CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 |
Two Caltrans technicians tasked with doing foundation testing for construction projects claimed over 260 hours they didn't work, and one of them falsified testing data on 10 projects, according to an investigative report Thursday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. The supervisor for the two technicians failed to require them to obtain preapproval for overtime, or to review records available to confirm that they did the work they claimed, said the report, which was based on a whistle-blower complaint in 2009.
March 4, 2013 |
The conflict over religious words and images mounted in government spaces has become such a common battleground in the culture wars that, unless you're a conservative cable news channel looking to stir up righteous outrage, it seems barely worth opining about anymore. But the public-space skirmish has taken such a bizarre twist in the tiny Central California town of Orcutt that it has left Christians, liberals, atheists and conservatives alike shaking their heads. During a town revitalization drive about a decade ago, a group of residents came up with the idea of creating a monument to the U.S. armed forces to be built on a sliver of land owned by the Ca lifornia Department of Transportation at a park-and-ride lot it maintains at the edge of town.
June 19, 2013 |
It has become almost routine for community groups to rise up in protest whenever a big developer proposes a project likely to make their city neighborhoods unrecognizable. But what's happening with the giant Millennium Hollywood project is much more unusual: In this case, a state agency is taking up the cudgel against the city of Los Angeles, accusing city officials of using bogus statistics and trampling over state law in an effort to push the project through to approval by the City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2011 |
Caltrans has fired two employees amid investigations into faulty — and in some instances falsified — structural testing on bridges and highway projects across the state, including a carpool lane connector and an under-crossing retaining wall in the Los Angeles area. During a news conference Monday, Caltrans officials identified the employees as Duane Wiles, a former technician who tested bridge and freeway structures, and Brian Liebich, who supervised Wiles as head of the agency's foundation testing unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2012 |
In a standoff with federal forest officials, Caltrans is proposing to abandon a popular, cliff-hanging highway in the San Gabriel Mountains because it is too expensive to maintain. The proposal to walk away from California Highway 39, enjoyed by an estimated 3 million people a year, comes as the state struggles to close a $9.2-billion budget shortfall. To avoid closure, the California Department of Transportation is trying to persuade the U.S. Forest Service or Los Angeles County to take over the roadway, which runs 27 miles from the city of Azusa nearly to the crest of the San Gabriels.
January 17, 2014 |
The California Department of Transportation and conservationists have reached a settlement to remove protective netting across two bridges at a highway widening project in Petaluma that were deadly snares for nesting cliff swallows. The nylon netting draped over the Petaluma and Lakeville Overpass bridges along Highway 101 about 30 miles north of San Francisco was intended to deter cliff swallows from nesting under the concrete and steel structures. Instead, it entangled, maimed and killed more than 100 cliff swallows, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration.