New Multi-Function Radar For Underground Inspection

February 5th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc, (GSSI) ground penetrating radar systems are designed for complex jobs that have multiple targets that are buried shallow and deep. Now, with the two antennas, 300 MHz and 800 MHz, built into one system, operators can view shallow and deep targets simultaneously in a single scan on the screen. Due to [...]

There’s More to Government Affairs Than Elections

January 30th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

I'm sure we're all happy to be free of the political commercials, if only to be barraged by suggestions for our Christmas lists. But, if nothing else, the recent political season also served as a reminder to those of us engaged in public works construction, which is about all our readers. The reminder is that [...]

How Contractors Can Prevent Cyberattacks

January 25th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

With each wave of new technology, companies become more automated and efficient — and more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Michael Needham, Supervisor, Accounting Services, Marcum LLP Accountants & Advisors reminds us that construction companies are no exception to digital vulnerabilities. In fact, companies in this sector make for particularly appealing targets for a handful of reasons: [...]

Voters Approve Raft of Building Initiatives

January 20th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

California voters sent a resounding message in November as they approved an array of infrastructure initiatives on their recent ballots across the state to fund transportation, schools and other public utility projects. The passage of these measures illustrated that a majority of California constituents appreciate the dire need to repair, improve and develop the core [...]

Replacing Your President, Sharing A License, Waiting for a Waiver

January 10th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

One contractor has ‘elected’ to replace the President! That isn’t always required, and while you can’t share a license between individuals, in most cases the same is also true for businesses. I wrap up with a ‘wait’ and see answer… Q: Our President has left the company. Do we need to replace him within [...]

Substituting Listed Subcontractors On California Public Works Projects

January 5th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Most bids for public works contracts in California must include a list of subcontractors who will perform more than 1/2 of 1% of the work (Pub. Cont. Code § 4100 et seq.; compare City of Los Angeles Admin. Code § 10.14 which requires listing subcontractors who will do more than 1/2 of 1% or [...]

Cooksey & Lee Honored At 34th ECA DIG Awards

December 30th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Before a full house of guests, dignitaries and colleagues ECA’s 34th Annual DIG Awards celebrated Bruce Cooksey of J.F. Shea Construction, and the late Nick Lee of NLE Inc. for their careers of Dignity, Integrity and Generosity - DIG - in the construction industry. This year’s awardees were honored for their lifetime accomplishments in [...]

Rising material costs continue to swamp contractors and subs – there’s an app for that

December 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Rising material and other costs continue to slam the construction industry. The pandemic devastated supply chains across the globe, the U.S. homebuilding boom has swallowed up lumber, concrete, and other essential materials as fast as they can be procured and rising interest rates have further impacted budgets and cash flow. The software developers at [...]

New Laws To Help Construction

December 20th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Two new laws, signed by Governor Newsom, will bring business to the construction industry, starting next year.  AB 2011, authored by Assemblyperson Buffy Wicks, (D- Oakland), will fast-track housing development along the ubiquitous strip malls that flank California's roads. In order to skip lengthy and costly local review processes, including the California Environmental Quality Act, [...]

EPA Budget Quadrupled This Year

December 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) got an early Christmas gift this summer – $40+ billion from the Congress, tucked away in the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022,” that will likely add more power to California environmental regulations. White House economists predict the measure will reduce inflation by a whole three tenths of one [...]

ECA’s Baca Named to Water Leadership Board

December 10th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

In alignment with one of the key foundational pieces of ECA’s Strategic Plan, which is to amplify ECA’s voice in the construction marketplace through government affairs advocacy and leadership opportunities, I am pleased to announce that ECA’s Executive Director Ray Baca has been named to the Leadership Board of Water UCI. Water UCI, located [...]

Revoked License Retrieved, Defining A Manager & Vintage Licenses

December 5th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Retrieving a revoked license, what defines a “manager” and selling a vintage license...these and a thousand other questions are answered expertly every day. Q: My license was revoked for reasons that I won’t get into and since then I’ve been working for another licensed company. I’d like to get my license back, is that possible? [...]

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