News & Events Newsletter
January 2019

2019 Publications

The 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 December 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.
ACEC Federal PAC End of Year Update

Everyone at ACEC California would like to once again extend our gratitude for all the hard work done by the members of the ACEC Federal PAC committee in 2018. They have worked tirelessly promoting and organizing local chapter fundraisers, as well as events tied to our board meetings and conferences throughout the year.

Thank you to:

Stephanie Wagner, Chair
Ralph Guida
Mousa Abbasi
Mike Cooper
Jason Matson 
Bruce Presser
Jim Salvito
Jeff Walker

We would also like to extend a thanks to our ACEC national staff liaisons, Greg Knopp, Brenden Carol and Jennifer Pugh.

We are happy to report that we finished 2018 off with over $63,000 in contributions from ACEC California members! While we didn't make our goal, it is a tremendous advancement over the past few years. We are so grateful to our members who made this possible and look forward to beating last year's goal in 2019.

If your chapter is interested in hosting a fundraiser, raffle, etc benefiting the ACEC Federal PAC, you may contact for guidelines and information. We strongly encourage our chapters to please do this!

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 (

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

The deadline for entry is May 1, 2019.
Job Openings 
Post job openings, find new potential candidates and subscribe to new posting notifications!
  • Job postings are free for members! Visit our  Career Center to view or submit a job opening today.

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

Welcome New Members
ACEC California Welcomes New Members 

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


Chapter Events and Updates

Bay Bridge Chapter Meetings
Click here for a full list of upcoming Bay Bridge Chapter meetings and events.

Los Angeles Chapter Meetings
Click here for a full list of upcoming Los Angeles Chapter meetings and events.

San Diego Chapter Meetings
Click here for a full list of upcoming San Diego Chapter meetings and events.

Want to advertise events or meetings hosted by your ACEC California chapter? Please email  and we will feature them in our newsletter.
ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards

Our Third Annual Scholarship Fundraising Banquet featuring the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards is set for:  

Thursday, the 
7th of February 
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the 
Hilton San Francisco 

Registration is now open and you may purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships on our website here.

We have reserved a block of discounted rate hotel rooms at the Hilton San Francisco. We recommend you book your hotel before the deadline (January 23) to ensure the discounted rate and availability. Please contact the hotel directly at (415) 771-1400. When calling, please reference ACEC California.

We are excited to bring the Scholarship Foundation and EEA together to celebrate the achievements of the Engineering and Surveying industries, while supporting students and strengthening the future of engineering. These awards affirm the fundamental role that ACEC California member firms play in building and maintaining the quality of our infrastructure. You may download the prospectus here.

Read about our project winners in the  Business Wire press release

Thank you to our Current Sponsors!



ACEC California Scholarship Foundation

ACEC California would like to formally thank all the firms who donated to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation for the month of December. 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

Upcoming Event Dates:
  • ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS: The EEA Awards Banquet will be held in San Francisco, California at The Hilton Union Square on February 7, 2019. 
  • LEGISLATIVE VISIT DAY AND RECEPTION: LVD and the following reception will be held on May 15th, 2019 at Brasserie Capitale
    • 2019 BOARD MEETING: May 16th, Citizen Hotel
  • LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND BOARD MEETING- July 24-26, 2019, Westin Long Beach, CA

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
         1303 J Street, Suite 450 | Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-441-7991 | Fax: 916-441-6312