Multi-Modal: Rider loads bike onto Orange Line bus in Canoga Park.
Aboard: The Orange Line originally projected ridership of 22,000 average daily trips by 2020, but it nearly reached that level by mid-2006.
Hard Floor: Construction workers pour and smooth concrete outside the food court at the Outlets at Tejon Ranch project.
Moorpark: Remodel is ready at Moorpark Town Center.
Burbank: Intermodal Transportation Center opens at airport.
Glendale: DineEquity plans to open 20 Applebee’s, like this one, in the Middle East by 2017.
Clean Room: Rendering of United Online’s new open-space office.
Visitors examine a chunk of borax ore inside the mine’s headquarters.
Early advertisements for borax products on display at the mine’s visitor center.
Refined borax is stored in these large containers until shipped by truck or train to customers.
The crystallized borate comes off a roller after having been processed. The mineral is then carried by conveyor to giant dryers to remove any moisture that may be present. Senior Production Engineer Jeff Gurtler shows a sample of borate after ...
A worker sits in front of the multiple screens in a control room that oversees the refining process.
The borate in powder form is temporarily stored in these bins that have red air cannons attached to the sides to keep the powder from sticking if there is moisture in it.
After being crushed, the ore goes to this tank where it is mixed with a hot liquid that dissolves the borate out of the waste rock at a temperature of 205 degrees.
This $160 million plant, which became operational in June, separates and settles borate from the rock and other material.
The processing plant has several operations, including crushing, refining, drying and storage.
A conveyor belt speeds the ore to a fine crusher in preparation for processing.
Miner Chuck Kinnear stands alongside the 13-foot tall tires of a haul truck. Each tire costs about $26,000 and can last from 10,000 to 11,000 hours of service. Each haul truck uses 900 gallons of fuel a day and has ...
Mine Supervisor David Riddle tracks the position of the ore-hauling trucks on a computer screen.
Ramps and tiered walls permit heavy equipment to descend and return on trips into the pit.
A sign for drivers headed east on Highway 58 promotes the mine as Boron’s main attraction.
An electric-powered shovel drops a scoop of ore into a haul truck. The ore in each scoop can weigh 90 tons – the shovels weigh 4 million pounds and can load a scoop every 90 seconds.
The mine as seen from space in a NASA satellite photo.
Tradition: Steven Hilton in Agoura Hills.
Expertise: Microsoft stores feature devices, software and in-person tech support.
Attraction: Hallmark’s “Cedar Cove.”
Stepping In, Up: ZDI Inc.’s Steve Zimmerman at business park in Camarillo.
Pampered: Jeff Pink, chief executive at Orly, gets treated with new BB Creme.
Available: Reduced floorplan at Jerry’s Deli will open space for a new tenant.
Discounter: Brian Hassett, general manager of the mall, at the construction site just north of the Grapevine.