January 2018 Print

President's Message

HAPPY NEW YEAR from your ASCE Sacramento Section!  Exciting times are ahead — especially considering the many active groups in which we can all participate.  These include:

  •       Younger Member Forum (YMF) if you’re 35 years old or younger,
  •       Branches,
  •       Committees, and
  •       Institutes.

I’m certain we have something you’re going to be interested in.  We will be showcasing these groups in future engineerogram (EOG) newsletters.  Please reach out to one of the board members if you’re interested in getting more involved.  Contact information is located at the bottom of this EOG.

Are you looking to jump in and help take ASCE to the next level sooner than later?  We have opportunities to participate in right now. We are still looking for a Sustainability Committee chair.  The YMF is now accepting enrollment for PE exam preparation classes.  Our Report Card effort and Golze Scholarship campaign are picking up momentum and need your help. Lastly, we are accepting nominations for the most outstanding projects of 2017 for our annual Project Awards Banquet, click here to nominate.

As always, your Sacramento Section Board appreciates all that you do to advance our profession.     

Kind Regards, 

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

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Calendar of Events

January 11, 2018 to January 14, 2018

Registration Open
Hilton Lake Las Vegas Nevada
1610 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy
Henderson, NV

January 23, 2018

11:30 AM PST
Topic: 3D Laser Scanning, 3D Modeling & Cloud Points
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J. Street
Sacramento, CA

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Call For Nominations - Project Awards


It's that time of year again to nominate the most outstanding projects within the Sacramento Section from 2017.

The categories of projects include: Airports & Ports, Bikeways & Trails, Community Involvement, Energy, Flood Management, Historical Renovation, Road & Highway, Structural, Transportation, Water, Architectural Engineering, Bridge, Construction, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical, Parks & Recreation, Small Project (under $5M), Sustainable Engineering, Urban/Land Development, and Wastewater Treatment. Projects must be completed in 2017.

Please CLICK HERE to nominate. The Project Award Banquet is tentatively scheduled for April 2018.  Stay tuned for more announcements! If you have any questions, please contact Senior Director, Tony Quintrall at aquintrall@gmail.com.

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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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ASCE America’s Infrastructure Report Card


Region 9 is producing a Statewide Report Card while mentoring us on our section Report Card. These publications will be trademarks of ASCE and will be essential for our profession's formatting, messaging, and quality control standards. 

Region 9 needs subject matter experts from our section step forward to provide and analyze local data, which in turn will be usable for our local Report Card. Region 9 in turn will mentor us through ASCE’s new Report Card process, and provide assistance with our local Report Card as needed. For more information on the Report Card process in general, please click here to see the Infrastructure Report Card Training presentation that ASCE has prepared for our section.

To get the process rolling, the following milestones have been established:

  • Week of December 11 2017: First Region 9 Kick-Off Meeting for early recruits 

  • Week of December 18 2017: Second Region 9 Kick-Off Meeting for recruits 

  • January 2018: 30-minute Section Report Card Meeting before Section Officers Meeting to discuss Report Card instructions from Society

  • Week of January 22, 2018: Third Region 9 Kick-Off Meeting for late recruits 

  • First Quarter 2019: Statewide Report Card Release

  • First-Second Quarter 2019: Section Report Card Release in Connection with the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad

We need volunteers to get actively engaged in these collaborative efforts. To join the Sacramento Section Report Card effort, please email David Schwegel at davidmschwegel1@gmail.com or (425)466-5677. To join the Region 9 Report Card effort, please email Tony Akel at takel@akelong.com

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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 WILLIAM H. HALL Flood Award Winner 


Dr. Harder is a Senior Professional Associate with HDR. His professional experience includes 30 years with the CA Department of Water Resources. Dr. Harder is passionate about protecting public safety and he assists many State and Local agencies identify and mitigate potential flood risk. He is a strong leader in the area of flood management, and lends support to State and Local agencies in identifying and mitigating flood risk.

Dr. Harder earned his Ph.D. in Geotechnical engineer from the University of California, Berkeley, in addition to earning a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Congratulations Les! 

2017 DAVID N. KENNEDY Water Resource Award Winner


Mr. Hardesty has been a passionate voice for water resource issues and has been a member in many water resource organizations including: Director and President of the California Central Valley Flood Control Association, Member and Director of the Association of California Water Agencies, Agency Representative for the North Delta Water Agency and many other special water committees and commissions. He has a B.S degree in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of California, Davis.

Mike’s knowledge of irrigation, drainage, and flood control and his conscientious attention to these matters made him an effective water manager, enabling him to make outstanding contributions to water resource issues in the Delta, Central Valley and State of California. Congratulations Mike!

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Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, January 23, 2018
11:30 AM Networking
12 – 1 PM Lunch and Presentation
The Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Registration Link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ndd6x9pab&oeidk=a07eez8kj55b7e9098e

TOPIC: 3D Laser Scanning, 3D Modeling and Point Clouds
SPEAKERS: Kris Nehmer and Wilson Zhu, Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc. (KSN)

Taking accurate measurements, remotely visiting the project site, and preparing 3D as-built conditions are all tasks that design teams can perform from the comfort of their desktop computers.  Come and join us as key members of KSN’s 3D scanning and 3D modeling team discuss their experience with practical applications of 3D laser scanning, point clouds, and 3D modeling to support the planning, design, and construction of civil works projects. 

Kris Nehmer, PLS has 19 years of experience in the land surveying profession with an emphasis in the surveying and mapping of large and complex public projects.  As the surveying manager for KSN, Kris is responsible for managing the surveying and mapping of the projects undertaken by the firm and coordinating with clients, the design team and consultants.  Since 2007 Kris has been the project lead for the implementation and delivery of KSN’s 3D scanning and 3D modeling services.  Kris holds a BS Degree in Surveying Engineering from Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Michigan), and he is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in California and Nevada.

Wilson Zhu, EIT  has been with KSN full time as a Junior Civil Engineer for 2 ½ years and plays an important part in a variety of services, including developing 3D models, water rights and preparation of plans and specifications and estimates.  Recently, Wilson has been leading the REVIT effort at KSN’s West Sacramento Office. Wilson is also an active member of ASCE, serving as the secretary of the Central Valley Branch.  Wilson holds a BS Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific.


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)


January 11-14, 2018
Convention Venue: Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort
Register by December 14

Are you interested in getting more involved with ASCE while developing valuable leadership skills? Do you want to connect with peers in the region and build your network?

Consider attending WRYMC! WRYMC is the annual conference for the Western Region Younger Members Council. Learn more about the conference here

Please email Patrick if you intend to join us and register here today!


Who's taking the PE Exam? Are you? Good news, YMF offers the best PE review courses in town. 

8-Hour Review
January 24 - March 14, 2018
Register by January 8, 2018

Survey Review
February 7,10, and 11, 2018
Register by January 15, 2018

Seismic Review
February 24March 3, 10, and 17, 2018
Register By: January 15, 2018

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Sustainability Committee


Dr. Cris B. Liban, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE
California Climate Safe Infrastructure Working Group Member Chair
ASCE National Committee on Sustainability

Regardless of one’s politics, a unifying philosophy that brings us all to the table is the realization that infrastructure has been a neglected element of society; and the urgent need to address it is now!

Every four years, ASCE provides a comprehensive assessment of our nation’s 16 major infrastructure categories through the Infrastructure Report Card (www.infrastructurereportcard.org). The Report Card assesses the infrastructure categories’ conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise those grades. Unfortunately, not much has improved since 1998. ASCE has yet to give a grade out of the “D” range; in 2017, America’s infrastructure earned a “D+”.

Contrast this with the polarizing discussion on climate change and its potential impact to infrastructure, the economy, and to us as a human race. This may be changing. A definitive report (Climate Science Special Report, science2017.globalchange.gov) released by the White House in November 2017 asserts that based on "a large body of scientific, peer-reviewed research," global annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8 Fahrenheit (1.0 Celsius) over the last 115 years (1901–2016). In addition, the report indicates that "this period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization". 

As civil engineers, we are integral to the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, decommissioning, and renewal of infrastructure systems. ASCE Policy 488 (http://www.asce.org/issues-and-advocacy/public-policy/policy-statement-488---greenhouse-gases/) provides guidance and supports a number of public and private sector strategies and efforts to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the planning, design, construction, renewal, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of existing and future infrastructure systems. Doing so fosters progress and creates opportunities for civil engineering leadership to significantly lead reducing GHG emissions.

The political contrast between infrastructure and climate change cannot be taken lightly. As there are observed increases in the occurrence of severe weather events, extreme heat and flooding, and increasing surge and water impacted areas that may be due to sea level rise; we need to consider a new baseline in building new infrastructure and maintaining or retrofitting the existing ones. This is important as the need for a reliable and safe infrastructure system is critical to continue on with the conduct of all aspects of our lives, our society and our economy.

In Fall 2016, the California State Legislature passed AB2800 (Quirk), “Climate change: infrastructure planning” that requires the California Natural Resources Agency, by July 1, 2017, and every 3 years thereafter, to update the state’s climate adaptation strategy to identify vulnerabilities to climate change by sectors and priority actions needed to reduce the risks in those sectors. This bill put California at the forefront of making infrastructure more resilient.

This bill, through July 1, 2020, also requires state agencies to take into account the current and future impacts of climate change when planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and investing in state infrastructure. The bill also would require the establishment of a Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group for the purpose of examining how to integrate scientific data concerning projected climate change impacts into state infrastructure engineering.

California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird appointed me to be a member of the Working Group early this year, with the endorsement of ASCE. Other members of the Working Group consist of registered professional engineers with specified relevant expertise from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of General Services, and other relevant state agencies; scientists with specified expertise from the University of California, the California State University, and other institutions; and licensed architects with specified relevant experience. The Working Group will convene its first meeting on January 18, 2018 in Sacramento; by mid to late 2018 (ideally by July 1), the Working Group is expected to develop and make specified recommendations to the Legislature and the Strategic Growth Council on how to incorporate climate change impacts to infrastructure.

The deliberations are expected to be robust and comprehensive. Among the considerations are the current informational and institutional barriers to integrating projected climate change impacts into state infrastructure design; critical information that engineers responsible for infrastructure design and construction need to address climate change impacts; and selecting an appropriate engineering design for a range of future climate scenarios as related to infrastructure planning and investment.

The ASCE Committee on Sustainability has been charged by our Board of Direction to coordinate the efforts on these and related issues. One of its affiliate committees, the Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, will release early next year a 240-page manual of practice on adaptive design and risk management. That manual is expected to provide the foundation for ASCE standards. Additionally, the Committee on Sustainability has proposed the development of an ANSI standard for sustainable infrastructure projects. This standard is anticipated to be performance-based and will provide guidance on how to incorporate the principles of sustainability in all facets of the planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance process of the asset over its life cycle.

As you can see, there’s more to this and we need civil engineers to be involved. I would like to hear input from you on the above topics. Your contribution means a lot to the State as well as to our organization. Please contact me at cliban@hotmail.com to engage.

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History & Heritage Committee


Chuck Spinks, P.E., M. ASCE
Chair, Region 9 History & Heritage Committee

In 2019, the nation will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The construction of the Transcontinental Railroad was the most significant project in the world in the 19th century. It was like going to the moon in the 20th century; few thought it was possible with the technology of the time. It involved constructing 2,000 miles of railroad over two major mountain ranges, the Rocky Mountains, and the even more difficult Sierra Nevada. Both crossings were at a higher elevation than any railroad in the world up to that time.

This event is especially significant to California for the following reasons:

  • The Central Pacific Railroad of California was incorporated on June 26, 1861 in Sacramento, more than a year before the Union Pacific railroad was formed in the East.

  • The single person most responsible for getting the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 passed by Congress was a Civil Engineer in California, Theodore Judah, a member of ASCE.

  • Construction of the Central Pacific Railroad started on January 23, 1863 in Sacramento, over 2 and ½ years before the first rail was laid by the Union Pacific.

  • By far the most difficult and challenging part of the route for the Civil Engineers and the construction workers was crossing the Sierra Nevada.

  • The construction of the Central Pacific required the effort of thousands of Chinese immigrants that made up 90% of the work force, with many of their descendants currently living in California.

The Theodore Judah Monument cornerstone being dedicated on April 25, 1930 by ASCE President John F. Coleman during ASCE’s National Convention in Sacramento.

The ASCE Region 9 and the Society History & Heritage Committees have started planning activities for the celebrations in 2019. The major ASCE activity will be a Railroad History Symposium in Sacramento in May of 2019. It will include speakers on topics of Railroad History, concentrating on the Transcontinental Railroad and the railroad technology of the time. Tours and field trips will be conducted before or after the Symposium. Look for announcements from ASCE coming out in early 2018.

The Region 9 History & Heritage Committee is also looking for new Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks to designate, either with a regional award or with a national award. It would be great to have one or more Historic Civil Engineering Landmark awards for the historic year 2019. The Criteria for the National award are:

  • The nominated project must represent a significant facet of civil engineering history, and must have contributed to the development of the nation or a very large region.
  • The nominated project needs to be at least 50 years old.
  • A local section and region must officially nominate the project.
  • A detailed submittal to include the Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Form must be submitted to the National History and Heritage Committee for approval
  • If approved, ASCE will supply the 13” X 19” bronze plaque.
  • The section will organize a dedication ceremony to be attended by the society president or their delegate.

The criteria for the local or regional award are less stringent, but similar. The Region 9 History & Heritage Committee will assist and support local efforts in preparing the award applications. If you have any questions or ideas for awards, please contact Chuck Spinks at chuck.spinks@outlook.com, or the committee Vice Chair, Andy Machen at andrewmachen@rivsan.com

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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 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


It is the time of year for Engineers Without Borders annual year end campaign! Each project teams campaign will continue through the end of the year. Use the link below to support the project team campaigns:

Panama Team: https://support.ewb-usa.org/Panama?

Belize Team: https://support.ewb-usa.org/Belize

Kenya Team: https://support.ewb-usa.org/KEK

For more information about each of the project teams, visit www.ewb-sac.org


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 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.

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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.


Financial Management for the Professional Engineer
February 1-2, 2018 | San Francisco Metro-Area

Post-Tension Buildings: Design & Construction 
May 10-11, 2018 | San Francisco Metro-Area

Earthquake-Induced Ground Motions
June 7-8, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area

Practical Aspects of Tunnel Design 
September 20-21, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area


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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

Legislation: The California State Legislature has resumed in session as of January 3, 2018. Several deadlines and events are in January and February:

  • Jan. 3 - Legislature Reconvenes.
  • Jan. 10 - Budget must be submitted by Governor.
  • Jan. 12 - Last day for policy committees to hear and report to fiscal committees fiscal bills introduced in their        house in the odd-numbered year.
  • Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.
  • Jan. 19 - Last day for any committee to hear and report to the floor bills introduced in that house in the odd-        numbered year. Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel.
  • Jan. 31 - Last day for each house to pass bills introduced in that house in the odd-numbered year.
  • Feb. 16 - Last day for bills to be introduced.
  • Feb. 19 - Presidents’ Day holiday.

ASCE is watching a few two-year bills:

  •  AB 1000 (Friedman): Water transfers – Oppose: would prohibit a transferor of water from using a water conveyance facility that has unused capacity to transfer water from a groundwater basin, unless the State Lands Commission, in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, finds that the transfer of the water will not adversely affect the natural or cultural resources, including groundwater resources or habitat, of those federal and state lands. 2-year bill
  •  AB 1654 (Rubio): Water Conservation - Support: would enhance existing reporting and drought response requirements. Urban retail water suppliers would report annually to DWR on the status of their water supplies for that year and whether supplies will be adequate to meet projected customer demand. If supplies are not adequate to meet demand, the water supplier would be required to implement the appropriate responses as described in their water shortage contingency analysis. 2-year bill
  •  SB 436 (Allen): California STEM Act of 2017 – Support: establishes the California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway to recruit, train, support, and retain qualified science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, including military veterans, as mathematics and science teachers in California. 2-year bill
  •  SB 623 (Monning): Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund - Oppose: creates the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, administered by the SWRCB, and imposes water, fertilizer and dairy fees to fund safe drinking water programs. 2-year bill 

Recent Reports

Public Policy Institute of CaliforniapublishedPriorities for California’s Water. This past year was a prime example of California’s highly variable climate — and a precursor of the types of extremes that are expected to become more common. After five years of drought exacerbated by record heat, 2017’s record rain and snow brought more challenges — stressing dams and levees, causing landslides, and adding fuel to fire - prone landscapes…. In this policy brief we outline issues that are front and center for managing California’s water supply and natural environment. We also suggest priorities for actions that would improve California’s water systems and better support the state’s residents, businesses, and ecosystems.” This brief was part of a PPIC Water Policy Center forum held on October 26, 2017.                              

Carbon Balance and Management publishedRevised Methane Emissions Factors and Spatially Distributed Annual Carbon Fluxes for Global Livestock. “There has clearly been an alarming uptick in atmospheric methane in recent years, following a flattening of concentrations from 2000 to around 2007…. The new study found that a variety of guidelines introduced … in 2006 to estimate methane emissions needed to be updated. That’s because livestock are being bred to be larger than before (and are being fed more), and their manure is being managed differently — more often in huge ‘anaerobic’ waste lagoons that give off large volumes of methane. Once the study updated the methodology, it found that for 2011, global emissions were 8.4% higher from enteric fermentation and 36.7% higher from manure management…. The real question, though, is whether these changes are sufficient to account for rising atmospheric methane concentrations — something that the new study asserts.”

Legislative Analyst’s Office has released its report, “Evaluating California’s Pursuit of Zero Net Energy State Buildings,” examining the Governor’s 2012 executive order that directed the state to increase “the number of state-owned buildings that are ‘zero net energy,'” meaning they “generate as much energy onsite through renewable sources as they consume over a one-year period,” finds that “a mandate for state buildings to be ZNE is not a necessary or cost-effective way for the state to achieve its GHG reduction goals” because “the state has already adopted a cap-and-trade program that limits total emissions from large emitters, such as electricity generators,” and notes “we find that it is more important that the state assess whether achieving ZNE for each proposed building project would be cost effective by performing cost-benefit analyses.” 

Governor’s Appointments

Bruce Delgado, of Marina, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011. Delgado has been mayor of the City of Marina since 2008 and a botanist for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management since 1988. 

Jeffrey Young, of Santa Barbara, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2000. Young has been an attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Young since 1997. He was general counsel at the California Aquaculture Association from 1995 to 2000 and an associate at the Law Offices of Raymond J. Pulverman from 1994 to 1997. He was owner and operator at Pacific Seafood Industries from 1983 to 1992. Young earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law and a Master of Science degree in marine fisheries from Humboldt State University.                                                                                           

Karl Longley, of Fresno, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 1999 and served from 1989 to 1997. Longley has been environmental engineer and program manager at the California State University, Fresno California Water Institute since 2005. He has served in several positions at the California State University, Fresno College of Engineering since 1982, including professor, department chair, dean and dean emeritus. Longley was a partner and consulting engineer at Hanna Longley and Associates from 1983 to 1985 and a civil engineer at Strauss and Roberts Consulting Civil Engineers Inc. from 1981 to 1982. He served as a lieutenant colonel and environmental engineer in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1981. Longley earned a Doctor of Science degree in environmental health engineering and a Master of Science degree in water resources and sanitary engineering from Johns Hopkins University. 

Carmen Ramirez, of Atwater, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2011. Ramirez has been a partner at the Law Offices of Kelsey and Ramirez since 2014. She was an attorney at the Law Offices of Carmen Ramirez from 2011 to 2014. Ramirez held several positions at Fagalde Albertoni and Flores LLP from 2007 to 2010, including counsel, associate and law clerk, and was a redevelopment associate at the City of Merced Office of Economic Development from 2003 to 2007. Ramirez earned a Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law.

Nancy Wright, of Whitewater, has been reappointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2012 and served from 2000 to 2007. Wright has been co-owner at Peter Wright General Contractor since 1977. Wright is a member and past president of the Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors, where she has served since 1988.

Eric Sandel, of Truckee, has been reappointed to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 1992. Sandel has held several positions at S.A. Engineering since 1978, including principal and engineer. He is a licensed professional engineer.

Charles Stringer, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2010. Stringer has been principal and general counsel at the Renewable Resources Group since 2006. He was founder and owner at the Law Offices of C. M. Stringer from 2001 to 2006 and was senior legal and policy advisor at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission from 1999 to 2001. Stringer was senior assistant tribal attorney for the White Mountain Apache Tribe from 1996 to 1998 and assistant regional counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 from 1992 to 1996. He was an associate at Short Cressman and Burgess from 1989 to 1992. Stringer earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Lawrence Yee, of Ojai, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. He was president and coordinating director at the national Food Commons from 2010 to 2015, a national program leader for food marketing systems innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004 and served in several positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County and director of the University of California Hansen Trust. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in agribusiness from Santa Clara University.

Gregory Giusti, of Kelseyville, has been reappointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2013. Giusti has been an advisor and director emeritus of forest and wildlands ecology at the University of California Cooperative Extension since 2017, where he was an advisor and director of forest and wildlands ecology from 1985 to 2017. He was an agricultural biologist at the San Mateo County Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985 and chief biologist at the Marine Ecological Institute from 1979 to 1981. He earned a Master of Arts degree in ecology and population biology from San Francisco State University.                                                        

Valerie Quinto, of Petaluma, has been reappointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2014. Quinto has been executive director at the Sonoma Resource Conservation District since 2017, where she has held several positions since 2008, including program director, conservation project manager and project coordinator.

Lana Peterson, of Orange, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2016. Peterson has been director of public affairs at the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center since 2017, where she has held several positions since 2010, including senior public affairs representative and senior communications specialist. She held several positions at Cox Communications from 2004 to 2010, including senior communications specialist, communications specialist and public relations coordinator. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Chapman University.

Daniel Selmi, of Newport Beach, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2016. Selmi has been a professor of law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles since 1983. He was a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1976 to 1983 and a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1975 to 1976. Selmi earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Betty Olson, of Trabuco Canyon, has been reappointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2014. Olson has served as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine School of Engineering since 2006. She was a professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Science and Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology from 1974 to 2006. Olson earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Science degree in environmental health science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stefanie Warren, of San Diego, has been reappointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Warren has been an attorney at Dentons since 2006. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Irma E. Gonzalez at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California from 2005 to 2006. Warren earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law.                                                                                   

Newsha Ajami, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Ajami has been director of urban water policy at Stanford University’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment since 2012. She was senior research associate at the Pacific Institute from 2011 to 2012, a California Council on Science and Technology policy fellow at the California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee from 2010 to 2011 and a research consultant at Berkeley Economic Consulting Inc. from 2007 to 2010. Ajami was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley from 2005 to 2009. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Science degree in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.

James McGrath, of Berkeley, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2007. He was manager of the Port of Oakland Environmental Department from 1990 to 2005, a coastal protection analyst at the California Coastal Commission from 1976 to 1990 and an environmental protection specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1971 to 1976. McGrath earned a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Wall, of Sacramento, has been appointed special assistant for climate change at the California Natural Resources Agency, where he has served in several positions since 2015 assisting in the development and implementation of the state’s strategies for the adaptation to and reduction of impacts associated with climate change, including as an associate governmental program analyst and as a staff services analyst. Wall was an executive fellow at the California Natural Resources Agency from 2014 to 2015.

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The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

A contractor built a new home and was fully paid for the work. Before the final payment, there were three punch lists. Eight months after the final payment, the owners had an additional 22 item punch list. The contractor repaired some of the items and refused to deal with others.

When the contractor failed to satisfy the owners they complained to the Contractor’s State License Board. The License Board hired a consultant who concluded that 20 of the 22 latest punch list items were below industry standard.

The License Board continued to attempt to informally resolve the dispute and to have the contractor do the work required to bring the job to industry standards. After numerous excuses and delays, the owners again complained to the License Board about the lack of progress in the work. The supervisor at the Board agreed that the contractor had ample time to have completed the work and authorized the owners to hire someone else to make the repairs. Thereafter, the Board filed a citation against the contractor.

After an administrative hearing and trial, which the contractor lost, the case was heard by the court of appeals where the contractor disputed that he had willfully departed from accepted trade standards in violation of Section 7109, subdivision (a), of the Business and Professions Code

Section 7109(a) of the Business and Professions code states that "A willful departure in any material respect from accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction constitutes a cause for disciplinary action, unless the departure was in accordance with plans and specifications prepared by or under the direct supervision of an architect."

The contractor argued that he did not willfully depart from accepted trade standards. The court concluded that a reasonable inference could be made that the contractor knew his work was substandard based on evidence that he was a knowledgeable, licensed contractor, with substantial construction experience. Such an inference was also supported by evidence that the section 7109 violation was based on 17 instances of substandard work involving significant errors, such as the failure to prepare surfaces properly for tiling; using improper adhesives causing tile to fall off; failing to use proper caulking when setting the sinks and numerous other examples.

The contractor also disputed his violation of section 7113 of the Business and Professions code which provides: "Failure in a material respect on the part of a licensee to complete any construction project or operation for the price stated in the contract for such construction project or operation or in any modification of such contract constitutes a cause for disciplinary action."

The contractor argued that since he was ready, able and willing to repair the 17 items, he could not have been found to have violated section 7113. The court disagreed. The court noted that it did not intend to discourage contractors from repairing substandard work after having been cited for violations. The court recognized the need to require contractors to make sure their work meets trade standards before requesting payment in full. Furthermore, the court stated if the Board gave a contractor the opportunity to make repairs, the contractor should act expeditiously in making the repairs, knowing that any delay may subject the contractor to prosecution. In this case, the contractor took the risk of further delaying the needed repairs by refusing to perform some of the repairs in the manner recommended by the Board, and my unreasonably delaying the repairs.

This was a case where the contractor’s tactic of delay and obfuscation to deal with problems did not work and caused him significant problems. 

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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 916-717-4070
Capital Branch Jai Singh j.singh@rsc-engr.com 916-788-2884
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.

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

niranjen.kanepathipillai@dot.ca.gov 916-227-4463
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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