October 2017 Print

President's Message

My name is Adam Killinger, PE, GE, and I am your incoming president for ASCE Sacramento Section.  

A little about my background for those that don’t know me, I practice in the field of geotechnical engineering and currently work for Crawford and Associates, Inc.  My first involvement with ASCE was during my undergraduate studies at CSU, Chico.  I was a member of ASCE and participated in Mid-Pacific Competition.  Years later, I joined the Central Valley Branch board.  I was elected to the board as secretary and rose through the ranks, terming out as past-president in 2014.  Since then, I have served the three-year commitment as president-elect through past-president of the Capital Branch.  It is now my humble honor to serve as your Sacramento Section president. 

Our profession is a noble one, and it is our responsibility to protect and foster its growth.  ASCE provides opportunity, support, and advocacy for civil engineers through an evolving framework shaped by its members and officers.  It has always provided me tools to contribute to our profession, and I am excited now for the opportunity to contribute even more.  In that spirit, my main goals for ASCE Sacramento Section this coming year include:

  •       Establishing stronger connections with the universities in our section.
  •       Reestablishing the Shasta Branch and providing the support it needs to thrive.

There is no greater return on investment than putting time and money into deserving students.  My experience has shown that student appreciation is always much greater than the money or time donated to the student.  My objective is to pair at least two practitioner advisors (PA) with each of the 4 universities in the Section (CSU, Chico; CSU Sacramento; UC, Davis; and University of the Pacific).  The role of the practitioner advisor can vary depending on the students’ need and on the background of the PA, but in general, the PA simply needs to interact with the students and be available for advice.  If you are interested in becoming a practitioner advisor, please contact me at adam.killinger@crawford-inc.com

If time is a rare commodity for you, please consider giving to the Golze Scholarship Foundation.  The Golze Scholarship is our primary funding source for scholarships in our section.  We raised approximately $70,000 last year for scholarships. This was a substantial and measureable impact on our profession.  Our goal is to raise $100,000 this year.  Please consider donating any amount, and encourage your company/agency to do the same.

My final call to action is help us reinvigorate our Shasta Branch.  If you live in the Branch area, please consider becoming an officer or at least an active member. If you know a civil engineer that lives or works in the area, please encourage them to do the same.  We will be geographically stronger as a section and more effective with our outreach with all branches actively participating in our mission: protecting the nobility and fostering the growth of the Civil Engineering profession.   

I look forward to the year ahead.  I hope you do as well. 

Kind Regards,

Adam J. Killinger, PE, GE
ASCE Sacramento Section President 2017-2018

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Individual Awards Recap

On September 21st, the winners of the 2017 Outstanding Individual Civil Engineering Awards were honored at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. Twenty-one winners accepted their awards and given time at the podium to thank their supporters and share their experience to an audience of over 100 people. We also installed the new officers for the Sacramento Section and Capital Branch for 2017 to 2018. To see a complete photo gallery of all the winners, click here. Congratulations winners on a job well done!

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Capital Branch Activities



Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1022 2nd St
Sacramento, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  

It is time to take a break from the normal lunch meeting ! Come meet fellow civil engineers, unwind after work and give back to the community at the same time.  The Capital Branch is sponsoring an evening social for our members.  We will provide appetizers, and if you bring 3 cans of food, your first drink is on us! All canned donations will be donated to a local food bank in preparation of the holiday season. 

Please click here to RSVP for the event – there is no fee to register or attend, but we do need a head count for the restaurant.  See you there! 


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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Central Valley Branch Activities

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

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Shasta Branch Activities

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

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Guy Hopes, PE
ASCE Region 9 YMF Committee


I am happy to introduce myself as the incoming Chair of the Region 9 YMF Committee, and I look forward to continuing the great work performed by the outgoing Chair, Gidti Ludesirishoti, and the Region 9 YMF committee this past year. Hats off to you Gidti, and thank you for your excellent leadership!   

The Region 9 YMF committee comprises leaders from each Sections in Region 9 (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento), and the committee meets regularly to update each other on multiple topics including: ongoing activities, communications with universities, ASCE strategic initiatives, and opportunities for collaboration. 

As you all are aware, ASCE membership provides many benefits and opportunities to its members in all the membership classifications (student, associate, member, fellow, etc.).  Younger Members (members at and under the age of 35) are a significant part of ASCE, and many Sections and Branches have set up Younger Member Forums (YMFs) to encourage younger member involvement within each Region.  During my seven years of experience with the YMF in Region 9, I have had countless opportunities to meet leaders from around the globe, and be a part of many impactful projects and initiatives that help the engineering community.  I also travel a great deal for work, and I am fortunate to have a whole network of young professionals in many of the cities I travel to for projects.  Our role in ASCE as Younger Members (YMs) is vital to the future of ASCE, and the Region 9 YMF committee’s goal is to help improve overall communications among younger members, and to promote collaboration.  As Chair of the committee, I hope to help further these goals in Region 9. 

Taking a look back at last year, the committee championed drafting a Best Practices Guide that has the following topics for YMs around Region 9:

  •        Guidance for Traveling Younger Members and Connections to Nearby Groups;
  •        Communications to Universities and Recruitment;
  •        Championing National and Region 9 initiatives to the Community;
  •        Social Media Opportunities;
  •        Checklist of Best Practices for each Younger Member Group. 


At the recent June 2017 Region 9 Face-to-Face Board Meeting, Gidti presented on behalf of the committee on the main goals of the guide: 

  •        Providing a link between 12 Younger Member Groups and the Region 9 Board of Governors;
  •        Facilitating Student Transition within the Region; and
  •        Serving as a resource for traveling/relocating YMs in the Region.


It will take a village to make much of this work, and we are counting on Region 9 membership to help promote greater collaboration between the Younger Member groups and improve the sharing of resources, and the guide is intended to support those items.  We plan to finalize this Guide in the coming year, distribute it to the members, and then publicize it during the upcoming large ASCE conferences.  Additionally, the Committee plans to reach out to multiple Student Groups and promote formations of email address, website/social media link creation, and even officer position creation, to be able to reach out to YMF’s consistently.  We plan to continue reaching out and promoting opportunities for students to transition into their careers as well as ASCE Associate Level membership.  As we grow as professionals, let us continue to reach back and help the others around us as they come up, much like the professionals who have helped us.

Whether you attend meetings every now and then, or are a Board Member of your local YMF (wearing multiple hats and taking on multiple projects), your input is important.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any additional ideas to help improve Region 9 YMFs.

For more information contact Guy Hopes, Chair, ASCE Region 9 YMF Committee, at guy.hopes@erm.com


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Sustainability Committee




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


As a water resource engineer and planner, I have over the years become more aware of the vital need for we civil engineers to be able to adapt and modify our professional practices to account for Sustainability, to more effectively deal with 21stCentury water resource challenges.  A civil engineer’s historical role as a behind-the-scenes designer and engineer, without interacting and collaborating with others, i.e. under a silo approach, is now commonly accepted as old-school thinking that we as engineers must move beyond.  Newly-built infrastructure that supports our quality of life must now reflect the concepts of integration and multiple benefits, in order to be cost effective.

With regards to establishing water infrastructure, one must now consider all the available water resources that integrate water supply, water quality, recycled water, storm water, water use efficiency, land use, energy, climate change, habitat, and disadvantaged community needs.  In addition, and since most us are part of a watershed, a watershed systems approach should be part of the equation to better approach the problems we face.  For example, a complete analysis of both water’s impact, and how water is impacted as it travels from the upper watershed forests to the downstream beaches and estuaries, will allow us to implement better approaches to sustainable water infrastructure, to reuse, recycle, and preserve our precious water supplies. 

I often hear it asked, “Isn’t this role of integration and working with others more of an upper management task better suited for those involved in policy and politics?”  We might then get into an area that is often somewhat uncomfortable to some.  During our time as civil engineering students, many of us were drawn to the technical issues involving math and science, and tended to work independently rather than in groups.  Some of us were more introverted, and focused on solving problems in the most efficient and logical fashion, tending to avoid interaction with others unless necessary. 

Over the past few decades however, I am happy to report that many civil engineering schools are encouraging and teaching young engineers not just the process for solving problems, but about the merits of taking in the bigger picture and working in groups.  Communications has become a major and necessary part of many engineering curriculums.  As reflected in the ASCE Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025, civil engineers must aspire to be leaders in discussions and decision-shaping policy, as well as innovators and integrators.  I know that this is often easier said than done.  However, with practice and a willingness to try, new skills can be developed to allow one to rise and become a leader in the field. With these new skills come a better balance, and a more overall satisfaction with job performance and more enjoyment of one’s career.  To assist us with this transition, tools are available.  It is up to us to use them and apply them in our workplaces, with our clients, and with those we interact with.

One of the most effective means of implementing Sustainability into infrastructure planning and development is the use of the EnvisionTM infrastructure rating system.  This tool was established in 2010 by a non-profit organization called the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), by three founding organizations, ASCE, American Public Works Association (APWA), and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).  Similar to LEED, which is a sustainability rating system predominantly for buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council, Envision was established to serve as a sustainability rating system for infrastructure that supports our communities.  It is supported by a wide array of respected organizations involved in infrastructure design, construction, and operation.

Envision also allows individuals to increase the level of personal impact they can have on a project’s sustainability—and in the process, increase their value not only to their organization but to the broader community as well.  Individuals also have the opportunity, once they have been trained in the use of Envision, to be credentialed by ISI as an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), an indication of their commitment to excellence in their profession. Individuals who have successfully completed the Envision credential training course and exam, demonstrate their expertise with the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation.

As the chair of the ASCE Region 9 Sustainability Committee, I have sought to be a messenger and advocate for Envision, up and down the State; not merely as a means to evaluate projects, but as an education tool to help civil engineers at all levels of their career see things anew.  To deal with climate change and prolonged drought, particularly in California, the new normal must be adapted to with an eye on sustainability.  This should no longer be a political issue or up for debate! 

California must now become a leader in adaptation.  As civil engineers in this great State, we have a responsibility to deal with this effectively, and to apply it to our civil engineering design.  Fortunately, ASCE is a strong partner in this field not just by their support of ISI, but for its support of the principles of sustainability going back to the early 2000s. 

I therefore invite you to become involved in your local sustainability committee through your ASCE Branch, YMF or Section.  Tours, speaker events, and activities are available to introduce you to this field.  I also invite you to attend the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure to be held in New York City from October 26 to 28, 2017, and also to the ASCE Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 8 to 11, 2017, where Envision training is available, and themes on sustainability will be major part of the programs.   

Finally, consider the importance of this credential wherein even our 2016-2017 ASCE Society Director Norma Jean Mattei, our ASCE Society Executive Director, Tom Smith, and our new incoming ASCE Society President, Kristina Swallow, have all taken the time to become certified and have their ENV SP credential listed alongside their PE credential.  You can watch a short video of Norma Jean Mattei discussing her experience in taking the Envision training class held in conjunction with the 2017 California Infrastructure Symposium, here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4XBZOtH7BQ.  Now is the time to become certified as ENV SP and to add this credential after your name!  Go to www.sustainableinfrastructure.org to learn how to become an ENV SP.  

For more information contact Mark Norton, Chair, ASCE Region 9 Sustainability Committee, at mnorton@sawpa.org

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Disaster Preparedness


Doug Taylor, P.E., M.ASCE
Chair, ASCE Region 9 Disaster Preparedness Committee

Get Ready for a Disaster!

Have you been certified as a Safety Assessment Evaluator (SAP) yet? If you haven’t, then you’re not ready for a disaster. When thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed by an earthquake somewhere in California you won’t be able to offer your engineering assistance. And you’ll want to. So let’s get you certified.

It’s easy to get trained. The six-hour course is often FREE (or at a small charge for lunch and meeting room) and is provided in areas around the State periodically. The cert is good for FIVE years and then you can renew online… what could be simpler?  To find a class in your area, check the training schedule at www.caloes.org and click on their Training Calendar. Look for an SAP Evaluator training class near you.

If you don’t find a class in your area, send an email to me saying you’re interested and I’ll do my best to set one up near you if enough people are interested. Please email me at: dtaylor@outbackmaterials.com

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Engineers Without Borders


Wednesday, October 18, 6PM
Ettore’s Bakery and Cafe
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 

Contact: Ashley Martin, 530-200-6309 or amartin@pbieng.com   


Thursday, October 26, 7PM
1000 K Street
Sacramento, CA
To purchase tickets: https://www.paintnite.com/buy/10014884

If you can't make it, we have set up a fundraising campaign with Paint Nite to raise funds for our upcoming monitoring and continued implementation trip. Here’s how to support:

Find an event you want to attend near you on https://www.paintnite.com/events. Then use our fundraiser code (VF-EWBKEK) at check out. Paint Nite will donate $15 for every ticket bought with this code. You can learn more at our Paint Nite campaign page:www.paintnite.com/virtual-fundraiser/VF-EWBKEK. You can also join some of our members on October 26th at 7:00pm 


Saturday, November 4
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Hall
2425 Sierra Blvd
Sacramento, CA

Please join us for the Sushi Showdown - Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser to support the village of Sarteneja, Belize. We will enjoy hand rolled sushi, adult beverages, and other assorted fun all in the name of funding flooding relief for the people of Sarteneja. If interested, please email patrick.donovan@deacon.com 

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New Mentorship Program


The ASCE Student Chapter at UC Davis is creating a mentorship program between upper-division students and young professionals in the civil engineering field. By establishing a strong mentor to mentee program, we hope to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world.

Mentors will help their mentees in a variety of ways to prepare for the professional world. For example, mentors can provide advising on how to apply and interview for a job or internship, tours at their place of work, or discussions on the possible pathways to becoming a professional civil engineer.

Mandatory Meetings:

  • Introductory Event, Fall 2017 (Early October)
  • Final Event, Spring 2018 (Late May)

Further mentor and mentee meetings and communications will be primarily to the mentor’s discretion, to comply with their schedules. This may include email conversations, phone or video calls, or meeting in person.

If you are interested in being a mentor and helping promote the student community, please contact Josh Marston (YMF Student Affairs Chair) at studentaffairs@sacymf.org or Scott Putty (ASCE UCD Mentorship Chair) at saputty@ucdavis.edu.

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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 toguidedonlinecourses@asce.org and a registration confirmation email will be sent to each attendee. Or call 1-800-548-2723 to register, and mention the code GOCFREE. To inquire about larger group discounts, write to guidedonlinecourses@asce.org.


Structural-Condition Assessment of Existing Structures 
October 19-20 | San Francisco Metro-Area

Design of Concrete Pavements
December 7 - 8 | Sacramento, CA

Financial Management for the Professional Engineer
February 2-3, 2018 | San Francisco Metro-Area


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

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


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.


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 America’s Infrastructure Report Card

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Region 9




OCTOBER 23-27, 2017

ASCE Region 9 membership is following up on its May 2017 Legislative Fly-In Event, with a Drive-In Week where ASCE members in Region 9 will visit their Legislators in their District offices.  During the week of October 23-27, ASCE members in Region 9 are encouraged to schedule two visits with their Assembly Members and State Senators, to reinforce ASCE’s message that "Infrastructure Pays”, explain our core values and policy goals, and make what we hope will be long lasting inter-personal connections, to engage with legislative decision-makers on issues that affect civil engineers and the built environment.

ASCE Region 9 staff can assist you with identifying your Legislators, as well as provide you with information on at least two or more ASCE members who are your fellow constituents, so you can coordinate these meetings with legislators on your own.  You will subsequently then need to make your own appointments to fit your calendar and those of your legislators. You can find your representatives by visiting http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

The selected dates for the Drive-In are October 23-27.  However, if this time frame does not fit you schedule, we would still encourage you to make appointments that match your schedule and that of your legislators during the month of October.  

ASCE will provide talking points and additional guidance, including possibly scheduling a webinar to discuss the Drive-In, during the month of October.  Please contact Richard Markuson, ASCE Region 9 Legislative Advocate, richard@pacificadvocacygroup.com, if you have any questions regarding the 2017 ASCE Region 9 Drive-In.




ASCE has posted the annual notice of elected position openings, and all ASCE members of Region 9 in good standing are invited to review the open positions and consider serving the membership in an elected position.  One elected position on the Region 9 Board of Governors, for a member based in the San Diego Section, is included in this notice.  Requirements for office and details on how to apply for the San Diego Section Region 9 Governor are listed below.  For any questions, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Kenneth Rosenfield, P.E., Governor At-large, Region 9, at KRosenfield@LagunaHillsCA.gov.

Pursuant to the Rules of Policy and Procedure 7.3, the ASCE membership is hereby notified the following vacancies will be available on the 2018 election ballot for terms beginning in October 2018.  The qualifications for the vacant positions are as follows: 

ASCE President-Elect:     Voting Society member in good standing from any Geographic or Technical Region with prior service on the Board of Direction, or service as an Institute Representative to the Board of Direction between 2000 and 2005. This is a three-year term serving one-year each as President-elect, President and Past President. For information, contact Patricia Jones, ASCE, pjones@asce.org.

ASCE Technical Region Director: Society member in good standing and shall have served as a voting member on an Institute Board of Governors. Any person who was inducted as Society President-elect or Vice President is ineligible for re-election as a Technical Region Director. All other former Board of Direction members who were nominated by Districts are eligible to serve.   This is a three-year term. For information, contact Jim Rossberg, ASCE, jrossberg@asce.org.

Region 9 Governor from the San Diego Section:      Society member in good standing, an Address of Record within the Region being represented, and prior service as a Section or Branch officer, member of a Section or Branch committee, or as a member of a Society-level Committee.   This is a three-year term. 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 and has demonstrated leadership skills. Contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Kenneth Rosenfield, P.E., Governor At-large, Region 9, at KRosenfield@LagunaHillsCA.gov.

A Letter of Intent to apply for the San Diego Section Region 9 Governor elected office must be submitted no later than December 1, 2017, to the Region 9 Nominating Committee Chair, Kenneth Rosenfield, at KRosenfield@LagunaHillsCA.gov. The following documents are also requested:

  • Signed Governor Commitment document (contact Kenneth Rosenfield for form)
  • Biographical Statement, not to exceed 200 words
  • Vision Statement, not to exceed 200 words
  • Any endorsements
  • Head shot color photograph

Nominees will be requested to attend an interview before the Region 9 Board of Governors on January 13, 2018, during the Multi-Region Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

The Legislature returned from their summer recess on August 21 for the final month of this first year of the Legislative session. Top on their list of things to finish is addressing California’s declining affordable housing stock.

A package of bills has put various solutions into play. They include:

  • Assembly Bill 73 (Chiu D) that allows a city or county to create a housing sustainability district (HSD) to complete upfront zoning and environmental review in order to receive incentive payments for development projects that are consistent with the district's ordinance. The concession to labor? All construction workers employed in the execution of the project shall be paid at least the general prevailing wage.
  • Senate Bill 2 (Atkins D), would impose costs of $200 million to $300 million annually on contractors and others who record documents in order to build relatively few new housing units.
  • Senate Bill 3 (Beall D), Enacts the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 and authorizes the issuance of $4 billion in general obligation (GO) bonds for affordable housing, subject to approval by the voters, in the November 6, 2018 election. Until recently the bill was just the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 but adding a billion dollars for veterans improves the polling.
  • Senate Bill 35 (Weiner D) Creates a streamlined, ministerial approval process for development proponents of multi-family housing if the development meets specified requirements and the local government in which the development is located has not produced enough housing units to meet its regional housing needs assessment (RNHA). Labor gift?  If the project is not a public work, all construction workers employed in the execution of the project will be paid at least the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for the type of work and geographic area, as determined by the Director of Industrial Relations. Plus they obtained PLA language.
  • Senate Bill 540 (Roth D) Authorizes a city or county to establish a Workforce Housing Opportunity Zone by preparing an environmental impact report to identify and mitigate impacts from establishing a zone, and adopting a specific plan, and provides for expedited approvals of housing development projects within that zone. Labor obtained similar language as in SB 35.

But as columnist Joe Matthews described the package in his blog,

“The bad news is: there’s very little housing in this housing package. The new funding will produce only a tiny fraction of the affordable housing Californians need. And given the economic and regulatory pressures on housing, such housing won’t be produced quickly or cheaply. The bills leave in place the tax, environmental, and regulatory regimes that add so much to the expense and difficulty of building housing in the state. And in some places, legislators have offered goodies, in the form of wage and other protections to labor interests to get their buy-in. Such incentives may add to the cost of housing, when the state desperately needs to make housing cheaper. The way that the building trades, in particular, have leveraged this crisis would be shameful, if organized labor in this state were still capable of shame.”

NFIB State Director Tom Scott echoed opposition to the approach the Democratic-led Legislature was trying to address the crisis.

“Unfortunately, Senate Bill 2 (Atkins), Senate Bill 3 (Beall), and Senate Bill 35 (Weiner) do nothing to address these fundamental economic realities, but instead raise more taxes on struggling small businesses and working families, put California further into debt, and drastically raise labor costs to build a home.”

Other Legislation

ASCE supported AB 1523 (Obernolte R) that will authorize the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to use the design-build contracting process for local agencies was approved by Governor Brown.

ASCE supported AB 56 (Holden D) that clarifies the definition of housing-related infrastructure for the purposes of programs administered through the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank), including projects funded through the Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF), was approved by the Legislature and sent to Governor Brown.

ASCE supported AB 994 (Muratsuchi D) that clarifies the definition of housing-related infrastructure for the purposes of programs administered through the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank), including projects funded through the Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF), was approved by the Legislature and sent to Governor Brown.

ASCE supported SB 373 (Cannella R) that will authorize the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority to utilize design-build to construct a surface water supply projectwas sent to Governor Brown.

Recent Reports 

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center released Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2017 It summarizes data collected in 2016 as part of the center’s ongoing, decades-long measurement program, while also presenting research driven by important questions of the day. This includes how drought has impacted Tahoe’s forests, the lake’s response to increasing levels of algae on the shoreline, climate change, and invasive species. It also takes a look at what new technologies, including autonomous underwater vehicles, are finding in the deepest parts of the lake.” Highlights of the report include a survey of dead and dying trees, climate change, boats, clams, algal growth, precipitation and clarity levels.

Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released Worst Case Housing Needs 2017 Report. This Worst Case Housing Needs report is the sixteenth in a longstanding series providing national data and analysis of the critical problems facing very low-income renting families. Households with worst case needs are defined as very low-income renters who do not receive government housing assistance and who paid more than one-half of their income for rent, lived in severely inadequate conditions, or both. The report draws on data from the 2015 American Housing Survey (AHS)…. We find that benefits of the strengthening national economy are not adequately flowing to renter households at the lowest income levels and severe housing problems are on the rise.

Public Policy Institute of Californiareleased PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment“Strong majorities of California adults (72%) and likely voters (66%) favor the state law passed last year that requires the state to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Overwhelming majorities of Democrats (84%) and independents (71%) and 42% of Republicans support the law. Majorities across the state’s regions and racial/ethnic groups are in favor. Half of Californians believe that the state’s actions to reduce global warming will result in more jobs in the future (22% fewer jobs, 19% no effect on jobs) Among likely voters, 49% say the result will be more jobs…. Most Californians (56%) say they have heard nothing about the (cap and trade) system…. After hearing a short description of the system, 56% of adults and 49% of likely voters are in favor—a high point for support since PPIC began asking about cap and trade in 2009.”

Caltrans released 2018 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Guidelines, Discussion Draft. The California Department of Transportation has recently released a discussion draft of the 2018 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Guidelines. This program provides capital improvement grants for the modernization of California intercity, commuter and urban rail systems, with the goal of reducing congestion and vehicle miles travelled in the state. As part of the program update, there will be two informal workshops on Aug 18th in Los Angeles and August 21st in Sacramento. This will be followed by the release of a formal draft to the Legislature on August 28th


Governor Brown has made the following appointments: 

Paul Van Konynenburg, of Modesto, has been appointed to the California Transportation Commission. Van Konynenburg has been managing partner at Britton Konynenburg Partners since 1993. He was an associate at Velthoen Associates Commercial Real Estate from 1990 to 1992. Van Konynenburg is a member of the Opportunity Stanislaus Board of Directors.

Nancy C. Miller of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors. Miller has been a partner at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP since 2015. She was president at Miller, Owen & Trost from 1992 to 2015, where she was principal and shareholder from 1983 to 1991 and a partner from 1979 to 1982. Miller is a member of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law Board of Trustees and KVIE Public Television Board of Directors. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

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The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

 In a recent prior article, the issue of the scope of liability of a negligent surveyor was discussed.  The case involved a surveyor who was found to be liable to a future buyer of surveyed property even though the surveyor never had a contract with that future buyer.   Several factors were cited in the decision that went into the determination of the liability for the negligent survey.    Points mentioned were the extent to which the transaction was intended to affect the injured party, the foreseeability of harm to him, the degree of certainty that the injured party suffered injury, the closeness of the connection between the surveyor's conduct and the injury suffered, the moral blame attached to the surveyor's conduct, and the policy of preventing future harm. 

An engineer should always be mindful of the potential extent of liability for any project undertaken.  Not only must care be taken to avoid negligence in the performance of your own work but, where sub-consultants are engaged, their non-negligence must be achieved as well.  Their work will be incorporated into your work and any errors by the sub-consultant will be your responsibility as well as the sub-consultant's.  And, if you are acting as a sub-consultant, you should be aware that any negligence by the prime consultant that results in litigation can readily    cause you to be drawn into an expensive lawsuit for which you had no responsibility.     

Bearing in mind the potential for liability associated with a project one should ask first if the project is one that should be undertaken at all.  Will the fee be sufficient to compensate for the level of potential risk involved?  Are present liability insurance limits sufficient and if not, should they be increased, and to what level?  Will there be enough money in the job for an adequate level of  pre-design investigation to provide a reasonable certainty that conditions will be known and that the design appropriately deals with those conditions.  An example that comes to mind is the determination of the extent of subsurface investigation for a project.  The more extensive the investigation, the more certainty there is that the completed project will function as intended.  Bidders will not need to factor in as much contingency to compensate for the possibility of disruption and changes during construction that can be the result of an inadequate pre-design  investigation.  More money spent up front for a more thorough investigation will encourage bidders to reduce contingencies and give the owner better bids reflecting the true anticipated costs of construction.  

Sometimes the best decision is to not get involved with a project.  A low budget “you get what you pay for” may land the project initially but the potential for problems later is vastly increased.  Client's can forget that the highest results do not always derive from the lowest price.             


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Officer Contacts

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


President   Adam Killinger president@asce-sacto.org 951-265-5289
President Elect   Michael Konieczki presidentelect@asce-sacto.org 916-840-5211
Senior Director  Tony Quintrall seniordirector@asce-sacto.org 916-993-7616
Junior Director Megan LeRoy  megan.leroy@kimley-horn.com 916-859-3651
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell secretary@asce-sacto.org 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih treasurer@asce-sacto.org 916-679-8864
Past President Elias Karam  pastpresident@asce-sacto.org 209-481-6857
Executive Director Marie Silveira marie.silveira@jacobs.com   916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Bryan Perrin  ymf@asce-sacto.org 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare agyare.kwame@gmail.com  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin amartin@pbieng.com 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia marlenetobia@att.net 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss asce@asce-sacto.org 916-961-2723
Capital Branch Dr. Om Prakash oprakash@westconsultants.com 916-802-6140
Central Valley Branch Rhett Kilgore rkilgore@siegfriedeng.com 209-943-2021
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum clay.slocum@cncement.org 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin sgoodwin@vestra.com 530-223-2585 


Coasts, Oceans Ports & Rivers Inst. Zia Zafir zzafir@kleinfelder.com 916-366-1701
Construction Inst.    Brad Quon bquon@cts-1.com 916-871-2080
Environ. & Water Resources Inst.  Rich Juricich rjuricic@pacbell.net 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  kartk.atyam@aecom.com 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst. Ahilan Selladurai  ahilan.selladurai@tylin.com 916-349-4266
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     


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


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


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