March 2018 Print

President's Message

This month I get the opportunity to showcase the Feather River Branch of our Section.  I think it’s fair to say that not too many years ago this branch was inactive – at least by today’s comparison. Since that time, the Feather River Branch has surged year-over-year to increase activity through the efforts of memers and officers. It is a beautiful thing to watch this group continue to grow, succeed, and consequently have a positive impact in their community and beyond.

Recent Feather River Branch activity includes:

  • Sponsoring a student resume workshop for California State University, Chico where the branch worked with the Younger Member Forum (YMF) to coordinate speakers from throughout the Section. 
  • A member social at a local brewery to help energize membership and continue to build relationships with the student chapter and the community. 
  • Monthly luncheons with interesting and engaging presentations.  The Department of Water Resources presented on Oroville Dam performance and repair, and Cal Fire provided the branch a presentation on the impact recent fires have had on our infrastructure.  

Current Feather River Branch president, Clay Slocum, P.E., doesn’t see a need to change course immediately for the branch to grow and be successful.  Clay stated, We’ve successfully increased our student participation this year through outreach and collaboration on items like Mid-Pac and the workshops.  Our vision remains the same:  supporting the student chapter and providing our local professionals with high-quality presentations that advance our practice. 

The Section is grateful for all the members and officers – past and present – that have worked diligently to bring the Feather River Branch to where it is today, and we are excited about where it will be tomorrow and in to the future.  I would like to offer a special thanks to Radley Ott, and Clay Slocum.

One final thought…, as I take the pulse of our Section, it seems that much of the success we realize is somehow connected to the Civil Engineering students throughout our Section.  I am convinced that any support we can provide the students now – financially or otherwise – will return dividends sooner, not later.  Please consider contributing to our Golze Scholarship either as an individual or a company.  100% of the money raised is provided to the students.  

As always, your Sacramento Section Board appreciates all that you do to advance our profession.     

Kind Regards,

Adam J. Killinger, PE, GE
ASCE Sacramento Section President 

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Call For Nominations - Project Awards


Deadline to nominate a project for the annual Project Awards Banquet has been extended to Friday, March 9.  

Please CLICK HERE to nominate a project.

The categories of projects include: Airports & Ports, Bikeways & Trails, Community Involvement, Energy, Flood Management, Historical Renovation, Road & Highway, Structural, Transportation, Water, Architectural Engineering, Bridge, Construction, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical, Parks & Recreation, Small Project (under $5M), Sustainable Engineering, Urban/Land Development, and Wastewater Treatment. Projects must be completed in 2017. 

The banquet will be on April 12, 2018 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Director, Tony Quintrall at

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Golze Scholarship Fund


Did you know the Sacramento Section Golze Scholarship Fund is one of the largest ASCE scholarship funds in the nation? Please join us in helping meet our goal to raise $100,000 for the Golze Scholarship Fund. Your donation will be matched up to $20,000 by former ASCE Section president Louay Owaidat. 

Last spring through your generous individual and corporate donations, we were able to award 21 aspiring civil engineers from UC Davis, CSU Sacramento, CSU Chico and University of Pacfic. 

Your participation in this is vital. If each member donates a little, we will have the greatest impact in our community. Donators will be recognized publicly in our newsletter and at the awards dinner. To donate, click here


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Member Spotlight

Every year in September, officer, members, and guests of the Sacramento Section of ASCE gather for our annual Individual Awards & New Officer Installation Banquet. An important part of the festivities is the presentation of awards offered by our Section for outstanding individual achievement. Each month, in this column, we will spotlight one or two of these award-winning engineers. 

2017 Francis N. Hveem Geotechnical Award Winner


Mr. Hughes leads the Geotechnical and Water Resources Group at AECOM’S Sacramento office. In that role he has lead the geotechnical investigations, design, and construction oversite of the most extensive single Urban levee remediation in California, the almost 40 miles of upgrades and remediation of the Sutter –Butte Flood Control Levee system. This project had very complex soil conditions including everything from layers of fat clays to deep open gravels with stratigraphic changes occurring over very short distances. Mr. Hughes has ensured that investigations adequately identified conditions, and developed remedial designs addressing seepage and stability issues including cutoff wall systems to depths over 100 ft. He has responded to his client’s needs for economic and effective solutions and provided outstanding geotechnical solutions and professional service

Mr. Hughes earned his M.S degree in Civil Engineering from Hong Kong University, in addition to earning a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wales College Cardiff, United Kingdom. Congratulations Mike!

2017 Theodore D. Judah Transportation Award Winner


Mr. Lopez-DuBois is a strong team leader. He is currently serving as both the freight and HSR rail design lead on the $1.34B High Speed Rail Construction Package 2-3 Design-Build. He is based out of Sacramento where he serves as Northern California Rail/Transit design lead and has been instrumental in growing Jacobs Northern California offices. Miguel acknowledges that he has been fortunate to have learned from great mentors is his career, and now in a leadership role he finds great satisfaction in sharing his experience and knowledge with younger engineers. Miguel is an ethical, hardworking, strong leader that exemplifies ASCE canons 1-7.

Miguel’s family left his native Nicaragua during the Contras-Sandinistas conflict, seeking a safer future and an opportunity to contribute to an accepting society. Miguel dared to dream and pursued a career in civil engineering. Mr Lopez-DuBois holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the San Francisco State University. Congratulations Miguel! 

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Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, March 27, 11:30 - 1
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J Street

Topic: Hydropower Generation and Construction of New River Flow Measurement Weirs below Dams

To register, click here


The ASCE Capital Branch is pleased to announce an opportunity for the Civil Engineering Firms, Contractors and Vendors to sponsor ASCE’s monthly Luncheons. The sponsoring company will have the opportunity to make a brief presentation that is 3 to 5 minutes long and is supported by a few slides in PowerPoint format.  This opportunity will provide the sponsoring company a great marketing opportunity to the local engineering community.  For further information, please contact Jai Singh at (916) 580-9725.

JOIN US ON LinkedIn.

The Capital Branch has a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to


The Capital Branch has started a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to   

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Central Valley Branch Activities

We have monthly lunch meetings with various presentations on the third Tuesday of each month. If you are in the Stockton area please join us. For more information about the Central Valley Branch, please contact Rhett Kilgore at

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Feather River Branch Activities

For more information about future meetings and activities, please contact, Clay Slocum at, or 530-864-1648.

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Shasta Branch Activities

For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Thursday, March 8th, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Questions? RSVP! Email Patrick

Come on out to Capitol Bowling for an evening of good old fashioned fun! This event is traditionally well attended by both young professionals and student members so this is an excellent opportunity to make new friends or spend time with old friends!


Monday, April 9th, 6 - 9 pm
CSU Sacramento, University Wellness and Recreation Center, The Vineyard Room
Questions? RSVP! Email Patrick
Join us for technical presentations from student members. Presentations will be short form and include both student research and MidPac projects. Dinner and socializing will be provided! Come out and meet graduating students ahead of the MidPac Conference. 


The PE exam is coming up quick! Good news, YMF offers the best PE review courses in town and there are still seats available for the surveying and seismic reviews. Please note, these courses are competitively priced, are offered nearby at Sac State, and include hours of class time with local engineers who are experts in their field along with comprehensive notes created for each exam.
Survey Review
Runs: February 7th, 10th, & 11th
Seismic Review
Runs: February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, & 17th

Register here

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Student Chapters


 We are currently accepting Golze Scholarship applications from civil engineering students attending CSU Chico and Sacramento, UC Davis or Universty of Pacific. If interested, download the application here. Deadline to submit your application is Sunday, March 18, 2018.

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ATTG & New UESI Institute


Mr. Khashayar (Kash) Hadipour, Ph.D., P.E.,
Kleinfelder, Chair ATTG

The Air Transport Technical Group (ATTG) serves the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Los Angeles Section, its members and supporters by conducting periodic meetings for the benefit of engineers and architects having an interest in the aviation industry.  The meetings focus on various aspects of air transport, including airport improvements, airline affairs, air traffic control and the aircraft manufacturing industry.  ATTG's goal in conducting periodic meetings is to provide informative presentations to its members and guests, and to provide them with an opportunity to exchange information and ideas for the benefit of all participants. 

ATTG meetings are typically planned for January, March, May, September and November of each year.  Arrangements are made for presentations on terminal and airfield airport improvements for passenger and cargo transport, airline tenant improvements, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developments in air and ground traffic control, airport security, and developments in aircraft manufacturing.

The current ATTG Board of Directors are:

CHAIR: Mr. Kash Hadipour, Ph.D., P.E., Kleinfelder
SECRETARY: Ms. Lilith Terry, P.E., PMP, AECOM
TREASURER: Mr. Tony Fermelia, P.E., HNTB
PAST CHAIR: Mr. Charles Adams, P.E., M.ASCE 


Mr. Jeffrey C. Smith, P.E., LAWA
Mr. Matt G. Ulukaya, P.E., AECOM
Mr. Jeffrey Sedlak, P.E., Jacobs
Mr. Virgil C. Aoanan, P.E., S.E., VCA Engineers
Mr. Clint Isa, P.E., Diaz Yourman & Associates
Mr. Renju Abraham, P.E., Burns & McDonnell
Mr. Alberto Cruz, P.E., C.M., FAA

ASCE Air Transport Technical Group had their bi-monthly meeting on December 19, 2017 when Mr. Barry Rondinella, Director of the John Wayne Airport provided an overview of the airport and some of the current issues that JWA faces.  Mr. Rondinella discussed current and upcoming projects at the airport and his presentation was greatly appreciated by all members. 

ASCE Air Transport Technical Group will be hosting Mr. Iraj Ghaemi, Director of Facilities Development Department at San Diego International Airport on February 20, 2018.  Mr. Ghaemi will be providing a presentation on San Diego International Airport Capital Improvement Program.

To learn more about the ASCE ATTG, please contact Kash Hadipour, Chair, at


The Orange County Branch of the Los Angeles Section recently established a UESI chapter headed by Shaun Clark (  The L.A. Section provided funding to the new institute to begin functioning. Make your plans to join us in sunny Southern California for the inaugural UESI 2018 Surveying & Geomatics Conference in joint collaboration with California State Polytechnic University Pomona April 22 thru April 24, 2018. There will be exhibitors, special plenary sessions and keynote speakers, and a special event that will be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona to feature an exciting venue in Southern California!  For more information check out:

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Continuing Education


ASCE announces new asynchronous online instructor-led programs in which you move through a 6 or 12-week learning experience with your peers. The Guided Online Course content includes recorded video lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, live webinars and weekly discussions to help you master the course material. Gain unlimited, 24/7 accessibility to weekly modules. Complete coursework at the time and pace that is most convenient for you, using your own devices. Click here to see full list of courses.

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To receive this discount, email contact information for all registrants and a registration confirmation email will be sent to each attendee. Or call 1-800-548-2723 to register, and mention the code GOCFREE. To inquire about larger group discounts, write to


Post-Tension Buildings: Design & Construction 
May 10-11, 2018 | San Francisco Metro-Area

Earthquake-Induced Ground Motions
June 7-8, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area

Practical Aspects of Tunnel Design 
September 20-21, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area


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Webinars are convenient, low-cost, and an efficient training option. Login anywhere and interact with the instructor and other participants. Live webinars cover practical, targeted topics taught by experts in their field. Gain knowledge and earn PDHs. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.


On-demand learning is a convenient and effective method for engineers to earn PDHs/CEUs and gain practical, real-world knowledge.  ASCE's programs are developed by industry experts and available for a variety of technical areas and in your choice of format to meet the demands facing today's engineers. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.

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ASCE America’s Infrastructure Report Card

Gearing Up for the 2018 Section and 2019 Statewide Infrastructure Report Cards

David M. Schwegel, PE, Precision Civil Engineering

 ASCE has been producing Report Cards on America’s Infrastructure since the Reagan Administration. Several states and municipalities have followed suit. The most recent Report Card on America’s Infrastructure came out in 2017. Transportation-related categories included Aviation, Rail, Roads, and Transit. Additional categories include Solid Waste, Drinking Water, Wastewater, Bridges, Dams, Levees, and Public Parks, among others. The recent power outage at our nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield is a testimony to the underinvestment in both airport and power grid infrastructure. Rail combines both freight (“the envy of the world”) and passenger (Amtrak, recent significant derailment in DuPont, Washington) systems. The Roads category continues to be a hot topic here in California, with the quality of our urban roads ranking 50th among the states, and over half of them in poor condition, per the Washington Post (2015). The “D-minus” grade in the Transit category is no surprise given the significant media attention on the deteriorating condition of the New York City Subway System. Look for the Southern California Region to be a potential “game changer” in this area as it gears up to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. 

Region 9 is gearing up for its Third Report Card with a release event at the Capitol in early 2019. They could really use some expertise from the Sacramento Section. To capitalize on this opportunity to further establish yourself as a subject matter expert, check out, identify the one category of strongest interest, and send an email of interest to Co-Chairs Tony Akel ( and John Hogan (

The Sacramento Section also plans to produce a Report Card based on the outstanding mentorship from Society and Region 9, and the local data acquired in the Statewide Report Card production process. By getting the Sacramento Report Card completed and into the hands of local infrastructure advocates like Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council CEO Barry Broome, Congresswoman Doris Matusi, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and Sacramento Area Council of Governments CEO James Corless, we can draw national attention to our areas of infrastructure need.

Specifically, Sacramento Section Members are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Make traction with state agencies and societies representing each of the 17 categories, especially the California Parks & Recreation Society.
  2. Make sure that each of the 17 categories slated for evaluation has representation from the Sacramento Section, so that both the statewide and local report cards can be expedited.
  3. Do everything possible to ensure that both the statewide and our local release events are extraordinarily impactful – full of press conferences, gala events in the Capitol Rotunda Basement, and thousands of Civil Engineering professionals gathered at the West Steps of the Capitol for the unveiling of the grades.

For more information on the 17 categories along with current members and projected schedules, please click here.

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Region 9


Jennifer Teasdale
ACEC California – Policy Outreach Coordinator

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC-California) is excited to partner with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Region 9, in supporting and promoting Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS).  California state law requires that public agencies use QBS to procure professional services because it is recognized that hiring the best-qualified professionals to design and administer public works projects results in the best use of scarce public funds.  ACEC California has begun a strategic campaign to provide education, resources, and outreach to assist public agencies in understanding and complying with QBS statutes.  

QBS is a competitive procurement process that requires a public agency to evaluate design professionals, like engineers and land surveyors, based on their qualifications and their demonstrated competence, instead of lowest bid.  The amount of time spent working on a project is the primary factor that determines the cost of professional services.  Making the best use of that time by hiring the right professional for the right project has proven to result in the safest, most durable, and most cost-effective projects.  A project designed by a qualified firm can significantly decrease construction and life-cycle costs and promote innovation, public participation, and often leads to greater public approval and satisfaction with the completed project.  This is why QBS is required to be used by federal, California, and local governments.

ASCE Policy Statement 304 – Qualifications-Based Selection of Professional Engineers, states ASCE believes that the selection of Professional Engineers as prime consultants and subcontractors should be based on the qualifications of the engineering firm.  Qualifications including education, training, experience, past-performance, capabilities, personnel and workloads should be evaluated when selecting an engineering firm. 

ACEC California has developed an extensive QBS program intended to engage and educate public agencies that are not complying with QBS.  One of our key accomplishments is the creation of short and simple educational materials that will help the design professional community explain QBS statutes and benefits to their clients.  Additionally, the organization’s leadership and staff are proactively liaising with agencies, local government associations, and public officials on behalf of our members.  We are confident that these efforts will help to uphold the engineering and land surveying professions, deliver the clients’ needs at a fair price and, most importantly, provide the safest infrastructure for all Californians.

If you desire to learn more about ACEC California’s QBS efforts, please contact Jennifer Teasdale at To learn more about ASCE policies in regard to QBS, please contact Richard Markuson, ASCE Legislative Advocate, at



David M. Schwegel, PE, Precision Civil Engineering 

Ever since its debut in Sacramento in 2007, Region 9 has been producing a Statewide Infrastructure Symposium during the first quarter of every year with parallel Transportation and Water programs. These Symposiums have the dual-purpose of educating delegates on some of the latest topics and issues impacting the profession, and encouraging them to take action on some of these key developments. Immediately following the Symposium in Los Angeles in 2017, members of the transportation community took action on SB1 resulting in an effective Fix Our Roads Rally at the Capitol and the successful passage of this “game changing” piece of Legislation with a Two-Thirds Supermajority. This annual Symposium rotates among the four California Sections (Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego).

The next one takes place on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Wilsey Conference Center in San Francisco. All 16 speakers in the Transportation program are confirmed. Session highlights are as follows: 

  1. Hot Topics in Roadways, Pathways, and Ports: Kamesh Vedula of GHD will be presenting some of the latest design practices for “Roundabouts” and identifying several key reasons for their ever-growing popularity in California.
  2. Station Area Development/Technology: Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Mark Zabaneh will provide an update on the “Grand Central Station of the West” since its Grand Opening last month.
  3. Implementation of SB1: Senate Transportation Committee Chair and SB1 Author Senator Jim Beall will discuss how the passage of SB1 is a “Game Changer” for California and offer tips for messaging the value of SB1 in terms of commute cost reduction and quality of life improvements for California residents.
  4. Rail/Mass Transit: High-Speed Rail Authority Northern Regional Director Ben Tripousis will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with “blending” the operations of America’s First True High-Speed Rail System and California’s Busiest Commuter Rail System along the San Jose to San Francisco Corridor.

For more information, and to register, go to San Diego hosts the 2019 Symposium.
It comes back to our Sacramento Section in 2020. 

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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

Legislation: The California State Legislature resumed its second year of the 2017-18 session. Several deadlines and events are in February: 

  •       Feb. 16 - Last day for bills to be introduced
  •       Feb. 19 - Presidents’ Day holiday

SB 1 Repeal. The effort to repeal SB 1 continues. The Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance have estimated the fiscal impact on state and local government at: “Reduced annual state transportation tax revenues of $2.9 billion in 2018-19, increasing to $4.9 billion annually by 2020-21. These revenues would primarily have supported state highway maintenance and rehabilitation, local streets and roads, and mass transit. In addition, potentially lower transportation tax revenues in the future from requiring voter approval of such tax increases, with the impact dependent on future actions by the Legislature and voters.” On December 15, 2017, the ballot measure proponents certified that they have collected 25% of the necessary signatures (total signatures required: 585,407) to qualify the measure for the November ballot. The circulation deadline is May 21, 2018. 

The Legislature passed SB 558 a companion bill to SCA 9 (Glazer) authorizes the Legislature to exclude the construction or addition of a rainwater capture system from the term “newly constructed” for purposes of reappraisal under Article XIII A. SCA 9 was chaptered on January 29, 2018.

New Bills

AB 1743 would enact the California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program.

AB 1756 would repeal the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. This bill contains other related provisions

AB 1792 would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would provide local governments with resources and streamlining for municipal improvements and restoration projects.

AB 1876 would increase the membership of the Delta Stewardship Council to 13 members, including 11 voting members and 2 nonvoting members, as specified.

ACA 21 would create the California Infrastructure Investment Fund in the State Treasury.

SB 920 would extend indefinitely the authorization for persons licensed to engage in the practice of engineering, land surveying, or architecture to form limited liability partnerships.

SB 952 would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the State Water Resources Control Board to recognize local water agency investment in water supply and will ensure that local agencies receive sufficient credit for these investments in meeting any water conservation or efficiency mandates.

Recent Reports

The Infrastructure Working Group, Problem Solvers Caucus releasedRebuilding America’s Infrastructure. The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group of 48 members of Congress. The Caucus’ Infrastructure Working Group has released a report with recommended policy solutions for the United States’ infrastructure challenges over the next 100 years. Recommendations include “modernizing existing user fees, incentivizing private innovation and investment through public private partnerships, making smarter investments with limited federal dollars, and increasing accountability to taxpayers.”

The Bureau of State Auditsreleased The Department of Water Resources: The Unexpected Complexity of the California WaterFix Project Has Resulted in Significant Cost Increases and Delays. “[T]his audit report [concerns] the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) management of the planning efforts for the California WaterFix Project (WaterFix). [T]he planning phase experienced significant cost increases and scheduled delays. [W]e also found that DWR did not follow state law when it replaced the program manager for the conservation and conveyance program. Additionally, DWR has not completed either an economic or financial analysis to demonstrate the financial viability of WaterFix. Finally, it has not fully implemented a governance structure for the design and construction phase, and has not maintained important program management documents for WaterFix.”

The Kern County Water Agency released California WaterFix Overview (Draft) “This overview is intended to assist landowners, Agency Member units and the Board of Directors with making decisions regarding California WaterFix. [Kern County Water] Agency staff has compiled this overview from the best available information developed over 11 years of study and analysis. This overview attempts to provide an easy, yet complete reference for California WaterFix that may be used to help decision-makers determine whether to participate in the project.”

The CA State Auditor’s office has released its report, “The Bradley-Burns Tax and Local Transportation Funds: Changing the Allocation Structure for the Bradley-Burns Tax Would Result in a More Equitable Distribution of Local Transportation Funding,” explains: “[Bradley-Burns] charges 1.25 percent on the retail sale or use of tangible personal property in the State, of which 1 percent is allocated to counties or incorporated cities to use at their discretion and the other 0.25 percent is allocated to county local transportation funds [LTF]… Revenue from the tax is generally allocated to the city or county that served as the place of sale for a transaction. However, retailers that make Internet sales or ship goods to customers across jurisdictional borders may identify the place of sale as one of their warehouses, which concentrates the tax’s revenue into those warehouses’ jurisdictions. Consequently, counties with relatively large numbers of warehouses generally receive disproportionately larger amounts of the tax’s revenue and therefore LTF funding;” recommends: “The State could make the distribution of the tax more equitable by amending the Bradley-Burns tax law so that revenues derived from Internet sales are allocated based on the destination of sold goods rather than their place of sale.”

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has released its report, “A Review of Caltrans’ Vehicle Insurance Costs,” finds Caltrans’ vehicle insurance premiums have “more than tripled in recent years, increasing from $4.2 million in 2014-15 to $14.6 million in 2017-18,” concludes “increases are almost entirely due to a few recent multi-million dollar claims that have cost far more than any other claim over the last decade;” recommends Legislature consider establishing “statutory limit on the amount of damages for which the state can be held liable for collisions.”

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute released Energy Storage: Meeting California’s Climate and Energy Goals Through a Balanced Low-Carbon Grid“[This report] underscored the need for a smart grid that improves reliability and resilience, supports the increased generation and use of renewable power, integrates energy storage, and with that enables the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As California pursues even more ambitious greenhouse gas and renewable energy targets, new challenges are emerging for the electric grid. In particular, the variable nature of renewable energy resources, which in large part depend on when the sun shines and the wind blows, requires increased attention as regulators and policy makers attempt to balance the grid and match power needs with available supply.”

The Union of Concerned Scientisitsreleased Navigating a Flood of Information: Evaluating and Integrating Climate Science into Groundwater Planning in California “While hundreds of local agencies across California draft their plans to ensure the sustainability of groundwater basins, water experts say in (this) white paper … that these state-mandated plans need to incorporate climate change impacts to be sustainable…. Researchers analyzed two dozen local plans submitted to the state earlier this year. They found nearly half of these plans did not include a quantitative analysis of climate change, though the state requires them to do so…. The white paper makes a series of recommendations for process improvements that local, state and federal agencies should take to better incorporate climate science in groundwater planning

The California State Transportation Agency has just released the Final Report for the Road Charge Pilot Program. “This report demonstrates California’s commitment to investigate a long-term, sustainable transportation funding mechanism. [California] completed the largest road charge research effort to date, with over 5,000 participating statewide vehicles, reporting in excess of 37 million miles driven over the nine-month pilot.”

California Natural Resources Agency has released the 2018 update to its Safeguarding California Plan, “a roadmap for everything state agencies are doing and will do to protect communities, infrastructure, services and the natural environment from climate change impacts,” makes “69 recommendations across 11 sectors” and identifies “more than 1000 ongoing actions and next steps.” 

Governor Appointments

Melanie Perron of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy secretary for legislation at the California State Transportation Agency. Perron has served as assistant deputy director of legislation at the California Department of Transportation since 2013. She was legislative manager at the California Department of Conservation from 2010 to 2013, legislative coordinator at the California Department of General Services from 2008 to 2010 and a legislative assistant in the Governor’s Office from 2007 to 2008.

Joseph Hedges of Seattle, Washington, has been appointed chief operating officer at the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Hedges was program administrator of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program at the Washington State Department of Transportation from 2016 to 2018. Hedges has more than 35 years of experience in construction, engineering and project management in both the private and public sector, including as executive vice president and director of operations at the Coastal Environmental Group from 2012 to 2016 and as vice president, chief engineer and director of design at Pro2Serve from 2008 to 2012. Since retiring as captain from the U.S. Navy, Corps of Civil Engineers, where he served in several positions from 1984 to 2008, Hedges has worked extensively on complex facility and transportation design and construction projects. 

Pamela Mizukami of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Mizukami has been deputy director of the Administrative Services Division at the California Department of Motor Vehicles since 2010, where she has served in several positions since 2006. She served in several positions at the California Department of General Services from 1993 to 2006, including electronic data processing acquisition manager and senior electronic data processing acquisition supervisor.

Karla Nemeth of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the California Department of Water Resources. Nemeth has served as Governor Brown’s deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014, where she was Bay Delta Conservation Plan project manager from 2009 to 2014. Nemeth was environmental and public affairs director at the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District from 2005 to 2009 and community affairs manager at Jones and Stokes from 2003 to 2005. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree in public administration from the University of Washington.

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The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

Contractors and design professionals may record mechanic’s liens against real property that their efforts have improved. A requirement for the perfection of a mechanic’s lien is that there must have been some actual work of improvement on the ground before the mechanics lien will “attach.” The design professional’s lien provides for a lien before any work on the ground has commenced.

The design professional’s lien is a special lien that was designed to provide lien rights against real property that has been improved by a design professional but where the improvements were never constructed. The logic behind the design professional’s lien derives from the fact that the efforts of the design professional, performed for the owner, enhanced the value of the property and the design professional should be able to look to the property for payment similar to a contractor whose efforts improved the property.

To obtain a design professional’s lien there must be a written contract with the owner of the property and the owner must own the property at the time that the lien is recorded. In addition, the project must have progressed to a point where a building permit or “other governmental approval in furtherance of the work of improvement” had been obtained in connection with or utilizing the services rendered by the design professional.

The landowner with whom the design professional contracted must have defaulted in any payment required by the written contract and must have refused to pay upon the demand of the design professional given less than 10 days prior to recording the design professional’s lien. tThe written demand must state that a default of the contract has occurred and the amount of the default. The lien cannot be used on a project for a single family, owner occupied residence where the construction costs are less than $100,000.

The design professional’s lien must be recorded within 90 days after the design professional knows or has reason to know that the landowner is not going to commence the work of improvement. The lien must be recorded in the county in which the property is located.

The priority of a design professional’s lien is determined by the date when it is recorded. However, if a construction loan is obtained for the project and a construction deed of trust was recoeded, that will have priority over the design professional’s lien. The design professional’s lien automatically expires and becomes null and void and of no further force or effect if the work of improvement for which the design professional furnished services at the request of the landowner is commenced. At that point, the design professional must proceed to record a mechanic’s lien in order to forclose on a lien against the property.

The design professional’s lien can be an effective means for a design professional to secure payment for a project that stops short of actual construction. There are special procedural requirements, however, that must be met to avoid loss of the valuable lien rights.

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Officer Contacts

(Those listed in blue are considered Section Board Members with voting authority. Everyone else on this list is invited to our meetings to give an update on their subsidiary organization)


President   Adam Killinger 951-265-5289
President Elect   Michael Konieczki 916-840-5211
Senior Director  Tony Quintrall 916-993-7616
Junior Director Megan LeRoy 916-859-3651
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih 916-679-8864
Past President Elias Karam 209-481-6857
Executive Director Marie Silveira   916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Bryan Perrin 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss 916-717-4070
Capital Branch Jai Singh 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Erik Almaas 209-946-0268
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin 530-223-2585 


Coasts, Oceans Ports & Rivers Inst. Zia Zafir 916-366-1701
Construction Inst.    Brad Quon 916-871-2080
Environ. & Water Resources Inst.  Rich Juricich 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst.

Niranjen Kanepathipillai 916-227-4463
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     


College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily    530-756-9530
Disaster Preparedness John Andrew 916-651-9657
Education & Awards Thor Larsen  916-973-0356
Government Relations Craig Copelan 530-908-4790
History & Heritage Thor Larsen  916-973-0356
Membership-Life Mem. Thor Larsen  916-973-0356
Scholarship Eric Polson  916-801-6290
Sustainability Jennifer Buchanan 916-240-7010


California State University, Sacramento Vince Anicich  
University of the Pacific Joey McElhany  
University of California, Davis Abdulla Alishaq  
California State University, Chico Grant Rose  


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