Michael Hoover was born in Pasadena, California in 1949. He
attended primary and secondary school in then-rural eastern Los
Angeles County. Mr. Hooverís interest in geology began at an early
age during day hikes to the chalk mine on the Covina Ranch where
fossils could be found in the local rocks.
Mr. Hoover was the captain of the football and wrestling
teams while attending South Hills High School in West Covina, and
voted the most valuable wrestler in his sophomore, junior and senior
years. He was selected by the Los Angeles Times for the All San
Gabriel Valley Football team and was the League Champion wrestler
at the 187-pound weight class. Mr. Hoover received a congressional
appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. in 1967
where he played Division I-A football until an injury ended his
collegiate athletic and military career.
Mr. Hoover transferred to UCSB in 1968 where he took the first
of many geology classes. Mr. Hoover received Bachelorís degrees
in Geology and Geography from UCSB in 1971, and was accepted into
the Masterís program at UCSB in the fall of 1971. He received a
Master of Arts degree in 1974. Mr. Hooverís area of interest while
enrolled in the Masterís program was Engineering Geology. During
the academic year 1972-73 Mr. Hoover took time off from his studies
to design and construct a geodesic dome house in Isla Vista. The
ìdomeî as it was called, became a social focal point for students
during the 1970ís, and is featured in the book ìSanta Barbara Architectureî.
The dome home began a life-long love of architecture for Mr. Hoover;
he has designed and constructed six homes including a recently renovated
1910-era craftsman-style home located near the Santa Barbara Mission.
The 1910 home, his current residence, was honored by the Pearl Chase
Society in 2001 as an example of Santa Barbaraís historic architecture.
From 1974-78 Mr. Hoover worked for the firm of Dames & Moore,
then the worldís largest earth science consulting firm. Mr. Hoover
was based in Santa Barbara, but spent over a year in Valdez, Alaska
working on slope stability and hydrologic problems related to major
construction projects. At the age of 28 Mr. Hoover became a Registered
Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist. He started his own
geologic consulting firm in Santa Barbara shortly thereafter, eventually
building up a company that employed 15 people and offered a full
range of hydrological, geological and soil engineering services.
Mr. Hoover closed down the corporation in 1999, and now spends most
of his time working on small consulting projects, and operating
solid waste disposal and recycling facilities in San Luis Obispo
County. Mr. Hoover is the majority shareholder, President, General
Manager and Chief Onsite Geologist of Chicago Grade Landfill & Recycling
and its subsidiary Santa Maria Transfer & Recycling. Mr. Hooverís
San Luis Obispo County waste and recycling operations have received
commendations from the California Integrated Waste Management Board
and San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Hoover is a founding member of the Central Coast Branch
of the Groundwater Resources Association and served as Vice President.
He is also a member of the Association Engineering Geologists. Mr.
Hooverís small consulting firm focuses on geologic hazards related
to development projects, groundwater supply development for agricultural
clients, and pollution issues. Mr. Hoover also acts as an expert
witness, having been so certified by the Superior Court of Santa
Barbara County on several occasions. During his 25 years as a practicing
geologist Mr. Hoover has entered and logged over a hundred geologic
trenches and hundreds of borings related to the characterization
of geologic hazards such as earthquake faults and landslides.
Mr. Hoover is the author of the City of Santa Barbaraís Geologic
Hazards Study. Mr. Hoover also co-authored several geologic publications
and has written several hundred technical reports, including safe
yield evaluations of coastal watersheds in Santa Barbara County
and the Goleta West Basin.