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Notice, Claim & Lawsuit Deadlines on Private Works

April 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

California's constitution assures contractors and suppliers that they will be paid for their contributions to real property (Cal. Const. Art XIV, § 3). However, the details are left to the state legislature. That has resulted in a constant tug-of-war among owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and lenders that twists and turns the mechanics lien laws; [...]

Golfers Show Strong Turn Out in Spring Event

April 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

ECA golfers made a strong showing for the association’s annual Spring event which was held at Oak Creek Golf Course in Irvine. At the end of the day the top spots were claimed by the following winners for the ECA 2019 March Golf Tournament: Men’s Longest Drive, Hole #15, Kengo Takahashi Women’s Longest Drive, Hole [...]

Celebrating Five Years of Partnership for Jobs

April 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Five years ago the Engineering Contractors' Association was the first of the contractor groups in our region to ratify terms of the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPJ), the joint contractor/trade union effort to get more jobs for our members and better value for taxpayers. SCPJ is a true partnership between the Carpenters, Laborers [...]

Green Bonds For Clean Water

April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the sale of $83.9 million in revenue bonds for of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to provide financial assistance to local governments for safe drinking water projects, April 24th.The sale represents the inaugural issuance of bonds by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) for the [...]

The Opportunity To Serve Our Association

April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

One of the first duties of a new president of the Engineering Contractor's Association is to make sure he introduces himself to members and others in the industry we work on issues, so here goes My name is Brendan Slagle. Like many engineers in ECA, I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor [...]

“Stand Down” For Fall Safety

April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A century ago employers would quake if they heard workers starting to chant “Down Tools! Down Tools! Down Tools!” because it meant the beginning of a sit-down strike. In this century, eleven government and professional organizations are urging employers to sit their workers down and seriously discuss the number one cause of death in our [...]

Notice, Claim & Deadlines on Public Works

April 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

California's constitution assures contractors and suppliers that they will be paid for their contributions to real property (Cal. Const. Art XIV, § 3). However, the details are left to the state legislature. That has resulted in a constant tug-of-war among owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and lenders that twists and turns the mechanics lien laws; [...]

Executive Director Engineering Contractors’ Association

April 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Profile of the ECA The Engineering Contractors’ Association has been serving the underground and heavy construction industry in Southern California for over 40 years. As a strong, effective leader for the industry, the ECA promotes a healthy construction environment through education and a commanding presence with legislative and regulatory bodies, and representation of the contractor [...]

Whittier Narrows Dam Needs $600 Million Upgrade

March 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

In Pico Rivera, the Whittier Narrows Dam stands like a guardian between the San Gabriel Mountains and the cities downstream from them. Its job is to make sure storms don’t become floods. But government studies show the dam may not be strong enough. In recent public hearings, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the [...]

Tips to Building a Stellar Safety Program

March 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Ask any construction business owner, regardless of the size of their operation what their top priority is and you'll get the same response every time: worker safety. The real question The real question owners should always be asking themselves is whether or not their safety program is robust enough to meet their commitment to protecting [...]

Taking the Law Exam, General Liability & Moving Your License

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Any test taken is always a bet you hope to win. Sometimes passing it is the only way to ‘win, place or show’as our first contractor discovers. There are times when the label placed on something is almost ‘self-explanatory’, but not always as we learn in a ‘liability’ question followed by another on restoring a [...]

ECA Celebrates 43rd Installation With Flair

March 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Celebrating 43 years of service to the heavy construction industry, ECA hosted its annual Installation of Officers at the spectacular Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The ECA Executive Board, under the direction of President Brendan Slagle of J.F. Shea Construction, was sworn in for their term, before a full house marking the momentous occasion in January. [...]