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LA tenant group joins statewide push to repeal rent control restrictions


LA tenant group joins statewide push to repeal rent control restrictions Activists say the number of rent-stabilized units in the city continues to shrink Residential buildings in downtown Los Angeles before 1978 (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) There are now 600,000 rent-stabilized units in Los Angeles, yet the city has still been called the least affordable of any in the country. Now, a group of tenant organizations are joining a statewide effort to repeal a California law that restricts the number of rent-controlled properties. They want to get rid of the Costa-Hawkins Act, a 1995 law that put limits on future local rent control laws and put a freeze on existing local laws. The tenant groups are trying to do their part to collect the roughly 400,000 signatures needed to force the ballot initiative amid a deepening affordability crisis in the city and across California. Curbed first reported on their effort to...
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Harbor Associates lands 2 suburban office buildings for $56M


Harbor Associates lands 2 suburban office buildings for $56M The firm partnered separately with Goldman Sachs, Blue Vista Capital Management Commons at Valencia Gateway, Conejo Corporate In separate joint ventures, Harbor Associates, a Long Beach-based investment firm, paid a combined $56 million for two suburban office buildings in Valencia and Thousand Oaks. Both properties will be renovated. In Valencia, Harbor teamed with Goldman Sachs Asset Management Private Real Estate. The pair paid Barings $33.1 million for a two-building, 156,630-square-foot office campus. Called Commons at Valencia Gateway, it is located at 25124 – 25125 Springfield Court. The complex is 81 percent leased to 15 tenants, including anchor tenant KB Studio. Tom Bohlinger, Ryan Smith and Justin Hager of JLL represented Barings in the transaction. In Thousand Oaks, Harbor teamed up with Blue Vista Capital Management to acquire the Conejo Corporate Campus at 2380 and 2400 Conejo Spectrum Street. The joint venture...
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Plans for 77-unit apartment in Venice add to developing neighborhood


Plans for 77-unit apartment in Venice add to developing neighborhood The mixed-use project would rise near planned 56-unit building February 19, 2018 09:00AM 2454 Lincoln Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps) A developer has filed plans for a 77-unit residential development in Venice in a neighborhood that has seen a recent rise in apartment construction. The proposed mixed-use building at Lincoln Boulevard and Venice Boulevard would replace a car wash, commercial building, and parking lot. It would rise just around the around the corner from a 56-unit project whose plans were filed last year. For the most recent proposal, the owner of the property at 2452-2454 Lincoln Boulevard filed plans Friday, according to Urbanize. The area is characterized mostly by low-rise commercial and residential development, but these two projects could spark more vertical building. There would be 69 market-rate units and eight units set aside for affordable housing. The project does not...
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This week in celeb real estate: Adam Levine unloads estate for $18M, Harvey Weinstein lists a home for rent


Adam Levine and his home, Harvey Weinstein and his home (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” judge Adam Levine sold his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood for $18 million, the same price he paid for it last summer. The French Regency-style home spans 9,200 square feet and includes a two-story guesthouse, the Los Angeles Times reported. Five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms and a breakfast solarium can be found inside, while a swimming pool and pool house complete the outside. Levine listed the property for sale in November for $18.9 million. Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer accused of sexual assault by numerous women, is renting a West Hollywood home he owns for $7,500 per month. The renovated 1,400-square-foot pad includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, library and backyard that comes equipped with fruit trees. A corporate entity tied to Weinstein purchased the place for $1.55 million in late...
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USC medical center dormitory planned for Boyle Heights campus


USC medical center dormitory planned for Boyle Heights campus American Campus Communities would develop the 95-unit dorm 1642 San Pablo St (Credit: Google Maps) The country’s largest dormitory developer has proposed a 95-unit dorm for the University of Southern California’s medical center in Boyle Heights. American Campus Communities filed plans for the 134,000-square-foot structure, which would include some leasing space and open outdoor space. It would serve the school’s graduate students. The plans include a handful of addresses at the corner of Valley Boulevard and San Pablo Street. If approved, the building will rise just south of Lincoln Park, near the USC Health Sciences campus. The land is owned by USC. American Campus purchased the ground lease in 2016 for $2 million. It consists of two parking lots and a parking structure, near the Currie Hall dorm. American Campus owns and manages Curry Hall and has a ground lease on...
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US housing starts were up 10% in January, led by multifamily building


US housing starts were up 10% in January, led by multifamily building The 46% increase in the Northeast was the highest in the country February 16, 2018 02:00PM (Credit: Pexels) Housing starts nationwide jumped 9.7 percent in January over December, thanks largely to a 19.7 percent increase in residential rental and condominium starts — the biggest increase since December 2016. The annual pace of starts nationwide last month was 1.33 million, up from 1.21 million in December and up from 1.24 million last January, according to the Department of Commerce. January’s increase followed December’s sharp drop of 8.2 percent to an annual rate of 1.19 million starts, the largest since November 2016. Single-family construction was up 3.7 percent nationwide. Construction was up in all corners of the country but the Midwest, where it dropped 10.2 percent. The Northeast was the strongest market, rising 45.5 percent. That’s an increase four times...
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Fluence Honored for Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment Solutions

Visionary technical innovation and customer impact are cited by Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan recently announced that it’s awarding the 2018 Global Decentralized Water & Wastewater Treatment Company of the Year Award to Fluence. What does it take to win the award? According to Frost & Sullivan: To receive the Company of the Year Award […] requires a company to demonstrate excellence in growth, innovation, and leadership. This kind of excellence typically translates into superior performance in three key areas: demand generation, brand development, and competitive positioning. These areas serve as the foundation of a company’s future success and prepare it to deliver on the two criteria that define the Company of the Year Award (Visionary Innovation & Performance and Customer Impact). Frost & Sullivan hailed many of Fluence’s strides in several areas of operation, but spotlighted the disruptive decentralized treatment strategies that are currently changing the trajectory of...
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AWWA announces new edition of water utility management publication

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DESMI upgrades to future-proofed pump testing capability


Danish-based manufacturer DESMI has supplied pumps for more than a century. When developing pumps, testing finished products for compliance with guaranteed values, or working with refurbished units, it is essential to run reliable, quality testing at a qualified pump testing facility. 13-02-2018 -- Danish-based manufacturer DESMI has supplied pumps for more than a century. When developing pumps, testing finished products for compliance with guaranteed values, or working with refurbished units, it is essential to run reliable, quality testing at a qualified pump testing facility. The capabilities required by such test beds tend to vary – from straightforward, functional stations to complex test facilities that deliver high precision. DESMI’s latest test bed, completed at the end of 2017, works with extreme accuracy and a wider variety of testing scenarios – and it is enabling DESMI’s customers to tap into a new, expanded set of testing certification services. Heavy investment “We’ve made...
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Anammox reactor in operation in China

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AWWA launches benchmarking program to assist utilities with performance improvement

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More than 2000 pieces of Rizon Highflow Filter cartridges exported to Middle East market successfully.

More than 2000   p ieces of Rizonflow®High Flow filter cartridges were shipped to Middle East successfully last week . It has been the ordinary affairs for foreign customers not only limited to middle east market to choose Horizon’s brand to replace with other brands by it’s maximum high flow capacity 405gpm and lower change frequency. Through fiercely pit against other global suppliers,Rizonflow series of RFP-050-60NPX-L & RFP-050-40NPX beat the opponents by overwhelming advantages. Rizonflow High flow filter cartridges can offer the users below convenience:   Innovative technology and advanced design provides RFP High Flow Filter Cartridge reliable and consistent filtration performance. When compared to conventional cartridge systems, 6 inch large diameter enable Rizonflow RFP High Flow Filter Cartridge to handle upto 300gpm (70m3/hr) flowrate in a single cartridge, which significantly reduces the capital investment cost and housing diameter, eventually saves valuable plant space. Out-side-in radial pleat design results in...
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Measuring Water Stress

However it’s measured, water insufficiency affects billions around the world “Water stress” is a term we hear more and more, but its definition is not yet the same across organizations and national borders. California Water Sustainability, a project of University of California Davis, explains that one widely used tool, the Water Stress Index, is defined by the United Nations and many others as the difference between total water use and water availability. As supply and demand move closer, it’s more likely stress will occur, both in nature and in human systems. According to the 2017 U.N. Report on Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals: More than 2 billion people globally are living in countries with excess water stress, defined as the ratio of total freshwater withdrawn to total renewable freshwater resources above a threshold of 25 per cent. In Northern Africa and Western Asia, water stress levels have spiked to...
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Expansion Joints for Potable Water Systems

Water is vital to life. Not only do we need access to clean drinking water, we need the ability to transport it without contamination. For this reason, there are standards that were created for pumping systems to safeguard potable water as it comes into contact with different materials during transport through a piping system. The NSF/ANSI 61 Standard for Drinking Water System Components (published in 1988) establishes the requirements for the piping and mechanical devices (pumps, valves, chemical feeders, etc.) that potable water moves through as it works its way from a municipal water treatment plant to a network of water tanks and piping systems that deliver drinking water to commercial and residential buildings.  Manufacturers of water treatment and distribution products in North America must comply with NSF/ANSI 61 to minimize potentially adverse effects that can be caused from contaminants leaching into drinking water. When a design engineer is designing...
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AdEdge adds Rotec LTD Flow-Reversal Reverse Osmosis Technology (FR-RO) to Core Product Offerings

February 2018 – AdEdge Water Technologies (AdEdge) announced today its intention to add Israeli company Rotec LTD (Rotec) Flow-Reversal Reverse Osmosis technology (FRRO) to their core product offerings. Rotec developed the technology over the last decade. AdEdge and Rotec are entering into an exclusive licensing agreement to commercialize and distribute the FR-RO technology in North America. The FR-RO utilizes standard non-proprietary equipment and can be implemented in all newly built municipal and industrial RO systems and can be retrofitted to existing RO systems. The FR-RO technology achieves recovery rates that are 10% - 20% higher than standard RO systems. Rotec’s patented FR-RO technology is based on two principles: the reversal of water flow in the pressure vessels and block rotation. This technology, which results in higher recovery rates, addresses a recurring operational challenge of scaling and biofouling, typical to all conventional RO systems. “Adding FR-RO to our portfolio is in...
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The Only Real Power for Sludge Dewatering – The New Flottweg Container Systems

Flottweg has reworked their container systems from the ground up. The result is a plug-and-play solution with an entirely new design. Germany, Vilsbiburg, 2018-02-05 -- One alternative to dewatering or thickening systems installed permanently in a building are mobile, container-based solutions. Flottweg has rethought the concept of its container systems and reworked them from the ground up. The result is a plug-and-play solution with an entirely new design.    Investment costs for the construction of a new building or to expand existing space can be avoided with these mobile container systems. The containers can be installed long-term or in a semi-mobile mode for a few weeks or months to bridge the gap between needs. Fully mobile use is also an option.   On site, only the intake and discharge lines have to be connected and the system supplied with power. It can then go into operation immediately.   Since the...
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Take action: Too Many North Carolinians Live in Fear

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BioLargo Completes Study of Breakthrough Water Treatment Technology for Poultry Process Water and Municipal Wastewater Treatment

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How Does the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor Work?

Aerobic digestion and nitrification-denitrification work together thanks to an innovative membrane system One of the most talked-about new wastewater treatment technologies is the membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) , which is revolutionizing WWT. The discussion, however, has mainly focused on issues like MABR technology’s low operating expenses , high energy efficiency, low maintenance, scalability, and its neighborly low noise and odor levels. What’s discussed less is exactly what goes on inside an MABR module. At the most basic level, it’s aerobic digestion, which uses bacteria that consume oxygen to digest wastewater. Sometimes the function of the MABR’s membrane is compared to the human lung ‘s. Oxygen at atmospheric pressure diffuses through the membrane wall and feeds the aerobic digestion without bubbles. Making bubbles with compressed air is not only energy-intensive, but also inefficient: Most of the air in the bubbles rises to the surface before the bacteria even have a...
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