CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1986 |
California Transportation Commissioner J.T. (Tom) Hawthorne, warned against voting on San Diego highway and trolley projects because they involve customers of his Caterpillar equipment dealership, says he will not resign from his appointed state position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1985 |
San Diego officials plan to testify before a congressional subcommittee May 2 in Washington in hopes of persuading a reluctant Reagan Administration to help fund an $80-million extension of the San Diego Trolley to El Cajon. The White House opposes further federal funding of new mass transit projects.
August 7, 1991 |
The state's political watchdog agency Tuesday fined California Transportation Commissioner J. Thomas Hawthorne of Escondido $165,000 for voting on San Diego County freeway projects that translated into additional business for his exclusive Caterpillar heavy equipment dealership in Kearny Mesa. The fine is the second-largest ever assessed against a public official by the Fair Political Practices Commission.
April 7, 1988 |
A six-story building near Lindbergh Field is an "accident waiting to happen" because Boeing 747s and other jumbo jets have little or no room to clear the structure's top floor while descending into the San Diego airport, according to the national organization representing commercial airline pilots. A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said that the agency is preparing a response to charges by the Air Line Pilots Assn. that the Laurel Travel Center, 1025 W. Laurel St.
April 17, 1995 |
Most of the 108-mile San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad has been closed since 1983, and neglect, violent rainstorms, fires and rockslides have rendered its tunnels and trestles inoperative. But now an effort is being mounted by San Diego officials--with the support of the Commerce Department--to reopen the line to give San Diego and Tijuana a direct link to the rail grids of the southwestern United States and the interior of Mexico. The reason is trade.
August 2, 1988
Workers have started a four-year project to replace an aging 107-mile stretch of train track from Fullerton to San Diego to smooth out and speed up the ride while lessening the likelihood of mishaps. The $44-million project is being financed primarily by Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, Caltrans and the two railroads that use the track--Amtrak and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co.