What Agencies and Developers Need to Know About California’s New Affordable Housing Bills
November 01, 2017
Responding to what he and many experts have deemed a housing crisis, Governor Brown recently signed 15 bills aimed at stimulating affordable housing development in the most efficient ways possible. These laws have major implications for municipalities and developers alike.
Bridges Over Troubled Waters in Big Sur: Palo Colorado Road Repair Project
September 26, 2017
Harris helps with the emergency repair of Monterey County’s Palo Colorado Road after fire and heavy rains led to the creeks blowing out part of the road and cutting off more than 60 homes from the outside world.
Active Transportation Program (ATP) Augmentation Funding: How to Get First Money from SB1
August 08, 2017
Learn about new guidelines for the Active Transportation Program (ATP), which receives $100 million per year in new funding via SB1. This means $200 million in new money is now available for projects in fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19
California's Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1): Make Sure Your Agency is Ready to Capture Funding
June 29, 2017
With new transportation funding on the way from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1), learn what the next steps are for your agency in order to get ready to capture the first funds available.
Pavement Management Program (Part 2): Utilizing StreetSaver® for Simpler, Smarter Decisions
June 14, 2017
Discover how MTC's StreetSaver® pavement management program (PMP) software gives agencies granular details and reports about their pavement assets so decision makers can make empowered judgements about how to manage them.
Water Rate Design: A Better Path to Cost Recovery
June 08, 2017
For many water utilities, a larger portion of revenue recovery has historically been accomplished through its variable pricing component, and yet from a cost of service standpoint water utilities typically incur a higher level of fixed costs compared to costs that vary with water usage.
Pavement Management Programs (Part 1): Why "Worst First" Isn't Always Best for your Asset Management
June 06, 2017
Often agencies want to address what seems to be their most pressing pavement issues first because their budget won’t cover every need. However, we often find counterintuitive results that can help them squeeze 30% more value from their budgets. Learn how using a pavement management program to make data-driven decisions can generate better results and save money over the long term.
The Rains are Finally Letting Up, But How's Your Jobsite's Trenching and Shoring Holding Up?
May 03, 2017
Review best practices for soils, trenching and shoring safety on the construction site. Even experienced construction crews benefit from periodic reminders of how to protect life, property and mitigate these types of risks around trenches
Effective Management Keeps Carlsbad Water Recycling Project Moving Swiftly
December 06, 2016
How can a city feel confident about a large design-build project when it has less control over the process? When Harris' Gary Beach is on the project to represent the City’s interests and ensure the details of every day’s work deliver on DB’s potential.
Case In Point: Learn How to Protect Your Next Assessment
July 27, 2016
Public finance expert Dennis Anderson discusses the recent case of Sacramento Taxpayers Association, et al., v. County of Sacramento, et al., in which the Superior Court of California (County of Sacramento) overturned a property owner-approved special assessment created by the Carmichael Recreation and Park District. Dennis highlights valuable lessons for all public agencies considering similar assessments.
It's Time for Architects and Construction Managers and Owners to Get Serious about Collaboration
August 24, 2015
It’s time for a new era of collaboration. For the good of their projects and their clients, architects and CMs need to—and can—come together as willing partners. Creating formalized relationships at the pre-construction phase, even the pre-design phase, will generate better results for all involved.