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By: Alexandra Nguyen Rivera, SR/WA and Craig Justesen RW-RAC Credentialing Update Credentialing demonstrates a specialized industry-based knowledge and skill set as well as a commitment to professional development and performance excellence. IRWA offers a curriculum pathway of progressive credentialing options for infrastructure professionals who function as an Industry Generalist and offers three paths: RWA, RWP, […]

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By Michael Yoshiba, Esq. Some cases are more memorable than others. This matter was truly unforgettable for the variety, creativity and ferocity of the opposition to the State’s attempts to terminate a “temporary” tenancy. Patience and persistence is certainly required in both the right of way and legal professions. In July 20, 1978, the State […]

By: Dionisio Marquez, Relocation Chairperson and Cheryl DeMucci, Transportation Chairperson In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, which became the biggest public works project in the nation’s history. This act allowed for the construction of 41,000 miles of interstate highway by the early 1970s, with very little citizen participation and […]

I’m still feeling uplifted after Chapter 1’s first real in-person event in over 2 years, which was a great success! This was the Chapter’s year to host the annual Chapter 1/Appraisal Institute Joint Luncheon. The luncheon was held Thursday March 31st at Quiet Cannon. With nearly 50 attendees, it was one of the most well […]

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 now rejoining […]

Barry Rea McDaniel passed away on Saturday, January 8th, 2022, just four days from his 73rd birthday. He died of complications related to Alzheimer’s at Silverado Memory Care Community in Brea, California. Barry was born in 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri to Robert and Gloria McDaniel. His family moved frequently but finally settled in Fullerton, […]

By: Alexandra Nguyen Rivera, SR/WA The pandemic-era trend known as the “Great Resignation” remains a prominent feature of the labor market, as favorable conditions lead workers to quit their jobs at near-record levels in search of better (and ample) opportunities elsewhere. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 24 million […]

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By Sergio Huezo, Education Chair Can you believe it’s been exactly two years since we cancelled our last in-person class and started up virtual courses? Virtual courses have been the normal way of learning since then and even appear to be the preferred method of learning. Virtual learning has created an opportunity for participants to […]

By: Transportation Chairs, Julie Del Rivo and Cheryl DeMucci Recent images of the vast amount of emptied boxes strewn along the Union Pacific railroad line in Los Angeles County garnered national attention and highlights an unintended consequence of the supply chain debacle. The port backlogs have led to track congestion leaving transported goods at rest […]

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 […]