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MBA Weekly Bulletin ◆

August 15, 2011 Issue #33

THE BEST CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT APPS FOR THE IPHONE AND IPAD From time to time we like to write about the "lighter side” of construction technology. This time, it's apps. Specifically, construction apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s no secret that we love Apple – run a search for "apple" site:softwareadvice. com in Google and you’ll see what I mean – but when it comes to tracking down an App for your iPhone or iPad, the App Store isn't the friendliest place to search. Enter "construction" into the search bar in iTunes and you get a list of 234 apps (and counting). This includes apps categorized as "games," "lifestyle" and "entertainment." Or try typing “architecture.” You’ll get a list of 255 apps that include “photography,” “travel” and “navigation.” Sure we understand playing SimCity Deluxe might alleviate stress on the job site, but it's not going to help you create a punch list item. Below our just some of the construction apps we researched.

IN THIS ISSUE The Best Construction Apps.........................1 Welcome Our New Members......................2 Directors...........................................................3 Membership Brings You Out In Front.......4 Membership Application..............................5 MBA Family Loss...........................................6 Bob Bourdet.....................................................7 JK Pedrotti: Legislative..............................8-9 Phil Vermeulen: Legislative........................10 Safety Topic: Guard Against Machine Injuries............................................................11 Car Wash Fundraiser Flier..........................12 Permits & Liens.......................................13-15 John P McGill: The D Word.......................16 Tool Lending Library..............................17-18 Project Bid Schedule...............................19-22 MBA Health Insurance Program Update.............................................................23 Classified Ads..........................................24-25 MBA Calendar!.............................................26 QSP/QSD Training Course & Application...............................................27-28 The Best Construction Apps.......................29 Advertising.....................................................30

CONTACT MBA 660 Las Gallinas Avenue San Rafael, CA 94903 ◆ Office: 415-462-1220 Fax: 415-462-1225 ◆

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2010-2011 MBA DIRECTORS & OFFICERS President Dave Tr ahan - Patriot Mechanical Vice President Aimi Dutr a - The Dutr a Group Chief Financial Officer Jeff Mertel - Mertel Carpets, Inc. Secretary Jim Schalich - Schalich Brothers Construction

Stay up to date on all of the MBA events, seminars and weekly bulletin with all of your media sources!

PAST PRESIDENT Jeff Gr ady - Gr ady Financial, Inc. Executive Director - Safety Director Klif Knoles

Barry Arends - Morris Roofing Mark Silvia - Marin Mechanical, Inc. Tyler Doherty - Cal West Rentals, Inc. Gary Frugoli - Construction Consultant Peter Migale - Migale Painting Company Keith Dotto - Dotto Glass, Inc. Dick Ghilotti - Ghilotti Construction Company Dave Garbarino - Marin Sanitary Service, Inc. Jeff Pottorff - North Bay Landscape Management Diane Henderson- DMH Land Use Planning STAFF Paula Krause - Office Manager Barbara Jones - Membership Manager Diane Van Renselaar - Plan Room Technician Kellie Buono - Administrative Assistant/Reception Chriss Daniels - Publications Editor/Website/Media Casey Mazzoni - Legislative Analyst The weekly bulletin is owned by MBA and is available at 660 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903 Publisher: Klif Knoles Publication Editor: Chriss Daniels Page 3 Marin Builders Association ◆ WEEKLY BULLETIN ◆ Page 3 ◆


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APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP 660 Las Gallinas Avenue - San Rafael CA 94903 415-462-1220 - Fax 415-462-1225 Company Name: ______________________________________________________________ (Legal Name or as shown on California State Contractor’s License)

Name of Owner:




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)

Do You Have Employees? __Yes__No

Number of Employees _____

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________________________________________________ References Name___________________________________Phone__________________ Name___________________________________Phone__________________ Name___________________________________Phone__________________


A one-time Non-Refundable 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. Signature____________________ Title________________________ Date________________________ SEMI-ANNUAL DUES General - $200 Licensed Contractors Associate - $200 Providing Products/Services to the Construction Industry

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OUR MBA FAMILY HAS SUFFERED A TRAGIC LOSS and we would like to share some family information with you. David Potts (son of Paula Krause, our Office Manager for over 23 years), age 44 of San Anselmo, was tragically taken by a rogue wave at the Nakalele Point Blowhole while vacationing in Maui with his family and friends. David, an avid sportsman and adventurer, was passionate about the outdoors, especially cycling, skiing and skydiving. David approached everything with an incomparable spirit, a great attitude and excelled at anything and all he tried to do. He met fatherhood the same way, trading in extreme sports for his new joys and responsibilities. David loved to gather people together and freely offered his home, his cooking and his desire for others to feel welcome. David was a tremendous host and thrived by making sure his family and friends alike were well cared for and always having a good time. David’s enthusiasm for life, his infectious smile and relaxed demeanor made him many friends and brought joy to all who knew him. He has left incredibly happy and lasting memories with his multitude of loved ones. He will not be forgotten. David is survived by his son Indigo, his fiance Tika, his mother Paula Krause father Paul Vincent, brothers Michael (Jacquie) and Matthew, sister Stephanie (Jeff), nieces Sydnie, Caylie, Talise and grandmother Betty Krause as well as numerous extended family members and close friends who will love and miss him forever. A trust account has been established for David and Tika’s son Indigo Harte Potts. Memorial gifts may be made to Indigo Potts at Bank of Marin with checks made payable to Paula Krause for benefit of Indigo Potts.

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Contractor Honors Member’s Years of Service with Tribute

August 12, 2011 When 19-year-old Bob Bourdet showed up on the first day of his new job in 1961, he arrived in pressed khakis, a new dress shirt and shined shoes. That likely would have impressed management at an office. But as the freshly-minted San Francisco Local 6 apprentice was about to find out, his new job was decidedly more hands-on: I really wasn’t sure what I was in for. The job was at an old steel mill with a dirty, greasy motor. We had to disconnect it. There must have been 8 inches of gunk on the machine. After work, I ended up going home and throwing my clothes away. That night I went to Sears and bought my first blue pair of overalls. So, I learned pretty quickly what I was going to be tackling. And I’ve loved the trade ever since. Bourdet recently marked 50 years of membership – time that has seen him grow from a journeyman wireman into a respected instructor. Bourdet has taught more than 1,100 Bay Area Local 6 apprentices over the past four decades. More than 700 students have learned estimating skills from Bourdet in his other role as a 31-year veteran NECA instructor. For the last 18 years, he has been staff instructor at signatory contractor W. Bradley Electric, Inc. To show their appreciation for his years of expertise and dedication to the craft, company employees and managers – including many IBEW members – produced an inspiring 9-minute film about Bourdet’s decades of service. Through historical images and family photos, as well as candid and often humorous interviews, the viewer gets a sense of the brains, brawn and heart that Bourdet brings to the trade and to his courses.

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SACRAMENTO UPDATE August Update The legislature will return on August 15 to complete the legislative year on September 9. Below are the key bills we have been active on and will require our involvement through the end of session. Legislation SB 293 (Padilla) - Reduces the time a claimant must give notification that he or she is enforcing a claim against a bond for a public works project, decreases the time period during which a contractor must pay his or her subcontractors (10 to 7 days), exempts laborers from preliminary notification requirements and any deadline to enforce a bond claim for private works of improvement, and prohibits a public entity from retaining more than 5% of a contract price until final completion and acceptance of a project. Bill is set for the Assembly Appropriation Committee August 17. There is much opposition from schools, cities, etc. to the 5% cap on retention. SB 474 (Evans) – An extremely contentious bill that purports to resolve liability for the negligence or design defects of other parties engaged in the construction project by making risk-shifting contract clauses unenforceable. For this purpose, SB 474 would provide that indemnity and duty to defend clauses contained in all construction and insurance contracts would be unenforceable to the extent that the clauses required the non-fault party to be responsible for claims arising from the negligence or fault of another contracting party.

AB 720 (Hall) - In 1983, the Legislature enacted the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Act (Act) to alleviate disputes between public agencies and the construction industry over what projects should be put out to bid and what projects should be completed with county employees. The Act achieves this objective in two principle ways. First, it establishes a process for developing uniform cost accounting procedures for public construction projects and for recommending the procedures to the State Controller for adoption. Second, it establishes the dollar limits, which the State Controller may adjust over time, for what work must be done in-house and what work must be contracted out. The use of the Act is a discretionary decision of county boards of supervisors, cities, and special districts. The Act only applies to public agencies whose governing boards have elected by resolution to become subject to the act's uniform construction cost accounting procedures. Thirty-four of the state's fifty-eight counties are signatories, including small counties such as Trinity and Alpine and large counties like Riverside and Contra Costa. Continued on page 9

Amendments are forthcoming from the opposition that provides that subcontractors and all other parties involved in the construction process will all receive equal protection and same fair treatment through the use of proportional liability. In addition, the amendments do not allow project owners to shift to contractors or subcontractors the risks of the owners own errors, negligence, or breaches of their legal duties. The bill is on the Assembly floor for consideration and could be brought back to committee for further amendments and consideration. Page Page ◆98 Page 8 Marin Builders Association ◆ WEEKLY BULLETIN ◆◆

This bill: 1. Allows, beginning January 1, 2013, a board of supervisors or a county road commissioner for a county with a population of 50,000 or more use, as an alternative to procedures in the Act, specified statutory county road commissioner alternative procurement procedures for both: A. Maintenance and emergency work. B. New road construction and road reconstruction as long as the total annual value of the new road construction and the road reconstruction performed by day labor, as specified in state law, does not exceed 30 percent of the total value of all work performed by force account other than maintenance as reported in the State Controller’s Streets and Roads Annual Report as of January 1 of each year. 2. States that on or after January 1, 2013, the Act does not prohibit a board of supervisors or a county road commissioner for a county with a population of less than 50,000 from using, as an alternative to procedures in the Act, specified statutory county road commissioner alternative procurement procedures. 3. Requires a county board of supervisors or county road commissioner to declare, in advance, its intention to use county road commissioner alternative procurement procedures for new road construction and road reconstruction. 4. States that specified Act requirements governing a public agency’s rejection of bids apply to any county that is subject to the bill’s provisions. 5. Increases, from $125,000 to $175,000, the maximum value of public projects that may be let to contract by informal procedures under the Act, increases, from $30,000 to $45,000 the maximum value of projects that may be performed by a public agency’s employees, and increases from $137,500 to $187,500 the bid limit exception that applies when all informal bids on a project exceed the informal bid limit specified by the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Commission.

AB 780 (Calderon) - This measure provides that the contractor in a fixed price contract is entitled to an increase in payment for a change in the contract price attributable to an increase in the state sales and use tax rate. The bill also provides that the government entity is entitled to a reduction in payment when the sales and use tax rate is reduced. Increases or decreases shall be made in accordance with the contract, or by agreement if the contract does not so provide. The bill applies only when the contract is entered into prior to the rate increase, and does not apply to property, materials, or fixtures obligated pursuant to a contract during the period of time contractor has the right to terminate the contract unconditionally or upon notice, whether or not the right is exercised. The measure similarly applies to leases that are continuing sales and purchases of property. The bill applies only to contracts entered into on or after its effective date. The bill is set for the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 15. AB 1210 (Garrick) – Requires that all civil engineering activities performed in the preparation, submission, execution, and enforcement of stormwater pollution plans shall be performed by a licensed civil engineer. The state requires construction contractors to develop storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs) in order to prevent the contamination of local waterways from a construction site’s storm water runoff. Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSDs) and Qualified SWPPP Practitioners (QSPs) must meet one of several prerequisite qualifications and are required to attend a state-sponsored or approved training course. Under AB 1210, only one person is deemed qualified for the QSD – the registered civil engineer. The State Water Resources Control Board has spent years drafting the Construction General Permit 2009-0009. It also gave the construction industry two years to appropriately train and test employees to conduct both QSD and QSP work. This bill completely negates these two years of training and is unfair to those construction companies and individuals that invested resources into ensuring compliance. The bill was defeated in the Senate Business and Professions Committee with strong opposition from construction interest. The bill was granted reconsideration and is a two-year bill. Strong likelihood bill is dead. Page 18 ◆99Page 9 Marin Builders Association ◆ WEEKLY BULLETIN Page Page Page ◆

Legislature Set To Return Next Monday BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate The California State Legislature returns to work next Monday, August 15th, after a month-long summer recess. This is the first time in over 5 years that they've had a true month long break, since in year's past they were battling over the state budget; whereas this year they passed and the governor signed a "budget" (which is already out of whack as noted in the next article). One of the "good things" about the ongoing budget woes in Sacramento is that many of the bills introduced this year have stalled, because there, thankfully, isn't any money available to increase an already over-bloated state budget. Next week, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee will be meeting to hear most of the remaining bills and will likely pare the number down even more significantly (again, thankfully!!). As always, I will keep you posted on what is still standing after the forthcoming Appropriations Committee hearings. Dan Walters: California budget gimmickry falls short Speaking of this year's state budget, the Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters writes in his column today that: Jerry Brown was specifically nonspecific when asking voters last year to return him to the governorship – especially when it came to the state's chronic budget deficit. Although pledging to balance the budget without gimmicks, Brown refused to say whether he'd raise taxes, which he knew would alienate many voters. Nevertheless, Brown's first budget was keyed to continuing some temporary taxes that were on the verge of expiring. "For 10 years," Brown told reporters, "we've had budget gimmicks and tricks that pushed us deep into debt. We must now return California to fiscal responsibility and get our state on the road to economic recovery and job growth." Ultimately, the taxes – roughly $10 billion a year – didn't fly because he couldn't get a few Republicans to agree to place them before voters without conditions that Democrats would not accept. So Brown and Democrats then developed and enacted an alternative budget that relied, instead, on a new assumption that the state would receive $4 billion in extra revenue from an improving economy. Scarcely a month later, that $4 billion windfall is looking more and more like the sort of time-buying gimmick that Brown promised to shun. In fact, revenues in July, the first month of the fiscal year, ran 10 percent below expectations. The budget is loaded with shaky assumptions. A multi-billion-dollar raid on local redevelopment agencies is being resisted in the courts. A $150 fee on rural homeowners for firefighting is the subject of a referendum, as is a $200 million effort to collect sales taxes from Internet sellers. Reductions in medical services to the poor need a waiver from the Obama administration that appears unlikely. The risky factors in the budget add up to just about $10 billion, the same amount as the sales, income and car taxes Brown sought to extend. It would appear, therefore, that Brown did exactly what his most recent predecessors did when faced with an unbalanced budget – closed the gap with gimmicks that he knew would likely fall apart. Or, as former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was fond of saying, he merely kicked the can down the road. Revenues came in low even before the recent national and international economic turmoil, which could send them even lower. The budget contains spending cut “triggers” that would be automatically pulled early next year if the revenues fall short, but they are just as problematic as the money. If, indeed, the extra money doesn’t materialize and/or those other shaky elements falter, there’s no way that Brown and lawmakers would merely allow spending to be automatically reduced. Rather, it would force them to reopen the budget in January, continuing the tradition of passing budgets that are good – on paper – for just a few months before they fall apart. Page 18◆ 10 Marin Builders Association ◆ WEEKLY BULLETIN Page 10 Page ◆

SAFETY TOPIC: Guard Against Machine Injuries Cleaning a jammed conveyor, reaching for a wrench, or retrieving a dropped glove are common tasks. Yet, each of these acts can lead to a serious injury. Many injuries occur during equipment maintenance. Sometimes workers try to reach past the guards while trying to service equipment or get caught in power transmissions such as belts, pulleys, running rolls, chains or sprockets. Other injuries occur when equipment is unguarded or when machinery starts unexpectedly. If some basic precautions are taken, protecting workers from these injuries can be simple, and inexpensive. Inexpensive physical controls such as machine guards can prevent many injuries. The important thing is that the guards remain in place. Bright, contrasting colors painted on machine guards and points of operation give workers a visual warning and can make it easy to spot missing guards. Good lighting also helps spot dangerous conditions or unguarded machinery.

Cómo Evitar Lesiones en las Maquinarias Limpiar una correa transportadora atascada, alcanzar una herramienta, o recuperar un guante caído son tareas comunes. Sin embargo, cada uno de estos actos puede conducir a una lesión grave. Muchas lesiones ocurren durante el mantenimiento de los equipos. Algunas veces los trabajadores tratan de alcanzar algo dentro de un resguardo mientras le dan mantenimiento a un equipo, o los atrapa un dispositivo transmisor de potencia, tal como correas, poleas, rodillo en movimiento, cadenas o ruedas dentadas. Otras lesiones pueden ocurrir cuando el equipo no tiene resguardos o cuando arranca inesperadamente.

Si se toman algunas precauciones básicas, la protección de los trabajadores contra estos peligros puede ser sencilla y de bajo costo. Controles físicos de bajo costo, tales Regular maintenance by experienced workers can make a big como resguardos en las maquinarias pueden evitar muchas lesiones. Lo importante es que los resguardos permanezcan difference in preventing equipment jams and in reducing the risk of injury from being caught by or falling into machinery. instalados. Colores vivos y contrastantes pintados en los resguardos de las maquinarias y puntos de operación le Employers should establish and train workers to follow safe proporcionan a los trabajadores un aviso visual y pueden work practices around machinery and other electrical equipment. The law requires equipment to be turned off and locked facilitar el detectar resguardos que faltan. La buena ilumiout during any maintenance to prevent someone from turning nación también ayuda a descubrir situaciones peligrosas y it on unexpectedly. Workers should recognize and understand maquinaria sin resguardos. the following when working around machinery: Un mantenimiento periódico ejecutado por trabajadores experimentados puede resultar en una gran diferencia en la The location of machine guards and points of operation The purpose of color-coded machinery alerting workers to prevención de obstrucciones en los equipos y en la reducción de riesgos de lesiones ocasionadas al ser atrapados por hazards and to help pinpoint missing guards. The danger of elementos de una maquinaria o caerse sobre ella. Los empinch points and importance of guards on in-running rolls, pleadores deben establecer prácticas seguras de trabajo y belts, pulleys, chains, and sprockets. entrenar a los empleados para que cumplan con ellas en las cercanías de las maquinarias y otros equipos eléctricos. La Know and follow established lockout/tagout procedures ley exige que los equipos se apaguen y se cierren con llave Know when machines have been shut down for maintenance durante cualquier trabajo de mantenimiento para evitar que alguna persona la ponga en marcha inesperadamente. or to clear jams Los trabajadores deben reconocer y entender los siguientes Assure that machines remain off while they are shut down for puntos cuando trabajan en las cercanías de las maquinarias: maintenance La ubicación de los resguardos de la maquinaria y los punKnow and observe electrical safety work practices developed tos de operación by the company El propósito de los códigos de colores en las maquinariaque advierten a los trabajadores de lugares de peligro Understand the importance of keeping machinery clean to y ayudan a detectar resguardos que faltan. prevent equipment jams The surest way to safeguard worker hands and fingers is for everyone to stay alert when working around machinery or moving equipment and to follow established company safety practices and use common sense.

El peligro de puntos en que pueda resultar atrapado un trabajador, y la importancia de los resguardos de rodillos en movimiento, correas, poleas, cadenas y ruedas dentadas Conocer y obedecer los procedimientos establecidos para detener la maquinaria,cerrarla con llave y rotularla 11◆ Page 11 Page 17 Marin Builders Association ◆ WEEKLY BULLETIN

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County of Marin Community Development Agency Building and Safety Division PERMITS ISSUED FOR WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2011 Owner Prather Robert Schenebeck Paul Gillispie Mark Farley Living Trust Nelson Mark G Rapoport Frances R De Losada Florence E Roebken Kathy A Henn Christopher M Mearns Jerilyn Lantz Lola B Kaplin Thomas Abernathy Beverly A La Mere Shirley A Rigg Douglas G Haddon Aimee T Simpson Mindy S Chattan Alonso D Picard Benjamin C Hubbard Rachel Radetsky Dean Strawberry Village Retail Hughes-Fulford Millie Rigg Douglas G/ Jones-Ghajar Caitlin Britton Doreen L Spirit Rock Meditation Braun Steven E Friedman Mitchell J Sanders John L Goefft L Michael Picetti Susan L Hanson Hugo J Castro Edward G Probert Colin C


Address Parcel # 78 Buckelew St Sausalito 052-082-16 31 Washington Ave San Rafael 179-126-01 9 Castle Rock Dr Mill Valley 047-012-35 99 Rancheria Rd Kentfield 075-131-20 14 Westgate Dr San Rafael 164-630-09 115 Vista Grande Greenbrae 070-141-24 8 Carmel Ct San Rafael 179-332-03 106 Laurel Grove Ave Kentfield 071-171-01 200 S Ridgewood Rd Kentfield 075-083-03 552 Northern Ave Mill Valley 049-091-12 117 Sea Drift Rd Stinson Beach 195-051-22 65 Marin View Ave Mill Valley 046-091-03 492 Via Del Plano Novato 160-174-10 123 Sleepy Hollow Dr San Anselmo 176-031-14 8 Irving Dr San Anselmo 176-065-03 9 Strawberry Landing Mill Valley 043-293-53 420 Durant Way Mill Valley 200-272-09 222 Mcallister Ave Kentfield 074-042-21 77 Bosque Ave Fairfax 197-022-22 23 Mt Tallac Ct San Rafael 164-451-06 438 Median Way Mill Valley 050-052-36 800 Redwood Hwy #110 Mill Valley 043-321-03 218 Reed Cir Mill Valley 043-163-04 8 Irving Dr San Anselmo 176-065-03 6 Corte Los Sombras Greenbrae 070-181-05 201 Montego Key Novato 157-251-07 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Sa 172-350-35 20 Drakes View Dr Inverness 114-111-39 312 Cape Ct Mill Valley 047-124-41 45 Mission Ave San Rafael 016-052-27 33 Luzanne Cir San Anselmo 176-063-04 837 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Ken 074-042-28 210 Roundtree Way San Rafael 164-511-72 380 Springside Way Mill Valley 050-094-08 37 Greenwood Bay Dr Tiburon 055-270-35

Construction (23-0/0) Bath Remodel (53) Re-Roof (13)(54) Deck (53) Re-Roof (21--22--0/0) (60) Roof Mounted (53) Re-Roof (53) Re-Roof (21--0/0,12,23) (53) Re-Roof (53) Re-Roof (53) Re-Roof (51) Add A/C (23) Bathroom Remodel (60) Photovoltaic (53) Re-Roof (53) Re-Roof (52) Water Heat (24.1,12) (53) Re-Roof (53) Re-Roof (33) (58) Replace Widow (58) Replace Patio (21--0/2) (53) Re-Roof (51) Replace Boil (60) Roof Mounted (53) Re-Roof (23) 2 Bathroom R (54) Foundation R (53) Re-Roof (23) Bathroom Remodel (53) Re-Roof (23) Upgrade 2.5

Value $12,820 $14,250 $10,000 $12,865 $100,000 $16,000 $16,670 $28,950 $140,000 $14,000 $16,210 $8,920 $6,150 $20,000 $45,906 $8,500 $6,128 $10,000 $100,000 $13,000 $17,000 $150,000 $19,635 $13,000 $100,000 $16,000 $21,000 $23,389 $16,360 $13,500 $30,000 $7,300 $10,000 $9,816 $40,000

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County of Marin Community Development Agency Building and Safety Division Building Permit Applications Received for Processing Week Ending: Saturday, August 6th, 2011 Address 819 Palmera Way San Rafael 3 Playa Verde Tiburon 11 Reed St Mill Valley 2001 Ridgecrest Blvd. Fairfax 227 S Ridgewood Rd Kentfield 227 S Ridgewood Rd Kentfield 822 Spring Dr Mill Valley 14 Waikiki Ln Dillon Beach 205 Brabo Ter Mill Valley 24 Caribe Isle Novato 120 Crane Dr San Anselmo 175 Gericke Rd Petaluma 43 Irving Dr San Anselmo 726 Marin Dr Mill Valley 78 Buckelew St Sausalito 270 San Francisco Blvd San Anselmo 123 Sleepy Hollow Dr San Anselmo 222 Mcallister Ave Kentfield

Owner Muse Inc. Hirsch Steven N Satake Den S American Tower Corp. Mc Cullough Robert F Jr Mc Cullough Robert F Jr Zecca Christine Farrell Glenn James Jerry D Tarasoff Barbara Living Trust Silberberg Kelly Poncia Family Llc Drotman Myra E Latasa Carlo Prather Robert H Ash Shereen L La Mere Shirley A Chattan Alonso D

Work (24--0/0,23) Convert Garage (13)(56) Deck And Siding 22--#0/0 Remodel, (13) Deck (54) Strengthen Monopole (11) New Retaining Walls (13) Deck (21,22--0/0) Additon (21--0/1) Additon (21-0/1,22,53)Addition, Remodel (13)Deck (13) Deck (33) New Creamery In Existing (60) Roof Mounted Pv System (21-0/0) (22) (13) Remodel (23-0/0) Bath Remodel (52) Relocate Gas Line (23)Bathroom Remodel (52) Water Heater

Value $15,000 $70,000 $100,000 $61,076 $10,000 $6,000 $90,000 $15,000 $94,800 $15,500 $7,200 $12,750 $23,000 $400,000 $12,820 $6,538 $20,000 $10,000

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The D Word What Not To Say In Your Project Correspondence Let’s face it; construction is a stressful way to make a living. We enter into a contract, sometimes for millions of dollars, that is essentially an educated guess. The estimate is based on plans and specifications that may or may not be complete and that may or may not be correct. We agree to get the project built in a particular time frame but cannot anticipate any of the actual conditions of the project let alone the weather, economic and political conditions, and/or what personal or financial circumstances the Owners may find themselves in after the project gets underway. It’s no surprise then that the General Contractor’s people running the project in the field, and those responsible for the project in the home office, feel just a little pressure to get the work done. Likewise, the subcontractor’s field and home office personnel feel a similar stress and similar pressure. Sometimes, these pressures build and, coupled with the different personalities that exist, there can be problems on the project that need to be addressed. This is all fine and the issues do need to be resolved, but there are certain words- the D words- that your staff should be instructed not to use in correspondence. Those words are “defect”, “delay”, and “defective”, and any variation of the same. When the Owner’s attorney finds these words in an email or a letter, they get very happy and a happy Owner’s attorney is not what you want on the other side of a dispute. If your field staff is having an issue with a subcontractor, and that issue is causing hard feelings between them, they need to know that they cannot vent those frustrations in written form. The email coming from the field that advises the subcontractor that he is ‘delaying’ the project by not performing his work is a silver bullet for the Owner’s attorney. If the project is, in fact, delayed because the plans were not any good, and your representatives have already told the sub that they are delaying the project by not performing, then you have introduced concurrent delay, if not actual delay on your part, into the mix. You may not get your delay or inefficiency costs and you may actually end up being assessed liquidated damages. The better way to put the issue is that the sub is not performing according to paragraph “X” related to progress and scheduling, and therefore they need to comply with that requirement by increasing manpower or staffing. Something oblique that gets the point across without using the D word should be sent to the subcontractor. If you feel the need to get the point across more directly, call the sub and talk to them directly. In a similar way, never advise a sub that their work is ‘defective’ and needs to be replaced or corrected. It is more likely that the work is not done per plans and specifications and needs to be corrected to bring it into compliance with those plans and specifications. ‘Defective’ work is not a helpful way to put the issue nor is it helpful to inform the sub that there are ‘defects’ with the work that they installed. Correspondence should not direct the Owner to an issue that can be used against your company. Even without using the actual words themselves, when the correspondence between the field and the sub starts getting petty and personal, it is not a good thing. It is all too easy to react to some indiscretion on the other side by sending out a blistering email that tells the other side off in no uncertain terms. Resist the urge; it will come back to haunt you. If a response is necessary, because what is said is so outrageous or untrue, then do it professionally; kill them with kindness and logic. Especially with e-mail, it is very easy to write up a scathing response and send it, only to regret it later. It is best to let it simmer for a day if at all possible, and it usually is. If it’s an e-mail, don’t fill in the address section so that it doesn’t go by mistake and then just save it in drafts. If it’s a letter, don’t mail it until the next day. Think about it again, modify it to make it a professional response, and then send it if you must. The point is that other people can, and will, take those words and use them against you. If there is specific reference to the D words, or if it is just a series of letters and emails that show that there was a serious clash of personalities on the project, they will be used against your company and there is nothing that you can do to explain them away. In fact, the more you try to explain, the more you will be helping the other side. Project communication is extremely important but it must be done professionally and with an awareness that it has two audiences: the one that you intend the communication for and the one that finds it later. The one you intend it for will understand it; the one that finds it later will attach its own meaning to it and use it to suit its own purposes. Their purposes and your purposes are not likely going to be the same. John P McGill can be reached at or 925-952 5403. Marin Builders Association ◆ WEEKLY BULLETIN ◆ Page 16 Page 16 ◆

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Bid list subject to change prior to bid date, please check with association.

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February 21, 2011 Issue #8 Bid list subject to change prior to bid date, please check with association.

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Classified ads are provided free to MBA members & staff. Please advise if position is filled or commodity is sold.





Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Part-time Bid Runner An established, family–owned, San Rafael based construction company is seeking an experienced part–time Bid Runner. Flexible hours range from 5-10 hours per week. Responsible for delivering bid documents. Must be dependable, punctual, and have excellent penmanship. The ability to listen and write quickly and accurately under pressure is crucial. Must have the confidence to meet strict time deadlines. Receives bid pricing and subcontractor information over the telephone. Reliable vehicle necessary and a clean driving record. Mileage reimbursed.







Did you know? The weather website is and its free. You can put up to 3 zip codes per email address and it will alert you to the upcoming weather!

Please apply to and put “Bid Runner” in the subject line or fax to 415.455.9274.

For Sale

16” Portable Delta Radial Arm Saw $4000 On a Trailer with Racks with Rollers Attached Easy Job Site Set-up for a Day or Months 3 hp, 240 volt, 4-3/4” max depth of cut Carbide Blades, Lockable Cover Contact John, E-mail: Cell: 415-730-9779

Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

is seeking an independent contractor to support a startup division within. This is a contract, commission based position that will help promote product and secure new clients. A background in asphalt products is a plus. Please email resumes to

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Marin Builders Association Calendar August 2011- February 2012 Please go to our website: for more details

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Stormwater Specialists Mary A. Larsen, President

Lic. #472571 - QSD, TOR, CPSWQ, CPESC 8698 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 224 Elk Grove, CA 95624 M) 916-230-0370 - F) 916-405-4180

Marin Builders Association

New Construction General Permit Stormwater Compliance Staying Compliant What’s it Going to Cost Me? Team Training - Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) & Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) $500/each, CESSWI or CISEC Cert approx. $500/each & 5 Days out of the Field

Sampling - Turbidity & pH Meters approx. $1,000.00 for both Risk Level - Risk Level 1, 2 & 3 - BMPs Controls, Receiving Waters, Tracking & Dust Control, Dewatering, Additional Permits, Production Impact

Monitoring - Inspections, Sampling, REAPs, Weather Reports & Monitoring Reporting - SMARTS Uploading NOI, NOT & Annual Report, Obtaining (NOI) & Terminating (NOT) Permit Coverage

Compliance - Exposure, RFQs, Violations, Legally Responsible Person (LRP), Water

Quality Board & Fear Factor

Solutions & Success

Education - MBA Member Associations Education & Training for Team and Your Customer Owners Who are the Legally Responsible Persons (LRPs) Bidding - Specifications, RFI’s, Budgets & Due Diligence, Level the Bid Field Upfront Management - Relationships, Scopes, Trade Trainings & Regional Water Board Goals

- Cost Effective Compliance & Water Quality

Opportunity - Competitive Marketing Advantage, Green Building, Complete Customer Protection & Another Value - Added Service to Offer Your Customers

The New Construction General Permit is Here to Stay! Turning Challenges into Competitive Advantages QSP/QSD Training

SWPPP Development

Stormwater Management


Regulatory Compliance

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Stormwater Specialists, Marin Builders Association, and the Northern California Engineering Contractors Association

QSP/ QSD Training Course Beginning September 2011 All Qualified SWPPP Practitioners (QSPs) and Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSDs) shall have taken a State approved course and passed the State test.

Class Dates August 29th 30th & 31st 2011 8:00AM - 4:00PM *Register by August 28th Location

Marin Builders Association 660 Las Gallinas Avenue San Rafael, CA 94903 Cost QSP $450 / QSD $575

MBA & NCECA Members Military & Government Discount $100 off each S torm water S peci ali s ts Mary A. L ars en, Pres i den t TOR, QS D , CPS W Q, CPE S C 8698 E lk Grove Blvd # 224 Elk Grove, C A 9 5624 Phone: 916.2 30.0370 F ax: 916.405.4180 m ary @sto rm wate rspe cial m www.sto rm wate rs pe cial m

September is around the corner… is your training in order? QSP/ QSD Training Course Mary & our Stormwater Specialists Team are bringing monthly QSP/QSD Training to the MBA. If you can’t make it, we’ll bring your QSP/QSD Training to your Team of 8 or more. We make your Success our #1 Priority! *Anywhere in California Mary A. Larsen, is a California General Permit Trainer of Record (TOR), and is offering two courses to meet the requirements of the California State Water Resource Control Board approved training course as defined by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) for individuals intending to become Qualified SWPPP Practitioners (QSP), or Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSD). This 2 and 3 day course is intended for anyone dealing with Stormwater whether or not they intend to take the exam and become a State Certified QSP or QSD. The QSP course is intended for inspectors and is focused more on the field application of the General Permit, while the QSD course is intended for those wishing to write and implement SWPPP's and is also a great source of information for those reviewing and certifying SWPPP's.

Register Today - Seating is Limited!

For Registration or Course information please Contact Andres Silva 707-280-2510

Registration Name: ___________________________________

Title: ___________________

Company: __________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________ City: __________________________ Phone: (___)____________________

State: ________

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Email: ____________________________________________________________ Please select which course:

 QSP $450  QSP MBA/NCECA Members $350 Check enclosed

 QSD $575  QSD MBA/NCECA Members $475

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