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5 Steps Construction Firms Can Take in Light of COVID-19

October 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

While every industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, construction work was deemed essential by most states, and most contractors escaped the early impact of the economic shutdown. The industry is concerned about longterm effects and how safety protocols will affect business. For example, many contractors are bracing for a slowdown in [...]

Where’s the Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan?

October 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

There was a lot of noise out of Washington early this year about a plan to spend a trillion dollars improving America's infrastructure. Dream on. ECA is't a partisan organization—we support candidates of all parties—but we do keep an eye on all of them because much of the work we do depends on the partisans [...]

A Look at ECA’s Evolving Mission

October 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The founders of the ECA had it right when deciding upon what it was a construction-focused association should look like, and who it was they were serving. “Championing the interests of its members,” and, being a “collective influence in the construction industry,” are, and will remain foundational cornerstones of the ECA.  The construction industry and [...]

Oh, Happy Day

October 12th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

All through my presidency at the Engineering Contractors Association, I have tried to find positive things to report to you in this monthly message. Some months are better than others. But this day, as I write, I am positive is a good day—the California Legislature 2019-2020 went into "final recess" August 31. That doesn't mean [...]

Creepy Crawlies on Construction Sites

October 7th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Instead of the usual Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Awareness warning (provide workers with shade, cool water and frequent breaks) for a sultry month like August, we thought this month we'd dedicate this space to other things, living things, that can injure or kill you while working on a southern California construction site The list is long [...]

Dodge Says COVID-19 Crushes Construction Starts…Mostly

October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Most of us have been wondering what the COVID-19 pandemic would do to the construction market. Thanks to the latest from your friends at Dodge Data and Analytics, the coronavirus attack and resulting recession “wreaked havoc on U.S. building markets.” According to Dodge Data & Analytics, commercial and multifamily starts were quite healthy during January [...]

$385 Million For Whittier Narrows Dam, 75% Support Gas Tax Increase

September 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Whittier Narrows Dam is a 56- foot tall earth dam on the San Gabriel River and the smaller, parallel Rio Hondo. The dam is located, as the name implies, at the Whittier Narrows. It provides water conservation storage and is also the central element of the Los Angeles County Drainage Area flood control system. In [...]

House Infrastructure Bill Expansive and Expensive

September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sewn together a collection of separate bills under the umbrella of the "Moving Forward America" law, which includes a transportation bill called the "INVEST in America Act," and several provisions for water project funding. Transportation The Democratic plan released late last month would spend $434 billion over five years [...]

Fiber Optics – Magic in the Pavement

September 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The job of the Government Affairs Committee is to attend meetings with City Councils, Boards of Supervisors, members of the Legislature and whole bunch of local agencies, but "normal" is a little different now We have been working on stuff, just not the things you would expect.  Take, for example, Zoom meetings with Caltrans, CalTech [...]

Two Bills Could Add to Employers COVID-19 Burden

September 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Now that the California Legislature has dealt with the 2020- 2021 budget (at least for the time being), it is taking up measures to deal with the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, much of the burden is likely to fall on employers.  Two costly bills delve into two entirely different and usually [...]

Cal/OSHA Reminds Contractors It’s Hot Outside

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Just in case you missed it, COVID-19 is not the only health issue facing contractors and their workers this summer—it's also hot outside, which means the state's Heat Illness Awareness regulations are in full force and effect. After what had been a relatively temperate Spring, a big heatwave after Memorial Day triggered Cal/OSHA to [...]

Utility Construction Activity Showing Signs of Strength

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

While most of the building construction sector is facing declining activity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, utility construction activity shows surprisingly strong growth. The findings come from PSMJ Resources, Newton, Mass., a multi-services firm for its architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) clients. The headlined items from the story were predictably negative, especially for [...]

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