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Anaheim’s new train station, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center – aka ARTIC – has been open for less than two weeks. But it’s already drawing some criticism inside Orange County. Gustavo Arellano, the editor in chief of the OC Weekly, has a feature this week calling ARTIC a $188 million station to nowhere: Critics […]

Dec 18th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

California’s statewide unemployment rate is 7.3%, as of October 2014. That’s driven by low unemployment on the coasts – Orange County is at 5.4% – but many places, including the Central Valley, are still facing higher rates. Fresno County had a 9.5% unemployment rate as of September 2014 – and that was the first time […]

Dec 17th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Late last Friday the federal Surface Transportation Board voted 2-1 that its approval of the high speed rail project between Fresno and Bakersfield “categorically preempts” lawsuits filed against the project based on the California Environmental Quality Act: Applying the well-established preemption principles here, the Board concludes that CEQA is categorically preempted by § 10501(b) in […]

Dec 15th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Tutor Perini won the bid for the first segment of HSR construction – but they didn’t wind the second bid. That went to a team led by Spain’s Dragados, alongside Flatiron West of San Marcos and Shimmick of Oakland: Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick submitted a bid of $1.23 billion to design and build the 65-mile stretch from the […]

Dec 12th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized