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07/25/2014Judge Removes Final Legal Hurdle for New Sacramento Arena Construction

July 25--A judge today removed the last legal hurdle to the start of construction on the new Sacramento Kings arena, rejecting arena foes' request for an injunction blocking the project. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley affirmed the tentative ruling he made Thursday. Frawley's ruling essentially green-lights the project. The Kings have said they'll begin demolition at Downtown ...
07/25/2014Firm Build Exec Gets Prison for Exposing Merced County Teenagers to Asbestos

July 25--A former contractor who exposed dozens of Merced County teenagers to asbestos fibers in 2005 and 2006 received a prison sentence Thursday of three years, eight months. Rudy Buendia III made no statement in Merced County Superior Court after Judge John Kirihara handed down the prison term, which was part of a plea deal with federal, state and county prosecutors. Buendia likely will ...
07/25/2014Officials Want to Build $56M 'Disaster City' near Sacramento for Training

July 25--Saying California's emergency responders need more training to handle major calamities, state and local leaders are pitching plans to build a world-class $56 million training facility in eastern Sacramento County that would pit fire crews against a variety of realistic, pressure-packed simulated disasters. Emergency crews would be required to douse a real 727 jet as it lies in pieces ...
07/25/2014Sacramento Planners Take First Look at High-Rise Residential Proposal

July 25--Sacramento planning commissioners got their first look Thursday at a controversial plan to tear down 206 low-rise garden apartments and replace them with high-rise and midrise residential towers on a leafy superblock in the central city. Beverly Hills real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson filed the plan for the project, called Sacramento Commons. It proposes building more than ...
07/25/2014Koreatown Luxury High-rise 'Vermont' Sells for $283M

July 25--In one of the largest transactions of its type in the state this year, a luxurious new high-rise apartment and retail complex in Koreatown has sold for $283 million. The sale is a sign of Koreatown's rising status with young Angelenos and the desirability of housing near major transit lines. The complex, dubbed the Vermont, is at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont ...
07/25/2014L.A. Metro Picks Skanska-Traylor-Shea to Build First Phase of Westside Subway

July 25--Three construction firms with what officials called a track record of success on Los Angeles County transit projects should build the first phase of the Westside subway, officials said Thursday, despite complaints from a competing bidder that it could do the job for nearly $200 million less. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted 9 to 3 to award the $1.6-billion Purple ...
07/25/2014Cleaning Up after Pot Growers Challenges North Coast Landowners, Agencies

July 25--ELK -- Deep in a private Mendocino Coast forest, trees and brush give way to terraced clearings, miles of crisscrossing black irrigation tubing and campsites littered with cooking pans, empty food and beer cans, sleeping bags and toxic pesticides. They are the remnants of a marijuana garden where a multi-agency law enforcement effort last year seized more than 8,000 plants. The ...
07/24/2014SLO Nonprofit Links Cal Poly Students with Humanitarian Projects

July 24--Cal Poly graduate Steph Fellows was watching a group of kids play soccer in Rwanda in 2012 when a rainstorm struck. The children bustled into a cramped building in their village of Sunzu to grab a book, she recalled this week. But the dingy, cramped conditions weren't well-suited for a good reading environment. Since then, Fellows, 26, has played a role in bringing a new library and ...
07/24/2014MTA Approves Study to Convert Metro Orange Line to Light Rail

July 24--Calling the San Fernando Valley one of the most underserved areas in the county for public transit, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Thursday authorized a study on changing the Orange Line busway into a light rail system. "One of five county residents lives in the San Fernando Valley, and yet of the 80 rail stations in the system, only two are in the Valley," said ...
07/24/2014Fremont's Civic Center May Cost $250 Million

July 24--FREMONT -- The city's plan to create a traditional downtown, where people walk among condos, shops and restaurants, has added a crucial but costly element:A $250 million civic center complex. The sweeping project would include a new City Hall, which Fremont envisions as downtown's centerpiece. "Downtown is something everyone in Fremont has dreamed of for a long time," said Deputy City ...
07/24/2014Atwater-Merced Expressway Project Moves Ahead; Full $336M Funding Still Uncertain

July 24--Construction crews are continuing to make progress on the $336 million Atwater-Merced Expressway project, with most of the first phase scheduled for completion by the end of September. Funding sources for the entire $336 million project have not been identified. Officials said they have secured $66 million, which is only enough for part of Phase 1A. The remainder of the project is ...
07/24/2014L.A. County Office Market Improves as New Leases Edge Out Renewals

July 24--The office market in Los Angeles County is picking up, even in long-suffering downtown L.A., as businesses once chastened by the Great Recession are opening up their purse strings. A growing number of businesses are taking the plunge and moving their offices when their leases expire. New leases edged out renewals in the second quarter, suggesting that many companies are feeling ...
07/23/2014Santa Rosa Junior College to Put $410M Bond Before Voters

July 23--Santa Rosa Junior College officials will ask voters to support a $410 million bond measure for facility and technology upgrades, including the construction of new math and science buildings. The college trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to place the bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. "It is the time," trustee Rick Call said at a meeting where faculty, staff and students urged the ...
07/23/2014Petaluma Council Dismisses Union Concerns, OKs EIR for Riverfront Project

July 23--Petaluma City Council members have approved the environmental report for a proposed hotel and housing project, dismissing safety concerns raised by construction trade unions about air quality and soil contamination on the site. The developer, Basin Street Properties, and others had said the unions' concerns were less about lead or arsenic in the ground and more about their failure to ...
07/23/2014San Bruno Presses PUC to Force PG&E to Produce More Accurate Records

July 23--SAN BRUNO -- In a filing that ultimately could force PG&E to reduce pressure in some of its natural gas lines, San Bruno city officials and a key unit with a powerful state agency this week demanded that California regulators require the utility to produce improved records for multiple gas pipelines. "The public's interest in safety is not being adequately met," Connie Jackson, San ...
07/23/2014Construction to Start on O.C. House the Size of a Football Field

July 23--Construction is expected to start soon on a 52,000-square-foot house in Newport Beach that's expected to become Orange County's biggest home. The family that's building the "Villa de Formosa" mansion held a private ground-breaking ceremony Monday at the Crystal Cove site where the three-level, Italian-style mansion is planned, according to Beverly Hills publicist Penelope Francis. But ...
07/22/2014Disagreement Suspends Work on Bob Hope Airport EIR

July 22--City officials have temporarily suspended work on a report studying the environmental impacts of constructing a new 14-gate terminal at Bob Hope Airport following unresolved differences between the city of Burbank and the airport. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week voted to defer considering making a payment of nearly $800,000 for the report, which includes the ...
07/22/2014Sacramento Commuters Deal With I-80 Construction Project

July 22--Just weeks after downtown's Fix50 freeway closures came to a merciful end, Sacramento commuters find themselves dealing with another freeway reconstruction headache -- this one on Interstate 80 through Natomas. Caltrans' $133 million freeway repair and expansion, currently the largest in the region, involves adding several new lanes and rebuilding old ones along a 10-mile stretch from ...
07/22/2014Pana-Pacific Breaks Ground at New Southeast Fresno Plant

July 22--Pana-Pacific manufacturing is building a new plant, bringing more jobs to Fresno. City officials say the project shows their business-friendly attitude is working. Pana-Pacific, which manufactures electronics for commercial vehicles, broke ground on its new headquarters Monday in southeast Fresno. Pana-Pacific's top executive said the economic numbers make it wise to partner with ...
07/22/2014Madera County's Gunner Ranch Development Clears Major Hurdle

July 22--MADERA -- The 20-year-old Gunner Ranch residential and commercial project in Madera County finally hit a milestone on Monday when its final environmental impact report was approved. The Madera County Board of Supervisors, in a 4-1 vote, paved the way for developer Richard Gunner to take the next step in turning 1,000 acres of orchards and open space along Highway 41 near Children's ...
07/22/2014LAX Approves $900M New Terminal, Selects CM Joint Venture

July 22--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport continued Monday with the approval of a new $900-million terminal that will add gates for wide-bodied aircraft and help eliminate a major inconvenience for travelers. Airport commissioners unanimously approved construction of the northern half of a midfield concourse west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is ...
07/21/2014Alaska's LNG Export Project Takes Step Forward

July 21--The Alaska gasline mega-project took a step forward on Friday with the state's major oil companies filing an application with the Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas. The 42-page application -- supported by more than 150 pages of attachments -- requests permission to export up to 20 million metric tons of LNG each year for three decades. That's equal to 2.5 billion ...
07/21/2014Tesla Idles Fremont Production Line During $100M Upgrade

July 21--FREMONT -- Tesla Motors shut down its production line Monday as part of a long-scheduled plan to retool the factory to increase production of the Model S sedan and prepare for the introduction of the Model X crossover SUV. "We'll be back at regular production Aug. 4," Simon Sproule, Tesla's vice president of communications, said in an interview. "We'll be down for 128 hours of ...
07/21/2014Plans Approved for $900M LAX Terminal With Gates for Wide-Body Aircraft

July 21--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport continued Monday with the approval of a new $900 million terminal that will add gates for wide-body aircraft and help eliminate a major inconvenience for travelers. Airport commissioners unanimously approved construction of the northern half of a midfield concourse west of the Bradley International Terminal, which is undergoing ...
07/21/2014Petaluma OK Sought for Riverfront Project Despite Union Opposition

July 21--The face of a little baseball player on the verge of tears juxtaposed with scary looking 50-gallon drums strewn about a field is a powerful image, one meant to raise safety concerns about a planned hotel and residential project in Petaluma. But is it accurate? Or is it a union blackmail tactic to force the developer to agree to hire only union labor for its 39-acre plan? On Monday ...

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