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04/23/2015Study Links Fracking, Earthquakes in Central and Eastern U.S.

April 23--For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States. Oklahoma is by far the worst-hit state recently, according to the USGS study released Thursday. The state last year had more earthquakes magnitude 3 or higher than California, part of a huge increase recorded in recent ...
04/23/2015Downtown L.A.'s Quirky Hotel Figueroa to Get Makeover

April 23--With demand for rooms growing in downtown Los Angeles, one of the city's oldest and boldest hotels is about to get a major makeover. The new owners of Hotel Figueroa, a quirky boutique inn dating to the 1920s, are planning a $30-million renovation to bring back its original Spanish Mediterranean decor. The interior is now a fading but flamboyant interpretation of Moroccan style, ...
04/23/2015Planada to Expand Wastewater Ttreatment Facility

April 23--Planada's wastewater treatment facility will finally undergo a long-awaited upgrade -- one that may help alleviate some burden on the community's limited water supply. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development joined the Planada Community Services District, which owns and operates the plant, to break ground on the project. State Water Resources Control Board ...
04/23/2015Oakland Stadium Leader Takes Aim at NFL

April 23--OAKLAND -- Floyd Kephart, the businessman seen as Oakland's best chance to keep the Raiders, found himself on the spot Wednesday, as his shadowy efforts to build a stadium drew criticism from the NFL and impatience from the city's mayor. In an early morning speech to a business group, Kephart lashed out at the league's top stadium official for telling a Southern California radio ...
04/22/2015Sacramento-area Water Agencies Call State Drought Program Illegal

April 22--Several suburban Sacramento water agencies Wednesday challenged the state's latest emergency water conservation plan, calling the proposed drought reductions an illegal water grab. In letters delivered to the State Water Resources Control Board, local water officials argued that the board is misusing its authority to impose mandatory conservation, and took issue with the notion ...
04/22/2015Judge Refuses to Block City Order to Empty Hollywood Apartment Tower

April 22--A judge on Tuesday rejected a request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked Los Angeles officials from forcing a developer to remove dozens of tenants from a Hollywood high-rise. Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant denied the request from real estate developer CIM Group, which received an order to vacate its 22-story Sunset and Gordon apartment complex last ...
04/22/2015Self-Driving Car Developer Considers Plant at Castle Commerce Center

April 22--ATWATER -- The largest vacant facility at the former Castle Air Force Base -- empty for more than a decade -- may soon be home to the manufacturer of a self-driving electric car. The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an agreement that allows Bravo Motor Company, an Argentina-based automotive developer, to study the possibility of putting a manufacturing plant at ...
04/22/2015Carson City Council Gives Unanimous Approval to NFL Stadium

April 22--The Carson City Council unanimously approved a privately financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on Tuesday night, barely two months after the public announcement of the $1.7-billion project. "There are two things we need in California: rain ... and football," Carson Mayor Albert Robles said after the 3-0 vote. "And football is coming to Carson!" Roars from ...
04/21/2015San Jose, Calif., Facing Shortage of Building Inspectors During Construction Boom

April 21--SAN JOSE -- A shortage of city building inspectors is causing cramps for developers, and has officials looking to get more competitive, salary-wise, as fast as possible to ease a bottleneck during a construction boom. "Competition is fierce in the private sector as they continue to build projects like BART and spaceship campuses throughout the Valley," said Mayor Sam Liccardo, who is ...
04/21/2015Metrolink Will Extend 91 Line to South Perris

April 21--In its first major expansion since 1994, the Metrolink commuter railroad that serves Southern California is converting 24 miles of an old freight route to passenger service between Riverside and Perris. The $248-million project will extend Metrolink's 91 Line to new stations in north Riverside, Moreno Valley, downtown Perris and south Perris. After years of planning and a lawsuit ...
04/21/2015Appeals Court Nixes San Juan Capistrano's Tiered Water-use Rates

April 21--An appeals court decision handed down Monday has thrown into question a major component of California's drought conservation efforts. California's 4th District Court of Appeal found that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rate structure was unconstitutional because it charged more for water than it cost the city to provide the service. The court said the city's policy -- which ...
04/21/2015Carson City Council May Be Set to Approve NFL Stadium, Sight Unseen

April 21--Carson's City Council could decide Tuesday night to approve an NFL stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. It would be a decision based on faith, because many of the of the details are still unknown. Specifics of the $1.7-billion proposal, first unveiled in February, have been scarce, at least publicly. The 26-page initiative petition proposing the stadium says little ...
04/21/2015Eminent Domain Becoming More Frequent for Calif. High-Speed Rail in the Valley

April 21----A bill to limit eminent domain for high-speed rail property was killed in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday in Sacramento. --Fifty eminent domain lawsuits have been filed in Fresno County over property needed for high-speed train right of way. --Many -- but not all -- of the condemnation lawsuits are likely to reach negotiated settlements before getting to a judge or ...
04/20/2015Judge's Decision on Cal Poly Dormitory Project Is Expected Soon

April 20--A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge is expected to render a decision in a couple of weeks on whether Cal Poly's large dormitory project met proper environmental review guidelines. Judge Martin J. Tangeman heard arguments Monday from lawyers representing a neighborhood alliance group and the California State University system in a civil litigation hearing over whether the ...
04/20/2015Assembly Panel Rejects Bill Designed to Derail High-speed Train

April 20--SACRAMENTO -- For the ninth time in less than five years, state lawmakers on Monday rejected a Republican-backed proposal designed to stop California's high-speed rail project in its tracks. On a party-line vote with majority Democrats in opposition, the Assembly Transportation Committee defeated AB 6 by Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, that sought to suspend the issuance of ...
04/20/2015Earthquake Fault Heightens California Tsunami Threat, Experts Say

April 20--The earthquake fault cuts through the heart of Ventura's quaint downtown, past the ornate hilltop City Hall and historic Spanish-era mission before heading into the Pacific Ocean. For decades, some seismic experts believed the Ventura fault posed only a moderate threat and was incapable of producing a major temblor. But research in recent years shows that the fault is extremely ...
04/19/2015Gas Line Was Marked Before Tractor Nicked It, Igniting Fireball

April 19----A natural gas line was clearly marked when a heavy equipment operator apparently nicked the line, sparking an explosion and fireball Friday near Highway 99. --Six people injured in the explosion remain in the burn unit at Community Regional Medical Center -- four in critical condition, two others in serious condition. --A county official said workers are supposed to call PG&E when ...
04/18/2015Anaheim's ARTIC Sees $2M Deficit During First 6 Months

April 18--ANAHEIM -- The city's new transit center will run into a $2 million operating deficit by the end of June, and Anaheim officials will soon consider how to cover the shortfall. Before it was built, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center was expected to be a self-sustaining hub that would be primarily financed by revenue from advertising and a naming-rights sponsor. More ...
04/18/2015Corps Says It Can Release Feather River Levee Artifacts

April 18--After months of stalemate, the dispute over cultural materials recovered during a Sutter County levee project appears to be close to a resolution. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency on Friday it could return the cultural materials discovered during construction of the Feather River West Levee project -- materials the Native American tribes ...
04/18/2015Bay Bridge Tests, Repairs Spur New Concerns About Span's Durability

April 18--The California Department of Transportation announced this week that it had fixed anchor rods that secure the main cable of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but a leading expert in engineering failure analysis cast doubts on the adequacy of the repairs. Chambers on the eastern side of the suspension span enclose the rods, which are more than 3 inches in diameter and up to 32 ...
04/18/2015Caltrans Execs, Bay Area Transpo Chiefs Discuss Bay Bridge Post-Construction Woes

April 18--SACRAMENTO -- The mysteries and miseries of the new Bay Bridge's post-construction woes were politely debated Friday in a meeting between top Caltrans executives and Bay Area transportation chiefs. Central to the meeting at Caltrans headquarters was a display of giant bolts, a testing machine and a presentation meant to show that nearly every bolt anchoring the east section of the ...
04/17/2015Construction Pushes Jobless Rate Down to 5.4% in Ventura County

April 17--CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Ventura County's unemployment rate plunged last month to its lowest point in seven years as hiring accelerated in business and notably in construction, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The county's jobless rate was 5.4 percent in March, down from 5.8 percent in February and 7.1 percent in March 2014. California's unemployment rate fell ...
04/15/2015Novato Man Killed by Pipe at Petaluma Construction Site

April 15--Jared Overfield knew it was a risky job, but he was drawn to construction because of the camaraderie found at the work sites, his stepfather Daniel Zamberlin said. He said his 28-year-old stepson cared about the people he worked with and recently had been promoted to foreman. Overfield was killed Wednesday morning in a construction site accident in southern Petaluma. "He loved ...
04/14/2015L.A. County Officials Submit Scaled-down Emergency Communications Plan

April 14--Scrambling to salvage an ambitious emergency communications project, public safety officials in Los Angeles County on Monday submitted a scaled-down plan that greatly reduces the number of controversial data towers and avoids using them at any county fire stations. The changes would also reduce the system's range. The revised plan calls for just 46 towers, down from the 177 ...
04/14/2015Marin County Planners Get Early Look at New Hospital Building Plans

April 14--Preliminary plans for a new main hospital building at Marin General Hospital were presented to the Marin County Planning Commission on Monday in advance of the filing of a formal design review application. Vertran Associates, the project manager, is attempting to coordinate county approval of the building plans with approval from the state's Office of Statewide Health Planning and ...

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