CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2002 |
A man who police believe is mentally ill was captured Friday after leading officers on a high-speed chase across the Bay Area and, once stopped, dousing himself and the car he was driving with gasoline. The incident in the morning rush hour closed an eight-mile stretch of southbound U.S. Highway 101 south of San Francisco for four hours, but authorities said the backup was reduced because traffic was relatively light on the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2004 |
The California Department of Transportation failed to adequately manage the ballooning costs of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, according to a state auditor's report released Wednesday. The report by State Auditor Elaine M. Howle found that the estimated cost for Caltrans' Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program, which covers seven state-owned bridges, has risen by $3.2 billion to $8.3 billion since its budget was set in April 2001. Much of the increase, $2.
February 14, 1997 |
The image of cars plunging off a broken section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after the 1989 earthquake continues to haunt state officials who, on Thursday, endorsed tearing down half the span. "To best ensure the safety of motorists and the economic integrity of the Bay Area and the state, we should proceed with the construction of a new high-tech bridge to replace the aging Bay Bridge," Gov. Pete Wilson said in Sacramento.
October 20, 1989 |
The city of Oakland is not yet able to sweep aside the debris left by Tuesday's earthquake, pick up the pieces and get on with life. So, much of the city's attention is still riveted on the tragic crumple of concrete and steel of the Cypress section of the Nimitz Freeway, where untold quake victims are still buried.
August 26, 2007 |
Lucy is paying Houston a visit Dig those old bones? Lucy (at right), one of the oldest fossils of a hominid, will be on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from Friday to April 20. "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia" will include more than 100 artifacts from museums and private collections from the African nation considered to be the cradle of humankind.
December 24, 2004
Call greasy potatoes "freedom fries" if you like, but what can you call the French bridge across the Tarn River Valley except heavenly, delicate and more than a little breathtaking? We'd call it something like a Gallic slap to California's pride, just days after the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration junked plans for a similarly innovative suspension design across part of San Francisco Bay.
March 14, 1994 |
For more than 50 years, the double-deck San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was a celebrated monument of structural engineering--a testament that even without computers or modern testing equipment, engineering wit and instincts could fashion steel-and-concrete spans that would endure. Then came Oct. 17, 1989, when the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake caused a 50-foot upper-deck segment to collapse, killing one motorist.
November 7, 1989 |
Pledging to do more if it is needed, Gov. George Deukmejian on Monday signed emergency legislation raising the 6% state sales tax by a quarter-cent for 13 months to provide relief for earthquake-stricken Northern California. Flanked by San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos and more than a dozen state lawmakers at the Ferry Building here, Deukmejian said the legislative package approved in a three-day special session last week proves that Californians in times of crisis stand together as "a family."
September 3, 2005
THE SCENES OF DEVASTATION in New Orleans evoke sadness and compassion everywhere, but in California they also evoke a sense of uncomfortable foreboding. The Santa Monica Freeway -- or I-10, which is buried under water 1,900 miles east of Santa Monica -- isn't the only connective tissue between Los Angeles and the Crescent City. Like the people of New Orleans, Californians clustered around L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- State legislators were disappointed to hear Monday that the opening of a new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be delayed at least three months, until December, in order to strengthen the structure after the failure of several bolts. Four state senators from the Bay Area were briefed on the project behind closed doors. Afterward, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), who is co-chairman of the Bay Area Legislative Caucus, voiced concern that the bridge project faces new delays after already falling years behind schedule.