foot campus proposed to be built at the corner of Central Expressway and N. Wolfe Road may be one step closer to being approved. On Aug. 25, the Sunnyvale Planning Commission narrowly approved recommending the project to the city council, which is tentatively scheduled to review the project on Oct. 14. The 18-acre site would be home to three interconnected office ...
09/11/2014UCLA Water Main Break's First Claims Are In to DWP

Sept. 11--The Department of Water and Power has received its first claims from that flooded UCLA and nearby areas with more than of water. The initial claims are for damages to cars that were flooded out while in parking structures at the campus, spokesman Joe Ramallo said. In all, as of Wednesday, the DWP has received 190 claims for damages, of which 82 have been approved for payment related ...
09/11/2014Bad Roads, Congested Commutes Cost State Drivers $44B a Year, Report Says

Sept. 11--California drivers pay a staggering $44 billion a year in extra car costs because of traffic jams that seemingly grow worse by the day, spreading potholes and outdated roads and bridges, according to a national highway advocacy group. Some Bay Area drivers fork over as much as $2,200 a year, according to a report released Thursday by The Road Information Program, or TRIP. The latest ...
09/11/2014August Slowdown Hits Bay Area Housing Market After Red-hot Year

Sept. 11--After a red-hot start to the year, the Bay Area's housing market is heading toward a fall and winter hibernation that should be easier for buyers battered by frenzied competition for a scant supply of homes for sale. "We're edging back to normalcy," said Andrew LePage of CoreLogic DataQuick. This year's big annual price gains came early, with February recording a 30 percent yearly ...
09/11/2014OCC's Expansion Plans Draw Criticism from Residents and Mayor

Sept. 11--If Orange Coast College offered four-year degrees, would it be destined to become Cal State Costa Mesa? And if the campus expanded its services to more than 28,000 students, would traffic in the city become even more of a headache? Those questions and a number of others were posed Tuesday during a community meeting hosted by Costa Mesa city officials in College Park, an OCC-adjacent ...
09/11/2014East West Bank Socked with $39M Jury Verdict in Loan Dispute

Sept. 11--A Cambodian refugee couple won a $39-million jury verdict against East West Bank in their lawsuit alleging that the Pasadena lender breached a contract for financing a commercial development in Rancho Cucamonga. The Los Angeles County Superior Court judgment this week included $22 million in punitive damages for F&F, a company owned by Choung Fann Yik and his wife, Ying Faung Ley. ...
09/11/2014SMART Loses Out on Federal Grant for Larkspur Extension

Sept. 11--The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit authority is unlikely to receive a $20 million federal grant that the agency was counting on to extend the commuter line to Larkspur, a blow which could significantly delay construction on one of the key segments of the $660 million rail project. The news surfaced this week as other winners of the highly competitive Transportation Investment ...
09/10/2014Kern County OKs Alon Refinery's $170M Oil-by-train Project

Sept. 10--The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve Alon USA Energy Inc.'s controversial plan to bring in two mile-long oil trains per day through Bakersfield. Dismissing environmentalists' worries of a catastrophic spill, board members expressed confidence that Dallas-based Alon and BNSF Railway Co., the company operating the trains, would handle the Rosedale Highway ...
09/10/2014Federal Money Approved for Fixes to Bottleneck at 57 and 60 Freeways

Sept. 10--There may be relief in sight for drivers and truckers facing one of Southern California's worst bottlenecks. Federal officials Tuesday approved a $10-million grant for a series of fixes to the congested interchange between the 60 Freeway and the 57 Freeway in eastern Los Angeles County. For two perilous miles in Diamond Bar, the Pomona Freeway and the Orange Freeway combine into one, ...
09/10/2014Google Invests $145M in Calif. Solar Power Plant

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County. "There's something a little poetic about creating a renewable resource on land that once creaked with oil wells," Google said in a blog post Wednesday. The plant ...
09/09/2014Santa Rosa Likely to Win $8.2M Grant to Build Bridge Over Railway

Sept. 09--Santa Rosa is in line to receive an $8.2 million grant for the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks just south of Coddingtown Mall, potentially defusing a political battle over the need to close a rail crossing in Railroad Square. The city applied for a federal transportation grant earlier this year and learned recently that staff of the ...
09/09/2014Judge Allows Caltrans to Proceed with Excavation for Willits Bypass

Sept. 09--A Mendocino County judge on Monday denied environmentalists' request to extend a court order preventing the excavation of dirt slated for use on the Willits bypass. It's good news for Caltrans, but it may not save the agency from a yearlong, multimillion-dollar delay that was anticipated when the initial, temporary restraining order was issued Aug. 20. "The year delay is still ...
09/09/2014Analysis of Ballot Measure's Impact on Menlo Park Downtown Plan Disputed

Sept. 09--Representatives of a consulting firm are scheduled tonight to defend their analysis of a ballot measure's impact on Menlo Park's future downtown development. Measure M on the Nov. 4 ballot would limit office growth beyond what's called for in the city's El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan. It also would redefine how the plan calculates open space. The analysis by Lisa Wise ...
09/09/2014Palo Alto Approves Design Competition for Bike-ped Bridge

Sept. 09--A design competition for a "landmark and iconic" bicycle and pedestrian bridge is set to unfold in Palo Alto. The City Council voted 8-0 late Monday night to approve a roughly $162,000 contract with the American Institute of Architects California Council, or AIACC, to oversee a five-month contest. "I'm very excited about the concept and I look forward to the results," said ...
09/09/2014Cost of Bay Bridge Demolition Rises Amid Complication

Sept. 09--OAKLAND -- No one ever said it would be easy to tear down a 78-year-old bridge spanning halfway across San Francisco Bay. Ten months after workers began dismantling the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge, drivers crossing the gleaming new bridge are rewarded with spectacular bay views where the steel truss structure once blocked their sightlines. But project costs for the painstaking ...
09/09/2014Fire that Damaged Colossus Roller Coaster Sparked by Welders

Sept. 09--Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said the fire that damaged the wooden coaster Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Monday was sparked by welders working on the ride. There were no injuries as a result of the blaze, which was reported at 1:32 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Scott Miller. The fire tore through one of the coaster's peaks. Fire crews extinguished ...

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