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City of Compton Mayor Eric Perrodin presented a plaque to the Local Assistance team. Left to right: Robert Wong, Matt Malouf, Guillermo Potes, Mazen Dabboussi, City of Compton Mayor Eric Perrodin, Lindy Lee.

Kudos & Congrats!
by  Kelly Markham
Issue Date: 12/2010

Recognizing the achievements of the talented, dedicated people who work in District 7.

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At the District Staff Meeting on November 1, numerous District 7 employees were recognized for their extraordinary contributions. Congratulations to all of you!

Plaque from the City of Compton: City of Compton Mayor Eric Perrodin presented a plaque to District 7’s Office of Local Assistance to recognize staff for their help with right-of-way certification and funding authorization for a $2 million landscaping project along Willowbrook Avenue. The honored staff were Mazen Dabboussi, Matt Malouf, Guillermo Potes and Robert Wong.

Superior Accomplishment Awards: Transportation Engineers Richard Hung and Peter Shih both received a Superior Accomplishment Award for their prompt work stabilizing a soundwall on southbound I-5 near the Orr and Day on-ramp that had been hit by a truck and was tilting toward a residential area. Their efforts displayed an admirable commitment to public safety and a willingness to go the extra mile.

“You Got Caught Being Caltrans” Award: Rajesh Jha and Hamid Aghasharif of Local Assistance both received a “You Got Caught Being Caltrans” Award. This award is given to staff who get “caught” doing extraordinary work. Jha and Aghasharif were recognized for assistance provided to the City of Pico Rivera on the Beverly Boulevard Rehabilitation Project. The city was in danger of losing funding for the project, and Jha's and Aghasharif's prompt efforts prevented that from happening.

Forty Years of Service: Facilities Operations Coordinator Tony (aka Anton) Avent was recognized for his 40 years of state service. He began his career as a youth aid on a landscape crew, and then went on to work in numerous positions, including landscape supervisor, plumber, and technical trainer, before joining the Facilities team.


District 7 received a letter of appreciation from three employees at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LADPW) praising Caltrans staff for the recently completed carpool lane on the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) between the Orange Freeway (SR-57) and the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605). The letter comes from three employees who work for LADPW in the City of Alhambra an carpool from the Diamond Bar/Chino Hills area. Below is an excerpt.

With the completion of the extension of Fwy 60 carpool lanes, things have drastically changed for us. It reduces traffic congestion and increases predictability and reliability of travel time. We now don’t have to check the traffic conditions as before and don’t have to consider using other routes to go to work or coming back home….We wish to express sincere thanks to Caltrans with this letter. We know that this is a very small project compared to what you have done or been doing in other parts of the State. However, the experience we are having from this small stretch of the freeway convinced us that you will be able to fulfill your profound goal in providing the safest transportation system in the nation for users and workers, maximizing transportation system performance and accessibility and promoting quality service through excellent workforce.


Richard Hung and Peter Shih were honored with Superior Accomplishment Awards. Left to right: Dan Freeman, Shafiqul Islam, Richard Hung, Peter Shih, Larry Wiering, Lindy Lee. Rajesh Jha and Hamid Aghasharif of Local Assistance received You Got Caught Being Caltrans Awards. Tony Avent was honored for his 40 years of service. Left to right Carmen Roberts, Tony Avent, Lindy Lee. This letter of appreciation was sent to District 7 by three LADPW employees pleased with the new HOV lanes on SR-60.