Hello, all. This month I’m showcasing our Central Valley Branch. I had the pleasure of working through the ranks of this branch finishing up my past-president duties in 2015.
The Central Valley Branch – like the rest of our Sacramento Section – answers our mission’s calling to support future engineers. The branch supports two scholarships. The branch contributes to San Joaquin Engineers Council scholarship fund to support high school graduates entering college. The Central Valley Branch also has its own scholarship program supporting students already in college pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. These scholarships are funded every year by the Central Valley Branch Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament. I’m excited to be heading to this year’s event today as soon as I finish writing this EOG letter.
In addition to monthly luncheon meetings, the branch plans to start holding more social events after work. Branch president Erik Almaas stated, “Our last social event took place last December and was fairly successful in drawing together engineers, contractors, project stakeholders, etc. from our community… One of our goals at CVB is to increase attendance, and we think that these periodic social events are a step in the right direction”. I agree with Erik. I think we all need to remember to set aside the stress of deadlines and deliverables to take a moment to appreciate and interact with our peers. Well done Central Valley Branch members and officers!
Just a quick announcement for our group. Please notice the Golze Golf fundraiser flyer elsewhere in this EOG. SAVE THE DATE on October 4th to attend.
As always, your Sacramento Section Board appreciates all that you do to advance our profession.
Adam J. Killinger, PE, GE
ASCE Sacramento Section President
Call For New Section Officers
ARE YOU READY TO RUN FOR OFFICE?
The Sacramento Section of ASCE Requests You Run for Office!
The nominating committee for the Sacramento Section of ASCE is seeking candidates for the following positions to start in October 2018 through September 2019:
President-Elect is a three year commitment with the first year serving as President-Elect, followed by President and Past-President. As President-Elect, you are responsible for assisting the President. As President you oversee the Section as whole including board meetings, newsletter, award dinners, and Branches, Institutes, Younger Member Groups and Student Chapters. As Past-President you will be in an advisory position to the President.
The Executive Director is a two year commitment and shall have held office on the Sacramento Section Board. The Executive Director is an advisory position.
- JUNIOR DIRECTOR
Junior Director is a two year commitment with the second year serving as Senior Director. The primary responsibilities of the Junior and Senior directors are organizing the Project Awards banquet in the Spring and the Individual Awards banquet in the Fall.
Secretary is a one year commitment with the option to continue service. The Secretary is responsible for taking the minutes at each Board meeting and distributing the minutes for review. The Secretary is also responsible for all e-mail correspondence between the Section and its members.
The Treasurer is a two year commitment. The Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Section.
ASCE Sacramento Section members are encouraged to volunteer for positions of leadership, regardless of age or level of experience. Serving in volunteer positions on the Executive Board assists in building and enhancing careers. The rewards of volunteer service are fulfilling and show you care about ASCE and your profession.
If you would like further information about any particular office, have questions regarding ASCE, or desire to run for office, please contact Adam Killinger at akillinger
Call for Individual Award Nominations
CALL FOR INDIVIDUAL AWARD NOMINATIONS
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the civil engineering profession? Take a few minutes to nominate that individual. If selected the will be honored at the ASCE Sacramento Section Outstanding Individual Awards & Installation Banquet to be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento.
ASCE Sacramento Section recognize individuals for outstanding achievements or leadership in civil engineering or who, through their work, support and advance the profession. Contributions in any of the following areas are considered:
|Outstanding Civil Engineer Public Sector||Humanitarian|
|Outstanding Civil Engineer Private Sector||Excellence in Journalism|
|Outstanding ASCE Section Officer||Lifetime Member|
|Outstanding Young Civil Engineer||Arthur L Elliot Bridge|
|Outstanding Branch Officer||Charles C. Pope Construction|
|Outstanding YMF Officer||Francis N. Hveem Geotechnical|
|Outstanding Practitioner Advisor||Frederick W. Panhorst Structural|
|Outstanding Community Service||David N. Kennedy Water Resource|
|Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Advisor||Jonathan Burdette Brown Education|
|Best Civil Engineering Event||Stewart Mitchell History and Heritage|
|Legistlative Activities||William H. Hall Flood Control|
|State Legislator of the Year|
To Make a Nomination
Complete the online nomination form here. For a list of criteria for each award category, click here. If you would rather print out the form and return it by mail or email, click here to download a nomination form.
Questions? Please contact Megan LeRoy, ASCE Sacramento Section Senior Director,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your nomination by August 3, 2018.
Golze Scholarship Fund
GOLZE GOLF TOURNAMENT
Please join us for a day of golf at the first annual Golze Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Ridge Golf Club in Auburn on Thursday, October 4, 2018. All proceeds of the tournament will go toward donating to the Golze Scholarship Foundation which annually gives scholarships to civil engineering students from CSU Sacramento, CSU Chico, UC Davis and University of the Pacific.
Day of Event Agenda
9:00 am - Registration and Putting & Driving Practice
11:00 am - Shotgun Start (lunch in cart)
5:00 pm - Dinner, Awards, Raffle
Please make checks payable to ASCE Golze Scholarship Fund. Mail checks to ASCE Sacramento Section, PO Box 2402, Granite Bay, CA 95746 or pay online via PayPal to email@example.com
Capital Branch Activities
CAPITAL BRANCH LUNCH MEETING
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J St,
Sacramento, CA 95811
11:30 AM Networking, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation
Event Registration - click here
TOPIC: Fire and Flooding - Santa Barbara County Mudslides
SPEAKER: David Block, MPA, Yolo County Office of Emergency Services
The Sacramento Region has an extensive relationship with seasonal flooding. But what happens to floods after a major fire? This presentation will review the Santa Barbara County Mudslides and focus on the major differences in riverine and alluvial flooding, flooding after fires, and the importance of robust and coordinated effort among a diverse group, including engineers, in order to efficiently provide emergency response services to the Public.
About the Speaker:
David Block, MPA, is curenlty an emergency management professional working with the County of Yolo, California. David is a highly regarded emergency manager, who was called upon by the California Office of Emergency Services to lead the emergency planning team while responding to the post-fire flooding and mudslides in Santa Barbara County earlier this year. He has extensive experience with public organizations working primarily with the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he gained extensive knowledge and insight into the complex relationship between people and their environment. David has a strong commitment to promoting community resiliency, seeking integrative solutions to help mitigate local communities from the impacts of major disasters. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science, and a Minor in History from Roger Williams University. He later on earned his Masters in Public Administration, with a concentration in Emergency Management from Florida State University.
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 https://www.linkedin.com/in/asce-sac-section-capital-branch-b0148b87.
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK
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 https://www.facebook.com/ASCE-Sac-Section-Capital-Branch-178312272707468/.
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 Erik Almaas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feather River Branch Activities
Shasta Branch Activities
For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at email@example.com.
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 Outstanding Branch Officer Award
CLAY SLOCUM, PE
Mr. Slocum jumped into the Feather River Branch Vice Presidential role with vigor and provided an outstanding level of effort and professionalism to the Feather River Branch in his first year as an officer. He has developed a strong and positive reputation among the Feather River Branch. He has consistently secured strong speakers for the Branch meetings which has increased the status and membership of the Branch. Most recently, the Branch President moved out of the area and Mr. Slocum didn’t hesitate to step up into that role a few months early.
Mr. Slocum earned his M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a B.S degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific. Congratulations Clay!
2017 Outstanding Younger Member Forum (YMF) Officer Award
JOSH MARSTON, PE
Mr. Marston joined Sacramento Section Younger Member Forum (YMF) in 2014 and jumped head first into the program by getting elected as an officer his first day. Since then, he has served diligently as an officer for the past 3 years in YMF. He has taken the reins of one of the most important and arduous positions for YMF, coordinating the PE Review Course as the Education Director. The hard work and dedication he puts into the PE Review has made the program the primary income source for Sacramento YMF. The various projects, scholarships, socials and charity work done by Sacramento YMF would simply not be possible without the his work through the PE Review Course.
As the Student affairs chair, he has established a relationship with each university. Josh has coordinated with students to create resume work shops and mock interviews where students and young professional are able to interact. He has even started laying the ground work to create a new mentorship program with UC Davis, which he hopes to bring to other universities soon.
Mr. Marston earned his B.S degree in Civil Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. Congratulations Josh!
Younger Members Forum (YMF)
GOLZE SCHOLARSHIP PICNIC
History & Heritage Committee
GOLDEN SPIKE 150TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM
CALL FOR PAPERS
May 6, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, California
Special Hotel Rate $145/night
Submit max 400 word abstract no later than July 20, 2018
The following information must be included at the top of the abstract:
Full Name, Full Address, Email, Title of paper
Submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors will be notified of acceptance of abstract by ASCE History and Heritage Committee by July 27, 2018. Final draft paper due for review by Committee by October 18, 2018. Comments will be provided by November 8, 2018, and Final Papers will be due b
y February 1, 2019.
Potential Topics for Papers:
- The Civil Engineers that Built the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Surveying and Mapping in the 19th
Railroad Construction Methods in the 19th
Early 19th Century Engineering Education: The Rensseluer Institute (RPI) and the Civil Engineering education of Theodore Judah and Edwin Crocker
Politics and the 1862 and 1864 Pacific Railroad Acts
Social Impacts of the Completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad
The Development of 19th Century Railroad Technology
ASCE Staff Contact
Jennifer Lawrence, Aff.M.ASCE
Chuck Spinks P.E., M.ASCE
SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE SEEKS LEADERS AND MEMBERS
Would you like to make a difference in the sustainability of the region? We have just the committee for you! The Sustainability Committee is looking for members, including Younger Members, who are interested in writing newsletter articles, organizing tours and workshops, and helping to develop a Sustainability Award for the Section. There are other possibilities as well, depending on your personal and professional interests.
The committee needs all NEW members for the following roles:
Visit our webpage at http://asce-sacto.org/Sustainability_Committee and join us in making a difference for the region.
Contact Jennifer Buchanan (Current Committee Chair) at 916.240.7010 or email@example.com if you are interested in filling one of the committee roles and lead us to the next phase.
Water and Environment Committee
California Water: Sometimes Normal, Never Boring
Xavier Irias, P.E., M. ASCE Chair, ASCE Region 9
Each water year in California is a roll of the dice, and after one of the wettest years on record, which followed a multi-year drought, this past year has been a rather unremarkable “normal” year. Current water supply storage in most basins ranges from 80 – 100% full. That said, some basins are only at approximately 40% - 50% capacity. Those basins include Lake Isabella on the Kern River, Cachuma Lake on the Santa Ynez River, Hensley Reservoir on the Fresno River, and several others in smaller basins throughout the state.
Despite the normal hydrologic year, drinking water has remained on the radar of policy makers and the public. This year we saw movement in the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, aka “Proposition 1”. That Act aims to advance three objectives of the California Water Action Plan: 1) More reliable water supplies, 2) Restoration of important species and habitat, and 3) A more resilient and sustainably managed water infrastructure. Chapter 8 of Proposition 1 appropriated $2.7 billion to the California Water Commission (CWC) to fund public benefits associated with water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions. This established the CWC’s Water Storage Investment Program. Earlier this year, the CWC announced initial results of the review of the 11 storage projects that had applied for grant funding. Many people were surprised to see that none of the projects as submitted met the CWC’s criteria for funding. Since that time, applicants completed additional analyses to demonstrate the public benefits of their projects and, earlier this month, the CWC announced that funding would be made available to many of the projects including significant water supply expansions such as the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion, Sites Reservoir Project and the Temperance Flat Reservoir Project.
Prop 1 funding represents a major step forward in infrastructure funding, but much work remains before funding disbursements are made and projects begin construction. In the meantime, the need for water infrastructure funding goes beyond water supply improvement, and this past year we have seen significant legislative movement in water funding. In October, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 5 (De Leon) – the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, and this bond measure will be included in the June 5, 2018, statewide primary direct election as Proposition 68. Proposition 68 would authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects. The measure would require that between 15 and 20 percent of the bond’s funds, depending on the type of project, be dedicated to projects in disadvantaged communities. The largest amount of bond revenue, $725 million, would go toward neighborhood parks in park-poor neighborhoods. Although only half of the funds would go directly towards traditional water infrastructure projects, the remaining investment advances environmental and sustainability goals and is in line with ASCE’s policies in these areas.
Additionally, the California Water Bond of 2018 will be on the ballot in November. The bond measure would provide $8.9 billion dollars in funding for safe drinking water, water supply for disadvantaged communities, wastewater recycling, groundwater desalination, urban and agricultural water conservation, watershed improvements fisheries management, and storm water, flood and wetland management. Some projects are called out including Friant Water interconnections, Bay-Delta improvements and the Oroville Dam Spillway Repair, the latter having a $200million dollar amount. The measure is being endorsed by various environmental groups, water agencies, environmental justice, labor and agricultural organizations.
This past year, the focus on dam safety continued. In early 2018, the Independent Forensic Team released its report of the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident. The information provided all dam owners with additional insights into potential vulnerabilities of their facilities. However, already in the fall, the California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) had required dam owners to complete comprehensive investigations and evaluations of the condition and structural adequacy of spillways for high-hazard dams. In September, DSOD issued a comprehensive list of dams and their conditions, which included dams that had current operational limitations or were vulnerable to extreme events, such as earthquakes or floods. The legislature joined in the focus on dam safety. AB 1270 (Gallagher) which strengthens requirements for inspection of dams and reservoirs inspections was chaptered into law in February of this year. AB 2616 (Eggam) proposes that the Department of Water Resources (DWR)/DSOD post a list of dams with operating restrictions on their internet site. Other bills, such as SB 594 (Baell), which would expedite permit processing for dam projects, did not advance beyond the committee stage, and a similar bill, SB1301 (Baell) has been postponed. AB3045 (Gallagher), which would have moved DSOD out from under the umbrella of DWR in the Resources Agency, was modified to instead focus on establishing a State Water Project Commission. To fund the various new mandates and other measures, DSOD is substantially increasing the fees charged to dam owners.
It is clear that infrastructure investment is needed. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gives the nation’s infrastructure an overall “D+”, with similar grades in the areas of drinking water, dams, levees, wastewater and storm water. Nationwide, over $150 billion is needed to fund drinking water system improvements to ensure adequate water quality, supply and public safety. This year, Region 9 of ASCE is updating the California Infrastructure Report Card. The Water and Environment Committee is participating in that process, which will produce a final report card in early 2019.
While funding is part of the solution, it can’t be the whole story. As civil engineers, we will be challenged to optimize our designs for water storage and treatment and our operations. Speaking at ASCE’s Region 9 Infrastructure Symposium in March, Kamyar Guivetchi, Manager of the Division of Statewide Water management of DWR, California’s Water management characterized California water as a “tale of two extremes”. In years of extreme drought, or extreme flooding, and everything in between, we must be ready. DWR is moving forward with the 2018 update to the California Water Plan, and the slate of recommended projects embraces several facets of integrated regional water management: green infrastructure, land use management, aquifer recharge, greywater use, conservation, improved water management policies and improved regulatory outcomes, all in a framework that would ideally allow for adaptive decision making and approaches to water management in California.
Providing society with clean, safe water is one of many critically important roles for civil engineers. ASCE helps build awareness among the public and policymakers, and weighs in to support sustainable water and environmental policy.
If you would like to learn more about the activities of the Region 9 Water & Environment Committee, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Y. Higashi, P.E., M. ASCE, Secretary,
You don’t need to look too hard around the San Francisco Bay Area to notice something unusual happening. There is a lot of building underway, and it is widespread. Whether you work in San Francisco, the East Bay, or Silicon Valley, there are signs of construction everywhere. Large and small commercial projects, public infrastructure projects, environmental projects, and housing projects of all types are currently under construction, and more are being planned. This is occurring throughout the State and nationwide, with at least fourteen States reporting record low unemployment rates, including California. Both political parties have announced comprehensive plans to invest more to improve our infrastructure.
Engineers do have the opportunity to shape the future, like those pioneers that planned and built our water systems, bridges, power plants, and transportation systems from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. It will be our responsibility and duty to ensure that the projects we construct serve public needs reliably, safely, and sustainably. It will also be important and up to each of us to build and maintain public trust in engineering. Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues an Infrastructure Report Card that grades the nation’s 16 infrastructure categories. The 2017 report card gave the nation a D+, which justifies the need to invest even more in our aging infrastructure.
The mission of the Construction Institute (CI) is to bring together all stakeholders to advance and improve the construction industry. At our March 20th San Francisco Section Construction Institute (SFCI) dinner meeting, Todd Orbus, Kiewit’s Deputy Project Director, gave an engaging presentation on the massive Oroville Dam Spillway Recovery project. Kiewit had just 165 days to complete the first phase of the repair, which was to get the 3,000-foot main spillway operational by November 1, 2017. The biggest challenges were to get hundreds of workers and critical equipment in place to meet the tight schedule. Technical challenges included the highly variable conditions of the natural rock under the spillway and managing the placement of hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of concrete. This project highlights the need for infrastructure improvements, and it also illustrates the ingenuity of determined engineering and construction professionals to meet the challenges no matter how large or complicated.
Recently, the CI and ASCE lost a leader, senior advisor, and friend. Joe Kaplan, Senior Advisor to the CI, passed away in February of this year. Joe co-founded the San Francisco Section of the CI (SFCI). Joe also held numerous roles in the Section, including Treasurer, Chair of the SFCI, and roles on national ASCE committees. Joe touched us all in a personal way over the years and took an active role in the SFCI activities, including attending every meeting and recruiting new members and officers. One of Joe’s passions was in providing student scholarships. Over the years, the SFCI has raised funds and given scholarships to students attending local colleges. Joe felt that this was one way that engineers could make a positive difference on the future of the engineering profession. The SFCI announced in March that the program will be named the Joe Kaplan Student Scholarship Fund going forward.
It will take all of us working together to meet the infrastructure challenges ahead. There may be no more important time than now to be an engineer and address society’s needs across the nation and the world. We must be good leaders and also innovators. Looking back, all of the great programs combined a bold vision and innovation. Our time to make a difference is now. We must also ensure that this opportunity, in whatever form it takes, is not wasted. The CI and other ASCE Branch organizations look forward to sharing in our success in upcoming meetings and other venues as we build our professional society and institutes through communication, friendship, and camaraderie. I think Joe Kaplan would have wanted it that way.
For more information about the CI San Francisco Section, please contact Douglas Higashi, PE, Secretary of the San Francisco Section of the CI (SFCI), at email@example.com
NEW! GUIDED, INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE COURSES
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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: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2125/c/79 Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.
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ON-DEMAND LEARNING WEBINARS
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ASCE America’s Infrastructure Report Card
Region 9 California Report Card Task Committee Update - Making Great Progress
Tony Akel, P.E., M. ASCE, Co-Chair,
According to new federal data released on May 4, 2018, California’s economy has surpassed that of the United Kingdom to become the world’s fifth largest. Only the U.S., China, Japan, and Germany have economies larger than California’s. A strong and sustainable infrastructure is vital to the continued economic prosperity Californians enjoy, and it is also important for our public safety, and our quality of life. Though infrastructure maintenance and renewal are considered critical for sustaining California’s economic engine, funding constraints continue to severely restrict the improvements that are absolutely necessary for the upkeep of our infrastructureincluding: roads, bridges, dams, drinking water, and wastewater, to mention a few.
The 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card. Every 6 or 7 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9, representing the State of California, assesses the state’s infrastructure using a simple “A through F” school report card format, and documents the findings in the California Infrastructure Report Card (Report Card). The letter grades indicate the general state of the infrastructure and are defined as follows: “A” for Exceptional, “B” for Good, “C” for Mediocre, “D” for Poor, and “F” for Failing. The 2012 California Infrastructure Report Card included 8 categories, and an overall Grade of “C”, which means our state’s infrastructure was deemed in mediocre condition at that time.
ASCE Region 9 officially launched the 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card in January 2018, with the goal of assessing 17 of our state’s critical infrastructure categories: Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Energy, Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Public Parks, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid Waste, Transit, Wastewater, and Storm Water.
The Report Card planning committee exerted valiant efforts and recruited over 140 volunteers who are currently diligently working on gathering statewide data, evaluating it, and planning on writing the draft chapters of the Report Card. Twenty-five of the volunteers have assumed the critical roles of chairing and co-chairing the 17 corresponding committees, scheduling regular weekly meetings, and tracking progress of their teams. These volunteers are professionals and proven experts in their fields of practice, and they care immensely about the state of our infrastructure. Needless to say, we are very grateful to these champions who are exhibiting strong dedication to our profession by assessing the current condition, performance, and funding of California’s infrastructure.
There are many quality control milestones along the path to completing the Report Card, including thorough reviews by the Region 9 executive review committee, as well as reviews by ASCE’s Committee on America’s Infrastructure.
The anticipated release dates were divided into two groups:
- October 2018 Release: Transportation Categories including Bridges, Roads, and Transit.
- February 2019 Release: All other categories.
Senate Bill 1 (SB-1) Road Repair and Accountability Act. The schedule for the Bridges, Roads, and Transit categories is to provide a more current assessment of their conditions and funding needs by November 2018. One of the potential November initiatives will put to a public vote a ballot to repeal Senate Bill 1 (SB-1) which is the Road Repair and Accountability Act passed in April 2017 by a two-thirds vote of the California Legislature. Preliminary findings of the Roads committee indicate that “driving on deficient roads in need of repairs will cost Californians approximately $53.4 billion annually due to congestion-related delays, extra vehicle operating costs due to rough rides, and traffic accidents.” Senate Bill 1 funding represents the biggest California commitment to public transit in more than 40 years, addressing the maintenance backlog of our aging infrastructure.
The 2017 America’s Infrastructure Report Card. This article would not be complete without mentioning this Report Card on America’s infrastructure. This report card encompasses all states, including California, and is updated every 4 years. The grading methodology and criteria used in the California Infrastructure Report Card are adopted from the ones established and used for ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, and which encompasses all the states. The 2017 America’s Infrastructure Report Card included 16 categories and gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of “D+”, which means the infrastructure systems across America is in poor condition and needs our attention. America’s Infrastructure Report Card has become an effective tool to advocate for enhanced infrastructure. Elected officials from both sides of the political aisle, and at all levels of government cite the Report Card when justifying the needs for funding the infrastructure.
Stewards of Our Infrastructure. As the stewards of our infrastructure, we have a moral duty to advocate for sustainable infrastructure capable of supporting our robust California economy, while maintaining our public safety and the quality of our life.
If you would like to learn more about the activities of the Region 9 Report Card Task Committee, please contact John Hogan, co-Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Akel, co-Chair, at email@example.com
Gearing Up for the 2018 Section and
2019 Statewide Infrastructure Report Cards
David M. Schwegel, PE, Precision Civil Engineering
Check out the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure at www.infrastructurereportcard.org. Download the Save America’s Infrastructure smart phone app to your mobile device for discussion with high-level elected officials. Then ask yourself how California stacks up. A hint was offered at the Region 9 Legislative Day on Wednesday, May 16th. Specifically, it was noted that the quality of California’s roads ranks 49th in the nation ahead of New Jersey only.
Check out the 16 categories:
- Drinking Water
- Hazardous Waste
- Inland Waterways
- Public Parks
- Solid Waste
Then ask yourself which one resonates best with your area of expertise.
Finally, email Tony Akel at firstname.lastname@example.org, so he can connect you with the appropriate grading committees that are currently working on evaluating infrastructure for both the Sacramento Section and California as a whole.
Infrastructure Symposium Recap
16 Dynamic Transportation Speakers at the 2018 California Infrastructure Symposium
David M. Schwegel, P.E., M. ASCE
On Friday, March 23, Region 9 held its Annual Statewide Infrastructure Symposium at the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco. There were parallel Transportation and Water Tracks.
Transportation Track attendees watch Senator Jim Beall
Transportation Track Highlights:
Session 1: Hot Topics in Roadways, Pathways, and Ports
- Martin Engelmann of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority discussed the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan emphasizing the importance of an expansive network with a low Level of Traffic Stress (LTS).
- Robert Beck of the Treasure Island Development Authority discussed development plans on Treasure Island including proposed service by an express ferry from the mainland.
- Rod Iwashita of the Port of San Francisco discussed improvement plans along the 7.5-mile-long waterfront including boosting resilience for sea-level rise.
- Jerry Champa of Omni-Means discussed Roundabouts as an Innovation for Congestion Management, noting their safety and operational efficiency benefits and spotlighting a success story in Monterey.
Session 2: Station Area Development/Technology
- Mark Zabaneh of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority discussed the forthcoming opening of the “Grand Central Station of the West” and plans for constructing a 1.5-mile-long tunnel to bring in Caltrain and High-Speed Rail.
- Egon Terplan of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal) discussed “Harnessing High-Speed Rail” for generating policies that encourage station area development.
- Ron Golem of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority discussed station area development plans around the BART stations in connection with bringing BART into San Jose and Santa Clara.
- Ahmad Qayoumi of the City of San Jose discussed plans for integrating Light Rail, BART, Caltrain, and High-Speed Rail at Diridon Station including the associated station area development.
Jerry Champa speaks passionately about Roundabouts
Session 3: Implementation of SB 1
- Senator Jim Beall emphasized the importance of retaining SB 1 and the associated mobility implications.
- Bijan Sartipi of Caltrans explained what SB 1 means for Caltrans District 4 in terms of projects.
- Steve Heminger of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) gave the MTC’s perspective on the importance of retaining SB 1.
- Ed Reiskin of the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency discussed what SB 1 means for a City with no room for roadway expansion with a mode split of only 25% for commuters who drive alone to work.
Session 4: Rail/Mass Transit
- Frank Vacca of the High-Speed Rail Authority discussed the release of the new Business Plan and noted the housing implications of tying the Central Valley and the Silicon Valley economies together.
- Jim Hartnett of Caltrain discussed the significant capacity expansion, noise reduction, and air quality improvements projected for the electrification of California’s busiest commuter rail line that currently operates at “standing room only”.
- Grace Crunican of BART discussed the ongoing roll-out of BART rolling stock, the implications of a second Transbay Tube, and plans for bringing BART service to Livermore.
- Ahmed Thleiji of Sonoma-Marin Area Region Transit (SMART) discussed some of the unique attributes of the SMART Train including the incorporation of Positive Train Control (PTC, one of the first systems in the nation) and a parallel pedestrian/bike path along much of the alignment.
Senator Jim Beall speaks passionately about SB 1
NOTICE OF REGION 9 OPENING FOR AT-LARGE GOVERNOR
ASCE Region 9 invites nominations for one Region 9 Governor At-Large position for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2018. To be considered for this position, you must be a Society member in good standing and have an Address of Record within the Region being represented. It is encouraged that nominees also have prior service as a Branch, Section or Technical Group officer, member of a Section or Branch committee, or a member of a Society-level Committee with demonstrated leadership skills. This is an appointed position.
A Letter of Intent to apply for this elected office must be submitted not later than June 1, 2018, to the Region 9 Nominating Committee Chair: Kenneth Rosenfield, at email@example.com, (949) 707-2655. Please contact Kenneth Rosenfield for any questions. In addition, the following documents are also required:
- Signed Governor Commitment document (contact Kenneth Rosenfield for form)
- Biographical Statement, not to exceed 200 words
- Vision Statement, not to exceed 200 words
- Any endorsements
- Head shot color photograph
Nominees will be requested to attend an interview before the Region 9 Board of Governors on June 22, 2018, in San Diego, CA. Time and specific location to be confirmed.
Engaging Region 9 Members in the Legislative Process
David M. Shwegel, PE
On Wednesday, May 16, nearly 70 Region 9 members throughout California participated in Legislative Day as part of National Infrastructure Week. This event featured educational sessions at the Department of Water Resources Auditorium in the morning and visits with Legislators and Staff at the Capitol in the afternoon.
Region 9 Government Relations (GR) Committee Chair MJ Hashemi provided an overview of the day’s activities. MJ also expressed appreciation to the members of her GR Committee and the Region 9 Board of Governors for making this annual event a reality.
Region 9 Board of Governors Chair Kwame Agyare discussed Region 9’s involvement with the Fix Our Roads Coalition in an effort to retain SB 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017), the leadership of the Region 9 Board of Governors, and the daily news references to the Report Card on America’s Infrastructure www.infrastructurereportcard.org. He closed with a call for participation in the California Infrastructure Report Card which is currently under development under the leadership of Co-Chairs Tony Akel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Hogan (email@example.com). For more information on the Fix Our Roads Coalition including lists of local SB 1 projects, go to https://fixcaroads.com.
Region 9 Legislative Advocate Richard Markuson provided a briefing on the five pieces of legislation supported by ASCE that would serve as talking points for the day’s Legislative visits:
- AB 2060 (Eduardo Garcia) on advanced payment of grants for water and waste-water projects to disadvantaged communities;
- AB 2596 (Cooley and Kiley) on the formulation and implementation of a California Economic Development Strategic Plan by the Governor’s Office of Business (GO-Biz) within the World’s Fifth Largest Economy;
- ACA 21 (Mayes) on the Creation of a new Infrastructure Fund within the State General Fund that would allocate 2% of General Funds annually subject to a vote of the people;
- SB 961 (Allen) on Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts and Affordable Housing Development near Transit;
- SCR 136 (Newman) on recognition of the Week of May 13-19 as Infrastructure Week.
ASCE Senior Manager, Grassroots Program & Government Relations Maria Matthews noted how Sections and Branches are an “army of grassroots advocates” that support infrastructure investment and preservation measures such as Proposition 69 that would ensure that transportation funds are only spent for transportation purposes. As a 501c3, ASCE can take positions on Legislation, but cannot support individual candidates. Individual ASCE Members can support candidates as individual constituents. ASCE has around 160 Policy Statements, subject to a tri-annual review, that guide ASCE’s endorsement of legislative bills. These Policy Statements are organized around priority issues such as natural hazards mitigation, transportation funding, STEM education, continuing education and licensure. For more information on ASCE’s Public Policy Statements, go to http://www.asce.org/public_policy_statements/. For more information on ASCE’s Tracking Portal by states, go to http://cqrcengage.com/asce/states.
Ben Ebbink of Fisher and Phillips discussed California’s Legislative Process and likened the complexities to making sausage despite its offensiveness to sausage makers. He explained the concept of “Gut and Amend” in terms of how the subject matter of bills can completely change on short notice. He underscored the importance of meeting with politicians in their district offices as “all politics is local” (Tip O’Neal). Closing tips on building effective relationships with elected officials included: (1) subscribing to and reading their periodic newsletters, (2) meeting with them periodically to “establish a relationship”, (3) putting requests in writing, and (4) asking for a commitment on key bills of interest to your profession.
Dan Walters, a Journalist with nearly 60 years of experience, delivered the closing keynote, providing a valuable perspective on the history of infrastructure investment in California. Specifically, he noted how an era of exuberant infrastructure investment gave way to a prolonged period of infrastructure neglect starting in the mid 70’s. The three-decade period between 1945 and 1975 was characterized by a robust investment in transportation and water infrastructure projects such as freeway and transit projects and the State Water Project. California taxes were high with the “lion share” going toward infrastructure to accommodate the tremendous population growth that surpassed New York in the 1960’s. California had a state-of-the-art infrastructure that was the “envy of the world”. By the mid-1970’s, political consensus gave way to social unrest that divided the state into many factions with escalating political polarization. The Central Valley was characterized by Democrats who no longer wanted to build infrastructure while the San Francisco Bay Area was characterized by Republicans who no longer wanted to raise taxes. Decision makers and other citizens would have appreciated road signs saying “go back, you’re going the wrong way” as the theory that “we’re not going to grow anymore, therefore, no need to keep building infrastructure” was debunked with heavy migration into California from other nations with infrastructure investments failing to keep pace. After a 43-year era of infrastructure neglect, eyes are on the implementation of SB 1 to determine if California will eventually go back to an era of exuberant infrastructure investment. Dan Walters likens California High-Speed Rail to a “Crazy Train solution in search of a problem”. Look for ongoing debates in Sacramento Bee editorials between Dan Walters and California High-Speed Rail Authority (www.hsr.ca.gov) Board Chairman Dan Richard on the role of High-Speed Rail in the future of transportation in California.
Following Dan Walter’s keynote address, attendees were divided into 19 teams and released for their visits with Legislators and Staff. Each attendee had from 2 to 4 pre-scheduled meetings.
JUNE UPDATERichard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate
Recent Legislation Supported by ASCE Region 9
ASCE is supporting AB 1792 (Frazier D – Discovery Bay) that would authorize an affordable housing authority to provide for infrastructure, to support the development of affordable housing.
ASCE is also supporting AB 1905 (Grayson D – Concord) that is designed to reduce CEQA challenges by generally, prohibiting a court, in granting relief in an action or proceeding challenging a transportation project that would reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT), is included in an approved sustainable communities strategy (SCS), and for which an environmental impact report (EIR) has been certified under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), from staying or enjoining the construction or operation of the project.
Two bills will permit advance grant payments for water projects serving disadvantaged communities are on ASCE’s support list. AB 2060 (Eduardo Garcia D – Coachella) and AB 2064 (Gloria D – San Diego) have slightly different approaches that will be ironed out later this year.
Brian Maienschein (R – San Diego) is author of ASCE supported AB 2062 that would require planting projects undertaken or approved by Caltrans to include, when appropriate, California native wildflowers and native and climate-appropriate vegetation as an integral and permanent part of the planting design, with priority given to those species of wildflower and native and climate-appropriate vegetation that will help rebuild pollinator populations.
If signed by Governor Brown, ASCE supported AB 2596 by Assembly member Ken Cooley (D Rancho Cordova) would require the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as GO-Biz, to lead the preparation of a California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan.
Assembly member Chad Mayes (R – Yucca Valley) is author of ASCE supported ACA 21 that would create the California Infrastructure Investment Fund. The measure from the General Fund to the California Infrastructure Investment Fund in each fiscal year, an amount equal to up to 2.5% of the estimated General Fund revenues for that fiscal year. The measure would require, for the 2019–20 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, the amounts in the fund to be allocated, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for specified infrastructure investments, including the funding of deferred maintenance projects.
ASCE is supporting SB 961 (Allen D – Redondo Beach) that would enact the Second Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvements Act, which would authorize a city, county, or city and county to adopt a resolution, at any time before or after the adoption of the infrastructure financing plan for an enhanced infrastructure financing district, to allocate tax revenues of that entity to the district, including revenues derived from local sales and use taxes imposed pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law or transactions and use taxes imposed in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law, if the area to be financed is within one-half mile of a rail transit station or within 300 feet of a transit rich boulevard served by bus rapid transit or high-frequency bus service, as specified, and among other things, certain conditions relating to housing and the infrastructure financing plan are or will be met.
New Reports of Interest
The California Department of Water Resources released Water Available for Replenishment: Final Report that offers “An updated analysis of California’s water resources shows that investment, innovation, and infrastructure will be necessary to achieve the state’s goal of sustainable groundwater management. [T]he report provides an estimate of the amount of water available to replenish groundwater basins to help inform development of local water sustainability plans for critically overdrafted basins by 2020.... DWR estimates that 1.5 million acre-feet (MAF) of water may be available to replenish groundwater basins in an average year. This report analyzes water supply, demand, and runoff in 10 regions of the state to estimate how much surface water could be available to replenish groundwater basins. It provides a visual depiction of supply and demand in each region, as well as a range of potential water available for replenishment estimates.” (Press Release, Apr. 12, 2018).
The Public Policy Institute of California released Replenishing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley. “The San Joaquin Valley—which has the biggest imbalance between groundwater pumping and replenishment in the state—is ground zero for implementing the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Expanding groundwater recharge could help local water users bring their basins into balance and make a dent in the long-term deficit of nearly 2-million acre feet per year.... A survey of valley water districts’ current recharge efforts revealed strong interest in the practice, and a number of constraints.” The PPIC report recommends actions to “better capitalize on future opportunities.” These are: clarify rules on water available for recharge; evaluate restructure capacity; improve recharge on farmland; address regulatory barriers; and strengthen groundwater accounting.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office released Improving California’s Forest and Watershed Management “Roughly one-third of California is forested, including the majority of watersheds that serve as the key originating water source for millions of people across the state. These forests also provide critical air, wildlife, climate and recreational benefits. However, a combination of factors have resulted in poor conditions across these forests and watersheds, including excessive vegetation density and an overabundance of small trees and brush. Such conditions have contributed to more prevalent and severe wildfires and unprecedented tree mortality in recent years.” In this report, the LAO reviews the importance and benefits of forests, provides information on how they are currently managed, reviews current conditions of forests and watersheds statewide and highlights shortcomings in how the state manages them, and recommends to the Legislature how the state’s forests’ and watersheds’ management can be improved.
Southern California Water Coalition has released “Stormwater Capture: Enhancing Recharge and Direct Use Through Data Collection,” assessing six water agencies in Southern California on 32 active stormwater capture projects, finds “an average of 13,400 acre-feet of stormwater per year was captured over a ten-year period, with a total capital cost of $132 million.”
The Law & Civil Engineering
Mechanic’s Liens and the Importance of Timing
In prior articles, the timing considerations relating to mechanic’s liens were discussed in reference to the preliminary notice. Lien rights can be lost unless the correct steps are taken within the time limits set forth in the statutes.
If one who has contributed to the improvement of real property has not been paid for the work of improvement, a mechanic’s lien may be recorded and foreclosed. The earliest date that a lien can be recorded is after completion, termination or breach of your contract. Be aware that work on the same project may have been performed under more than one contract and that the lien requirements apply to each contract and not the entire project. For example, site improvement work may have been under a separate contract than later works of improvement. The lien timing for the site improvement work will be tied to the site improvement contract. If the continuation of the project is performed under another contract and if the site improvement work is not paid, care must be taken to record the mechanic’s lien within the statutory time periods following completion, termination or breach of the site improvement contract.
If you have a direct contractual relationship with the owner, you are an “original contractor” for purposes of the mechanic’s lien laws. Each original contractor, in order to enforce a lien, must record his claim of lien after he completes his contract and before the expiration of 90 days after the completion of the work of improvement if no notice of completion or notice of cessation has been recorded, or 60 days after recordation of a notice of completion or notice of cessation.
Each claimant other than an original contractor, in order to enforce a lien, must record his claim of lien after he has ceased furnishing labor, services, equipment, or materials, and before the expiration of 90 days after completion of the work of improvement, if no notice of completion or cessation has been recorded, or 30 days after recordation of a notice of completion or notice of cessation.
Failure to record the claim of lien within the applicable 30, 60 or 90 day time limit will be fatal to the foreclosure of the lien. In addition, if a lien is recorded late and a foreclosure action ensues, the lien claimant will be exposed to a lawsuit for malicious prosecution.
Knowing when a notice of completion or notice of cessation has been recorded can be problematic, however. As noted in a prior article, although the law provides that the County Recorder must notify anyone recording a preliminary notice of when a notice of completion or notice of cessation has been recorded, this does not always happen and the failure does not affect the requirements for the lien claimant. While the application of the law is not perfect, it would still be good practice to record the preliminary notice. Just don’t rely on the notice from the Recorder’s office being timely.
Time limits are critical with regard to the various steps required to enforce a mechanics lien and the courts have consistently held the lien claimant to those limits. The lien claimant should be fully aware of the requirements and should not hesitate to consult with a knowledgable attorney to avoid loss of the valuable lien rights.
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|President Elect||Michael Konieczkifirstname.lastname@example.org||916-840-5211|
|Senior Director||Tony Quintrallemail@example.com||916-993-7616|
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