More stories about Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

  • City sets higher wages for public projects

    California has begun requiring charter cities to pay at least the state’s prevailing wage on public works projects. Although San Mateo was already doing so, the city council approved an ordinance that codifies the existing policy.

  • Relief a year away for drought-ravaged state

    A $1 billion project to convert Pacific Ocean seawater to 50 million gpd of drinking water for Southern California will begin deliveries in about one year, the developer says.

  • It’s down to the wire for 25 public works projects

    The North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum has narrowed a list of 400 projects worth $370 billion to these contenders for 2014 Project of the Year. Last year’s was the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor.

  • Relief on the horizon for thirsty Californians

    Construction’s begun on an ultrafiltration pilot project designed by Brown and Caldwell and built by Integrated Water Services.

  • Thirsty thieves target California fire hydrants

    Local officials have dissolved a Southern California fire agency after it was caught stealing water for a friend of the department head, and as the state continues to face serious drought, fire hydrants are becoming more of a target.

  • Proposal would virtually eliminate mercury waste

    Dentists wash 4.4 tons of mercury down the drain each year that wastewater utilities must then remove. EPA wants to require dental offices to buy a $700 piece of equipment that removes toxic metals before discharge to public sewers.

  • Is this the future of green transportation?

    In London and Los Angeles, these innovative transit projects could create more environmentally sustainable methods of moving people and goods.

  • Public art lights West Hollywood's streets

    A California city is illuminating one of its boulevards with an art installation that uses energy-efficient LED technology to add eye-popping color.

  • State finally gets design-build law right

    California passed a law allowing projects to be delivered via design-build more than 20 years ago, then kept tweaking it until no one was sure exactly what was allowed and by whom. A new law clarifies all that.

  • 4 Solid Waste Innovations

    As the volume of municipal solid waste grows, engineers and officials are looking increasingly toward smarter management. Here are four smart municipal solid waste management innovations.