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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 ...
UNITES CAMPUS, DOWNTOWN
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 ...
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.
focuses on toxic cleanup
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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."
Highlights of the $99.1 billion state budget signed Saturday by Gov.
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.
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, ...
Hunger for housing fuels high-rise plans even amid a dead commercial
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."