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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

AmandaSmith_e4441Greetings and Happy New Year, WTS Los Angeles!

I am so honored to be the 2015-2016 WTS Los Angeles President and to work with an amazing collective of individuals on the board. This year marks the 30th since the start of the chapter, a significant achievement that speaks to the dedication and hard work contributed by many women and men.

I hope to continue the success the chapter has achieved in years past and provide exciting monthly programs with access to top industry professionals in order to promote networking, business development, professional development, and mentoring opportunities. I encourage you all to get involved and to think about volunteering for a committee!

Amanda Smith
Fehr & Peers

Photo by John Livzey

WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge presents an official certificate to Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen.

 
WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

Transportation professionals line up to enter the breakfast reception in honor of the new Caltrans District 7 Director.

 
WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

WTS-LA Welcomes Carrie Bowen, June 3

WTS-LA Sponsorship Chair Dan Beal talks with City of Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard at the reception to welcome the new Caltrans District 7 Director.

 
Portland Spirit Evening Cruise, May 14

Portland Spirit Evening Cruise, May 14

WTS Los Angeles members (L to R) Cynthia Sugimoto, Emilie Gino, Linda Bohlinger, Lynda Bybee, Rachel Vandenberg and Amanda Smith enjoy the reception marking the opening of the 2014 WTS conference hosted by WTS Portland.

 
There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

Cynthia Guidry, Interim Deputy Executive Director of Capital Planning and Programming at LAWA, chats with attendees before her presentation.

 
There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

Lisa Trifiletti, Director of Environmental and Land Use Planning at LAWA, describes what's next for the region's largest airport.

 
There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

There's More to LAWA Than Meets the Sky, May 8

Attendees network before the presentation begins.

 
Lunch & Learn, April 29

Lunch & Learn, April 29

Nancy Michali of AECOM discusses how transportation changes cities.

 
Lunch & Learn, April 29

Lunch & Learn, April 29

Esther Margulies of AECOM talks with WTS-LA members during the informative lunch presentation.

 
Lunch & Learn, April 29

Lunch & Learn, April 29

WTS-LA Vice President of Programs Amanda Smith and member Lillian Burkenheim-Silver engage with the presentation.

 
Trends in Transportation, April 16

Trends in Transportation, April 16

WTS-LA Professional Development Chair Avygail Sanchez welcomes Tim Papandreou of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency.

 
Trends in Transportation, April 16

Trends in Transportation, April 16

Director of Strategic Planning at San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency Tim Papandreou identified elements important to the future of transportation.

 
Metro Executives Reception, April 9

Metro Executives Reception, April 9

WTS-LA member gather at a reception to welcome the new members of Metro's top executive staff.

 
Metro Executives Reception, April 9

Metro Executives Reception, April 9

Metro CEO Art Leahy gives opening remarks.

 
Metro Executives Reception, April 9

Metro Executives Reception, April 9

WTS-LA President Lynda Bybee and Programs Chair Lisa Karwoski stand with Metro's Bryan Pennington, Stephanie Wiggins, Lindy Lee, Greg Kildare and Noelia Rodriguez.

 
Ground Transportation, March 17

Ground Transportation, March 17

LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin chats with attendees before his presentation.

 
Ground Transportation, March 17

Ground Transportation, March 17

WTS-LA President Lynda Bybee and Program Committee Chair Becca Kalauskas welcome LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin to the podium.

 
Ground Transportation, March 17

Ground Transportation, March 17

LA City Councilmember and Metro Board Member Mike Bonin discusses his vision for the future of transportation in his West LA district.

 
Economic Development, February 5

Economic Development, February 5

Attendees assemble for the program on economic growth and transportation.

 
Economic Development, February 5

Economic Development, February 5

WTS-LA members Pamela Lee and Jenelle Saunders check in program attendees.

 
Economic Development, February 5

Economic Development, February 5

LA Economic and Workforce Development Department General Manager Jan Perry discusses the region's evolving transportation system.

 
 
 

HOLIDAY MAGIC AT OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOARD DINNER IS JUST THAT - MAGIC!

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On December 8, 26 members of the 2014 and 2015 boards met for the board’s annual holiday dinner at Soleto Trattoria. “This is a wonderful tradition,” says Emilie Gino, a retired LAUSD administrator and educational consultant. “It is an opportunity for members of the outgoing and incoming boards to meet and exchange ideas in an informal and convivial setting.”

Gino made the affair even more convivial by gifting each arrival with a sleigh bell necklace and arranging for a magic show by long-time WTS Los Angeles supporter Calvin Yoshitake, PLS, RLS. Yoshitake, the Los Angeles area manager for Guida Surveying, is an accomplished magician who performs regularly for private parties at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and gives back to the community by donating his magic shows for charitable causes. To visit our photo gallery, click here. Photos courtesy of Melanie Nelson of Berg & Associates.
 

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