Newletter Jan. 2017
January 2011 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

Published Bi-Monthly                                           Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties since 1962

2017 Board of Directors


Benny Young, County of Monterey

Vice President

Phillip Edwards, Butano Geotechnical


Rodney Cahill, Mesiti-Miller Engineering


Laurie Williamson, City of Monterey


Patrick Dobbins, Harris & Assoc.

Past President

Jorge Aguilar, Wallace Group


John Wallace, Wallace Group

Robert Russell, City of Salinas

Rick Riedl, City of Seaside

Eda Herrera, City of Salinas

Mike Niccum, Pebble Beach CSD

Josh Spangrud, City of Santa Cruz

Brian McMinn, City of Marina

Newsletter Director

Frank Lopez, Harris & Associates

Student Outreach Director

Maria Esther Rodriguez, City of Watsonville

Training Director

Kacey Held, Whitson Engineers

Young Professional Director

Riley Gerbrandt, County of Santa Cruz

Membership/Diversity Director

Diana Haines, Whitson Engineers

Presidents Column

Chapter Calendar



Wednesday January 25, 2017

at San Juan Oaks Golf Clubhouse
3825 Union Road
Hollister, CA  95023

Socializing/Networking at 5:15 pm (Cash Bar)

Dinner at 6:30 pm

Program at 7:15 pm


Buffet Dinner with Lemon Herb Chicken, Tri Tip,

Green Salad, Seasonal Fruit, Pasta Primavera Salad,

Roasted Potatoes, Vegetables, Rolls and Dessert

Dinner includes water, ice tea, coffee and tea


$33 Per RSVP

$10 for College Students (under 24 YO with School ID)


Ø    Welcome and Announcements

Ø    Installation of 2017 Chapter Board

Ø    2017 Young Professional of the Year Award

Ø    2017 Public Works Person of the Year Award

Ø    2017 Project of the Year Awards

Ø    Drawing to fund Scholarship Grants

RSVP by noon on Thursday, January 19

By visiting the chapter website:

A “Reservation Made, Reservation Paid” policy will be enforced as the restaurant bills us based on the number of RSVPs given in advance.

Happy New Year!

It is an honor to be asked to serve as your APWA Chapter President for 2017. The Monterey Bay Chapter has a long and proud tradition of achievement on behalf of the public works profession. With your help, I hope to continue that.

I have a belief that we are collectively engaged in what is, at its essence, a ‘noble calling’. We are a mix of dedicated public servants and private sector professionals, who together comprise a team providing essential/fundamental services to citizens. The value of those services cannot be overstated!

Please join me in expressing appreciation to Jorge Aguilar, who did an outstanding job as President for us in 2016. And, again congratulate our 2016 National Award winners, Debbie Hale and Frank Lopez.

Our Chapter has earned National recognition for the last 9 years as a recipient of the APWA Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE). The PACE Award recognizes chapters for contributions made and dedicated efforts in developing programs and services that result in a positive impact for their members, public works profession and community. Our Chapter continues to sponsor scholarships and internships to help the next generation of public servants. And the events which the Chapter promotes, particularly the bi-monthly dinners, annual training conference, and golf tournament provide us all with enjoyable times and the opportunity to share ideas, camaraderie, and build/enhance our professional relationships.

As your Chapter President, I commit to doing the very best I can to help the organization succeed. I know I am in good company in our Chapter and ask you to also take an active role this year. Offer suggestions, attend a Board meeting or two, help out at our general meetings, or share your expertise at our annual training event.  If you are willing, we will be delighted to help you ‘plug in’! 

We have a wonderful new (and expanded) slate of officers for 2017. You can find the group and contact information elsewhere in this newsletter. I encourage you to contact anyone of your Board members. And, I can also be reached at or (831)7554831. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have a suggestion or wish to help out.

I look forward to this year and to our mutual involvement in chapter activities!

Benny J. Young

2017 APWA Monterey Bay Chapter President

Chapter General Meetings are held the evening of the third or fourth Wednesday of odd numbered months. Board Meetings are typically held at noon the third Thursday of the even numbered months. Board Meetings are open to anybody who wishes to attend. Updated meeting information is posted at the Chapter website:

January 25

Annual Board Retreat at San Juan Oaks GC, Hollister

January 25

General Meeting and Annual Chapter Awards Ceremony at San Juan Oaks GC, Hollister

February 16

Board Meeting at Castroville CSD

February 19 – 25

National Engineers Week

March 1

Deadline for National APWA Awards (except for Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE))

March 15

General Meeting hosted by City of Santa Cruz

April 20

Board Meeting at Harris Assoc Salinas Office

May 17

General Meeting (“The Corralitos BBQ”) hosted by City of Watsonville

May 21 – 27

National Public Works Week

June 1

Deadline for APWA Presidential Award for

Chapter Excellence (PACE)

June 21

Board Meeting at Mesti-Miller Engr in Santa Cruz

July 26

General Meeting hosted by City of Salinas


10th Annual Summer Training Conference at

Watsonville Civic Plaza

August 17

Board Meeting at TAMC Conference Room

August 27 – 30

APWA Public Works Expo at Orlando, FL

September 29

6th Annual Chapter Golf Tournament at Bayonet Golf Course, Seaside CA

October 19

Board Meeting at MRWPCA Conference Room

November 15

General Meeting hosted by County of Monterey

December 14

2018 Chapter Awards submittal deadline

Past Presidents Column

Greetings and Happy New Year to my fellow members and colleagues in the Monterey Bay Chapter of APWA! I’m honored to have served as your Chapter President in 2016 and looking forward to the continued great work our Chapter does under the leadership of incoming President Benny Young.

I’ve decided to resist the temptation of reviewing all our accomplishments in 2016 as a Chapter and instead try to keep it short and sweet for my outgoing column. I do, however, want to highlight just a few services we’ve provided and talk about the motivation that makes the Monterey Bay Chapter so great!  Last year we held well attended general meetings at various locations in the Tri-Counties that were not only informative but a bunch of fun. We continued very successful annual training classes and the annual fundraiser Golf Tournament and our members volunteered at all sorts of community service events. Your 2016 Board members met at least every other month to coordinate these activities and manage the affairs of the Chapter while focusing on increasing the value provided.  With the funds raised our Chapter sponsored scholarships or internships to help the next generation of public servants and the events provided all of us the opportunity to share ideas and camaraderie.  We served the public, added value to each other and provided a bit of help and encouragement to the next generation coming forward!

Our Chapter has earned National recognition for the last 9 years as a recipient of the APWA Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE). The PACE Award recognizes chapters for contributions made and dedicated efforts in developing programs and services that result in a positive impact for their members, public works profession and community. 

So I come to the point I’d like to highlight. We are a profession of many disciplines and backgrounds with the commonality of being dedicated to service. We practice the mantra of service to our community and not only should we be proud of that but we also should strive to pass it on, our society needs it more than ever. For when we serve we not only receive satisfaction but also find purpose. I’m proud to be a colleague of yours and a member of your Board for 2017 as the Past President. I look forward to this fresh new year and the opportunities and purpose we’ll find!

Jorge Aguilar

2017 APWA Monterey Bay Chapter Past President


Chapter Awards


2017 APWA Monterey Bay Chapter Awards   

Each year the Monterey Bay Chapter of APWA recognizes those Projects in our tri-county area that are unique and emulate the criteria set forth by APWA National for recognition.  That criteria includes:

  • Timely completion of the project
  • Successful project management considering cost and schedule
  • Steps taken during construction to preserve the environment
  • Efforts by the contractor, consultant and agency to protect public lives and property
  • Unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions over which there was no control
  • Innovations in technology or management of the project.

Our Chapter will recognize a “Project of the Year” at our general meeting on January 25, 2017 along with the other outstanding projects that were submitted for review.

The Projects nominated for Project of the Year are:

  • City of Gonzales Pool Renovation
  • Chualar Community Athletic Field Renovation and Sidewalk Improvements
  • Castroville, Well No 5 Arsenic Removal
  • Moss Landing Sea Otter Crossing

We will also recognize our Chapter’s Professional of the Year who has demonstrated significant contributions to the profession and on behalf of APWA.

Afterwards, we will pass along our candidates to National for consideration of recognition at the PWX conference to be held in Orlando FL in August 2017.

Last year we were extraordinarily successful in having two people from the Monterey Bay Chapter recognized at the 2016 PWX in Minneapolis:  Debbie Hale as the Transportation Manager of the Year and Frank Lopez as a National Young Professional.  In addition, our Chapter was awarded the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE Award).  We were very proud of these awards and wish to continue the efforts this year.

Please join us to recognize these impressive projects and Person of the Year.



Job Announcements

Join APWA!

Please contact your fellow Public Works Officials and Consultants and encourage them to join our local APWA branch. To join please visit

Each APWA member is assigned to one primary chapter, but if his/her membership is covered on a group roster (public agency, Corporate Heritage, Corporate Prestige, Corporate Crown, Student, or One Call group) then members may use the “info sharing chapter” option to get communications from other chapters. Visit the Chapter Assignment section of the Chapters page for more information.


·       City of Salinas – Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer (Flyer Attached)

·       City of Soledad – Public Works Manager (Flyer Attached)

·       Harris & Associates – Project Manager & Project Engineer (Salinas). For a complete list of positions or to apply online, go to:


The Engineering Division of Public Works with the City of Monterey would like to congratulate Max Rieser for successfully passing the Professional Engineering exam, he is now a Registered Civil Engineer.

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