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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.
August 15, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
The state is moving the route of a proposed tunnel system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta away from north delta communities to a land preserve that is an important winter home for the greater sandhill crane and other migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway. The realignment, announced Thursday by the California Natural Resources Agency, is intended to lessen the project's effects on north delta residents who have complained fiercely about the proposal - in some instances refusing to let state survey crews on their property.
August 5, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
The benefits of reconfiguring the way California exports water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta would substantially outweigh the costs, according to a study released Monday by the state. “This plan makes economic sense. The numbers more than pencil out,” said John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. The economic analysis, prepared by a consulting group headed by UC Berkeley resource economics professor David Sunding, looks at the long-term costs and benefits of a proposal to build a major new diversion point and tunnel system in the delta, a source of water for roughly 2 out of every 3 Californians.
July 20, 2013 | Thomas Curwen
Huddled in the soot-blackened tunnel that burned in the aftermath of last Saturday's freeway crash in Elysian Valley, a team of fluorescently dressed, hard-hatted engineers peered at the mottled ceiling. One shined a penlight into a far-away corner. Another took pictures. A drilling machine nearly drowned out their voices as they discussed the fire-eroded surface, a roughened texture of stones and concrete that looked like a neo-Expressionist art installation. They had just come from a conference room where they spoke in the easy shorthand of the trade, words passing among them like "carbonation," "incipient spalls" and "surface delamination.
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