A Message from your LA Chapter President: Steve Hennesse

Starting a New Year

Dear Members,

We begin a new year with many changes. The Los Angeles Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association has leadership changes, with some continuing in a leadership role and others that have new roles. I’d like to thank the 2017 President, Christopher Jones, and Past-President Edwin “Lewie” Miller for their diligent efforts. They spent much time arranging speakers and venues for Chapter meetings and the golf tournament, and participating in Chapter Executive Committee Meetings. Regan Vreeland briefly assisted as Chapter Secretary and Beau Immel stepped up to take on the Secretary position in the latter part of 2017.

It is important to recognize the efforts of the Chapter Representatives (AKA State Directors and Alternates) who generously spent their time preparing for and participating in the quarterly State CLSA board of Directors Meetings. Erik Bowers, Mark Danielson, Stephen Hughey, Edwin “Lewie” Miller, Robert “Buck” Rogers and alter-nates Christopher Jones and I participated as Chapter Representatives. One of these meetings was in Oakland, requiring a long drive or a short airplane flight there and back. The remaining were GoToWebinar meetings that required preparation, focus and participation.

Other members graciously donated their time and labors. For example, John Tosto spent much time pre-paring the Hollywood Rover newsletters and a Crash Course on Error Analysis at the February Chapter Meeting. Stephen Hughey was active with Scouting Merit Badge and prepared quarterly reports to State CLSA. John Ostly was Chairman of the Professional Practice Committee and worked extensively with the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists regarding numerous issues. Robert “Buck” Rogers worked with the Legislative Committee to track and provide recommendations on new and proposed legislation that affects our profession.

You may be wondering how I became involved with CLSA, as my background is civil engineering. I began my career working for a private engineer in Whittier before starting work at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in 1988. In 2009, I had the opportunity to work under the direct supervision of a land surveyor, Steven Steinhoff. With a little encouragement, I embarked on an endeavor to obtain a land surveyors license. Once I obtained the required qualifying time, I took the tests and obtained my license in 2013. I’ve been active with the Los Angeles Chapter of CLSA since 2010 and took on leadership roles when I was asked to help.

I look forward in continuing to be active with CLSA and work with Beau Immel as the Secretary and XanTh Stack as the new Treasurer. Erik Bowers will be my right-hand-man as President-Elect this year. The life of our profession-al organization comes from the continued assistance of willing volunteers such as the above-mentioned leaders. I will be committed to assist in my new role as Chapter President and look forward to hearing your input about ways the Los Angeles Chapter can better advance the profession of land surveying and ensure the safety of the public.

Please join us at the first Los Angeles Chapter event of 2018 on Thursday, January 4th at 6:00 PM to inter-act with colleagues during registration followed by the meeting at 7 PM at Taix Restaurant, located at 1911 West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Steve Hennessee, PE, PLS





CLSA Los Angeles

2018 Chapter Officers:



Steve Hennessee
President Elect:  
Beau Immel 
Immediate Past President:

Chris Jones

State Directors: 

Erik Bowers 

Mark Danielson

Chris Jones

Edwin "Lewie" Miller

Robert "Buck" Rogers

State Director Alternates: 

Steve Hennessee

Beau Immel 

Committee Chairs:



John Tosto
Government Liaison:    

Local Agency Liaison:  


Robert "Buck" Rogers
John Tosto