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Week ending August 8, 2003-SAMPLE (ARCHIVED)


Date Title and Brief Description Source
030808 BART to S.J. plan gets OK
The Valley Transportation Authority on Thursday night approved a controversial $550 million plan to extend BART to San Jose and possibly keep buses and trains running during the agency's current financial crisis. ... have to rule on whether a tax passed to pay for construction projects years down the road can be ...
Mercury News
With a prow pointing toward downtown's center and another aimed at the thatches of palm and jacaranda of San Jose State's Taylor Quad, the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library clearly spans both worlds. ... streets, sits amid a billion dollars of planned or just-opened city, university and ... by retail and restaurants. Up the street, construction rumbles on San Jose's $343 million ...
Mercury News
030807 California Coastal Commission approves pilot desalination plant
The state agency in charge of California's coasts has approved the Long Beach Water Department's plan for a pilot desalination plant. The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the plant after a vigorous discussion of the future of desalination in California, including concerns about privately owned plants.
030807 McClellan focuses on toxic cleanup
A new system extracts the metal chromium 6 from groundwater before it reaches nearby creeks. A type of chromium once used by the Air Force has been reduced in groundwater at McClellan Park with the help of a $1 million version of a home water filter system.
030807 Plan to demolish mall ice rink goes to S.J. board next week
For 33 years, the little rink at Eastridge Mall has been something of a gathering spot and a source of pride for Evergreen residents. ... Rudy Galindo's career. But Wednesday's San Jose Planning Commission meeting could be the rink's death ... theater and shops. Mall officials hope to start construction early next year and complete it ... she said. Children can skate while parents shop or have lunch. It's also within easy ...
Mercury News
030806 Out with the new for S.F.'s first skyscraper
Architects hope to restore original facade
San Francisco -- San Francisco's first skyscraper is in line for a restoration that would strip modern facades slapped on in the 1960s, returning the building to the way it appeared more than a century ago.
A pair of architects will show off their plans today for 690 Market St. that include peeling back the false steel front that covers the original facade, designed by famed 19th century architects Daniel Burnham and Willis Polk.
030805 VTA waits for court to rule on bond sale
The Valley Transportation Authority wants to issue $550 million in bonds to keep BART on track to San Jose and to avoid deep cuts in bus and light-rail service. The amount being sought is nearly three times greater than the agency originally planned. ... have to rule on whether a tax passed to pay for construction projects can be used to keep the ...
Mercury News
030804 Calpine and Davis
Gov. Gray Davis demanded construction of Calpine's huge new power plant in Coyote Valley, one that its San Jose neighbors don't want and that California doesn't need. Recalling him now is the best way to say ``thank you'' for this wonderful gift he gave to our city.
Mercury News
030803 Bickford plan under fire
The accuracy of nearly four years' worth of documents, skepticism about the precise location of an old cattle ranch and a missing map are among the issues swirling around the Bickford Ranch lawsuit and a fight to save thousands of oak trees and a rural way of life.
"The surrounding area is rural -- there's farming and grazing and a few scattered homes," said Theodore S. Goodwin, one of a cast of attorneys representing the project's opponents. "The developers want to turn this into an island of suburbia."
030803 Budget highlights
Highlights of the $99.1 billion state budget signed Saturday by Gov. Gray Davis:
030803 Budget will cost city and schools
Elk Grove Community Services District, funded by property-tax revenue, didn't take any hits. California's new budget will affect the city of Elk Grove and the Elk Grove Unified School District but will leave the Elk Grove Community Services District untouched.
030803 Council OKs key points in SOFA plan
The Palo Alto City Council on Saturday gave preliminary approval to a long-range plan that would allow a mix of housing, offices and commercial development in the eclectic downtown neighborhood known in planning documents as South of Forest Avenue. ... council members hope to encourage residential construction. After several hours of discussion, ...
Mercury News
030803 SoMa rising
Hunger for housing fuels high-rise plans even amid a dead commercial market

What's this? More skyscraping development proposals for San Francisco? It may seem surreal in a recession-battered city with no prospects of job growth, acres of empty office space and median-home prices north of $550,000. But San Francisco's chronic need for housing continues to push demand for high-rise residential construction - the only sector of the commercial real estate business that has a pulse these days. "Developers are simply adjusting to the shift in the market," said Stephen Levy, director of Palo Alto's Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy. "There is a big switch in California from holding land intended for commercial use to getting applications for multifamily housing."

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