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Regulators Bar Encino Contractor from Offering PACE Loans

A state regulator has barred contractor Eco Technology from offering PACE loans that fund water and energy efficient home improvements like low-flush toilets and solar panels. Attorneys representing Eco Technology said the company denies all the allegations, including that it forged documents or impersonated homeowners. Nick Brunner of law firm Plumtree and Associates called the […]


This article was written by Mike Gray  Esq. Partner This is the calm before the storm. It is very likely that contractors will face any number of issues on their projects in the wake of Covid-19. It is now more important than ever for you to get out in front of issues. Do not wait […]


Covid-19 is impacting the construction industry in many ways. It is a moving target and unpredictable to say the least, and this may very well be the calm before the storm. The ripple effect of this lockdown could be significant and problematic for contractors in the upcoming months or even years. Especially when it comes […]

Material Suppliers Are Exempt From The Stay At Home Order

Governor Newsom has inserted clarifying language, to confirm what was already believed, that material suppliers in construction are exempt from the stay at home order. You can see the insertion of “construction material suppliers” in the section regarding Essential Workforce – Public Works on page 3 of the order; and the insertion of “construction material sources” in […]

Avoiding Employees Or Jobsites Being Stopped By Local Jurisidcitions

The trade contractor’s organization CALPASC is hearing of some local building inspectors attempting to shut down jobsites because of the inspectors belief proper safety measures are not being taken in regards to COVID-19. CALPASC recommends posting at the jobsite, or workers having a list of safety guidelines; that can be shown to inspectors, but also […]

New CA Critical Infrastructure List – It Is Even Better For Contractors!!!

New Order Governor Newsom’s Office last night (March 20, 2020) released an update on his Executive Order Providing clarification on the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” who are exempt from the Stay Home Order. Most contractors can work. In the “OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS” section.   * Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and […]


Governor Newsom, after issuing his original Executive Order last night, later agreed to make an exception for construction, and housing construction. The Governor Newsome has not amended his Executive Order, but the website portal to it shows the addition of an exemption for construction, and housing construction. You can see that addition here: httpss://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/ Plumtree  & Associates will […]

Licenses and Certifications offered by the CSLB

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) currently offers 73 different contractor license classifications. Each license covers a specific area of construction expertise. It is extremely important for a contractor to know what can and cannot be done with its license.  The CSLB can take taking disciplinary action against a contractor working outside its license. The […]

The California Contractors State License Board – A General Overview

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) was originally established in 1929 as the Contractors’ License Bureau under the Department of Professional and Vocational Standards. Today, the CSLB is part of the Department of Consumer Affairs The CSLB is a double edge sword for contractors – it protects duly licensed contractors against unlicensed contractors, but also […]

Preliminary Notice | Most Common Mistakes

It is a prerequisite to filing a Mechanic’s Lien and/or Stop Notice that any potential lien claimant who does not contract directly with the owner must complete and serve a California Preliminary 20 Day Notice. This notice must be served on the construction lender, if any, the owner and the general contractor or reputed general […]

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