News & Events Newsletter
February 2019

Congratulations to ACEC California's Engineering Excellence Award Golden State Winners:

Carollo Engineers, Inc.

Congratulations to Carollo Engineers, Inc. for their Golden State Winning Project, the City of Woodland Aquifer Storage and Recovery Wells #29 and #30

2019 Publications

T he finalized package of CEQA regulation updates are here and included in our 2019 publication!

 The last comprehensive update to the CEQA Guidelines occurred in the late 1990s. Beginning in 2011, the Governor's Office of Planning and Researching and the Natural Resources Agency began informally collecting ideas on possible improvements to the CEQA guidelines. The December 28th, 2018, finalized package of regulation updates to approximately thirty sections and three appendices is the result of more than five years of research and substantial public input. You can read more  here.
You may place your order for
  2019 statute publications now by visiting our online store:

AB 3018 Guide Update

 As mentioned in our January newsletter, AB 3018 was passed and signed last year, amending the skilled and trained workforce requirements for public contracts in the Public Contract Code.

To assist in clarifying the obligation and affects AB 3018 has on design professional services, ACEC California will be releasing a guide for members shortly via e-mail, as it is currently in development. 

Please click here to review the bill text and history.

Minuteman Fund Helps Defeat Prop. 6
To help protect Senate Bill 1 (SB1), the Road Repair and Accountability act of 2017 and defeat Proposition 6 during the last election, our ACEC Minuteman Fund from our national office in Washington D.C. granted ACEC California $225,000 that we contributed toward the campaign. Now it is our job to help replenish the fund. 

 ACEC California members have the option to contribute to the Minuteman Fund when paying membership dues. Please consider making whatever contribution you can to the fund. The Minuteman Fund is there to help support all of our ACEC Member organizations across the United States, when they have important issues like this to fight.

Contact: Brad Diede, 916-340-6305

2019  ACEC Young Professional of the Year Award
The ACEC National Young Professional's Award  is now open and ready for submissions.

We encourage all of our member firms to submit entries, and can assist you with any questions you may have about the application process (

Elizabeth Avelar, a civil engineer at Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc. in West Sacramento was a 2017 winner, as was Amanda Lai, a project engineer for Kleinfelder in San Diego, CA. 

                                      Elizabeth Avelar                            Amanda Lai 

Please click here for more information, including the forms needed for submission. 

The deadline for entry is May 1, 2019.

2019  ACEC Annual Convention 
Legislative Summit
The 2019 Annual Convention is scheduled for May 5-8th at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C.

With featured speakers such as former interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile and former White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino, this year's convention will be one not to miss.

For more information about the convention, or details about registration and hotel, please visit the ACEC website.

Engineers Week

National Engineers Week kicks off this February 17 th and runs through the 23 rd . This is a great opportunity to showcase the work your member firms are doing to contribute to their communities and promote engineering as a field of study for students of all ages and backgrounds.
ACEC would like to help amplify what our member firms are doing to celebrate National Engineers Week. ACEC National would like to showcase efforts on the ACEC National website, blog and social media channels.  Specifically, they are interested in collecting any photos, video or other media your firms produce for National Engineers Week. ACEC National is looking to put people first in their National Engineers Week promotion.  

That means they are interested in videos and photos that show excitement, diversity, and inclusion in engineering. They are also placing a special emphasis this year on February 21st, which is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. To help ease the collection process, we have attached a release to this message that will allow ACEC to collect and use this content. 

Please submit links, video files, or related media to me by the close of business on Thursday, February 21st at .

Upcoming Event Dates:


     LVD and the following reception will be held on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at Brasserie Capitale
    • 2019 BOARD MEETING: Thursday, May 16th, Citizen Hotel
    • FEDERAL PAC EVENT: Tuesday, May 14th 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Punch Bowl Social (this will be a ticketed event)
    • Please click here for the Save the Date 
    - July 24-26, 2019, Westin Long Beach, CA
    - October 2-4, 2019, Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach, CA

Mandatory Harassment Prevention Training
A new law that took effect on January 1, 2019, requires virtually all California employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees. Specifically, by January 1, 2020, employers with five or more employees must provide one hour of sexual harassment prevention training to nonsupervisory employees and two hours of such training to supervisors. In order to comply with the January 1, 2020 deadline, all employees must be trained during the calendar year 2019.

Employees who were trained in 2018 or before will need to be retrained. This new requirement reflects an expansion of the prior harassment training law that's been in place for over a decade, which requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors in California.

If you are a CalChamber member, you can purchase their self guided courses for supervisors and employees here.
The California Health Insurance Trust  is a cost-saving membership benefit exclusively available to ACEC California members. This comprehensive program includes  dental vision life, long-term disability , and  accidental death & dismemberment coverage .
For information on the various California Health Insurance Trust for ACEC California programs, please contact Katherine Mraz, program administrator at 510-465-3090 or

ACEC California Scholarship Foundation

ACEC California would like to formally thank all the firms who donated to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation in the month of January. We are grateful for their continued support. Please view the list here.
Donate to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation

Over the years ACEC California has awarded more than $570,000 in cash grants to hundreds of outstanding students.  Your donation to the Foundation is an important investment in the future of the engineering and land surveying professions. 
To donate, please click here  or send a check made payable to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation to ACEC California c/o Breanna Pineda
at 1303 J Street, Suite 450, Sacramento, CA 95814. 

If you have any questions, email Breanna Pineda

Did you know we host RFPs and RFQs on our site? Click here to view a list of projects throughout California. (Contact us if you have a project to list)
ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California celebrated The Third Annual Scholarship Fundraising Banquet featuring the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards Thursday, February 7th. Emceed by comic Steve Mittleman (featured on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, etc), attendees enjoyed his lighthearted comedy stylings along with the support of John Moossazadeh (ACEC EEA Committee Chair from Kleinfelder), Ralph Guida IV (ACEC California President from Guida Surveying) and Brad Diede (ACEC California Executive Director). 

Chris Diaz (Diaz Yourman & Associates) spoke on behalf of the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation and introduced scholarship recipient Katherine Cheng (UC Berkeley) who spoke about her journey to receiving a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Over the course of the evening, ACEC California was pleased to announce the following Honor Award winners:

  • San Pablo Avenue Bike and Pedestrian ImprovementsBKF
  • City of Fresno Southwest Surface Water Treatment Facility, Carollo Engineers, Inc.
  • City of Woodland Aquifer Storage and Recovery WellsCarollo Engineers, Inc
  • Seismic Retrofit and Modernization of 990 Pacific Avenue ApartmentsCornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc
  • Redwood Business Park Transportation Improvements and Talmage Road Interchange Project,   GHD Inc.
  • Wallace Weir Fish Rescue Facility,   Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc  
  • Georgia Street Bridge Over University Avenue Rehabilitation and Seismic Retrofit , Kleinfelder  
  • Daisy-Myrtle Bike Boulevard,  KOA Corporation
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Terminal 2 Parking Plaza Michael Baker International, Inc.
  • eBART to Antioch: East Contra Costa Extension, MNS Engineers, PGH Wong Engineering Inc, Ghirardelli, AECOM, Stacy and Witbeck/Amaroso/MRS
  • Sycamore to Peñasquitos 230kv Transmission Line, NV5, Inc. and SDG&E
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission San Andreas Pipeline No. 2 Replacement Study, Towill Inc.
  • North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, Woodard & Curran
  • Palomar Community College, Maintenance & Operations Complex Syska Hennessy Group  
ACEC California was pleased to finally reveal the winners of the Golden State Award, Carollo Engineers Inc, for their Aquifer Storage and Recovery Wells project in the City of Woodland. This project will be submitted to ACEC National to go on as a potential winner of the National EEA award presented on May 7th, 2019 in Washington D.C. 

Golden State Winner Carollo Engineers Inc. with ACEC President Ralph Guida IV (far left) and EEA Committee Chair John Moosazadeh (far right)

EEA Committee Chairman, John Moossazadeh, of Kleinfelder, thanking clients in the audience and other public agency officials who served as judges for EEA awards.

EEA MC Steve Mittleman telling jokes during the EEA Program

Scholarship Committee Chair, Chris Diaz, of Diaz & Yourman and Associates presenting scholarship award to Katherine Cheng

ACEC California President, Ralph Guida IV of Guida Surveying speaking to the EEA audience

If you would like to see all the photos from the event, a complete list of winners as well as photos of winning projects,  please visit our website.


Thank you Again to our Wonderful Sponsors!



Welcome New Members
ACEC California Welcomes New Members 

ACEC California would like to welcome member firms that joined in January.  Click here for a full list.


Chapter Events and Updates

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