Approximately 2,000 bills were introduced in the California State Legislature during the 2013-2014 legislative session. Of these, 896 bills made it to Governor Brown’s desk and 800 were signed into law....more
If you’re involved in public works projects you know that direct contractors are required to furnish payment bonds on public works projects exceeding $25,000. Specifically, Civil Code section 9550 provides that “[a] direct...more
Earlier, I wrote a post on What You Need to Know About Obtaining a Contractor’s License in California. This post focuses on what you need to know about maintaining your contractor’s license in California. As with my earlier...more
As you get ready for the ghouls and goblins who will descend on your neighborhood this week, here are a few Halloween greetingsHalloween construction facts:
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without haunted houses. It...more
For those of you who are licensed contractors in California, or if you’re thinking about getting a contractor’s license in California, you know that you need a “qualifying individual” in order to maintain or obtain a license....more
It’s fairly common, particularly for new developments on previously undeveloped property, for public entities to require that the developer agree to construct, install or pay for improvements such as roads, sewage, storm...more
The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) is warning contractors that it’s stepping up its CSLB enforcement activities against contractors who excavate without permits. Under the law, contractors are required to...more
My son recently joined the Cub Scouts. It brings back memories of my time as a Scout 25 years ago.
Some of my best memories (and stories) are from when I was a Scout. Scouts then, as it still is now, wasn’t a...more
In HM DG, Inc. v. Amini, Case No. B242540 (September 20, 2013), general contractor HM DG, Inc. (“HMDG”) sued homeowners Farzad Etemad Amini and Pouneh Beizai in the Superior Court after they weren’t paid.
This past week, backed by a small army of construction apprentice program students in green hard hats, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation which will increase California’s minimum wage from its current $8 to $9 per hour...more
In 2002, the California State Legislature enacted S.B. 800 also known as the “Right to Repair Act” (Civil Code sections 895 et seq.).
SB 800, which applies to newly constructed single-family residences sold after...more
To perform work on most construction projects in California you need to be a licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”).
The CSLB publishes a helpful guide on becoming a licensed contractor –...more
For many, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of Summer as kids head back to school and thoughts begin turn to the upcoming holidays.
Labor Day, which takes place on the first Monday in September, is celebrated in...more
Construction is back!
But downward price pressures continue.
And, if you work on California public works projects, you know that shopping for that lowest price has its limitations....more
Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines (or, perhaps, more accurately, its music video of models who appear to have forgotten to get dressed) seems to be this Summer’s anthem. Number 1 on the billboard charts, fodder for...more
I’m going to venture a guess that most of the readers of the California Construction Law Blog have not spent time in jail (or, at least, not much time there). And that when they think of bonds the first thing they think of is...more
Lawyers can be as fond of their acronyms as they are of their Latin. Percepio? The statute of limitations, or “SOL” as we attorneys sometimes refer to them, is one example. The statute of limitations, or SOL, for latent...more
One of the things I like about being a lawyer is that I’m always learning something new. Like the “Rascality Rule.”...more
California’s prompt payment laws are scattered throughout the state’s Business and Professions Code, Public Contracts Code and Civil Code, and their applicability varies depending on the type of project, the type of payment,...more
Two days after the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced that the new $2.6 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge would not open on Labor Day as scheduled – and possibly not until the earliest December – due to...more
Being a litigator I take deadlines serious.
Cases can be won or lost by failing to meet deadlines.
But when is a failure to meet a deadline an absolute bar to making a claim and when might it...more
A few Independence Day construction facts:
On June 14, 1775, together with the creation of the Continental Army, the Second Continental Congress appointed Richard Gridley as the Continental Army’s first Chief Engineer....more
January is traditionally the month when new laws and regulations are implemented with July, the closest mid-point CSLB logoin the year, following a distant second. This July though seems particularly busy with new ADA...more
Don’t mess with the California Labor Commissioner.
Julie Su, California’s Labor Commissioner, has been making headlines recently as California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement...more
In 2007, the California state legislature passed legislation requiring commercial property owners to disclose, record, and track data on the energy consumption of their buildings. The legislation, enacted to promote energy...more