A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous

By Scott Wiener, Anthony Iron : theatlantic – excerpt Undue fears of urban density warp public policy—and make Americans more vulnerable. Cities are a boon for public health—even now. As public-health experts have known for decades, people who live in a city are likely to walk and bike more often, and they live closer to … More A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous

Google plans to add tens of thousands of new jobs as it expands in 14 states

Edward C. Baig : usatoday – excerpt Want a job at Google? Google plans to hire tens of thousands of employees across the U.S. this year, through investments in new data centers and offices. CEO Sundar Pichai announced Google’s plans in a blog post Wednesday. According to Pichai, Google’s investment of more than $13 billion … More Google plans to add tens of thousands of new jobs as it expands in 14 states

California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

By Nick Cahill : courthousenews – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A group of Northern California lawmakers seeking more sway over a mammoth $17 billion water project introduced a proposal Friday that would require new construction contracts to be reviewed by the Legislature. The Legislative Delta Caucus says because of the scope of the California … More California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

By Jonas Minton : secbee – excerpt Despite many high priority issues on his plate, one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first tests will be how he deals with California’s water challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, in the last days of his term Gov. Jerry Brown made a bad bargain with the Trump administration and special interests. … More Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

Regulators mull massive changes to PG&E management, structure

By J.D. Morris : sfchronicle – excerpt California regulators are considering whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should shake up its leadership, split its core operations into separate companies or be transformed into a publicly-owned utility. In an announcement late Friday afternoon, the California Public Utilities Commission stressed it had not drawn conclusions but listed … More Regulators mull massive changes to PG&E management, structure

What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Kurtis Alexander : sfchronicle – excerpt The earthquakes hit just days after last year’s near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam, when the spillway cracked amid heavy rains and 188,000 people fled in fear of flooding. The timing of the two small tremors about 75 miles north of Sacramento was curious, and frightening. Were the quakes part of … More What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, offers rides to VIPs

By: AMANDA LEE MYERS : wsoctv – excerpt LOS ANGELES (AP) – Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube – the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.” Guests boarded Musk’s Tesla Model … More Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, offers rides to VIPs

SF builders struggle to keep transit center from rising

By Matier & Ross : sfchronicle – excerpt Its neighbor, the Millennium Tower, might be sinking, but — get this — the new $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center has the potential to go in the opposite direction. One of the main challenges the builders faced was keeping the three-block-long monster from rising. “It’s like a … More SF builders struggle to keep transit center from rising

Advocates seek to bar Hunters Point Shipyard contractor from radiological work

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt Environmental advocates have renewed legal efforts to revoke U.S. Navy contractor Tetra Tech’s license to handle radiological materials based on the civil engineering firm’s connection to a toxic cleanup fraud at the Hunters Point Shipyard. Last June, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice moved to bar Tetra Tech … More Advocates seek to bar Hunters Point Shipyard contractor from radiological work