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Filing a Fictitious Name, A Former License CEO. Needing A New License

By |2019-01-08T21:16:58-07:00December 16th, 2018|Blog|

Yes, we did, so no you don't! Our second answer is here today but gone tomorrow. I 'hazard' another for contractors who may help restore or rebuild after disaster strikes, and our last one a real corporate road 'trip'… Q: Your company recently assisted us with obtaining a Joint Venture (JV) license in California. Are [...]

November Golf Tourney Brings Out Winner in All

By |2019-01-08T21:19:13-07:00December 13th, 2018|Blog|

ECA golfers were treated to a first-class course as members and guests participated in the association’s 22nd Annual Royal Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.Thank you to tournament chairman Lou Rendon of Frazer, LLP, and his committee for putting together this successful event. Special thanks also to our sponsors and players [...]

Trench Shoring Goes Above & Beyond (& below) At LAX

By |2019-01-08T21:21:51-07:00December 10th, 2018|Blog|

During their 45-year year history, Trench Shoring Company (TSC) has successfully completed many complicated requests, but perhaps none as daunting as the Blois Construction project at LAX. This multi-phase effort required several crews working day and night. The project was also a joint venture with another general contractor. Additionally, there had been issues with [...]

New Governor, New Expectations, New Challenges

By |2019-01-08T21:24:21-07:00December 7th, 2018|Blog|

Democrats now control both houses with super majorities—60 of 80 Assembly seats (74 percent) and 29 of 40 Senate districts (72 percent). This is generally known as a “veto-proof” majority. This raises the interesting notion that Governor-elect Gavin Newsom may have his work cut out for him in consideration of the nearly 1,000 new [...]

So We Beat Prop 6—Now What?

By |2019-01-08T21:27:17-07:00December 4th, 2018|Blog|

The elections last month saved the funding for transportation infrastructure in California when the politically motivated Proposition 6 went down in defeat, preserving funding for a big part of our industry. Now what? It's going to be important for us to stay alert and aware of how that funding gets spent. Yes, there was [...]

Nearly Half Million Utility Strikes Last Year

By |2019-01-08T21:30:05-07:00December 1st, 2018|Blog|

One of the worst calls a contractor can get is when the foreman takes a deep breath and says “Boss, we had a utility strike on the project a few minutes ago. You might want to get out here.” Last year that call was made nearly a half-million times according to the Common Ground [...]

Replacing a Qualifier, RME Minimum, & Qualifying Waivers

By |2018-12-03T15:29:23-07:00November 21st, 2018|Blog|

Even when you believe you’ve done everything right the results may surprise you without expert help. As our second contractor learns as well, complex rules make every word count in how they apply. ‘Expect’ a surprise before the end and ‘at least’ a good lesson in licensing rules…Q: We recently filed to replace our Qualifier, [...]

Holiday Theft Prevention to Help Master the Merriment

By |2018-12-03T15:24:52-07:00November 18th, 2018|Blog|

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of traditions, togetherness and fun. We are inclined to go a bit overboard in trying to make the most of every minute of the season and to maximize the joy it's supposed to hold. In our haste to embrace the spirit of the holidays we [...]

World’s Megacities To Spend $4.2 Trillion On Projects

By |2018-12-03T15:20:25-07:00November 16th, 2018|Blog|

A total of 6,645 planned and ongoing construction projects by the world’s megacities, valued at US$4.2trn and fueled by the increase in population, are sparking interest in residential and infrastructural developments, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The United Nations predicts that, between 2016 and 2030, the percentage of the world's [...]

Duffy & Vadnais 2018 DIG Honorees

By |2018-12-03T15:15:27-07:00November 13th, 2018|Blog|

Before a full house of guests, dignitaries and colleagues ECA’s 31st Annual DIG Awards celebrated Pat Duffy of Monteleone & McCrory, and the late Ed Vadnais of Edmond J. Vadnais Corp. for their careers of Dignity, Integrity and Generosity - DIG - in the construction industry. This year’s awardees were honored for their lifetime [...]