May 2019 Print

President's Message

The 2019 Report Card for California’s Infrastructure was released at the State Capitol grounds on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. You may recall that that the limited release of the transportation infrastructure grades last October reports roads as D: poor, at risk. It is no surprise then that the other components of California’s infrastructure received similarly disappointing grades. In fact, the highest grades are only a C+ for aviation, ports, and wastewater.

California has made real effort in bettering our infrastructure now, and into the future. For example, The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB1) of 2017 helps close the gap in funding for our roads by generating $52 billion over the next 10 years, reducing the shortfall of needed funds to $80 billion in the same period. When this revenue stream was in peril, Californians took to the ballot box and the majority agreed that funding our roads is important.

Another example is the increased funding for the California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). In 2015, the agency’s funding was approximately $13 million, almost a 20% increase from the beginning of the decade.

Infrastructure improvement can feel Sisyphean at times, but it is not. It does, however, take time and dedication to develop solutions, take action, and see results. We Civil Engineers can help by engaging with our family, friends, and neighbors on infrastructure issues. I challenge each and every one of you to read the report and remember a factoid or three you can use around the water cooler, your neighbors’ backyard cookout, at the dinner table, or a crowded elevator. The more people that are aware of California’s infrastructure problems, the more hands pushing the boulder. Remember, we are all in this together, and we can quite literally no longer afford to kick this can down the road.

Sincerely,

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

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Golze Scholarship Fund

We extend our deepest gratitude to the Golze donors of 2019. This year we have raise over $75,000. Thanks to your generous donations, over 20 civil engineering students from UC Davis, University of Pacific, CSU Chico and CSU Sacramento will be granted scholarships at the Project Awards Banquet on April 24, 2019.  Registration ends this Thursday, April 18th!

Diamond ($5,000 +)

Sam Johnson
Keiwitt

Platinum ($2,000 - $4,999)

North Star Construction & Engineering
CTS
Trench & Traffic Supply, Inc.
Cash from Golf Raffle
Dutra
Teichert
HDR
Hammer & Steel Inc.
Wood Rodgers
Lockton
Sheba Development
DeSilva Gates
Gulf Shore Construction Services
Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney
Diversified Minerals Inc.
Slurry Engineering
Herc Rentals
Maloney Construction Inc.
GLEI
GR Trucking LLC
Bank of America
MBK

Gold ($1,000 - $1,999)

NR Sadek Real Estate
Nordic Industries, Inc.
Geo-logic
JS Cole Company
Geopier
Ramos Oil
HDR
Granite
GHD
Maloney Construction Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Tensar
Magnus Real Estate
Raymond Williams

Silver ($500 - $999)

AECOM
R.E.Y Engineers
NR Sadek Real Estate
Terra Pacific Group
CBRE
Siegfried
Putnam (Jeff Jennings)
Morgan Stanley
Buehler
Camilla Saviz

Bronze ($100 - $499)

Donald Babbitt
Tino Maestas
Adam Killinger

Copper ($1 - $99)

Rich Juricich
Robert A. Churchill

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Golze Scholarship Winners

2019 Golze Scholarship Winners

California State University, Chico

Ismael Morales
Sophomore student with West Valley Construction for the Summer of 2019 • CSU Chico, Dean’s List Fall 2018 • Has finished two LA Marathons before turning 18 years-old
Erica Plasencia
ASCE Chico State Activities Coordinator • Treasurer of the Civil Engineering Honors Society • Water Resources & Policy Initiatives Research Internship for Summer 2019
Xochitl Ramirez
Participating in Mid-Pac with Water Treatment • ASCE student chapter president • Interested in pursuing a master’s degree in environmental/biology

California State University, Sacramento

Asia Al-Maliki
Interested in Geotechnical Engineering, Concrete Structures, Bridges, and Construction Management • Concrete Canoe Mix design Captain of 2019 ASCE Mid-Pac Student Competitions • As a young Arab woman, I want to be a positive role model for the younger generation of women; I might inspire someone who’s just like me • Hobbies include reading (Arabic literature and poetry), hiking, traveling, trying new types of food
Harpreet Gill, EIT
Senior at Sac State • ASCE Student Chapter President • Engineering Intern with Golder Associates • Interested in Geotechnical Engineering • Outdoors Enthusiast • 49ers Fan
Dante Khachadourian
Received Outstanding Student Award from the College of Engineering, Science and Mathematics • Awarded Engineering Scholarships from Simpson Strong-Tie and Engineering System Solutions • Names to Dean’s Honor Roll during five previous semesters • Interested in Structural Engineering, Project Management, and Structural Analysis
Destiny Lor
Undergraduate student interested in Transportation Engineering, Water Resources, and Management • ASCE Sac State 2017 Events Coordinator and 2018 Vice President • I hope to inspire future civil engineers the beauty of creating an innovated and environmentally friendly world • My hobbies are watching TV dramas, coaching basketball, and traveling
Rohullah Mayar
Received EIT in Feb 2019 • Expected to graduate Spring 2019 • Actively participating in ASCE student chapter meetings and events at CSUS • Interested in alternative modes of Transportation Engineering and how we can improve our current transportation system in general by working either with private or a public government entity

University of California, Davis

Valentina Couse-Baker
Steel Bridge Team (Joined 2015; Engineering Lab PM 2017-18; Fabrication PM 2018-19) • Member of ASCE student Chapter since first year • Attended Mid-Pacific Conferences at Reno, Chico, and Sacramento • Graduates this spring, interested in Transportation and Structural Engineering & plans to study forensic engineering/structural failures
Angela Del Rosario
Sophomore with a focus in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering • ASCE student chapter Publicity Chair and future VP of Internal Affairs • Geowall team member • Graduates Spring 2021, interested in Coastal Hazards Engineering and Resilient Infrastructure Systems • Conducted research at the largest tsunami simulator in the world
Christina Du
3rd-year civil engineering major, construction management minor • ASCE student chapter ’18-19; Outreach Officer ’19-20; President • Officer for Concrete Canoe, Construction Management, ITE • Undergrad researcher at UC Pavement Research Center • 2019 ASCE Collegiate New Face of Civil Engineering • Graduates June 2020 focusing in Structures and Transportation, Construction Management

University of the Pacific

Shauna Chin
Active ASCE member since ’16 and ASCE officer since ‘17 • Member of Tau Beta Pi ‘19 • Participated on the Water Treatment Design Team ‘18 • Participated on the Minigames Team ’18 placing 1st for concrete frisbee • Completing co-op at the San Francisco Public Works Hydraulics Section • Third year student interested in Water Resources Engineering
Leah Classen
Active member of Mid-Pac ’19 Water Filtration Team • Executive Board Member of ASCE ‘19 • Former Executive Board Member of SWE • Recently returned from study overseas in Shanghai, China • Fourth Year, Double Major, Seeking Master’s Degree • Interested in structural engineering domestically and internationally
Nazaret Cisneros Gethzemani
Active member of Mid-Pac ‘18 • Participated on the Geotechnical Wall Design Team ‘19 • Will be completing co-op at Berkeley Lab & Teichert 2019-2020 • Involved with the Community Involvement Program, MESA, and ASCE • Third year student interested in Water and Geotechnical Engineering
Staysha Delgado
Fourth year Blended Masters student interested in Geotechnical Engineering • UOP Student Coordinator for the 2019 Mid-Pacific Conference • Organized Mini Games competition at the 2018 Mid-Pacific Conference • Will be starting a co-op with Terracon this May • Engineering Intern on campus at Physical Plant • Kappa Alpha Theta active
Muhammad Khan
Social media Chair for Pacific’s ASCE Chapter • Construction captain for MidPac Water Treatment Team • Active member of the Community Involvement Program • Co-op at Kjeldsen, Sinnock, & Neudeck, Inc. • Fourth year student interested in Water Resources Engineering after graduate school
Richard Ngo
Student Chapter Co-Historian ‘17 • Third year student interested in Structural Engineering • Participated on the Geotechnical Wall Compaction Team ‘18 • Engineering Intern at Physical Plant • IT Specialist Lead at Eberhardt School of Business • Involved with Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity & Miss Vietnam California Pageant
Javier Ornelas
Third year student interested in Environmental Engineering • Sub Captain for the water treatment team for MidPac ‘19 • Accepted co-op at MCR engineering in Manteca • First in family to attend a four year college • Interests include guitar playing and skateboarding
Emily Reynoso
UOP ASCE Student Chapter Vice President • 2019 Mead Paper Contest Participant • Currently a Student Assistant in Caltrans D10 Traffic Management • Will co-op with Siegfried Engineering • Interested in Water Resources and Structural Engineering • Involved in community as a church choir organist • 4.00 GPA
Cina Seyedkazemi
Current captain of MidPac Mini Games team • ASCE Student Chapter Secretary for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 • Completed Materials Engineering Internship with Terracon Consultants • Will co-op with City of Stockton Public Works in Summer and Fall 2019 • Third Year student interested in Civil Engineering
Jacob Smith
Water filtration sub-captain for the 2018 Mid-Pacific Competition • Overall team captain for the 2019 Water Competition • 2018 co-op with the City of Stockton Department of Public Works • Member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi • Fourth year student interested in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

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Capital Branch Activities

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 [email protected]

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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 [email protected].

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California Infrastructure Symposium & Region 9 Awards Banquet

2019 California Infrastructure Symposium & Awards Dinner Recap

By

Mark Webb, P.E., M. ASCE, Chair, ASCE Region 9 Infrastructure Symposium Committee

Thank you to everyone who was able to spend Friday March 29, 2019 with us at the San Diego Convention Center for a day-long symposium and awards dinner.  This year’s California Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Dinner was a joint endeavor between Region 9 and the San Diego Section of ASCE. Sessions welcomed and informed the 233 attendees, who enjoyed the perfect, sunny weather between sessions and speakers.  The day was complete after 145 people joined us for the evening’s awards dinner in Ballroom 6.

After registration, attendees had breakfast in the general session room, where our board was pleased to have reserved tables available for five Ruby-level sponsors and for the ASCE Region 9 Governors and the keynote speakers.  I was pleased to serve as MC for the day’s events. We started with opening remarks from Kwame Agyare, Region 9 Director, then one of the morning’s keynote speakers, 2018-2019 ASCE President Robin Kemper. Robin spoke on Engineering the future, a vision for the future of the civil engineering profession, told us what ASCE was all about, and put an emphasis on having fun.  The morning’s second keynote speaker, Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager for the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, spoke about the agency’s accomplishments and the future project of what was the twin tunnels to bypass the delta near Sacramento.

Wonderful volunteers from the San Diego Section YMF helped ensure the day ran smoothly and that the sessions ran as expected.  We are grateful for all the volunteers’ work that helped make the day such a success. Thank you also to Tony Petroccitto from GHD for moderating morning sessions in the Water & Environmental Track.  These discussions were centered on desalination, water supply, and advanced water recycling. Thank you also to AECOM’s Domenic Lupo, who moderated the morning Transportation and Development Track sessions on local transportation, technology, and housing and then mobility, housing, and economics in Southern California.  

While attendees enjoyed a delicious boxed lunch, Region Director Agyare introduced Brian Pallasch, Managing Director of ASCE Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, who outlined the organization’s direction for government relations.  Our lunchtime keynote speaker, Laurie Berman, Director of California Department of Transportation, brought us all up to date on what Caltrans is doing today and how they are adapting our roads for autonomous vehicles with innovations such as changes to road striping that is better received by car sensors.  The Symposium planning team is proud to have given each of our keynote speakers the San Diego Section’s history books and a San Diego Section tee shirt as a token of our appreciation.

Our heartfelt thanks also go out to our afternoon moderators, Kleinfelder’s Natalie Smith for the Water & Environmental Track and TYLIN’s Bethany Dawa, who moderated the Transportation and Development Track.  These discussions focused on water quality and environmental regulatory trends; the water infrastructure implications of climate change; the big picture on jobs, housing, and mobility; and finally, creative funding to advance housing and mobility.

As our final session of the day, we were pleased to welcome Jim Madaffer, Chair of the Board of Directors for the San Diego County Water Authority, who spoke about the history of water in San Diego County and how the County has diversified its sources to end America’s Finest City’s reliance on imported water from MWD.

Thank you to all of our Symposium Sponsors!

  • Ruby Level ($ 5,000)
    • GHD, Morning Water and Environment Track
    • AECOM, Afternoon Water and Environment Track
    • Kleinfelder, Morning Transportation and Development Track
    • TYLin International, Afternoon Transportation and Development Track
    • NV5, Inc.  Evening Reception
  • Sapphire Level ($ 2,000)
    • ASCE San Francisco Section
    • ASCE Los Angeles Section
    • ASCE San Diego Section YMF
    • Rick Engineering Company
    • Harris and Associates
    • Psomas
  • Emerald Level $ (1,000)
    • Akel Engineering Group, Inc.
    • AECOM
    • IEC
    • ASCE Sacramento Section
    • Dokken Engineering
    • Michael Baker International
    • Group Delta
    • East Bay Municipal Utility District
    • Parsons
    • Ninyo & Moore
    • Horrocks Engineers
    • Wood Rogers

After cocktails, attendees enjoyed the Region 9 Awards Dinner, where we presented awards to both individuals and projects.  Even MC Adam Killinger, co-Chair of the Region 9 Awards Committee, entertained the group with fun facts about San Diego. Thank you to the incredible Awards committee for their hard work in reviewing all submittals, and congratulations to all of our award winners!

Individual Winners are:

Civil Engineer in the Public Sector
Ted Craddock, PE, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, California

Civil Engineer in the Private Sector
Rodney McNeely, PE, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Fresno, California

Civil Engineer in Community Service
Bradley Dybel, PE, Stoney-Miller Consultants, Inc., Irvine, California

Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities
Elizabeth Ruedas, PE, Michael Baker International, Santa Ana, California

ASCE Section Officer
Lorraine Htoo, PE, GHD, San Francisco, California

ASCE Branch Officer
Om Prakash, PhD, PE, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, California

ASCE YMF Officer
Gyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, EIT, Jacobs, Irvine, California

ASCE Practitioner Advisor
Carolyn Berg, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, County of San Luis Obispo; Public Works Department, San Luis Obispo, California

ASCE Faculty Advisor
John S. McCartney, PE, PhD, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

ASCE Life Member
Maurice D. Roos, PE, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, California

Younger Civil Engineer
Nestor Godinez, PE, SLR International Corporation, Irvine, California

Civil Engineering Student
Allison Woodworth, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

State Legislator of the Year
Assemblyman James Gallagher, California State Assembly, District 3, Yuba City, California

Excellence in Journalism
Richard Ehisen, LexisNexis State Net, Sacramento, California

Lifetime Achievement
James H. Clark, PE, Black & Veatch, Los Angeles, California

Lifetime Achievement
Camilla Saviz, PE, PHD, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California


Project winners are:

Project of the Year
OCTA OC Bridges Program
Location     Orange County, California
Owner         Various Entities
Engineer     Multiple Consultants

Architectural Engineering Project
316 Vernon, City Hall Annex
Location     Roseville, California
Owner         City of Roseville
Engineer     Buehler Engineering, Inc.
Architect     LPAS Architecture + Design

Bikeways & Trails Project
Arcata’s Humboldt Bay Trail North and Eureka’s Waterfront Trail
Location     Arcata and Eureka, California
Owner         Cities of Arcata and Eureka
Engineer     GHD Inc.

Bridge Project
Riverside Drive Viaduct Replacement over the Los Angeles River
Location     Los Angeles, California
Owner         City of Los Angeles
Engineer     City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works

Community Improvement Project
Fulton Mall Reconstruction Project
Location     Fresno, California
Owner         City of Fresno
Engineer     Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group and RHAA

Construction Project
Mule Creek State Prison Level II Infill Complex
Location     Ione, California
Owner         California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Engineer     KSN, Inc.

Energy Project
Beacon Solar and Battery Energy Storage Project
Location     Cantil, California
Owner         Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Engineer     Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Environmental Engineering Project
Sacramento River Joint Intake and Fish Screen Project
Location     West Sacramento, California
Owner         Reclamation District 2035
Engineer     Stantec

Flood Management Project
Feather River West Levee
Location     Yuba City, California
Owner         Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency
Engineer     HDR, Inc.

Geotechnical Engineering Project
Blu Harbor Development
Location     Redwood City, California
Owner         Pauls Corporation
Engineer     ENGEO, Inc.

Historical Renovation Project
Seismic Strengthening of Congregation Sherith Israel
Location     San Francisco, California
Owner         Congregation Sherith Israel
Engineer     Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Parks & Recreation Project
Hilltop (Sundial) Park Renovation
Location     San Francisco, California
Owner         San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Engineer     Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

Roadway & Highway Project
SR-163/CLAIREMONT MESA BLVD INTERCHANGE PHASE 2
Location     San Diego, California
Owner         City of San Diego
Engineer     Rick Engineering Company

Small Project
Yuba Goldfields 100-year Interim Flood Control Project
Location     Yuba County, California
Owner         Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA)
Engineer     MBK Engineers

Structural Engineering Project
181 Fremont Tower
Location     San Francisco, California
Owner         Jay Paul Company
Engineer     Arup

Sustainable Engineering Project
Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility (SESWTF) and Kings River Pipeline
Location     Fresno, California
Owner         City of Fresno
Engineer     Carollo Engineers, Inc.

Transit Project
Butte Regional Transit Operations Center
Location     Chico, California
Owner         Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG)
Engineer     GHD Inc.

Transportation Project
I-5/La Novia Roundabout
Location     San Juan Capistrano, California
Owner         Caltrans District 12
Engineers    Michael Baker International

Urban/Land Development Project
Urban and Land Development / Riverstone Development
Location     Madera, California
Owner         Valley Development Company
Engineer     Precision Civil Engineering, Inc.

Water Project
TCP Wellhead Treatment Project
Location     Bakersfield, California
Owner         California Water Service Company
Engineer     AECOM

Wastewater Treatment Project
City of San Diego South Bay Water Reclamation Plant Demineralization Project
Location     San Diego, California
Owner         City of San Diego
Engineer     Michael Baker International

 

Thank you again to the awards dinner sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

  • Precision Civil Engineering

Gold Sponsors:

  • California Water Service,
  • KSN, Inc.,
  • Pacific Advocacy Group
  • Geopier.
  • Rick Engineering Company

Silver Sponsor:

  • Dr. Camilla Saviz

And finally, another big thank you to the tireless Awards Committee, which includes:
Elizabeth Bialek with East Bay Municipal Utility District, for the San Francisco Section
Martin Querin with Granville homes, for the San Francisco Section
Louay Owaidat with Odin Construction Solutions, for the Sacramento Section
Bradley Waldrop with NV5, for the Sacramento Section
Amber Shah with the City of Laguna Hills, for the Los Angeles Section
Joshua Nelson with CNC Engineering, for the Los Angeles Section
Steve Fitzwilliam with AECOM, for the San Diego Section
Curtis Edwards with Edwards Engineering, for the San Diego Section

Thank you also to all the attendees!  We hope to see everyone at next year’s event in Sacramento.

If you need any additional information regarding the event, please contact me at [email protected].

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California Infrastructure Report Card

California Infrastructure Report Card Scheduled for Release in
May 2019

By Tony Akel, P.E., M. ASCE

Co-Chair, ASCE Region 9 California Infrastructure Report Card Task Committee

As many of you know, ASCE Region 9 assembled an incredible team of professionals and experts in leadership positions throughout our state, and who for the past year, have been diligently working on developing the California Infrastructure Report Card.  This article provides an update on the status, and the scheduled release event in Sacramento in May 2019.

What Infrastructure Categories are being Evaluated? This report card includes an assessment of 17 categories of our state’s critical infrastructure including: Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Energy, Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Public Parks, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid Waste, Stormwater, Transit, and Wastewater.  While these categories have been evaluated by ASCE at the National level, this effort focuses the assessment and evaluation on California.

How are we Evaluating the Infrastructure Categories?  A team of over 120 dedicated civil and environmental engineers, from around the state, have volunteered their time and expertise to review and analyze existing sources of data, and provide an assessment of the current condition, performance, and funding of our state’s infrastructure. It makes me so proud to see so many dedicated teams of civil engineering professionals and experts, volunteer their very valuable time, high skills, and exemplary leadership to promote infrastructure.  They are definitely making a big difference in our profession!

What is the Grade?  The letter grade, assigned to each category and to the overall report card is, by far, the most effective tool for communicating the general state of our California infrastructure to state and local legislators, as well as to the public.  The grade is based on a simple “A through F” school report card format: A” for Exceptional, “B” for Good, “C” for Mediocre, “D” for Poor, and “F” for Failing. 

As an example, 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 back in 2012. 

What grades should we expect in the 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card?  Though the grades are currently being vetted and finalized by a national team of experts, and will not be disclosed until the release event, the professionals within our industry already know what to expect.  Our state’s infrastructure renewal and replacement programs have been significantly underfunded for a long time, and while several legislations were implemented over the past decade that successfully increased this funding, a large gap remains.

The 2018 California Surface Transportation Report Card. Many of you know that our Region 9 team expedited the release of 3 transportation categories (Bridges, Roads, and Transit) back in October 2018.  At the time, one of the November 2018 California ballot measures was seeking to reverse Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), also known as the Road Repair Accountability Act, and which allocated generating and funding $5.4 billion a year dedicated solely to transportation funding. 

The grades for these categories were released as follows: C- for Bridges, D for Roads, and C- for Transit.  The full California Surface Transportation Report Card can be downloaded from the following website:  https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/ASCEReport-CA.pdf

Our thanks go to the champions who worked diligently on developing and publishing these chapters. A Flyer was also prepared for the transportation report card, and is included at the end of this article.   

When and Where will the Full Report Card be Released? We are working with ASCE national staff and the national experts in the respective categories to finalize the remaining 14 chapters.  The full report card is scheduled for release in early May 2019 in Sacramento.  We will be following up with more specific information and a flyer addressing the release date and venue in Sacramento, hoping some of you can join us at this event. In the meantime, we encourage you to join us at another annual event that promotes the California infrastructure: The California Infrastructure Symposium is scheduled for March 29, 2019 in San Diego, information on which can be found at https://caisregion9.org.

For more information about the activities of the Region 9 California Infrastructure Report Card Task Committee, please contact me at [email protected] 

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Region 9 Grand Challenge Task Committee Update

ASCE Region 9 Grand Challenge Task Committee Update

By

Rossana D’Antonio, P.E., G.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE
ASCE Region 9 Governor At-Large Chair, ASCE Region 9 Grand Challenge Task Committee

Last year was perhaps one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire seasons in California history. Major infrastructure was wiped out, thousands of homes destroyed, and entire communities ravaged. Costs are expected to be in the billions with devastation widespread throughout California.Investing in our infrastructure has never been more critical than it is today. After all, infrastructure is the backbone of any community’s economy. Yet we face major challenges in the form of climate change, lack of adequate maintenance, and continued dwindling resources. In short, infrastructure needs are greater than available funding, resulting in an infrastructure gap. To address this infrastructure gap, ASCE has adopted the Grand Challenge as one of its strategic initiatives which asks civil engineers to focus on innovation to significantly reduce life cycles costs by 2025 and foster the optimization of infrastructure investments for society.

California couldn’t seem to catch a break as a considerably wet year caused mudslides on communities still reeling from the after-effects of the wildfires. It seemed like a 1-2 punch.

Recovery is now underway and as civil engineers, starting anew poses a truly remarkable opportunity to innovate for a more resilient future. How do we maximize the limited funding for the overwhelming needs in infrastructure rebuilding?

Innovation comes in several forms. New approaches, materials, and technologies will ensure that our infrastructure is more resilient and sustainable. In the County of Los Angeles, for example, Public Works worked with the community members to expedite the construction of a bridge that was destroyed in the Woolsey Fire. The initial approach was to construct a temporary bridge to quickly restore vehicular and local access. However, a new approach was implemented that eliminated the temporary bridge altogether. Through this effort, plans for a temporary bridge were scrapped jumping right into the design and construction of a permanent rustic-looking bridge that fit the community environment. Emergency contracting and the elimination of the temporary bridge component resulted in reduced project costs, increased positive community engagement, and an overall reduction in construction schedule.

There is also much research underway into innovative new materials and technologies to modernize and extend the life of infrastructure, expedite repairs, and promote cost savings. Barren and devastated communities pose a clean slate for innovative and resilient rebuilding.

Government has not always been perceived as innovative, but it also has a role as it relates to establishing new policies, standards, and processes. Perhaps there is a need for improved land use planning at the local level to consider the function of existing and new infrastructure. Given the current climate change induced catastrophes we are experiencing, government should take a hard look at the balance between the built and natural environments and determine whether new policies or design standards are required.

Finally, new funding options such as public-private partnerships have emerged as an innovative solution. Finding opportunities for this alternative to invest in our infrastructure whether in new construction or operation and maintenance is an exciting challenge.

There is no one solution to today’s challenges. Nor should we tackle these issues in silos. There are so many examples of successful innovative solutions around us. Hence, ASCE’s Grand Challenge. Crowdsourcing, sharing best practices, and collaborative partnerships will result in innovative alternatives that can tackle the infrastructure gap.

More details on the Grand Challenge can be found on the ASCE website: www.ASCEGrandChallenge.com. ASCE Region 9 has established a task committee that is solely focused on the Grand Challenge. If you are interested in serving on this task committee, please contact me by email at [email protected]. Here’s looking to collaborating on finding the new innovative solutions for a more resilient and sustainable future!

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

By

Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate

New Senate Bills of Interest

SB 4 (McGuire - D) Housing. Would authorize a development proponent of a neighborhood multifamily project or eligible TOD project located on an eligible parcel to submit an application for a streamlined, ministerial approval process that is not subject to a conditional use permit. The bill would define an “eligible TOD project” as a project located in an urban community, as defined, that meets specified height requirements, is located within 1/2 mile of an existing or planned transit station parcel or entrance, and meets other floor area ratio, density, parking, and zoning requirements.

SB 5 (Beall - D) Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program. Would establish the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program. The bill would authorize a city, county, city and county, joint powers agency, enhanced infrastructure financing district, affordable housing authority, community revitalization and investment authority, transit village development district, or a combination of those entities, to apply to the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee to participate in the program and would authorize the committee to approve or deny plans for projects meeting specific criteria.

SB 6 (Beall - D) Residential development: available land. Would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to furnish the Department of General Services with a list of local lands suitable and available for residential development as identified by a local government as part of the housing element of its general plan.

SB 19 (Dodd - D) Water resources: stream gages. Would require the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board to develop a plan to deploy a network of stream gages that includes a determination of funding needs and opportunities for modernizing and reactivating existing gages and deploying new gages, as specified. Support

SB 50 (Wiener - D) Planning and zoning: housing development: incentives. Would require a city or county to grant an equitable communities incentive when a development proponent seeks and agrees to construct a residential development that satisfies specified criteria, including, among other things, that the residential development is either a job-rich housing project or a transit-rich housing project, as those terms are defined; the site does not contain, or has not contained, housing occupied by tenants or accommodations withdrawn from rent or lease in accordance with specified law within specified time periods; and the residential development complies with specified additional requirements under existing law.

SB 128 (Beall - D) Enhanced infrastructure financing districts: bonds: issuance. Current law authorizes the legislative body of a city or a county to establish an enhanced infrastructure financing district, with a governing body referred to as a public financing authority, to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance. This bill would authorize the public financing authority to issue bonds for these purposes without submitting a proposal to the voters.

SB 134 (Hertzberg - D) Water conservation: water loss performance standards: enforcement. Current law authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to issue information orders, written notices, and conservation orders to an urban retail water supplier that does not meet its urban water use objective, and existing law authorizes the board to impose civil liability for a violation of an order or regulation issued pursuant to these provisions, as specified. Current law requires the board, no earlier than January 1, 2019, and no later than July 1, 2020, to adopt rules requiring urban retail water suppliers to meet performance standards for the volume of water losses. This bill would prohibit the board from imposing liability for a violation of the performance standards for the volume of water losses except as part of the enforcement of an urban water use objective.

SB 137 (Dodd - D) Federal transportation funds: state exchange programs. Current federal law apportions transportation funds to the states under various programs, including the Surface Transportation Program and the Highway Safety Improvement Program, subject to certain conditions on the use of those funds. Current law establishes the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system, and funds that program from fuel taxes and an annual transportation improvement fee imposed on vehicles. This bill would authorize the Department of Transportation to allow the above-described federal transportation funds that are allocated as local assistance to be exchanged for Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program funds appropriated to the department.

SB 197 (Beall - D) Department of Transportation: retention proceeds. Current law prohibits the Department of Transportation, until January 1, 2020, from withholding retention proceeds when making progress payments for work performed by a contractor. This bill would delete the repeal of this provision, thereby making the prohibition operative indefinitely.

SB 200 (Monning - D) Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Would establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the State Treasury and would provide that moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the State Water Resources Control Board.

SB 204 (Dodd - D) State Water Project: contracts. Would require the Department of Water Resources to provide at least 10 days’ notice to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and relevant policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature before holding public sessions to negotiate any potential amendment of a long-term water supply contract that is of projectwide significance with substantially similar terms intended to be offered to all contractors.

SB 277 (Beall - D) Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program: guidelines. The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 continuously appropriates $200,000,000 annually from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account for allocation by the California Transportation Commission to local or regional transportation agencies that have sought and received voter approval of taxes or that have imposed certain fees, which taxes or fees are dedicated solely to transportation improvements. Existing law requires the commission, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, transportation planning agencies, county transportation commissions, and other local agencies, to develop guidelines for the allocation of those moneys, and authorizes the commission to amend the adopted guidelines after conducting at least one public hearing. This bill would require the commission, in cooperation with those same entities, to biennially update the guidelines with final approval of the update occurring on or before January 1 of each even-numbered year.

SB 330 (Skinner - D) Housing Crisis Act of 2019. Would, until January 1, 2030, with respect to land where housing is an allowable use, prohibit the legislative body of a county or city, defined to include the electorate exercising its local initiative or referendum power, in which specified conditions exist, from enacting an amendment to a general plan or specific plan or adopting or amending any zoning ordinance that would have the effect of (A) changing the zoning classification of a parcel or parcels of property to a less intensive use or reducing the intensity of land use within an existing zoning district below what was allowed under the general plan or specific plan land use designation and zoning ordinances of the county or city as in effect on January 1, 2018; (B) imposing a moratorium on housing development within all or a portion of the jurisdiction of the county or city, except as provided; (C) imposing design standards that are more costly than those in effect on January 1, 2019; or (D) establishing or implementing any provision that limits the number of land use approvals or permits necessary for the approval and construction of housing that will be issued or allocated within the county or city.

SB 332 (Hertzberg - D) Wastewater treatment: recycled water. Would declare, except in compliance with the bill’s provisions, that the discharge of treated wastewater from ocean outfalls is a waste and unreasonable use of water. The bill would require each wastewater treatment facility that discharges through an ocean outfall and affiliated water suppliers to reduce the facility’s annual flow as compared to the average annual wastewater discharge baseline volume, as prescribed, by at least 50% on or before January 1, 2030, and by at least 95% on or before January 1, 2040. The bill would subject the owner or operator of a wastewater treatment facility, as well as the affiliated water suppliers, to a civil penalty of $2,000 per acre-foot of water above the required reduction in overall volume discharge for the failure to meet these deadlines. Disfavor

SB 339 (Jones - R) Land surveyors. The Professional Land Surveyors’ Act requires a licensee to report to the board in writing the occurrence of specified events in relation to the licensee within 90 days of the date the licensee has knowledge of the event. Under the act, the failure of a licensee to report to the board in the time and manner required is grounds for disciplinary action. This bill would prohibit a licensee who is retained as a expert from entering into a nondisclosure agreement, or similar agreement, if the agreement prohibits the licensee from reporting the occurrence of any of those specified events.

SB 384 (Morrell - R) Housing. CEQA requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. CEQA establishes a procedure by which a person may seek judicial review of the decision of the lead agency made pursuant to CEQA. This bill would establish specified procedures for the administrative and judicial review of the environmental review and approvals granted for housing development projects with 50 or more residential units.

SB 414 (Caballero - D) Small System Water Authority Act of 2019. Would create the Small System Water Authority Act of 2019 and state legislative findings and declarations relating to authorizing the creation of small system water authorities that will have powers to absorb, improve, and competently operate noncompliant public water systems. The bill, no later than March 1, 2020, would require the state board to provide written notice to cure to all public agencies, private water companies, or mutual water companies that operate a public water system that has either less than 3,000 service connections or that serves less than 10,000 people, and are not in compliance, for the period from July 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019, with one or more state or federal primary drinking water standard maximum contaminant levels.

SB 474 (Stern - D) Department of Water Resources: appropriations of water. Under existing law, the Department of Water Resources is required to make and file with the State Water Resources Control Board applications for the appropriation of any water that, in the department’s judgment, is or may be required in the development and completion of all or part of a general or coordinated plan for the development, utilization, or conservation of the water resources of the state. Existing law gives those applications priority, as of the date of filing the application, over any subsequent application and exempts certain water rights diligence provisions from generally applying to the applications.This bill would eliminate the exemption from the application of the diligence provisions as of January 1, 2021.

SB 528 (Hueso - D) California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank. Would establish the Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Commission and place the I-Bank under the supervision of the commission. The bill would require that the commission be comprised of the Governor, the Treasurer, the Attorney General, and the person who served as Governor immediately preceding the current Governor. The bill would require the commission to oversee the activities of the board of directors and the executive director, and to appoint the members of the board of directors and the executive director subject to confirmation by both houses of the Legislature.

SB 556 (Pan - D) Professional land surveyors. Would include within the practices that subject a person to the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act, with regard to the practice of identifying the alignment or elevation of fixed works, the laying out through the use of mathematics or geometric measurements the alignment or elevation for any of the fixed works embraced within the practice of civil engineering, including any items designed within the practice of electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. The bill would expand the practice of land surveying to include determining the benthic surface below water bodies and the measuring for volumetric calculations of earthwork.

SB 669 (Caballero - D) Water quality: Safe Drinking Water Fund. Would establish the Safe Drinking Water Fund in the State Treasury and would provide that moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the State Water Resources Control Board. The bill would require the state board to administer the fund to assist community water systems in disadvantaged communities that are chronically noncompliant relative to the federal and state drinking water standards and do not have the financial capacity to pay for operation and maintenance costs to comply with those standards, as specified. Watch

SB 690 (Hueso - D) Water quality: Tijuana River. Would require the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego region, to negotiate an interagency agreement with the federal government under which the Department of Water Resources would be responsible for the planning, design, permitting, and construction of the Tijuana River Border Pollution Control Project, as defined. The bill would require the state share of funding for the project to equal the federal share and would require the proposed interagency agreement to make the federal government responsible for the ownership, operation, and maintenance of the project after it has been constructed.

SJR 5 (Beall - D) California transportation infrastructure. Would urge the Congress and the President of the United States to (1) provide all federal resources promised to California and other states expeditiously and without delay, (2) work together to enact the robust bipartisan federal infrastructure legislation necessary to restore California’s and other states’ crumbling road and freight infrastructure, respond to growing traffic congestion, and increase investment in public transportation, most particularly, by expanding paratransit services for the elderly and those with special needs, and (3) address the shortfall in the federal Highway Trust Fund by restoring the lost purchasing power of the federal fuel tax, in order to provide the long-term funding stability necessary for California and other states.

New Reports of Interest

The International Council on Clean Transportation released Quantifying the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Gap across U.S. Markets.  “This report quantifies the gap in charging infrastructure to power more than 3 million expected electric vehicles by 2025. Based on the expected growth across the 100 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas, [the authors] estimate the amount of charging of various types that will be needed to power these vehicles…. The largest charging gaps are in markets where electric vehicle uptake will grow most rapidly, including in many California cities, Boston, New York, Portland, Denver, and Washington, D.C.”

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has released its report, “A Review of the State’s Active Transportation Program,” finds “most projects benefit disadvantaged communities” by supporting construction of sidewalks, bike lanes and crossing signals, etc., but “it is impossible to determine key program outcomes, such as whether the program is resulting in increased walking and biking and improved safety,” recommends requiring California Transportation Commission and Caltrans to “collect more accurate project outcome data.”

Air Resources Board issues report Cap-and-trade spending doubles to $1.4 billion in 2018 which details projects across California’s 58 counties, ranging from “creating more fire-resilient communities and ecosystems to installing water-efficient irrigation systems on farms to building more affordable housing and new public transit lines; notes that since its inception in 2012 the cap-and-trade program has appropriated $9.3 billion.

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The Law & Civil Engineering

PRACTICE TIPS

Gene Bass

Beware of new technologies. It is not unheard of for a product representative to try to convince a design engineer to specify a new product that the will prove advantageous for the product manufacturer and claim to be advantageous for the client. The engineer may not be familiar with the product but the manufacturer’s representative will undoubtedly have plenty of data supporting the appropriateness and reliability of the product. The traditional approach to use conservative designs and techniques and that have been proven through past experience will be challenged by the representative’s presentations and assurances that the new approach or product will be superior to the tried and proven old and likely at a considerable cost saving.

If the design engineer is convinced that the new technology will be a good choice, despite the absence of a proven track record, steps should be taken to include the owner in the decision process since the owner would stand to benefit the most from the use of the new technology. In addition, warranties and hold harmless commitments should be obtained from the manufacturer in favor of the owner and design engineer to provide protection and compensation in case the technology fails to meet expectations. However, it should always be borne in mind that any warranty or hold harmless will only be as good as the future financial ability of the manufacture.

When a contractor encounters field conditions that were not anticipated, claims for extra compensation usually result. The owner, may feel that the engineer should have anticipated the encountered conditions in the design of the project and want to look to the engineer to pay the resulting additional costs. The obvious answer to the the issue of avoidance of encountering unforeseen conditions is to conduct a pre-design investigation that reveals all conditions. The obvious problem with this approach is that it can cost too much money. Where should the line be drawn? The level of investigation must not fall below the standard of care. But, how much more investigation should be conducted to reduce the possibility of major surprises. More investigation will cost more. The solution will involve a balance where the owner has been made aware of and has accepted the risks and limitations in the extent of pre-design investigation through written communications during the design process and appropriate contractual disclaimers.

Providing construction site services can also be a rich source of potential liability for the engineer. Contractors can claim that the engineers caused damages due to delays and extra work arising both from design errors and from decisions made during construction. Special care should be taken to establish and promptly follow set procedures for processing changes and requests for information. The failure of the engineer providing construction services to detect a contractor’s deviation from the plans and specifications can also generate liability to the owner. The contract for construction phase services must include adequate fees to fund the level of services necessary to properly observe the construction and should include provisions to realistically define and allocate risks.

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)

CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITING MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Monday, July 29, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm
Granite Bay Golf Club
9600 Golf Club Drive
Granite Bay, CA
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Sign up here or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


UC DAVIS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

ASCE UCD Student Chapter is looking for Civil Engineers to become professional student mentors. This program will better bridge the gap between student and professionals in the civil engineering field. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide networking opportunities to future civil engineers
  • Provide advice on internships, jobs and help with resumes
  • Offer tips on how to succeed in the professional world

If you are interested or have any questions contact  Sanjana Srinivas – Membership Chair: [email protected] Program begins January 2019 and ends June 2019.

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Engineers Without Borders

PROJECT UPDATES

Kenya - East Kanyamamba

The KEK project team had a very successful trip to Kenya from February 7th through February 22nd. The team was able to build a new free flowing spring box at a newly identified spring source in the northwestern portion of the KEK community. For the most part, the water supply projects built in 2015 were in good shape with only minor repairs needed. The project team was also able to help the KEK community establish an operation and maintenance committee for one of the previous sites and establish a water usage fee. Members of the project team also met with Migori County officials to discuss the process and possibility of well drilling for water supply. Finally, the project team members were also able to meet with members of the San Francisco Professional Chapter at a neighboring community to discuss future collaboration. The KEK team will now prepare follow up documentation for the trip and start planning fundraising events to support future implementation.

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 [email protected]


Panama - Tranquilla Norte

Panama is in the midst of campaigns for elections that occur every 5 years which also elects La Junta members. Because of this, the Panama team is stepping away from trying to reach any agreements about the next implementation phase until elections are over and the new members are in place in July. The team had a call with EWB headquarters project engineer on advice for how to navigate this election and she agreed with this approach. In the meantime, the project is hoping to stay busy by looking in to a small neighboring community looking for help with water supply that was brought to our attention by our partner NGO. Our headquarters project engineer thought this could be a good opportunity and encouraged us to look in to it more as it would provide something to work on when things are slow or delayed with Tranquilla Norte, as often happens.
The team is now discussing this with the NGO to determine if we want to pursue this and go through the EWB process of adding a project. Any questions or you are interested in joining a team call, email Michelle Kolb at [email protected]


Belize - Sarteneja

The Belize team has bought plane tickets for their first Implementation Trip. The team will be traveling from April 19-27 to provide assistance on flood-proofing structures in the most vulnerable areas of the Village. The travel team will also meet with the Belize Ministry of Works to discuss the availability of large equipment and the future of 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 [email protected].


Denizen/Wyck Housing Project - Santa Rosa

The 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. Currently, the team is having their preliminary technical plan being reviewed by their Responsible Engineer in Charge and will move forward with design upon its approval. If you have a structural background and are interested in being involved with the project, please email Patrick Donovan at [email protected]

 

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Continuing Education


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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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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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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 [email protected] 916-840-5211
President Elect   Tino Maestas [email protected] 916-471-8210
Senior Director  Megan LeRoy [email protected] 916-993-4613
Junior Director Christina Rice [email protected] 530-559-4506
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell [email protected] 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih [email protected] 916-679-8864
Past President Adam Killinger [email protected] 951-265-5289
Executive Director Tony Quintrall [email protected] 916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Nelson Tejada  [email protected] 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare [email protected]  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen [email protected]  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin [email protected] 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia [email protected] 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Escott Anderson [email protected] 916-961-2723
Capital Branch Bradley Waldrop [email protected] 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Erik Almaas [email protected] 209-946-0268
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum [email protected] 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin [email protected] 530-223-2585 


INSTITUTES

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

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

[email protected]ca.gov 916-227-4463
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     

                                    
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily    530-756-9530
Disaster Preparedness John Andrew [email protected] 916-651-9657
Education & Awards Thor Larsen [email protected]  916-973-0356
Government Relations Craig Copelan [email protected] 530-908-4790
History & Heritage Thor Larsen  [email protected]  916-973-0356
Membership-Life Mem. Elias Karam  [email protected] 209-481-6857
Scholarship Eric Polson [email protected]  916-801-6290
Sustainability Jennifer Buchanan [email protected] 916-240-7010

                                                     
UNIVERSITIES

California State University, Sacramento Harpreet Gill [email protected]  
University of the Pacific Nelson Tejada [email protected]  
University of California, Davis Darren Mack [email protected]  
California State University, Chico   [email protected]  

 

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