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New Members - February 2017

Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.

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ASCE OC Programs - State College Grade Separation Technical Tour

By Nick Polichetti, P.E. The City of Fullerton and Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) are currently constructing the grade separation between State College Blvd and the Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks. Construction began in mid 2014 and is expected to be completed early 2018. A group of 15 was given a technical tour of the site on March 10th, 2017, click to learn more about the project and to view photos from the tour.

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Secretary's Column - America's Infrastructure

“Our nation and economy can no longer afford to wait to restore and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure." - Norma Jean Mattei, ASCE President By Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT America's infrastructure was a major topic of discussion prior to the recent election and has been brought to the forefront once again after the March 9th release of ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Similarly, it was the major issue discussed in Washington, D.C. during the ASCE Legislative Fly-In earlier this month. Let us vow to keep the discussion going, as our nation, economy and future depend on it!

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ASCE OC YMF / University Outreach Committee - Mock Interview Workshop

By Gabreelle Gonzalez, E.I.T.  On March 11th the annual OC Mock Interview Workshop was hosted at Fuscoe Engineering.  Local University students (UCI, CSUF, & CSULB) were given the opportunity to strengthen their networking and interviewing skills with the help of industry professionals. The workshop was preceded by a series of Resume/Interview panels at each University, allowing students to prepare for their upcoming interviews. The Mock interview workshop had a good balance of professionals and students, which allowed the students to receive feedback on their interviewing and resumes from various professionals. 

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Law and CE News - The State Bar SLAPPs Back

By: Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP The State Bar SLAPPs Back The California Supreme Court recently held that lack of subject matter jurisdiction won’t prevent a trial court from granting an anti-SLAPP motion and awarding attorney fees. In Barry v. The State Bar of California, attorney Barry sued the State Bar, in state Court, after it imposed disciplinary actions against her. The Bar moved to strike the lawsuit under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16—a statute designed to curb lawsuits arising from free speech and petitioning activities that are termed “strategic lawsuits against public participation” or “SLAPP” suits.

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