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Push to Build 2 Crucial Bay Bridge Parts Faster

Bridge officials are trying to speed fabrication of two critical pieces of the span in China - perhaps by offering more incentives - and are even looking at the possibility of opening the new span before it is completed....But whether the $6.3 billion bridge will open in 2013 hinges largely on the production of the final two steel deck segments, which link the suspension span with the completed skyway section of the new bridge and support the suspension cable on the east end.

Oil Companies Look at Permanent Refinery Cutbacks

 The response to slumping gasoline use would likely mean higher prices for drivers. Consumer advocates want regulators to examine the firms' plans. Energy companies are suffering huge losses from refining because of slumping gasoline use -- a product of the economic downturn and changing consumer habits and preferences. Energy experts say refining cutbacks have already begun and will accelerate as corporations strive for profits.

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.

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