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Issue #2021-2022, Q1
October 6, 2021
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Craig Justesen

President's Message

Hello Chapter 1 Members, can you feel it? Fall is here with a welcomed evening chill signaling it’s time to trade in work shorts for work sweats. And as we all know, there have been other changes over the last 18 months, some good, some bad, and some just different. Many of us are celebrating the option to trade commuting with telecommuting, using the newly found time to spend with family, friends, new hobbies, and focusing on professional development.

The Chapter is here to encourage and support professional development by continuing the free class voucher program. The Board is pleased to report that Headquarters will once again accept Chapter 1 vouchers for Headquarters sponsored courses, see voucher details and upcoming courses in the Education Chair’s update.

Other changes include California’s controversial SB-9 and SB-10 legislation that was recently signed into law by Governor Newsome. The legislation impacts are still being contemplated, but as right of way professionals it important to keep current on legislation that can change the real estate landscape. For details on SB-9 please see the newsletter article presented by Best Best and Krieger, LLP SB 9: It’s Not a Duplex Bill, It’s a Fourplex Bill!

Lastly, the Chapter is still navigating through members comfort with attending in-person events and challenges with State and County Covid19 regulations. The Chapter will host a virtual luncheon on October 21st where Joey Mendoza of Monument ROW will be discussing Right of Way and Construction interface. Also, on November 18, Maya Hamouie will be hosting an in-person happy hour, stay tuned for the time and location. For additional events please see the Calendar of Events.

The Board and I look forward to serving and representing Chapter 1 members. Please feel free to reach out to me or members of the Board with any comments or recommendations.

Craig Justesen

Chapter 1 to Host the 2024 Annual Education Conference

By: David Graeler
Artin Shaverdian and I, as co-chairs of the 2024 Education Conference Bid Committee, are pleased to announce that Chapter 1 has been formally awarded the honor of hosting the 2024 Annual Education Conference in Long Beach. During a meeting we had on Friday, October 1st with International President Jake Farrell and with IRWA Director of Events Jade Meador, Artin and I learned that the International Governance Council is very excited about Long Beach serving as the host city and the Long Beach Convention Center being our venue. The 2024 Education Conference will mark the 90th Anniversary for Chapter 1 and for the IRWA, so it’s a perfect time to bring the conference home to the Los Angeles area! A formal announcement will be made by IRWA very soon, but we wanted all of Chapter 1 to hear the good news from us first! There will be a need for volunteers as the conference date approaches, so we hope that you’ll join us in the coming years to help make this a hugely successful event!
Given the substantial growth that is occurring within CBRE’s ROW Valuation business in the Western Region and CA specifically, CBRE is hiring the following positions in CA:
  • Senior leaders with ROW appraisal experience
  • Licensed appraisers with ROW appraisal experience
  • Valuation associates (unlicensed trainees) with ROW appraisal experience
To apply to open CA positions, please do so at the following links:
VP level positions – MAI with ROW experience –
Senior Appraiser positions – Certified Generals with ROW experience –
Valuation associate positions – unlicensed trainees with ROW experience –

To learn more about ROW Valuation opportunities at CBRE, please email the following two individuals:
Steve Parent – Director of Right of Way, Western Region
[email protected]
James Wilson, Senior Employment Recruiter
[email protected]

Professional Development Committee Chair

BY: Micole Alfaro

We would like to extend our congratulations to members who have recently achieved certification credentials or have begun the path toward certification. As we celebrate these accomplishments, we are reminded of the difference one person can make. In 1934, Frank C. Balfour, a right-of-way agent employed by the California Division of Highways (now Caltrans) founded a member-led …
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New Members

New Members

Presented by Diane Dominguez

New Member Chair Roy Guinaldo has been with Overland, Pacific & Cutler, LLC for the past 18 years. He is a Senior Project Manager in Acquisitions. Prior to Overland Pacific & Cutler he worked for 14 years in Real Estate Sales. Roy intends to pursue his IRWA credentials and was also a prior member and is …
On the Move in Los Angeles County

On the Move in Los Angeles County

BY: Cheryl DeMucci and Julie Del Rivo

Transportation Chairs Transportation-related bills dealing with climate change, active transportation and highway worker safety were among those approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor last year. Here are some of the recent laws of 2020 and 2021 . In Los Angeles, Metro improvements Projects offer the potential to reduce traffic that …

SB 9: It’s Not a Duplex Bill, It’s a Fourplex Bill!

BY: Best Best & Krieger LLP,

Elizabeth Hull, Todd Leishman and, Abraham Galvan Sanchez

Bill to Allow Lot Splits and Two-Unit Projects By-Right in Single-Family Zones Passes in Legislature and Awaits Governor Approval The California State Legislature has passed the widely discussed Senate Bill 9, which would require all local agencies to consider certain proposed two-unit projects and lot splits ministerially. …

Member Free One Day Course Voucher

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2021-2022 Professional Development Courses

Sergio Huezo, Education Chair

2021 was a year full of transition, from relocating jobs and homes, working from home full time, and even learning in a virtual platform with attendees across the nation. With that being said, I want to make education a focal point for Chapter 1 to better prepare its members for career growth, changes, and opportunities. Below …
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Makes you think twice before becoming a residential rental property owner

Presented by Mike Yoshiba, Law Chair

The law is clear that landlords cannot base an eviction on and a landlord shall not terminate a tenancy . . . based upon an act or acts against a tenant . . . that constitute domestic violence"