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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
December 16, 2010 | Nathaniel Popper
The lemon: An empty Manhattan lot surrounded by beat-up chain-link fencing. The lemonade: An urban oasis with wildflowers, wooden benches and sculptures in the middle of Manhattan. The economic downturn has littered the nation's cities with soured real estate developments ? empty lots or partly built projects that were abandoned when funding dried up. Now architects, developers and urban planner are trying to sweeten the situation with projects like the LentSpace park in downtown Manhattan.
January 30, 2012
AEG's proposed football stadium in downtown Los Angeles was the kind of job-creating development that needed to move forward, even if that meant passing special-case legislation to help it along. The legislation, which expedites the legal process for lawsuits challenging the project on environmental grounds, won our support because quick action was required and because it didn't let AEG off the hook for adhering to the California Environmental Quality Act, including an environmental impact report.
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