Government Relations



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Past Society President Andy Herman on 60-Minutes



December 8, 2010 at Senator Lou Correa's Holiday Open House


 (from left to right) Mr. Max Madrid, a retired Marine and currently with the Senator as an Staff/Advisor, Mojgan Hashemi ASCE OC Government Relations Committee member, officer Ron Miller (GySgt) of the Marine Corps Reserve at Camp Pendleton who is heading the Toys for Tots cause in South Orange County (, and the Senator Lou Correa.



Resolution of the ASCE -OC in support of Extension of the State Route 91 Toll Lanes to Interstate 15 (PDF File)

ASCE Legislative Visit 2008

Legislative Visit 2008









Visiting Senator Dick Ackerman - Left to right: Ziad, Dick, Josue, and Gary.


Legislative Visit 2008

The ASCE delegation in front of the Sacramento Capitol.


Robert and Darren in the Halls of the Capitol.

Robert and Darren in the Halls of the Capitol.


ASCE Legislative Visit 2007

OC legislative representatives with Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman. From left to right: Durry Atassi, Ziad Mazboudi, Gary Gilbert and Grace Lee.

OC legislative representatives with Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman. From left to right: Durry Atassi, Ziad Mazboudi, Gary Gilbert and Grace Lee.


Ravi Shah, PE
Government Relations Co-Chair
Mark Thomas & Company
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Phone: 949-477-9000 x 3953

Ken Bui, PE
Government Relations Co-Chair
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Phone: 949-224-7879

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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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The Passage of WRDA 2016

By: Isamar Escobar, EIT Back in March of this year, ASCE members from across the nation travelled to Washington D.C. to meet with their state legislators. Each year, ASCE selects specific issues, which generally have active bill in the House and/or Senate.

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Independence Day

By: Ken G. Bui, PE, M.ASCE As I reflect on our Independence Day – July 4th, I am very grateful for America … as one talk radio host would say: “the greatest country on God’s Green Earth!” ... Our Government Relations Committee, following the lead of Society, is reaching out to local and state elected officials to advocate for infrastructure spending.  We recognize the need for the nation, as a whole, to invest in our infrastructure … to maintain, as well as expand, and stay “the greatest country on God’s Green Earth!”  Please stay informed and work with Society to be advocates for infrastructure.

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California's Road User Charge Pilot

As I travel around throughout California, I notice that the road conditions change drastically from one area to the next. In 2012, ASCE Region 9 released it’s most recent California Infrastructure Report Card giving Transportation a C- letter grade. At the time of the report, the California Streets and Roads Needs Assessment rated the overall Pavement Condition Index (PCI) across the state to be just 66 on a 100 point scale. Assuming funding levels would remain steady, Caltrans projected continued deferred maintenance and preservation activities would result in the PCI would dropping to 54 and the funding shortfall to increase from $39.1 billion to $63.6 billion by 2020. By Steven L. King, P.E.

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ASCE Legislative Fly-In

By: Isamar Escobar On March 15-16, ASCE’s annual Legislative Fly-In took place in Washington D.C. and included a pre-conference Younger Member Program, a legislative briefing facilitated by ASCE Government Affairs, and constituent visits with state legislators. The two-day event consisted of 200 ASCE representatives from 49 states, including ASCE leadership, general members, and younger members - with several attending from the ASCE OC Branch!

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When Disaster Strikes

Recent flooding in Texas and earthquakes in both Ecuador and Japan remind us that disasters can happen at any moment. The aftermath of these tragic events highlights the need to be prepared and to have a plan in place when disaster strikes. By Steven King, P.E.

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