Trench Shoring Scores Big At LA Coliseum

July 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

It's not often that a football playoff season and an order for steel plates converge. This was the case last winter during the 2019 NFL playoffs, when Trench Shoring Company received a call from Calex Engineering. Calex Engineering was involved in the remodeling/construction project underway at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum project. The Los Angeles [...]

ECA PAC’s Summer Shoot Out Right on Target!

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Under the direction of event chairman, Warren Hennagin, the ECA Political Action Committee hosted its annual Summer Shoot Out event at Mike Raahauge's sports facility in Corona last month. With a full slate of guests attending, the contest featured a sporting clays challenge and included a barbecue lunch. At the end of the day, results [...]

Legislative Day Results in Advancing Contractor Issues

July 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

As we reported in our last month’s magazine, ECA hosted it’s annual Legislative Day in Sacramento where we discussed issues critical to our contractors with legislators from Southern California and across the Golden State. Members of our contingency met with those most able to impact and expedite legislation working to advance the construction industry. ECA [...]

Show Me the ‘Measure W’ Money

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

It's been three-quarters of a year since Los Angeles County voters approved Measure W, the “The Safe, Clean Water Act” with a better than two to one margin (69.45 percent), November 6, 2018. The tax collection from property owners began recently, at the opening gun of the county's new fiscal year (2019-2020), which started July [...]

In Praise of CSLB’s Disaster Recovery Efforts

July 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

We spend a lot of ink criticizing state bureaucrats for their alleged failings, but this time we thought we should talk about a success story. Last year was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in California history and the Contractors State License Board is working harder than ever to protect both the victims [...]

Now CARB Wants to Regulate The Dead

July 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

New regulations approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) last December put regulatory “Criteria Pollutant” reporting requirements on at least 17,205 small business in the state, including crematories, starting next year.  The estimate of the number of small businesses impacted by these new rules comes from a report issued in April with a comment [...]

Clarifying DBA’s, RME’s And Your LLC with Your CPA

June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Let's 'file' the rough edges off a new rule on those 'doing business as' in California. Another contractor's best laid plans crash when they get 'waived' off while another RME problem may have two 'individual' solutions pending the final test… Q: We are a sign installation company, but we are needing to get a General Contractor's [...]

ECA in Sacramento Legislative Day Tales

June 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

As the California legislature grinds inexorably to the end of the first half of the 2019 session and early passage of the state budget, we thought we should tell you how the Engineering Contractors Association (ECA) has been working behind the scenes in the state Capitol. Unlike some organizations who stage demonstrations on the steps [...]

ECA Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

June 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

In its continuing tradition of encouraging ambitious men and women to further their education, the Engineering Contractors' Association is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its annual 2019 ECA Les Weed Memorial College Scholarship.  The scholarships will be available to any ECAmember or members' employee and their family (son, daughter, grandchild) [...]

Brentwood Okays $90 Million for Waste Water Work

June 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Here's a reminder why ECA keeps its eye on local government—the Brentwood City Council recently updated its Capital Improvement Program budget, outlining the municipality's five-year capital planning and infrastructure needs. Included in the 111project list is a lot of money for water projects. The strategic document includes 57 city plans, 20 future improvement objectives and [...]

CSLB Disciplinary Steps Must Be Completed Before Court Action

June 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A court of appeal decision last year makes it clear that a contractor is obligated to complete the CSLB's disciplinary procedure through to a final, effective decision before they can seek relief from the courts. According to attorney Aaron J. Flores, of Hunt, Ortmann, Palffy, Nieves, Darling & Mah, in Contractors State License (CSLB) [...]