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Issue #2020-2021, Q3
March 31, 2021
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CHAPTER NEWSLETTER

Ann Kulikoff

President's Message

As we are winding down to the last few months of this fiscal year, I am grateful to see that things are starting to improve. I wanted to share some of the work going on behind the scenes. It would have been a much more challenging year to connect with our membership if the Chapter did not make communication efficiency improvements. I want to thank Nick Szamet, Webmaster for helping us to streamline the newsletter and website. Nick’s expertise and efforts helped keep Chapter information consistently flowing during this past year. The information is linked and more user friendly. It has reduced the long hours down to a couple in putting together a newsletter. Another valuable improvement is that the newsletter is assembled using software in our Chapter 1 website. We save money and time using the software we included when we updated the website in 2018. The same year we won Website of the Year. As you will find throughout the President’s message, we add links to instantly connect you to the related detailed information on the IRWA Chapter 1 website or International website. This reduces the time our members spend finding information. Please continue to use the website regularly to keep updated on Chapter 1 member information. International Right of Way Association – IRWA Chapter 1 Los Angeles (irwa1.org)

I also would like to thank Maya Hamouie, Young Professional Chair and Craig Justesen, President-Elect for the presentations that they coordinated for our Chapter this year. This included the Business Valuation and Damages: Assessing COVIDs-19’s Economic Impact presented by William W. Thomsen with Grobstein Teeple, LLP and Brad Kuhn and Maya Hamouie with Nossaman LLP. Maya also brought us the Holiday Virtual Luncheon in December 2020. And in March, Craig coordinated the Utility Relocations and Risk Management, which was presented by Mike Parker, Jamie Lupo from Overland, Pacific & Cutler. All these virtual events were successful in bringing our membership and others together.

Next, I am excited to announce that we will be holding our 29th Valuation Seminar on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. We had to be fluid with planning this year and moving to a virtual format to ensure it could be done. Many thanks to our Valuation Chair, Paul Norlen who has been hard at work to bring us the Valuation Seminar with a great line-up of topics and presenters. The flyer for the Seminar is included in the newsletter under our Valuation Chair. You can sign up to attend through our Website under events. Continuing Education Credits “CEC” – SR/WA 4.0 CEC and BREA and MCLE applications submitted for CEC. Chapter Luncheons – International Right of Way Association (irwa1.org) Pricing is $49 for members and $59 for non-members.

The IRWA 67th Annual Conference will be offered both virtually and in person this year. It will be held June 6 – 9, 2021 in San Antonio. More details can be found on the International IRWA website International Right of Way Association | IRWA (irwaonline.org).

On the education front Chapter 1 will be holding virtual classes starting in April. Thanks to Sergio Huezo, Education Chair we were able to successfully add the virtual classes on the International website. This gives Chapter 1 an opportunity to receive a portion of tuition (same as in-person) from each person registered regardless of membership status. These classes are being coordinated through Headquarters and to register you will need to go to the International IRWA website Online Virtual Classes (irwaonline.org). Please see our Education Chair article which provides a detailed list of the Chapter 1 virtual classes being offered on the IRWA website.
--Please do not forget to use your free 1-day voucher – A great benefit for members please see details below--

I will close out my message by acknowledging a wonderful and kind IRWA member, Carol Brooks, who recently passed away. Carol was an inspirational person to all who got to know her. She was a member out of Chapter 11, San Diego, and instructor for the IRWA for many years. I met her through a class she taught, and we continued to communicate as she shared her articles and life experiences. I have included an article she wrote called “In the Midst of Chaos You Can Claim Your Moment”. As it is relevant to our current times and many of you may find relatable, this is just an example of what made Carol so special.
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Save the Date – 2021 Chapter 1 Annual Valuation Conference

May 26, 2021- Chapter 1 Annual Valuation Conference

BY: Paul Norlen, MAI, Chair, 2021 Chapter 1 Valuation Committee

The 2021 Chapter 1 Annual Valuation Conference will be held virtually on May 26, 2021. This will be a half-day program this year, and the tentative topics are Valuation of Telecommunication Sites and Billboards Signs, Valuation of Surplus Property and Valuation of Public Agency Ground Leases. Conference details and a registration link …
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Oil & Gas Co-Chair

Oil & Gas Co-Chair

BY: Steve Parent, Oil & Gas Co-Chair

According to industry insiders, COVID-19 continues to reduce demand for oil and gas. As long as viral spread prevents air travel, jet fuel demand will remain suppressed, leaving oil prices lower. Natural gas prices have spiked as gas production declines have constrained supply, tightening the market, and as the call on U.S. Liquefied …
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Pandemic Property Inspections

BY: Michael Yoshiba

Normal Real property inspections are a requisite part of all purchase and sale transactions, particularly those where public agencies are the acquiring party. Appraisers, relocation agents, environmental due diligence, safety inspectors and attorneys are among the persons who request, schedule and attend property site inspections. In the recent past, a letter and a follow-up telephone call secured …
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Property Management during Covid-19

Property Management during Covid-19

BY: Neidy Pinuelas, Asset Management Chair

Property Management Inspections during COVID-19 Governor Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic in March of 2020, several property management entities halted the property inspections to slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect both tenants and their employees. Questions arose on what is property management doing to complete …
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What is the full citation of the Uniform Act?

What is the full citation of the Uniform Act?

BY: Micole Alfaro, Professional Development Chair

What is the full citation of the Uniform Act? More importantly, what is the intent of the Uniform Act and what does it actually mean in the context of its implementing regulations and relocation of displaced people? We know the Uniform Act provides persons displaced by federally funded projects the following assurance: “uniform, fair …
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Why couldn’t the nine ants move into the five-bedroom apartment?

BY: David Richman, Relocation Chair

Twenty-twenty was quite the year, and 2021 appears to have started without any changes. The proposed rule changes to the URA were introduced in December, 2019. We are still waiting for the final rule. The last time the URA was updated was in 2005! On March 15th the ski area closed and the world came …
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Right of Way Agents from the Construction Manager Perspective

Right of Way Agents from the Construction Manager Perspective

Right of Way Agents from the Construction Manager Perspective

BY: Cheryl DeMucci, SR/WA, R-W/RAC IRWA

Transportation Committee Chairperson & Vice President at Paragon Partners, Ltd. To do their jobs successfully, construction managers have to rely on the work performed by right of way agents. I interviewed a team from Los Angeles Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project to gain a better understanding of this relationship between the two roles. The …
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April Harvey

Virtual Underground Safety Awareness Event

From April Harvey
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