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03/03/2015Tutor Perini Seeks State Compensation for High-Speed Rail Project Delays

March 03--The contractor building the first segment of the California bullet train system said Monday it is seeking compensation for delays in the project and is not likely to start any major construction until June or July -- months later than state officials said just weeks ago. Ronald Tutor, chief executive Tutor Perini, said Monday the Sylmar firm has begun discussing compensation for a 1 ...
03/03/2015Santa Barbara Working to Reactivate Mothballed Desal Plant

March 03--REPORTING FROM SANTA BARBARA -- California's four-year drought created the statewide mantra: "Conserve, conserve, conserve." But this coastal city can soon add another word to its water-related lexicon: desalinate. Santa Barbara owns a mothballed plant -- built more than 20 years ago during another severe drought -- that can turn seawater into drinking water. But it was never used ...
03/03/2015Multiple Hotels Under Construction in Santa Cruz Area

March 03--SANTA CRUZ -- Two multimillion-dollar hotels are sprouting up in Santa Cruz County, and a third is expected, reflecting the industry's strong post-recession comeback and bringing jobs to the still struggling construction sector. The 106-room Hyatt Place in Santa Cruz is a $25.4 million project and the 128-room Lexington Hotel in Scotts Valley is a $21.1 million project, according to ...
03/03/2015Assemblyman Proposes New UC Campus

March 03--At a time when the University of California faces much uncertainty about how to finance its current 10 campuses, a state assemblyman is proposing that the UC establish an 11th campus -- with a special focus on science and technology. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has introduced a bill that would start the process of planning and building a new UC school that he described as "a ...
03/03/2015West Contra Costa Schools Puts Brakes on Future Spending

March 03--RICHMOND -- A new era of fiscal responsibility and transparency appears to be dawning in the West Contra Costa school district, as recently hired bond program staff members are putting the brakes on spending what's left of $1.6 billion in construction funds approved by voters. A sobering report delivered to two district committees by Lisa LeBlanc, associate superintendent for ...
03/02/2015Ventura County Medical Center Tops Out

March 02--VENTURA, Calif. -- A tiny Christmas tree and an American flag sat atop the 2,500-pound beam swinging through the air on Monday. Lifted by a 200-foot-tall crane, the beam was guided by construction workers into its resting place on the second floor of the new 120-bed wing at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura. The beam was one of the last being added, meaning the skeleton of ...
03/02/2015Editorial: Caltrans Promises Better Disclosure on Bay Bridge Bolt Issues

March 02--The latest and perhaps most serious construction problem discovered in the $6.5 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge has implications beyond the thousands of Bay Area residents who use the bridge every day. Caltrans, the state agency that oversaw the work, is responsible for infrastructure projects throughout California including roads, tunnels and all kinds of bridges. The bolt ...
03/02/2015Tech Giants Propose 5 Million Square Feet of Offices for Mountain View

March 02--MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Tech giants and developers have submitted plans for millions of square feet of office parks, retail, hotel rooms and a new movie theater on the north side of Mountain View, an aggregate set of proposals that would dramatically transform the city as a new hub for the technology industry and create space for potentially tens of thousands of new jobs. All told, Google, ...
03/01/2015Potential Water Contamination from Oil-Drilling Waste Spurs Legislative Action

March 01--SACRAMENTO -- As state regulators conduct a review of oil disposal wells drilled near aquifers that could potentially be used for drinking water, two county lawmakers are pushing legislation to strengthen oil-drilling regulations. Included on the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Energy's list of 532 wells of concern are 19 in Ventura County, although none of those is on the ...
03/01/2015Spending on RailCrossing Safety Upgrades Varies Widely Across Southland

March 01--When a Metrolink train slammed into an SUV on railroad tracks in Glendale a decade ago, the horrific chain reaction wreck prompted a major campaign to improve the safety and security of Southern California grade crossings. Last week's crash involving a commuter train and a pickup truck in Oxnard was a reminder that progress has been decidedly uneven. A patchwork of entities with ...
03/01/2015Sacramento Sewer District Approves Teichert Contract $14M Above Low Bid

March 01--A regional sewer board has approved a $114 million contract with Teichert Construction of Davis despite receiving another bid that was $13.8 million lower. Under state competitive-bidding laws, public agencies must award contracts to the lowest and most responsive bidder. Members of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District said the low bidder, Steve P. Rados Inc. of Santa ...
02/28/2015Fremont Eyes Office, Residential Development for Warm Springs Innovation District

Feb. 28--FREMONT -- A developer hoping to transform the largest undeveloped parcel in the Warm Springs Innovation District might clear a major hurdle Tuesday when council members consider its master plan. Lennar envisions 2,214 housing units, a new elementary school and 1.4 million square feet of offices on 111 acres next to the Warm Springs-South Fremont BART station, set to open later this ...
02/28/2015Contractors Hired for Burbank IKEA Store

Feb. 28--IKEA announced Thursday that it has hired the contractors to build its new Burbank store, which will be the company's largest store in the United States. Demolition of existing buildings at the new site is set to begin next month, with a ground-breaking slated for this fall and a store opening in early 2017, according to a statement from the Swedish retailer, pending approvals and ...
02/28/2015Los Angeles Airport Could See Flight Delays Due to $250M Runway Project

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport could face flight delays due to a four-year construction project aimed at increasing the size of safety areas at the ends of its runways. The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/1zO71TY) that the $250 million project will require closing one of the airport's four runways on a rotating basis. The project that began ...
02/28/2015Emails Show PG&E Helped PUC Official Write Safety Directive

Feb. 28--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- In the months after the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, California regulators scrambled to order Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to improve the safety of its aging infrastructure. Now, new documents show the utility was deeply involved in the process, helping PUC's executive director write and rewrite the same safety directive it was about to ...
02/28/2015Northern California Congressmen Push for Sites Reservoir

Feb. 28--REDDING, California -- Buoyed by a voter approval of a state water bond, two Northern California congressmen have introduced a bill they say will accelerate completion of the Sites Reservoir, a proposed 1.8 million acre-feet reservoir in Colusa and Glenn counties. Republican Doug LaMalfa and Democrat John Garamendi co-sponsored the bill. They say Sites Reservoir is needed to help ...
02/27/2015Google Releases Renderings of Proposed Mountain View Campus

Feb. 27--Google wants to transform its Silicon Valley headquarters, replacing static, concrete structures with flexible blocks of metal and glass arranged within giant greenhouses. On Friday, the company submitted the redevelopment plan to the Mountain View City Council and released a nearly 10-minute video about the design. As Google's projects expand far beyond its search engine to making ...
02/27/2015Work Moves Ahead on Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project

Feb. 27--Devices designed to absorb the violent shaking to the Golden Gate Bridge during a major earthquake have been approved for testing as work on the seismic upgrade of the span continues. The design of the final "Phase 3B" -- addressing the center suspension portion of the span -- is now underway and bridge officials hope to get bids out on the work at the end of 2016. Part of the process ...
02/27/2015High-Speed Rail Contractors Test Bridge Piling Near San Joaquin River

Feb. 27--Engineers for California's high-speed rail project spent part of Tuesday using explosives to batter a reinforced concrete piling near the San Joaquin River -- part of ongoing testing in preparation of construction of the bullet-train line in the Fresno-Madera area. The piling, buried deep in the ground with a small portion extending above the surface, was intended to test the design ...
02/26/2015Google Invests $300M in Fund for Residential Solar Power

Feb. 26--Google Inc. is making another large investment in renewable energy, but this time average homeowners could be the ones reaping the benefits. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet search giant said Thursday it would invest $300 million in a new SolarCity Corp. fund that would help finance the installation of residential solar power systems. Solar City said the fund would cover the ...
02/26/2015Developers Decry Folsom Park Fee Hike Proposal

Feb. 26--The Folsom City Council tabled a proposal late Tuesday to increase park fees on new construction by 170 percent after getting an earful from developers about the amount and lack of notification. Under the proposal, the fee on a single-family home would jump from $2,910 to $7,874 to pay for city parks. Similar increases are proposed for multifamily housing and commercial projects. City ...
02/26/2015State Assembly Speaker Pushes Plan to Fund More Affordable Housing

Feb. 26--The top Democrat in California's State Assembly visited Chinatown on Wednesday to unveil a plan to boost affordable housing in the state. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins is proposing a new $75 fee on many real estate transactions, with the proceeds dedicated to financing the development of more apartments for low- and moderate-income Californians. It's part of a broader package Atkins is ...
02/26/2015Chinese Developer Buys Site Near Staples Center, Plans to Build Condos

Feb. 26--Another developer from China has entered the downtown Los Angeles real estate market with the $26-million purchase of property near Staples Center where it intends to build condominiums. Shanghai-based Shenglong Group bought 1201 S. Grand Ave. from Rafi and Danny Shaoulian in what was one of the highest per-foot prices ever paid for land in Los Angeles not already zoned for dense ...
02/26/2015Plan to Bridge Dangerous Metrolink Crossing Stalled by Lack of Money

Feb. 26--A proposed $30-million to $35-million grade separation project that would have prevented Tuesday's crash of a Metrolink commuter train in Oxnard has been delayed for years by a lack of money, officials said Wednesday. The planned overpass project, which was first considered 15 to 20 years ago, would eliminate the Rice Avenue rail crossing at East 5th Street, which has been identified ...
02/25/2015Construction of Topaz Solar Farms in California Valley Wraps Up

Feb. 25--The massive Topaz Solar Farms photovoltaic plant in California Valley is now complete, producing 550 megawatts of electricity for the state's power grid -- enough energy to power some 180,000 homes served by PG&E. Construction activities drew to a close late last year. Plant owner BHE Renewables says it plans to formally announce the completion of the project next week. First Solar ...

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