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Email: Issue 49 Web: December 06, 2010

660 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael CA 94903

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WEEKLY BULLETIN With 2010 soon coming to a close and the New Year right around the corner we fell it is appropriate to acknowledge our members and thank you for your strong support and commitment to Marin Builders Association. Many of you we do not see on a daily basis but we know you by name, member#, phone calls, and email, some of you visit the office to look at plans or to have a quiet space to work. You may even come to a social event or training class where we get to say hi and chat for awhile. Whether you are extremely involved in Marin Builders Association or not we appreciate your membership, and encourage you to take advantage of the many benefits and services available to you. Use the website as a place to gain internet exposure by adding your logo, video ad, photos and business information, become an exhibitor or be a sponsor at the 2011 Marin Home and Garden Expo, hold a business meeting or seminar in the conference room, come to events, and participate in the scholarship program. See what works for your business; make an early New Year’s resolution to actively participate in the opportunities MBA offers. Speak to a colleague and encourage them to join! All of us wish you and your family wonderful holidays! Please make it a point to come by the Holiday Open House, December 16th; we look forward to seeing you.

The MBA Staff

2010-2011 MBA Directors & Officers President Dave Trahan ~ Patriot Mechanical Vice President Mark Silvia ~ Marin Mechanical Inc Chief Financial Officer Jeff Mertel ~ Mertel Carpets Inc Secretary Aimi Dutra~ The Dutra Group Past President Jeff Grady ~ Grady Consulting Services

Barry Arends ~ Morris Roofing

Tyler Doherty ~ Cal West Rentals Inc

Gary Frugoli ~ Construction Consultant

Peter Migale ~ Migale Painting Co

Keith Dotto ~ Dotto Glass, Inc. Jim Schalich ~ Schalich Brothers Construction Dick Ghilotti ~ Ghilotti Construction Company Dave Garbarino ~ Marin Sanitary Service, Inc. Jeff Pottorff ~ North Bay Landscape Management Diane Hendersen ~ DMH Land Use Planning

Staff Klif Knoles ~ General Manager / Safety Director Paula Krause ~ Assistant General Manager Sue Peterson ~ Controller Diane Van Renselaar ~ Planroom Joan Szarfinski ~ Front Office Assistant Janet Alessandra ~ Website – Weekly Bulletin ~ Notary Casey Mazzoni ~ Legislative Analyst

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010 8:30 AM — 3:00 PM at the

Marin Employment Connection 120 N. Redwood Drive, San Rafael Second Floor, Redwood Room This workshop is designed for sales, marketing, building professionals, facility managers and specialty contractors interested in learning about Home Performance, BPI, the concept of the “building as a system.” You will also learn about incentives, rebates and other programs including Energy Upgrade California rolling out in 2011. The key is to get familiar with the technical aspects of energy consumption and energy savings; learn the highlights of the energy audit process and hear from a panel of experts on the major economic, political and environmental drivers in building performance. Don’t miss this exceptional workshop! Remember to bring a calculator.

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EPA’s New Renovation, Repair  and Painting Rule (RRP)  What is the new RRP Rule & how does this  EPA Regulation affect you? 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011  8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. 

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For reservations please complete and return this form with a check made payable to:  Marin Builders Association or go to our website and pay online.   

Company: __________________________________ Phone: _______________  Person(s) attending: ______________________________________________    All Participants Must Be Pre­Paid   Cancellations made after January 21 and no­shows will be charged. 


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Deficit Commission Report Recommends Gas Tax Increase Vote on Friday BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate

Also In This Update • A Public/Private Partnership Project In California •

Will Republicans matter in the Legislature?

Deficit Commission Report Recommends Gas Tax Increase - Vote on Friday The AGC's Capitol Hill Office reports that the Co-Chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (otherwise known as the deficit reduction commission) today released the commission’s proposed report. While December 1, 2010 was the deadline for a final report as spelled out in President Obama’s Executive Order that established the Commission, the panel's 18 members decided Tuesday that they would give themselves until Friday to review the document and decide whether to support it. Fourteen of the 18 Commissioners must support the recommendations for the report to be approved and sent to Congress. Serving on the panel are a dozen sitting lawmakers from both parties. Included in the report is a recommendation to gradually increase the federal gas tax by 15 cents between 2013 and 2015 with the revenue going to the Highway Trust Fund. The report recommends that Congress limit spending from the trust fund to the level of dedicated revenues collected from the previous year. The report also recommends that Congress adopt significant reforms to control federal highway spending. Specifically, Congress should limit trust fund spending to the most pressing infrastructure needs rather than forcing states to fund low-priority projects. The report also recommends an end to the practice of highway project authorization earmarks. The full report can be accessed at: ####################################################################### Public/Private Partnerships Following is an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal concerning public/private partnerships (3 Ps). While I've been advocating 3Ps to help "kick-start" the construction industry, its obvious that the public worker engineers are not happy and are doing everything in their power to stop them as evidenced by this article. Although the public worker unions lose out, this project will still need lots of construction workers and I'm quite sure more than a few California-based contractors as well? Anyone's thoughts on this would be appreciated.

In California, a Road to Recovery Stirs Unrest State Engineers Sue Over a Highway to Golden Gate Bridge Because of Foreign Investors; Potential Impact Nationwide For construction workers in California, the new highway being built to the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco should have been great news—bringing thousands of jobs at a time when the state is furloughing workers to cope with a record deficit. But the "Gateway to San Francisco" is being built in a partnership with foreign investors under a new law that allows private firms to build public roads in California. And state engineers, who are missing out on much of the design work, are suing to stop it. The case is among the first brought by a union to stop a public project being handled by private investors, an area that is growing in the U.S. as cities and states struggle financially. Lawyers for the state who are fighting the lawsuit and others familiar with the case say it poses a threat to the $1 billion project, which is among the first public-private partnerships in California and a model nationwide for how municipalities can rebuild crumbling roads. Daniel Near, a lawyer for the state's transportation department, says that the state's contract is legal. "They don't like the idea of losing control of state engineers designing and overseeing construction of projects," he says. The union, which represents 9,000 public workers, brought the suit in State Superior Court in November claiming that state and county transportation agencies are "illegally proceeding with a public-private partnership." The suit is asking the court to force the state to put the project up for bid and stop work in the meantime. While the case awaits a hearing, construction is proceeding. "They are holding the project hostage," says Paul Meyer, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of California, a trade group representing private engineers. "If a judge temporarily stops this project, it will be a disaster." Michael Likosky, a professor at New York University who is a specialist in public finance, says that the case holds ramifications for similar projects around the country. "Municipalities are rejiggering the way they handle construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure—and this project is a watershed," he says. "If it is derailed, it could make it harder to put together these deals around the country." Private investors, seeking alternative ways to make a profit, are teeing up more money than ever to invest in roads and other infrastructure projects. They are buoyed by new state laws allowing these deals as well as federal programs that are financing them. President Obama's economic stimulus program pumped $100 billion into infrastructure and energy partnerships and has attracted nearly three times as much in private money to fund a total of $380 billion in projects, according to federal figures. With budget deficits growing—California's shortfall rose to $25.4 billion—Mr. Near says that such partnerships are the only ways for cash-strapped states to embark on new projects now. The hard times inspired California to turn to a private firm when it decided to replace Doyle Drive, the 75-year-old, 1.6-mile road leading to the Golden Gate Bridge. The new six-lane road will be known as Presidio Parkway and wind through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, connecting the city to the iconic bridge. The project was made possible last year when the state passed a law allowing private investment in public projects.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the congresswoman from the district, was at the unveiling in 2009. "Together, we will build not only a new bridge," she said, "but a new opportunity for job creation and economic recovery here in San Francisco." The project is projected to create 13,000 jobs over the next 30 years—between construction, maintenance and administration. While construction and planning began last year, it was only in recent weeks that the state announced it was entering a partnership with Germany-based Hochtief Concessions and Luxembourg's Meridiam Infrastructure to design, construct, operate and maintain the road. California is to give the group a lump sum when the project is completed, scheduled for 2014, and pay off the rest over 30 years, saving the cost of selling bonds for the already cashstrapped state. Bruce Blanning, executive director of the state engineers' union, is worried about the fate of state workers as more jobs move into private hands. In California, state-employed construction workers—like all state workers—were recently mandated to start staying home three days a month without pay. "My paycheck was cut by 15% this year," says Matt Hanson, an engineer who is president of the Professional Engineers in California Government, a labor union that brought the lawsuit. "It is frustrating because the state could have floated a bond and done this project for less money with state workers." Mr. Blanning said the issues go beyond state versus private workers doing the project. "Much of the design work can be done overseas," he says. "This isn't about union versus nonunion jobs; this is about taking away American jobs."

Will Republicans matter in the Legislature? By Loren Kaye President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education Mon, November 29th, 2010

Has the Republican minority in the Legislature been driven into irrelevance by the passage of Proposition 25? It has if you believe the pundits and politicians, who have marked the advent of a new age of majoritarianism. After all, starting now, the Legislature may pass a budget bill and any spending bill identified in the budget with a simple majority vote. It may pass with a majority vote any substantive bill that implements the state budget and that takes effect immediately (which incidentally immunizes that bill from a citizen referendum). And any regular statute may be passed, as before, by a simple majority vote. So where can legislative Republicans find their influence, now that these levers of governance are operated exclusively by Democrats? I can think of four opportunities. First, if you believe the Democrats themselves, the Legislature must still pass state tax increases by a two-thirds vote. Any budget solution that contemplates tax increases must still involve Republicans. Second, the Legislature may prefer to avoid voting directly for tax increases and instead ask voters to decide, as promised by then-candidate Jerry Brown. But in most cases, ballot measures may be placed before voters only by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, which would include Republican votes. The only exception would be to place a measure on the ballot amending previous voter initiatives, which I discuss here. Third, the Legislature may need to suspend certain provisions of Proposition 98, the constitutional school funding guarantee, to balance future budgets. Such an action would require assent by legislative Republicans. Finally, the Legislature must place any new state general obligation bond proposals on the ballot by a two-thirds vote. New infrastructure investment may or may not be tied to a budget deal, but in any case offers opportunities for Republicans to insist on consideration of their priorities. Democrats may abjure from all of these policy mechanisms to avoid dealing with Republican demands. But in doing so they would severely crimp their ability to finance their ambitions.

Dave Trahan President

Mark Silvia Vice President

Jeff Mertel Chief Financial Officer

Aimi Dutra Secretary

Jeff Grady

Klif Knoles, General Manager

Past President

November 30, 2010 Dear Members, On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to announce the Marin Builders Association’s support of San Rafael Target project. The Marin Builders Association recognizes that not every member will agree with our endorsement, but we hope members will agree that now more than ever our association must be a greater voice in the community. In an effort to be respectful to all of our members a five-person committee was erected to carefully study the merits of the project. After a long deliberation, the committee voted unanimously to support the project. Please take a moment to view the letter submitted to the San Rafael planning commission as well as a letter submitted by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce who also has endorsed the project. Monday, December 6th, the project will proceed to the San Rafael City Council for the approval needed to make Target San Rafael a reality. It is imperative Council members see a packed house of Target supporters! Please reply to and indicate you will join us at this all-important meeting.

San Rafael City Council Monday, December 6th. Note early start time: 6pm. Target is the only agenda item; we recommend 5:15 arrival due to anticipated overflow. San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael Nothing influences an outcome like a group of supporters. Please help. If you should have any questions please contact me at 415-462-1220 or Thank you,

Klif Knoles General Manager 660 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 462-1220 ph. (415) 462-1225 fax

Dave Trahan President

Mark Silvia Vice President

Jeff Mertel Chief Financial Officer

Aimi Dutra Secretary

Klif Knoles, General Manager

Jeff Grady Past President

November 1, 2010

Honorable Maribeth Bushey-Lang San Rafael Planning Commission 1400 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901 Dear Commissioner Bushey-Lang: On behalf of the Marin Builders Association, I am delighted to lend our support for the Target project. The Marin Builders Association serves the construction industry by promoting high ethical and professional standards, providing quality services to our members, and working responsibly with our community for the enhancement of the building industry. An advisory committee charged with reviewing this project based their decision on the following criteria:  Does it provide local construction jobs?  What is the community benefit? o Tax revenue o Community giving  Will the project bring local employment?  What are the transportation impacts?  What are the environmental Impacts?  What is the impact on existing business? The economic downturn has had a devastating impact on the construction industry. Currently, 1 in 4 construction workers are unemployed. The Target project will create local construction jobs that will help put people back to work. Local government is suffering from and facing serious budget issues. The Target project will bring local tax revenue that will help support services to San Rafael residents that may be threatened by the current budgetary situation. It is estimated that the new Target store will generate approximately $675,000 annually in new sales tax revenues to the City. In addition Target will support the City’s Affordable Housing Fund with a contribution of $775,000. Since 1962, Target has committed 5% of its income to support communities. Today, that totals to more than $3 million in giving every week. Target recently made a pledge of $500 million by the end of 2015 660 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 462-1220 ph. (415) 462-1225 fax

Dave Trahan President

Mark Silvia Vice President

Jeff Mertel Chief Financial Officer

Aimi Dutra Secretary

Jeff Grady

Klif Knoles, General Manager

Past President

to support education and help children learn to read. This will be the largest gift in their history, bringing their legacy of giving to education to $1 billion. In 2009 the Novato Target store provided $33,000 in charitable support to schools and non-profit organizations in Marin County. Target is committed to making its “Take Charge of Education” program responsive to individual communities. Each store’s program is administered at the local level – grant requests come through the local store, are decided locally, and funds are distributed directly from the local store. Target also proudly started Military Kids, providing grants to children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Military Reserve personnel. Target’s hiring practices will ensure that local residents will be employed. With San Rafael’s unemployment rate higher than the national average, this will benefit those who are out of work in our community. The proposed Target store will provide approximately 250 – 300 new jobs. Target believes recruiting a diverse team is critical to achieving their goal, to be the best. One of their most important tools to acquiring talent is their relationships with organizations like:  National Society of Hispanic MBAs  National Black MBA Association  Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting  Hispanic National Bar Association  Hispanic Scholarship Fund The advisory committee reviewing the project believes the traffic impacts will be minimal and that the project mitigates many of the traffic issues. Target has pledged to offer subsidized bus passes for all employees. In addition, Target will help make bus transportation more appealing by paying for the construction of a bus shelter at the Shoreline Parkway/Kerner Boulevard bus stop (where currently there is only a pole with a posted schedule). Target will meet the City’s requirement of LEED Gold designation. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. This project will be designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

660 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 462-1220 ph. (415) 462-1225 fax

Dave Trahan President

Mark Silvia Vice President

Jeff Mertel Chief Financial Officer

Aimi Dutra Secretary

Klif Knoles, General Manager

Jeff Grady Past President

Although, the committee had concerns about the impact on local business, they were not able to comment or predict how other businesses in San Rafael might be affected by the Target store. For the reasons presented above, the Marin Builders Association urges the commission to approve this project. If you should have any questions please call me at 415.462.1220. Sincerely,

Klif Knoles General Manager cc:

Bob Brown, Community Development Director City Clerk, Esther Beirne

660 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 462-1220 ph. (415) 462-1225 fax

Casey Mazzoni 415.342.3328 or Legislative Analyst

Marin Legislation

MARIN COUNTY Desalination still on hold Despite the re-election of Marin Municipal Water District incumbent candidates who supported studying desalination, and a ballot measure to allow that study to happen, desalination for Marin remains on the back burner. In April the MMWD board voted to suspend further exploration of a desalination plant until it can better understand the declining water demand. Water usage in the county continues to dwindle. It has dropped 15 percent in the past two years. A robust rainy season, combined with better conservation has decreased demand. In addition, the downturn in the economy has created a situation where there is less office space is being used and fewer homes are occupied. The board isn't scheduled to take up the desalination issue anytime soon. Even if at a later date desalination moves forward, the district can only go as far as applying for permits. Actual construction of the plan would have to go before a vote of ratepayers. A 5-million-gallon-per-day desalination facility, expandable to 15 million gallons per day, was the option selected by the board in August 2009. The desalination plan also includes a water conservation component. The desalination plant would take San Rafael Bay water and subject it to various forms of treatment to produce drinkable water. Marin county supervisors spend $2.3 million Below is what the county supervisors spent this year. The amounts includes salary and benefits for board members and their 10 aides, phone, travel, meal expenses and auto allowances, fees earned by supervisors for serving on a variety of boards and commissions and office "discretionary" or pet project fund. Supervisor Susan Adams: $380,046 Supervisor Judy Arnold: $451,891. Supervisor Hal Brown: $468,338 Supervisor Steve Kinsey: $514,428 Supervisor Charles McGlashan: $488,924

For more information on this issue or any other issues of interest to the construction industry please contact Casey Mazzoni at 415.342.3328 or



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Mechanic’s Lien Laws, Forms and Procedures  to Change Beginning on January 1, 2011  by William L. Porter, Attorney at Law 

Since 1879 the California Constitution has guaranteed contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others who have not been paid for work and materials supplied to a private works project the right to sell the property where the work was performed in order to obtain payment. The mechanism by which a sale of the property has traditionally been enforced is known as a “mechanic’s lien”. Under current mechanic’s lien laws the unpaid claimant records a mechanic’s lien at the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the property is located. Within 90 days thereafter the claimant files a lawsuit to foreclose on the mechanic’s lien and thereby force a sale of the property. The unpaid claimant is paid from the proceeds of the sale. While this is an oversimplification and there are numerous important timelines and procedures to follow, this is the essence of the current right and procedure. Under laws which will take effect on January 1, 2011, claimants who will seek to obtain payment through the mechanic’s lien procedure will be required to follow new procedures and use new forms. There are a number of reasons that the law has been changed to require new procedures and forms. For example, under current law there is no requirement that a mechanic’s lien claimant inform the property owner that it has recorded a mechanic’s lien on the owner’s property. There is also no requirement that a mechanic’s lien claimant explain what a lien is or inform the property owner that they will likely be sued within 90 days to foreclose on the mechanic’s lien and sell the property to pay an unpaid debt. Property owners have long complained that until they receive the foreclosure lawsuit they are often entirely unaware that a mechanics lien had even been recorded on their property. The owner asserts that if it had known that a mechanic’s lien had been recorded it could have acted to resolve the matter before a lawsuit became necessary. This is a particularly common complaint in the residential construction industry where homeowners are typically unaware of the entire concept of a mechanic’s lien. In order to address these longstanding issues the California Contractor’s State License Board, Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Monterey) and a host of California construction attorneys drafted and introduced Assembly Bill 457 which was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on August 5, 2009. Under the new law, beginning on January 1, 2011, California Civil Code sections 3084 and 3146 are amended to require service of a mechanic’s lien on the owner of the property at the time the mechanic’s lien is recorded. If for some reason the owner cannot be served with the mechanic’s lien then the original contractor or the lender can instead be served. This provides owners with notice that a mechanic’s lien has just been recorded on their property and it gives them an opportunity to quickly address the situation. The form of the mechanic’s lien document itself is also amended to include a “Notice of Mechanic’s Lien” which provides a brief explanation of the nature of the mechanic’s lien and what the property owner might do to address the situation. Finally, where a lawsuit is filed to foreclose on the mechanic’s lien a “Notice of Pending Action” must also be recorded within 20 days after the filing of the mechanic’s lien foreclosure action. The Notice of Pending Action is intended to provide notice to potential property purchasers, lenders and others that a lawsuit has been filed in relation to the property and the property may be sold in foreclosure in order to pay the debt. The full text of the new law can be accessed electronically from the legislative website here. The new law provides the property owner with advance notice and an opportunity to remedy a pressing situation. Lawsuits can be avoided by early attention. Based on the premise that more information is better than less and fewer lawsuits are better than more, this is good legislation that serves the public interest. It remedies longstanding problems without significant cost or inconvenience. Since the new law does not take effect until January 1, 2011 there is more than ample time for the construction community to become aware of the new law and begin implementing the new procedures and new mechanic’s lien form into their practices. William L. Porter is a principal in Porter Law Group, Inc. in Sacramento, California. He can be reached at (916) 381-7868.

Make a Meaningful Connection Tips for building genuine customer relationships

Making a meaningful connection with your customers — the key to relationship marketing — has several business benefits. For example, it can help you build customer awareness for your product or service, expedite sales, strengthen customer interactions, and, ultimately, ensure long-term business growth. By cultivating high-quality customer service habits your business can experience great benefits — and more. 1. Say thanks. Often, the simplest things can yield the greatest results. Saying thanks after every interaction leaves customers with a positive impression of their experience and reminds them that they are appreciated. 2. Speak from the heart. For example, if you own a health food store, tell customers about your favorite products in a way they can relate to. If you speak from the heart, customers will trust what you have to say and trust what your brand stands for. 3. Ask the right questions. Talking to your customers can be an illuminating experience for both parties. Think about what you're hoping to learn before initiating communication. For example, do you want to know about a customer's experience with your brand? If so, consider asking open-ended questions. 4. Be a good listener. It's one thing to listen to your customers and another to be perceived as a good listener. Experts say that communication is 57% non-verbal. Consciously pay attention to your body language to show customers that you are interested in what they have to say. Make sure your facial expressions reflect a positive attitude. 5. Be helpful. Helping out customers, colleagues, and employees — even if it doesn't directly benefit your bottom line — can forge and reinforce relationships built on respect and loyalty. If you own a jewelry store, for example, consider doing a rush job for a truly desperate customer without upping the cost. Not only are you helping them in their time of need, you're planting the seeds for repeat business. When your customer becomes your priority, increased sales will follow naturally.

In this way the company could sign contracts under different names yet be part of the same corporation. For instance they may want to identify their plumbing operations separately from their HVAC business. It is my understanding that the CSLB will not allow a company to simultaneously have two license numbers for the same corporation with the SAME classification

Kalb's Q&A for Contractors

By David Kalb, President of Capitol Services, Inc.

With year’s end just ahead come questions about incorporation, contractor’s licensing, taxes and bidding across the border. We’ll ‘stock’ up on answers as I review some important aspects of corporate contractor’s licensing… Q: Is there a minimum or maximum amount of ownership that the Corporation must give to a Responsible Managing Employee? I ask this question because somewhere I read that if a contractor sets up a corporation he must own 51% in stock. I am confused. A: If the RME accepts your invitation, there is no minimum ownership requirement (this is also the case for a RMO). Even if the RME owned some of the company, the CSLB would not recognize this. When reviewing a filed license application CSLB staff consider RME ownership as zero. Who owns stock in a corporation is determined by the officer(s) and director(s). The "51%" figure is only an issue if a sole owner contractor decides to form a corporation and transfer his or her individual license number to the new company. Q. I saw two active CSLB license numbers listing what appears to be the same Corporation name. Is this legal? Can a CA Corporation be assigned more than one Contractor's License number at the same time? Does the CSLB tie the State Corporate number to the License? A: It is perfectly legal for a corporation to have more than one license number. In fact I am aware of some companies that have four or more licenses for the same corporation. These are tied to the same corporate number and can be structured in several ways. If a corporation wanted to be separately licensed in several different classifications, they could have a different license number for each entity.

A second reason a corporation might want to have more than one license number is to retain the business names of companies they purchase. For example, an existing company purchases three businesses. They retain their existing license and apply for three new licenses each with a ‘Doing Business As’, or ‘DBA’ designation. The end result is four license numbers for four separate entities under one corporation (and one corporate number). Finally, if a company wanted to divide themselves into divisions so each would have a separate license number, they could apply for multiple licenses in order to bid under these different names. In this case rather than a ‘DBA’, their business name would, for example, read: XYZ Construction, a division of USA Building Company, Inc. Q: I've emailed you a few times and need a quick response. I now have one more question... We are looking into bidding a job in Oregon...What would need to be done to do that legally? A: Oregon has contractors licensing requirements however I only have limited familiarity with licensing in this state. I suggest that you contact the Construction Contractors Board in Salem, OR the phone number is (503) 378-4621, or visit them on the web (you can find a link on my web site, During the past several months, some larger companies have approached Capitol Services to determine what other States require for contractors. Some states license virtually every trade; while others only license a few. A number of States do not even require licensing at all. Some states like Oregon have an extensive application process and require each applicant to pass an exam. 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 me at Capitol Services, Inc., 1225 8th St. Ste. 580, Sacramento, CA 95814. Research past columns at

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Business Loans Available Through State Program New lending and economic opportunities for small businesses and banks in California are available through a program administered through the State Treasurer’s Office. The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) recently received $6 million from the state and expects to receive $84 million in federal funding from the Small Business Lending Act of 2010. Combined, these funds may leverage more than $2 billion in small business loans in the State. CalCAP is administered by the California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA) in the State Treasurers Office.The CalCAP loans are for any small business from hair dressers and caterers to manufacturers. The funds dont have to be used for pollution control projects, despite the name of the Authority. Its a good program for any business on the qualified Standard Industry Classification Codes list. Download theCalCAP brochure at CalCAP encourages financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that fall just outside conventional underwriting standards. The program provides a form of loan portfolio insurance that can give lenders up to 100 percent coverage on certain loan defaults. With each new loan, the borrower, lender and CalCAP each contribute to a loan-loss reserve fund.The fund grows over time and encourages lenders to make loans that do not quite pass muster under their normal lending guidelines.The maximum loan size is $1.5 million and will soon increase to $2.5 million. CalCAP provides loans to businesses that may not otherwise qualify for a loan, said State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who chairs CPCFA. In a tough economy, the additional risk coverage on loans is a win-win for the businesses and financial institutions. As one example of how CalCAP works, the program helps California truckers comply with diesel emissions regulations through a $48 million loan guarantee program operated in partnership with the California Air Resources Board (ARB). The ARB made the funds available through CalCAP to make it easier for truck, fleet and off-road diesel equipment owners to get loans needed to cover the expense of bringing their vehicles into compliance with the new regulations. Aside from administering the CalCAP program, CPCFA provides tax-exempt bond financing for pollution control projects. The financing helps California businesses acquire or build qualified pollution control, waste disposal or waste recovery facilities, or buy or install new pollution control equipment. The CPCFA also runs the CalReUSE program, which offers low-interest, forgivable loans and grants to help public and private partners redevelop contaminated brownfields. Small businesses and truck owners must meet lending criteria established by the financial institution. More Information For a list of participating lenders, please visit the Treasurers website: To become a CalCAP financial institution, click on the application at: call (916) 654-5610 or

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ADMINISTRATION RELEASES NEW INFORMATION ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT’S SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH CARE TAX CREDIT New Guidance Gives Small Employers Full Set of Tools to Claim Credit for 2010; Credit Covers Up To 35 Percent of Small Employers’ Health Care Contributions Today, many small businesses across America struggle to provide health benefits to their employees. On average, small businesses pay about 18 percent more than large businesses for the same health insurance policy. The Affordable Care Act helps level the playing field by lowering costs for small businesses and increasing their bargaining power. At the same time, small business owners will have the flexibility to make choices they believe are right for their business and their employees. Starting in 2014, firms with up to 100 workers can pool their buying power and reduce administrative costs by purchasing insurance through a health insurance exchange. And the Congressional Budget Office predicts that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, premiums in the small group insurance market will decrease 1 to 4 percent by 2016. To make health insurance more affordable for small businesses, the new law also includes tax credits for many small businesses that offer coverage to their workers. Starting in 2010, small businesses that have fewer than 25 employees, pay average annual wages below $50,000, and pay for most of their employees’ health coverage may qualify for a tax credit of up to 35 percent of health expenses. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the tax credit will save small businesses $40 billion by 2019. Both for-profit and nonprofit organizations may qualify for the tax credit. The tax credit is already having a substantial impact. Insurance companies have used the tax credit to encourage more businesses to provide benefits. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City has promoted the tax credit and enrolled more than 9,000 new members covered by 400 new employers; 38 percent of those new employers did not previously offer insurance. Today, the Obama Administration is releasing new guidance that will make it easier for small businesses to claim this tax credit.

Key Facts about the New Guidance: 

Addresses small business questions about which firms qualify by clarifying that a broad range of employers meet the eligibility requirements, including: o Employers that pay for a portion of their employees’ health care costs through a broad range of contribution arrangements. o Religious institutions that provide coverage through denominational organizations; o Certain small employers that cover their workers through multiemployer health and welfare plans; and

Includes the one-page form (Form 8941) and instructions used to claim the credit for tax year 2010 – both are now available at


Gives Small Employers Full Set of Tools to Claim Credit for 2010. The new guidance includes all the tools small businesses need to claim the credit when they file their 2010 taxes, including the one-page form (Form 8941) and instructions used to claim the credit for tax year 2010, as well as the remaining guidance for 2010. All of this information is now available at

Clarifies that Religious Institutions Qualify. Due to their special status under other law, religious institutions that obtain coverage through a denominational organization that self-insures the coverage can qualify for the credit, even though the coverage is not fully insured – a requirement for most employers. The guidance makes clear that this rule applies solely for purposes of eligibility for the small business tax credit.

Explains “Qualifying Arrangement” – Wide Range of Employers Qualify. Following up on previous guidance issued by the Treasury Department that provided transition relief to help businesses claim the credit for 2010, the new guidance clarifies that a broad range of common arrangements used by employers to subsidize insurance coverage for their workers will qualify for the credit for tax years 2010 to 2013. For example, firms that pay more to help older workers cover the higher premiums and firms that allow employees a choice of coverage, may both qualify for the credit. For tax year 2010, small employers have the flexibility to use the transition relief set forth in the earlier guidance or to take advantage of the rules in the new guidance.

Clarifies that Certain Employers Contributing to Multiemployer Health and Welfare Plans Qualify. The guidance provides that a small employer that makes contributions to a multiemployer plan that are used to pay premiums for employee health insurance coverage may qualify for the credit, so long as 100 percent of the cost of coverage for all employees covered by the multiemployer plan is paid from employer contributions and not by employees.

Getting the Word Out to Small Businesses To ensure that small businesses know about the credit and how to claim it, the Administration has undertaken a nationwide educational campaign to reach small employers and their tax preparers. 

Web Features. WhiteHouse.Gov, HealthCare.Gov , and IRS.Gov all feature special sections on the credit, including tax tips, detailed frequently asked questions and a worksheet to help small business owners determine whether they qualify.

Millions of Postcards to Small Businesses: The IRS has sent out over 4 million postcards to employers that may qualify for the credit.

Over 1,000 Tax Workshops and Small Business Forums. Every year, tens of thousands of small businesses and tax professionals around the country attend Small Business Forums and Tax Workshops to learn about new developments in tax law. This year, IRS outreach has had a special focus on the small business credit, featuring it at over 1,000 events.

Email Blasts to Thousands of Tax Professionals and Small Businesses. IRS is getting the word out through its IRS e-News for Tax Professionals and e-News for Small Businesses. Each newsletter reaches over 175,000 tax professionals and small business owners.


Available Immediately. Enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, the credit was effective January 1, 2010. As a result, small businesses currently providing health care for their workers receive immediate help with their premium costs.

Broad Eligibility. The Council of Economic Advisors estimates that 4 million small businesses are eligible for the credit if they provide health care to their workers.

Substantial Benefit. The credit is worth up to 35 percent of a small business’s premium costs in 2010 and in each of 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2014, this rate increases to 50 percent.

Firms Can Claim Credit for Up to 6 Years. Firms can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for any two years after that.

Non-Profits Eligible. Tax-exempt organizations are eligible for a 25 percent tax credit in 2010 and in each of 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2014, this rate increases to 35 percent.[1][1]

Gradual Phase-Outs. The credit phases out gradually for firms with average wages between $25,000 and $50,000 and for firms with the equivalent of between 10 and 25 full-time workers.

Premium Cost Eligibility. To avoid an incentive to choose a high-cost plan, an employer’s eligible contribution is limited to the average cost of health insurance for small businesses in that state.

No Reduction Due to State Credits. The credit is not reduced if an employer also receives a state health care tax credit or subsidy (except in limited circumstances to prevent abuse of the credit). In particular, an employer that receives such a state tax credit or subsidy also receives the full federal credit based on its entire contribution so long as the federal credit does not exceed the employer’s net contribution. According to lists compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 20 states offer these benefits.[2][2]

Dental and Vision Coverage Qualify. Small businesses can receive the credit not only for traditional health insurance coverage but also for add-on dental, vision, and other limited-scope coverage.

Employers Can Choose the Most Favorable Method of Determining Hours Worked. Because the tax credit’s matching rate is highest for employers with 10 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), the number of hours worked is an important factor in calculating the credit. Employers can choose among three different methods of determining hours to minimize their bookkeeping duties while receiving the maximum tax credit for which they are eligible. Employers can look at actual hours of service, or can use simple rules of convenience to estimate hours based on total days or weeks of service.

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: Four Cases Example 1: Auto Repair Shop with 10 Employees Gets $24,500 Credit for 2010 Main Street Mechanic:  Employees: 10  Wages: $250,000 total, or $25,000 per worker  Employer Health Care Costs: $70,000 2010 Tax Credit: $24,500 (35% credit) 2014 Tax Credit: $35,000 (50% credit)

Example 2: Restaurant with 40 Part-Time Employees Gets $28,000 Credit for 2010 Downtown Diner:  Employees: 40 half-time employees (the equivalent of 20 full-time workers)  Wages: $500,000 total, or $25,000 per full-time equivalent worker  Employer Health Care Costs: $240,000 2010 Tax Credit: $28,000 (35% credit with phase-out) 2014 Tax Credit: $40,000 (50% credit with phase-out)

Example 3: Foster Care Non-Profit with 9 Employees Gets $18,000 Credit for 2010 First Street Family  Employees: 9  Wages: $198,000 total, or $22,000 per worker  Employer Health Care Costs: $72,000 2010 Tax Credit: $18,000 (25% credit) 2014 Tax Credit: $25,200 (35% credit)

Example 4: Manufacturing Company with 12 Employees Gets $14,700 Credit for 2010 Acme Air Conditioning, LLC:  Employees: 12  Wages: $420,000 total, or $35,000 per worker  Employer Health Care Costs: $90,000 2010 Tax Credit: $14,700 (35% credit with phase-out) 2014 Tax Credit: $21,000 (50% credit with phase-out)

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130 Harvard Avenue Mill Valley 680 Goodhill Road Kentfield 421 E Strawberry Drive Mill Valley 16 Locust Avenue Kentfield 1205 Lattie Lane Mill Valley

Ret/Wall Rmd SFD Windows Windows

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11,000.00 110,000.00 850,000.00 5,400.00 7,325.00

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16 Locust Avenue Kentfield 418 Median Way Mill Valley 418 Median Way Mill Valley 1205 Lattie Lane Mill Valley 324 San Francisco Blvd San Anselmo 145 Cypress Avenue Dillon Beach 11 Westgate Drive San Rafael 15 Kameha Way Dillon Beach 2 Friars Lane Mill Valley 185 Montego M K Key N Novato 310 Highland Avenue San Rafael

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Alex & Lisa Salkever

375 Miller Avenue Mill Valley

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Charles Window & Door Wind/Doors



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Phone __________________________Fax ____________________________ Cell____________________________ E-mail Address: _________________________________________________ Website: _______________________________________________________ Mailing Address_________________________________________________ City___________________________________State_______ Zip__________ Street Address___________________________________________________ Contractor State License # _______________________Classification_______ Professional License Number or Class________________________________ (If applicable)

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Business Ownership Type: Sole Owner__ Partnership__ Corporation__ Joint Venture__ Category Listing for Directory ______________________________________ (See Categories on the Other Side)

Additional Listings_______________________________________________ (Extra Charge for Each Additional Listing) Recommended By________________________________________________

A one-time application fee of $100 must be paid with this application. $50 (Former members in good standing rejoining within a 6 month period) Please make checks payable to: Marin Builders Association If accepted for membership, the undersigned Company / Firm and representative agrees to abide by the provisions set forth in the MBA Code of Ethics, By-laws and any subsequent regulations, which may be added or amended by a vote of the Board of Directors or the membership and is entitled to apply for all the services and benefits offered by the Association for the membership category assigned. It is further agreed that cancellation of membership shall be in writing and that all dues and indebtedness at that time shall be paid in full. Dues are nonrefundable. Applicant further agrees to pay all reasonable attorney fees if suit is instituted to collect any past due indebtedness. Member services and benefits will be suspended if dues are not received in full within 30 days of statement. I, the undersigned, Owner, Partner, Officer or Qualifying Person, have read, understand, and agree to comply with the above terms and conditions of this agreement.

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Be Creative in Your Approach Appeal to your customers in innovative ways The best way to keep your business thriving and build customer loyalty, regardless of the economic climate, is to continually reinvent and re-energize your marketing efforts. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a lot more money. With a little creativity, you can offer something new and different to customers to help maintain, or even boost, repeat purchases and customer retention: 1. Broadcast for free. offers you the ability to host free online radio shows using nothing more than your computer and a phone. You can interview customers and experts in your industry, or talk about interesting ways to use your product. It's a great way to generate visibility for your business, increase your credibility with customers, and build buzz for your brand. Free exposure. How can you beat that? 2. Offer your expertise in unexpected ways. Seek out opportunities to convey what you know to people that could use the advice. For example, if you are an independent film company, you could host a filmmaking tutorial for wannabe filmmakers. Participants are likely to talk about their experiences in "free advice" sessions, thereby supporting your brand and providing the potential for easy referrals. You could also host a customer appreciation event for those who have referred others to your business in the past. 3. Support your community. Keep customers interested in your brand, and gain valuable exposure, by getting involved in community events. On a local level, you can increase name recognition, meet new people, and show your customers that you care. 4. Don't worry about being too "out there." It's important to keep an open mind as you brainstorm marketing ideas, even if they seem a little farfetched at first. For example, rather than send your most loyal customers thank you cards, email them a short video that expresses your appreciation in a fun, engaging way. It gives you an opportunity to express your creative side and keep customers connected to your brand.

NOVATO FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NOTICE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS NOVATO FIRE DISTRICT STATION 64 December 2, 2010 Qualification packages will be received by the Novato Fire Protection District (Fire District) at 95 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945, by 5:00 PM Tuesday, January 4, 2011 for Comprehensive Project Management Services to assist with the implementation of demolition of the existing Fire District Station 64 and new construction of a fire station on the existing site located at 319 Enfrente Rd., Novato, Ca. Request for Qualifications for Project Management Services document will be available to view and download beginning December 2, 2010 on the Fire District’s website at A copy of the Request for Qualifications document is also available to be picked up in person at the Novato Fire District’s administration office located at 95 Rowland Way, Novato, Ca. 94945, Monday through Friday during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anticipated Services include, but are not limited to: The selected project manager shall manage, on behalf of the Fire District, the process of demolishing the existing Fire Station 64 and designing and constructing a new fire station. The project manager shall provide guidance and assist in obtaining public approvals required in connection with the project, manage community relations and outreach, manage the project architect selected by the Fire District, oversee the bidding process, and work to facilitate completion of the new fire station on schedule, budget, and to the level of quality required by the Fire District. The project manager shall coordinate any temporary relocation of Fire District staff and equipment so that the Fire District can continue to fully operate during the demolition and construction of the new facility. In addition, the project manager shall assist District staff and real estate agents in the permanent or temporary acquisition of any additional land which may be needed in order to complete the project as contemplated and approved by the Fire District. (Please see posted RFQ for details). For questions concerning this Request for Qualifications, please contact Deputy Chief Eric Nickel by telephone at (415) 878-2690 or by e-mail at The Fire District is under no obligation to accept any proposals and may cancel the Request for Qualifications at any time.


Marin Builders Association Safety Topics Company: _____________________________________________________ Date: _____________________ Meeting Attended By: ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

Conveying A Safety Message Conveyors are a wonderful invention. They move large amounts of materials quickly and safely. They allow workers to reduce the amount of materials handled manually thereby increasing work capacity and production output. Decreasing manual material handling also lessens the chance of injury to a worker’s back and hands. Conveyors are safe when used correctly, but they can be dangerous, and even deadly, if workers fail to follow safety procedures when working on or around them. Materials should be placed on the conveyor so that they will ride safely. When removing material off conveyors, workers should remain alert and safeguard their hands; the moving material can create pinch points. How someone is dressed - loose clothing, long hair, and jewelry – when working on or around conveyors can present the risk of conveyor entanglement. When repairing or cleaning a conveyor, all equipment must be locked or blocked and operating controls tagged. If it’s necessary to clean belts or drums while the equipment in is motion, insure proper barrier guards are in place and that no part of the equipment can be activated which could endanger the individual at work. If the conveyor runs overhead, precautions must be taken to prevent injuries from materials that may fall from above. If the conveyor runs at head height or carries material hung from hooks, workers in the area should remain alert to possible danger and measures should be taken to prevent workers from being accidentally struck by moving material. There are other general safety precautions which should be followed by everyone even if they don’t’ work directly with conveyors. No one should ever climb over or crawl under a conveyor and NEVER ride on or otherwise use a conveyor for transportation.

Special Concerns for Current Site: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Comments: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Supervisor’s Signature:___________________________________________________________________

Marin Builders Association Safety Topics Company: _____________________________________________________ Date: _____________________ Meeting Attended By: ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

Un Mensaje de Seguridad Sobre las Bandas Transportadoras Las bandas transportadoras son una invención maravillosa. Mueven grandes cantidades de materiales con rapidez y seguridad. Permiten que los trabajadores reduzcan la cantidad de materiales que se manejan a mano aumentando así la capacidad de trabajo y el rendimiento de la producción. La reducción del manejo de material también reduce las probabilidades de lesiones a la columna y las manos de los trabajadores. Las bandas transportadoras son seguras cuando se las usa correctamente, pero pueden ser peligrosas e incluso mortales si los trabajadores no siguen los procedimientos de seguridad al trabajar con ellas o cerca de ellas. Se debe colocar los materiales sobre la banda transportadora para transportarlos de manera segura. Al retirar los materiales de las bandas transportadoras, los trabajadores deben permanecer alerta y salvaguardar sus manos; el material en movimiento puede crear puntos de aplastamiento. La manera de vestirse —ropa suelta, cabello largo y joyas— al trabajar en las bandas transportadoras o cerca de ellas puede representar el riesgo de quedar atrapado en la banda transportadora. Al reparar o limpiar una banda transportadora, es necesario cerrar con llave o bloquear todo el equipo y se deberá etiquetar los controles de operación. Si fuera necesario limpiar las bandas o los rodillos mientras el equipo se encuentra en movimiento, asegúrese de que las guardas de protección estén en posición y que no haya parte del equipo que pueda activarse y poner en peligro a la persona en el trabajo. Si la banda transportadora es elevada, es preciso tomar precauciones para prevenir lesiones causadas por los materiales que pudieran caer de la misma. Si la banda transportadora está instalada a la altura de la cabeza o si transporta material que cuelga de ganchos, los trabajadores en el área deben permanecer alerta ante el posible peligro y debe tomarse las precauciones necesarias para prevenir que los trabajadores resulten golpeados por el material en movimiento. Existen otras precauciones generales de seguridad que todos deben cumplir, incluso si no trabajan directamente con bandas transportadoras. Nadie debe subirse ni pasar debajo de la banda transportadora y NUNCA viajar o de otra manera usar una banda transportadora para transportarse.

Special Concerns for Current Site: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Comments: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Supervisor’s Signature:___________________________________________________________________

EMPLOYMENT ESTIMATOR & TAKE-OFF ENGINEER Ghilotti Bros., Inc. seeks an experienced Estimator and Take-off Engineer. CM degree desired AGTEK and Hard Dollar a plus. This is an excellent opportunity with an excellent company, competitive pay. Email resume to •

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This very clean warehouse/office combo is located in a great managed center with good parking and lovely landscaping. Rental Rate: $1.25 per square foot/month Lease Type: Modified Gross Total space: 1,793 sq. ft. with 350 sq. ft. allocated as office area. There are two bathrooms (one with shower). Four parking spaces are available. Number of Dock-high doors/loading: 1 Number of Drive-in Grade level doors: 1 Contact: Larry at 415-491-1702 • INDUSTRIAL YARD & OFFICE FOR RENT/LEASE +/- 1 acre yard (acreage negotiable) includes +/-550 sq. ft. clean office trailer that is high speed internet capable with bathroom & 2000 sq. ft. asphalt parking area; gravel and asphalt yard zoned M-3 Heavy Industrial; full security system including gate & fencing in place; short drive from San Rafael Bridge in Richmond off Castro street on Hensley. $3,970/month. Call Don at 510.215.9338

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WATER WATCH Marin Municipal Water District Report On Water Levels, Use & Precipitation MMWD, serving Central and Southern Marin, reports on the following supply sources, reservoir levels, precipitation and temperature for the week ending November 28, 2010 Average million gallons/day

Average gallons/**capita/day

For Nov. 22 – Nov. 28, 2010



For same week in 2009



Acre-feet (AF)*

% of capacity

Total capacity of 7 reservoirs


100 %

Storage as of Nov. 28, 2010


78 %

Storage for this date last year


57 %

Average for this date


64 %



Our current storage (62,336 AF) is 123% of the average storage (50,643 AF) for this date. MMWD Reservoirs Average million gallons/day

Russian River Average million gallons/day

For Nov. 22 – Nov. 28, 2010



For same week in 2009



Total To Date (inches)

Average Rainfall To Date

From July 1, 2010 – Nov. 28, 2010



From July 1, 2009 – Nov. 28, 2009


Supply Source

Rainfall At Lake Lagunitas (Rainfall Year Begins July 1)

Temperature (at Corte Madera)

Average High Temperature (ºF)

For Nov. 22– Nov. 28, 2010


For same week in 2009


*One acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons **Population of Fiscal Year 2000-2001 = 190,000

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