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August 17, 2009 | Robert M. Hertzberg and Thomas McKernan, Robert M. Hertzberg and Thomas McKernan are co-chairmen of California Forward, a nonpartisan reform group supported by contributions from California foundations.
Blessed with abundant natural resources, stunning natural beauty and a rich history as a place where dreams come true, we Californians see success as our birthright. Sure, we're in the doldrums now, but our experience tells us that California always comes back. However, what if reviving California this time requires more than simply waiting for the next wave of prosperity? The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast predicted that the nation will have the weakest economic recovery of the postwar era, and California won't lead the way out. Its forecasts see no improvement on the jobs front until 2011.
September 22, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Two years ago, California voters approved the sale of nearly $43 billion in state bonds for housing, transportation, education and water projects. Today, the borrowing is beginning to pay off, one job at a time. A pot of bond money is now delivering road jobs in Santee in San Diego County, in Lincoln in the Sierra foothills and in Marysville in the Sacramento Valley.
May 24, 2008 | Jason Song
Both lanes of a heavily traveled route in Yosemite National Park reopened at noon Friday, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. A quarter-mile section of roadway on the western side of the park, near the junction of El Portal and Big Oak Flat roads, had been eroded by the nearby Merced River and was in danger of collapsing. Workers have been repairing the road since December, causing periodic shutdowns and traffic delays. Most of the work has now been completed. -- Jason Song
December 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A section of Laguna Beach's Bluebird Canyon neighborhood where 11 homes were destroyed in a landslide more than two years ago reopened Saturday. At noon, city officials presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming traffic back onto repaved Flamingo Road. The rebuilding cost about $35 million and was funded through Measure A, a tax passed by voters after the June 1, 2005, landslide.
December 14, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
A proposal to convert the carpool lanes on three Los Angeles County freeways into toll roads could be a boon to frustrated solo commuters willing to pay for a quicker drive to work. But the big losers could be motorists who now use the carpool lanes for free. Carpoolers would also have to pay a toll, possibly reduced. Also, the proposal provides no toll exemptions for hybrid vehicles that can now use carpool lanes regardless of the number of passengers.
December 11, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Orange County transportation planners are closing a chapter on a spending plan that will have generated more than $4 billion in freeway and road improvements by the time it expires in 2011. On Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority agreed to spend $41 million on a variety of freeway and road fixes, the final chunk of cash tied to Measure M -- the half-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax approved by voters 17 years ago.
December 11, 2007 | David Reyes
Orange County transportation planners are closing a chapter on a spending measure that has led to more than $4 billion in road improvements over the last two decades. The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday agreed to spend the final $41 million tied to Measure M. Although voters approved renewal of the sales tax measure in November, county leaders Monday treated the moment as a destination reached. -- David Reyes
December 5, 2007 | Jennifer Delson and Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writers
Santa Ana is poised to spend $100 million over the next five years in an aggressive push to repair aging city streets. The effort will increase the city's spending on its road projects by about one-third. The money will come from a statewide infrastructure bond approved last year, as well as from Orange County's Measure M funding. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the additional funding.
December 5, 2007 | Jennifer Delson
After years of disrepair, Santa Ana's crumbling streets will get a $100-million face-lift following a vote by the Santa Ana City Council. The council Monday night unanimously approved a five-year plan that will use about $40 million in county, state and federal grants and $60 million in bonds, backed by gas tax revenues, to fund the repairs. In 2006, state voters approved a governor's infrastructure bond and Proposition 42, a sales tax on gasoline.
November 21, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
It's a treacherous, serpentine stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard dubbed the Narrows, and it's the bane of cyclists and runners alike. Bounded by a sandstone bluff on one side and a sheer drop into the Topanga Canyon Creek on the other, the Narrows is infamous for washouts, landslides and fallen rocks that frequently paralyze long lines of commuters traveling between the Valley and the Westside.
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