President's Message - It's Never Too Late to be Prepared

By Ziad Mazboudi, PE

I would like to express my sincere sadness and condolences to the Japanese people, their…

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Secretary's Column - Earmarks

By Penny Lew, PE

The criteria by which some groups such as “Citizens Against Government Waste” will define…

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Branch News - La Pata Gap Closure

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Mr. Persaud provided an overview of the upcoming La Pata Gap closure project within…

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In This Issue

President's Message - It's Never Too Late to be Prepared

By Ziad Mazboudi, PE

I would like to express my sincere sadness and condolences to the Japanese people, their families, and our fellow engineers for the latest disaster that recently rocked Japan. But as I write this, I realize that there have been a lot of natural catastrophes recently that remind us of the power of nature and our role as engineers in facing the challenges that come with living on Earth while dealing with nature’s might, and the consequences of its fury.

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Secretary's Column - Earmarks

By Penny Lew, PE

The criteria by which some groups such as “Citizens Against Government Waste” will define “pork” spending includes projects that are requested by only one chamber of Congress; not competitively awarded; not requested by the President; greatly exceeds the President’s budget request or the previous year’s funding; not the subject of congressional hearings; or serves only a local or special interest. Does this mean all earmarked projects are bad economically for our communities?

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Branch News - La Pata Gap Closure

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Mr. Persaud provided an overview of the upcoming La Pata Gap closure project within the County of Orange. Mr. Persaud has over 30 years of experience in Public Works and Planning which included responsibilitieswith the City of Riverside as a Former PlanningCommissioner, currently serving as PlanningCommissioner for the City of Anaheim and is the Adjunct Faculty member with Rancho SantiagoCommunity College. Mr. Persaud has a Masters Degree with the University of Minnesota, has a Certification as a Traffic Engineer from UC Berkeley, is a Certified Planner as an Associate of the Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is certified as a Project Manager with the Project Management Institute.

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Photo Album - Bridges to "Nowhere"

By Penny Lew, PE

Images of bridges in the US.

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Continuing Education - Storm Drain Seminar

By Muhammad Majdi Ataya, Chairman of the Continuing Edication Committee ASCE, OC

The Continuing Education Committee held its first seminar of 2011 on Friday March 18th on Storm Drain Design and Construction. We would like to thank Irvine Ranch Water District for hosting our event at their beautiful facility. We would also like to thank ARC printing formerly OCB Reprographics for sponsoring the handouts to all attendees and Orange County Public Works for heavily promoting the event. The seminar was a great success, as we had 70 people in attendance! Registration feesresulted in nearly $3, 000, which will be used to support student scholarships.

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Government Affairs - Sac Fly-In

By Jeannette Lindemann

The day started with training on discussion points when meeting with legislators. Some of the general discussion points included basic information about ASCE regarding its membership at the society and region levels such as the number of general members that are private or public employees and how discipline-diverse the group is. The participants were also provided information to share with the legislators regarding the support of Senate Bill 907-Master Plan for Infrastructure Financing and Development Commission and SB 571-Master Plan for Financing and Developing Water Resources. The group was split into smaller groups of two or three for meetings with legislators where the majority of members had meetings with their local representatives. Most groups had 6 meetings setup for the day.

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Newsletter Update

By Tapas Dutta, PE, Treasurer, ASCE OC Branch

This issue of the ASCE OC Branch newsletter (April 2011) will be the last that will be formatted and published as a traditional paper newsletter. Although, most of our members have been receiving the newsletter via email as a portable document format (pdf) file for some time, we have been printing and mailing hard copies to some of our members who had specifically requested hard copies. The layout has been that of a traditional newsletter with a title page, table of contents and page numbers. Starting with the May 2011 issue, the ASCE OC newsletter will be all-digital and hard copies will no longer be mailed out.

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April Luncheon Meeting

By RANDALL NUEDECK, METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT

Randall D. Neudeck is the Bay-Delta Imported Water Supply Program Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He represents Metropolitan on water quality, water supply and environmental issues related to Southern California's imported water supply from the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed. Randall holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California and is a registered professional engineer. He is the president of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, and a member of the board of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, Valley Vote, and numerous other business and community organizations. Randall and his family reside in Granada Hills, California.

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History & Heritage - JWA Historical Landmark

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Eddie Martin's Airport, predecessor of John Wayne Airport, was established in Orange County in 1923. In September 1941 the County of Orange Airport was constructed with Martin Aviation as a tenant. In 1965 construction of new runways was completed, followed by the construction of a new terminal in 1967. In 1979 the name of the airport was changed to John Wayne Airport, and in 1990 the present 'Supervisor Thomas F. Riley' terminals A and B were completed.

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Sustainability News - Porous AC

By Kevin M. Roberson, PE

Porous pavement systems can be quite efficient given that the proposed location meets a number of very specific design requirements. Some considerations one should take include: obtaining a thorough geotechnical investigation, verifying adequacy of soil permeability at various depths and locations; understanding existing and potential environmental issues; designing the infiltration bed with a significant factor of safety for the permeability rate; recognizing that the surface of these systems are susceptible to clogging and raveling; and informing your client of maintenance requirements.

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YMF News - Weekend in Mammoth

By Jeannette Lindemann, OC YMF Past President

Most of the Orange County group arrived Friday afternoon and had a chance to snowboard in the afternoon. After an afternoon of carving turns and testing the resort’s runs, the evening social was the time to relax and mingle at The Clocktower. The group got up early on Saturday where the plan was to hit the slopes all day. That evening’s social was held at the Auld Dubliner that allowed everyone to take a well-deserved break from the activities on the mountain. Throughout the weekend, the group had a chance to socialize, relax, and really get to know one another.

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Life Member Forum

By Garvin Pederson, P.E.

The Los Angeles Section’s Life Member Forum (LMF) was conceived in 1990 and became a standing committee in 1992. Robert Bein, P.E., Past President of the L A Section and ASCE National and Keith McKean, P.E. (deceased), were instrumental in forming the original Life Member Committee. The stated mission was: "Enable more Life Members to become active in Section activities". The goal: "Improve L.A. Section service to its members and to the public by increasing the use of Life Members' vast knowledge of ASCE functions and their extensive experience".

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Leadership - Communication Check List from Able Leader

By Steve Kaye

Do you pay complete attention to others when they are speaking? [A wandering focus discourages open communication.] Do you manage your thoughts during a conversation, focusing them on understanding what the other person is saying? [Effective listening requires more concentration than any other form of communication. If you are thinking about anything other than what the person is saying, you are defeating your ability to understand.]

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OC Firm Spotlight - GMU

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Originally Evans, Goffman & McCormick, our inception fortuitously coincided with some of the most transformational projects in Southern California’s history. Our initial focus on geologically complex hillsidegrading eventually expanded to a more holistic approach that encompasses many specialty services not typically associated with most geotechnical firms. With a fully accredited soil, rock and materials laboratory on the premises, we maintain principal involvement in all projects that include:

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Membership Info

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National ASCE Student Membership is now FREE! Those who have chapters or clubs still must be a member of them before joining National. You can join as a student, or renew as a student. Students may also call 1-800-548-ASCE or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Advertising Rates

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(Effective March 2011) BUSINESS CARD: a. $249 through March 31, 2011 b. $299 after March 31, 2011 c. See http://bit.ly/2010-2011BusinessCard

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Golf Tournament

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Join us at the golf tournament on May 6th!

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Technology Conference

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RESERVE THE DATE! Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m Carson Community Center 801 East Carson Street Carson, CA

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