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08/30/2015California Drought: Is Sites Reservoir the Answer?

Aug. 30--Climate scientists are more certain now than ever the climate in California is changing. Temperatures over the century have climbed relentlessly, and researchers project the trend will continue. The implications to the state's water supply system will be profound, as extreme weather events, including droughts and floods, will become more frequent, researchers say. The summers will be ...
08/30/2015Brown Seeks to Broaden California's Clean-energy Reach in the West

Aug. 30--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown is working on an ambitious plan for transmitting electricity across state lines and bolstering California's role in the region, according to energy officials. The plan would integrate PacifiCorp, a utility serving six Western states, into the electricity grid run by the California Independent System Operator, which is based in Folsom. If ...
08/29/2015Hwy. 101 Closure: 'Apocalyptic' Night Turns into Day of Frustration

Aug. 29--BURLINGAME -- An apocalyptic overnight scene of sardined vehicles -- caused by a construction accident that closed all lanes of U.S. Highway 101 -- dawned into clogged and chaotic city streets full of steamed motorists before the main link between the Peninsula and San Francisco was reestablished Saturday afternoon. The 17-hour closure of all lanes of the highway was the longest in ...
08/29/2015Frank Gehry Faces Monumental Challenge in L.A. River Project

Aug. 29--Cutting through a region whose wildly different parts don't always seem to add up to a cohesive whole, the Los Angeles River reflects the neighborhoods through which it runs: Shaded and bucolic in the San Fernando Valley, a concrete gulch teeming with graffiti near the rail yards east of downtown. Architect Frank Gehry says that he wants to remake this largely derelict waterway with a ...
08/29/2015Citrus Heights to Build City Hall, Knock Down Civic Center

Aug. 29--Both ends of Fountain Square Drive in Citrus Heights will soon be transformed into construction zones as the city builds its new city hall and demolishes its old civic center. The city broke ground in July for its city hall at Stock Ranch Road. Down at Greenback Lane, demolition is slated to begin in September on the former civic center complex, which will be replaced by a new medical ...
08/28/2015Fresno Unified Comes Under Federal Investigation

Aug. 28--The Fresno Unified School District is under a federal investigation over how it handled a $37 million contract to build a middle school. The U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenaed district officials this week in an investigation about the no-bid contract with Harris Construction to build Gaston Middle School. Fresno Unified spokeswoman Amy Idsvoog said Friday the district needed to confer ...
08/28/2015All But 8 of SLO's Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Have Been Retrofitted

Aug. 28--A dozen years after the San Simeon Earthquake prompted San Luis Obispo officials to move up deadlines for seismically strengthening 126 unreinforced masonry buildings mostly in the historic downtown area, only eight buildings still need to be retrofitted. Of the eight buildings -- all located downtown -- six retrofitting projects are under construction or nearly complete, with two of ...
08/28/2015A 'Linear Central Park': Frank Gehry's Plan for L.A. River Takes Shape

Aug. 28--Partners in the firm of renowned architect Frank Gehry publicly unveiled on Friday the first steps they have taken toward what appears to be a comprehensive redesign of the Los Angeles River. They said the project could include a reengineering of the river to improve water reclamation and an overarching scheme for parkland, real estate development and bicycle and pedestrian paths ...
08/28/2015Desalination Plant Opponents Rail Against Huntington Beach Location

Aug. 28--Two weeks ago, an expert panel weighed in against the economic feasibility of burying water intake pipes under the sand at a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach. On Thursday, anti-Poseidon activists and others used a meeting of the expert panel to suggest that if that eco-friendly option is too expensive, maybe it's time to use a third expert study to investigate other ...
08/26/2015Largest Green Roof in the World Proposed for New Vallco Mall Project in Cupertino

Aug. 26--The new owners of Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino announced Wednesday they have a $3 billion plan that will radically remake the outdated center and cover it with the "largest green roof in the world." And they'll even throw in a new school for the city. Sand Hill Property Company unveiled its ambitious plan to transform Cupertino's struggling, half-empty shopping mall into a hybrid ...
08/18/2015$700M Mixed-Use Development in Downtown L.A. To Include 250-Room Hotel

Aug. 18--The trendy W Hotels chain has agreed to open its third Los Angeles outpost in a $700-million complex set to be built downtown near Staples Center. Chinese real estate developer Shenzhen Hazens Real Estate Group Co. said the upscale hotel operator will run a 250-room W Hotel at the intersection of Figueroa and 11th streets. The existing W Hotels are in Hollywood and Westwood. The new ...
08/18/2015Panel Pans Subsurface Intake Option for Poseidon Desal Plant

Aug. 18--Poseidon Water advanced another step toward its proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant Monday with the release of a technical report suggesting that design changes to make the plant's water intake more fish friendly are economically infeasible. Poseidon's proposed design for the plant -- which would separate salt from ocean water to produce drinkable water -- calls for ...
08/18/2015Stockton Mayor, Builders Pushing Fee Cuts

Aug. 18--STOCKTON -- Months after first going public with the idea, Mayor Anthony Silva and the home-building industry are pushing a fee-slashing proposal they promise will create thousands of jobs and spark Stockton's economy. The proposal would reduce public facilities fees -- revenue the city collects from builders to pay for the costs of infrastructure and service needs that result when ...
08/18/2015Exide Cleanup: Toxic Lead Removal Could be California's Biggest Yet

Aug. 18--Removing lead-contaminated soil from thousands of homes near a closed Vernon battery recycling plant would be a years-long endeavor -- eclipsing any similar cleanup in California and ranking among the largest in the nation-- environmental officials and remediation experts said Monday. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced Friday that soil testing shows ...
08/18/2015Cal Poly Pomona Plans New Student Housing Project

Aug. 18--POMONA -- Cal Poly Pomona will use five acres of pasture land on campus to build housing that will accommodate 800 to 1,000 freshman students, university administrators announced Monday. The land to be used is on the southeast corner of Kellogg Drive and Eucalyptus Lane and is one of 10 sites on campus considered for the project, administrators said. The cost of the project has not ...
08/18/2015SMART Begins Search for Developer of Site Near Santa Rosa Station

Aug. 18--Santa Rosa and the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Authority are hoping developers will get onboard with long-stalled plans for a transit village west of Railroad Square, the downtown site of the busiest planned station for the coming commuter rail line. The rail authority has begun soliciting interest from firms qualified to finance and build a large mixed-use housing project on the highly ...
08/18/2015San Bruno Aftermath: PUC Eyes Broad Probe of PG&E

Aug. 18--SAN BRUNO -- State regulators on Monday took the first steps toward a wide-ranging probe into PG&E's culture and how the company governs itself, the latest fallout from a fatal explosion in San Bruno, and an effort that could radically transform the company. PG&E's principal regulator, the state Public Utilities Commission, on Monday proposed a full-fledged investigation into the ...
08/18/2015Funding Likely to Get OK'd for Stalled Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier

Aug. 18--The first funds related to construction of a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge are up for approval this week, with bids to build the landmark project going out as soon as October. When bridge board members meet Thursday and Friday, up to $355,000 is expected to be approved to hire a consultant -- San Jose-based HNTB Corp. -- to help those bidding on the work better understand ...
08/18/2015Millions of Gallons of Water Lost in Vallejo Pipeline Break

Aug. 18--Nearly 5 million gallons of potable water was lost during this past weekend's 20-inch water main break in Vallejo, city officials said Monday. Water was completely restored by 6:30 a.m. Sunday to the thousands of customers impacted by the break, first reported Friday night, city officials said. The system was fully pressurized by 9 a.m., they said. Anyone still experiencing problems ...
08/18/2015Chinese Firm, Local Partner Start Bellevue Apartment Project

Aug. 18--A private Chinese real-estate company broke ground Monday in downtown Bellevue on a six-story, 162-unit apartment building, the first of several it plans on the West Coast. Beijing-based Create World Group is developing the two-phase residential project north of Bellevue Square in a joint venture with Seattle-based Daniels Real Estate. While Chinese investors have bought commercial ...
08/17/2015EDITORIAL: Fixing California Roads and Highways Should Top Legislators' Agenda

Aug. 17--California lawmakers will vote to cut gasoline use by 50 percent -- or not. They'll impose new taxes on cigarettes and health care plans, and increase payments to doctors and others who care for poor people and developmentally disabled people -- or they won't. Lawmakers and lobbyists have returned to the Capitol for a final month of horse-trading and buttonholing. Whether the big ...
08/17/2015L.A. County Supervisors Will Reconsider Vote on Jail Diversion, Construction

Aug. 17--Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will ask his colleagues on Tuesday to reconsider a controversial and potentially illegal vote taken last week after concerns the action was improperly publicized. Antonovich will ask that the board reconsider the vote and instead consider next month a plan to divert 1,000 mentally ill inmates from jail and a decision to authorize ...
08/17/2015Sacramento Kings Hotel Won't Open Until Early 2017

Aug. 17--The Sacramento Kings won't be able to finish their new hotel and condo tower in time for the opening of their new arena after all. The team said Monday that preliminary construction is under way on the 16-story tower at the north end of Downtown Plaza, but the project won't begin rising from the ground until this fall. Grand opening is expected sometime in early 2017. That would be ...
08/17/2015Earthquake Strikes San Francisco Bay Area

Aug. 17--A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Monday morning in Piedmont, Calif., near Oakland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:49 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was two miles from Emeryville, Calif., three miles from Oakland, three miles from Berkeley and 64 miles from Sacramento. The quake was felt most ...
08/17/2015Land Acquisition Plans Prepared for Delta Tunnel Project in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels. Farmers whose parcels were listed and mapped in the 160-page property-acquisition plan expressed dismay at ...

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