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10/21/2014Lack of Parking Drives Many Away From L.A. Mass Transit

Oct. 21--Los Angeles County has funneled billions of dollars over the last two decades into new rail lines to lure commuters out of their cars and off the region's overcrowded freeways. But many would-be train riders are struggling with how to start. One of the biggest barriers to attracting new riders to Metropolitan Transportation Authority trains is not the price of fares or the frequency ...
10/21/2014Business Leaders Say Labor is Pushing Rail Car Plant from L.A. County

Oct. 21--Los Angeles County officials and business leaders rose to the defense of a Japanese company Monday that has all but given up plans to build a $60-million manufacturing facility in the Antelope Valley because of a dispute with local labor leaders. Two years ago, Osaka-based Kinkisharyo International won an $890-million contract to build 175 light-rail cars for the Metropolitan ...
10/20/2014Geothermal Power Industry Lost Steam But May Be Poised for Comeback in Calif.

Oct. 20--Geothermal power was once king of California's renewable energy. So many companies were clamoring to transform steam into electricity that they sucked the world's largest geyser field dry. But the industry's shortsightedness -- and its slowness to innovate -- left geothermal floundering for three decades in the shadows of the solar and wind energy juggernauts. Now, industry leaders ...
10/19/2014Fracking Ban on Ballot in Tiny San Benito County Has Big Statewide Implications

Oct. 19--SAN JUAN BAUTISTA -- When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines and other oil equipment in the city. The small protest vote was soon copied by 25 other coastal communities, from San Diego to Fort ...
10/18/2014Atascadero City Council Criticized Over Rising Costs in Wal-Mart Deal

Oct. 18--Wal-Mart was noncommittal this week on whether it would renegotiate terms of an interchange construction project in Atascadero, while critics are urging the city to take a tougher stance in light of the vastly underestimated cost of the work. On Friday, Wal-Mart responded to The Tribune's requests for comment for the first time since the city announced last month that interchange ...
10/18/2014Palo Alto to consider Public-Private Partnerships for New Garages

Oct. 18--The city of Palo Alto could potentially address a parking crunch in downtown by partnering with a private developer to build a new public garage, according to a new report. On Monday, the City Council is scheduled to consider proposals from David Kleiman and Ark Studio West that would turn city-owned lots into mixed-use projects with garages containing 200-plus spaces. Council members ...
10/14/2014Large Retail Center Back on the Table for Lynden Site

Oct. 14--LYNDEN -- The Lynden community once again will have a chance to consider whether a big retail store should be built near a residential area along Guide Meridian. A public hearing about a proposal to change the zoning at 1986 Main St. from residential to commercial will take place at the Lynden Planning Commission meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Once the public hearing phase is ...
10/14/2014Port of Kennewick Starts Chopping 2015-16 Project Wish List

Oct. 14--Port of Kennewick commissioners will need to cut about $3.7 million worth of projects from a list of proposed capital projects for the next two years. The draft work plan for 2015-16 already has been narrowed down to a little over $11 million, commissioners were told Monday. An estimated $7.4 million is available for capital projects during the next two years, said Tammy Fine, the ...
10/14/2014'Big Pave' on Highway 101 Near Windsor to Start in 2016

Oct. 14--Sonoma County transportation officials provided an early glimpse Monday of plans for the $67 million repaving project on Highway 101 north of Windsor that aims to provide motorists with a smoother ride. First announced before a final state funding approval in August, the project, dubbed "The Big Pave," will kick off in two years and fix 14 miles of pavement stretching from Windsor to ...
10/14/2014Southern California Home Sales Post Gains

Oct. 14--Southern California's housing market is starting to pick up the pace. Home sales in the six-county Southland grew for the first time in a year in September as prices moderated from last year's torrid gains, according to figures out Monday. The data are the latest sign of a housing market that's reaching equilibrium after years of big swings, economists say. Higher prices have pushed ...
10/13/2014Lake Perris Dam Retrofit to Begin Construction

Oct. 13--A popular rock climbing area and other recreational facilities on the southeast side of Lake Perris will be closed for three years starting this week so that seismic work can begin on the dam, state officials said. The Bernasconi Day Use Area, which includes hiking trails and an undeveloped camping area, will close to the public Wednesday, said Joan Weber of the state Department of ...
10/13/2014Alaska LNG Project Chugging Along, But Uncertainties Remain

Oct. 13--Officials with ExxonMobil and the Alaska LNG project flew with reporters last week to the Kenai Peninsula where efforts are underway to study what may become one of the world's largest energy projects. It was the second such trip for the media in less than three months. In late July, ExxonMobil footed the bill to fly journalists to a field in the Arctic that may one day provide much ...
10/13/2014KID Issues New Allotments for Existing Water

Oct. 13--After more than four years of waiting, some Kennewick Irrigation District customers could finally get water for their thirsty ground. KID's board unanimously agreed last week to allocate some of the district's existing water to more than 1,200 acres. The decision drew applause from the handful of customers attending the meeting. "Thank you for your patience," said Kirk Rathbun, KID ...
10/12/2014Sacramento May Suspend Bids on Pedestrian Bridge to Keep Fed. Funding

Oct. 12--Competitive bidding for public projects is intended to guard against favoritism and help ensure that taxpayers get the most value for their money. But Sacramento city officials say they must suspend the process for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge or risk losing $6.9 million in federal funding. The City Council on Tuesday will consider rejecting all bids for an overcrossing planned to link ...
10/11/2014Residents Weigh in on Proposed Talaria Project in Burbank

Oct. 11--Burbank City Council chambers overflowed with residents Tuesday night who showed up to voice either support or opposition of a proposal to build a 241-unit luxury apartment complex atop a 43,000-square-foot Whole Foods market in the city's Media District. Council members were expected to vote Tuesday on a set of measures that, if approved, would clear the way for the project to begin. ...
10/11/2014San Luis Coastal High Schools Would Be Upgraded if $177M Bond Passes

Oct. 11--The frequent struggle to maintain school buildings that are more than 50 years old has pushed San Luis Coastal Unified School District to turn to the public for help. On Nov. 4, voters will decide on Measure D, a $177 million bond to repair and construct facilities at both of the district's main high schools and at its small continuation high school. The bond would also pay for some ...
10/11/201425 Years After Loma Prieta: Bay Area Infrastructure Is Safer, But Still on Shaky Ground

Oct. 11--If the Loma Prieta earthquake happened today, Buck Helm might have survived his Nimitz Freeway commute to watch his two youngest children grow up. Donna Marsden could have finished fixing up her Victorian home. Delores Stewart could have cheered on her beloved Oakland A's. Twenty-five years later, the freeways and bridges that collapsed have been rebuilt to stand up to a quake even ...
10/11/2014At Renovated Hall of Justice, a Bittersweet Return for Key Backer Baca

Oct. 11--As photographers jostled for position, Los Angeles County officials posed in front of a plaque that bore their names outside an iconic building. For years to come, people who enter the Hall of Justice will be reminded of the role those officials played in turning the downtown Los Angeles landmark from an earthquake-damaged husk back into a law enforcement hub. But standing nearby, ...
10/11/2014Environmental Impact Lawsuits Not Likely to Impede Sacramento Arena Builders

Oct. 11--Lawyers challenging Sacramento's handling of its downtown arena project argued in court Friday that the city is grossly underestimating the number of people who might show up for an event and the resulting traffic congestion. They contend as many as 31,000 might attend a major event, if the Kings allow standing-room-only admissions inside the arena and if the plaza outside is packed ...
10/11/2014Southland Developers Learn to Coexist With Quake Faults

Oct. 11--Over the last 20 years, the plateau atop Signal Hill has been transformed from a gritty industrial zone into an upscale neighborhood of homes, parks and hiking trails. Where hundreds of oil wells once stood, joggers and photographers navigate popular walkways and trails that meander around gated communities with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the L.A. Basin. The layout of ...
10/10/2014New Study on Phillips 66 Refinery's Proposed Rail Line Gauges Risk of Oil Spills

Oct. 10--The main hazards associated with a proposed rail project at a Nipomo Mesa refinery include potential accidents at that facility or along the Union Pacific mainline that could result in oil spills, fires or explosions, according to a draft environmental report released Friday. The document assessed three rail routes to the Phillips 66 refinery and found the project could significantly ...
10/10/2014Study: Trench for Caltrain in Palo Alto Could Cost $1B

Oct. 10--Digging a trench for Caltrain through part of Palo Alto could cost more than $1 billion, according to a new study. Last year, the City Council hired New Jersey-based Hatch Mott McDonald to evaluate a trench for the commuter rail service between San Antonio Road and Oregon Expressway, as well as submerged roadway crossings at Churchill Avenue, Meadow Drive and Charleston Road. The ...
10/10/2014L.A. Poised to Approve Extension for AEG to Secure NFL Team

Oct. 10--A city panel on Friday agreed that AEG should be given additional time to try and land an NFL team for its proposed $1 billion downtown stadium even as the city continues to look at possibilities for improving and expanding the Convention Center. The City Council's Economic Development Committee adopted the findings of its top two advisers that the agreement with AEG, which is set to ...
10/08/2014Architects Detail Plans for $296M Orange County School Bond

Oct. 08--If the $296million Orange Unified School District bond passes in November, each of the district's four high schools would get new science labs, general classrooms and administration buildings. Those were among the promises made by the four architectural firms hired for each high school as they presented their bond implementation plans to the school board last week. The plans specified ...
10/08/2014Cheers Greet Demolition of Runways for Great Park Project

Oct. 08--IRVINE -- Cheers and confetti erupted Tuesday night at the Great Park as a bulldozer scooped away a small pile of rubble, marking the start of demolitions on the former El Toro Marine base runways. Fist-sized pieces of the rubble were handed out at the demolition party as about 500 people celebrated with food trucks, orange balloons and a free concert by Kenny Loggins. "The fact that ...

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