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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 ...
04/14/2015Seattle To Replace Water Main at Risk After Dig for TBM Bertha

April 14--Crews will soon start digging up Western Avenue in downtown Seattle to replace a water main damaged last fall by the Highway 99 tunnel project. Ray Hoffman, director of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), said workers will replace a quarter-mile of 20-inch pipe in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Hoffman said it's crucial to fix the pipe soon, to reduce flooding risk from a ...
04/14/2015Committee Lifts Contentious Restrictions on Fairbanks Energy Project

April 14--The House Finance Committee reversed course Monday on a natural gas project for Fairbanks, reworking amendments by Anchorage Rep. Mike Hawker that had drawn heavy fire from Fairbanks officials and the administration of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. The finance committee version of a bill offered Monday is more in keeping with the original from Gov. Bill Walker in that it does not require ...
04/13/2015Judge to Rule on Acalanes Measure E Bonds for Construction Debt

April 13--LAFAYETTE -- A court decision that could allow the Acalanes Union High School District to repay $15 million in construction debt is being fast-tracked following legal motions filed by the district and a Walnut Creek resident. A Contra Costa County Superior Court judge could decide as soon as May 28 whether the district -- which includes Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramonte ...
04/13/2015Wash. Driver Killed by Falling Construction Materials in Bonney Lake

April 13--UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: City spokesman Woody Edvalson said the material that fell was a concrete wall from the overpass. It was an existing structure prior to construction. Bonney Lake police, the state Department of Transportation and representatives from WHH Nisqually are all on scene investigating the incident. It is still unknown what caused the "very heavy" concrete span to fall, ...
04/13/2015Earthquake Rattles Near One of L.A.'s Most Destructive Faults

April 13--A magnitude 3.5 earthquake that rattled parts of Southern California on Sunday night occurred near the 46-mile-long Newport-Inglewood fault, responsible for a destructive quake that killed more than 100 people about 80 years ago. Lucy Jones, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist, wrote on Twitter that oil drilling, or fracking, was unlikely to be responsible for the quake because it ...
04/13/2015Interstate 90 Widening Project on Snoqualmie Pass Resumes

April 13--Work on widening Interstate 90 to six lanes on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass has resumed for the construction season, the seventh year of the megaproject to upgrade the freeway. Workers have started changing the wintertime lane configuration to prepare for construction. Three miles of the widening project, starting at Hyak and going east, have been completed to the site of the old ...
04/12/2015Newport Weighs $67M Plan for Construction Projects

April 12--A $66.6 million proposed capital improvement budget that includes projects for streets, facilities, parks and beaches in the upcoming fiscal year will get a look from the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday. For several months, the council has been weighing in on which proposals should receive funding in fiscal 2015-16, which begins July 1. The capital improvement budget is adopted ...
04/12/2015An Oregon Consortium Works to Fortify the Electrical Grid

April 12--Between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on May 16, 2013, a well-coordinated assault was launched against an electrical substation in Northern California that supplies the Silicon Valley with power. One or more people entered manholes at the Metcalf substation and cut fiber cables, knocking out communications, according to various reports. Then, the intruder or intruders fired more than 100 ...
04/12/2015Tenants of Hollywood High-rise Caught in Middle of Legal Dispute

April 12--Worried they could be kicked out of their homes, tenants of a new Hollywood high-rise at the center of a legal battle spoke out for the first time Saturday. "It's been a nightmare," said Melanie Culvey, who moved into the 22-story Sunset and Gordon building with her husband and toddler in September. She said she's stressed by not knowing whether she'll have to leave her apartment, ...
04/11/2015Report: Converting LA Metro's Orange Line to Rail Could Cost $1.7B

April 11--Converting the San Fernando Valley's dedicated busway to light rail would cost well over $1 billion, but may become necessary if ridership along the route continues to grow, according to a new analysis. Building a light-rail line along the 18-mile Orange Line busway between Chatsworth and North Hollywood, including laying track and buying trains, would cost $1.2 billion to $1.7 ...
04/11/2015Calif. Authorizes Condemnations for More High-Speed Rail Property

April 11--Rail condemnations --The state Public Works Board voted Friday to authorize the use of eminent domain or condemnation to seize 38 pieces of Valley property for high-speed rail use. --The land encompassed by the latest resolutions amounts to more than 150 acres in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties. --Since December 2013, the state has adopted 192 condemnation resolutions that ...
04/11/2015Moving River Levees Can Help Groundwater Supply, Say UC Researchers

April 11--By now most people are aware that California's groundwater supply is in a state of emergency -- cities and farms use more water than is available. But University of California researchers have an engineering solution that may help replenish groundwater supplies and fisheries. The answer, according to Josh Viers, a watershed scientist at UC Merced, is in flood control. Moving levees ...
04/10/2015SFPUC's San Bruno Project Will Keep Water Flowing After Earthquake

April 10--SAN BRUNO -- High in the hills of San Bruno, hidden from public view, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has completed a massive infrastructure project that will enhance the Bay Area's water security when the next major earthquake hits. The agency held a ceremony Friday to mark the end of a $278 million upgrade to the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant, which filters and ...
04/10/2015Three Contra Costa School Districts Struggle to Prioritize Construction Projects

April 10--This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington's blog on Contra Costa County schools. Read more and post comments at IBABuzz.com/onassignment. Follow her at Twitter.com/tunedtotheresa or Facebook.com/TheresaHarringtonBANG. April 10: Three school boards in Contra Costa County are deciding how to prioritize construction projects to complete with remaining ...
04/10/2015Smartphones Could Act As Early Earthquake Warning System

April 10--Your smartphone is a camera, a calculator, a flashlight and a pedometer. Scientists believe it could be part of an earthquake early-warning system too. It turns out that the GPS sensors built into most smartphones are sensitive enough to detect the earliest signs of quakes that are magnitude 7 and stronger, new research shows. The data they collect could be used to give nearby ...
04/10/2015Concord to Choose Two Potential Developers for Naval Weapons Station

April 10--CONCORD -- On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to narrow the field of possible master developers for the Concord Naval Weapons Station project from three to two. A nine-member evaluation board is recommending that the city enter into negotiations with Oakland-based Catellus Development Corp. and Lennar, a San Francisco developer and homebuilder. The chosen master developer will ...
04/10/2015Government Spurred to Action to Meet L.A. Veteran Housing Goals

April 10--After decades of neglect of L.A.'s homeless veterans, federal, state and local officials are pulling together to try to get them off the street by the end of the year. In a groundbreaking legal settlement, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald in January promised to open the agency's long-contested West Los Angeles campus to homeless housing as part of a ...
04/10/2015State Regulators: California Water Use Will Never Be the Same

April 10--This is the summer that California's relationship with water -- often wasteful -- will undergo permanent change. That was the message delivered Thursday by the state's top water officials, days after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the first-ever mandatory statewide cutbacks in urban water use. Faced with an epic water crisis prompted by years of drought, the state's 39 million residents ...
04/09/2015Vallejo's Forest Service Part of First Federal Solar Purchase

April 09--The U.S. Forest Service on Mare Island is part of the nation's first federal combined solar power purchase, federal officials announced Wednesday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy and General Services Administration announced the first-ever federal partnership to purchase solar power. This action follows President Obama's order last ...
04/09/2015Apple Rescinds Policy Against Hiring Felons for Construction Work

April 09--CUPERTINO -- Apple has opened the door for construction workers with recent felonies on their records to help build its new campus. The tech giant has lifted a requirement that people who had been convicted of felonies within the past seven years could not work on the massive Cupertino construction project, Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told this newspaper Thursday. After the ...
04/09/2015Judge Allows Teichert to Resume Work on Sacramento Regional Sewer Project

April 09--A Sacramento Superior Court judge has allowed construction to move forward on a Sacramento regional sewer project after previously halting work and calling the sewer agency's contract process "troubling" and "misleading." Judge Timothy Frawley reversed course last week and decided that Davis-based Teichert Construction could proceed on a $114 million contract to create 110 million ...
04/09/2015California Regulators Approve $1.6B Fine for PG&E Over San Bruno Blast

April 09--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- California utility regulators Thursday levied a record $1.6-billion fine against the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The fine for violating state and federal pipeline safety standards was prompted by the 2010 explosion of a PG&E natural gas transmission line. The commission approved the measure by a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Mike ...
04/09/2015California Warns of Deep Water Rights Curtailments Amid Drought

April 09--In the week after issuing an unprecedented statewide water use reduction order, Gov. Jerry Brown labored to defend the measure's focus on urban water use instead of agriculture, which consumes far more water than cities and towns. The drought has already pummeled farmers, Brown said, with diminished state and federal water allocations forcing them to uproot trees and fallow thousands ...

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