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March 6, 2014
There’s been standing room only for Kings’ games, but Thursday was the first standing room only crowd for those who want to get in the game of building a new throne for Sacramento’s NBA team.
They’re contractors – passionate about what they do.
By Laura J. Nelson
October 20, 2014
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-millionmanufacturing 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 Transportation Authority.
Most of the parts will be built in Japan, but the firm agreed to perform final assembly, including painting and wiring the cars, in Los Angeles County. It has been doing that from a temporary facility in Palmdale.
October 14, 2014 7:08 pm
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors discarded the proposed pilot Project Stabilization Agreement for the Northern Branch Jail on Tuesday, although staff will explore a new PSA for another component of the new jail facility.
The board also voted 3-2 -- with 4th District Supervisor Peter Adam and 5th District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino dissenting -- to have staff negotiate a possible PSA for construction of the 228-bed Sheriff's Transition and Reentry Complex, for which the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department received a $38.9 million grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections.
October 2, 2014
Santa Barbara News Press
Next Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is planning on approving a Project Labor/Stabilization Agreement with the Tri-County Building and Construction Trade Council.
The agreement will determine who eventually gets hired to build the North County Jail, the largest and most expensive project in the history of the county, estimated to cost over $100 million. The ostensible goals of the agreements are to ensure as many locals are hired to do the work and to prevent any work stoppages during the course of the construction project.
576-bed project would be good for 20 years, officials say
By Jim Johnson
Salinas, A long-anticipated expansion of the Monterey County Jail would have little impact on it's surroundings, and what little impact it would have can be offset, according to a draft environmental impact report.
The draft EIR, released in late June, finds the $89 million, 576-bed jail expansion project planned for a staff parking lot and a grassy area next to the current jail off Natividad Road could create some noise and traffic capacity issues, among other impacts. But the report says those impacts can be offset by limiting construction hours and equipment, and the payment of traffic fees to the city of Salinas for intersection and pedestrian access improvements on Natividad. Laurel Drive and Constitution Boulevard near the project site.
A bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature is heralded as a way to streamline a major project to connect San Antonio and Nacimiento reservoirs via a pipeline, but at least two groups are crying foul because of inherent labor agreements written into the language of the bill.
Assembly Bill 155, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, would OK the Monterey County Water Resources Agency to use what's called a "design-build" contract to connect Lake San Antonio and Lake Nacimiento with a pipeline.
Design-build is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design-builder or design-build contractor. Alejo argues that enacting a design-build contract will result in lowered costs and expedited construction.
But the Water Resources Agency Board of Directors in late July reversed course and recommended to the county Board of Supervisors that they request AB 155 be pulled and that they "make no designation regarding the method of procurement utilized for the Interlake Tunnel Project."
The interlake project would move winter water from Nacimiento roughly eight miles to San Antonio. The watershed around Nacimiento fills that reservoir three times faster than San Antonio, so the interlake pipeline would take advantage of unused capacity at San Antonio. The result would be better flood control, additional groundwater recharge and more water storage to help offset droughts.
Citing chronically overcrowded schools and the urgency to provide students with a "21st century education," the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees voted 7 to 0 Tuesday to place a $128 million bond on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Meeting in a special session, the board led the Pledge of Allegiance, heard from one speaker in support of the bond, asked one question, voted and adjourned — all in a manner of minutes.
Titled the "Local High Schools Improvement Measure," the bond measure aims to address numerous "urgent and critical" needs for upgrading and repairing existing schools while installing the technological hardware and infrastructure needed to meet the learning requirements in a new era of public education. The new Common Core State Standards greeting students in the 2014-15 school year operate predominantly by computer, on the Internet and via cyberspace.
Included in the $128 million bond plan will be construction money for a highly anticipated new high school, the land for which has already been purchased, off Rogge Road in the north sector of the city.
If approved by voters, the bond would chip away significantly at the district Master Facilities Plan. The plan was compiled in 2011 and contains a long list of prioritized improvement projects estimated at $232 million in needed repairs and upgrades across the entire district.