California Tests Per-Mile Fee to Spike Gas Tax Collection

California is testing a per-mile “fee” (gas tax) on drivers to spike Caltrans fuel tax collection — which will pay for employee feather-bedding, higher mileage cars and subsidized electric vehicles.

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Oklahoma Governor Thanks Jerry Brown for Earthquake Help

Oklahoma’s Republican Governor, Mary Fallin, wrote a December 9 letter to California Governor Jerry Brown thanking him for the help Caltrans officials have offered educating Oklahoma officials regarding earthquakes.

Jerry Brown California Flag (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

Concrete Pier of Old Bay Bridge to Be Imploded

On Saturday, November 7, at 9 a.m., Caltrans work crews will implode the largest concrete pier of the old Bay Bridge eastern span, a five-story underwater structure.

Bay Bridge San Francisco (Frank Schulenburg / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Bay Bridge Penalizes Contractors with $11M in Fines

On Thursday, the three-member oversight panel supervising the Bay Bridge construction project voted to punish the chief contractor, American Bridge/Fluor, by withholding $8 million in payments and fining the contractor another $3 million.

Bay Bridge (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Ice Age Fossils Unearthed in Carlsbad

This summer in Carlsbad, a treasure trove of Ice Age (Pleistocene Epoch) fossils from close to 200,000 years ago was unearthed at a construction site on Quarry Creek–the site of a new development where over 600 new homes are slated for construction.

Carlsbad fossil (Cornerstone Communities / Facebook)

Surprise Summer Snowstorm Hits California Mountains

Last Thursday, thick snowflakes covered a portion of Northern California as a much-welcomed summer snowstorm hit the Tioga Pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains, precisely one week after the snowpack on the mountain range had officially disappeared.

Summer snow in the Sierra (Mono County / Facebook / Screenshot)

New Bay Bridge Cracks Discovered

The bad news for the San Francisco Bay Bridge tower just got worse: cracks have been discovered on some of the rods that are part of the tower foundation, according to Caltrans. Caltrans also admitted that one of the four tower anchor rods broke after water exposure made it brittle.

Bay Bridge (Justin Sullivan / Getty)