November 2017 Print

President's Message

Hello Everyone!  I hope you all had a fun, spooky, and memorable Halloween as we look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday. It has already been a pleasure to serve as your ASCE Sacramento Section President as I am invigorated observing the level of commitment exuded from our branches, Younger Member Forum, institutes, and committees.

As we move into the holiday season, I encourage members to carve out some time for close family and friends. Without encroaching on family time, I also encourage you to step back and reflect on your careers and the journey taken to get here. In doing so, I’ll venture a guess that ASCE has positively touched your careers in more than one way.  

Our Section continues to thrive as assessed by any standard; however, we always have room for strong and caring engineers willing to have a positive impact on our profession beyond their own personal benefit as exemplified by generations of Sacramento Section ASCE contributors prior to us.

As an example opportunity, we have a need for multiple people to join our Sustainability Committee.  We also need direct participation or help soliciting information for our Report Card effort. The Report Card is one of ASCE’s key tools to influence ground swell support for pro civil engineering legislation. Please contact any of our section board members for direction if you are interested in participating.     

Your section board appreciates your efforts.  We are proud to be part of your ACSE administration and look forward to your interest, support, and participation in ASCE. 

Kind Regards, 

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

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Calendar of Events

November 01, 2017
5:30 PM PDT

RSVP by 10/31/17
2020 L Street
Sacramento, CA

November 09, 2017
5:30 PM PST

Topic: Disaster Relief Efforts 
Pizza Urbano!
1050 20th St. 
Sacramento, CA

November 14, 2017
11:30 AM PST

Topic: San Mateo/Hayward Bridge’s Orthotropic Deck Riding Surface
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J. Street
Sacramento, CA

November 15, 2017 6:00 PM PST to December 15, 2017 7:30 PM PST

All Welcome
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA

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Membership Renewal UPDATE


It’s that time of year again. Time to pay your ASCE membership dues. In addition to the national dues it’s important that Sacramento Section members pay their section dues so that we can continue our mission. Historically, 50% of the Section’s operating budget comes from member dues. This allows us to support students at the 4 universities, 6 institutes, K-12 outreach, Engineers without Borders (EWB), and the Younger Member Forum (YMF) in our Section.

This year we’ve raised the voluntary Sacramento Section member dues by $10; the first increase in almost a decade. This increase comes at a time when we are doing more for our members, community, and profession. We need everyone in the Section to pay their membership dues so that we can continue to do things like:

  • Support students in attending MidPac and National contests for steel bridge, concrete canoe, water  treatment, and so on.

  • Contribute to the YMF, which targets ASCE activities for college graduates to 35 years old young engineers.

  • Support students and young members attending ASCE leadership conferences, for example the Multi-Regional Leadership Conference (MRLC).

  • Help EWB members travel to project sites in developing countries.

  • Sponsor great Engineering Week activities and events.

  • Support K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) events in our communities like science fairs, and national robotics teams. 

At first, this may seem like a large increase, but in reality, $10 is just a few cups of coffee. So please, when you pay your ASCE dues this year be sure to check the box for the Sacramento Section dues, and know that you are contributing to the advancement of profession.

To renew your membership, click here.

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Golze Scholarship Fund


Did you know the Sacramento Section Golze Scholarship Fund is one of the largest ASCE scholarship funds in the nation? Please join us in helping meet our goal to raise $100,000 for the Golze Scholarship Fund. Your donation will be matched up to $20,000 by former ASCE Section president Louay Owaidat. 

Last spring through your generous individual and corporate donations, we were able to award 21 aspiring civil engineers from UC Davis, CSU Sacramento, CSU Chico and University of Pacfic. 

Your participation in this is vital. If each member donates a little, we will have the greatest impact in our community. Donators will be recognized publicly in our newsletter and at the awards dinner. To donate, click here


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Member Spotlight

Every year in September, officer, members, and guests of the Sacramento Section of ASCE gather for our annual Installation and Awards Dinner. An important part of the festivities is the presentation of awards offered by our Section for outstanding individual achievement. Each month, in this column, we will spotlight one or two of these award-winning engineers. 

2017 Outstanding Private Engineer Award Winner 


Larry is a Senior Project Manager for MBK Engineers. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A & M University and a Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington. He has led implementation of teams for the Napa River Flood Protection Project for the TRLIA Feather River Setback Levee. As he is approaching retirement, he plans to stay active with family activities and read more about history of the world and the USA. Congratulations Larry! 


2017 Outstanding Public Engineer Award Winner


Michael is a lead flood management planner for DWR. He graduated from Taxas A & M University with a BS in Civil Engineering and also received a Masters in Civil Engineering from UC Davis. He is currentlyly leading the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update. In his spare time, he volunteers for the county election, is a Rivercats fan, a frequent visitor of National Parks and loves Star Wars quotes. Congratulations Michael!

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Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30 AM Networking, 12 – 1 PM Lunch and Presentation
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Registration Link: 

TOPIC: San Mateo/Hayward Bridge’s Orthotropic Deck Riding Surface


A mile long orthotropic steel deck on the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge is included within the six lane wide, 7 mile long bridge crossing the San Francisco Bay.  This orthotropic deck was the first in the United States on a major bridge. Over 40 materials were laboratory tested as candidates for original riding surface of the orthotropic portion of the San Mateo Bridge.   The most promising were field tested on smaller orthotropic bridges.  An epoxy asphalt concrete (EAC) was chosen.  In service for almost 48 years, it was finally replaced in 2015 by a polyester concrete material.  An evaluation of laboratory tests, field performances, and construction practice led to the selection of the initial EAC and replacement polyester concrete riding surface.  

Ric Maggenti is Senior Materials and Research and a Senior Bridge Engineer.  He is a Professional Engineer in California Government working for Caltrans. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering minoring in Economics (1985) and a BA in History (1979) at California State University, Sacramento.  He has been working for Caltrans since 1983.  From 1992 -1999 he worked as a Materials & Research Engineer at the Caltrans Structure Concrete & Rigid Pavement Unit of the Transportation Laboratory in Sacramento.  Since late 1999 Ric has been assigned to an Office in Toll Bridge Design for the new east spans of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (SFOBB).  During its construction, he was a design liaison to Caltrans construction staff.  He served this same function for all the new toll bridges constructed and the seismic retro fixes of remaining ones.  Since 2014 he has continued his worked on many other bridge projects and participates on several technical committees. 


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


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   

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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

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Shasta Branch Activities

For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Wednesdsay, November 8, 6:15 pm

Please contact Alex Perez for more information and to RSVP Professional engineers needed to volunteer their time at the resume workshop.


Thursday, November 9, 5:30 - 7:30
Pizzeria Urbano!
1050 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Join us for a presentation on civil engineering in disaster relief efforts, an opportunity to socialize with other young professionals, and some of Sacramento's best pizza. No RSVP is needed. You are encouraged to bring a friend, or two!


Friday, November 17, 10 am

Jensen Precast is giving YMF a tour of its Sacramento manufacturing facilities on November 17th at 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 10 attendees, please RSVP asap to Nelson Tejada.


Thursday, December 7, 5:30 - 7:30
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J Street

Join us at the annual holiday party and bring a toy for the Toys For Tots toy drive. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending this fun and philanthropic event!

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Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI)


Wednesday, December 6, 6-8 pm
Claim Jumper Restaurant
1111 J Street
Sacramento, CA

Topic: Winter forecast and latest storm tracking technology
Speaker: Michael Anderson, State Climatologist
Cost: $25 ($15 for students)
Click here to register


The 2017 draft of the Stormwater Quality Design Manual for the Sacramento Region is now available for public review! This edition of the Design Manual is based on the 2007 Stormwater Quality Design Manual for the Sacramento and South Placer Regions, but has been revised to incorporate hydromodification management, low impact development design standards, and trash requirements. A copy of the Design Manual can be downloaded using the following link:

Please review and submit any comments or questions by COB On Thursday November 30, 2017. Please forward to others that may be interested.

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Engineers Without Borders


Wednesday, November 15, 6PM
Kimley Horn & Associates
555 Capitol Mall Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 

Contact: Ashley Martin, 530-200-6309 or    


The East Kanyamamba, Kenya (KEK) project team has 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 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

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Disaster Preparedness


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 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:

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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 or Scott Putty (ASCE UCD Mentorship Chair) at

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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 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


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: 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: 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



Kwame A. Agyare, P.E., ENV SP, M. ASCE
ASCE Region 9 (California)
Director and Chair, Region 9 Board of Governors

I am looking forward to my three-year term as your Region 9 Director starting this October.  I will be succeeding Jay Higgins and will strive to continue the great work he has accomplished over his term as Director.  Jay is an inspirational leader and mentor, and I thank him for his service to ASCE.  Jay indicated that he intends to continue to support ASCE in any way he can serve, and I will hope that he continues to remain closely linked to the Society.

With the change in the leadership of the Director and Governors (two Governor this term), the ASCE Region 9 Board of Governors has taken the opportunity to review the activities that have been successful in the past, reflect on those which may warrant some change, and look for new opportunities to benefit the members in the Region.

This past August the Board had a face-to face meeting in Oakland, during which we held a strategic planning session.  One question we always ask ourselves is "How can ASCE provide additional benefit to the members?"  As part of the planning session, we sought to discuss ways to provide added value to the membership in Region 9.  As background information, the purposes and objectives that are stated in the Region 9 Bylaws are as follows:

“The purposes and objectives of the Region 9 Board of Governors shall be to assist the Society’s Board of Direction on a regional basis in governing the Society and to provide leadership and carry out programs for the benefit of Region 9.”

In essence, we assist the Society in carrying out their strategic initiatives.  Currently the Society's top three strategic initiatives are: 

  • Sustainable Infrastructure - ASCE and its members are dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future in which human society has the capacity and opportunity to maintain and improve its quality of life indefinitely, without degrading the quantity, quality, or the availability of natural, economic and social resources. 

  • The ASCE Grand Challenge – established to reduce the life cycle cost of infrastructure by 50% by 2025 and to foster the optimization of infrastructure investments for society.  Reaching this goal will require civil engineers to rethink and reinvent every stage of project delivery, and embrace the challenge to innovate and to transform our practice.

  • Raise the Bar – ASCE’s Raise the Bar strategic initiative seeks to advance the profession and the public welfare by actively supporting the national movement to raise educational requirements for licensure of future professional engineers.

Our activities will be geared around these initiatives, as it is our responsibility to assist the Society to achieve their goals.  However, the Region Governors also have a responsibility to provide direct local benefit to its members.  Therefore, the Region has developed our own goals and objectives.  The priority goals of Region 9 are to:

 Advocate for Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Support statewide policies and conduct programs that enhance sustainable infrastructure investment to improve the quality of life, safety, and welfare of the public;

  • Encourage the civil engineering profession to support initiatives and policies that promote improvements in the quality of life, safety, and welfare of the public;

Support and Encourage Membership in ASCE

  • Facilitate collaborative activities between all ASCE groups within Region 9 to increase member value and assist with member engagement and leadership succession;

  • Facilitate collaborative activities between all ASCE groups and student chapters to increase engagement and retention of students after graduation.

To help achieve these goals, the Region has, in addition to the Director, six Governors - one for each of the Region’s four Sections, and two At-Large Governors. These Governors are: 

  •       Yazdan Emrani, Los Angeles Section

  •       Thor Larsen, Sacramento Section

  •       James Frost, San Diego Section

  •       Matthew Kennedy, San Francisco Section

  •       Rossana D’Antonio, Governor-at-Large (Los Angeles Section)

  •       Kenneth Rosenfield, Governor-at-Large (Los Angeles Section)

One of the responsibilities of our Governors is to visit with the Sections, Branches, Younger Member Groups, Student Chapters, Institute Chapters, and Life Member Groups to gain an understanding of their needs and challenges.  The Region will be happy to help in any way we can, and since we are your link to the Society's Board of Direction, we can bring to the attention of the Society Board issues that may require Board level action.

For your Governors to learn more about your successes, needs, and challenges, invite a Governor to your next event.  The Governors contact can be found on the Region 9 website,  Please feel free to contact me to attend an event, if you have any questions, or would like to convey an idea you believe will benefit the members in your local organization.  Your Governors and I would like the opportunity to assist you in making your organization a success.  I can be reached at

Update:  At the recent ASCE Board of Direction meeting in New Orleans on October 7-8, 2017, the Board approved new six goal statements for the Society to guide its future direction.  The goals will form the backbone of a larger strategic plan expected to be approved in March of 2018.  To learn more about these new goals, please see this recent article:




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

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,

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,

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

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 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 finished the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative session. Governor Brown has already acted on the package of housing measures but many bills are still on his desk awaiting his final decision – which must be made by October 16. 

The recent transportation news was about two potential efforts to repeal last legislative session’s win for infrastructure, the passed and signed into law SB 1 (Beall et al), formally known as “The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.” This law increases fuel taxes and other fees for use of California roadways on a fix it first basis with new revenues starting to be collected in November 2017. This long overdue increase in funds needed for roadway infrastructure maintenance and improvements had not been increased in over 20 years and all public agencies have been struggling to maintain their roadway assets. Throughout California, the condition of pavements has been well documented as being on a downward spiral of deterioration and the new revenue will begin to reverse the damage of time and funding neglect.

ASCE supported the passage of SB1 and is monitoring the repeal efforts. It is anticipated that a large coalition of disparate groups will oppose any repeal efforts. Please watch for Press Releases from ASCE on this matter.

Other Legislation

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 signed by 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 also signed by Governor Brown.

Recent Reports

The Oroville Dam Spillway Incident Forensic Team released Oroville Dam Spillway Incident: Interim Status Memorandum. “The clues that the main spillway at the Oroville Dam could fail were embedded deep in state records, but officials did not recognize the evidence before the structure broke apart in February…. The main spillway … broke apart when underground water pressure lifted a massive section of the concrete floor into the flow of water and caused rapid erosion of the foundation…. The underlying causes included a combination of aging, design flaws and maintenance shortcomings. The report found an inadequate drain system under the spillway, thin sections of concrete and repaired fissures that allowed water to penetrate into the foundation.” (Los Angeles Times, Sep. 5, 2017).

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Office of the Chief Economist released Employment Impact of Autonomous Vehicles. “The focus of Beede, Powers, and Ingram is on jobs that involve a substantial amount of driving. They write: ‘…. Motor vehicle operators are occupations for which driving vehicles to transport persons and goods is a primary activity, are more likely to be displaced by AVs [autonomous vehicles] than other driving-related occupations. In 2015, there were 3.8 million workers in these occupations. These workers were predominately male, older, less educated, and compensated less than the typical worker.’… When they break down these jobs by industry, I was interested to note that ‘government’ is the area where the greatest number of jobs will potentially be affected by driverless cars.” (Conversable Economist, Aug. 16, 2017).

The Government Accountability Office released Vehicle Data Privacy: Industry and Federal Efforts Under Way, but NHTSA Needs to Define Its Role. Drivers of vehicles that are connected to OnStar or other services may have their privacy compromised. Thirteen of 16 selected automakers in this GAO audit were found to share, collect and use data on the cars’ locations and operations. This report addresses the types of data collected, the automakers’ privacy policies, and the federal government’s role in securing privacy of data collected by connected vehicles. “[The] GAO recommends that NHTSA [the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration] define, document, and externally communicate its roles and responsibilities related to the privacy of data generated by and collected from vehicles.”

SPUR - the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, released Harnessing High-Speed Rail: How California and Its Cities Can Use Rail to Reshape Their Growth. “Without state and local intervention, San Joaquin Valley cities with high-speed rail stations will become bedroom communities, sending out waves of tech workers on express trains to the Bay Area and Los Angeles…. While the Central Valley could potentially serve to supply the cheap housing that has eluded Bay Area-based workers, [the report] says that would fail to capitalize on perhaps the single greatest infrastructure investment the state will make this century. Rather than being the tide that lifts all boats, high-speed rail could widen already-stark income disparities between central valley regions and wealthier, more populated coastal neighbors.” (San Jose Mercury News, Sep. 13, 2017).

The California Department of Water Resources released Central Valley Flood Protection Plan: 2017 Update. “A day before Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston, an obscure arm of the California Department of Water Resources delivered a report detailing the impact of the Central Valley deluge that will surely strike, and how best to prepare for it…. The plan calls for … multi-benefit flood management, a notion that floodways and bypasses must be expanded and building in floodplains must be limited.... The report urges … lawmakers (to) increase the $40 million currently spent annually on flood management to $190 million by the end of (a) 30-year period.” (Sacramento Bee, Aug. 30, 2017).

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The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

Strict liability is the legal responsibility for damages, or injury, even if the person found strictly liable was not at fault. In a case involving a water system that failed to supply sufficient water to extinguish a house fire, the property owner attempted to argued that the design engineer should be strictly liable for the damages. The court disagreed.

A fire completely destroyed a home and some trees on the property of the plaintiff. The damage was so extensive because of an inadequate supply of water from the water distribution system. The home owner sued the developer who installed the water system and the engineer. The engineer was sued for negligence in the design, engineering and construction of the water system. The engineer was also sued, along with the developer, on the theories of strict liability (liability without fault) and negligence.

In defending the suit, the engineers attempted to claim that they enjoyed the same immunity from suit that the water company had as a water supplier. The court disagreed with this argument, however, holding that the engineer who prepared the design for the water system did not become a water supplier and hence, did not benefit from any immunity that would accrue to the water company.

The Court did find that the developer could be strictly liable for damages caused by the fire noting that the water system was constructed for the purpose of protecting the properties from fire. The engineer, however, could not be held was not liable on the theory of strict liability.

The Court stated that the engineer rendered a professional service and was in no sense analogous to manufacturers who place products on the market and who are, therefore, in the best position to spread the cost of injuries resulting from defective products as are developers. Citing a prior case, the Court noted that “...the well settled rule in California is that where the primary objective of a transaction is to obtain services, the doctrines of implied warranty and strict liability do not apply.” From another case, it was noted that the engineer “...was not a seller of property who obligated himself as part of his bargain to convey property in the condition represented. The amount of his fee and the fact that he was paid by the hour also indicate that he was selling service and not insurance. Thus the general rule is applicable that those who sell their services for the guidance of others in their economic, financial, and personal affairs are not liable in the absence of negligence or intentional misconduct.” “The services of experts are sought because of their special skill. They have a duty to exercise the ordinary skill and competence of members of their profession, and a failure to discharge that duty will subject them to liability for negligence. Those who hire such persons are not justified in expecting infallibility, but can expect only reasonable care and competence. They purchase service, not insurance.”

Not all states are as kind to engineers as California .

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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 951-265-5289
President Elect   Michael Konieczki 916-840-5211
Senior Director  Tony Quintrall 916-993-7616
Junior Director Megan LeRoy 916-859-3651
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih 916-679-8864
Past President Elias Karam 209-481-6857
Executive Director Marie Silveira   916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Bryan Perrin 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss 916-717-4070
Capital Branch Jai Singh 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Rhett Kilgore 209-943-2021
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin 530-223-2585 


Coasts, Oceans Ports & Rivers Inst. Zia Zafir 916-366-1701
Construction Inst.    Brad Quon 916-871-2080
Environ. & Water Resources Inst.  Rich Juricich 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst. Ahilan Selladurai 916-349-4266
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     


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


California State University, Sacramento Vince Anicich  
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