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Director Will Kempton and District 7 Director Doug Failing, with hat in hand's, surrounded by executive staff

by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 10/2006

We're Number One. Again. For the Third Time in a Row!

A year ago, District 7 captured a “repeat” by being the Number 1 transportation project delivery program in the State for the second year in a row. At the 2005 celebration event, District 7 Director Doug Failing promised a hat trick (sporting term referring to a player scoring three times in one game. Typically, fans celebrate by throwing hats into the ring). At the July 18, 2006 ceremony, Caltrans Director Will Kempton announced that District 7 did indeed score the unprecedented hat trick and again is Number 1 for the third consecutive year.

On a hot and humid morning, District 7 employees gathered in the District office building plaza to celebrate the real sweat of delivering an ambitious list of projects. Will Kempton acknowledged the statewide Number 1 delivery of 91 projects totaling $279 million. “I saw the trophy for this and sent it back. It wasn’t big enough,” Kempton said while addressing the standing room only crowd of over 500.

To recognize the hat trick, Doug Failing ponied up three western style hard hats. Each hat was signed by Caltrans Director Will Kempton; District 7 Director Doug Failing; District 7 Chief Deputy Raja Mitwasi and all eight District 7 Division Chiefs. Failing will present one hat to the District’s local partners at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) later this month.

District 7 delivered 100% of its contractual commitment for Fiscal Year 2005/2006.
Certificates of 100% Completion were presented to representatives from each division for completion of each of the four delivery milestones: Project Approval & Environmental Documents (PA&ED); Design Delivery/Ready to List (RTL); Right of Way Certification; and Construction Contract Acceptance. A special, surprise award was presented to Division of Program and Project Management for their significant role in achieving 100% delivery.

In addition to recognizing project delivery, Kempton and Failing took this opportunity to acknowledge several other district achievements. Certificates of Recognition were presented to Los Angeles Legal, Local Assistance Program delivery partners, A&E Mentor Program, Project Initiation Document team, and the Value Analysis Program. Failing also announced the District’s four Excellence in Transportation Awards: Rural Highway: Pleasant Valley Road Interchange; Environment: I-5/Santa Clara River Bridge Bat Habitat; Systems Operations: Glendale Freeway Intelligent Transportation System (ITS); and Transportation Innovations: Interstate 710 Long Life Pavement Reconstruction Project.

After all the hats, pats and handshakes, District 7 will not rest on its laurels for long.
The District has a new contract for FY 06/07 and a new slogan for delivery:  “Consider it Done.”

To view more photos of this event, please visit the District 7 Intranet.

Chief Deputy Raja Mitwasi proudly wears the ceremonial hat Director Kempton addresses District 7 employees Director Kempton kicks off the ceremony Director Kempton autographs the hat