October 2019 Print

President's Report

ASCE Sacramento Section President’s Message

I am honored to serve as president of ASCE Sacramento Section, and work with our industry leaders and community to promote and advance the civil engineering profession. The Sacramento Section and its affiliates will work together to communicate with our civil engineers and civil engineering students about the state of our infrastructure and related remedies and strengthening; career development and advancement; and ongoing engineering and construction projects.

Every day I am reminded about the importance of communication for growth and success. Communication plays a key factor in the workplace and team projects as well as personal relationships. I encourage our civil engineering community to attend the ASCE Section and its affiliates’ meetings, conferences and events, as it will allow us to network with various segments of our industry, stay informed about policies that may impact our industry, and collaborate with follow civil engineers.

ASCE’s Region 9 and the Sacramento Section will host the 2020 Infrastructure Symposium April 3rd, 2020. Our Section Board and Infrastructure Committee are hard at work planning the details for the symposium. Spread the word and encourage sponsorship and participation with the state of our infrastructure. This one day event will host many speakers who will discuss the state of our infrastructure and describe unique projects.

On October 3rd, 2019 ASCE Sacramento Section hosted our annual golf tournament at The Ridge Golf Course in Auburn, CA which helped to raise $100,000 for the local ASCE Alfred R Golze Scholarship Fund. Each year this fund gives scholarships to deserving civil engineering students who have shown outstanding academic achievement, public service and are active ASCE Student Chapter members. Paying for a civil engineering education was difficult for many of us years ago. With the rapidly escalating costs for tuition, fees and books, paying for an engineering education today is a far greater challenge. Therefore, we ask you to join the other firms and members of the Sacramento Section in assisting the most deserving, active and promising ASCE Student Chapter members with their goals.

I look forward to meeting you at ASCE’s events in 2019/2020, and to working together to promote and advance our civil engineering profession.

Please let us know your thoughts at: [email protected].


Tino Maestas, PE
ASCE Sacramento Section President

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Outgoing Region Governor

Outgoing Region Governor’s Perspective


Thor Larsen, P.E., M.ASCE
ASCE Region 9 Governor from the Sacramento Section

Region Governors in ASCE serve 3-year terms, and this is the end of my last year. It has been a pleasure to serve the members of Region 9 (California) these past 3 years. Having said that, I would like to reflect on what I accomplished for the Region, and what the Region accomplished, during my term.

I served as the Treasurer for the Region Board of Governors during my entire term, and this was natural for me after having been both a Section and a Branch Treasurer. I was also Chair of the Region 9 California PE Board (BPELSG) Committee and the Audit committee. Craig Copelan takes over as Chair of the BPESLG Committee, and I know he will do a fantastic job!

About our Region 9 Board of Governors; now this is a really great group comprising 6 Region Governors, 4 Section Presidents, and several Committee Chairs, all with impressive knowledge and experience. During my term, the Region Board completed an update to the Report Card for California's Infrastructure, and hosted annual Legislative Day events at the Capitol Mall in Sacramento. The Region Board also continued holding its annual flagship event, the California Infrastructure Symposium & Region 9 Awards Dinner, each year, partnering with the local Sections including Los Angeles in 2017, San Francisco in 2018, and San Diego in 2019, and will hold the next event in Sacramento in 2020. I think Region 9 maybe leads the nation in Government Relations outreach, only behind Society's Government Relations efforts!

I want to take a moment here to say thank you to two key persons that serve the Region 9 Board who really stand out and help make the group as effective as it is. Assisting the Region's legislative outreach and coordinating many efforts for Region 9 is Richard Markuson of Pacific Advocacy Group, the Region Board's legislative advocate. His legislative liaison work, outreach, and reports and studies have been the backbone of our efforts, and I totally commend him for his work during my tenure. I also want to single out Anne Ettley, the Region 9 Administrator, for her efficiency, and concise work. The Region Board might be quite lost without her efforts. Thanks to both of you!

I have 3 main retrospective thoughts as I leave this position for new pastures:

  1. Upon assuming my role as Region Governor, I looked forward to meeting those at Society Headquarters in Reston, Virginia as well as the other Region Governors. This experience was better than I expected. Throughout the nation, and internationally, I found that ASCE members all have similar goals and desires. Society HQ staff and officers have been incredibly supportive, and all seem united to help the Sections, Branches, Younger Member Forums, and Student Chapters achieve their goals. I particularly enjoyed my conversations with ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith, after he transitioned from legal counsel to his current position. Asked how he was faring at ASCE he told me "it's the greatest organization I could ever imagine working for". I truly understand his sentiment.
  2. My second reflection is on the chance to be able to work with and engage with all the Sections in our State, aka our Region. I have enjoyed working with about 12 different Region Governors and 12 different Section Presidents during this period, and in getting to know the many more members in all the various Sections.
  3. Lastly, I was thrilled to always be learning something new at different points during my term. It is all the active members who make ASCE work! The Region Board leadership is necessary however it is the Sections, Branches, YMFs, and Student Chapters who make ASCE work with implementing new ideas, outreach, and member engagement. Thanks to all of you for your hard work!!


In closing, it has been a total pleasure and honor to serve you these past 3 years as your Region Governor, and I look forward to going back and being active with my Sacramento Section for events and committees such as our History and Heritage committee; assisting with the hosting of the 2020 California Infrastructure Symposium, and being a part of the 2022 Centennial for Sacramento Section. If you wish to contact me, please reach out to me at [email protected].

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Capital Branch Activities

Special Evening Event

Autonomous Vehicles and Their Integration into Civil Infrastructure

Please join us for our special evening event for October from the ASCE Capital Branch. There will be networking among peers, a delicious dinner, and a unique panel discussion.

Join us as we learn about Autonomous Vehicle Integration into Civil Infrastructure from leaders in state transportation, city government, and industry.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
(Networking 5:30-6:30pm)

Asfand "Sid" Siddiqui, Senior Transportation Electrical Engineer, Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Development Branch, Caltrans

Louis Stewart, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Sacramento

Ravi Narayanan, Senior Project Manager, Mott MacDonald, Inc. Vendor team lead for Autonomous Vehicle / Connected Vehicle Smart Mobility Challenge program with Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)

Special Location: Lucca Restaurant
1615 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Register Here
Register by Friday October 18th, 10pm


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.


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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Shasta Branch Activities

Monthly Meeting

The Year was 1998
Russ Wenham, Speaker

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Caldwell Park Conference Room
City of Redding
777 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96002

Scholarship Available

The ASCE Shasta Branch is offering $250 up to $1,000 scholarships to high school, Shasta College or University students who are pursuing a Civil Engineering degree or other engineering / science / math related major.

The application includes a section for the applicant to complete a short autobiography describing your short- and long-range educational plans; reasons for attending college; and other relevant information.

For information on how to apply, contact Susan Goodwin ASCE Shasta Branch President at (530) 223-2585 or [email protected].

Deadline: November 1, 2019

For further inquires, please email the ASCE Shasta Branch at [email protected].

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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

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)

ASCE / YMF Mentorship Program

Also the UC Davis Student chapter has reach out for potential mentors for their 2019-2020 mentorship program.

If you are an interested professional interested in signing up, please fill out this form.
Mentor Questionnaire 2019-2020

Questions can be directed to
Aaron Liu
UC Davis Mentorship Chair
[email protected]

Cornhole Tournament

October 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Drake's: The Barn, 985 Riverfront St, West Sacramento, CA 95691, USA

Join us at Drake's: The Barn on a lovely Saturday and play some Cornhole for the chance to win some great cash prizes!

FIRST PRIZE: $200.00



Not to mention, we will be having a incredible raffle prizes.

This event is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member Forum; an organization dedicated to training and developing the engineers that will build the infrastructure of tomorrow. All profits for this event will go to the ASCE Scholarship fund to help send young engineers and engineering students to professional development events! Sponsorships of rounds are available for interested companies and persons! Not able or interested in playing in the tournament? No worries, grab yourself a raffle ticket and join us anyway for delicious beer!

All ages are welcome! (But those that want to go to the bar must be of drinking age)


$50 per team ($25 per person) regular admission. 2 drink tickets included.

$40 per team ($20 per person) student admission. 2 drunk tickets included. (Must show student ID upon arrival)

This event will be played by American Cornhole Organization (ACO) regulations.

Register here



Stop stressing out about the PE! Sign up to the YMF PE Review course early and you will get:

  • Face to face classes at Sacramento State
  • Comprehensive review materials and notes designed to be used during the exam
  • Classes offered for the 8 hour, seismic and survey exams
  • All of this for a great competitive price (and an early bird special rate for signing up prior to August 5th)!
  • More info

Sign up here or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Geo Institute

CBC and Note 48 Update Workshop

Monday, October 21st, 2019
The Citizen Hotel
926 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814

Geo-Institute, along with EERI and AEG, will be hosting a “CBC and Note 48 Update Workshop” on October 21st, 2019. This critical knowledge will be presented by Jennifer Thornburg and Chase White, California Geological Survey, and Dr. Zia Zafir, Kleinfelder.

This full-day workshop will take place at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

Please contact Kartik Atyam for more details.

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International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

2019 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

Los Angeles, CA
November 7-9, 2019

Hotel Reservation Deadline
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

See attached flyer or visit www.icsiconference.org

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Government Relations Committee

Government Relations Committee Update
ASCE Region 9


Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., F.ASCE
Chair, ASCE Region 9 Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee (GRC) of Region 9 has had a busy year of active reviews of proposed legislation, the planning of the very successful May 7th Sacramento Fly-in and the planning for the upcoming Legislative Drive-ins during December 2019. On a recurring basis, the GRC holds telephone conferences to discuss pending legislation that is of interest to civil engineers and ASCE and which are not otherwise reviewed by the other two related Region 9 committees; the Water and Environment Committee and the Transportation and Development Committee. For the current legislative year, which runs from January to September, the GRC reviewed approximately 20 bills and recommended positions be taken by the Region 9 Board of Governors on seven bills.

While the State Legislature focused heavily upon housing issues this year, there were still many bills impacting infrastructure including earthquake readiness, school building replacements, Infrastructure Facilities Districts funding and proposed bond measures. I will not review the particulars of these bills here because our advocate in Sacramento, Mr. Richard Markuson of the Pacific Advocacy Group, provides a comprehensive monthly article covering all proposed legislation. The GRC, comprising 23 ASCE members, have diligently volunteered their time to assist the process of legislation review and I thank them for their commitments and efforts.

Our signature event occurred on May 7, 2019, when ASCE Region 9 members gathered on the State Capitol grounds for an exciting day of Legislative Advocacy training and action! It was a beautiful day in Sacramento as we gathered under a tent in the park area just east of the Capitol buildings. The morning began with the unveiling of the 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card with comments provided by Region 9 Director Kwame Agyare, P.E., and 2020 ASCE President K.N. (Guna) Gunalan, P.E. The Report Card was presented by the California Infrastructure Report Card Co-Chairs Tony Akel, P.E. and John Hogan, P.E. The Report Card release was a significant achievement and one which helps us to emphasize the message to our legislators that there is much work to be done to raise the overall infrastructure grade of C- to at least the B grade level.

After the Report Card release, the day continued as I welcomed our members to the legislative advocacy training portion of the day in preparation for our scheduled visits to our legislators. Maria Matthews, Senior Manager of ASCE’s Government Relations Program, provided an in-depth “Government Relations 101” course to our members and Richard Markuson presented the Region 9 briefing papers and overall objectives for the day’s visits with legislators. It was then our pleasure to receive comments from Assembly-member Luz Rivas of the Los Angeles Area. Ms. Rivas encouraged our membership to remain engaged in legislative advocacy and to develop relationships with elected officials. She expressed appreciation for all of the ASCE efforts in government relations! Our members then made scheduled visits with their legislators and also helped to pass out the new 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card to all 117 legislative offices. It was a great and successful day in the State Capitol!

May 7, 2019, Legislative Day Attendees on the steps of the State Capitol.

Our next major initiative is to work to leverage the California Infrastructure Report Card and strengthen our relationships with State Officials and Elected Officials by encouraging them to address the State’s infrastructure needs. We are also exploring the opportunities to push for the use of some of the State’s budget surplus for one-time infrastructure spending in the next legislative year. Planning is already under way to encourage our members to group together this December and visit elected official’s offices, when they often hold open houses and holiday gatherings, to discuss with our elected officials the State’s infrastructure needs. Please watch for more information in the coming months on the December drive-in opportunities. Beginning again in January, the State Legislature session will convene, and we will again engage in legislation reviews.

The ASCE Region 9 Government Relations Committee actively monitors and recommends positions on statewide legislative and regulatory proposals that affect civil engineers and support the standing policies of ASCE. The committee is also responsible for coordinating the annual Region 9 Legislative Fly-In and the follow up local visits, which are intended to encourage an ongoing dialogue between ASCE members and their legislators on issues of importance to ASCE. If you would like to learn more about the activities of the Region 9 Government Relations Committee or have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].

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Sustainability Committee

ASCE Region 9 Sustainability Committee & Envision Update


Mark R. Norton, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP
Chair, ASCE Region 9 Sustainability Committee

As chair of the upcoming 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, I am so excited to announce it is almost here! An exciting line of dynamic speakers and program elements has been prepared. Our ambitious sponsorship and funding goals with the help of ASCE Foundation staff are almost met. The venue at the world-famous Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles is in preparation. A dedicated team of volunteers have been briefed and are ready for one of the most exciting events that will hit in the fall of 2019 for ASCE Region 9.

For those who have not yet seen the multiple announcements, you still have time to register for the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) scheduled for November 7-9, 2019 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Our planning team has been working hard since early 2017 on creating a program that will be of value for any practitioner of sustainable infrastructure. The event will be open to designers, architects, engineers, managers, contractors, suppliers, policy makers and the laymen. We are supporting students, younger engineers and public agency staff particularly with reduced registration rates. The conference will represent the voice of over 100 presenters who will gather to showcase for the latest developments and advancements in design, construction, technology, policy and education related to sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Conference topics will cover a broad array of contemporary issues for professionals including: Society and Urbanization, Finance and Management, Practice and Policy. Crosscutting themes will include: Resiliency and Disaster Recovery, Disruptive Technologies and Practices, Education, Workforce Development, Outreach, and Diversity, and Climate Change and Extreme Events.

The conference will also have lots of fun events including technical tours of "green" infrastructure sites in the LA area, a heat island tour, a Data Catalog of LEED and Envision awarded project sites, a mural artist who will create a canvas to reflect the conference theme and topics, a special offsite event called "Girls to Green" presenting several female sustainable infrastructure leaders who will be speaking to over 100 underprivileged girls about the exciting careers available to them, and a special YMF Networking event. These fun activities are supplemented by a vast roster of exciting speakers including keynote conference speaker Dr. Jared Diamond, UCLA Professor, and Pulitzer Prize author of Guns, Germs and Steel, the internationally recognized book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and the recent publication entitled Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change and Ms. Debra Roberts of the International Panel on Climate Change who will share positive action tracks in climate adaptation and resilience for cities.

Another exciting feature of this conference is the Leadership Summit planned for the day before the conference on November 6th at the Los Angeles City Club for a special list of industry leaders in sustainable infrastructure who will identify, prioritize and better understand the key gaps and barriers for the planning, designing, building, maintenance and operation of sustainable and resilient infrastructure of the future; cultivate and unlock the full potential of untapped partnerships and funding investments designed to reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, create sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and effect social change; and understand and identify practical plans of action and resourcing for how these strategies can be implemented from the immediate short-term to many decades from now when we start seeing the full effects of our actions, or lack thereof. The results of this summit will be shared on the first day of the 2019 ICSI conference to get the ball rolling well.

To really encourage sponsorship support, the organizers of the conference has established a unique conference feature called "Let's Connect.. in LA". This outreach forum will connect engineers, technical experts, policy makers, academia, developers, infrastructure investors, governments, asset managers, philanthropy, social impact investors, and the insurance industry. By bringing all minds to one room, Let's Connect aims to promote discussion about specific business and partnership opportunities among owners (public/private), suppliers, consultants, designers, contractors, constructors, small businesses, and other interested parties. Being held as a transformational event during ICSI 2019, registered participants who sign up for Let's Connect will have scheduled opportunities to meet with selected various categories of stakeholders, including but not limited to key infrastructure owners and agencies from water, power, sanitation/waste/recycling, transportation, P3 infrastructure investors and others, for short roundtable conversations about current and future key programs and upcoming key contracts and partnering opportunities

The conference would not be complete without a major segment devoted to the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) established by ASCE, APWA and ACEC and who recently released the EnvisionR Version 3. The new ISI CEO, Anthony Kane, will be also be on hand as a conference presenter and will be holding a special meeting and presentation with all Envision Sustainability Professionals who attend the conference. Anthony will be sharing more details about the latest version of Envision, v3 which incorporates emerging industry trends and continues to push the leading edge of sustainable practices. Envision V3 highlights include 1) reorganization/revision of credits, 2) expanded scope credits to account for lifecycle economic evaluation, equity and social justice, and sustainable community planning, 3) new construction-focused credits such as Improve Construction Safety, Minimize Construction Impacts, Reduce Construction Waste, Reduce Construction Energy Use, Reduce Construction Water Use, 4) an improved manual format, and 5) new Verification process pathway. Also new is ISI's credential maintenance program for the ENV SP designation. In fact, attending the conference technical sessions can be applied as continuing education credits for the ENV SP credential.

As the ASCE Region 9 Sustainability Committee Chair, I continue to be impressed by the passion and excitement of so many volunteers not just of this upcoming conference but also the many ASCE Section and Branch Sustainability Committees across the State of California who are working to promoting and supporting sustainability in their profession and society. If you would like to be involved and want to learn more about sustainability committee events in your area, feel free to contact me, Mark Norton, Chair, ASCE Region 9 Sustainability Committee, at [email protected].

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate

September 2019

Status Report on ASCE’s Bills of Interest

Governor Newsom signed SB 307 (Roth D) that will require the State Lands Commission (SLC), in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR), to review certain water transfers. The SLC must determine that the transfer of the water from a groundwater basin underlying specified desert lands will not adversely affect the natural or cultural resources, including groundwater resources or habitat, for that transfer to be allowed. The bill would subject the proposed groundwater transfer and storage project known as the Cadiz Project to the finding requirement. You can read his signing message here.

After the veto, Cadiz announced that it is planning to begin farming hemp. Cadiz Inc. is forming a joint venture with a cannabis company to grow industrial hemp on up to 9,600 acres of its 35,000-acre property in San Bernardino County.

The newly formed SoCal Hemp Farm, a joint venture with Glass House Farms, a subsidiary of California Cannabis Enterprises, will build a 5-acre pilot project.

The water project has been bitterly opposed for years by environmentalists and lawmakers, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein who argued it would jeopardize habitat.

Cadiz officials said they were still planning on pursuing their water-pumping plans and that they expected the hemp farming to be "fully compatible" with the groundwater project. "Overlying farming demands will be coordinated with project operations and existing Court-validated permits," the company said in a statement. "Cadiz will also continue to support the further scientific review of area mountain springs and water dependent ecosystems as called for in recently adopted legislation, and nothing in this venture diminishes that commitment."

Newson also signed SB 200 (Monning - D) that establishes the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to help water systems provide an adequate and affordable supply of safe drinking water. It requires the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to adopt a fund implementation plan will control expenditures of the fund. It also requires SWRCB, in consultation with local health officers and others, to make public a map of aquifers that are used or likely to be used as a source of drinking water that are at high risk of containing contaminants. You can read Newsom’s press release here.

Newsom also signed AB 487 (Gallagher – R) that allows DWR to delay the imposition of penalties and interest on delinquent dam fees until 30 days after the start of the fiscal year. AB 467 “cures” a DWR policy of charging late fees immediately (which are frequently reversed).

Pending final approval by Newsom are: AB 101 the housing trailer bill for 2019-20; AB 252 (Daly – D) to make permanent, Caltrans’ authority to carry out the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Assignment Program; and AB 756 (Christina Garcia – D) that authorizes the SWRCB to order public water systems to monitor for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) and establishes a separate public notification process as a result of any confirmed detection(s).

New Reports of Interest

California Public Utilities Commission has released its annual Solar Initiative Program Assessment, says “the state has exceeded by roughly 241 percent its goal of 3,000 megawatts of customer-installed solar power, and the average cost of an installed residential solar system has decreased 52.6 percent since the creation of the California Solar Initiative.”

Dept. of Water Resources released “California Water Plan Update 2018,” the 12th five-year update since the plan was adopted in 1957; Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot says, “Perhaps most importantly, Update 2018 prioritizes supporting local and regional efforts to build water supply resilience across California.”

CA State Auditor’s office has released its report, “Fallen Leaf Lake Community Services District: Its Billing Practices and Small Electorate Jeopardize Its Ability to Provide Services,” finds the district, which is located south of Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, “overbilled reimbursing agencies by more than $700,000 from 2016 through 2018” for firefighting assistance and “has relied on volatile funding — the inflated reimbursements — to balance its budget;” recommends that Cal OES, which is responsible for processing those reimbursements, should “complete implementing its plan to routinely audit reimbursement documents submitted by local fire agencies that assist in firefighting.”

The Center for Climate Integrity Resilient Analytics released High Tide Tax: The Price to Protect Coastal Communities from Rising Seas. . Interactive data Using climate shift models and data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this study creates four different climate change scenarios, focusing on resulting sea-level rise in the next few decades. Based on the infrastructure considered at risk along the U.S. coast, the study then estimates the cost to build protective sea walls. The study’s interactive data feature breaks out cost by state, county, city, and congressional district. California is the 8th most costly state, with an estimated $22 billion needed for sea walls. Solano, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties are projected to cost the most in sea wall construction in the coming decades.

Nature Communications released Amplification of Future Energy Demand Growth Due to Climate Change. “Whereas previous studies focused largely on energy use for a single country, continent, or sector, this new research is a global analysis using projections from 21 climate models, as well as population and economic projections for five socioeconomic scenarios. The scientists found that global energy demand will increase 11 to 27% by 2050 with modest global warming, and 25 to 58% with more severe warming. The tropics, southern Europe, China, and the United States will all experience the greatest increases in demand.... The higher temperatures climb and the more air conditioning families need to keep cool, the more expensive utility bills will become—a situation that … will be especially damaging to low-income households, who already spend a larger portion of their monthly budget on utilities than higher-income homes.”

Governor’s Appointments

At the California Department of Water Resources
Reappointed as director: Karla Nemeth, Sacramento, has been director since 2018.
Reappointed as chief deputy director: Cindy Messer, Sacramento, has served in the role since 2017.

At the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Reappointed as director: Charlton “Chuck” Bonham, Berkeley, has served in the role since 2011.
Reappointed as chief deputy director: Valerie Termini, Davis, acting since 2018 and previously executive director of the CA Fish and Game Commission.

Reappointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission: H. Kit Miyamoto, Davis, president of Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief since 2011 and a global CEO of Miyamoto International since 1997; Fuad Sweiss, Santa Ana, executive director of the City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency since 2018; Andrew Tran, San Gabriel, senior vice president of property underwriting at Swiss Re America since 2015

At the California State Transportation Agency
As deputy secretary for transportation planning: Avital Barnea, Washington, D.C., program manager for freight at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials since 2014.
As deputy secretary for innovative mobility solutions: Lori Pepper, Washington, D.C., senior federal policy specialist at Honda North America Inc. since 2016.

October 2019

The Legislature returned from its summer recess and entered its' final five weeks of session – which will conclude on September 13.

Status Report on ASCE's Bills of Interest

AB 48 by O'Donnell (D – Long Beach) This bill places a $13 billion general obligation bond measure on the March 3, 2020 primary ballot and an unspecified general obligation bond measure on the November 8, 2022 general election, to be operative only if approved by voters at their respective statewide elections. It also makes changes to the existing School Facility Program (SFP). Senate Rules Committee. Support

AB 65 by Petrie –Norris (D – Laguna Beach) This bill requires the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) to prioritize projects that provide natural infrastructure and multiple public benefits when allocating funding from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68). Awaiting final Senate passage.

AB 101 by Committee on Budget This is the Housing trailer bill for 2019 –20. It contains the necessary changes related to the 2019 Budget Act. Chaptered

AB 252 by Daly (D – Anaheim) This bill removes sunset provisions that provides the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) the authority to carry out the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Assignment Program. Support Chaptered

AB 292 by Quirk (D – Hayward) This bill changes the definition of potable reuse of recycled water by including raw water augmentation, treated drinking water augmentation, groundwater augmentation, or reservoir water augmentation within the definition of recycled water and deleting the distinction between "direct" potable reuse and "indirect" potable reuse. Senate Inactive File.

AB 305 by Nazarian (D – North Hollywood) AB 305 allows wastewater utilities to issue rate reduction bonds and makes numerous changes to the process of issuing those bonds. Enrolled.

AB 508 by Chu (D – San Jose) This bill makes changes to statute related to the State Water Resources Control Board's (SWRCB's) authority to order the consolidation of drinking water systems, including setting a deadline of July 1, 2020, as the date by which the SWRCB must develop a policy that provides a process for members of a disadvantaged community to petition for consolidation; and requiring the SWRCB, before ordering consolidation or extension of service, to notify owners and occupants of dwelling units that are reliant on a domestic well with unsafe drinking water about the adequacy and safety of the unit's drinking water. Awaiting final Senate passage.

AB 587 by Friedman (D – Glendale) This bill allows for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to be sold or conveyed separately from the primary residence to a qualified buyer under specified circumstances. Senate Floor Amendments of 8/21/19 align affordability restrictions with existing law by requiring owner –occupied units on the property to be preserved for low –income housing for 45 years. Awaiting final Senate passage.

AB 670 by Friedman (D – Glendale) Makes any covenant, restriction, or condition contained in any deed, contract, security instrument, or other instrument affecting the transfer or sale of any interest in a planned development instrument and provision in a governing document or an amendment to a governing document of a common interest development (CID) that either effectively prohibits or unreasonably restricts the installation of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or junior accessory dwelling unit (JADU) in a single –family, planned development void and unenforceable. Allows for "reasonable restrictions" on ADUS and JADUS Enrolled.

AB 756 by Garcia, Cristina (D – Bell Garden) Authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to order one or more public water systems to monitor for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) and establishes a separate public notification process as a result of any confirmed detection(s). Chaptered

AB 782 by Berman (D – Palo Alto) Codifies the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) categorical exemption for transfers of ownership of interests in land in order to preserve open space, habitat, or historical resources, thereby eliminating the exceptions for project –specific effects which apply to a categorical exemption. Enrolled.

AB 1413 by Gloria (D – San Diego) This bill authorizes local transportation authorities in Placer and San Diego Counties, which have existing transactions and use tax (TUT) authority, to levy a TUT in any portion of its jurisdiction, with voter approval. Awaiting final Senate passage.

AB 1414 by Friedman (D – Glendale) Existing law, last session's SB 606 (Hertzberg), Chapter 14, Statutes of 2018, and AB 1668 (Friedman), Chapter 15, Statutes of 2018, requires urban retail water suppliers to calculate an urban water use objective no later than November 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, and establishes other reporting requirements. Some of those reports are due January 1, some are due before June, some are due October 1, and others due November 1. This bill realigns the various reporting dates established in last session's SB 606 and AB 1668 so that all reports required by those bills are due on either July 1 or January 1, and makes other minor technical amendments. Enrolled.

AB 1475 by Bauer –Kahan (D – Orinda) This bill authorizes regional transportation agencies (RTAs) to use the construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) procurement method on any transportation project that is not on the state highway system. Enrolled

AB 1633 by Grayson (D – Concord) This bill authorizes cities with the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to develop and implement a traffic signal optimization plan to reduce travel times, number of stops, and fuel use. Senate Floor Amendments of 8/21/19 strike reducing "emission of greenhouse gases, criteria air pollutants, and toxic air contaminants" from the list of goals of the traffic signal optimization plans, thereby narrowing their focus to reducing "travel times, the number of stops, and fuel use." Awaiting final Senate passage.

ACA 1 by Aguiar –Curry (D – Winters) Proposes amendments to the California Constitution to allow a city, county, or special district, with 55% voter approval, to incur bonded indebtedness or impose specified special taxes to fund projects for affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, or public infrastructure. Support Assembly Floor.

SB 128 by Beall (D – San Jose) Senate Bill 128 extends the existing best –value contracting pilot program until January 1, 2025. The bill also changes the date that a participating county must submit a report to the Legislature to March 1, 2024, and adds Santa Clara and Monterey counties to the existing pilot program Awaiting final Senate passage.

SB 134 by Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys) This bill prohibits the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) from issuing an information order, written notice or conservation order for a violation of water loss performance standards if water loss is the only objective not being met, and if the State Water Board is already taking enforcement action for water losses as part of an urban water use objective. Chaptered.

SB 197 by Beall (D – San Jose) This bill removes the Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) sunset provision relative to withholding retention proceeds on public contracts Support Awaiting final Assembly passage.

SB 690 by Hueso (D – San Diego) Requires the State Coastal Conservancy, when expending any funds for the purposes of addressing transboundary flows and pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, to the extent feasible, to prioritize those projects identified in studies on the Tijuana River Valley that are required by statute. Awaiting final Assembly passage.

SJR 5 by Beall (D – San Jose) Urges the Congress and the President of the United States to take action on legislation to fund the nation's transportation infrastructure. Support Awaiting final Senate passage.

New Reports of Interest

Solar Energy released Overbuilding & Curtailment: the Cost –effective Enablers of Firm PV Generation. "New research published in the peer –reviewed journal Solar Energy suggests California should embrace the idea of building more solar panels than it can consistently use, rather than treating oversupply as a problem to be solved. It sounds counterintuitive, but intentionally overbuilding solar facilities—and accepting they'll often need to be dialed down in the absence of sufficient demand—may be the best way to keep electricity prices low on a power grid dominated by renewable energy, the research found." However, other analysts maintain this study "didn't take into account the costly transmission lines that may be needed to accommodate an overbuild of solar, or the landowner opposition that has frustrated solar farm developers in California and elsewhere." (Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2019).

The National Bureau of Economic Research released Social Connectedness in Urban Areas. Social connectedness is an important aspect of the social capital that provides important emotional and health benefits as well as economic resiliency. In this study of the spatial structure of social networks in the New York metro area, the available evidence indicates that access to public transit is a significant factor in the strength and diversity of an individual's social connectedness. In fact, the ease of access to public transit was a "substantially stronger predictor of social connectedness between zip codes than geographic distance."

State Investments in Clean Energy and Transportation Technology. This report provides a high –level overview of California's investments in clean energy. It describes the stages of new technology along a five –step "pipeline" of development: fundamental research; applied research; prototype products; demonstration of the prototype; and commercial deployment. The report estimates that in FY 2018 –19, "state investments in clean energy and transportation technology are primarily in the commercial deployment stage of development, where the programs have a pulling influence on moving technology through the pipeline."

Effects of Fossil Fuel and Total Anthropogenic Emission Removal on Public Health and Climate. A recent study finds that phasing out fossil fuels would prevent about 3.6 million premature deaths. "If we reduced the impact of all sources of anthropogenic pollution (including things like agriculture), the researchers calculate, the number of deaths prevented per year would jump to 5.6 million.... They find that, in particular, rapidly reducing fine particulate matter in the atmosphere could greatly reduce health impacts of exposure to air pollution, which include cardiovascular disease, asthma, and lung cancer…. The study finds that aerosols have masked (that is, dampened the effect of) global warming by about 0.5 degrees Celsius. That effect has been particularly pronounced in areas of North America and northeast Asia, where researchers find that up to two degrees of warming has been masked." (Pacific Standard, Apr. 17, 2019).

Nature Based Designs to Mitigate Urban Heat: The Efficacy of Green Infrastructure Treatments in Portland, Oregon. Urban heat, when coupled with climate change impacts, represents a growing concern in city planning. One potential response is to mitigate heat island effects by making alterations to the built environment. These changes can include designing increase vegetation and tree cover, the use of reflective materials, and green roofs. The study found that the effectiveness of each intervention varied across the specific land –use types. Instead of a single mitigation solution, planners will need to adopt multiple strategies that target specific climates and landscaped environments.

Governor's Appointments

As deputy secretary for environmental policy and housing coordination at the California State Transportation Agency: Darwin Moosavi, Sacramento, special advisor to the secretary of the CA State Transportation Agency since 2019.

To the California Water Commission: Teresa Alvarado, San Jose, San Jose director of SPUR since 2016; Matthew Swanson, Turlock, President and CEO at Associated Feed since 1998

As chief counsel, High –Speed Rail Authority: Alicia Fowler, Sacramento, deputy secretary and general counsel at the California State Transportation Agency since 2015.

As chief of strategic communications, High –Speed Rail Authority: Melissa Figueroa, West Sacramento, deputy secretary of communications and strategic planning at the California State Transportation Agency since 2015.

As director of planning and sustainability, High –Speed Rail Authority: Margaret Cederoth, Sacramento, sustainability director and practice leader at WSP, a construction management firm that contracts with High –Speed Rail Authority.

As director of engineering, High –Speed Rail Authority: Christine Inouye, Sacramento, undersecretary at the California State Transportation Agency since 2017.

As director, California Office of Traffic Safety: Barbara Rooney, Elk Grove, deputy director of legislation at the California High –Speed Rail Authority since 2015.


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Society Board of Direction

ASCE Code of Ethics Reboot


The Society Board of Direction

You may have seen the recent article in the July 24th edition of the ASCE News which relates to an initiative to pursue a wholesale rewrite of the Society's Code of Ethics. For the first time in nearly 50 years, ASCE is pursuing a wholesale review of its Code of Ethics. The Task Committee on the Code of Ethics presented a plan for a more streamlined code to the ASCE Board of Direction at the quarterly Board meeting, July 12-13, in Reston, Virginia. The Board voted to support the task committee's concept and general direction and is scheduled to receive a task committee's update at its October 2019 meeting.

A link to the current Code of Ethics can be found HERE. The existing Code of Ethics comprises 8 fundamental canons, and originally established 4 fundamental principles that stated "Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:

  1. using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare and the environment;
  2. being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients;
  3. striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and
  4. supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines."

There will be multiple ways for ASCE members to provide their input to the rewrite prior to a formal vote of the membership, and an ASCE Collaborate discussion has been initiated where members are already participating in the discussions. Click HERE to participate in those discussions.

Also be on the lookout for more ways in which to provide your feedback to the ASCE Code of Ethics Revision process, or you may contact Kwame Agyare, Region 9 Director, at [email protected] for further information.

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Region 9

Region 9 Upcoming Leadership Changes
An Outgoing Region Governor’s Observations


Matt Kennedy, P.E., T.E., M.ASCE
External Secretary, Region 9 Board of Governors;
and Region Governor from the San Francisco Section

As the end of the current fiscal year approaches on September 30th, a change in the makeup of the Region 9 Board of Governors will occur. Thor Larson's term as the Governor representing the Sacramento Section will end, and my term as the Governor representing the San Francisco Section will also come to an end. It is hard to believe that Thor and I began our terms three years ago! Time certainly does fly with the number of events and activities the Region 9 Governors are involved with. It has been a pleasure and an honor to represent you and the most active Region in ASCE. Thank you for all your involvement and support!

Like many Region Governors before me, service to Region 9 was a natural progression of my service to ASCE and the civil engineering profession over the last 21 years. Since I was a senior in high school, I always knew I wanted to be a civil engineer, even though I didn't truly know what that meant. It wasn't until much later that I gained an appreciation for the positive impact civil engineers have on society, and the important role ASCE and our members play in elevating the profession and advocating for its continued growth and prosperity. Civil engineers build civilizations and are arguably the most important and impactful profession shaping the built environment and the world as we know it. From local to global communities, ours is a profession that makes a real and direct impact on the quality of people's lives, and I am proud to be a part of such a thoughtful, ethical and hard-working group of diverse individuals who are passionate about making the world a better place.

After being encouraged by a professor, I joined ASCE as an Environmental Resources Engineering student at Humboldt State University (HSC) in 1998, and my involvement has only grown since. I served on the HSU Student Chapter for three years until my graduation in 2001. During that time, I helped to organize and participated in numerous events, including what I believe was the first ASCE Mid-Pacific Student Conference (MidPac) Water Treatment Competition, which was held at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000. Following a 2-year hiatus from ASCE for graduate school, I returned as a board member on the North Coast Branch in 2003, serving as the Practitioner Advisor to HSU. I landed my first job after college as a staff engineer in a consulting firm, and I got the job through relationships I made through ASCE while a student at HSU. I am proud to say that 16 years later I am principal engineer working for the same company. I served as a North Coast Branch board member for three years and was impressed by the strong connection between the Branch and the HSU Student Chapter, which continues to this day. In 2007, I moved down to Santa Rosa and volunteered to serve as the San Francisco Section Treasurer, a position I held for 5 years. I continued to serve on the SF Section board as Vice President (2013), President-Elect (2014), President (2015) and Past-President (2016). It was during this time that I really got to know ASCE well and gained a greater understanding of the depth and breadth of our organization, what we do, and who we represent. We are a global organization rooted in local members. I was also exposed to the many active groups within the SF Section whose members make such a positive impact on the profession and the community.

Tradition has it that the SF Section Past-President is the organizer and MC of the Section Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. While fulfilling this duty I also took over the role of Region 9 Awards Committee Chair from current Region 9 Director Kwame Agyare, a position I held for three years. Being the organizer and MC for Region 9 Awards, which recognizes the outstanding projects and members in Region 9, was an incredibly gratifying experience. We are a Region made up by amazing people doing amazing projects!

Shortly after accepted the Awards Committee Chair role, I also accepted the opportunity to serve as the Region 9 Governor representing the San Francisco Section. These past three years as one of seven Region 9 Governors have been very busy and very fulfilling. I have had the opportunity to travel and meet so many engineers from diverse backgrounds doing amazing things to better our world through their daily work and through ASCE.

During all of the years I have been in the service of ASCE, and my changing roles and responsibilities, ASCE has been testing and evolving how the Society better serves its members, and how it can better represent the values of the members and prepare for the challenges of the future. Growing up I was taught that there are two sure things in life: death and taxes. However, be assured that "change" is also guaranteed. The acceleration of technological growth and the rapid changes and innovation that it enables is continuously affecting nearly every aspect of society. It is changing the way we do business and how we solve the engineering challenges of today and tomorrow. From improvements in cellular and network communications, to autonomous vehicles and innovative materials, change is something civil engineers must accept and embrace as a constant in our profession, and in the way that we deliver projects. At no other time in human history has technological change advanced at such as rapid pace as now, and it is only expected to continue.

ASCE recognizes that change is imminent, and has responded through the development of Key Programs focused at addressing the challenges and opportunities brought about by rapid change. These are:

Grand Challenge, which aims to close the infrastructure gap from planning to design to delivery;
Infrastructure, which proposes practical solutions to maintain and modernize our nation's deteriorating infrastructure;
Sustainability, which embraces and encourages civil engineers' role as contributors to a sustainable world; and
Engineer Tomorrow, which aims to ensure civil engineers have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice in the future.

In addition to changes, and challenges, brought on by improving technology, recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion is elevating the civil engineering profession to a new level. We must encourage and empower our members, and the companies and agencies the work for, to provide an equal opportunity for all to succeed, regardless of gender, cultural or other differences. Our willingness to embrace diversity of thought, background and experience helps us create imaginative and responsive solutions for our clients and the communities we serve.

We are all fortunate to have ASCE organizing and advocating for our profession. I am also lucky to have an amazing employer who is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and who understands the challenges and opportunities brought on by our rapidly changing world and technology. Recognizing the challenges is the first critical step in taking positive steps to address them, to improve people's lives, and to help build a better local and world community through improvements to infrastructure.

Your membership in ASCE is only the first step in supporting the civil engineering profession and seeking solutions to the world's future challenges. ASCE is what the members make it. It is primarily a volunteer organization, with limited professional staff supporting our interests and needs. To keep ASCE relevant, it is necessary for everyone to take on a role and become an active member. There are numerous opportunities for you to contribute to ASCE, such as volunteering to join committees, organize events, and join boards of Younger Member Forums, Branches, Sections, Life Member Groups, the Region, Technical Groups and Institutes. This article represents my personal views and experiences enhanced through ASCE, which I hope will reach you and encourage you to become a volunteer. Your participation in ASCE is critically important to our profession and to the communities we serve as civil engineers. You will get more out of the experience than the time you put in.

While my role as Region 9 Governor may be ending, my involvement will not. I look forward to my continued service to ASCE, and future opportunities to improve our profession and enhance our members' value. Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions at [email protected].

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Nominations Open




ASCE Region 9 invites nominations for one (1) Region 9 Governor from the Los Angeles Section for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2020. 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.

ASCE Region 9 also invites nominations for one (1) Region 9 Director for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2020. 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 and shall have served as a Geographic Region Governor. Additionally, any person who was inducted as a Society President-elect or Vice President is ineligible for re-election as a Geographic Region Director. 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, 2019, to 1) Yazdan Emrani, P.E., Region 9 Nominating Committee Chair, at [email protected] 2) Patricia Montgomery, Managing Director, Executive and Board Operations, ASCE, at [email protected]:

  • 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 headshot photograph

Nominees will be requested to attend an interview before the Region 9 Board of Governors on January 23, 2020, in San Francisco, CA, at a time and specific location to be set. For questions or application templates, please email Yaz Emrani at [email protected].

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The Law & Civil Engineering


by Gene Bass

Traditionally, contracts and other legal documents have contained "small print". Often, the small print in addition to being small, is printed on the reverse side of a document and in "fade out" lettering. Although such contract provisions may be difficult to read and to find, they should be dug out, read, understood, and negotiated out if they are not what you intended or expected in forming the contract.

Cases have held buried contract provisions to be unenforceable but only under certain circumstances. One case involved a release of any claims for personal injury which was required as condition for entry into a racing event. The release was printed in five and one-half point type and was not easily readable. The court found the provision to be unenforceable because it was not conspicuous, not clear and explicit, and not comprehensible.

In another case a party had placed an order for goods over the telephone. Thereafter, an "Acknowledgement of Order" was sent. Buried in small print on the reverse side of the form was an agreement to arbitrate. In that case the court found that there was no valid agreement for arbitration, stating "an offeree, regardless of apparent manifestation of his consent, is not bound by inconspicuous contractual provisions of which he was unaware, contained in a document whose contractual nature is not obvious."

In the cases where the obscure provisions have been held to be unenforceable, the provisions were presented on a "take it or leave it" basis or they were contained in a document where the contractual nature was not obvious. When the parties are dealing in an arm's length transaction with an opportunity to accept, reject or modify the terms of the agreement, different rules apply. The parties can be bound by the terms of the contract even if they do not read them.

Important considerations in determination of the enforceability of obscure contract terms are the equality of the bargaining position of the parties and their ability to negotiate contract provisions. Negotiation requires that the parties have a fair opportunity to accept, reject or modify a contract provision. The "opportunity" to negotiate is the determining factor and a party may choose not to negotiate. Such a choice will not eliminate the responsibility, however. Equality of the bargaining position can involve consideration of the relative sophistication of the parties as well as their relative economic strength.

If a contract contains a provision that is unfair or not within your reasonable expectation, negotiate it out of the document. If you find those provisions after you have signed the contract or they are being enforced against you, call your lawyer.

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Continuing Education


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

Buy 2 Registrations and get the 3rd Free!

To receive this discount, email contact information for all registrants [email protected] 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 [email protected]


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.


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Webinars are convenient, low-cost, and an efficient training option. Login anywhere and interact with the instructor and other participants. Live webinars cover practical, targeted topics taught by experts in their field. Gain knowledge and earn PDHs. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2125/c/79 Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.

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On-demand learning 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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ASCE LinkedIn Group


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)


President   Tino Maestas [email protected] 916-471-8210
President Elect   Megan LeRoy [email protected] 916-993-4613
Senior Director  Christine Rice [email protected] 530-559-4506
Junior Director Audrey Dyte [email protected]  
Secretary Isela Chavez [email protected]  
Treasurer Jafar Faghih [email protected] 916-679-8864
Past President Mike Konieczki [email protected] 916-840-5211
Executive Director Tony Quintrall [email protected] 916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Alex Perez [email protected]
[email protected]
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare [email protected]  
Region 9 Governor Elias Karam [email protected] 209-481-6857
Egrs. w/o Borders Levi Johnson [email protected]  
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 


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.  Dr. Derya Sumer [email protected] 916-978-5188 
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     


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


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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