When California voters cast their votes on November 4, 2014 they will decide the fate of a $7.5 billion water bond proposal – Proposition 1 – which would authorize $7.12 billion in new general obligation bonds and reallocate...more
Addressing an issue of first impression, the Fourth Appellate District has determined that in a mechanic's lien foreclosure action against an innocent property owner who did not contract with the mechanic's lien claimant, the...more
It’s not often that you see guys in pink hard hats. So I had to take a picture when I saw these guys on my drive into work this morning...more
Proponents of California’s high-speed rail project cleared a major hurdle this past week when the California Supreme Court declined to review a California Court of Appeals ruling which held that the state’s funding plan did...more
Did you know that California is the only state in the country in which mechanics liens are a constitutional right? Tis true.
Article XIV of the California Constitution states:
Mechanics, persons furnishing...more
My wife was watching Project Runway when I ran across an advertisement on Enr.com for ConstructionCamTv which describes itself as “[a] new 24-hour live streaming channel featuring the best views and time-lapse video from job...more
One question I get fairly often when drafting or reviewing construction contracts is what provisions, if any, are required in construction contracts in California. This is, of course, different than what should be included in...more
Remember when you discovered that the tooth fairy wasn’t real?
It was kind of a bummer on one hand learning that it wasn’t a fairy that magically appeared to swap your tooth for cold hard cash, but rather your mom or,...more
I’m not one to reinvent the wheel, so I won’t.
The Case: Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, Local 104 v. Duncan, Case No. A131489 (August 27, 2014)....more
Wearable tech seems to be all the rage, from Google Glass to Apple’s just announced Apple Watch.
Even Hollywood seems to be jumping on the wearable tech bandwagon with Tom Cruise starring as a reluctant (and, at least...more
This past week I gave a presentation on a panel entitled “Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” before my local bar association. Thanks to those who attended, my co-presenters and the bar association for sponsoring....more
One reason I changed law firms from the Bay Area to Sacramento was I felt that Sacramento’s construction market, which was one of the areas hardest hit in California following the Real Estate Bubble Burst, was poised for a...more
Public owners, as well as private owners and tenants of commercial and retail properties, are at risk of lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and related state law alleging that their...more
California’s High-Speed Rail project is . . . well . . . very California.
Mix some forward, independent thinking (it was first proposed by then (and now) Governor Brown back in the 1980s), with a dash of high tech...more
If you’re fortunate enough to live and work in California you have a lot to be thankful for. Temperate weather, beautiful beaches, rugged mountains and an array of attractions whether you’re an urbanite, outdoorsman or thrill...more
The California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) has announced the launch of a new registration program for public works projects authorized by Senate Bill 854, which was signed into law on June 20, 2014, and became...more
California courts have variously described Business and Professions Code section 7031 as “draconian,” “harsh[ ]“ and “[u]njust[ ],” but nonetheless enforceable.
Section 7031 both prohibits unlicensed or improperly...more