Golf Tournament

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We are seeking additional sponsors for this year’s tournament that will be held at…

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President's Message - Volunteering in Tecate, Mexico

By Ziad Mazboudi, PE

Each day, civil engineers become involved in a host of public service activities. In…

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Photo Album - Volunteers building homes in Tecate, Mexico

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Images from volunteers building homes in Tecate, Mexico

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In This Issue

Golf Tournament

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We are seeking additional sponsors for this year’s tournament that will be held at Oak Creek Golf Course in Irvine on Friday, August 5th.

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President's Message - Volunteering in Tecate, Mexico

By Ziad Mazboudi, PE

Each day, civil engineers become involved in a host of public service activities. In the workplace, it is part of what is collectively called our job. Outside the workplace, we also have the opportunity to use our engineering talents, skills, and abilities to positively affect the lives of others. We call this Volunteer Community Service. As civil engineers, we have a significant impact on our communities. At work, we are tasked as providing the basic infrastructure that improves the quality of life in the community. When we wear our other hat as a citizen of the community, we have the ability to use the knowledge of our profession to provide service and enhance the community.

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Photo Album - Volunteers building homes in Tecate, Mexico

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Images from volunteers building homes in Tecate, Mexico

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Branch News - June Luncheon Event

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We were honored to have Phil, who presented in 2005, return to share with us the latest on this 176 square miles watershed as last winter’s storms showed just how unpredictable Mother Nature can be.  Phil began with some interesting facts on this unique watershed and history that dates back to the 1600’s. Beginning in the Cleveland National Forest, the waters of Trabuco Creek Confluence with San Juan Creek and outlets at Doheny Beach with a time of concentration of 3 hrs 14 min according to the 100-yr study by PACE.  The colorful history of the watershed includes wine, celebrities, a clothesline, and a bear during various times.

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Secretary's Column

By Penny Lew, PE

A couple of months ago my husband and I decided that it was time to reduce the clutter of our entertainment area including television, music CD’s, old cassette tapes, movie videos (mostly VHS), and photographs.  I must say, after visits to Best Buy, Costco and Fry’s and seeing all of the new products that replace their 2-month old versions we noticed yet again how quickly technology changes from year to year. We felt like we were the last to “upgrade” our gadgets due to us procrastinating and waiting for “the right time”. But upgrading can mean a lot of work. It’s not just upgrading our hard drives, or TV’s or purchasing the latest scanner. Who wants to spend every weekend scanning photo after photo or saving MP3 music files to iTunes from our illustrious CD collections?

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Follow-Up: Red Light Cameras

By Penny Lew, PE

No sooner after last month’s article came out did we get some news from the Los Angeles Times about the issues regarding this controversial subject. The Los Angeles Police Commission voted to get rid of the city’s red-light camera program.

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OC Firm Spotlight - Tetra Tech Inc.

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Tetra Tech, Inc. was founded in 1966, by four Caltech professors whose early focus was to provide engineering services for waterways, harbors and coastal areas. Since that time TT has substantially increased the size and scope of its business by expanding its service offerings through strategic acquisitions and internal growth. Tetra Tech now provides environmental services, water/wastewater management, infrastructure services, security design, and outsourced technical services not only to public municipalities, and private companies but also to Federal and local governments. During 2010, the multiple Tetra Tech offices in Orange County were consolidated into one.

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City Infrastructure Summit

By Blake P. Anderson, PE

Presentaiton from the 2011 City Infrastructure Summit Association of California Cities, Orange County - Investing in Orange County's Infrastructure: A Big Idea

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YMF News

By Eugene Gordin

On a bright May afternoon, seven members of the Orange County Branch of YMF presented Civil Engineering to a group of about ninety 4th grade students at Stonegate Elementary School in Irvine, California. After coordinating with the interested teachers at the school, the YMF volunteers provided three different 4th grade classes with simple descriptions and explanations to the students of just what the Civil Engineering field is all about.  The volunteers asked the young students to think about all of the different ways that Civil Engineering affects their lives on a daily basis. The students shared various examples, which led to discussions about what it takes to become a Civil Engineer.

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Younger Member Awards

By Andrés M. Roda, P.E., M.ASCE, Chair

The Employer Recognition Award was created to recognize employers who support young engineers and assist with their personal development. CYM also awards two Superior Employer Recognition Awards (one public, one private) to the nominees who best display exemplary support of young engineers in their organizations.  A list of winning organizations will be submitted for inclusion in a Society publication and in the Younger Member Newsletter.

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Society Continuing Ed Seminars Fall/Winter 2011-12

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Summary of Society Continuing Education Seminars Coming to California

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Continuing Ed Committee - Sewer and Water Seminar

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The Continuing Education Committee for the ASCE-OC is organizing a Sewer and Water Design and Construction seminar for Friday, July 29 from 8:0 AM till 4:0 PM at IRWD headquarters in Irvine. Presenters from IRWD and consulting firms will participate in this educational and informative workshop type seminar for professionals working in both the public and private sectors.

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Branch Elections

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Please take a couple of minutes to vote for our next branch officers.

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Career Collectibles

By Carl Nelson

Some time ago, our Branch President Ziad asked me to contribute to the OC ASCE newsletter my recollections of Civil Engineering in Orange County. Now, I’ve finally gotten my “round tuit” (A circular object giving its owner the ability to get done something done that otherwise would have been put off to a later date). My round tuit arrived with the recent Caltrans announcement that the San Diego Freeway (I-405), through Sepulveda Pass in the Santa Monica Mountains, would be closed to all traffic late Friday, July 15 through early Monday July 18. The purpose of the closure is for demolition of the Mulholland Drive Overcrossing (OC) to accommodate impending widening of the freeway which, according to the Los Angeles Times, is burdened with up to 500,000 vehicles on a typical weekend.  Can you imagine the congestion countywide in LA that weekend due to impacts on other routes?

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