November 2018 Print

President's Message

Congratulations and job well done to the 1,000+ individuals that had a hand in the restoration of the Oroville Reservoir spillways. The last batches of concrete were placed in the final weeks of October, ensuring the November 1 public safety milestone was once again met. The hard work and dedication of engineers, geologists, biologists, construction workers, managers, suppliers, technical specialists, and support staff have led to the one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of modern times.

We should all be proud that our civil engineering profession was involved in such a monumental achievement. In less than 2 years, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR); helped by other state, federal, and local agency partners, and construction and engineering contractors was able to complete the restoration of the Oroville spillways. Typically, a project of this size and scope would require a minimum of 10 years of design, permitting, and construction.

Think about that for a minute. Think about the sheer magnitude of what we can accomplish when we all come together for the public good. Think about the marvels we can achieve through coordination and collaboration. Think about what limits of the imagination we can smash by combining our talents and skills. This is the sort of thinking that led to the discovery of the Americas, the taming of the West, and the moon landing.

In this day and age, it is all too easy to get wrapped up in our own lives: to be bogged down by work deadlines, office meetings, soccer games, and ballet recitals. We civil engineers can be the vanguard of a new golden age if we remember two things: (1) we’re all in this together, and (2) we can accomplish miracles when we unify toward a common goal.

Sincerely,

Michael V. Konieczki, PE, D.WRE
ASCE Sacramento Section President

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NO on Prop 6

FINAL PUSH FOR NO ON 6

by David Schwegel, PE

On Monday, October 22, the Fix Our Roads Coalition held a Rally in Capitol Park in Sacramento as a final push for their ‘No on 6’ Campaign (http://noprop6.com). In April 2017, the Legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) – The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. This bill raises the gas tax for the first time since 1994 to allocate $54 billion for roadway repair and expansion projects along with commuter rail and mass transit projects. At the same time, anti-tax lobbyists started a signature gathering campaign to repeal SB 1. This campaign gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November Ballot as Proposition 6. Region 9 joined the Fix Our Roads Coalition to encourage a “No” vote on Proposition 6. Specifically, Region 9 released a Report Card for California’s Surface Transportation Infrastructure (www.infrastructurereportcard.org/california) on October 3 giving Bridges and Transit a ‘C-minus’ and Roads a ‘D’.

Speaker highlights are as follows:

  1. Carolyn Coleman of the League of California Cities pointed to the fire truck as a reminder that “every second counts” in life and death situations. Proposition 6 puts 6,500 transportation improvement projects at risk. Currently over 1,600 bridges and overpasses are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in a state that is notorious for earthquakes. Voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 69 in June with 80 percent support to ensure that SB 1 funds are specifically used for transportation purposes.

  2. Doug Miller of the Association of State Highway Patrolmen noted that SB 1 means that we can finally invest in our infrastructure unless Proposition 6 takes us backwards. While 68 percent of roads statewide are in poor or mediocre condition, that percentage increases to 70 percent for the Sacramento Region where motorists waste 44 hours annually stuck in traffic.

  3. Matt Cate of the California State Association of Counties emphasized how “Proposition 6 is the most dangerous and destructive measure that will be on the November Ballot” including a $300 million improvement project on Interstate 5 through Downtown that will not happen. A disaster occurred recently on this stretch of roadway that is deemed among the most dangerous in the nation. Twenty-five cars hit an enormous pothole in the freeway due to crumbling caused by a lack of repairs. The freeway had to be closed for hours while tow trucks swarmed to the scene to rescue disabled vehicles and stranded motorists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that there were over 3,600 fatalities on California roadways in 2017. Proposition 6 would eliminate 1,571 roadway and driver safety projects.

  4. Kwame Agyare of Region 9 announced the Report Card grades while noting Proposition 6’s significant threat to “making roads, bridges, and transit systems safer and more efficient”. While poor roads cost the average California driver around $739 annually, his own single pothole collision incident cost him $1,100.

  5. Paul Arai of Turlock Firefighters underscored how “delayed response time makes all the difference in the world” while reinforcing Proposition 6’s threat to public safety. “It is not a matter of if, but when the next natural disaster will occur.”

  6. Mark Kyle of Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 encouraged Kwame to send his repair bill to the Yes on 6 campaign while noting the numerous projects that will not happen in the Sacramento Region if Proposition 6 passes. These include 152 pothole filling/repaving projects, 30 traffic relief projects, 24 bridge safety projects, hundreds of road striping projects, several projects related to upgrading culverts along US 50, and a large signal synchronization project involving 71 signalized intersections. SB 1 generates $183 billion in economic activity and creates 68,000 jobs in California over the next decade, but only if Proposition 6 is defeated.

A question came from the audience: “The TRIP Report Ranks Los Angeles 3rd, San Jose 2nd, and San Francisco 1st for Worst Roads in the Nation. Sacramento fares slightly better at 12th. Based on these findings, what is your message?”

The response: “No on 6”. Please be sure to vote on Tuesday, November 6th.

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Member Spotlight

Every September, the Sacramento Section gathers for the Outstanding Individual Awards Dinner. Award winners are selected from a pool of nominated individuals of various award categories. These awardees are selected based on their contribution to the civil engineering community. Each month throughout the year, we spotlight one or two of these award-winning individuals. 

2018 Outstanding Civil Engineer Private Sector

Matthew Korve

Matthew Korve is a project manager with AECOM and his professional achievements include SR-91 Capital Improvement Project. Matthew is married and enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, and obstacle racing like SPARTAN races.

Mr. Korve earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Davis. Congratulations on your achievement for Outstanding Civil Engineer for the Private Sector Matthew!

2018 Outstanding Civil Engineer Public Sector

Ted Craddock

Ted Craddock is an Assistant Deputy Dircetor for the State Water Project with the California Department of Water Resources. Most notably, Mr. Craddock was the Project Manager for the Ovorville Dam Main and Emergency Spillways that were damaged in February 2017 prompting the evacuation of 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.

Mr. Craddock earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil and Materials Engineering from UC Davis. Congratulations on your achievement for Outstanding Civil Engineer for the Public Sector Ted!

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Capital Branch Activities

CAPITAL BRANCH OCTOBER LUNCH MEETING

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J Street
Sacramento, CA 

TOPIC: Pavement Design

Pavement design can feel abstract, black box, and foreign.  Come learn the simple way to understand the Traffic Index (TI), R-Value, and what they really represent.  The fundamentals of design will be covered as well as Caltrans-based asphalt design and industry concrete pavement design.  Basic pavement rehabilitation methods will be discussed as well as considerations for preservation, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.  For owners or project managers; we will also discuss how to analyze design reports and key parameters to focus on.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Clay Slocum, P.E.
Pavements Engineer, Northern California/Northern Nevada Region

Clay Slocum joined CNCA as the Northern California/Northern Nevada pavements engineer in January 2014.  He provides technical expertise, education, concrete resources, and several other services to municipalities, engineers, and developers to advance the applications and use of cementitious roadway solutions for streets, highways, and parking areas.  Clay specializes in conventional concrete, full-depth reclamation, concrete overlays, and pervious concrete, but is knowledgeable on most cement-related applications.  Clay is active in local societies including ASCE, ACI, SNCA, and others.

Prior to joining CNCA, Clay worked as a geotechnical consulting engineer in Walnut Creek, California.  He graduated from University of the Pacific with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Engineering Management before continuing his education at U.C. Berkeley where he obtained his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  Clay is a licensed civil engineer in the state of California and Nevada. 

Email: clay.slocum@cncement.org  Phone: 530-864-1648

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

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/.   

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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 Erik Almaas at ealmaas@ksninc.com

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Shasta Branch Activities

For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at sgoodwin@vestra.com.

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ASCE LinkedIn Group

INTERACT WITH OVER 215,000 CIVIL ENGINEERING PEERS GLOBALLY!

ASCE National's LinkedIn group has become a vital community of professionals like you that share ideas and knowledge. Here you can join your fellow civil engineers to network, interact and exchange ideas. To join, click here. If you are already a member of the group, learn more about networking and the benefits of ASCE membership. 

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Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

EWRI CHAPTER MEETING

The Sacramento Chapter of EWRI would like to welcome you and your guests to our next meeting.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Claim Jumper Restaurant, 1111 J Street, Sacramento, CA

CLICK HERE to register.

Topic: California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment 
Speaker: Jamie Anderson, Manager Natural Resources Research, CA Fourth Climate Change Assessment,  Senior Engineer, Department of Water Resources

While California is leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the State must also proactively address current and future impacts of climate change. The Fourth Assessment is part of California’s comprehensive strategy to take action based on cutting-edge climate research. The Fourth Assessment addresses critical information gaps that decision-makers at the state, regional, and local levels need addressed in order to protect California’s people, infrastructure, natural systems, working lands, and waters. This presentation will provide an overview of the Fourth Assessment and highlight key findings.

HAPPENINGS OF THE SACRAMENTO CHAPTER OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER RESOURCES INSTITUTE (SCEWRI)

The Mission of the SCEWRI is to openly foster, through collaborative interaction and ongoing dialogue, enhanced coordination and cooperation between water engineers, hydrologists, water resource planners, aquatic-resource specialists, and environmental practitioners. SCEWRI is intended to nurture, promote, and cultivate those relationships. We are a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of respected professionals recognized as influential leaders on the cutting edge of water and environmental issues. Our members are engineers, scientists, planners, attorneys, regulators, policy makers, academics, and others.

In 2018, SCEWRI held three networking meetings with speakers on a variety of topics. Each meeting was held at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Sacramento, and included time for networking and dinner before an educational speaker.  On April 25, 2018, we heard from Erik Malvick, Principal Engineer with the Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams, who spoke about Oroville’s Impact on California’s Dam Safety Program.  On July 25, 2018, we heard from Kamyar Guivetchi, Chief of Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management in the Department of Water Resources, who spoke about Flood Managed Aquifer Recharge.  On November 7, 2018, we are scheduled to hear from Jamie Anderson, Senior Engineer, Department of Water Resources who spoke on California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment.

Events Planned for 2019

General meetings are evening socials located in the Sacramento area with one topical presentation by an invited speaker. Networking meetings are planned for Feb 27, May 22, Aug 28, Nov 13, 2019. Please plan to join us. For further information, please contact us at:

https://asce-sacto.org/Environmental_Water_Resources_Institute

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Engineers Without Borders

Next Chapter Meeting (Date Changed Due to Thanksgiving Break)

Wednesday November 14, 2018 6-8pm
Location: Jacobs (formerly CH2M Hill)
2485 Natomas Park Drive, Suite #600
Sacramento, CA 95833

(Doors lock automatically at 6pm. Please contact Laura Byrd at 530-401-3592 if you need assistance getting into the building)

Project Updates


Santa Rosa Tiny Homes Project – Call for Structural EngineersThe Sacramento EWB chapter has partnered with the Denizen/Wyck Housing Group to support the structural design of tiny homes for those displaced by last year's fires in Santa Rosa. If you have a structural background and are interested in being involved with the project, please email Patrick Donovan at Patrick.donovan@jacobs.com

KEK

The project team has submitted a monitoring report and a continued implementation report to EWB-USA and are responding to their comments. While in Kenya, the team will explore the possibility of water supply wells within the community. The KEK Clean Water Program is located near Rongo, Kenya in the East Kanyamamba community (a community of 1600 people). For more information, please contact Laura Byrd at laura.byrd@ch2m.com.

Panama

The Panama team has performed a preliminary cost estimate and schedule to determine the feasibility and timeline for the new project of a pipeline realignment.  The team is working to schedule a call with the community to gather more specific details on the realignment and agree on the scope of work and timeline.  The next steps will be determining information is needed for the design/construction and preparing the assessment pre-trip plan.  The Panama team has conference calls most Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm. Email the project manager, Michelle Kolb, at michelle.kolb@tetratech.com if you are interested in joining the Panama team and/or the weekly calls.

Belize

The Belize team is working on the Draft Outreach Implementation Report with a planned submittal of November. The team had a video conference call with the Sarteneja Village Council and discussed the goals for the next trip, inSpring 2019. The plan is to focus efforts on flood-proofing structures in the most vulnerable areas of the Village, and meet with the Belize Ministry of Works to discuss the availability of large equipment and the original technical plan. Sarteneja, Belize is a community of about 3,000 people who suffer major loss from flooding each year. For more information, please contact Mandy Ott at mandyland07@gmail.com.

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History & Heritage Committee

GOLDEN SPIKE 150TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM - CALL FOR PAPERS

We are calling for papers for the Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Symposium to be held on May 6, 2019. Please submit max 400 word abstract no later than July 20, 2018. 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 by February 1, 2019. The symposium will be held on May 6, 2019. 

The following information must be included at the top of the abstract: Full Name, Full Address, Email, and Title of paper. Submit abstracts to chuck.spinks@outlook.com

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
jlawrence@asce.org

Symposium Chair

Chuck Spinks P.E., M.ASCE
chuck.spinks@outlook.com

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Continuing Education


NEW! GUIDED, INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE COURSES 

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.

Buy 2 Registrations and get the 3rd Free!
To receive this discount, email contact information for all registrants toguidedonlinecourses@asce.org 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 guidedonlinecourses@asce.org.

FACE-TO-FACE SEMINAR 

Significant Changes from ASCE 7-10 to ASCE 7-16
November 16, 2018 | San Francisco

Managing the Design Process: Keeping on Schedule, within Budget, and Selecting the Right Resources
March 28-29, 2019 | Sacramento Metro-Area

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS SUBSCRIPTION

You've asked for it and we listened!  Pay 1 low rate, and gain unlimited access to your choice of 10 on-demand webinars from ASCE's complete catalog, during a 365-day subscription period. Order your on-demand webinar subscription today!  For individual use only, not to be used for groups.

  • Save up to 63%
  • Earn up to 15 CEUs/PDHs
  • Pay one low fee 
  • 10 on-demand webinars of your choice
  • State-of-the-practice programs taught by leading practitioners
  • A convenient, effective, affordable way to earn CEUs/PDHs for P.E. license renewal

LIVE WEBINARS

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.

Live P.E. and S.E. Exam Reviews  NEW!

  • Take the guesswork out of your study plan and build confidence for exam day
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  • Receive access to recorded webinars and reference material
  • Take advantage of group rates for 2 or more engineers preparing in the same location
  • Courses start August 1!

ON-DEMAND LEARNING WEBINARS

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: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2135/c/79. Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate

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Region 9

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR REGION 9 GOVERNORS:

SACRAMENTO SECTION (1)
SAN FRANCISCO SECTION (1)

ASCE Region 9 invites nominations for one Region 9 Governor from the Sacramento Section and one Region 9 Governor from the San Francisco Section for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2019.  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.  These are elected positions under the election procedures and rules of ASCE.

To apply for either one of these positions, submit the following documents by the deadline of December 1, 2018, to 1) Yazdan Emrani, P.E., Region 9 Nominating Committee Chair, at YEmrani@sfcity.org and 2) Patricia Jones, Managing Director, Executive and Board Operations, ASCE, at PJones@ASCE.org :

  • A Letter of Intent to apply for this elected office
  • Signed Governor Commitment document (contact Yaz Emrani for form)
  • Biographical Statement, not to exceed 200 words
  • Vision Statement, not to exceed 200 words
  • Any endorsements
  • Color head shot photograph


Nominees will be requested to attend an interview before the Region 9 Board of Governors on January 25, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA, at a time and specific location to be set. For questions, please contact Yaz Emrani via email or at (818) 898-1222.

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Legislative Update

NOVEMBER UPDATE

Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

The Governor has completed his final review of Legislation. Governor Brown vetoed 16.5% of all bills passed this year by the Legislature (vetoed 201 out of 1,217).

ASCE members are reminded of Region 9’s opposition to Proposition 6 which would repeal SB1. ASCE’s 18,000 California members should all be advocates for Vote No on Proposition 6. If each member convinces just 5 friends or relative – that could be a swing of 100,000 votes.

The following is the 2018 State Legislation recap:

APM/DB/CMaR

AB 2654 (Quirk-Silva) authorizes the County of Orange to use the design-build process for specified types of public works infrastructure projects, limited to no more than one project per year in excess of $5,000,000. The bill would also authorize the Orange County Flood Control District to use the design-build process for flood protection improvements and would limit those to no more than 12 projects in excess of $5,000,000 prior to January 1, 2025. Chaptered

SB 1262 (Beall) removes the cap on the number of projects for which the Department of Transportation is authorized to use the CM/GC method and make conforming changes to existing provisions; imposes the requirement to use department employees or consultants to perform project design and engineering services on at least 2/3 of the projects delivered by the department utilizing the CM/GC method. Chaptered

CEQA

AB 1804 (Berman) Establishes a limited exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for multi-family residential and mixed-use housing projects meeting specified conditions. Chaptered

Codes

AB 1857 (Nazarian) Requires the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) to assemble a working group to investigate and, by July 1, 2022, determine criteria for a "functional recovery" voluntary or mandatory standards following a seismic event for all or some building occupancy classifications. Vetoed

AB 2190 (Reyes) Provides for an extension of the January 1, 2020, hospital seismic safety deadline of up to 30 months (until July 1, 2022) for hospitals that plan to replace or retrofit a building to at least the 2020 standard of Seismic Performance Category - 2 (SPC), and up to five years (January 1, 2025) for hospitals that plan to rebuild to SPC-4D or SPC-5 standards that meet 2030 standards. Chaptered

AB 2681 (Nazarian) This bill would have required each building department of a city or county to create an inventory of potentially vulnerable buildings within its jurisdiction and submit that inventory to the State office of emergency services. Brown vetoed the bill, noting, “this bill will not provide the greatest value for the significant investment this enterprise requires. A more suitable approach is to develop a partnership between the state, local governments and building owners to develop a plan to cost effectively identify collapse prone buildings and a realistic timetable to develop an inventory.

AB 2927 (Nazarian) This bill clarifies existing law permitting the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) to sell post-event bonds to pay claims. Chaptered

Conservation

AB 1668 (Friedman) Along with SB 606 (Hertzberg) they would jointly create new long-term urban water use standards. Chaptered

AB 2371 (Carrillo) Requires the implementation of 6 distinct policies that affect outdoor landscape water use efficiency. Chaptered

SB 606 (Hertzberg) Along withAB 1668 (Friedman) they would jointly create new long-term urban water use standards. Chaptered

Construction Practices

AB 3177 (Chávez) Repeals provisions of law requiring the North County Transit District (NCTD) to award contracts exceeding $50,000 for supplies, equipment, and materials to the lowest responsible bidder and, instead, allows NCTD to establish and use a flexible process for these contracts and for service contracts. Chaptered

Energy

AB 3232 (Friedman) Requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a plan to ensure that all new residential and nonresidential buildings be zero-emission buildings and a strategy to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the state's residential and nonresidential building stock by 2030. Chaptered

Environment

AB 2062 (Maienschein) will require planting projects undertaken or approved by Caltrans to include, when appropriate and consistent with integrated pest management strategies, 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. Chaptered

Housing

AB 829 (Chiu) Prohibits cities and counties from requiring a letter of acknowledgment or similar document prior to applying for state assistance for any housing development. Chaptered

AB 1771 (Bloom) Makes changes to the regional housing needs allocation (RHNA) plan objectives, methodology, distribution, and appeals process. Chaptered 

AB 1943 (Waldron) allows a registered owner of a mobilehome in a mobilehome park that is converted or proposed to be converted to a resident-owned park to submit written evidence of ownership as proof that they own, hold title to, or are purchasing the real property where the mobilehome is to be installed. Chaptered

AB 2035 (Mullin) Makes a number of administrative and technical changes to Affordable Housing Authority (AHA) Law. The Senate amendments allows an AHA to finance water, sewer, or other public infrastructure necessary to support the development of affordable housing. Chaptered

AB 2132 (Levine) authorizes cities and counties to waive or reduce all building permit fees for improvements to the home of a senior with a qualifying disability that are made to accommodate that disability. Chaptered

AB 2162 (Chiu) Streamlines affordable housing developments that include a percentage of supportive housing units and onsite services. Chaptered

AB 2372 (Gloria) Provides that a local government may establish a procedure by ordinance to grant a developer of an eligible housing development, upon the request of the developer, a floor area ratio (FAR) bonus in lieu of a density bonus. Chaptered 

AB 2588 (Chu) This bill would have required all used mobilehomes that are sold or rented to have a smoke detector and requires mobilehome park owners to post emergency procedures annually, in multiple languages. Brown vetoed the bill noting “This is a matter best addressed by local governments in collaboration with the mobilehome park owners. This partnership would allow for the tailoring of each emergency plan to reflect the unique topography, climate, and conditions of each individual community.” 

AB 2753 (Friedman) Makes changes to the density bonus application process for development. Chaptered

AB 2797 (Bloom) Provides that, while state density bonus law does not supercede or in any way alter or lessen the effect or application of the California Coastal Act of 1976 (Act), any density bonus shall not be a basis for finding a project inconsistent with Section 30251 of the Public Resources Code, which relates to the scenic and visual qualities of coastal areas. Chaptered

AB 3194 (Daly) Makes a number of changes to the Housing Accountability Act (HAA). Chaptered

SB 828 (Wiener) This bill makes a number of changes to the regional housing needs allocation (RHNA) process. Chaptered

SB 1115 (Hill) This bill increases the current cap on the value for purposes of the welfare exemption from property tax for non-publicly financed affordable housing from $10 million in value to $20 million. Chaptered

SB 1202 (Stone) requires local governments that have not completed a required report on mitigation fees for three consecutive years to pay the costs of requested audits of their mitigation fee funds. Chaptered

SB 1227 (Skinner) requires cities and counties to grant a density bonus when an applicant for a housing development of five or more units seeks and agrees to construct a project that will contain at least 20% of the total units for lower-income students in a student housing development, as specified. Chaptered

SB 1415 (McGuire) requires building inspections of specified storage structures, authorizes fees to cover inspection costs, requires reporting of the backlog of mandated building inspections by local governments, and generally extends existing tenant protections and notifications to buildings which are used for human habitation, as distinct from residential buildings. Vetoed

HOV/HOT

AB 91 (Cervantes) Requires Caltrans to report to the Legislature, on or before January 1, 2020, on the feasibility and appropriateness of limiting the hours of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in Riverside County. Chaptered

AB 2865 (Chiu) Authorizes the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to apply to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for the authority to conduct, administer, and operate a value pricing program or high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in the City and County San Francisco. Chaptered

HSR

AB 2307 (Frazier) would have required all Governor's appointees to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors be confirmed by the California State Senate. Brown vetoed the bill citing "In 2016, I signed Assembly Bill 1813 that added two members of the Legislature to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors as ex-officio members. These additions brought the total number of legislative appointments to six out of the board's eleven total positions. Such strong legislative presence on the board provides an unusual degree of accountability. This, in my judgement, when combined with the Independent Peer Review Group and oversight provided by the Legislative Analyst and State Auditor, should be enough to meet the author's objectives."

Infrastructure

AB 2543 (Eggman) requires each state agency or department authorized to undertake any infrastructure project costing $100 million or more to post on its Internet Web site any change in the cost or schedule of the project that will result in the project exceeding its established budget by 10 percent or more, or being delayed 12 months or longer. Chaptered

AB 2596 (Cooley) would have required the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to take the lead in preparing a California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan. Brown vetoed noting, “Since its inception, GO-Biz has expanded direct foreign investment, created opportunities for small businesses, identified incentives for growth, and helped resolve barriers for businesses navigating the government. These successes are due, in part, to the ability of GO-Biz to nimbly respond to rapidly changing economic factors including unpredictable federal decisions, natural disasters and more. I don't believe an ongoing costly study and report will provide any additional benefit to these efforts.”

SB 961 (Allen) enacts the Second Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvements Act (NIFTI-2), which allows certain enhanced infrastructure financing districts (EIFDs) to issue debt for affordable housing near transit without voter approval. Chaptered

SB 1145 (Leyva) authorizes enhanced infrastructure financing districts (EIFDs) to fund maintenance of public capital facilities on a pay-as-you-go basis. Chaptered

Transportation

SB 1328 (Beall) extends the life of the Road Usage Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for four additional years and requires it to continue assessing the potential for mechanisms such as a mileage-based revenue system to use as an alternative to the gas tax for generating the revenues necessary to maintain and operate the state’s transportation system. Chaptered

Water

AB 747 (Caballero) creates within the State Water Resources Control Board an Administrative Hearings Office, effective July 1, 2019, to ensure that water rights matters are resolved in a timely manner. Chaptered

AB 2050 (Caballero) would have created the Small System Water Authority Act of 2018, which would have authorized the creation of small system water authorities that would have powers to absorb, improve, and operate noncompliant public water systems. Brown vetoed noting, “this bill creates an expensive, bureaucratic process and does not address the most significant problem with providing safe drinking water - a stable funding source to pay for ongoing operations and maintenance costs. My administration remains committed to a comprehensive solution to address safe drinking water issues based on shared responsibility between water users and water providers that will not result in ongoing costs to the General Fund. I urge the Legislature and stakeholders to work towards a stable funding solution in 2019. 

AB 2060 (Garcia, Eduardo) would have required advanced payment of grants disbursed through the Integrated Regional Water Management plan program, the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Small Community Grant Fund, and the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). Brown vetoed noting, “I appreciate the author's intent to help nonprofit organizations and disadvantaged communities meet cash-flow needs when managing projects. In recent years, however, the State Water Board has established other means for grantees or address cash-flow problems. For example, the State Water Board facilitates payment of invoices, including paying additional fees to the State Controller for expedited processing. Additionally, when a grantee obtains a bridge loan to access funds before completion of a project, the State Water Board will reimburse the grantee for interest costs. As such, the additional financial risks and administrative costs associated with advanced payments, as proposed in AB 2060, are unwarranted.”

AB 2064 (Gloria) This bill would have established requirements relating to the advanced funding for grants awarded from the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) program for projects executed by nonprofit organizations and disadvantaged communities, or projects located in disadvantaged communities, less than $1 million. Brown vetoed noting “To date, the Department of Water Resources has advanced approximately $8.7 million for seven grants from Proposition 84 funds and five grants from Proposition 1 funds. Notwithstanding the merits of this bill, the additional financial risk and administrative costs associated with the advanced payment process, as proposed in this bill, are unwarranted.” 

AB 2501 (Chu) Revises and recasts existing law to expand the State Water Resources Control Board's (State Water Board's) authority to order the consolidation of, and appoint an administrator for, drinking water systems that serve a disadvantaged community and that consistently fail to provide safe, affordable drinking water. Chaptered 

SB 998 (Dodd) exempts some urban and community water systems from existing procedural safeguards against residential utility shut-offs when customers fail to pay their utility bills. Chaptered

Water Quality

AB 1529 (Thurmond) Requires that cross-connection or backflow prevention certifications that meet specified regulatory requirements for competency are accepted certification tests either until the State Water Resources Control Board promulgates related standards or until January 1, 2020, whichever comes first. Brown vetoed the bill noting the “bill is unnecessary and limits a water supplier's ability to protect public health and safety. The Water Board is in the process of developing new cross-connection and backflow prevention standards, which will provide consistent direction on the issue. Furthermore, the proposed regulations will preserve water suppliers' discretion to require standards that are more rigorous.”

SB 1133 (Portantino) Authorizes the Los Angeles regional water quality control board to accept and spend funds from the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to prepare a major revision to their water quality control plan. Chaptered

SB 1215 (Hertzberg) SB 1215 would authorize the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to order the provision of sewer service to a disadvantaged community that does not have adequate sewer service. Chaptered

New Reports of Interest

Public Policy Institute of California has released its fact sheet, “Californians’ Views on Climate Change,” findings include “a majority of Californians say it is very important (54%) that the state  is a world leader in fighting climate change,” also: “Most are concerned about the effects of global warming – including severe wildfires and rising sea levels. Majorities support action on climate change even if it increases costs.”

The Dept. of Water Resources released an Economic Analysis of the California WaterFix prepared by UC Berkeley Prof. David Sunding, finds “substantial benefits” for State Water Project contractors, says “urban agencies could see about $3.1 billion in net benefits” and “agricultural agencies would see about $400 million in net benefits.” 

CA State Auditor’s office has released its report, “California Department of Housing and Community Development: Its Oversight of Housing Bond Funds Remains Inconsistent,” finds that after having conducted five audits of programs that distribute nearly $5 billion in affordable housing bonds passed by voters in 2002 and 2006, HCD “continues to monitor its housing bond programs inconsistently” and “as a result, HCD cannot be sure if the bond funds benefited the target population;” recommends Legislature require that HCD give it annual reports “to demonstrate that recipients have issued loans to eligible homeowners.” 

Public Policy Institute of California released Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms. “While California is making good progress in some areas of drought management, a more focused plan of action is needed.” The report puts forward four reforms to “prepare for and respond to droughts in California’s changing climate”: 1) Plan ahead for urban water management, groundwater sustainability, safe drinking water in rural areas of California, and freshwater ecosystems; 2) upgrade the water grid, including above- and below-ground storage, conveyance, etc.; 3) update water allocation rules; and 4) locate reliable funding for adaptation to climate change.

America’s Pledge Initiative on Climate released Fulfilling America’s Pledge: How States, Cities, and Businesses are Leading the United States to a Low-Carbon Future. The America’s Pledge team, co-chaired by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, provides an assessment “of how U.S. states, cities, businesses, and others … are embracing new economic opportunities and technologies to implement climate targets and deliver emissions reductions within their own jurisdictions and operations under their own authority.” The report offers a 10-strategy outline and includes new state research concerning potential vulnerabilities and solutions.

The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education released Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker. “The $740-billion-a-year U.S. trucking industry is widely expected to be an early adopter of self-driving technology, with numerous tech companies and major truck makers racing to build autonomous trucks… Autonomous trucks could replace as many as 294,000 long-distance drivers, including some of the best jobs in the industry. Many other freight-moving jobs will be created in their place, perhaps even more than will be lost, but these new jobs will be local driving and last-mile delivery jobs that—absent proactive public policy—will likely be misclassified independent contractors and have lower wages and poor working conditions..… Trucking is an extremely competitive sector in which workers often end up absorbing the costs of transitions and inefficiencies. Strong policy leadership is needed to ensure that the benefits of innovation in the industry are shared broadly between technology companies, trucking companies, drivers, and communities.” 

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The Law & Civil Engineering

THE MECHANIC'S LIEN & ARBITRATION

Gene Bass

In a prior article, it was pointed out that a lawsuit for foreclosure of a mechanics’ lien had to be filed within 90 days of the date of recording of the lien and that failure to meet that time limit could result in loss of the ability to sue to enforce the mechanics’ lien. Several alternate strategies were also noted whereby the lien could be kept alive until the lawsuit to foreclose could be filed at a later date. One of the options mentioned was to file another mechanics’ lien to replace the old one. This required that the lien filing period had not yet lapsed when the replacement lien was recorded. It also required that the old lien be released. Another option was to record a “Notice of Credit” which could extend the period for filing the foreclosure action to one year.

It is not uncommon for there to be an arbitration clause in the agreement out of which the a construction dispute and prospect for a mechanic’s’ lien may arise. The parties may wish to pursue arbitration and not file a lawsuit. They are met with a dilemma, however, where the law requires that a lawsuit be filed within 90 days (or within agreed time limits) or the lien will become invalid. A further complication arises from the fact that the filing of a lawsuit is deemed to be a waiver of the right to arbitrate.

California law provides a resolution of the dilemma and allows for the preservation of the right to arbitrate while still filing an action for foreclosure of a mechanics’ lien. The dispute is resolved in arbitration, however, and not in a court action. The law requires that the lawsuit that is filed for foreclosure of a mechanics’ lien include an allegation that the plaintiff does not intend to waive any right of arbitration, and intends to make a motion to the court, within 30 days after service of the summons and complaint, for an order to stay further proceedings in the lawsuit. In addition, at the same time that the complaint is filed, the plaintiff must file an application with the court requesting that the lawsuit be stayed pending arbitration. Finally, within 30 days after service of the summons and complaint, the plaintiff must make a motion to the court to stay the lawsuit pending the completion of the arbitration. If the procedures are not followed, the filing of the lawsuit will be deemed a waiver of the right to compel arbitration.

The legal procedures for being able to arbitrate a dispute that may result in foreclosure of a mechanics’ lien are fairly complex and should be handled through legal counsel. Preservation of mechanics’ lien rights can be critical to eventually getting paid, however, and can be worth the additional inconvenience and expense.

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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)

OFFICERS

President   Michael Konieczki president@asce-sacto.org 951-265-5289
President Elect   Tino Maestas presidentelect@asce-sacto.org 916-840-5211
Senior Director  Megan LeRoy seniordirector@asce-sacto.org 916-993-4613
Junior Director Christina Rice tc.rice@yahoo.com 530-559-4506
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell secretary@asce-sacto.org 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih treasurer@asce-sacto.org 916-679-8864
Past President Adam Killinger pastpresident@asce-sacto.org 209-481-6857
Executive Director Tony Quintrall aquintrall@gmail.com 916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Nelson Tejada  ymf@asce-sacto.org 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare agyare.kwame@gmail.com  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin amartin@pbieng.com 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia marlenetobia@att.net 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss asce@asce-sacto.org 916-961-2723
Capital Branch Bradley Waldrop bwaldrop@yahoo.com 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Erik Almaas ealmaas@ksninc.com 209-946-0268
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum clay.slocum@cncement.org 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin sgoodwin@vestra.com 530-223-2585 


INSTITUTES

Coasts, Oceans Ports & Rivers Inst. Zia Zafir zzafir@kleinfelder.com 916-366-1701
Construction Inst.    Brad Quon bquon@cts-1.com 916-871-2080
Environ. & Water Resources Inst.  Rich Juricich rjuricic@pacbell.net 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  kartk.atyam@aecom.com 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst.

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

niranjen.kanepathipillai@dot.ca.gov 916-227-4463
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     

                                    
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily    530-756-9530
Disaster Preparedness John Andrew john.andrew@water.ca.gov 916-651-9657
Education & Awards Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Government Relations Craig Copelan ccopelan95694@yahoo.com 530-908-4790
History & Heritage Thor Larsen  thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Membership-Life Mem. Elias Karam  elias.Karam@dot.ca.gov 209-481-6857
Scholarship Eric Polson polsonengineering@earthlink.net  916-801-6290
Sustainability Jennifer Buchanan jbuchanan@watearth.com 916-240-7010

                                                     
UNIVERSITIES

California State University, Sacramento Vince Anicich csusascepresident@gmail.com  
University of the Pacific Joey McElhany j_mcelhany@u.pacific.edu  
University of California, Davis Abdulla Alishaq ucd.asce.president@gmail.com  
California State University, Chico Grant Rose chicoasce@gmail.com  

 

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