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Meeting Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
at El Adobe de Capistrano, in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Guest Speaker:  

Michael D. Reader, RCE, GE,
Chief Executive Officer at Group Delta


High Profile Investigations of the Hollywood Fault, Hollywood CA


The Hollywood Millennium project is proposed to be developed at, and adjacent to, parking lots the site used by iconic Capitol Records tower building.  The fault rupture study performed for the Millennium Hollywood Project, and adjacent sites, is perhaps the most controversial and public fault rupture hazard investigation ever performed in California. The proposal for the Millennium Hollywood project itself pre-dated the publication of the Alquist-Priolo Map for the Hollywood Quad. However, due to intense public opposition and scrutiny, the CGS moved forward with publication of the draft map and utilized the attention to raise funding and awareness.  The original basis for the map in the area of the Hollywood Millennium project was based on scant subsurface information and was inferred solely on groundwater data (later dropped by CGS) and presumed fault related topography (also later revised).  Group Delta was contracted by 4 adjacent site owners to conduct fault rupture hazard studies using trenches, CPTs, and coring’s. All of the 4 investigations were approved by the City of Los Angeles, in spite of frequent negative public comments from the CGS.  The main result of the investigation was that the fault identified by CGS as being active had in fact last been active more the 125,000 years ago; the 4 investigations all showed no active faulting was present. CGS has refused to change the map. 

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In this edition:

  • Meeting Information
  • Presidents Corner
  • 2017 Membership
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Upcoming Events
  • June Meeting Highlights
  • Geology Fun

Meeting Information
6PM – Social Hour
7PM – Dinner
7:45PM- Presentation

El Adobe de Capistrano
31891 Camino Capistrano,
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Member $30
Non-Member $35

Student/Professor $15

Michael D. Reader, RCE, GE,
Chief Executive Officer at Group Delta

Speaker Biography:

Mr. Reader is the CEO of Group Delta Consultants.  Mr. Reader has over 30 years in conducting and managing geotechnical and geologic investigations for a wide range major projects in the Southern California including some of the largest design/build transportation projects and master plan developments including: the $6 billion Playa Vista Development, $3 Billion Rams Stadium at Hollywood Park Redevelopment, $1.6 Billion Westside Subway, and $1 Billion Regional Connector subway. His experience includes investigations for more than 400 diversified projects including educational facilities, hospitals, mid-rise structures, highway/bridge development, commercial development, city redevelopment, landslide analyses and stabilization, water and wastewater treatment plants, and liquefaction and seismic analyses.

Presidents Corner  

Greetings SCGS,

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Summer is a hectic time of year for our profession, and I’m so glad to have some fun SCGS events to look forward to. Coming up in the next few months, we have an exciting Angels game outing planned, our annual Cooper Center meeting, and our huge end of the year field-trip!  Your volunteer officers are working hard to make this an enjoyable and memorable year, and we hope you’re taking advantage of all the events they’re generating for you! Remember, these events are great for socializing, as well as business development!

Just one week from now is our largest meeting of the year. On Wednesday, July 19th, our annual joint meeting with SDAG, ASCE, and AEG will take place at the El Adobe restaurant in San Juan Capistrano!  We are ecstatic to have Mike Reader, C.E.O. of Group Delta, presenting his talk titled, “High Profile Investigations of the Hollywood Fault, Hollywood CA.”  Students can learn a lot from Mike’s position in the industry, and fellow professionals will get a kick out of the political nuances combatted through this development. It’s bound to be a crowd pleaser! Directions will be provided in the newsletter and Eventbrite reminders. Please RSVP ASAP as we expect a capacity crowd for this meeting.

I’d like to extend my thanks again to Robert Leeper. His presentation in June on the co-seismic subsidence of the Seal Beach marshlands was quite a conversation starter!  The society is so appreciative of everyone who shares their expertise with our members! To recommend yourself or another individual to present in the next 18 months, please email us at

Don’t forget, tickets are still available for our Angels game fundraiser on August 26th!  We are so excited to host our first baseball fundraising event, and hope for a huge turnout. All are welcome! Bring your friends, colleagues, and family for have a great night with your fellow SCGS members. The game starts at 6 pm on Saturday night.  Cost is 20 dollars per ticket.  Please sign up at one of our upcoming meetings, online via out Eventbrite page, or email us at reserve your tickets.  

Quick update on the 2017 fieldtrip: I recently took a reconnaissance trip to the area and found a huge site for our group!  My Contact at Ormat Geothermal has agreed to either a site tour (depending on the volume of people attending), or a talk by personnel on the plant operations and site geology of the North Brawley plant.  This will be part of our Friday activities, along with off-set Indian fire rings, Palm oases, obsidian domes and an overview of the Salton Sea’s pending future before retiring to camp.  We will be dry camping in the Box Canyon area for Friday and Saturday night, November 3rd and 4th.  Bathrooms will be provided; I’ve booked 4 porta-pottys with sinks.  Dr. Art Sylvester will be leading the group to some “World-Class” geologic sites on Saturday in Painted Canyon and Sunday will be half a day exploring the adjacent Box Canyon.  The trip will conclude at the Coachella Valley Brewery around sundown on Sunday, November 5th.  A huge thanks to all who have helped with planning and research in preparation for this trip.

If you are not already a member of South Coast Geological Society, we would love to have you sign up.  Members receive discounts on meetings, merchandise, fieldtrips and outings.  Student membership is still highly discounted at the unbeatable price of free.  Regular membership remains at 20 dollars for the calendar year.  With fieldtrip sign-ups around the corner its best to get your membership in soon.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all our Corporate Sponsors, devoted Honorary Members and all the volunteers & members who help make the SCGS function and grow.  Without your contributions and support we wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that we do.

I look forward to seeing you at the next SCGS meetings, and the Angels game!

Greg Shagam
President 2017

Greg Shagam, SCGS President

 SCGS Membership Drive 

We welcome you to join SCGS, one of the largest, most active Geological Societies in Southern California. A membership to South Coast Geological Society has many benefits including discounted meeting, field trip costs, subscription to monthly newsletters, announcements for exclusive field trips, events, job postings and more!

Membership Costs:
Professionals: $20 / year
Students: Free

Membership can be paid online via pay-pal, check by mail, or in person at a SCGS Meeting/Event where we accept cash, checks, and cards. Please visit our membership page for the Online Membership Application and Pay-Pal Payment Link.

Our mailing address is:
South Coast Geological Society
P.O. Box 10244
Santa Ana, CA, 92711-0244

*Membership rates will increase to $35/year, effective in 2018

SCSG Membership Application

South Coast Geological Society Corporate Sponsorship

SCGS greatly appreciates our Corporate Sponsors! Corporate sponsorship allows SCGS to host stellar field trips, provide annual scholarships, and publish guidebooks. 

There are three Corporate Sponsorship Levels,
GOLD – $500 
SILVER – $250
BRONZE – $100

Click HERE for Corporate Sponsor Webpage

 2017 Corporate Sponsors 

Upcoming Events!

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The train station is in walking distance to the meeting location, El Adobe de Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA. See directions below. 

Directions from Train Station: Head east on Verdugo St toward Camino Capistrano, then turn right onto Camino Capistrano, El Adobe de Capistrano will be on the right. Time: 3 minute walk, Distance: 0.2 miles

Join SCGS at the Angels Stadium to see the Angels vs. Astros! Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online (link below) or in advanced at any SCGS event. THis is surely an event that you do not want to miss!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

June Meeting Highlights

Thank you to our members who joined SCGS for another great meeting! Thank you Robert Leeper for your stellar presentation on seismic hazards along the Newport-Inglewood fault zone!

Above: Ben Lewis, SCGS Vice President and Robert Leeper, guest speaker.
Below: SCGS Members enjoying the meeting

Geology Fun

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South Coast Geological Society
P.O. Box 10244
Santa Ana, CA, 92711-0244

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