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11/12/2014Bay Bridge Officials Approve $10M Study on Adding Path to West Span

Nov. 12--Bay Bridge officials have authorized a $10 million study to look for a cheaper design to build a riding and walking path on the west span. Up to four alternatives will be examined in detail for a 12-foot-wide steel deck path separated from auto traffic lanes along the 2-mile-long west span between San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island. Authorization to contract with Arup North America, ...
11/11/2014Parks and Plaza Top Yakima Council's Project List

Nov. 11--A new municipal pool, possibly in partnership with the YMCA, and more soccer facilities have emerged as the city of Yakima's top priorities for capital spending in the coming years. Also on that list is funding for a downtown plaza event space, improvements to the streets in a one-block vicinity of the plaza, and improvements to the Yakima Air Terminal. The council, which prioritized ...
11/11/2014Fresno Officials Unveil Possible Water Plan

Nov. 11--When it comes to water security well into the 21st century, Fresno is home free. The only possible glitch -- Fresnans may prefer their money to home and water. That was the clear message that came out of Monday's water forum, City Hall's fourth and final public gathering to review issues surrounding water. About 150 people showed up at the City Council chamber to voice opinions, ...
11/11/2014Spokane Convention Center Coming Together on Time, on Budget

Nov. 11--The Spokane Convention Center is just weeks away from throwing open its doors for larger conventions and events. Garco Construction is on time and on budget for a 91,000-square-foot expansion of the facility as workers Monday hurried to finish installing a massive wall of 550 glass panels on the new north side next to the Spokane River and Centennial Trail. The glass wall will rise ...
11/11/2014Safety Board Wants More Stringent Regulation of State Oil Refineries

Nov. 11--RICHMOND -- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board calls for substantial changes in the way oil refineries are regulated in California in its final regulatory report on the August 2012 fire at Chevron's refinery here. The report, released late Monday, calls on the state "to enhance its process safety management regulations for petroleum refineries to ensure a more robust and adaptive ...
11/10/2014Hindu Group to Build Authentic Indian Temple Near Hillsboro

Nov. 10--The Hillsboro-based Hindu Educational and Cultural Society of America hopes to break ground on an authentic Indian temple outside North Plains as soon as March or April, the nonprofit's founder said Monday. The organization runs the Portland Balaji Temple, which currently rents space on Northwest Aloclek Drive in the Cornelius Pass Business Park. Washington County officials confirmed ...
11/10/2014Los Angeles Aims to Beat California in Energy Efficiency

Nov. 10--The Department of Water and Power will increase its energy efficiency 15 percent by the year 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday said, noting that the move will surpass the state standard of 10 percent by 2021. "Just as water conservation is how we will get through our drought and control our water costs, energy conservation is how we will address climate change and keep our power ...
11/10/2014Replacement Plan for Huntington Beach Power Plant Moving Ahead

Nov. 10--The state's energy agency has unanimously approved plans to replace the AES natural-gas-powered electricity plant in Huntington Beach with a new one. The California Energy Commission determined Oct. 29 that the project will have "no significant impacts on the environment" and will comply with applicable laws. The roughly $1 billon project aims to upgrade the facility with an ...
11/10/2014Google Signs $1B Lease at Moffett Field, Plans Hangar Renovations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics. The giant Internet company will pay $1.16 billion in rent over 60 years for the property, which also includes a working air field, golf course and other buildings. The ...
11/10/2014Performing Arts Facility a Possible Centerpiece for Vista Field in Kennewick

Nov. 10--A performing arts center just might be the catalyst needed to spark the redevelopment of Vista Field. It's an idea that has been tossed around as Port of Kennewick officials and community members brainstorm a foundational anchor site for the massive, 113-acre property in central Kennewick. "This is the ideal spot," said Justin Raffa, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers director and member of ...
11/09/2014Google's Bay Area Office Development Spree Could House 30,000 New Hires

Nov. 09--MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google has been on an astonishing real estate spree in the last several years, buying or leasing dozens of buildings across a wide swath of the South Bay. What's even more astonishing: It's been adding new space even though it has not yet filled buildings it already has, giving the company the flexibility to expand its already large Bay Area workforce by nearly 30,000 ...
11/08/2014California Solar Industry Is Heating Up Again

Nov. 08--The solar power industry, viewed more than a decade ago as a game-changing, jobs-producing juggernaut in California, took its lumps during the recession. But now it's coming back with a vengeance, both here and globally. Some California solar system installers say they have work backlogs. New deals to build new solar power-generating arrays are being announced regularly. And the ...
11/08/2014Silurian Valley Renewables Proposal Tests Land Boundaries

Nov. 08--REPORTING FROM SILURIAN VALLEY, Calif. -- In one of the hottest, driest places on Earth, velvety sand dunes surround dry lake beds that, with luck, fill with spring rains. Hidden waterways attract a profusion of wildlife and birds; submerged desert rivers periodically erupt in a riot of green. The federal Bureau of Land Management describes the Silurian Valley as an "undisturbed, ...
11/08/2014Sierra Madre Fault Map Brings New Building Restrictions to San Gabriel Valley

Nov. 08--New earthquake restrictions on development are now in effect across a large swath of the northern San Gabriel Valley after the state released final maps for a section of the Sierra Madre fault zone. The fault is one of Los Angeles County's longest, stretching more than 50 miles along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, which were created by earthquake activity. The fault, ...
11/08/2014Eminent Domain Set for Road Projects in Fair Oaks, Carmichael

Nov. 08--Sacramento County real estate officials have been given the green light to use eminent domain law to acquire parts of 34 properties along Hazel Avenue in Fair Oaks, and Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael as part of two major road improvement projects. Fourteen of those mandated purchases, approved by the county Board of Supervisors, will take place this winter for portions of ...
11/07/2014Turlock Panel OKs $10M Expansion of Dust Bowl Brewing

Nov. 07--TURLOCK -- Dust Bowl Brewing Co. has won Planning Commission approval for a major expansion just west of Highway 99. The Thursday night vote on the $10million project will be final unless it is appealed within 10 days to the City Council. Dust Bowl, founded in 2009, plans to boost beer production to about 17,000 barrels per year at its new site, on Dianne Drive at Fulkerth Road. It ...
11/07/2014L.A. Metro Breaks Ground on $2.8B Purple Line Subway Extension

Nov. 07--After more than three decades of planning and delay, Los Angeles officials broke ground Friday on the first phase of a Westside subway extension that will expand transit options along one of the most densely populated and congested corridors in the region. "The Purple Line is a great example of what can happen when we come together as a town," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said ...
11/07/2014Co-owner of Irvine Real Estate Investment Firm Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Nov. 07--One owner of an Irvine-based real estate investment company pleaded guilty Thursday to allegations that his firm essentially turned into a Ponzi scheme after the housing market crashed, according to authorities. John Packard, 64, of Long Beach was convicted of one count of mail fraud in federal court and could face up to 20 years in prison for his part in the case, in which investors ...
11/07/2014Huge Distribution Center Kicks off Tracy Industrial Park Construction

Nov. 07--TRACY -- A private developer and Tracy city officials Thursday formally launched construction of a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in the new Prologis International Park of Commerce. It is the first project to be built within the 1,800-acre Cordes Ranch area of west Tracy -- annexed by the city last year with broad plans to develop industrial, commercial and retail ventures ...
11/07/2014Movie 'Mogul' Who Planned Sutter County Film Studio Indicted on 32 Counts

Nov. 07--A woman who claimed she was a Hollywood movie mogul and proposed building a Sutter County studio in 2000 was arrested following her federal indictment, authorities said Thursday. The 32-count indictment charged Carissa Carpenter, 51, formerly of Malibu, with mail fraud, wire fraud and three counts of making a false statement to a government agent, said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner in ...
11/06/2014Study: Commuter Train Extension Could Bring Big Money to Modesto, Merced

Nov. 06--Bringing Bay Area-bound passenger rail to Modesto, Turlock and Merced could boost the regional economy by at least $1.14 billion in the next 15 years, a new analysis says. Leaders hope to extend the Altamont Corridor Express to Modesto as soon as 2020 and to Merced by 2025, with Turlock somewhere in between. That would make life easier, they say, for hundreds of Valley commuters who ...
11/06/2014Sunnyvale Seeks Consultant on Civic Center Modernization Project

Nov. 06--The city of Sunnyvale has taken an official first step in modernizing its 50-year-old civic center. The Sunnyvale City Council voted Oct. 28 to allot $400,000 to fund consultant services related to the project. The decision was a follow-up to a strategic workshop on Sept. 2, when council members discussed the need for upgrades to the aging campus. City staff has been exploring options ...
11/06/2014State Provides $14M to Fund 19 Drought Relief Projects in Sacramento

Nov. 06--The California Department of Water Resources on Thursday announced it will fund $14million worth of water infrastructure projects throughout the Sacramento region. The department announced the awards to pay for construction of 19 projects during a news conference at the Sacramento River intake facility near Discovery Park. The funds are designed to help municipalities deal with the ...
11/06/2014Alameda County Prepares to Spend $7.8B from Increased Sales Tax

Nov. 06--Alameda County next year will begin spending a major new infusion of money -- $7.8 billion over 30 years -- to fix potholes, boost public transit, improve freeways and fight congestion after voters did what no other Northern California county has done before: Doubled the sales tax for transportation to a full 1 percent and extended it to 2045. Alameda County Measure BB was widely ...
11/06/2014Brown Brushes off GOP Opposition to Bullet Train

Nov. 06--Gov. Jerry Brown played down concerns Thursday about Republicans killing the state's $68-billion bullet train, saying that "they're going to join the chorus" in support of high-speed rail once construction around Fresno and Bakersfield gains momentum. "Look, we have the ingredients to get this thing launched," Brown told reporters on his way into an Anti-Defamation League lunch at a ...

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