2021 Western District Student Leadership Summit

Their theme this year is “Coming Back Slome” and Cal Poly SLO is excited to bring it back to where it began for the 8th annual SLS in 2021. The SLS will be a virtual event from January 15-17, 2021 using the Zoom platform. They cannot wait for attendees to connect with one another, learn leadership skills, and learn about the transportation industry! Registration is now open so register today using the link below.

Registration Cost:
$10 Students/$30 Professionals until November 20th (early registration)
$20 Students/$50 Professionals until January 8th (late registration)

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Visit their website for more information about the conference!

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Virtual Meeting on Thursday 6/18

Our next virtual meeting will be on Thursday, June 18th at noon with Nazir Lalani presenting on Tort Liability and Design Immunity. We will be sending the meeting link via our email list. If you aren’t on the list, please contact Vidhi Sachdeva.

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Virtual Meeting on Tuesday 5/5

Please join us virtually during your lunch on Tuesday, May 5 from 12-1 PM. We will provide updates for both the Central Coast Section and ITE International during these changing times. In addition, we are very grateful to have Lindsey Van Parys of GHD present on “ITE Roundabout Committee’s 2020 Vision” as the new chair. There is no cost to attend. If you aren’t on our email list and didn’t receive the WebEx link to access the meeting, please contact Vidhi Sachdeva.

Video recording of meeting

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

With the coronavirus pandemic, all in person ITE meetings will be canceled or rescheduled to a later date until further notice. We are looking at ways to conduct virtual meetings through available software (WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc.). More information for virtual meetings  (date and time) will follow.

The annual golf tournament will also be delayed to later this year. We will post information as available and hope to accommodate an active section even during these unprecedented times.

Take care,


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Welcome to Another Great Year

As current President of ITE Central Coast Section, I first wanted to send my appreciation and thanks to Tom Mericle for a job well-done. In addition, he continues to support the Central Coast Section in his role as Past President/Section Representative and continues to be a great resource for myself and the Central Coast Section.

We have a great schedule planned this year to include our joint meeting with the Cal Poly Student Chapter in April on campus, 12th Annual Golf Tournament on May 15th at Buenaventura Golf Course, Vendor show in October/November and many more meetings that will be advertised once we get closer. 

Even though we aren’t planning a meeting in March, I hope y’all get out and enjoy the beautiful springtime weather. Also, I wanted to send a big thanks to all that attended the joint meeting with SoCal in Thousand Oaks in February. Monica Suter’s presentation on “The ATP Project that Almost Wasn’t” was captivating. If anyone has a presentation idea or wants to present, please contact Travis Low, VP.

Thanks again to all our members continued support and for those that want to join ITE Central Coast Section, please email me with any questions about the benefits that come with this membership. I am very blessed to work with such a great Section and welcome others to join in growing our membership and exposure.

Kathy Kleinschmidt, President – Central Coast Section

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2020 Central Coast Section Leadership

In December the Central Coast Section held elections to select our new Board Members. The results of the election are as follows:

President: Kathryn Kleinschmidt; GHD

Vice President: Travis Low; Central Coast Transportation Consulting

Secretary-Treasure: Vidhi Sachdeva; Stantec


Thank you to Robert Sweeting for putting together a slate of candidates for us to consider. I will now move on to serve as the Past President and Section Representative to the Western District Board. It was a pleasure to serve the Central Coast Section a second time as President and I look forward to the great work to come from the new Board.

Past President/Section Representative: Tom Mericle, Interwest Consulting

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Thanksgiving Message

This week many of us will be gathering with, or thinking about, family, and giving thanks for all the important people and moments in our lives and the lives of those close to us. I want to take this opportunity to give thanks for ITE and the people within ITE; and I hope you do too. Like many others I have talked to over the years, I started in ITE as a student and it provided me with opportunities to meet working professionals and attend conferences. These opportunities led to my first, and second, job in the industry. Over the years I have met many people from ITE who have helped me along my professional journey and I have had the pleasure of helping others. But, most of all, I have met many friends, some of whom are some of my closest friends outside of ITE, and I am grateful for all of them.

With that, l raise a toast to all of you in our great Central Coast Section as well as all of those ITE members out there who have helped us along the way.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tom Mericle, President
Central Coast Section

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New Section Charters and Bylaws

The Section has begun the process of adopting a new Charter, new Bylaws, and Procedures. As a part of ITE’s One ITE initiative all of the Districts, Chapters, and Sections are adopting new formation documents to provide for a more consistent membership experience across all of ITE. The Section Board has reviewed the draft model Charter and Bylaws and submitted our comments to ITE. The ITE International Board will be adopting the model Charter and Bylaws at their meeting in early November.

Following adoption of the models, we will work with the Western District Board to adopt our new Charter and the Section Board will adopt the new Bylaws and Procedures. The time frame for adoption and approval of the Charter and Bylaws by the Western District Board is June 2020 and they will go into effect on January 1, 2021. The Procedures will only need to be adopted by the Section Board. At this point we do not expect that the Central Coast Section will have to run things much differently than we have been for years.

As always, if you are interested in more information let me know.


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Annual Vendor Show on 11/12

Come join us at our Annual Vendor Show to learn about the latest technologies in our industry! The event will be held at the City of Ventura on Tuesday, November 12, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Attendees and vendors, please find more details and register via Eventbrite. Please register by 12:00 PM on Friday, November 8. We hope to see you in Ventura!

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Rebranding as “ITE”

The ITE International President, Bruce Belmore, recently sent out an email to all District, Chapter, and Section presidents about rebranding the Institute of Transportation Engineers organization as “ITE” as a way to grow, modernize, and enhance the value of ITE to the transportation community. In order for ITE to be successful in the long run it needs to adapt. This post is a summary of his email that lays out the rational (as such, some of the language is his and copied over).

An all-member survey was conducted earlier this year town hall sessions were held at each of the District meetings and at the ITE Annual Meeting.  One of the issues identified is the branding of ITE. Although ITE has strong brand recognition among current members, it is a barrier to attracting new members as many prospective members believe that ITE is an organization “just for engineers.”  Part of this perception is related to the name “Institute of Transportation Engineers.”  Although ITE has started using the tag line – A Community of Transportation Professionals – the effort to advance this approach has been limited and, as a result, has had limited market penetration.

At its recent meeting the International Board of Direction expressed their intent to comprehensively rebrand the organization as “ITE” in lieu of using the “Institute of Transportation Engineers,” and to more aggressively try to change the perception of ITE as a Community of Transportation Professionals.  The goal would be to retain the strong brand recognition that is associated with “ITE” while at the same time attracting and meeting the needs of the larger transportation community. 

ITE staff will be developing a communications and implementation strategy for implementing this change. The Board is asking for our input on how we can most successfully advance this effort.  If you have any thoughts or would like to talk about this initiative, please let me know. If necessary, I can prepare a response by the Central Coast Section, but will have to have it in to ITE  by October 1.

Tom Mericle, President, Central Coast Section

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