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June 12, 2013

Groundbreaking Held for Fred Roberts Synthetic Soccer Field

On June 6, 2013, Councilmember Jan Perry led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fred Roberts Synthetic Soccer Field, 4700 Honduras St., Los Angeles. Also in attendance were Department of Recreation & Parks (RAP) Superintendent Mark Mariscal, Public Works Commissioner Valerie Lynne Shaw and Chief Deputy City Engineer Deborah Weintraub. The project consists of construction of a new synthetic soccer field (75x150), install three (3) outdoor security lights, install two shade structures, installation of a drinking fountain, fencing, concrete walkways, decomposed granite jogging path, installation of six outdoor exercise equipment, lawn & tree planting, and a new irrigation system to accommodate the new soccer field. The goal of the design was to maintain the natural aesthetic quality of the park. The designers located the new synthetic soccer field in a position that would minimize the impact to all the beautiful existing mature trees. Shade structures, drinking fountain, and trash receptacles are also included to enhance the patron experience. The new outdoor security lighting allows the community to use the new decomposed granite jogging path, field, and exercise equipment during the evening hours. The addition of the new synthetic soccer field and amenities will compliment the existing activities and make it a better park for the community. As for the construction of the field, Engineering staff worked with RAP staff to establish plans and specifications to ensure this field will employ the industrys latest technology

Councilmember Jan Perry leads the groundbreaking. and best materials. The field will have an intricate drainage system consisting of perforated PVC pipes installed 18 deep, 25 on center diagonally, to eliminate flooding. ~8 of top soil will be removed and replaced with a crushed aggregate base. The finish playing surface is installed on top, consists of polyethylene pile blended fiber, densely weaved on permeable multilayer backing. Infill material, composed of rubber & sand, will be distributed uniformly and evenly on top. The infill material helps the field meet required G-Max (bounce) test for play safety. The rubber infill material is from recycled tires and used sports rubber shoe soles.

Photos by JuanCarlos Chan, Rec & Parks

This project is a joint effort by City forces. The Bureau of Engineering is providing Design, Project & Construction Management services and collaborated with the RAP Advanced Planning on the design. RAP is serving as the Construction Contractor and as well as providing Grounds & Maintenance support. Kudos to Architectural Divisions Mahmood Karimzadeh, Bill Lee, Project Manager/ Project Designer Guillermo Barragan, Saro Dersaroian, Joseph Nehme and from RAP: Mike Shull, Cathie SantoDomingo, Jimmy Newsom, Robert Oyakawa, Darryl Ford, Ramon Barajas, Charles Singer, Barbara Pleasant, and everyone who worked on this project.

l to r: Bill Lee, PW Commissioner Valerie Lynne Shaw, Councilmember Jan Perry, Deborah Weintraub, and Guillermo Barragan.

Rendering shows the location of the Synthetic Soccer Field, jogging path, shade structures, and outdoor exercise equipment.

On May 13, 2013, Councilmember Dennis P. Zine, Department of Recreation & Parks and the Bureau of Engineering unveiled the design for the new Woodland Hills Recreation Center, Pool, and Bathhouse located at 5858 Shoup Avenue, Woodland Hills. City Engineer Gary Lee Moore discussed some of the technical and budgetary challenges to set the design direction for this iconic project. The project design includes: Construction of a new 12,300-sq ft recreation building that includes a gymnasium, multipurpose rooms, an office, kitchen, restrooms and support facilities. Also outdoor lighting, outdoor terrace, childrens play areas, seating, landscaping and irrigation are included. As an add/alternate or a second phase of construction, a new 6,800-sq ft (90x75) pool, 2,500-sq ft bathhouse, and 900-sq ft equipment/auxiliary building; Utility infrastructure upgrades are included. Construction of a new 5,000-sq ft playground. The design of the Recreation Center will highlight the hillside by creating a floor plan

Unveiling of Woodland Hills Park Master Plan

Unveiling of Woodland Hills Master Plan, l to r: Ramon Barajas (RAP), Scott Silverstein (Chairman of Woodland Hills - Warner Center Neighborhood Council), Monica Castaneda (RAP), Lee Marks (Woodland Hills RC Director), City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, Councilmember Dennis Zine, RAP Assistant GM Michael Shull, community member.
Photos by JuanCarlos Chan, Rec & Parks

the west. Zine said, I am so proud that part of my legacy in the West San Fernando Valley will be the construction of a brand new recreation center in Woodland Hills. This upgraded facility will offer Valley residents a host of amenities to enjoy for decades to come. As a resident of Woodland Hills I am extremely excited about the prospect of having brand new facilities in Woodland Hills. As Chair of the Woodland Hills - Warner Center that is in the shape of a crescent. The building gracefully aligns with the natural contours of the hillside, creating a central courtyard. Against the hillside, the building forms spaces for other outdoor activities that supplements programmed indoor spaces. These outdoor spaces include an outdoor classroom/amphitheater, courtyards, a playground and picnic area, all nestled in the natural beauty of hillside landscape. The site landscaping will feature a bioswale as the center piece of the development area; it will treat run-off water from the roof top. The multipurpose rooms will have foldable partition doors to separate areas if needed, each multipurpose room will have ample amount of natural lighting and cross ventilation. The Gymnasium will feature an expansive area of Kalwall that will allow the space to have ample natural lighting without the heat gain and glare that can come from
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Neighborhood Council, I am pleased to see th efforts of our City Council and especially our Councilman, Dennis p. Zine, come to fruition. We will have state-of-the-art meeting rooms available for seniors and other groups, and ADA compliant playgrounds for all children including our physically challenged. But, more importantly, as a father, I am glad to see a commitment made by the taxpayers to provide the youth of Woodland Hills and surrounding areas with a top notch park, said Scott Silverstein. Congratulations go to Mahmood Karimzadeh, Program Manager, and his staff from the Architectural Division, Reza Bagherzadeh, Robert Lomelin, Bill Lee, Willis Yip, Alex

Councilmember Dennis Zine presented a certificate to BOE Architectural Division, l to r: Erik Villanueva (BOE), Robert Lomelin (BOE), Scott Silverstein, Lee Marks, Michael Shull, Dennis Zine, Gary Lee Moore, Marina Quinonez (BOE), Willis Yip (BOE), Mahmood Karimzadeh (BOE), Deborah Weintraub (BOE).
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Woodland Hills RC - continued from page 2 Ngo, and design architects/landscape architects, Marina Quinonez, Rick Fisher, Erik Villanueva; Geotechnical Engineer, Ssuta Hsu; Surveyor, Mark Kindig; Environmental Specialist, Maria Martin, and everyone involved in the project.

Rendering from northern perspective

Rendering of childrens play area

PWHIP Volunteers Thanked

l to r: Deputy City Engineer Ken Redd, Commissioners Warren Furutani & Valerie Lynne Shaw, Miguel Benitez, Daniel Santistevan, Survey Division Head Tony Pratt, Commissioners Capri W. Maddox, Steven T. Nutter, & Jerilyn Lpez Mendoza, Streets & Stormwater Division Head Michael Brown.

The Public Works High School Internship Program (PWHIP) is a 5-week paid internship for High School Juniors and Seniors organized by the Mayors office. Students that live in the City of Los Angeles, attend a LAUSD High School or attend a High School within the city limits are highly encouraged to apply for this internship opportunity. The program offers training, workshops, and educational field trips, which allows the students to gain experience and explore careers in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, and Environmental Science. Students are required to submit an application, resume and recommendations, attend a mandatory job skills workshop, and attend a mandatory interview session. Each year, several Department of Public Works employees have assisted in the process. This year, five (5) BOE employees volunteered 4-hours of their time on Saturday, April 13th and 20th at the Boyle Heights Tech Center to conduct student interviews. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Julia Moye, Hortensia Alonso, Michael Uemura, Rebecca Abano, and Uri Jimenez. These individuals represented the Bureau well, and their commitment to community service is much appreciated. This will be the programs 11th consecutive year. To date, 510 students have participated from 66 schools throughout the City of Los Angeles. More than 40 companies have partnered and donated to this program to ensure its continued success. This years program will take place from July 8th to August 9th. Once again, BOE is looking forward to hosting several interns.
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BOE Recognizes College Student Interns

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Board of Public Works meeting, the Bureau of Engineering recognized six of our college student interns that have served with the Bureau for over a year. Daniel Santistevan (Survey), Stephen Obal (WCED), Christine Truong (WCED), Eduardo Hernandez (WCED), Miguel Benitez (SSD), and Carolin Klooth (SSD/GEO) were honored for their contributions and efforts for the Bureau of Engineering. Deputy City Engineer Ken Redd presented certificates to Daniel Santistevan and Miguel Benitez, who were present. Both gentlemen stated that they have been grateful for the opportunity to work for the Bureau and have learned a lot from this experience. Because Wastewater Conveyance En gineering Division (WCED) Transportation Foundation of Los Angeles (TFLA) student interns, Eduardo Hernandez, Stephen Obal, and Christine Truong, were unable to attend the recognition due to school commitments, their certificates were presented to them by Doug Irvine and a group photo was taken to commemorate this accomplishment. The three interns have contributed to the delivery of SSRP projects, Northeast Interceptor Sewer Phase 2A project or Third Party Reviews. Both Stephen and Christine will be completing their Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UCLA this June and Eduardo will be completing his Master Degree in Structural Engineering from Cal State Northridge this May. WCED appreciates the interns dedication and hard work, and congratulate them in their upcoming graduations!

l to r: Samara Ali-Ahmad, Division Engineer, Hortensia Alonso, Teresa Cajahuaringa, Eduardo Hernandez, Stephen Obal, Christine Truong, Vivian Lui, and Doug Irvine, not pictured is Robert Huning (Christines supervisor).
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First architectural awards of the season honor L.A.-area projects that include elements of commitment to environmental sustainability and community impact HNTB press release: LOS ANGELES (June 6, 2013) The Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project earned a Design Concept Award at the 43rd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Business Council. HNTB Corporation will deliver final design and construction support services on the project for the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering. Winners of this years awards were announced at a ceremony hosted on June 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The first architectural awards of the season, this event honored the citys most dynamic and beautiful architectural projects that include elements of commitment to environmental sustainability and community impact. Congratulations to HNTB for this outstanding achievement, said City Engineer Gary Lee Moore. We know first-hand the architectural brilliance this new Sixth Street Viaduct design represents, and look forward to seeing it come alive in our downtown and Boyle Heights communities. We join LABC in applauding HNTB for their forward-thinking plan, encompassing recreation, green technology, improved mobility, and community partnership. To be recognized by the LABC is a tremendous honor for the City of Los Angeles, HNTB, Michael Maltzan and all the firms working together to bring this iconic new bridge to the people of L.A, said Vic Martinez, HNTB project manager and Southern California office leader. The new Sixth Street Viaduct is a rare transformative opportunity for this community that will improve mobility, enhance safety, stimulate investment and offer people a place to gather, recreate and connect. Construction is expected to start in 2015. The project, which will create nearly 5,000 jobs, is expected to be completed in late 2018 and opened in 2019. HNTB led an intensive design collaboration of world-class consultants, including Maltzan, a noted Los Angeles architect, to craft the winning design, which features: A Ribbon of Light design concept that draws inspiration from the original, early 1900s, family of Los Angeles River bridges and pays respect to the original viaduct; The concrete structure includes 10 signature arches reaching from the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, over the Los Angeles River to U.S. Highway 101, serving as an iconic gateway to Boyle Heights; A new Viaduct Park that will increase the recreational green space available to Boyle Heights residents;
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LA Business Council Design Concept Award Toastmasters Division D Contest Goes to 6th Street Viaduct Replacement On April 20, 2013, John
Sosa, an Office Engineering Tech III from Project Award and Control Division, won first place in the Table Topics Contest at the Division D Table Contest. The contest was held at the Shriners Hospital for Children Mr. Sosa was competing in the Toastmasters Table Topics Contest which is an impromptu speech. Mr. Sosas question was What would you do to motivate high school students to become successful leaders? Mr. Sosa defeated three other talented contestants from local Toastmasters clubs. Mr. Sosa won his Toastmasters Club and Area Contests earlier in the year. He will be competing at the Toastmasters District 52 Table Topics contest which is scheduled to be held on May 18, 2013. Mr. Sosa is a member of the Public Works Pioneers Toastmasters Club which meets in the Public Works Building at 1149 S. Broadway each Wednesday at 12:05 pm in room 6004. Guests are always welcome at Toastmasters meetings and there is no charge for guests. Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that helps members to gain and maintain communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Thurman Green (213) 847-2682 or Christine Courtois (213) 485-3501.

The design includes 10 signature arches, reaching from the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, over the Los Angeles River to U.S. Highway 101. An Arts Plaza, on the Downtown Los Angeles side of the viaduct, that will be a dynamic urban gathering place and a catalyst for economic growth; Bike and pedestrian access compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and improved access to the Los Angeles River; Pedestrian and bike access between the bridge and the parks and river beneath, anticipating the future restoration and enhancement of the Los Angeles river into an area of recreation and public use. HNTB has a long-standing presence in Los Angeles, stretching back 100 years to its landmark design of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena and extending to the present with projects such as the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening, University of Southern California Galen Center and the new Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. They are a recognized industry leader in the planning, design and construction of complex, long-span and movable bridges. HNTBs bridge practice has been responsible for numerous award-winning signature bridge projects across the United States, including the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston; the Blennerhassett Bridge in West Virginia; Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha, Neb; the Lake Champlain Bridge in New York, and the Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis. HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and construction contractors. With nearly a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program delivery and construction management. For more information, visit

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This e-mail was sent to the City Engineer: Date: Wed, May 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM Hi Gary, Thank you very much for allowing me to attend the Project Delivery Fundamentals class! It was one of the most useful classes Ive attended, with helpful information for any project, but especially for City projects. I was particularly impressed with how well organized the class, and all the standards youve established in your Bureau, are. I can see why Bureau of Engineering is so successful in delivering projects. We have much to learn from you. I also wanted to comment on how respectful everyone who presented, and attended, the classes were. You dont always see that. It was a great experience all around, and I really appreciate your sharing this opportunity with me. With appreciation, Sylvia Bergstrom ITA
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BOE Conducts ASCE Tour of Riverside Drive Viaduct Replacement, Largest Bridge Project Currently Under Construction
On Saturday, June 8, 2013 the Bureau of Engineering held a tour of the Riverside Drive Viaduct Replacement over the Los Angeles River Project for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) and ASCE Los Angeles Younger Member Forum (LA YMF). BOE Project Construction Management staff Julia Moye and Ignacio Villa conducted the tour along with Alan Lee, FPL and Associates Project Civil Designer and retired BOE engineer, and Nien Wang, HNTBs Project Structural Designer. Approximately 35 ASCE members attended the tour for this exciting Project with a construction cost of approximately $39 million and construction duration of 4 years (June 2011 June 2015). This Project is demolishing and replacing the seismically and geometrically deficient Riverside Drive Viaduct while maintaining two-way traffic. The Viaduct crosses the LA River, Ave 19, Metrolink and Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Additionally a roundabout is being installed at the intersection of San Fernando Road and Riverside Drive along with a large public art feature in the center of the roundabout. Participants were given 360 degree viewing access to the new Viaduct, including views from above, standing on the sidewalk of the existing viaduct stricture and views from down below, from inside the LA River Channel. Tour highlights included discussion of project design challenges, design features, utility coordination, and construction challenges. The tour group found exciting things to see and interesting information being shared at every stop on this 1.5 hour long tour. ASCE tours are open to all. Information of upcoming tours is always available at

Tour attendees gather in the LA River Channel under the new bridge structure.

A side by side view from underneath the existing and new viaduct structures.

Julia Moye (BOE BID), Ignacio Villa (BOE BID) and Project Structural Designer Nien Wang (HNTB Corporation) presenting a project overview.
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L.A. High School Students Participate in International Bridge Building Contest in Chicago
This years International Bridge Building Contest was held at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in Chicago, Illinois on April 27, 2013. Two Los Angeles high school students, Victor Guzman from Robert H. Lewis High School (RLHS) and Erick Barrales from Theodore Roosevelt High School (TRHS), represented the City of Los Angeles Region in the contest. The winning prize was a half tuition scholarship to IIT. The goal of this competition is to encourage local high school students to gain interest and experience in the field of engineering. A total of 53 contestants some from as far away as Nepal participated; however, the majority were from the United States (USA). Victor and Erick were the first and second place winners for the Los Angeles Regional Bridge Building Contest which was held at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) on March 28, 2013. As a result, the students were awarded a paid trip to Chicago for the International Bridge Building Contest which included transportation, lodging and meals. Members of the bridge building team who accompanied Victor and Erick to Chicago, were SEDs Warren Liu, BOE mentor; Dr. Harald Holcomb, a science teacher from RLHS; and Israel Hernandez, a math teacher from TRHS. This team worked very closely on a day-to-day basis with students to ensure the best model bridges were designed and constructed for this years international contest. The contest specifications govern the design of the bridge. This year, the specifications required the bridge support surfaces to have an elevation difference of 10.0 mm at a support, which created an extra challenge for the students. The International Bridge Building Committee provided the students with color-coded 3/32-inch square cross-section basswood sticks for the model bridge for verification of material used before qualifying for the competition. The students had to account for limitations of the basswood, dimensions, and weight during the construction process. In addition, the moisture difference between Chicago and Los Angeles affected the bridge strength as well. Building a bridge to compete at the international level is extremely challenging. During the competition, each bridge was weighed, tested to failure, and ranked by its efficiency. Efficiency (E) is calculated as the ratio of the load supported by the bridge, in grams (maximum of 50 Kilograms) divided by bridge mass, in grams. For testing, each model bridge was placed on a special apparatus. The load was applied 50.0 mm to the right side of the center of the bridge. The loading was incremental until the bridge failed or the load reached a maximum of 50 kilograms. Victors bridge (see photo top right) had a mass of 18.28 grams and failed at a loading of 42 kilograms. His bridge yielded an efficiency of 2298 and ranked 13th. Ericks bridge (see photo on page 7) had a mass of 14.10 grams and failed at 28 kilograms. His bridges efficiency was calculated to be 1986 and ranked 18th. The international contest winner was

The load testing of Victors bridge Bret Lorimore from Riverdale High School in Oregon. His bridge weighed 10.82 grams and carried 42 kilograms (approximately 93 pounds) with an efficiency of 3882! Los Angeles City Region schools did really well at the international level when compared with last years placing of 19th and 30th. Besides competing at the bridge building contest, the bridge building team had a chance to visit the Skydeck in Willis Tower (formerly named Sears Tower) and the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park. Willis Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the USA. The Skydeck is a 1,353-foot observation deck, and the Ledges glass boxes extend 4.3 feet outwards from the main faade of the building structure. Visiting theses marvels of engineering afforded the students an unforgettable learning experience. Although, the Los Angeles bridge building team did not win the competition, it was a great experience for the students. Thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineers (Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch - Julia Moye and Alejandro Moreno), Parson and Arcadis for their generous support of the 2013 Regional and International Bridge Building contests. Special thanks go to Board of Public Works President Capri W. Maddox and Commissioner Valerie Lynne Shaw for their encouragement and support for this program; to Shailesh Sunny Patel, Division Engineer, Shirish Mistry, Senior Structural Engineer and Warren Liu, Civil Engineering Associate of the Structural Engineering Division, for
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Los Angeles High School students at the International Bridge Building Contest in Chicago.
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The bridge building team got to visit the Skydeck in the Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the United States. leading this outreach event and providing day to day assistance and technical guidance to all student participants and mentors; and to BOE Council/Board Liaisons Richard Liu and Leslie Wall for their coordination of this years very successful program. In addition, thanks go to Public Relations Principal, Lauren Skinner for arranging the food and the prizes, CSULA Chair of Civil Engineering Dr. Rupa Purasinghe, Donna Melendez and CSULA College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Dean Dr. Keith Moo-Young, and the CSULA ASCE chapter. Special thanks also go to the City Engineer Gary Lee Moore for his continuous commitment to this event with the goal of motivating students from the City of Los Angeles to pursue further education leading to an engineering profession. We extend our sincere thanks to all participating high schools, student con-

The check-in picture of Ericks bridge testants, teachers, principals, coordinators and the following BOE mentors: Kesavan Korand, Karan Patel, Alejandro Moreno, Mina Azarnia, Shashi Bhakta, Gary Lam, Richard Louie, Armando Medina, Robert Schultz, Teresa Cajahuaringa, and Andrew Ko, for making the 2013 Contest a truly successful and fruitful event.

Free Summer Sports Academy for Youth Ages 7-14

Rec & Parks press release: Los Angeles June 18 through August 2, children ages 7-14 in low income communities who are looking for something fun to do are invited to participate in the L.A. Kids Free Summer Sports Academy, where they can develop their skills in a well-supervised healthy environment. Through the program, which is conducted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, kids receive instruction in baseball, softball, and soccer. They also receive free uniforms, lunch and transportation from participating recreation centers to Hansen Dam Sports Complex in the San Fernando Valley, where the academy is held. The academy dates are June 18 through August 2. For more information, check with
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your neighborhood recreation center, or call Charlton A. Burton at (213) 485-4841, or go to For kids ages 7-14 who prefer basketball, L.A. Kids has a Winter Basketball Camp that coincides with the Los Angeles Unified School District winter vacation; attendees also receive a free uniform, lunch, and transportation to the location that will host the camp. In addition, free basketball clinics are given from September through June and include quality instruction and a free T-shirt. Youth can also participate in free L.A. Kids after school classes at more than 60 Department of Recreation and Parks facilities throughout the city. Subjects include gymnastics, painting, cheerleading, sports clinics, music, and more.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and El Pueblo Park Association will be presenting an art exhibit entitled Sacred Memories: Contemporary and Cross Cultural Expressions of Day of the Dead from October 25 to November 24, 2013. Sacred Memories will explore the worlds rituals that venerate the departed including Dia de los Muertos, first observed by the indigenous people of Latin America, Chinas Qingming, Koreas Chuseok, and other rituals practiced in United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Artists are asked to submit two and three-dimensional work (including ofrendas/ altars) that examines rituals honoring the deceased and/or pays tribute to departed ancestors. Interactive and interpretive works will be particularly encouraged. All submissions must be received by Monday July 1, 2013 by 5:00 pm. A maximum of six (6) submissions from each artist. All submissions must be the artists original work. The following information MUST accompany each work of art submitted: 1. Artists Name: first and last name 2. Contact Info: 2a. Email address; 2b. Telephone number; 2c. Mailing Address 3. Artwork Info: 3a. Title of work; 3b. year executed; 3c. media; 3d. dimensions 4. Artist Statement: A few words on the piece and how it is related to the Sacred Memories theme. Submissions will be accepted in the following formats for Mail-In or Email Submissions: Digital images, i.e. jpeg format (hi-res jpeg 2-3MB is the preferred format. Please be sure to have good quality images and the colors represent the true color of the artwork.) Photographic prints Please do not mail or drop off original work. Artists who wish their entries be returned to them must include a self-addressed stamped envelope. By Mail - CD or prints should be mailed to: Sacred Memories Submission El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument History Division 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90012 By e-mail - Hi-Res jpeg (2-3MB) can be submitted via email to: khue.jacobs@lacity. org. All email submissions MUST HAVE the following Subject Line to be considered : SACRED MEMORIES 2013: Artist Submission Artists whose work is accepted for the exhibit will be notified by the end of August. Upon notification, images of accepted artwork may be used in the exhibitions publicity. For more information, please call (213) 485-8437 or email:
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El Pueblo Art Show Call for Submissions

Construction Management Association of America, So Cal Chapter Seminars

The Construction Management Association of America Southern California Chapter is offering the following seminars. Managing Your Risks and Protecting Your Position as the Middle-Man Practical Advice for Construction Managers and Contractors on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at The Grand Conference Center, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach, 8:00 am Registration, 8:30 am Seminar. The discussion will center on practical advice for Construction Managers (CMs) and General Contractors (GCs) in all phases of the project from contract negotiations with the owner, to problems that may occur in the course of construction, to successfully closing out the project. The focus of the presentation will be to provide CMs and GCs with real world alternatives for situations that come up over and over during projects: What do you do when an owner insists on an onerous concealed conditions provision? How do you decide when to declare a sub in default? Are you in fact prepared to declare the sub in default, have you done everything possible to contemporaneously document their delays and your damages? There will also be a discussion on the changes brought about SB 474, and how to adopt your indemnity provisions to comply with its requirements. Topics to be discussed will include: Project Decimators Contract Clauses to Avoid Indemnity Compliance with Californias Statutory Requirements (SB 474) Managing the Project Subcontractor Defaults Mitigation Problem Subcontractors Project Insurance Dispute Resolution Seminar Instructors: Alex R. Baghdassarian, Esq., Peckar & Abranson, P.C. and Mark Johnson, Esq., Alston + Bird LLP. Cost: Register by June 14 $70 members, $110 non-members. After June 14 $85 members, $135 non-members. Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Capital Program Updates on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Hyatt Regency Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, 5:30 pm Registration, 6:30 pm Dinner and Presentation. Capital Program Overview Upcoming Projects Opportunities for construction and consulting services How to do business with LA County DPW Speaker: Massoud Eftekhari, Deputy Director, Public Works Cost: Register by June 14 $70 members, $110 non-members. After June 14 $85 members, $135 non-members. Construction Contracts 6 Key Provisions on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at The Grand Conference Center, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach, 8:00 am Registration, 8:30 am Seminar.
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In good times and bad, sophisticated owners are always seeking professional construction managers to lead their projects to a successful completion. To meet owners expectations, one of the skills construction managers must possess is a thorough understanding of the key provisions in owner-contractor agreements. This presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of six important construction-contract provisions. It will explain their purpose in setting the expectations of the parties and the problems the provisions are intended to prevent. Also, the presentation will discuss the typical circumstances when the language in the provisions takes center stage in disputes. Discussion topics: Scope of work Payment Insurance Performance and payment bonds Product substitutions Indemnification Seminar instructor: Derek A. Simpson, Esq., Morris, Polich & Purdy LLP Cost: Register by July 5 $70 members, $110 non-members. After July 5 $85 members, $135 non-members. The Construction Managers Role in Project Schedule Management on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at The Grand Conference Center, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach, 8:00 am Registration, 8:30 am Seminar. A 3 hour indepth presentation reviewing the role of the Owners Representative in project schedule development, analysis, administration and best practices for effective project management. Time will be set aside to respond to specific questions submitted to CMAA prior to the date of the seminar by registered attendees about their own schedule. Attendees will receive a PCM Schedule Workbook, providing schedule management resources including sample specification and other schedule tools. Learn about: Enforcing all of the terms of your specifications Work days vs calendar days Holiday identification and work day set asides Weather day set asides Baseline schedule documentation The all-critical schedule Who owns the float Finding sequestered float Reasonable activity durations Sequencing repetitive work paths Resource loading Early completion schedules Schedule updating and percent complete Time impact analyses Concurrent delays The real critical path Seminar Leader: Chip Ossman, President, Ossman Project Management Consulting, Inc. Cost: Register by July 12 $70 members,

$110 non-members. After July 12 $85 members, $135 non-members. Social Media Construction Management & Owner Benefits on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at The Grand Conference Center, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach, CA, 8:00 am Registration, 8:30 am Seminar. Learn about: Social media landscape in construction Building blocks for establishing an online presence Success factors for developing an online presence Small business outreach application using social media Collaboration of the subcontractor, contractor, CM architect and owner using social media Case studies highlighting Clark Constructions implementation of social media on projects: LA County Hall of Justice Project and Camp Pendleton Hospital Replacement Project Seminar leaders from Clark Construction Group: Chip Hastie, Vice President; and Chad Salganik, Manager of Web Services. Panel Members: Vince Yu, Project Management Division II Capital Project Program Manager, LA County Department of Public Works; Jesse A. Lora, Public Affairs Supervisor, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; Donna Clandening, Director of Marketing, AC Martin. Register by July 19: $70 for members, $110 for non-members. After May 24: $85 for members and $135 for non-members. Water & Wastewater Agency Night Capital Program Updates on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Hyatt Regency Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, 5:30 pm Registration, 6:30 pm Dinner & Presentation. Joseph Grindstaff, former Executive Officer, Delta Stewardship Council. Dean Fisher, Division Manager, Project Management Office, Orange County Sanitation District. James B. McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager, Water System, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Traci Minamide, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Scott S. Slater, Chief Executive Officer, President, CADIZ, Inc. Cost: Register by July 19 $70 members, $110 non-members. After July 19 $85 members, $135 non-members. Bid Protests The need to know for the Owner, Selected Bidder, and Protestor on Thursday, November 7, 2013 , at The LA Hotel Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, 8:00 am Registration, 8:30 am Seminar. Back by popular demand, an informative, advanced level, analyses of a Bid Protest. Experienced Owner and Contractor representatives will explain the ins and outs of the protest, the defense, and the Owners
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CMAA Seminars - continued from page 8 rights and responsibilities. We will analyze the protest of a traditional design-bid-build prime contractor award, and the protest of a qualifications based award for construction management services. Appearing on behalf of the Selected Bidder: Marcia Haber Kamine, Kamine Phelps, P.C. Appearing on behalf of the Owner: Kevin Collins, Esq., Alston + Bird Appearing on behalf of the Protesting Bidder: Bernard Kamine, Kamine Phelps, P.C. Moderator: Chip Ossman, Ossman Project Management Consulting, Inc. Cost: Register by Nov 1 $70 members, $110 non-members. After Nov 1 $85 members, $135 non-members. For additional information please go to

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This is a reminder that employees must get the approval of their group manager and deputy/senior manager prior to submitting any abstract or paper for presentation at a professional conference.

Delkhaste Commended

This e-mail was sent to Jon Delkhaste, Wastewater Conveyance Construction Division: Date: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM Subject: Sewer Lateral Repair at 4144 W Avenue 42 Hi Jon, I just wanted to take a moment to express in writing how profoundly thankful my wife and I are for what you and the City did for us over the weekend. As Im sure you know, when sewers back-up and the result is a late night flood into your living room, it can be a very alarming and frustrating situation to deal with.From the moment I contacted Charles at the Sanitation Dept., I was assured that the situation would be resolved immediately. This was reinforced when I met you and John at the property Friday night. John Williams and his crew were fantastic; arriving Saturday morning and completing all needed repairs by late afternoon. They were courteous, highly skilled, thorough and a pleasure to observe and interact with during the process. It was also a pleasure meeting and talking with our inspector, Bill, who was very cordial and explained a number of issues to interested neighbors. I dont have Charles, John or Bills email addresses but I would certainly appreciate it if this email could be forwarded to them. These days it seems everyone has a poor impression of government in general. However, the City of Los Angeles response to my problem and level of service could not have been more impressive, and for that, my wife and I are most grateful. Chris Gjolme
Engineering Newsletter - 6/12/13

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Sanitation Open Houses

Thanks to Tamimi

This e-mail was sent to Belal Tamimi, WCCD: Date: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM Subject: Caribou Lane Dear CD5 Team, Thank you again for your help in getting Sanitation out to Caribou Lane to help fix our sewer issue. Always know our Council office will help us navigate the City to get done what we need to get done. Belal was great in answering our questions, his team got in and out very quickly and hopefully this resolves our leak issue. Wanted to also thank Mike at DWP for going outside of his job duties and helping push this along. Many complain about City departments but there are still great people in there who care about their jobs and these two are two of them. Sincerely, Ramin Kolahi Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council Residents of Beverly Glen Representative

Hosting the 11th Annual Sanitation Open Houses, the City of Los Angeles will opens its doors at each of its six district sanitation yards in Sun Valley, Northridge, Lincoln Heights, South Los Angeles, San Pedro, and West Los Angeles in a series of weekend events beginning Saturday, April 27, 2013. Families and children of all ages are invited to attend the free events. The Sanitation Open House dates, times and locations are: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Harbor District Yard, 1400 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - West Los Angeles District Yard, 2027 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025 The Open Houses feature trash truck and equipment demonstrations in addition to facility tours, information booths, recycling games with prizes and refreshments. The citys recycling mascots, Mr. Recycle and Robo Blue will be on hand to engage and bring recycling to life through imagination and fun. Last year, more than 7,600 residents visited the yards to learn about the citys recycling and Sanitation services, and nearly 300 city employees volunteered their time to give back to the public and conduct the free events. Fruit trees will be available to residents that live or own property within the City of Los Angeles through the Million Trees L.A. program. Residents may adopt a free tree to plant on their private property. Trees will be in limited quantity and disbursed on a firstcome, first-served basis until supplies run out. Identification will be required to verify city residency and there is a limit of one tree per property address. In conjunction with the tree adoption opportunities, Sanitation will giveaway free mulch recycled from its green waste program. Young visitors will also have the opportunity to learn how to plant small vegetable plants. Used tire collections will also be provided free to City of Los Angeles residents at each of the Open Houses. Made possible by a CalRecycle grant, city residents will have an opportunity to bring in their used tires from their homes to be processed for beneficial reuse. The following restrictions apply: no tires will be accepted from businesses; a maximum of nine (9) tires per person per trip; passenger and light truck tires only; and no tires on rims will be accepted. For information about Sanitation services, please call (800) 773-2489 or visit www.

New Letterhead

The latest version of the Bureau of Engineering letterhead template is always available from the Engineering Forms Library under the category Correspondence on the BOE intranet.
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Jan Green-Rebstock, Environmental Supervisor I, EMG.

May 21 Election Results


Grace David, Structural Engineering Associate III, transfer to DWP, BID; Brian Bennett, Office Engineering Tech II, retired, MLR.


Ali Hemmatabadi, Structural Engineering Associate II, from SSD to SED; Andrew Ko, Structural Engineering Associate II, from SED to PAC; Armando Medina, Structural Engineering Associate II, from SED to CEN; Kitty Siu, Structural Engineering Associate II, from PAC to SSD.

The City Clerk has certified results of the May 21, 2013 election: Mayor Eric Garcetti City Attorney Mike Feuer Controller Ron Galperin Council Districts CD1 Gilbert Cedillo CD 9 Curren D. Price, Jr. CD 13 Mitch OFarrell Newly elected officials will take office on July 1, 2013. A special runoff election to fill the vacancy in Council District 6 will be held on July 23, 2013.

4th of July Holiday

Thursday, July 4, 2013, is a City holiday. Remember to mark your timesheet for that day as HO 8.0. Since the holiday is only for eight hours, those of you on the 9/80 schedule must adjust your hours accordingly within the same pay period. (Non-FLSA exempt employees can only adjust their hours within their defined work week.) Check with your division timekeeper if you have any questions.

BOE is now on Facebook

Convention Center GM

In Memoriam

Our deepest sympathies go to Deputy City Engineer, Vince Jones, whose father, Vernie Jones, passed away on May 15, 2013. Services were held on May 23, 2013 at the Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Employment Support

The Rapid Response Program from the Community Development Department is available to assist and provide employment support to all City Staff. This is to both support any City Staff looking for their next job as well as helping find any past City Staff from the prior three years who have been laid off and are looking for work. Rapid Response is located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall at the counter across from the Docents Area. They will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm from now through June 13th. Take advantage of their resources and connect other prior staff to their program. Stop by, talk to them and get your questions and concerns answered. They are there to help.

Echo Park Lake Reopening Announced

The eagerly anticipated reopening of Echo Park Lake to the public will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The lake was closed and drained in the summer of 2011 for clean up and revitalization. The project was funded by Proposition O and managed by the Bureau of Engineering.

On May 7, 2013, Mayor Villaraigosa appointed Robert Bud Ovrom, the head of the Building and Safety Department, to be Interim Executive Director of the Convention Center and nominated him for the permanent position, subject to confirmation by Council. Ovrom was a Deputy Mayor for economic development during Villaraigosa first term administration, overseeing the convention center and tourism projects such as L.A. Live and the W Hollywood hotel. I am very excited to lead the effort in jump-starting the new vision for the convention center, Ovrom said today. Villaraigosa said he wants Ovrom to partner with the citys Tourism and Convention Board to drive critical infrastructure improvements at the convention center to attract more business. Ovrom lauded the mayor and City Councils plan to make the convention center the focal point in leveraging all city assets to promote tourism, sports and entertainment citywide. Under Mayor James Hahn, Ovrom was CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency. Before that, he was city manager for Burbank for 18 years. Building & Safety Department Executive Officer Raymond S. Chan is now the Interim General Manager of that Department.

The Bureau of Engineering has launched aFacebookPage!This page was created in an effort to distribute information forthe Bureau of Engineering as it relates to projects, events and information about the Bureau of Engineering. It is intended to highlight recent projects, promote ourStrategicPlan, and provide a fresh, personalized side of the Bureau of Engineering. Check it out at:http://www.facebook. com/LABureauofEngineering


Newsletter Submissions

We are always pleased to receive submissions for the Newsletter. There are a few tips that wed like to be kept in mind. If you have photos, please send them in their native format, i.e., jpg or tif. Do not place photos in a word processing document. Also, its appreciated if you could provide the names of any people in the photos. Again, thanks to everyone for their contributions.

The May 1, 2013 BOE Newsletter article on the opening of Aliso Canyon Park should have also included mention of the BOE Environmental Management Group, who prepared the environmental documents for the project, which included an Initial Study leading to a Mitigated Negative Declaration, which required, as a mitigation, bird and bat monitoring as well as other special studies, and approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers for the new pedestrian bridge across Aliso Creek. Thanks go to William Jones, and his supervisor Jim Doty, for the environmental documents and special studies completed as a part of the overall CEQA compliance for the project.

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