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Santa Paula: Major Issues Surround State Route 126

Santa Paula: Major Issues Surround State Route 126

By Sheryl Hamlin State Route 126 was the topic of both the City Manager’s Report and item 9C on the February 16, 2016 Santa Paula City Council meeting agenda. Broad Beach Restoration Project City Manager Fontes reported that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors has taken a “strong hand” in the Broad Beach sand replenishment […]

Environmentalists use Porter Ranch disaster to target CA fracking

Environmentalists use Porter Ranch disaster to target CA fracking

. The California Public Utilities Commission is considering closing the massive 3,600-acre natural gas storage location in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles County, anxious that the Southern California Gas Co. has been unable to stop massive leaks of methane from the SS-25 well that began on Oct. 23. The fear is that many […]

Falling gas revenue sharpens CA infrastructure fight

Falling gas revenue sharpens CA infrastructure fight

By James Poulos . As revenues from the statewide gasoline tax tanked amid low prices, lawmakers in Sacramento faced a fiercer debate over how to fund California’s much-needed infrastructure improvements. In the meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration went ahead with huge cuts to the infrastructure budget. According to the Los Angeles Times, “state transportation officials have […]

California’s grumbling infrastructure — Caltrans proposes $40 million for cougar overpass

California’s grumbling infrastructure — Caltrans proposes $40 million for cougar overpass

California’s highway system is crumbling with a backlog of more than $59 billion in maintenance costs. To fund this, Governor Brown has proposed a 12-cent increase in the state’s gas tax and a $65 annual highway user fee. There’s no question the state needs to budget more money to maintain its road system. Unfortunately, unnecessary […]

CA auditor: Six harsh reports in three months

CA auditor: Six harsh reports in three months

Why Higher Taxes for Potholes Is a Bad Idea

Why Higher Taxes for Potholes Is a Bad Idea

   

CA GOP flexes Sacramento muscle on road repairs

CA GOP flexes Sacramento muscle on road repairs

By James Poulos . In a move that handed Sacramento Republicans a sudden share of power, state legislators finally turned their attention to California’s deteriorating infrastructure. In recent years, California’s roadways have fallen into what analysts often agree is terrible shape. “Our streets and highways are in horrible condition and need at least $296 billion during the next five years […]

Caltrans greenlights bike lane expansion

Caltrans greenlights bike lane expansion

By James Poulos . Bending to legislative prodding from Sacramento, clinic California’s transportation bureaucracy has moved ahead with statewide plans to standardize and expand the Golden State’s bike lanes. Despite persistent criticism from bike-friendly advocacy groups like the Green Lane Project, Caltrans opted against such sweeping measures. In 2014, however, Democratic officials decided to change that: “Last […]

Unions central to Brown’s infrastructure plans

Unions central to Brown’s infrastructure plans

By James Poulos Faced with a restive constituency disgruntled by drought, salve Gov. Jerry Brown has moved to execute on his plans for California infrastructure — a boon to labor unions, but a point of contention for his political adversaries. Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com Train trouble As the Los Angeles Times reported, trade workers […]

Somis: Caltrans delaying Donlon Road realignment

Somis: Caltrans delaying Donlon Road realignment

By David Stewart This Labor Day weekend traffic was backed up from the Somis traffic light all the way to Moorpark along Highway 118 (Los Angeles Ave.).  Caltrans had plans to improve service by enlarging the intersection of Somis Road (State Highway 34) and Los Angeles Ave. State (Highway 118) back in 2000 (the issue […]

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