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AB32 plays on economic fears (Editorial)

Petitions are being circulated for a November ballot initiative that would undercut California's landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps not surprisingly, it appears that the seed money for the petition drive is coming from two oil refiners, Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., based in San Antonio. Each owns refineries in California, including the Valero facility in Benicia.

Bay Area Train Agencies Expect Big Bucks from Prop. 1A Funds

Five Bay Area train operators say they are entitled to as much as $400 million worth of projects to accommodate the $42.6 billion bullet train that would run along the Caltrain tracks from San Francisco to San Jose on its way to Los Angeles. Also waiting for the money to appear are the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Francisco Muni and the Altamont Commuter Express.

San Jose's Airport has to Run Like a Business (Editorial)

The discussion of airport challenges that began at a San Jose City Council study session Monday was sobering. There's no obvious remedy for the falloff in business that has resulted from shifts in travel patterns and the economic sinkhole of this recession. The airport doesn't and shouldn't get subsidies from the city. It has to make the bond payments for its badly needed, nearly complete $1.3 billion renovation and keep operating.

Cities Not on Track with Calif High-Speed Rail

Mayor Art Brown spent years pushing for a commuter train station combined with nearby housing in his community. But as townhouses are being finished around the $14 million Metrolink station, he's facing the prospect that California's high-speed rail line may plow right through his beloved project...That a successful effort to get car-dependent Californians to embrace mass transit could be derailed by another transportation project may strike some as ironic.

San Jose Airport Study Session Ends in Frustration

Unless San Jose officials make some painful choices in the coming year, the city's airport risks "failure," aviation director Bill Sherry told the City Council Monday during a special study session on the airport's mounting financial challenges. Not only is Mineta San Jose International Airport grappling with a weak economy and steep declines in passengers and flights, it also faces a $32 million debt payment on its $1.3 billion renovation.

Iconic Self-Anchored Suspension Span Begins to Rise From the Bay

Lift, place, slide. Sounds simple enough, unless you’re talking about erecting a series of ultra-heavy deck sections for the self-anchored suspension span (SAS) that will complete the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In February, crews from American Bridge/Fluor began the tricky job of lifting, placing and sliding (photos 1 - 3) the first deck sections for the SAS. 

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