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Trump to Revoke California’s Power to Set Its Own Auto Emission Rules: NYT

President Donald Trump planned to revoke California’s authority to set auto emission limits stricter than the federal restrictions, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The announcement of the move was expected as the president visited Southern California to raise money for his 2020 reelection campaign. Check back for updates on this developing story.

Carson Mayor Proposes Ban on Gun Sales, Possession

The mayor of Carson is proposing a new law that would effectively make selling or possessing a gun within city limits illegal. Wendy Burch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 17, 2019.

2 Boys Killed, 2 Girls Injured in Off-Road Vehicle Crash in Blythe Area

Two boys were killed and two girls were injured after the off-road vehicle they were in crashed in an unincorporated area of Blythe, officials said Tuesday. The crash occurred about 11:45 a.m. Sunday south of the 10 Freeway and east of Mesa Drive in an area known as Mesa Verde. A 13-year-old girl driving a 2015 Polaris RZR made a left turn and the vehicle rolled onto its right side, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. The […]

Art Battle Veteran Neneki ‘Nick’ McGee Talks 2019 Art Battle Los Angeles

Tuesday Forecast: Mild Temps and Mostly Clear Skies

Look for mild temperatures and mostly clear skies Tuesday. Liberte Chan has KTLA’s forecast on Sept. 17, 2019.

Rep. Paul Cook of Yucca Valley Is Latest California Republican to Retire From Congress

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) will retire from Congress at the end of his term and will announce a run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to John Sobel, the congressman’s chief of staff. California’s Republican U.S. House delegation has been greatly diminished in recent years. In the 2018 midterms, Democrats took control of half of the 14 remaining Republican seats in California, which has a total of 53 congressional districts. Cook’s departure from […]

Investigation Underway After Body Discovered in Van Nuys Neighborhood

An investigation is underway after someone discovered a body in a Van Nuys neighborhood Tuesday morning. The Fire Department received a call just before 6 a.m. reporting a person down, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Nicholas Prange said. Firefighters and police officers were sent to the 7300 block of Ranchito Avenue where they located the unidentified individual. The person was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Lizeth Lomeli said. No age or gender has been released. […]

What Every Student and Parents Should Know About the College Admissions Process With Author and College Admissions Expert Dr. Cynthia Colon

Street Closures, Traffic Advisories in Place as L.A. Drivers Brace for President’s Visit

Los Angeles drivers are bracing for snarled traffic and street closures Tuesday as President Trump arrives to raise money for next year’s campaign. After spending the morning in the Bay Area, the president will be flying into Los Angeles International Airport about 3:30 p.m. From LAX he will travel by helicopter to an undisclosed location in downtown L.A. Several streets have been closed since 4 a.m. in the downtown area in anticipation of the president’s visit. The street closures — […]

Crossing Guard Dies in Valley Glen Crash That Also Injured 16-Year-Old Girl: LAPD

A crossing guard has died after being struck by a vehicle in a crash that also injured a teenage girl in the San Fernando Valley’s Valley Glen neighborhood, authorities said Tuesday. The female crossing guard succumbed to her injuries at 5:40 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The agency did not provide an update on the condition of the teenager, who had complained of foot pain. The L.A. Fire Department previously said that both victims were expected […]

2 Students Arrested After Assault at Moreno Valley Middle School Leaves 1 in Critical Condition: Officials

Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of assault after a violent incident at a Moreno Valley middle school sent one of their fellow students to the hospital, authorities said Tuesday. The victim, also a 13-year-old boy who attended the Landmark Middle School, remained in critical condition, Riverside County Deputy Sheriff Robyn Flores said. Deputies responded to the campus around 1 p.m. Monday after receiving a report of a fight between two boys. Investigators later determined that the incident […]

Cokie Roberts, Veteran Journalist Who Covered Politics at NPR and ABC News, Dies at 75

Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians who grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast cancer. ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and pay tribute. Roberts was the daughter of Hale Boggs, a former House majority leader from Louisiana, and Lindy Boggs, who succeeded her husband in the job. Roberts worked in radio and at CBS News and PBS before […]

Activists Fear Rising Rents as South L.A. Commission Considers Major Housing Project on Crenshaw Blvd.

The real estate project known as District Square has had a decadelong run of bad luck. Construction of the project in South Los Angeles has been repeatedly delayed. The developers, who were provided millions of dollars in federal loans, have received multiple default notices from the city. And Arman Gabay, one of the businessmen who conceived the project, was arrested last year on bribery and wire fraud charges. He has pleaded not guilty. District Square’s fortunes could turn around on […]

Alex Trebek Undergoing Chemo Again After Cancer Setback

Alex Trebek says he has restarted chemotherapy on his doctor’s orders. Tuesday on “Good Morning America,” the “Jeopardy!” host said he “was doing so well” and his medical reports had approached normal levels after his first round of chemo for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But he suddenly began losing weight. “I lost about 12 pounds in a week,” Trebek said. “And my numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that […]

As Illnesses Spread, Fake Vape Gear Sells on L.A. Streets

A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California’s cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off unsuspecting consumers are mimicking popular, legal vape brands, pairing replica packaging churned out in Chinese factories with untested, possibly dangerous cannabis oil produced in the state’s vast underground market. The result: Authentic-looking vape cartridges sold by […]

Pentagon Halts Border Wall Projects in California and Arizona, Citing Insufficient Funds

The Defense Department has decided not to proceed with three border wall projects in California and Arizona, citing “insufficient contract savings,” according to a court filing. The move appears to be a setback for President Donald Trump, who has sparked controversy for dipping into Pentagon funds to build his signature border wall, though it’s unclear what will happen to the projects listed in the filing. Last month, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved an additional 20 miles of 30-foot-high barriers for the […]

Breaking Down the Emmys with Patrick Gomez

Entertainment Weekly Senior Editor Patrick Gomez joins the News Director’s Office to talk all things Emmys! Jason, Patrick, and Bobby go through each of the big categories and share who they think will take home the awards. Patrick also reveals the show you’re probably not watching, but you should be. The Emmy Awards take place on Sunday, September 22nd. Related show links: Patrick Gomez’s EW Bio Patrick Gomez on Social Media: Instagram | Twitter Subscribe to “The News Director’s Office”: via iTunes | RSS […]

Big Rig Loaded With Carnival Ride Crashes on 605 Freeway in Long Beach

A big rig that was hauling a carnival ride overturned during a crash on the 605 Freeway that prompted an hourslong closure through Long Beach Tuesday morning. The crash was reported on the southbound side of the freeway just before 1:30 a.m., when the truck and a Toyota Corolla collided near Willow Street. The big rig’s engine block dislodged as the truck rolled over and hit a BMW traveling in a separate lane, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Anthony Soriano said. […]

Protest Likely to Greet Trump During Fundraising Trips to Bay Area, L.A., San Diego

President Donald Trump is making a rare visit to California, a Democratic stronghold where he is expected to rake in millions of dollars during a series of fundraisers for his reelection effort that are almost certain to be met with jeering protests. Trump has routinely mocked California over its liberal culture, policies and politics. His visit Tuesday and Wednesday signals that despite the state’s decidedly leftward swing in recent years there are still plenty of wealthy Republicans who support him. […]

House Judiciary Committee to Hold 1st Impeachment Hearing Tuesday

As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s outspoken former campaign manager, is scheduled to appear Tuesday to discuss the report by former special counsel Robert Mueller. But it’s unlikely that Democrats will get much new information. A devoted friend and supporter of the Republican president, Lewandowski isn’t expected to elaborate much beyond what he told Mueller’s investigators last year. Mueller himself […]

DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING (GEOTECHNICAL)

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority - Los Angeles County, CA

Posted a month ago

Basic Function


Oversees technical staff and consultants performing geotechnical engineering design services related to rail and bus facilities.


Example Of Duties


  • Oversees and manages Metro geotechnical engineering activities for major rail and bus facilities to ensure compliance with Metro, federal, state and local regulatory requirements
  • Oversees and administers the design, procurement, construction, and installation of major bus and rail facilities
  • Oversees the management of consultant contracts for design, construction, or procurement of facilities and systems equipment
  • Negotiates consultant and equipment contracts, including contract changes; oversees change control process
  • Directs preparation of feasibility and trade-off studies, geotechnical engineering reports, and economic analyses
  • Administers and monitors work and contracts for compliance with budget, schedule, standards, and objectives
  • Interfaces with the various divisions of Metro
  • Plans budget and staffing needs and assists in preparing department and project budgets
  • Represents Metro before outside agencies
  • Prepares and presents reports to management, staff, the Board of Directors, community groups, and government officials
  • Facilitates resolution of design, construction, third party, and operations problems
  • Recommends design activity improvements for efficiency, compliance, and cost-effectiveness
  • Serves as chairperson for design reviews and other technical meetings
  • Participates in the preparation of contract front-end documents
  • Reviews consultants plans and specifications for technical adequacy and completeness
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out

Requirements For Employment


  • Bachelor's degree - Civil Engineering or related field
  • 5 years of senior-level or lead experience as a geotechnical engineer or Project Manager on major transit or public works projects
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications (PQs) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQs will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQs will not automatically be selected.
The following are the preferred qualifications:

  • Professional certificates/licenses: State of California registration as a Geotechnical Engineer
  • Master’s degree - Civil Engineering with a specialization in Geotechnical/Tunnel Engineering
  • Experience reviewing geotechnical engineering reports, plans, and specifications
  • Experience resolving geotechnical issues for major construction projects
  • Experience designing and constructing transportation related facilities such as tunnels, underground structures, or bridges

Knowledge:


  • Theories, principles, and practices of applicable disciplines in civil, geotechnical, or environmental engineering, hazardous waste regulations, and environmental laws
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing environmental, engineering, equipment, construction standards, and rail transit operations
  • Project management and control practices
  • Principles of supervision

Abilities:


  • Plan, organize, and manage large-scale design and construction projects
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Manage projects from start-up to completion
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Supervise subordinate staff
  • Read analyze and interpret engineering plans and specifications for large-scale engineering projects
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Selection Procedure


Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

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