President's Message - "You get what you pay for."

By Harvey R. Gobas, PE

"You get what you pay for."
Gabriel Biel 1425-1495

These words, spoken before Columbus…

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Letter to the Editor

By David W. Prasifka

The latest initiative to appear on the political scene is the Citizen's Sensible Growth and Traffic…

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Business News

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The Supreme Court, in a decision that may profoundly alter the power of government officials to…

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President's Message - "You get what you pay for."

By Harvey R. Gobas, PE

"You get what you pay for." Gabriel Biel 1425-1495 These words, spoken before Columbus ever set foot upon the American shore, continue to ring true. How, you may ask, does this apply to engineering? Simply stated, everything that is accomplished in the engineering marketplace has a cost associated with it. Compensation for engineering services should be based on the same principles applied to all other services available in society's marketplace. Unfortunately, many engineers have set up a professional road-block to this principle, by coming to expect greater service than they are willing to pay for.

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Letter to the Editor

By David W. Prasifka

The latest initiative to appear on the political scene is the Citizen's Sensible Growth and Traffic Control Initiative, also known as the Qual1ty of Life Initiative. This initiative, which will probably appear on the June.l988 ballot, is an attempt to solve the County's traffic problems by llmiting growth. If passed, the initiative would bar most development or redevelopment in areas of the county where traffic at rush hour fa1led to move .at free-flow speeds of 30 to 35 mph, or where police, sheriff, fire and paramedic unlts fail to answer emergency calls within five minutes 85 percent of the time..The basic premise is that growth control and traffic, control go hand in hand. Since no one is willing to pay for and build infrastructure at the same pace of growth, advocates of this initiative propose that the best Solution is to slow growth to whatever pace we find comfortable.

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The Supreme Court, in a decision that may profoundly alter the power of government officials to control land use, ruled on June 9, 1987 that property owners must be paid compensation if zoning boards or other agencies impose rules that prevent or drastically restrict them from developing their land. The decision is likely to force a reevaluation of government actions in such areas as coastal management, flood plain restrictions, open space development and the common practice of requiring real estate developers to donate land for parks or other public uses. Further litigation is likely in part because the line between reasonable government restrictions and unconstitutional taking of property remains unclear. 

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We regret to inform the membership that ASCE member George Alexander Posth was killed by a drunken driver on June 17, 1987. George had been a member of ASCE and the ASCE Orange County Branch for several years. Our condolences are extended to George's family and friends.

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