Growing up in Sacramento, California I remember it being so hot that you could feel your tennis shoes stick to the asphalt on the playground.
As California enters it’s worst drought in 119 years concern over water has...more
One of the things I learned while lobbying in Washington, D.C. is the importance of the House Rules Committee. The Rules Committee, as its name suggests, sets the rules. Specifically, the scheduling of bills, the allotted...more
If you follow the construction industry you know that green is the new gold. As well as LEED bronze, silver and platinum.
Green building, which not long ago conjured images of hippie architects and wealthy eccentrics,...more
We’ve all heard of those lawsuits which cause us to scratch our heads wondering, what were they thinking?
Think woman sues fast food restaurant for serving hot coffee, man sues beer company when beautiful women did not...more
Lately, reading the advance sheets of construction defect cases has been like watching one of the Rocky movies. There’s the punches (owww!). Then there’s the counter-punches (ohhh!). And on and on it goes with blow meeting...more
This past year I wrote about a case that caused an uproar in the homebuilding industry - Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC, 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (August 28, 2013) – in which the California Court of...more
It was moored quietly in the Bay.
But when a four story structure made up of shipping containers was erected, questions began to be asked.
Elected officials said they didn’t know. The police said it wasn’t in...more
I’ve never been much of a Shakespeare fan. I only moderately tolerated even the MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet set in fair Verona Beach with rapiers metaphorically replaced with guns manufactured by Dagger and Sword.
The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) has issued an Industry Bulletin providing further information regarding the delayed implementation of the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards which has been...more
It’s not often that I find myself in bankruptcy court, but there I was. A lone construction attorney surrounded by bankruptcy lawyers speaking in a foreign tongue – “cram down!,” “cash collateral!,” “executory...more
It seems like there’s been a lot of labor law news lately. From the California Labor Commissioner’s crackdown on labor law violations this past year to new labor law-related legislation this year.
And here’s another....more
I’m not much of a sports guy, but like many in the San Francisco Bay Area, I watched the 49ers-Seahawk game over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend....more
The U.S. National Security Agency (“NSA”) has been getting a lot of bad press lately. From backdoor hacking into Google and Yahoo to the mass data collection program known as PRISM to spying on gaming platforms such as Second...more
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is just around the corner.
It will be the most expensive Olympics in history costing an estimated $51 billion. By way of comparison, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London cost...more
The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) has released a new complaint form aimed at illegal contractor advertising.
Under California Business and Professions Code section 7048, a California contractors...more
The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) has announced that it’s beefing up its Public Works Unit to help ensure that contractors bidding and performing work on public works projects are complying with wage and...more
In Atlantic Marine Construction Co., Inc. v. United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Case No 12-929 (December 3, 2013), the Supremes weighed in on the enforceability of forum selection clauses . . ....more
Not to be a nag, but just a reminder that in addition to all the new laws, new regulations will also go into effect in 2014....more
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