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Many years ago I was at a construction industry reception at a resort location (I was relatively new to the association profession at the time) and struck up a conversation with a veteran construction company executive who shared with me a bit of insight that has stayed with me to this day.
“See all those people,” he said, gesturing to the hundreds of his colleagues and competitors spread out across the hotel patio, chatting and enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres. “Every one of them – every single one – could be out of business in two or three years.”
Talk about buzz-kill.
He went on to explain an essential nature of the construction business – you must keep moving forward or die. Work on today’s projects may be going well, may be profitable, but what about six months from now? A year from now? Two years from now? Will there be business opportunities ahead? Projects to bid on? That is the existential threat that hangs over every business in our industry. Will there be work to sustain us?
All these years later those words still haunt me. For every successful business you can name, I can name another, or 10 more, that don’t exist anymore. Keep moving forward or die indeed.
Regular consumers of CalAPA products and services know that we are obsessed with the future –trying to assess where things are headed, and informing our membership so that they can make smart business decisions to ensure they will be successful no matter what the future brings. Our exclusive Asphalt Market for California is one prominent example of this. And even more important, CalAPA devotes considerable resources to influence that future for the betterment of our industry.
In this issue of California Asphalt, we have some key examples of these concepts in practice. Our cover story is an exclusive examination of a trend we think could cause great harm to our industry – a trend to reduce or eliminate parking in cities and towns all across our state. Our association has identified this threat, and is working to address it through our advocacy efforts. Putting this story on the cover of our magazine is our way of sending up a flare to let you know you should be worried about this as much as we are. If this trend is not negatively impacting you today, it could in the future. We must act now.
Elsewhere in this issue, you will see some excellent examples of our industry being proactive in developing relationships with elected officials. A couple of prominent ways we accomplish this is by helping people understand who we are and what we do. Meetings with our elected representatives at the State Capitol and also via plant and project tours is another way to dispel myths about our industry and ensure that we are treated fairly. Relationships are the coin of the realm in the advocacy game, and must be constantly maintained. As one veteran Washington lobbyist told me recently, “In this town, you go from ‘Who’s Who’ to ‘Who’s that?’ in the blink of an eye.” Gulp.
This issue also features a profile of a longtime CalAPA paving contractor member, Terra Pave Inc., which is successfully navigating a transition in leadership that is always inspiring to see. Family-owned businesses are one of the hallmarks of our industry, and to see successful ones sustain themselves throughout the years is always inspiring.
As the Roman philosopher Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” At CalAPA we are working every day to ensure that when tomorrow comes, it will be filled with plentiful opportunities for all. And that’s definitely NOT a buzz-kill.Russell W. Snyder, CAE Executive Director California Asphalt Pavement Association
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The disappearing parking lot. The end of mobility?
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The disappearing parking lot. The end of mobility?By Russell W. Snyder
Spoiler Alert: If your business model includes parking lot construction or maintenance, this story doesn’t have a happy ending.
You can find them in every town and city across California, from the swankiest beachfront or resort locales to the grittiest neighborhoods or industrial parks. It’s a silent sentinel that awaits your arrival, secures one of your most valuable assets, and helps speed you on your way. The parking lot is always a welcome sight when you need to find one, a source of anger and frustration when you can’t, and a commonplace feature that is everywhere all at once, and yet not at all. It’s never the destination, but rather the next-to-last stop on the journey. It’s an afterthought, like the chirp of your keyless remote as you walk away from your parked car, and almost never remembered (unless you forget where you parked).
The lowly parking lot may be the Rodney Dangerfield of mobility. No
one will argue that striped expanses of asphalt are the best use for pricey California real estate. But it’s also integral to the efficient movement of people, goods and services. After all, you have to stop sometime. And that makes it a cherished part of the quality of life of our cities and towns, neighborhoods and the connecting points of our rural expanses. But these days, the parking lot is taking on a new role: villain. A growing number of environmentalists, bureaucrats, politicians, community activists and others have parking lots in the crosshairs, with bold declarations that they need to be greatly reduced or in some cases eliminated in favor of walking, biking and taking transit – deemed by the woke illuminati the preferred option for getting around. And this trend has troubling implications for the asphalt pavement industry in California. Projects will vanish, and so will the profits and jobs that go with them.
This trend is also happening largely out of view. Unlike the high-stakes battles over tailpipe emissions, Electric Vehicles, and the overall demonization of the fossil fuel industry, the war against the parking lot is a rear-guard action that gets scant attention. It’s not a nuclear bomb, but death by 1,000 cuts.
By some estimates, there are about 2 billion parking spots in the United States, or about seven for every car. And like the average car, most parking spots sit unused for a good part of the day. In some cities, 10 percent of land mass is devoted to parking for shopping centers, office space and apartment complexes. The widespread availability of parking has gone hand-in-hand with the rise of the automobile as the primary mode of transportation in the 20th century, largely driven by businesses who wanted to make sure they accommodated all those potential
customers. The California Air Resources Board conducted a study in 2019 and found that for non-residential construction, an average of at least one parking space is installed for every 275 square feet of non-residential building floor space in California, but there are many exceptions to the guideline. CARB estimated that between 1.4 million and 1.7 million new non-residential parking spaces may be constructed from 2021-24.
And building parking isn’t cheap. The average cost of a building a surface parking lot in a low-cost area, depending on amenities, runs about $8,000 to $10,000 per space. Those ubiquitous lots are generally asphalt. The cost for a mid-rise parking structure skyrockets from there, to around $25,000 to $30,000 per space. Parking structures in urban areas and may feature basements can cost upwards of $60,000 to $100,000 per space in premium downtown locations in
San Francisco and Los Angeles, parking experts say.
In the case of surface asphalt parking lots, they are changing as well. The push to manage stormwater runoff has led to the development of water-filtering porous asphalt pavement parking lots, with prominent examples popping up around the state, including at a Kaiser Medical Center parking lot in Fairfield and a Disney property in Anaheim. Adding solar power to parking lots is also becoming more common, greatly adding to the cost of surface lots.
Parking is the ultimate local issue, and local zoning codes emerged in the middle part of the last century to ensure that housing and businesses devoted enough space to accommodate vehicle travel. Generally these are represented as ratios – say one parking spot for 350 or 400 square feet of office space.
In California, with sky-high housing prices, and a short supply, environmentalists, city planners and politicians are taking aim at parking lots, blaming them for blight, climate change, Urban Heat Island effect, obesity and a host of other maladies. This trend accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, when office towers emptied, and inner-city parking spaces were commandeered by restaurants and homeless encampments. Meanwhile, the constant drumbeat of climate change has pushed a new aggressiveness on the part of environmentalists into every corner of daily life. It’s the war against the car on multiple fronts, with flagging transit ridership and other mobility options constantly put forward as the solution. Increasingly, reducing or eliminating vehicular parking is now considered part of the climate solution. And little is standing in the way.Photos by Russell W. Snyder
The City and County of San Francisco was one of the first major metropolitan areas in California to cut back on the amount of parking required for developments. In 2018 the Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance eliminating parking minimums citywide, and it was signed into law later that year by Mayor London Breed. San Jose followed suit in late 2022, abolishing minimum parking space requirements at new housing developments. It was the first major parking policy change for the city since 1965. Under the old standard, a new single-family home required two covered parking spots, and restaurants were required to provide one spot for every 40 square-feet or 2.5 dining-room seats, which ever was greater.
The campaign to do the same is underway in Los Angeles, being led by groups such as Streets for All and the Parking Reform Network. And the refrain is always the same: more walking, more biking, and more transit use. The trend to eliminate parking minimums is also spreading across the country, with 15 cities taking such action in 2022 alone.
“Sure, our ancestors in Los Angeles drove across town in 20 minutes and parked for free on both ends,” wrote Michael Schneider, founder of Streets for All, in an op-ed earlier this year
in the Los Angeles Times arguing for the abolishment of parking minimums. “That doesn’t make doing so a right now or in the future. We can solve the crises of climate change, homelessness and housing affordability. Conquering our insatiable demand for ‘enough’ parking is a great first step toward all three.”
At the statewide policy level, the California State Transportation Agency released a 47-page tome in 2021, the “Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure,” or CAPTI, which is a blueprint for getting people out of their cars, or certainly making it more difficult to use them. New capacity-increasing construction is frowned upon, and transit and High-Speed Rail is elevated. Parking hardly gets a mention, and when it does (on Page 32) it is to reference a desire for “reduced parking requirements for residential development.”
CalAPA opposed the CAPTI plan as unrealistic and unworkable. Still, it is clear that parking minimums are the latest skirmish in the war against the car, and they are coming to a community near you.
Taylor Kim, AIA, an associate principal with Watry Design, Inc., a San Jose-based engineering and architectural firm that specializes in parking planning and design, agrees that the trend for cities, particularly in urban areas, to
rethink historic assumptions about parking is happening with increasing frequency.
“A lot of cities are reconsidering parking minimums and regulations, and being more flexible, which we think is a benefit for everyone,” Kim says. “We are seeing more cities, particularly the larger cities, that are starting to look at parking differently than they have in the past, being more flexible, letting projects propose how much parking they want to build. They are more willing to accept it. There is a move away from the more traditional approach, where if you build a building, for example, you need to provide three parking spaces for every 1,000 square-feet regardless of the location.” Much of her firm’s work is on the West Coast but they have projects as far west as Hawaii and as far east as Pennsylvania. They specialize in parking structures but also advises on surface lot construction or parking structure infrastructure, which is generally asphalt. She has observed that suburban, exurban or rural areas, which have limited transit options and are much more dependent on vehicular traffic, appear to be slower to embrace this trend.
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Sacramento in various forms for years. Once such bill, AB2097 by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Burbank, was introduced in the Legislature in the 2021-22 session eliminating parking requirements for developers building near major transit stops. The City of Newport Beach was one of several entities to oppose the bill, writing at the time, “We believe cities, not the state, are best suited to determine the parking needs of development projects in their jurisdiction.”
CalAPA also opposed the bill, writing at the time in its own opposition letter, “Far from helping our fellow Californians who are struggling against the high cost of housing, this bill only further adds to the burden of underserved communities by removing choice and mobility from residents of developments that may fall under this law.” Nevertheless the governor ultimately signed the bill into law, calling it a “win-win” to address housing affordability and the state’s climate goals.
Indeed, the political push to move more people from cars to transit has grown increasingly desperate. Transit ridership, a sliver of total trips in California, cratered during the pandemic and has never fully recovered, leading to what many transit advocates are calling a “transit fiscal cliff.”
“Public transit is central to the state’s hopes of reducing transportation emissions,” notes longtime political columnist Dan Walters in a commentary for the on-line publication CalMatters. “Officials want more Californians to park their cars – or not buy them in the first place – and use buses and light and heavy rail systems for commutes and other personal trips. Despite these hopes, transit ridership is going the other way, and transit system operators and advocates are using terms such as ‘fiscal cliff’ and ‘death spiral’ as farebox revenues decline and there is greater demand for taxpayer money to shore up their operations.” The California Transit Association recently reported that as of the third quarter of 2022 overall ridership was averaging just two-thirds of what it had been during the pandemic. In urban Los Angeles, despite billions in investments in recent decades in subway and light rail systems in the county, recent studies have found 73% of commuters drive alone to work and only 6.8% utilize public transit. Further, ridership has declined more than 19% since 2013.
“Legislation like that (AB2097) puts us in an interesting position,” says Jon Hamblen, parking manager for the City of Pasadena’s Transportation Department.
“Parking lots are never the highest and best use of land for a municipality, but as a practical matter, where are all those cars going to go? Theories are nice, like build more public transit, and car use will get lower, but I haven’t seen that happen yet. We still have the same vehicular needs.”
He noted that the City of Pasadena bans overnight parking, so there is baked-in conflict if there is not enough off-street parking available. “The city can’t do anything -- it’s a state law. The neighbors are upset, but our hands are tied. In downtown areas, we are pretty maxed out in terms of parking.”
“In terms of trends,” he added, “this is absolutely one. Cities are going to see publicly held assets devoted to parking and say, ‘how can we reuse that?’” Hamblen is active in an organization of parking professionals and others in California, which puts on conferences, training sessions and other professional development activities for those who work in this area. Even the organization, known as the California Parking Association, recently changed its name to the “California Mobility & Parking Association,” a branding exercise also undertaken by the International Parking and Mobility Institute.Left and Right: In another example of parking being taken over during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants in downtown Davis temporarily converted on-street asphalt parking spaces to restaurant seating. Some such arrangements remained long after COVID-19 emergency restrictions were lifted. Homeless encampments have also spread across parking lots and street parking in communities across California.
The office of Friedman, who is currently the chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, did not respond to an inquiry from California Asphalt for this story. However, her office posted a social media message on Twitter on Jan. 1 of this year on the bill, saying, “I’m in Sacramento to make a difference, not to play it safe. AB2097 eliminates parking minimums near major transit stops.”
Dictating local parking policy from Sacramento certainly has rankled, with some saying less regulation and more flexibility is what is needed. That’s the view of Daniel F. Ramos, Vice President of Ramco Enterprises Inc., a developer in Sacramento and Yolo counties that also owns and operates commercial real estate properties. (Disclosure: CalAPA leases office space in a Ramco building in West Sacramento).
“Let the market dictate,” Ramos says. “As a developer I will take the risk in developing the project. I will finance it. I will work to ensure the project is successful. Let me determine the parking.”
“Parking is expensive,” Ramos added. “You want to find the right balance. Nothing is worse than having a building, a commercial project, that is under-parked and you can’t lease it.”
He also favored creative, out-of-the-box thinking, such as
unbundling parking from individual projects so that parking needs can be assessed in the context of the neighborhood, which could present opportunities for shared parking scenarios. “This is a more efficient use of public parking,” he said.
The market-based approach is also favored by Kim with Watry Design, Inc. “We design parking,” she said. “We don’t approach it from the perspective of more is better. We try to figure out what is the right amount of parking for a project. Some parking minimums have been problematic and can make a project cost prohibitive. Most cities require a certain amount of parking based on the land use, but often that doesn’t take into account the uniqueness of the individual location.”
She agreed that additional flexibility on the types of parking, and how that parking is used, not only by those in a particular development but also in neighboring developments, takes some out-of-the-box thinking but ultimately can help all parties achieve their goals. Flexibility is the key.
“The rules and regulations are one thing,” Kim said, “but you need to consider the market. It actually helps when you get rid of the regulations and let the market handle it.”
The shared parking concept is also catching on, Kim said.
“That is another thing we look at a lot — shared parking studies,” she said. “When you have mixed use developments, there is an opportunity to share parking among different groups. A prime example is multi-family residential and office developments. During business hours, residents go off to work yet the office needs parking, and vice versa. When office tenants are leaving, the residents are returning home. In this case, you don’t have to build parking that is unused. By looking at the sharing ability, you can build less parking overall, but still service the users. You can make it work with a lot less.”
That approach may mean less parking is constructed, which is not necessarily good for the asphalt pavement industry that builds parking lots, but can help reduce costs of the project, with the savings passed on to the end users.
Aaron Terry, president of CalAPA paving contractor member Terra Pave, said he worries where all of this is headed.
“Absolutely this would affect us,” he said. “If there is a finite pie of work to go around, and it starts to get cut back incrementally, there will be a major impact to the business. There are so many unknowns.”
He added that there are some areas in Southern California he avoids because of a lack of parking. “You can’t find parking. Talk about a mess. It deters me as a person. You want ease of access.” This is to say nothing of the Americans with Disabilities Act concerns, for whom walking or biking, or arduous and inconvenient transit trips is not an option.
For most of the nearly 70-year history of the California Asphalt Pavement Association, the focus on the parking lot was how to build
them and how to maintain them. CalAPA members provide the asphalt and perform the paving for everything from stadiums to strip mall parking lots. CalAPA has provided training on proper mixing of asphalt and proper placement in the field, a handy checklist for field personnel, and tips and best practices at Contractor Dinner presentations. For decades, as California grew, there were more people, more cars, and a need for more places to park them. The need to build asphalt parking lots, the most economic way to store vehicles, seemed limitless. That go-go California optimism has been replaced by NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard”) thinking, and what former Gov. Jerry Brown way back in 1976 famously called “an era of limits.” Beyond limits, homeless encampments have proliferated across California, taking over street parking and asphalt parking lots, much to the dismay of local business owners and government officials.
It doesn’t take a degree in urban planning to see that less parking means less mobility options, more inconvenience, more time wasted, and a curtailment in business activity, tourism and other essential elements of the California economy and quality of life. Less parking also means a lot less work for he asphalt industry, plain and simple. Nearly half of the asphalt work in California is in the private market, with parking lots comprising a large chunk of that business.
Another prominent California road builder, speaking on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly, was less diplomatic in his assessment of the state of play.
“This is just one more pain point for the anti-car zealots to ‘incentivize’ us out of our cars. Stop building parking spots, stop building and maintaining roads, and the drivers will stop driving,” he said. “Is that what voters want for themselves, or just for “others”?
He added, “There is always the feel-good story about someone biking to work in San Diego instead of driving, but how does that work in August in Bakersfield? Or in Truckee in December?
Disincentivizing drivers has become the social engineering tool of our time. There are always groups clambering to social engineer the lives of others but very few of us invite others to social engineer our own lives. Cherry picking parking space metrics to make a point is a fool’s errand. We all know of neighborhoods in our own community where the parking is woefully under-built, and other areas where the parking spaces are underutilized. Perhaps common-sense decisions should reign and not more government edicts.”
Even if Electric Vehicles are the answer to reducing emissions and Greenhouse Gas emissions, where are all those cars going to park? At last count, California had about 31 million registered vehicles. Meanwhile, more anti-parking legislation has been introduced in the Legislature this year. And activist groups continue to agitate for reclaiming or repurposing parking lots in the name of the environment, housing affordability and enhancing communities. CalAPA has taken the lead in raising this issue with other likeminded stakeholders in the hopes of turning back the tide, but the future looks grim. “We get asked a lot of questions on sustainability,” Kim, the parking lot planner and designer, noted. And less parking is often part of the conversation.
At this juncture, as with all in-depth parking stories, there is always a requisite appearance by famed 1960s folk singer Joni Mitchell. In her 1970 hit “Big Yellow Taxi,” she sang:
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin’ hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til its gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.
Left unanswered in the song, however, is how Mitchell, a longtime Angeleno, knew about the pink hotel, the boutique and the “swingin’ hot spot.” How did she get there? It is likely a car trip was involved, and at some point that car needed to be parked.
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Russell W. Snyder, CAE, is executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association.
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Margolies, Jane (2023) “Awash in Asphalt, cities rethink their parking needs” The New York Times, March 7, 2023.
Walters, D. (2023) “Transit ridership falters, posing a ‘fiscal cliff’” CalMatters, Jan. 22, 2023. (www.calmaters.com).
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CalAPA member Martin Marietta hosts facility tour for State Treasurer Fiona Ma in San Diego CountyBy Russell W. Snyder
Regular readers of this publication will no doubt recall that Fiona Ma has earned the respect and admiration of the asphalt industry in California for her support for infrastructure protection and sustainability, particularly as it relates to asphalt recycling.
When Ma was in the state Assembly, she carried a landmark asphalt recycling bill, AB812, that was endorsed by CalAPA and sought to elevate the utilization of reclaimed asphalt pavements (RAP) statewide. The bill was signed into law in 2012. Known as someone who does her homework, she spoke at the CalAPA Fall Asphalt Pavement Conference in Sacramento, and later toured an asphalt plant and recycling operation in Northern California.
Although Ma has since been elected as California State Treasurer twice, she has maintained her connection to the asphalt pavement industry and CalAPA, delivering the keynote address last year at the CalAPA Annual Dinner in Los Angeles. At that event, she struck up a conversation with representatives from Martin Marietta, including Ryan Merritt and Matt Pound, who extended an invitation to her to tour their facilities in San Diego County. She made good on that promise on April 5 with a guided tour of Martin Marietta's asphalt and aggregate facilities in San Diego County. The use of RAP is critically important in San Diego County, which is facing a rapidly dwindling source of virgin aggregate sources. CalAPA has
been working with local public works officials for the past several years to encourage more RAP usage in the county.
"I'm happy to see that my bill, AB812, on the use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in pavement mixes, is working per Martin Marietta, a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials," Ma told California Asphalt following the tour. "During COVID, my office continued to issue bonds to rebuild roads, freeways and bridges. Allowing more RAP to be used will lead to increased California jobs, more efficiency, less costs, reduce air pollution and lesson truck traffic.”Ryan Merritt, Martin Marietta’s District Operations Manager for Above: During an April 5 tour of the Martin Marietta Miramar facility, State Treasurer Fiona Ma (left) learns about plant operations from Talia Flagan, District Operations Manager Aggregates (right). In the background, left to right, are Frank Ruffino, Cortes Macachor, Patrick Henning and Matt Pound.
Asphalt, said the two-hour tour included visits to Martin Marietta’s Santee Aggregates facility and then the company’s Miramar asphalt and construction materials manufacturing and distribution hub in central San Diego County. Company officials gave the Treasurer and her staff a good refresher on the workings of a modern construction materials facility, with a heavy emphasis on sustainability. The Santee facility is operated in partnership with Republic Services, a disposal and landfill company.
“I think the tour went well,” Merritt said. “I could see the treasurer key in on something and write down notes. She asked very good questions.”
He said she zeroed in on the need to extend aggregate resources in the county via the continued utilization of recycled asphalt and other materials, a critical issue locally. At the Miramar site, the group got a first-hand look at how Martin Marietta recycles asphalt and also other construction materials to generate recycled aggregate for use as utility aggregates and many other uses.
Although scheduling a tour with a prominent state official took lots of planning and a few schedule changes, Matt Pound, District Sales Manager for Martin Marietta, said, “I was very glad they took us up on it.”
Participating in the event from Martin Marietta, including Merritt
and Pound, were: District Operations Manager Aggregates Talia Flagan; Andrew Suarez, District Quality Control Manager; Cortes Macachor, Operations Manager Recycle; and Justin Noble, Plant Manager Santee.
Participating in the event in addition to Ma were: Patrick Henning, Chief Deputy Treasurer; Frank Ruffino, Treasurer’s Office Pension and Benefits Director, and Justin Rosete with the California Highway Patrol. CARussell W. Snyder, CAE, is executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association. Above: During an April 5 tour of the Martin Marietta Santee facility, left to right: Patrick Henning, Chief Deputy Treasurer; Cortes Macachor, Operations Manager Recycle; Matt Pound, District Sales Manager: State Treasurer Fiona Ma; Frank Ruffino, Pension & Benefits Director, State Treasurer’s Office; Talia Flagan, District Operations Manager, Aggregates; Andrew Suarez, District Quality Control Manager; Justin Noble, Santee Plant Manager: and Ryan Merritt, District Operations Manager Asphalt.
Asphalt industry leaders return to the state Capitol to build relationships, promote road repairsBy Russell W. Snyder
The voice of the asphalt pavement industry in California could be heard echoing loud and clear in the halls and offices of the state Capitol as CalAPA leaders met with lawmakers and staffers to refocus attention on fixing roads and the connection of those investments on jobs, the state's economy and quality of life.
The association's annual inperson "Fly-in" to the state Capitol, derailed the past three years due to COVID-19 disruptions, was especially timely as there are dozens of newly elected members to the Legislature and also various hearings coming up on transportation funding and bills that may impact the asphalt pavement industry.
Some newer members of the Legislature, for example, may not be as well-versed in the history of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 that is generating more than $50 billion to fix roads, bridges and other critical transportation infrastructure. The bill was passed by a two-thirds
majority of the Legislature in 2017, and was endorsed by voters in 2018 when a repeal measure was soundly defeated at the ballot box. Other new members of the Legislature, particularly those with local government experience, were acutely aware of the importance of SB1 to local street repairs. CalAPA is the only statewide construction trade association that exclusively focuses on asphalt, and has a reputation at the Capitol, earned over many years, for being a credible source of expertise. Ensuring that there are adequate funds to repair roads is Priority
1 for the association, as well as ensuring those funds are used properly.
The CalAPA delegation engaged in productive discussions with members of the Legislature on how SB1 dollars are being expended amid persistent complaints by the road-building industry that roadrepair projects do not seem to be tracking with the funds generated by SB1's fuel-tax increase. SB1 was sold as a "fix it first" measure to address years of deferred maintenance, but so far has not had the major impact its backers
[ Continued on page 20 ]Above: Members of the CalAPA delegation attending the State Capitol "Fly-in" to Sacramento on March 7-8. Pictured, from left, are: Steve Ward, Pavement Recycling Systems; Jordan Reed, George Reed Co.; Jeff Benedict, Valero; Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions; Gary Houston, Valero; and Jeff Sievers with Carpenter Garcia Sievers, CalAPA's Capitol advocate.
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had hoped. The same week as the March 7-8 Fly-in, Caltrans Director Tony Tavares announced in a meeting with construction industry representatives that the recent series of powerful storms that have been pummeling the state have caused about $1 billion worth of damage to state and local routes, with the potential for the bill to continue to rise in the weeks ahead.
The CalAPA delegation for this initial round of meetings included CalAPA Chairman Jeff Benedict with Valero Energy, past Chairman Jordan Reed with George Reed Co., Vice Chairman Scott Metcalf with Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Board member and Legislative Committee Chairman Steve Ward with Pavement Recycling Systems, and Gary Houston with Valero Energy. Kevin Weddel with Golden State Natural Gas Systems was not an official participant in the Fly-in, but stopped by a lunchtime briefing at the historic Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento to wish the group well. CalAPA's longtime Capitol Advocate, Jeff Sievers with Carpenter Garcia Sievers, coordinated the meetings, assisted by Holly Lucido in his office. Another longtime Capitol fixture, Eloy Garcia, who recently joined the firm, addended a special dinner at the Sutter Club attended by three members of the Legislature.
The meetings are just one component of CalAPA's high-impact legislative engagement strategy, which also includes plant and construction project and plant tours, alignment with other like-minded entities and coordinating with national partners, as well as a robust Political Action Committee fund to support stateAbove: The CalAPA delegation has a hallway meeting with state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton (second from left). Also pictured, left to right: Jeff Benedict, Valero Energy; Steve Ward, Pavement Recycling Systems; Jordan Reed, George Reed Co.; Gary Houston, Valero Energy; Jeff Sievers, Carpenter Garcia Sievers; and (obscured) Scott Metcalf with Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions. Photos by Russell W. Snyder Above: The CalAPA delegation meets with Assemblyman Juan Carrillo, D-Palmdale (left). Also pictured, left to right: Jeff Sievers with Carpenter Garcia Sievers; Steve Ward with Pavement Recycling Systems; and Jeff Benedict with Valero Energy. Above: Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park (third from left). Also pictured, from left: Jeff Benedict, Valero Energy; Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions; and Steve Ward with Pavement Recycling Systems. Above: Scott Metcalf with Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions (left) makes a point to state Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Norwalk.
candidates that support prudent investments to maintain California's vital transportation infrastructure. Many members of the state Legislature who have interacted with CalAPA over the years end up in Congress and bring with them a familiarity with asphalt and its essential role in California's infrastructure. Asphalt covers about 95% of paved surfaces in California, and is durable, safe, cost-effective and 100% recyclable.
The delegation met with numerous elected officials, including state Senators Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, Richard Roth, D-Riverside, Bob Archuleta, D-Norwalk, Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks and Catherine Blakespear,
D-Encinitas. The group also met with Assemblymembers Juan Carrillo, D-Palmdale, Esmeralda Soria, D-Fresno, Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, Greg Wallis, R-Palm Springs, and Tri Ta, R-Westminster. Carrillo, Soria, Valencia, Wallis and Blakespear are new members of the Legislature in 2023. The meetings also included several key staff members.
The delegation shared briefing papers about the asphalt industry in California, including a backgrounder that is also posted on the CalAPA website, and another fact sheet that focuses on asphalt plants and communities. For more information about
CalAPA's advocacy efforts on behalf of the asphalt pavement industry in California, visit the CalAPA website at www.calapa. net .More photos from last week's Capitol Fly-in can be found sprinkled throughout CalAPA’s social media feeds, including the CalAPA Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram channels.
CalAPA members who would like to volunteer to serve on the Legislative Committee should contact Russell W. Snyder, CalAPA Executive Director, at (916) 791-5044. CARussell W. Snyder, CAE, is executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association. Above: The CalAPA delegation posed for a photo with state Sen. Catherine Blakespear, D-Escondido (third from left). Also pictured, from left to right: Jordan Reed, George Reed Inc.; Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions; and Jeff Benedict, Valero Energy. Above: The CalAPA delegation poses for a photo with Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks (second from left). Also pictured, left to right: Gary Houston, Valero Energy; Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions; and Steve Ward, Pavement Recycling Systems. Above: The group gathered for a dinner at the historic Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento. Assemblyman Tri Ta, R-Westminster (facing camera) chats with Steve Ward with Pavement Recycling Systems. Eloy Garcia with Carpenter Garcia Sievers, CalAPA's Capitol advocate, is in the foreground.
John Terry, Founder, Terra Pave, Inc., Enjoying Retirement After More Than 47 Years of Service to the Asphalt Paving IndustryBy Brian Hoover
John Terry started Terra Pave, Inc. (Terra Pave) in 1984, after paying his dues in the family business, Western Paving, and working for others in the asphalt paving and general construction industry. John’s father, Ed Terry, started Western Paving in the 1940s. This was a grassroots paving company that worked primarily in the Los Angeles area during the boom in commercial industrialization.
Western Paving continued its growth and expanded into Orange County in the 1960s. John grew up in and around the business and went to work for the family enterprise in 1975 until it was purchased by Best Paving in the late 1970s. John continued on after the family business was sold and worked for the new company, which changed its name to Best Western Paving to better represent the merger of both companies. He worked as an estimator and project manager for Best Western Paving, helping the company achieve tremendous growth through a large volume of sales. As John continued to gain experience in all aspects of the paving business, his ambition toward owning his own business began to grow to where he was ready to take the leap.
John Terry started his own business in 1983, and Terra Pave was incorporated in 1984. Like most startup paving companies, Terra Pave started small and grew sustainably as a civil general engineering contractor with an emphasis on asphalt paving. Today, Terra Pave works throughout
Southern California, with most of its projects being within Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. However, the company also has those occasional jobs in San Diego County and up as far north as Ventura County.
Terra Pave’s primary list of services includes asphalt, concrete, and paving maintenance work. The asphalt work is comprised of everything from new construction, removal and replacement, as well as all facets of maintenance work. The concrete primarily supports the asphalt paving with installations of curb and gutter, sidewalks, and other flatwork. Along with seal coat maintenance, the company also performs ADA upgrades, pavement markings and slurry seal. Terra Pave also performs general engineering work such as grading
and underground utility work as needed on specific contracts.
The company takes on a variety of projects in both the private and public works sectors, including jobs in the transportation area, as well as church and worship facilities, hospitals and medical centers, retail and shopping centers, schools, and even reservoir liner paving projects. Terra Pave also works as a subcontractor for various general contractors throughout Southern California in areas like school construction and owner direct maintenance. They run between three to five crews that perform everything from a one-ton patch job to large tonnage jobs.Above: John Terry (left), retired, with Aaron Terry (right), President, Terra Pave, Inc.
After more than 47 years in the paving business, John Terry decided to retire in 2022. He leaves behind a legacy of leadership and hard work in the general engineering construction industry. Some of his contributions include his work with both the APACA (Asphalt Pavement Association of California) and CalAPA (California Asphalt Pavement Association). John served a two year term as the chairman of the APACA Contractors Committee and has served on numerous other committees over the years. “We have always been very supportive of our asphalt pavement association, having been a member of either APACA or CalAPA since their inceptions. Navigating the challenges of the asphalt paving business requires the expertise and support that companies like ours receive
from associations like CalAPA. Our membership has allowed us to regularly get together with other contractors and suppliers to discuss current issues and challenges,” says John. “Additionally, CalAPA provides tremendous resources for training and education that help keep our industry on the cutting edge. The channels of communication are always open, and we have always enjoyed the camaraderie between old and new members, including our closest competitors. This is a relatively small industry, and we all know each other. One thing I can say with certainty is that this industry is full of a lot of good people whom I have very much enjoyed getting to know and working with throughout these past several decades.”
Throughout the years, John Terry has made many friends and developed several close relationships. His experiences are many, and his stories could probably fill a book. “I would like to thank my family, friends, employees, and others in the industry for helping me build Terra
Pave into what it is today. I could not have accomplished any of this without their love and support,” concludes John.
Terra Pave continues its legacy under the leadership of John’s son, Aaron Terry. John sold the business to his son in 2022, and Aaron now serves as the company’s president, overseeing all daily operations. “I am very honored and proud to hand things over to my son, Aaron. Like me, Aaron started out by sweeping trailers, cleaning up trash, and shoveling asphalt. He earned a construction engineering degree from Cal Poly Pomona and has worked in virtually every aspect of this business, from the shop to the field to bidding and management, for more than 20 years. He is the man for the job, and I am very excited to witness all that he will accomplish over the coming years,” continues John. “This business has been very good to my family and me. I will miss it, but I have to say that I am really enjoying retirement as I remain active and busy with so many other interests.” CABrian Hoover is co-owner of Construction Marketing Services, LLC, and editor of CalContractor Magazine. Top: Terra Pave, Inc. paving at Los Angeles Historic Park. Above: Terra Pave crew paving porous asphalt in Los Angeles.
Smooth asphalt is the star of TV ad by J.B. Bostick that aired during Super BowlBy Russell W. Snyder
If you tuned in to this year's Super Bowl, you had plenty of company.
It is estimated that more than 13 million viewers watched the big game Feb. 12 pitting the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (the Chiefs emerged victorious).
And as usual this year, the ads were as big a part of the event as the on-field action or halftime entertainment. In fact, voting on the best or most clever ads has become a cottage industry, as industry titans GM, T-Mobile, Budweiser, Dunkin' Donuts and others (and their ad firms) try to outdo each other for bragging rights and the buzz that can take the best ads viral.
For football fans in Northern California and Southern California, however, a clever and humorous ad about the importance of a quality asphalt paving job held its own with the big boys. It was commissioned by CalAPA member J.B. Bostick, a paving contractor with operations in Northern and Southern California. The ad featured a few jarring reminders of how rough pavements can run your day, whether you are on roller skates or being splashed by a jostled drink. You can view the 30-second ad by clicking on the QR Code accompanying this article.
For J.B. Bostick’s Bryan Galyardt, a marketing and sales associate, the ad scored on multiple fronts. "The ad was a creative and entertaining way to highlight the
importance of asphalt repairs,” he said. “We wanted it to be fun and memorable, and I think we succeeded. We couldn’t be happier with the result."
Local TV stations sell advertising slots on national broadcasts, which is how an ad for a local asphalt paving company popped up next to the big national ads. The J.B. Bostick ad aired in the Sacramento and Los Angeles markets where they have operations. The company has offices in Roseville and Anaheim. The ad featured actors, by the way, in case you were wondering.
The company, which is one of the most media savvy asphalt paving companies in California, has
other promotional and informational videos on their website (www. jbbostick.net). It recalls the old adage that if you don't tell your own story, someone else will tell it for you (and it might not be to your liking). CARussell W. Snyder, CAE, is executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association.
It seemed like "Asphalt Week” in the Inland Empire. The annual CalAPA Spring Asphalt Pavement Conference & Equipment Expo sprawled across several days of activities and venues that had something for everyone.
The marquee event was the Spring Conference, held March 23-24 at the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center in Ontario, with an all-star lineup of speakers and presentations designed to inform and inspire industry and agency attendees alike. Kicking off the conference with more sparks than a July 4th celebration was motivational speaker and author Wally Adamchik, who shared best practices on culture and leadership in the construction industry. Dr. Howard Marks, vice president for environment, health and safety for the National Asphalt Pavement Association, a CalAPA partner, also took the stage on the opening day to share eye-opening and timely insights on the national regulatory front.
Another timely presentation was delivered by Tanya DeRivi, senior director for California Climate and Fuels for the Western States Petroleum Association. The oil industry, which produces products that are the foundation for the nation's economy, including asphalt, is engaged with elected officials and regulators at all levels of government.
A Federal Highway Administration perspective was provided by Mike Huner, a consultant with the FHWA, which recently brought its Mobile Asphalt Technology Center (MATC) to California, including an extended stay at the Caltrans Southern Regional Materials Laboratory (SRL) in Fontana. The MATC was featured in a Women of Asphalt California Branch "lunch and learn" event and tour March 22 at SRL. Acting SRL Chief Sarah Hartz participated in the tour and also was
Above: The conference was well attended, this was the main conference room and here were also break-out rooms running at the CalAPA Spring Asphalt Pavement Conference held March 22-24 in Ontario.
a featured speaker at the CalAPA Spring Conference. With air quality issues front-and-center by state policy-makers, Bruce Tuter representing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) presented on various CARB initiatives, with special emphasis on the proposed Advanced Clean Fleets regulations. Numerous breakout sessions allowed Spring Conference attendees to customize their experience, including presentations by Greg Renegar, Vice President of Astec, on what the asphalt plant
of the future will look like, Drew Delany with Associates
Environmental, presenting on best practices for fleet management and accessing various incentive programs. Bob Humer with the Asphalt Institute, delving on segregation in pavements, and Deepak Maskey of Caltrans providing an update on the use of Life Cycle Assessment by the department.
Other informative sessions included Caltrans Office of Asphalt Pavements Chief Cathrina Barros on the department's numerous
Above: Dr. Howard Marks, VP Environment Health & Safety, NAPA shared the Federal perspective on Environment, Health and safety issues.
sustainability initiatives and how they may impact the asphalt pavement industry, Dr. John Harvey with the University of California Pavement Research Center (UCPRC) on the continuing success of the Caltrans Long-life (Perpetual) Asphalt
Pavement design strategy, which was recently recognized with national awards at a meeting earlier this year of the California Transportation Commission. Harvey also delivered a presentation wearing his other hat as director of the City & County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC), which has numerous research and educational efforts underway aimed at assisting local governments in making the most of their pavement assets. His presentation on the essential role that pavement compaction plays in the durability of asphalt stimulated many questions from the audience. CalAPA has partnered with the CCPIC to help provide technical training and expertise as part of the association's strategic goal of being an important resource to government agencies on asphalt pavement-related matters.
Compliance with public contracting law was examined by Tony Morelli, Southwest Regional Compliance Manager, with the Construction Industry Force Account Council, and Maurice Arbelaez, vice president for CalAPA member Instrotek, delved into how innovative technology is advancing practical knowledge of how asphalt in-place
density is measured, which served as a nice bookend to the presentation earlier by the UCPRC on compaction. Thomas Doherty, senior vice president of specialty programs for the NIP Group, highlighted safety and riskmanagement targeted specifically to asphalt paving companies. CalAPA and the NIP
have partnered on a special "AsphaltPro" specialtyAbove: Greg Renegar, Vice President, Astec Industries was a break-out speaker and spoke about The Asphalt Plant of the Future. Above: Cathrina Barros, P.E., Chief Office of Pavements, Caltrans Pavement Programs presented on Incorporating Innovative and Proven Strategies for Sustainability and Efficiency. Above: Crafco team members Omar Rodriguez, Rob Manriquez and Gary Lewis at their booth. Above: Surface Tech team members Mike McLeish and Taylor Schmidt man their booth and gave away free sweatshirts. Group Above: Sarah Hartz, Christina Paredes, Yvette Salazar, Caltrans and Mike Huner, Huner Consulting enjoy the evening reception. Above: Past and current pavement association directors Jim St. Martin, Roger Smith, Brandon Milar and Russell W. Snyder enjoy the evening reception.
insurance and risk management program in California. The program is the latest in an array of CalAPA initiatives tailored specifically to asphalt paving companies, including the "Quality Paving Certificate" program.
The Spring Conference program closed out with an interactive session on effective communications focusing on news media inquiries, which is part of CalAPA's ongoing leadership development initiative and was meant as another bookend to the opening session on construction industry leadership and culture led by Adamchik. Special thanks go to a very brave Alex Perez of Caltrans, who volunteered to be grilled in a "mock" TV interview on stage during the conference intended to illustrate some of the key learning points in the workshop.
In conjunction with the conference, several other activities took place in and near the conference center, including a popular networking event at the newly opened Topgolf sports and entertainment complex in Ontario, and an "Asphalt Pavement 101" technical training class, taught by Roger Smith. CalAPA also supported the Women of Asphalt California Branch "lunch and learn" that took place March 22 at the SRL in Fontana. That lunch was sponsored by CalAPA member MCK Services. A CalAPA Board of Directors meeting also convened March 22. There were also impromptu activities, such as "Sophie's Dance Party" that took over the hotel nightclub on successive evenings, proving once again that the asphalt pavement industry knows how to mix fun with work.
Special thanks go out to the many sponsors and exhibitors who helped make the conference a success. They included Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., Knife River Construction, Pavement Recycling Systems and Valero. Exhibitors included All States Materials Group, Crafco Preservation Products, Humboldt testing equipment, Ingevity, InstroTek, Inc., Maxwell Products, Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., OMI Industries, OneCrew, Polyco, Ramos Oil Company, RMA Companies, Sakai, Sierra Pacific Materials, Surface Tech and Transtech Systems. Special promotional consideration was extended to the Women of Asphalt California Branch and the Western Regional Association for Pavement Preservation. CAAbove: Bob Siffert, Ingevity (left), Richard Champion, Astec, Brian Atkins and Jim St. Martin, All States Materials Group, Rachel Luciak, Strategic G Advisors and Brandon Milar, CalAPA. Left: Ryan Merritt, Martin Marietta (left), Cameron Richardson, Ingevity and Ari Bleemer, OneCrew at the Topgolf. Above: Jeff Benedict, Valero (left), Travis Ponchetti, Cheyenne Gould, Alex Shaw, Matt Pound, Martin Marietta, Ari Bleemer, OneCrew and Parker McBeath, Martin Marietta at the Topgolf event. Above: The entire group pictured in front of the Mobile Asphalt Technology Center at the D08 Southern Regional Caltrans Laboratory at the Women of Asphalt California Lab Tour. Above Right: Steve Cota, Patriot Risk & Insurance Services (left) with Chris Barry, Beach Paving at the Topgolf event. Left: A guided tour inside the Mobile Asphalt Technology Center at of the Women of Asphalt California Lab Tour.
Industry saddened by the passing of Mike Hinson
The asphalt pavement industry in California was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Hinson, a longtime fixture at CalAPA events, particularly the golf tournaments.
Memorial services were held in Raleigh, N.C. for Hinson, 56, who passed away at his North Carolina home, where he recently re-located from the West Coast.He was wellknown in asphalt pavement circles in California for his expertise in asphalt paving equipment, and even picked up the nickname "Hollywood" by some for his charismatic personality.
Michael Scott Hinson was born Jan. 30, 1966, in Richmond County, N.C., and was the son of the late Jerry Wells Hinson and Julia Mae Baker Hinson. He was a 1984 graduate of Anson High School and served in the United States Navy. He grew up attending Gum Springs Baptist Church in Lilesville.
He worked for many years in Construction Management and Highway Equipment Sales. He worked with Caterpillar and was most recently working with Hill’s Machinery in Raleigh.
He is survived by his wife, Amber Bradley Hinson of Phoenix, Ariz.; his sons, Chuck Hinson and fiancé, Nick Neighbors of Asheboro, and Christian Hinson and wife, Carly of Apex; his brothers and sister, Jeff Hinson of Lilesville, Mary Lynn Hinson of Charlotte, and David Hinson and wife, Angie of Concord; his aunt, Nancy Adcock of Laurinburg, and his extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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Left: Mike Hinson won an unofficial award for the most colorful garb at the CalAPA golf tournament held Sept. 12, 2019 at the Temecula Creek Golf Club in Temecula. He was fondly remembered by CalAPA members for his cheerful demeanor as well as his expertise in construction equipment.
Hinson was an avid Clemson Tigers fan. He enjoyed time spent on the water, boating, or just hanging out with his family and friends. He also enjoyed golfing and singing karaoke, although he was known to make up his own lyrics to the songs. His colorful outfit at a 2019 CalAPA golf tournament in Temecula earned him an unofficial award for the most nattily clad golfer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, T. Mack Hinson, his paternal grandparents, Terry and Carrie “Bit” Grooms Hinson, and by his maternal grandparents, Charlie and Zetter Phillips Baker. CACalAPA’s Russell Snyder (left) and Brian Handshoe with Kenco Engineering (right) present a special tribute cover of CalAPA’s magazine to NAPA’s retiring EVP Jay Hansen at NAPA’s annual meeting held Feb. 4-8, 2023 in Miami. (Photo courtesy of NAPA).
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Long time CalAPA member, husband, father, friend and associate passes unexpectedly
Kenneth (Kenny) Martindale sadly passed away on March 14, 2023, and will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and business associates. Martindale was a devoted husband, father, and inspirational force in the asphalt construction industry. He married his high school sweetheart, Lynn, in 1986, and together the couple raised three children Lauren, Kathryn and Chadwick. They also have five grandchildren.
Martindale began his career in the asphalt industry right out of high school when he was hired as a dispatcher for Industrial Asphalt at their Sun Valley Plant in the late 1980s. Eventually working his way up to division manager, Martindale spearheaded the oil spreading and Petromat paving fabric segment for Industrial Asphalt. Then, in 1992, Kenny decided to start his own
coating and sealing product company, Diversified Asphalt Products. From his headquarters in Anaheim, Martindale built upon his knowledge and expertise to continue to pioneer and lead the way in the sealing and fabric industry in Southern California. He quickly earned a reputation for producing and delivering only the highest quality products, backed by unprecedented service and support.
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