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This is interesting.

To all: I did not write this post.

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
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San Juan Capistrano, CA
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:From: Bill Allen [mailto:tjcse(--nospam--at)hotmail.com]
:Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 3:51 PM
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:Subject: Paul Fratessa: GOOD RIDDANCE
:
:SICK PROFESSION?  Yes, indeed. But why? There is only whining on this
list
:server. The reasons are twofold: Code Confusion & Gatekeeping. A
handful of
:structural engineers are responsible, Fratessa being one of them.
:
:There is no reason why there is not one code without conflicts in it, a
:code
:with parts and embodied references that can be interpreted the same by
any
:engineer, building department, or lawyer not just those engineers who
:profess to know it all and have the power to make decisions. Just look
at
:how silly it all is; UBC, CBC, IBC and now, guess what. Fratessa could
have
:used his tenure with the California Sesmic Safety Commission
[1986-1995]
:and
:other opportunities to bring some coherence to the code, but instead
made
:it
:worse. Ever tried to explain to a client how some design came about and
why
:they have to pay, pay and pay? No wonder we are a joke profession.
:
:And the SE exam [in California]. Not only was and is Fratessa a part of
the
:hoax [when he took the exam he was employed by the office that wrote
it],
:he
:has perpetuated the situation with the excuse that if a CE is not in
the
:employ [or was, and has paid the necessary homage] of one or more of
the
:offices that write, check, and grade our home-grown exam each year
he/she
:does not deserve the ticket. Less than 100 civil engineers in
California of
:a population of 30,000,000 are qualified? Lurkers are certainly
laughing at
:the young exam candidates and their eager e-mails, especially those
from
:states that use an exam that is not available to insiders (and
therefore
:infinitely bettter), as we have in California. A cancer with no
resolution
:other than go to a national exam, which the employing inside traders
will
:never permit.
:
:Paul Fratessa may seem to have been benevolent to some ex-Cal Poly
:students,
:but to those who knew him he was a bigot, a pathological liar, and a
crook.
:
:Regards.
:
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