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01/29/2015Environmentalists Challenge Kern County Oil-by-Train Transfer Facility

Jan. 29--The environmental coalition that successfully shut down a crude oil transfer station in Sacramento last year has filed a new lawsuit challenging the permits for an oil transfer facility in Kern County, outside Bakersfield. Earthjustice representatives say the Bakersfield Crude Terminal owner Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and the local air quality management district illegally ...
01/29/2015State Approves Cal State Bakersfield Office Park

Jan. 29--California State University trustees on Wednesday green-lighted the design and construction of the first phase of a long-awaited office park on the Cal State Bakersfield campus, a project stalled by the recession. Votes by the trustees' Committee on Campus Planning Buildings and Grounds and the Committee on Finance each gave approvals for the $10.4 million first phase of the ...
01/29/2015Taft Building, an Aging Hollywood Hot Spot, Gets a Makeover

Jan. 29--Hollywood's first high-rise office building has been restored to its former glory, buttressing the ongoing revival of the legendary intersection of Hollywood and Vine. The Taft Building, opened in 1924, has undergone a $15-million renovation that shored up its seismic strength and uncovered historic architectural details that were under wraps for decades. The 12-story building has ...
01/28/2015California Developers Expect to Build More Commercial Space through 2017, Survey Says

Jan. 28--California real estate developers are feeling bullish and plan to build more office buildings, apartments and warehouses in the months ahead, a survey says. New commercial space is expected to increase through 2017 across most California real estate markets, thanks in part to job growth and the rise in goods moving through the state's ports. The outlook is based on the recent Allen ...
01/28/2015Santa Rosa Seeks Way to Bolster Low-Income Housing Projects

Jan. 28--Facing what many are calling an affordable housing crisis, the Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday instructed staff to explore a novel way to kick-start low-income housing projects by allowing developers to defer millions of dollars in fees for up to 16 years. Council members expressed support for the fee deferral on the same night that dozens of residents pleaded with them to do ...
01/28/2015$1.1B Plan to Raise Shasta Dam Takes Hit from Fed. Scientists

Jan. 28--Less than three months after California voters approved a water bond that contains $2.7 billion for new water storage, one of the leading projects under consideration has suffered a potentially fatal setback. Biologists at the main federal agency that oversees the Endangered Species Act have concluded they cannot endorse a $1.1 billion plan to raise the height of the dam at ...
01/28/2015U.S. Settles Suit over Misuse of VA Campus in L.A.

Jan. 28--The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing its sprawling West Los Angeles health campus while veterans with brain injuries and mental impairment slept in the streets, people familiar with the agreement said Tuesday. Under the settlement, the VA will develop a master land-use plan for the campus that identifies sites ...
01/27/2015Burbank Eyes Bond Funds to Meet Class Size Demand

Jan. 27--To meet a state mandate to have class sizes at an average of 24 students to one teacher by 2019, Burbank Unified may need to pay for new classroom buildings or portable rooms with bond funds, according to school board member Larry Applebaum. Applebaum, who was perhaps one of the biggest proponents in seeking voters' approval of the school district's $110-million Measure S bond in ...
01/27/2015Oakland has Backing of MLB but Stadium Deal Not a Done Deal

Jan. 27--OAKLAND -- On his first day as Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred made clear that he wants to keep the A's in Oakland, but a new ballpark at the Coliseum complex still faces many hurdles, including the city's desire to also retain the NFL's Raiders. A's co-owner Lew Wolff said Tuesday that the election of Libby Schaaf as mayor had "re-energized" him on Oakland and that ...
01/27/2015Sacramento County Approves Airport Hotel Project

Jan. 27--Sacramento County supervisors Tuesday morning approved a new five-story business hotel at Sacramento International Airport, seven years after tearing down the old facility. Supervisors voted 5-0 to work with developer Sonnenblick Industries LLC to construct a 135-room Hyatt Place within walking distance of both airport terminals. The hotel will include an indoor pool and spa, fitness ...
01/27/2015Sutter County Levee Project Gets $44M

Jan. 27--California has committed another $44 million to the Feather River West Levee project -- not the entirety of the funding the project needs but enough for construction to continue unhindered in 2015. The new funding leaves about $41 million that the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency still needs to complete all 35 miles of levee improvements from Star Bend in south Sutter County to the ...
01/27/2015NFL Stadium Easily Clears Ballot Hurdle in Inglewood

Jan. 27--The bid to put a professional football stadium in Inglewood gained speed Monday as organizers filed more than twice as many signatures as they needed to put the project to a vote. A group financed by Hollywood Park Land Co., which wants to build an 80,000-seat NFL-caliber stadium at the old racetrack on Century Boulevard, said they have submitted more than 20,000 signatures supporting ...
01/26/2015State Revives Plan for Delta Barriers to Fight Seawater Intrusion

Jan. 26--The drought has spurred California to revive controversial plans to build rock dams across three Delta waterways in an effort to prevent seawater from degrading drinking water for 25 million people -- including those in San Jose, Concord, and Livermore. The quality of state irrigation water for 750,000 acres of farms also is at risk. Low river runoff in droughts weakens the flows that ...
01/25/2015Sites Reservoir in a Waiting Game

Jan. 25--Sites Reservoir is in a holding pattern as project leaders wait for the state to settle on regulations for distributing funds from last year's $7.5 billion water bond. In the meantime, the Sites Joint Power Authority, a group made up of Northern California counties and water districts, has completed its locally preferred alternative report that includes a basic project plan $200 ...
01/24/2015Officials Describe Merced's $60M Schools Modernization Program

Jan. 24--"Modernization" is the operative word now in the Merced City School District. The 17-school district is in the initial stages of a comprehensive upgrading program enhanced by voter passage last June of the $60 million Measure M general obligation bond. Local money coupled with about an equal amount of state funds will address a variety of needs in the district, which has about 10,000 ...
01/24/2015Manteca Edges Closer to Landing $200M Water Park

Jan. 24--MANTECA -- This new year could see one of the city's great old traditions revived -- or at least, well on its way toward revival. As soon as June, the City Council may approve a $200 million water-park resort just north of the Highway 120 bypass. Groundbreaking could take place shortly afterward, City Manager Karen McLaughlin said this week. The long-discussed project would be a nod ...
01/23/2015New Macy's Project in Sacramento Shows Rise of E-commerce

Jan. 23--South Sacramento's old soup factory is becoming a distribution hub for the modern era, a place to ship goods to consumers who order from their computers. Macy's Inc. confirmed Friday that it will open a 175-employee Internet fulfillment center at the former Campbell Soup Co. plant on Franklin Boulevard. The new center, which is being relocated and expanded from an existing facility in ...
01/23/2015Search Begins for Clues to Willits Bridge Collapse

Jan. 23--Caltrans and state regulatory officials today are combing the collapsed section of the Willits bypass bridge for clues that could explain why it gave way Thursday afternoon, injuring five construction workers. "There's a lot of activity," Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie said Friday morning. He said he does not know how long it will take to determine why the partially-built 150-foot ...
01/23/2015PG&E Fined $530,000 for Gas Pipeline Violations

Jan. 23--SAN FRANCISCO -- State regulators on Friday slapped PG&E with fines totaling $530,000 for violations related to its natural gas system, the subject of intense public scrutiny since the 2010 gas-line blast in San Bruno that killed eight and destroyed dozens of homes. The California Public Utilities Commission fined the company $430,000 for failing to "immediately excavate and examine ...
01/23/2015200 Concrete Trucks Headed to Downtown Sacramento Arena Project

Jan. 23--Last year, the city gave the Sacramento Kings the OK to do some downtown arena construction work 24-7, sort of like a full-court press. Starting Friday night, the Kings will take advantage of that privilege. An estimated 220 concrete trucks will descend on downtown streets over the next month -- day and night -- for a major new construction phase. Contractors will be pouring the ...
01/22/2015New $70M San Jose Jail Tower Recommended

Jan. 22--SAN JOSE -- Santa Clara County officials say it's time to topple the outmoded and decrepit 1950s-era Main Jail South and replace it with something that's both in line with modern goals and able to handle an influx of higher-level inmates redirected from state prisons. County officials want to replace it with a new $70 million, 10-story jail tower at the West Hedding Street complex ...
01/20/20154.4-magnitude Earthquake Felt in SLO County

Jan. 20--A 4.4-magnitude earthquake centered in Monterey County hit the Central Coast early Tuesday morning and, though shaking was minimal, San Luis Obispo County residents reported feeling ground motion as far south as Arroyo Grande. No damage has been reported in San Luis Obispo County, according to county Office of Emergency Services Manager Ron Alsop. The U.S. Geological Survey reported ...
01/20/2015Manufacturing Slower to Grow in California than Elsewhere in U.S.

Jan. 20--The United States has seen a remarkable turnaround in manufacturing employment since the economy bottomed out five years ago -- but California hasn't. The state has been among the slowest to recover jobs in an industry long viewed as a bastion of middle-class opportunity. Since February 2010, U.S. manufacturing employment has increased at a rate of 6.7%, with some Midwestern and ...
01/20/2015Mountain View Council Weighs Redevelopment of Downtown Parking Lots

Jan. 20--The Mountain View City Council is set to explore the potential redevelopment of one or more city-owned downtown parking lots at a study session today. Several of the sites are candidates for housing that is transit-oriented, affordable or market-rate, according to a city staff report. Hotels and mixed-use developments could be built on others. The city has "received numerous ...
01/19/2015Two Top Sonoma Clean Power Officials Leaving to Join Consulting Firm

Jan. 19--A Santa Rosa-based energy consulting startup has hired two senior staff members away from Sonoma Clean Power, the public electricity provider. The move reflects the increasing competition for talent as communities across the state explore similar public energy programs and private industry looks to capitalize on their expansion. Kelly Foley, Sonoma Clean Power's former general ...

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