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Members Enjoy Last Mixer of 2013


L to R: C.A.T.T. Community Project Chairman Josh Root talking with Myles Swain and Sonja Woodburn with new CATT member company Surface Protection Services.

he courtyard at The Rock commercial complex in Truckee became CATT HQ for a few hours as dozens of members descended on the place October 17. Thanks to the generous CATT members who hosted this event: California Craftsman, Interior Design by Julie Johnson-Holland, and Nor-Cal Floor Design. Tables of Oktoberfest-themed food and drink This Mixer is brought to you by: tempted mixer attendees. The This Mixer is brought to you by: raffle took longer than usual because there were so many prizes and outside lights were switched on to illuminate the area. What a great way to end the last mixer of 2013!

Remodel Committee “Simpson Strong-Tie and Sierra Sun” Inaugural Event a Big Success


n Saturday, September 28, the CATT Remodel Committee held, what will be the first of many, a Sporting Clays Shotgun Tournament at Capitol City Gun Club in Carson City. The day could have not been better. The weather was beautiful, the food was good, and the sporting clays did not stand a chance against the field of 33 shooters. From novice to pro, everyone that came out had a “blast.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Thanks also to our Mixer Donors: BMD, BriteGlass, DesignOutdoor, Eckard Roofing, Koch Elevator, Liberty Utilities, PacWood, Signature Landscapes, Simpson Strong-Tie, Soil-Tech Environmental, The Truckee Hotel And thanks to our Raffle Donors: Bedrosians Tile • Stone, California Craftsman, DiNallo Designs, Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, Meridian Concrete, Simpson Strong-Tie, Surface Protection Services, Truckee Stone & Tile Cleaning, Tahoe Tech Group This Mixer was organized by the CATT Mixer Committee—Members helping members! Chairman Michael Ellis (Reno Truss), Vice Chair Ryan Swenson (Simpson Strong-Tie), Committee Members Deb Kelly (Kelly Brothers Painting), Sally Brinkerhoff (Front and Bridge), Norin Mack (Ferguson Enterprises), Scott Ruzich and Amy Trumbull (Epic AV Automation), Julie Johnson-Holland (Interior Design by Julie Johnson-Holland), Stephanie Kiser (BMD, Inc.), Jessica Wilson (Nevada Johns), Audrey Smith (True Green Roofing), Gary Crosswhite (Meridian Concrete), Lisa Burns (Ward-Young Architecture & Planning), Sylvie Pircher (Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.) John Manocchio (Waddell and Reed), and Rick Venturini (EZ3D Living)

(All meetings at the CATT office unless otherwise noted)

NOVEMBER November 1 – Voting for CATT Board of Directors Ends at 5 PM November 4 – Board Meeting November 4 – Voting for Individual Awards Begins on CATT Website November 5 – Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting November 6 – Membership Committee Meeting November 12 – Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting November 18 – Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting November 19 – Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting November 21 – Remodel Committee Meeting November 22 – Voting for Individual Awards Ends November 26 – Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting November 28/29 – Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

DECEMBER December 1 – Seniors’ Pancake Breakfast in Truckee December 2 – Board Meeting December 3 – Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting December 4 – Membership Committee Meeting December 6 – Christmas Holiday Party in Olympic Valley December 16 – Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting December 19 – Remodel Committee Meeting Dave Hada (California Craftsman) at one of the food stations.


Special Membership Deal


members that pre-pay their 2014 dues in November 2013 will receive the last two months of 2013 free. What a great deal! Get 14 months of membership for the price of 12! This means the new member will get all the CATT benefits now instead of waiting for January 1, 2014. These benefits include: Company name displayed in two listings on the CATT website, exclusive Job-to-Bid notices, CATT monthly newsletters and emails, the right to vote for CATT Board members, nominate and vote in the Awards program, plus many more awesome benefits and services (display business cards in the office, use the conference room, discounts, etc.). Notify all your business associates who are not CATT members yet—this is the time to save some money and join the only organization representing the interests of the construction industry in the Truckee Tahoe area. Plus, for every new member you refer, you will earn $50! Contact Kim at the CATT office for more information or to obtain a membership application for this special deal, 530-550-9999 or


Training/Education “What are some of the new tax laws affecting small business owners and how do we see them hitting the members” Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Lunch Provided CATT office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee This free workshop is presented by new CATT member Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs. We will discuss some of the changes coming about for the rest of 2013 and beyond, and how those changes can hit CATT members. We will discuss changes coming due to the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), new taxes for both the federal and state tax system, adjustments coming to depreciation items, and similar items that scheduled to phase out at the end of 2013. RSVP to Amanda at the CATT office 530-550-9999 or

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Prizes were awarded to top shooters. With a score of 81 out of 100, Ryan Downing (Sierra Integrated Systems) took the overall top honor and the top prize of a $250 Cabela’s Gift Card. Greg Haupert (Sierra Integrated Systems) won $100 with his score of 55. John Foos (Sierra Sun) received $50 for the score of 45, and Phil Schacht (CED) with a score of 38 walked away with a free round of sporting clays from Capitol City Gun Club. The top team was the group put together by Sierra Integrated Systems (SIS) with a combined team score of 256. They received a nice prize pack of gun covers, cleaning kits, hats, and duffle bags from Cabela’s. The Committee would like to thank Simpson Strong-Tie and the Sierra Sun for being the Title Sponsors, Titan Construction Supply for being the Ammo Sponsor, Truckee-Tahoe Lumber for being the Target Sponsor, and Nvision Glass for being the Lunch Sponsor. We would also like to thank our Station Sponsors: Meridian Concrete, Incline Builders, Tahoe Insurance Group LLC, and Cabela’s. Funds raised with this Clay Shoot will allow the committee to continue with web ads and media print ads as well as look for new opportunities to further promote CATT and its members through local advertising avenues. Plans are being made for the 2014 Sporting Clays Tournament, with a date to be announced soon.

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Website Add your logo to your company listing on the CATT Website for only $25. That’s right, get 14 months for the price of 12. The logo will go up November 1, 2013 and run to December 31, 2014. This same deal is available for the 24 Hour Emergency listing, $50 for 14 months.

LEFT PHOTO: Top Team (L to R): Ryan Downing, Greg Haupert, Ryan Sei, Matt Baker all with SIS and Paul Griggs with Griggs Custom Homes. RIGHT PHOTO: Top Shooters (L to R): Phil Schacht, John Foos, Ryan Downing, Greg Haupert.


Monday, February 3, 2014, 5:00 PM CATT office (12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee, CA 96161) CATT Bylaws require that a meeting of the general membership shall be held each year, usually in January or a month selected by the Board. (Article 5, Section 1). This is called the annual meeting. At the annual meeting, each Committee Chair will give a report on his/her committee’s activities for the past year and goals for the coming year. Members are welcome to attend this meeting. Please call the CATT office 530-550-9999 for more details.


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Please contact CATT Office Manager Amanda Bullard at 530-550-9999 or for more information.

Issues and Local Government Affairs Committee Schedule

Get Involved and Change the Future!



udos to Jim Smith (Mark Tanner Construction) and Jamie Brimer (Brimer Construction and Plumbing) for once again showing you can change the future if you are willing to get involved. Jim had a problem with requirements for the installation of under floor forced air units. So he brought the issue to CATT LGAC, received committee support to pursue the issue with the Town of Truckee, and then presented the issue to the Town. A couple of weeks later, Jim learned the Town is changing policy to address those very real concerns. Similarly, Jamie had a problem with fire pit requirements being proposed as part of the new Northstar Fire Code. Jamie attended the CATT meeting with the Northstar Fire Chief and ended up re-drawing a diagram to clarify the fire pit specs. The Fire Chief agreed. The diagram was revised for official publication. What are the steps to success (aka how did these guys do it)? Be well informed, speak up, and be persistent. REMEMBER: The world is run by those who show up! Here are upcoming CATT LGAC meetings and guest speakers. All meetings are 4:00 PM at the CATT office. Nov. 18 Dec. 16 Jan. 13 Feb. 10

Truckee Sanitary District Board Chairman Jerry Gilmore Truckee Chief Building Official Johnny Goetz Placer County Chief Building Official Tim Wegner Truckee Fire Protection District Board Chairman

Monday, November 4, 5:00 PM Monday, December 2, 5:00 PM

Meeting Location: CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee Call the office 530-550-9999 for details or to get the agenda

TRUCKEE BUILDING & SAFETY DIVISION NEWS New Policy Regarding Timing of Inspection of Forced Air Units (FAU) Located in Crawl Spaces BACKGROUND: The Town of Truckee has historically required the installation of FAU units to be in place prior to covering the subfloor in crawl spaces with less than five feet (5’) of clear headroom. This policy has required contractors to protect the unit from the environment and elements that are unique to Truckee. Recent discussions with the Building Working Group have indicated that this has caused an undue hardship, and in some cases resulted in the unit being damaged. The Town of Truckee has determined that this requirement may cause unwarranted damage to the unit, excess labor cost to the contractor, and possible delay in covering the subfloor due to lead time of the unit arriving onsite.

PROCEDURE: The FAU may be placed in a crawl space with less than five feet (5’) of headroom after the covering of the subfloor, provided that the


installation is in compliance with the California Mechanical Code (CMC), including but not limited to, the following: the unit shall be accessible and removable from the crawl space, the unit shall not be located more than twenty feet (20’) from the access point, and the crawl space shall have a minimum access of not less than thirty by thirty inches (30” X 30”). Lastly, the Building Official or his designee may require that a path to the unit be suitable for the inspection, which may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following: visqueen being laid on soil, plywood being laid on soil, or any other agreed-upon method. This procedure does not eliminate the requirement to call for subfloor inspection(s) prior to sheathing the floor when the space is provided with less than five feet (5’) of clear headroom. This policy is effective immediately. For more information, please contact Truckee CBO Johnny Goetz 530-582-2905 or jgoetz@

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Q&A for Contractors

By Shauna Krause, President Capitol Services, Inc.


hile the range of experience you bring to the table determines what you might do as a contractor everything starts with getting your first license. Once you have a license in any state you can likely get one elsewhere, as a Nevada contractor hopes to. A corporate partnership learns that when it comes to their license it’s ‘one for all, all for one’… Q: I’m going to be applying for my General Building license and I want to also get my electrical and plumbing license so I can act as a subcontractor when I’m first starting out. Can I apply and take the exams for all three licenses at the same time? Will I have just one license number or three separate numbers? A: You can only apply for one classification at a time. Once the license is issued, you can then apply to add the electrical and plumbing classifications to your license. Keep in mind that you will be required to show at least four years of full time work experience in each trade that you are applying for. You can apply for three separate licenses if you wish however it is more common to have all of your classifications on one license. Capitol Services is familiar with ‘reciprocity’ between states and can help anyone if you’d like assistance with the licensing process in AZ, CA or NV. Q: You helped me get my Nevada license years ago and I’d like to be able to do work in California too. I have had my Nevada license for just over five years so I’m pretty sure I’ll qualify for reciprocity. But, my concern

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is that when I applied for my Nevada license I had to provide them with a financial statement and show that I had some financial strength. Last year wasn’t a good one for me financially so I’m wondering if California has the same requirement. Will I need to have a CPA prepare a financial statement and show that I have a positive operating balance? A: The CSLB doesn’t require that you supply them with a financial statement in order to obtain a new license, however B&P Code Section 7067.5 requires that all new businesses applying for a license have an operating capital in excess of $2500. You will be required to answer a question on the license application stating that your current operating capital exceeds that minimum amount. Q: We currently have a General Partnership license made up of three corporations. One of the entities was bought out last year and we neglected to inform the CSLB. We recently received our renewal notice and it requires the signature of an individual from each of the corporate entities. I looked on the CSLB’s website and was able to find a Disassociation Notice; is this what we fill out in order to remove that partner from that license, or how do we handle the renewal? A: Unfortunately it’s not going to be as easy as completing a disassociation notice. When a General Partner “leaves” the license for any reason, the license is cancelled. Therefore, you will need to apply for a new contractor’s license reflecting the newly structured entity. This new Partnership will receive a new license number. The downside of having a Partnership license is that it’s not as easy to make structural changes with the CSLB without need for a new license. While knowledge is power, knowing where to go for the answers is half the battle. Get expert assistance immediately when you call 866-443-0657, email, or write us at Capitol Services, Inc., 1225 8th St. Ste. 580, Sacramento, CA 95814. Research past columns at www.

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FOR RENT Gradall. 45 FT reach with truss boom and 1 yard bucket. Great for backfill. For questions and rental price, please call Jude at 530-567-5150. FOR SALE #1 5/8” x 24” all heart Redwood taper-sawn shakes. Random width. 5 BND = SQ@10” exp. 239 BND available. $43.34 cost per BND + tax. Call Jim @ Washoe Building Supply 775-691-9633. FOR SALE Redwood siding. Square edged redwood siding available in 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, or 12” widths and lengths up to 20 feet for $7–9/board foot. This full 1” thick recycled green building material is resawn from salvaged old-growth redwood logs. Contact Pam at info@ or 530-587-3700.


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2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Michael Forshee, President Forshee Construction Gary Crosswhite, Vice-President Meridian Concrete, Inc. Barry Lease, Secretary Incline Builders Paul Griggs, Treasurer Griggs Custom Homes Tillio Olcese, Past President Olcese Construction DIRECTORS Mitch Clarin, Mitchell T. Clarin Andrew Cross, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Co. Ken Foster, K.B. Foster Civil Engineering Doug Gadow, Linchpin Structural Engineering Richard Loverde, Loverde Builders Michael Nethersole, M.D. Construction & Consulting Ted Reviglio, Western Nevada Supply Josh Root, Root of Design Electric STAFF Pat Davison, Executive Director Kim Cross, Membership & Event Coordinator Amanda Bullard, Office Manager

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CATT’s MISSION: To promote a positive business environment for the building and housing industry and enhance opportunities for its members and the community

Welcome New Members McEneaney Construction Inc., Kevin McEneaney Surface Protection Services, Sonja Woodburn The Oaxacan Connection, Blythe Roberts Katherine Elkins Designs, LTD, Katherine Elkins Rule Tahoe Tech Group, LLC, Carl LeBlanc

CATT Stats General Contractors

74 Sub-Contractors 98 Associates/Suppliers 70 Professionals 79 Organizations 7 Retired 1 Total 329

CATT Jobs to Bid and Permit #s CATT Jobs to Bid Sent Out in September and YTD Private Public Works

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Building Permit #s Issued in September and YTD Truckee New Single Family Residential 8/58 Eastern Placer County New Single Family Residential 13/114

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