Slideshow: What the 2024 San Francisco Olympics could look like
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 5:42 pm
San Francisco and the Bay Area are in the running to be pitched as the U.S.' nominee to host the 2024 Olympics. Take a look at what the stadiums and venues could look like. [Click on the photo to start a slideshow of renderings and maps.]

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Tri-Valley Bank's $2.5 million raise will plump up capital, but dilute current investors
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 5:05 pm
San Ramon-based Tri-Valley Bank, one of the Bay Area's smallest community banks with $100 million in assets, reached a definitive agreement to sell 7.58 million shares for $2.5 million, subject to regulatory approval. The buyer is Stephen Taylor and two other individuals the bank did not identify except to say that one of them is a current board member. Taylor is chairman and CEO of Taylor Asset Management in Chicago. He also serves on the boards of Pan Pacific Bank in Fremont and Coast National?

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George Lucas finds force isn't always with him in 2014 bid for new Chicago lakefront museum
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 5:04 pm
This story part of Year in Review, which looks back at the biggest news, most influential newsmakers and top photos of 2014. Read more Year in Review articles here. Who would have thunk? None other than famed filmmaker George Lucas gave Chicago a high-profile reason in 2014 to focus attention on what the future should be for the city's prime lakefront land and ? perhaps just as importantly ? on whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing too relentlessly ? and recklessly some might say ??

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November Construction Jumps 13 Percent
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2014, 5:00 pm
At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $677.8 billion, new construction starts in November climbed 13% from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction).

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