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December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
November 6, 2013 | By Martha Groves
A mountain lion killed last month by a motorist on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills was a visitor from the north that would have brought new genetic material to the isolated cougar population in the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service said Wednesday. His death spotlights the importance of creating a wildlife corridor at Liberty Canyon that would enable mountain lions, bobcats and other animals to safely pass under one of the region's busiest highways, said Seth Riley, a specialist in urban wildlife with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.
November 5, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A $16.5-million project to repair a tunnel linking the northbound 5 and 2 freeways, which was charred by a fuel-tanker fire in July, will start Tuesday and adhere to an "ambitious and aggressive" construction schedule, officials announced. The tunnel sustained severe damage after the  tanker truck, which was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel, overturned July 13 and caught fire. Beyond creating a massive traffic headache,  "intense heat from the fire caused  extensive damage to the pavement , walls, support columns, drainage and lighting," according to the California Department of Transportation.
October 31, 2013 | By Richard Marosi
SAN DIEGO -- U.S. authorities said Thursday they have discovered a major cross-border drug tunnel in a warehouse district where several other tunnels linking San Diego and Tijuana have been found in recent years. The tunnel was uncovered Wednesday night by members of the multi-agency San Diego Tunnel Task Force, which is headed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was recently completed and “highly sophisticated,” according to Lauren Mack, an agency spokeswoman. Three suspects are in custody.
October 25, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Marc Evans caught this shot of lights reflecting off the Second Street tunnel Tuesday evening. He used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
September 22, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The Brown administration and some water buffaloes want to muck up one of the most unique, mysterious and picturesque areas of California. Muck it up literally. OK, they're really trying to update California's vital waterworks and prepare the state for the future. But their solution would defile a bucolic region whose feel and lifestyle have changed little for more than a century. You just don't find many such places any more, at least near large metropolitan centers.
September 22, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Of the many issues hanging over the proposal to burrow enormous tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and replumb the hub of California's water system, the one most likely to make or break the $25-billion project is money. Just who, exactly, is going to pay for it? The San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts and urban water agencies in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area that get water supplies from the delta have promised to pick up most of the tab, with federal and state taxpayers paying the rest.
September 7, 2013 | By Bob Pool
John Boal dreads it when an enjoyable summertime evening of symphonic music at the Hollywood Bowl comes to an end. Along with hundreds of other concertgoers, the 72-year-old Upland resident descends into the hot, claustrophobic tunnel that leads to the buses and shuttles that will take Boal and the others to their cars. "It's packed wall to wall with people," Boal said of the subterranean passageway that cuts under the southbound lanes of Highland Avenue. "It's horrible. " Boal said it can take him a quarter of an hour to make the 40-yard walk.
August 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Repairing a tunnel that linked the northbound 5 and 2 freeways and was severely damaged by a fuel-tanker fire in July will cost $16.5 million, state transportation officials said. The repairs will begin in October and are slated to be completed by Christmas, the California Department of Transportation said on  its blog . The tanker truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel when it overturned July 13 and caught fire in the tunnel, creating a massive traffic headache. After the incident, Caltrans said "intense heat from the tanker fire caused  extensive damage to the pavement , walls, support columns, drainage and lighting.
August 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
SEATTLE - Lying in an open pit near the heart of the city, the cylindrical mass of machinery looked like a spacecraft that had crash-landed. Or, as one architect described it, a dry-docked ocean liner. Or a skyscraper on its side. One person thought it resembled a giant coffin. But it was "Bertha," a 7,000-ton, 326-foot-long and 57-foot-tall drilling device, which is playing a central role in a project that will redefine Seattle's waterfront - and perhaps the city itself. The drill has embarked on a project to bore a 2-mile tunnel beneath the city's downtown and replace an unsightly, 60-year-old double-decker highway that courses along the waterfront, separating the high-rises of downtown from the majestic panorama of the Puget Sound.
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