February 10, 2012 |
Not one, but two, projects posted on the crowd-sourced funding website broke the $1 million barrier on Thursday, kicking the previous record of $942,579 to the curb. And even crazier? One of those projects - a new game by game designer Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions - earned $1 million in less than 24 hours. A minute-by-minute post on the Kickstarter blog describing Kickstarter's big day in giddy detail shows the whole Kickstarter staff staring at a large screen hovering above their office, thumbs placed on Champagne corks to pop the bubbly the second the million dollar pledge for Double Fine's game came in, which it did at 6:41 p.m. EST. In the words of the Kickstarter blogger, “YES!
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November 15, 2011 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's $1.5-billion initiative to fix crumbling streets in his final months in office would also cover a backlog of other maintenance projects, like trimming tens of thousands of trees. According to documents circulated by the mayor's office, Villaraigosa's L.A. Road Works plan would include trimming an estimated 75,000 trees, ripping out 3,750 tree stumps and planting an equal number of replacement trees. Funds for the tree trimming would be drawn from $150 million in transportation funds now earmarked for street repairs, city officials said Monday.
January 16, 2009
Re "Gov.'s plan for highways riles critics," Jan. 11 If the governor wants to have these 10 highway projects ready to go, then rather than "lifting environmental safeguards," he should have the projects conform to them. Then the projects would be ready to be implemented. It is backward thinking to always assume that environmental protections are the cause of delaying projects. Isn't it true that if environmental protections were followed in the first place (for example, when designing a project)
February 19, 2010 |
The Obama administration proposed rules Thursday that could affect construction of coal-fired power plants and other government-approved projects that produce large amounts of greenhouse gases. The guidelines for the first time set uniform standards on how federal agencies consider the causes and effects of climate change during their environmental analyses. They would require study of the greenhouse gas emissions of any project expected to emit at least 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year -- roughly 4,600 cars' worth.
September 24, 2008 |
Ecuador expelled a top Brazilian construction firm, sending troops to seize projects worth $800 million. President Rafael Correa ordered the government to take over the projects, which include a small regional airport, two hydroelectric plants and a rural irrigation project. The president is battling with the firm, Odebrecht, over a dam the government says was badly built. His decree accused Odebrecht of "putting public services at risk." The San Francisco hydroelectric dam was completed last year but is not functioning because of damaged machinery.
July 19, 2010 |
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday unveiled an array of development projects -- hydroelectric dams, municipal water supply overhauls, hospital makeovers, even a new mango export initiative -- in hopes of chipping away at the perception many Pakistanis have of an arrogant U.S. oblivious to the power cuts and water shortages that plague their lives. How Pakistanis perceive the U.S., and the billions of dollars in aid that Washington has set aside for Pakistan, became a major focus of Clinton's two-day trip to Islamabad, her second since becoming secretary of state.
July 26, 1987
More than 100 Santa Monica residents confronted developers during a meeting last week on the impact of a proposed 2 million square feet of office development on Colorado Boulevard. Critics claim the projects, Colorado Place Phase III and Water Gardens, would cause traffic gridlocks in their neighborhoods. Southmark Pacific Corp. is building Colorado Place, and Jerome Snyder of Santa Monica is developing Water Gardens.
July 1, 1998 |
Unocal Corp. said it will jointly bid with other companies for electric power generation, gas pipeline, port and fertilizer projects in India that could be worth as much as $4 billion. The El Segundo-based oil and gas exploration company would manage the projects. Together with partners it didn't identify, Unocal will finance 70% of the costs through borrowings and the rest through equity, the company said. The projects would help Unocal tap surging demand for energy in India.
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July 3, 2011 |
A Texas architect who admitted paying bribes to influence the awarding of school construction contracts in that state later helped manage major construction programs at community colleges in Southern California. Most recently, Louis M. Cruz was a project manager for a $616-million building campaign at Long Beach City College. Previously, he held similar responsibilities at the Los Angeles Community College District, managing $190 million worth of construction. Cruz was a central figure in a corruption scandal in San Antonio, Texas.
August 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles has never been big on regret. For most of the city's history we've been so busy charging forward, inventing and reinventing the future, that we've rarely paused to wonder what might have been. In architecture, when we do look back, we usually focus more on mistakes of action than inaction. We mourn the landmarks we've knocked down rather than the ones we failed to build in the first place. But how do you catalog a history of mistimed, misguided or ill-fated ambition?