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03/25/2015Congress Members Urge $16m to Fund Quake Early Warning System

March 25--More than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging their colleagues to allocate $16.1 million in the next federal budget for an earthquake early warning system, which could give people as much as a minute's warning before severe shaking arrives. So far, $6.5 million in federal money has been allocated for the project, including $5 million in new funding President ...
03/25/2015Water Officials Approve Recycled Water Project at New Apple Campus

March 25--SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple's futuristic new campus a little bit greener. During a Tuesday evening meeting, the board was considering whether to give a final stamp of approval to a project that would pump more reclaimed water in ...
03/25/2015Efforts to Expand California University Systems Are Growing

March 25--The death last week of former University of California system president and UC Irvine chancellor Jack W. Peltason at 91 elicited warm memories of the modest political scientist who achieved high positions in American academia without losing his sense of humor. He also was known for his role in helping to build new university campuses from scratch and growing them to maturity. At UC ...
03/25/2015Firm Working on Elon Musk's Hyperloop Leases Space in L.A.'s Arts District

March 25--Hyperloop isn't all hype. A company behind the futuristic, high-speed transportation system fantasized by Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk has leased warehouse space in downtown Los Angeles and is rapidly adding new workers to a staff of 20 full-time employees. Musk's imaginary Hyperloop would use vacuum tubes to transport freight and passengers at speeds of 750 mph, racing ...
03/24/2015New $2B Stanford Hospital Tops Off in Palo Alto

March 24--PALO ALTO -- Construction of the new Stanford Hospital crossed a major milestone Monday with the "topping off" of the steel structure. It took just minutes for a crane to hoist the final 3,400-pound section into place. Painted white, the 30-foot-long beam was signed by thousands of people ranging from patients to physicians. "We're here to relieve human suffering, to make life and ...
03/24/2015Gravel Truck Topples During Construction, Crushing Pregnant Woman

March 24--MARTINEZ -- State and local investigators on Tuesday tried to determine how and why a dump truck carrying gravel toppled over and crushed a car in an adjacent driveway Monday, killing a 32-year-old pregnant woman whose 4-year-old daughter was standing nearby. Some neighbors were angered to see work continuing Tuesday morning along Shell Avenue just west of Pine Street into the ...
03/24/2015Citrus Heights to Act on Long-Debated City Hall, MOB Project

March 24--The Citrus Heights City Council this week will consider a $53.2 million city hall and medical office project, one of the community's most divisive proposals since its incorporation in 1997. Plans call for relocating Citrus Heights' city hall and constructing a three-story Dignity Health medical building on the current civic center site at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive. ...
03/24/2015Construction Foreman Gets Prison Term for Stealing from Employees

March 24--A Costa Mesa man who worked as a construction foreman was sentenced Friday to 4 1/2 years in state prison for stealing more than $330,000 from the employees he supervised. An Orange County Superior Court judge handed down the verdict immediately after Antonio Naranjo Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts. According to prosecutors, Naranjo worked for Irvine-based construction ...
03/24/2015California's Push for Clean Energy Has a Problem: No Place to Store It

March 24--REPORTING FROM FOLSOM, Calif. -- On a quiet Sunday morning last April, power plants were pumping far more energy into California's electricity grid than residents needed for their refrigerators, microwaves and television sets. So officials made an odd request in a state that prides itself on leadership in renewable energy: They asked wind and solar plants to cut back their output. ...
03/23/2015Novato Receives Application for Controversial Sports Complex

March 23--The city of Novato has received a planning application for the Hamilton Field Sports Park, a 55-acre sports complex with a 12-acre community park, four baseball fields and a 1,000-seat ballpark for high school and collegiate sports located in the Hamilton neighborhood. The Marin Sports Academy LLC of Kentfield filed the application for the sports complex at Hamilton Parkway behind ...
03/21/2015Exide Faces a Long, Costly Cleanup of Closed Vernon Plant

March 21--The deal federal prosecutors struck with Exide Technologies this month to permanently close its battery recycling plant in Vernon and avoid criminal charges marks the beginning of a long and costly cleanup. The plant leaves behind decades' worth of pollution and hazardous waste, along with many questions about how the mess will be taken care of. Who will oversee the cleanup and how ...
03/20/2015Judge Halts Sacramento Sewer Project, Citing Problems With Contract Award

March 20--A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ordered the Sacramento region's sewer agency to halt construction of a storage project, finding enough probability that a $114 million contract awarded to Teichert Construction of Davis violated state law. During a hearing Friday, Judge Timothy Frawley called the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District's contracting process "troubling" and ...
03/20/2015Affordable-Housing Project Proposed for Sacramento Railyard

March 20--A developer is planning a 200-unit affordable-housing project for the downtown Sacramento railyard, the dormant 240-acre district waiting to come to life. USA Properties Fund Inc., a Roseville developer of affordable housing, expects to submit plans next week to city officials for the four-story complex, to be called Metro Crossing. The project, consisting of one- and two-bedroom ...
03/20/2015L.A.'s Crumbling Pipe System Requires $15B to Make Quake-Resistant

March 20--In San Francisco, $4.8-billion pipe retrofitting effort is expected to triple water bills. How about in L.A.? Mayor Eric Garcetti's call to strengthen Los Angeles' water system -- one pillar of his ambitious plan to ready the city for a major earthquake -- would cost as much as $15 billion and require decades of work, Department of Water and Power engineers estimate. The previously ...
03/20/2015Honolulu Rail Project Will 'Most Likely Exceed' Its Budget, Says Monitor

March 20--The latest report from the independent contractor monitoring Oahu's public rail transit project echoes what rail leaders first acknowledged publicly in December: that despite their public assurances that the project would come in on time and on budget, the effort will "most likely exceed" what it was supposed to cost. And after calling rail officials' "minimal" cost-containment ...
03/20/2015EDITORIAL: Officials Cobble $1B to Fight Drought

March 20--At legislators' prodding, Gov. Jerry Brown began loosening his tight fist by agreeing to spend $1.1 billion to combat the drought. The question: What has taken so long? In his initial budget proposal, Brown allocated a paltry $23 million from the $7.5 billion bond approved by voters in November to deal with the drought. That meager offering was dated in December, when there was hope ...
03/20/2015L.A. Orders Tenants to Vacate 22-Story Building Due to Permit Fight

March 20--Los Angeles building officials on Thursday ordered a real estate developer to remove tenants from a 22-story apartment building in Hollywood, the latest piece of bad news to befall the recently opened project amid a long-running court battle. The Department of Building and Safety informed CIM Group that the temporary occupancy permit for its partially leased Sunset and Gordon ...
03/20/2015Review of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Deal Is Sought

March 20--REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO -- A Los Angeles County lawmaker is asking state regulators to reopen a legal settlement that apportioned costs of permanently closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente. The controversial agreement, approved in November by the Public Utilities Commission, requires San Onofre's owners -- Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & ...
03/19/2015Workers Hoist Cover Off of Seattle TBM Bertha to Get a Look Under the Hood

March 19--Like a rusty sunrise, an arc-shaped piece of tunnel-boring machine Bertha was lifted from its rescue vault Thursday afternoon, and set along the Seattle waterfront for repairs. The hoist by Mammoet took 45 minutes, using a red crane 24 stories tall, which lowered the part onto a bed of coarse timbers. Workers at Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) watched from the side, while a few ...
03/19/2015California Governor Proposes $1B in Drought Spending

March 19--SACRAMENTO -- Joined by legislative leaders from both parties, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday announced emergency drought-relief action that will speed the allocation of more than $1 billion in bond funds for water projects. He then was immediately peppered with questions asking why the state isn't doing more to address its mounting drought crisis. The State Water Resource Control ...
03/19/2015Calif. Gov. Brown Proposes $1B Drought Plan Amid Latest Grim Data

March 19--Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $1-billion drought relief plan Thursday amid a historic state drought and one of the longest stretches of March heat ever recorded in Southern California. According to the latest U.S. Drought Report issued Thursday, snow packs in the Sierra Nevada are at record or near-record lows. The amount of rain in the mountains this current water year -- which began ...
03/17/2015$200M Orange County, Calif., Tollway Project Stalls

March 17--A $200-million tollway project in Orange County suffered another defeat this week as water quality regulators refused to issue a waste discharge permit that was needed before construction can begin on the controversial project. In a unanimous vote, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on Monday declined to issue the permit to the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the ...
03/16/2015SolarCity Launches Microgrids to Protect from Blackouts in Natural Disasters

March 16--SAN MATEO -- SolarCity, well-known for rooftop solar systems, is expanding to so-called microgrids, larger power systems that can be tapped by entire communities when the power grid goes down. The systems, which add generators and software to manage the power to standard solar panels, will include Tesla Motors batteries to store the energy generated. While the owner can tap the solar ...
03/16/2015Garcetti Hopes to Have L.A.'s Quake Retrofit Laws in Place This Year

March 16--Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has set a deadline for his plan to require retrofitting of thousands of earthquake-vulnerable buildings, saying he'd like to have the new laws in place by the end of the year. It's an aggressive timeline, compared with how long San Francisco took to pass its landmark earthquake retrofit law. City officials there spent more than a decade researching the ...
03/15/2015Luxury S.F. Condo in Lumina Hits the $49M Mark

March 15--SAN FRANCISCO -- Straight through the roof. That's where the elevator cage seems headed as passengers race toward the top floor of a luxury high-rise tower that's under construction near the water's edge in the South of Market district. And straight through the roof is where the price seems to be headed, too: $49 million for the 14,000-square-foot, duplex penthouse on the 41st and ...

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