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April 9, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republican and Democratic state legislators are pleading with Gov. Gray Davis to reappoint Valley businessman David Fleming to the California Transportation Commission after recently replacing him with former Congressman Esteban Torres.
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April 11, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
The plan to build the California bullet train is almost certain to be approved Thursday by the state's high-speed rail authority at a board meeting in San Francisco, but the project is facing a less certain future in Sacramento. The rail authority has long insisted that it needs to move as quickly as possible, starting construction on an initial $6-billion segment of track through the Central Valley this year to meet the terms of a federal grant that covers more than half of the initial project.
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March 7, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
California's distressed state budget will have to allot more than $700 million each year to repay billions of dollars that officials plan to borrow to build the first phase of a proposed bullet train, a nonpartisan government research office has found. The repayment projection by the state legislative analyst's office includes principal and interest on $9.95 billion in high-speed rail bonds approved by voters in 2008. The figure is higher than in the past — partly because of higher borrowing rates — and does not count millions of dollars already being paid annually on about $500 million in debt incurred to plan the system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1991 | KIRSTEN LEE SWARTZ
The California Transportation Commission will spend $795,000 repairing a stretch of California 33 this summer. About one mile of the 21-year-old freeway between Canada Larga Road and Casitas Vista Road will be replaced and resurfaced beginning in July. Bridge approaches and guardrails also will be improved, spokesman Russell Snyder said.
NEWS
August 29, 1985
The California Transportation Commission has approved the allocation of $410,000 for construction of a sound wall at the southwest corner of the San Gabriel River Freeway and Pomona Freeway interchange. The 14-foot-high wall will run between the limits of Pellisier Street south to Kathleen Street. Construction is expected to begin in February, 1986, and be completed by October of that year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1999 | Mathis Winkler, (949) 764-4311
The city's transit officials are trying to gauge residents' reactions to a proposal to build a light-rail system in the city. Designs call for a four-mile rail loop that would link John Wayne Airport with the Irvine Business Complex. The city plans to fund the proposed transportation system, named Guideway, with $125 million it received under Proposition 116, the 1990 statewide measure to fund rail projects.
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December 29, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The California Transportation Commission announced the election of William E. Leonard of San Bernardino as chairman for 1990. Leonard, owner of the Leonard Realty and Building Co., was appointed to the commission in 1985 by Gov. George Deukmejian, and to a second term that will expire in February, 1993. He had already been a member from 1973 to 1977, including one year as chairman.
NEWS
February 28, 1986
Nearly $53 million worth of freeway projects were approved by the California Transportation Commission, including an $18.6-million interchange in San Diego County on California 52 and Interstate 15, a $13.8-million expressway section in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and $4.23 million to reconstruct the roadway in Los Angeles from the Elmgrove ramp to the Los Angeles River bridge on Interstate 5. A total of 37 projects were approved by the commission at its meeting in Santa Clara.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A new independent assessment of California's high-speed rail project warns that the $43-billion effort — thought to be one of the nation's most developed — has inadequate management and a governing structure in need of sweeping reform. In a report released Tuesday, the state Legislative Analyst's Office also said funding uncertainties and conditions attached to almost $3.5 billion in assistance from the Obama administration further threaten the proposal as it heads into its first phase of construction in the Central Valley.
OPINION
November 29, 2007
There are long nets slung under the Gerald Desmond Bridge at the Port of Long Beach to catch the chunks of concrete that periodically fall off the crumbling 1968 span, which is built too low to the water to allow the new generation of giant container ships to pass beneath.
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November 28, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy and Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writers
The state Transportation Commission on Tuesday rejected demands of 36 legislators from Southern California to increase their area's share of transportation funds targeted at improving the flow of goods through ports and along rail lines and highways. The commission instead voted 8 to 1 to adopt a plan that more evenly spreads the $3 billion throughout the state.
OPINION
November 7, 2007
Last year, California voters approved nearly $20 billion in transportation bonds via Proposition 1B, trusting that state officials would spend it on the most worthwhile projects. That trust was eroded in February when the initial distribution of highway funds bypassed a critical widening project for the 405 Freeway and earmarked only 12% to Los Angeles County, which contains nearly a third of the state's population and has the nation's worst freeway congestion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2007 | Jeffrey L. Rabin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
Transit officials said Thursday that they will need an additional $145 million to build the Exposition light rail line from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City, once again underscoring the huge financial stakes involved in constructing a rail system to the Westside. Rapid increases in construction costs have ballooned the project's original $640-million budget to $785 million, officials said, and threaten to shorten the line before it reaches Culver City. The project broke ground in August.
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October 25, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Despite lingering doubts about its future, a proposal to build a high-speed rail line between Southern California and San Francisco was kept alive Wednesday when the state Transportation Commission allocated $15.5 million for engineering and design work. The money is a small fraction of the $40 billion that the system would cost to complete, but commissioners said they were not willing to pull the plug even though full financing had not been arranged.
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August 20, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE
The California Transportation Commission has scheduled a rare appearance this month in Ventura County. The commission, which meets in different areas of the state each month to discuss transportation issues, will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the council chambers at Ventura City Hall. Ginger Gherardi, executive director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, is set to give a countywide transportation presentation at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
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May 7, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
The California Transportation Commission allocated $1.2 million Thursday to improve the irrigation system along a 4.5-mile stretch of the Ventura Freeway in Ventura. The manually operated irrigation system will be upgraded and automated in 95 acres of landscaped property along the freeway from just south of Telephone Road to California Street. Automating the irrigation system will reduce safety hazards for maintenance workers and help conserve water, Caltrans spokesman Steve Galluzzo said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
The California Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved a crucial piece of funding for construction of the Exposition Line light-rail line, committing the final $314 million needed to build the project. "It's good news. And it's good to see the state keeping its promises," said David Yale, director of regional planning for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Major construction on the 8.
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June 6, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
With work already underway to widen a key portion of the 118 Freeway, Ventura County officials say there is only enough money to expand one side of the busy roadway and are appealing to the state this week for more funding to complete the project. The California Transportation Commission initially allocated $50 million for the project but higher construction costs left only enough to add an eastbound lane from Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley to the Los Angeles County line, officials said.
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