CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2000 |
After a quarter century of talk and delays, Orange County is moving forward with plans to buy all of the property that lies in the expanded Prado Dam flood plain. Buying the land will allow the dam, a familiar sight off the Riverside Freeway and Corona Expressway, to be raised by nearly 30 feet--greatly reducing the threat of flooding of the Santa Ana River in urbanized Orange County, but increasing the potential area of flooding behind it into less-populated parts of San Bernardino County.
September 8, 1999 |
Inside the Capitol, state legislators are getting a bellyful of a "doughnut hole." This "doughnut hole" is not a pastry but about 1,000 acres of aging orange groves and mostly vacant land--surrounded by the city of Redlands--that its owners see as prime commercial land. In the final days of the 1999 legislative session, this San Bernardino County real estate has become the target of an intense lobbying campaign as legislators scramble to wrap up their work.
December 8, 1998
Construction of the largest reservoir in Southern California is approaching two-thirds completion in a onetime farming valley near Hemet. The $2-billion Metropolitan Water District project is intended to hold a six-month supply of water for customers from San Diego to Santa Monica should a catastrophic earthquake along the San Andreas Fault sever the canals that deliver water from Northern California and the Colorado River, or to store water to help supply the region during droughts.
June 15, 1998 |
The Delhi Sands Flower-Loving Fly, which spends nearly all of its short life buried under a few sand dunes in San Bernardino County, may emerge this week as the snail darter of the 1990s. The once obscure and now federally protected fly is at the center of a major legal battle over the reach of federal environmental laws.
July 6, 1997 |
By the time Kaiser Steel Corp. staggered into bankruptcy in 1987, the once-mighty manufacturer's only products were lawsuits, debts and bitterness. The company founded by Henry Kaiser in 1941 to churn out steel for World War II warships was felled by a devastating combination of market forces and financial opportunism. But in the decade since the demise of San Bernardino County's largest industrial employer, Kaiser Ventures Inc.
November 27, 1995 |
Drive down Coke Oven Road and you'll be on the back straightaway of the about-to-be-built California Speedway's two-mile tri-oval. Before construction can start, however, the sign that says "DANGER--Molten Slag Being Carried" must be removed. The front of the tri-oval is harder to define.