United Rentals Looking At Future Fleets

November 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

United Rentals, the nation's largest equipment rental company is spending a lot of time, money and brainpower trying to discern what the future of our industry looks like and how and what their business will deliver. They see drones laying bricks, surveying solar fields and providing progress photos for a fraction of the previous [...]

Now That The Election Is Over, We’re Back To Work

November 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.—from an Alcoholics Anonymous pamphlet first published in 1981. We hear that quote usually attributed to Albert Einstein, but he had been dead since 1955—and there is no proof that it belongs to Einstein, Mark Twain, Richard [...]

DOJ Goes After Sue & Settle Lawyers

November 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

For the past decade or so it has been a general practice for private law firms or non-governmental organizations (NGO) to sue companies or the government itself for violating federal environmental regulations, with no intention to go to court, but use the suits as a form of legal extortion. This expensive game is called “sue [...]

Yee Appoints Civil Engineer to HSRA Peer Review Group

November 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

State Controller Betty T. Yee has appointed a civil engineer to the peer review group that oversees planning, engineering, and financial plans for the nation's first high speed rail system. Bijan Sartipi, a civil engineer and 36-year veteran of two California agencies, is Controller Yee's second of two appointments to the California High-Speed Rail Authority [...]

Fed Water Infrastructure Act Will Almost Double

October 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Unless they are just playing with our emotions, it looks very much like the amount of money available for states and local agencies for drinking water projects under the federal loan program known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) will nearly double in the next two years. We finally see sustained growth in [...]

Is Your Company The Next Kodak?

October 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review titled, Kodak's Downfall Wasn't About Technology, and the author did a great job of getting to the core of Kodak's true problems. If you're like me and many other others, you accepted the narrative told by most in the media about Kodak being fat, [...]

ECA Honors Duffy as 31st DIG Award Recipient

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The ECA DIG Award committee named Patrick J. Duffy, III as the association’s 31st recipient of the industry honor. Mr. Duffy is nationally known in the highly specialized field of heavy engineering construction law. A senior partner in Monteleone & McCrory for more than 30 years prior to becoming Of Counsel in January 2018, [...]

$44 Billion Needed to Fix Water Needs

October 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

When it comes to rebuilding and expanding vital water infrastructure, no state has a greater need than California, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In a report by the Southern California Partnership for Jobs, the EPA surveyed the state’s water system requirements in 2013, and projected it will cost more than $44 billion to renew, [...]

$690M in SB 1 Funds Allocated to Transportation

October 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or partially by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “These projects are a just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain California’s critical transportation infrastructure. Throughout the [...]

Naming an LLC, Guidelines for DBAs & The Name on Your Equipment

September 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A 'rose by any other name smells as sweet' may apply to flowers, but not contractor's business names. A business name; how it applies to trade and structure of the entity all matter in determining what you can legally call yourself and how you advertise contractor services as you will discover in these Q and [...]

California Supreme Court: Employers Can Face Civil Penalties For Safety Violations

September 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

California law permits prosecutors to seek civil penalties against employers facing accusations of workplace safety violations under the California Occupational Safety and Health Act, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling overturns a decision made by an appellate court and revives earlier prosecution filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Earlier this year [...]

Transferring Out of State Licenses, Financial Requirements & LLC’s

September 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Contractors are tough, but ‘growth’ is not without pain, even for these men and women. While ‘misdirection’ works in magic acts, it’s costly and time consuming when a contractor loses focus on ‘facts’. I will wrap up with a ‘memory fail’ that is also a lesson on getting expert advice before the wrecking ball [...]