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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
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.
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NATIONAL
February 19, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley
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.
OPINION
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)
WORLD
September 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1998 | Bloomberg News
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When state officials wanted a computer system to track the cost of therapy, transportation and other services for 240,000 disabled Californians, they hired Deloitte Consulting. After four years, the Department of Developmental Services decided the new system didn't work as needed and canceled the project after paying Deloitte $5.7 million. That same month in 2006, the Department of Industrial Relations hired the New York-based company to computerize its monitoring system for workers' compensation claims.
WORLD
July 19, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1987 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
The $1-billion widening of the Santa Ana Freeway--key to Orange County's traffic relief plan--is $400 million in the red and cannot be completed before 2008 without new county taxes or fees, a study by the Orange County Transportation Commission warned Wednesday. Scheduled to begin this fall, the project is being viewed by some as the potential "centerpiece" of any new countywide sales tax proposals, an OCTC staff report concluded.
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