Burton Named Posthumous DIG Recipient

September 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

James Burton, former ECA Executive Director, long-time Santa Fe Springs activist, former councilman, and school board member, has been named posthumous recipient of the 32nd Annual ECADIG Award. He served as Executive Director of the Engineering Contractors' Association from 2006 until his retirement in 2011 before that Jim served as the Executive Vice President of [...]

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Another SB1 Heard From

September 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

By the time you read this, the California Legislature will be wrapping up another eventful year of passing new laws to go with those already contained in the 29 separate editions of the California Code. One of the most pernicious bills hanging around is a measure known in the Capitol as Senate Bill 1 [...]

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What I’ve Learned About the ECA

September 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Over the last several months, as I researched the Engineering Contractors' Association (ECA) in making my decision to pursue the position of Executive Director and as I prepared for the interview process, I learned a lot. I quickly learned the association has deep roots in the southern California construction industry. We have generations of members [...]

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CARB Fishing For Whales

September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is going after the big fish this year, with millions in fines levied against some of the biggest companies in the country over violations of the state's Truck and Bus Regulation, rules for refineries and the chemistry of cosmetics and air fresheners. On the “whale” hit list are [...]

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Employers Must Provide Shade for Outdoor Workers

August 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

As temperatures rise all across the state in both inland and coastal regions, Cal/OSHA reminds employers with outdoor workers that shade must be made available at all times, and must be in place when temperatures reach 80 degrees or above. Employers should also encourage workers to take cool-down rests in the shade to prevent [...]

Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 680% Safer

August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The Associated Builders and Contractors released its 2019 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment that furthers the construction industry's understanding of how to achieve world-class safety through its Safety Training Evaluation Program (STEPSafety Management System).  The report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 [...]

Vouching for Subs, Modifying a Renewal Form & Organizational Charts

August 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

If your worker 'subverts' the truth about his licensing are you 'generally' in trouble? I prevent an 'alteration' that would get a contractor nothing but 'rejection'…  Q: Does California have a requirement for General Contractors to ensure subcontractor licensing? We've recently become aware that a handful of states (Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.) have specific penalties [...]

Meet Ray Baca, ECA’s New Executive Director

August 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The ECABoard of Directors is happy to announce the selection of Ray Baca to provide executive leadership for our organization. The selection came after an exhaustive effort by the Executive Search Committee and we thank them for their effort. Baca brings to the position a wealth of experience in fields ranging from strategic public [...]

Road Construction Booming & So Are Driver Complaints

August 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

From Bakersfield to Corona and all over southern California, massive road construction projects are causing massive delays and multiple driver complaints. Maybe the sales job for SB 1 should include a series of public service announcements to prepare drivers for detours, workarounds and traffic stoppages as the money voters approved in November goes to work. [...]

METRO Entering ‘Uncharted Territory’

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) announced an enormously ambitious plan with its proposed new budget, and, no, it's not a big increase in highway construction. “In Fiscal Year 2020, METRO is ready to move into uncharted territory with 'The Re-Imagining of L. A. County,' a bold and innovative effort to transform the [...]

August Start for New Wildfire Smoke Standards

August 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Wildfire “season” in California is virtually year round now. In a new wildfire smoke rule for “outside workers,” the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) adopted an “emergency” regulation, July 18th, changing the outdoor smoke rules in wildfire areas, saying: “Employers must quickly adopt the new requirements in early August!” The statement [...]

Business is Booming, So Why Are We Worried?

August 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

By the time you read this, the Los Angeles Rams and U.S.C. Trojans will have moved into their football home for the 2019-20 season, the newly renovated United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The new look at the 96-year-old facility dedicated to the memory of World War I heroes and the [...]