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February 9, 2007
At the Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge,
1800 Powell Street, Emeryville, California 94608

Call to Order

Board Chair Matt Kelly called the meeting of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to order on February 9, 2007 at 9:10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville. A quorum was established.

Board Secretary Don Zampa led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance. Board members, staff, and members of the audience introduced themselves.

Board Members Present: Board Members Excused:
Paul Baldacci   Bernedette Medrano
Eddie Barnes    
Larry Booth    
Robert Brown    
Matthew Kelly    
Louise Kirkbride    
Robert Lamb    
Ed Lang    
Stephen Matich    
James Miller    
Cynthia Mitchell    
John O'Rourke    
Donald Zampa    
     
CSLB Staff Present:
Stephen Sands, Registrar David Fogt, Enforcement
Denise Brown, Chief Deputy Registrar   Peter Sugar, Enforcement
Maureen Abbott, Executive Assistant   Rick Lopes, Public Affairs
Don Chang, Legal Counsel (DCA)   Karen Ollinger, Licensing
Michael Brown, Legislation   Bob Porter, Testing
Jonathan Buttle, Administration   Amy Cox-O'Farrell, Info. Tech.
Andre Proverbs, Testing   Jason Piccione, Testing
Chair's Remarks and Board Member Comments

Board Chair Matt Kelly welcomed everyone to the Emeryville meeting. He also gave a special welcome to CSLB's new Board Member Ed Lang.

Mr. Kelly congratulated Sam Abdulaziz who will receive the prestigious Robert Flaig Award for excellence in the practice of construction law on February 27.

Public Comment Session

There were no public comments.

Approval of the November 16, 2006 Board Meeting Minutes

MOTION: A motion was made by Larry Booth to approve the November 16, 2006 Board Meeting Minutes. A second was made by Steve Matich. Motion was carried 13-0.

Legislative Committee Report

Chair Steve Matich provided the Legislative report and explained the Legislative proposals and options.

Approval of Legislative Proposals
  1. Establish Quorum Majority for Board's Actions and Decisions, Business and Professions Code Section 7007
    • MOTION:  A motion was made by Don Zampa to approve Option 1 of the Legislative Proposals. A second was made by Larry Booth. Motion was carried 13-0.
  2. Provide Continuous Appropriation for Construction Management Education Account Business and Professions Code Section 7139.2
    • MOTION:  A motion was made by John O'Rourke to approve a change of law which would provide continuous appropriation for the Construction Management Education Account. A second was made by Don Zampa. Motion was carried 13-0.
2007 Legislative Update

Chief of Legislation Mike Brown updated the Board on the latest legislation. The authors for the bills CSLB is sponsoring include Assembly Member Michael Eng, Assembly Member Alan Nakanishi, Senator Robert Dutton, and Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Enforcement Committee Report

Chair Cynthia Mitchell provided the Enforcement report. At the Enforcement Committee Meeting a Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Don Burns, Chief Executive Officer of the Spa and Pool Education Council for his work in partnering with CSLB and his assistance in aiding consumers affected by Aquarius Pools closing their doors.

Approval of the January 12, 2007 Enforcement Committee Meeting Report

MOTION:  A motion was made by Eddie Barnes to approve the January 12, 2007 Enforcement Committee Meeting Report. A second was made by John O'Rourke. Motion was carried 13-0.

Enforcement Program Update

Chief of Enforcement David Fogt updated the Board and reviewed the charts and graphs in the Board packet. He reported that California is seeing a lot of "travelers" which are transient criminals who go door-to-door soliciting to perform painting, roofing, and paving jobs. They target the elderly homeowner and demand cash using high-pressure to coerce their victims to pay up front for shoddy work or no work at all. They drive new vehicles with out-of-state license plates.

Successful EEEC (Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition) construction sweeps were conducted throughout California in 2006. There were 870 licenses checked, assessed fines totaling $85,600, 556 inspections, and investigators issued 182 citations, and 1,262 health and safety violations were cited.

CSLB Enforcement achieved success in performing 43 undercover sting operations which targeted unlicensed operators and repeat offenders. CSLB partners with the local police departments and that partnering is expanding.

Licensing Committee Report

Chair Eddie Barnes presented the Licensing Committee Meeting highlights. The Committee reviewed the status of the objectives identified for licensing in the 2006 Strategic Plan and developed goals and objectives for the 2007/08 plan. There was also a discussion regarding the certification requirements for employees of C-10 Electrical Contractors.

Approval of the January 18, 2007 Licensing Committee Meeting Report

MOTION:  A motion was made by Larry Booth to approve the January 18, 2007 Licensing Committee Meeting Report. A second was made by Don Zampa. Motion was carried 13-0.

Licensing Program Update

Chief of Licensing Karen Ollinger updated the Board on the Licensing Program. Ms. Ollinger reviewed the application charts in the packet. The greatest number of applications are usually received in the Spring of each year. On January 1, 2007 contractor's bonds were increased to $12,500 each. Also effective January 1, 2007 Assembly Bill 881 required all active licensees holding the C-39 Roofing classification have a current Certification of Workers' Compensation or a Certification of Self-Insurance on file with CSLB regardless of whether or not the licensee has employees.

The Fingerprint Program is improving with the help of the CORI Triage program, the Review Process, and the Enforcement Division Coordination which deals with the license denial appeals through mandatory settlement.

Testing Division Update

Chief of Testing Bob Porter briefed the Board on the Testing Program. Currently the waiting times at the testing centers are 3 to 4 weeks with the exception of San Bernardino. The San Jose Test Center opened in November 2006 with increased capacity of 23 seats and Oxnard Test Center opened in August 2006 with increased capacity of 30 seats. The Norwalk Test Center and the San Bernardino Test Center will be expanded to 64 and 45 seats respectively and will be completed in the Fall 2007.

The New Test Administration System (SCORE) being developed in-house by the Testing Division's IT staff will be piloted in the Sacramento Test Center in March. Later it will be implemented in each of the remote sites.

Demonstration of New SCORE Test Administration System

Mr. Porter introduced Testing Division's Programmers Jason Piccione and Andre Proverbs who presented the demonstration to the Board. Board Member Steve Matich participated as a contractor taking a test to get a license. Jason Piccione explained the new testing process. The Board was very impressed with the new system and thanked the staff for the presentation.

Communication & Education Committee Report

Chair Louise Kirkbride presented an overview of the Committee Report. Rick Lopes had briefed the Committee on the various outreach programs. He also reviewed the 2007/08 Strategic Plan and what the current objectives were. The Craigslist.org has agreed to add a Licensed and Unlicensed section to their ad web pages for the benefit of the consumer.

Approval of the January 18, 2007 Communication & Education Committee Meeting Report

MOTION:  A motion was made by Don Zampa to approve the January 18, 2007 Communication & Education Committee Meeting Report. A second was made by Eddie Barnes. Motion was carried 13-0.

Public Affairs Program Update

Chief of Public Affairs Rick Lopes updated the Board. From November 2006 to January 2007, the PAO distributed four Industry Bulletins which were transmitted to 250 groups and individuals via e-mail. Also during this time the PAO staff responded to more than 60 media inquiries and provided interviews to newspaper, radio, and television outlets.

The new Website Project should have Phase One completed in February. This phase will make it easier to navigate the website and include an improved license look-up system. Future phases will include a new contractor search feature and the ability for licensees to sign up to receive email updates on the status of their license.

The PAO continues to produce more than two dozen publications.

Executive Committee Report

Chair Matt Kelly presented an overview of the Executive Committee Report. IT and the budget were discussed and motions were made to forward the recommended approval of the Board Member Administrative Procedure Manual and the Strategic Planning objectives to the full Board. The next Board Meeting will be held in Riverside on May 9 and May 10. There will be a Strategic Planning Session on May 9 and the Board Meeting will be on May 10.

Approval of the January 12, 2007 Executive Committee Meeting Report

MOTION:  A motion was made by Larry Booth to approve the January 12, 2007 Executive Committee Meeting Report. A second was made by Eddie Barnes. Motion was carried 13-0.

Administrative and Information Technology Program Update

Chief Deputy Registrar Denise Brown briefed the Board. CSLB is currently working on the Emergency Response Plan as efforts continue to further develop the COOP & COG Plan. CSLB's efforts were recognized by both the Department of Consumer Affairs and the State and Consumer Services Agency.

As of January 2007 there were 28 vacant positions at the Board. CSLB continues to work on the salary compaction issue within its rank and file and supervisory enforcement classifications.

Due to laptop thefts that occurred last September and December, CSLB has initiated the contract process for the purchase and installation of security cameras and has changed all the office door locks for CSLB Headquarters.

Chief of Information Technology Amy Cox O'Farrell updated the Board. IT staff is in the process of evaluating various technologies which provide security for laptops and the data stored on the laptop. The focus is to locate the laptop, if lost or stolen, and remotely destroy the stored data. The Email system and the IVR system have been upgraded.

Budget Briefing

Budget Analyst Jonathan Buttle reviewed the budget charts in the packet and reported on the 2006/07 budget. Mr. Buttle also explained the BCP process to the Board.

Approval of Budget Change Proposal Concepts

MOTION:  A motion was made by Larry Booth to approve the Budget Change Proposal Concepts. A second was made by John O'Rourke. Motion was carried 13-0.

Approval of 2007 Board Member Administrative Procedure Manual

The Executive Committee reviewed the 2006 manual and made no edits. The Board was asked to approve the 2007 manual.

MOTION:  A motion was made by Eddie Barnes to approve the 2007 Board Member Administrative Procedure Manual. A second was made by Bob Lamb. Motion was carried 13-0.

Status of 2006 Strategic Plan Objectives

Chair Matt Kelly asked if the Board had any questions regarding the 2006 objectives. The Board did not have any questions.

Approval of 2007 Strategic Planning Process

Registrar Steve Sands explained the planning process to the Board. The planning process will be facilitated at the May Board Meeting and a finalized strategic plan will be adopted at the August Board Meeting.

MOTION:  A motion was made by Bob Lamb to approve the 2007 Strategic Planning Process. A second was made by Don Zampa. Motion was carried 13-0.

Approval of 2007 Strategic Plan

Mr. Sands reported that the 2007 Strategic Plan had been updated and will be in effect until the new Strategic Plan is completed and adopted at the August Board Meeting.

MOTION:  A motion was made by Don Zampa to approve the 2007 Strategic Plan. A second was made by Larry Booth. Motion was carried 13-0.

Review of Tentative Schedule

Mr. Kelly announced that the next Board Meeting and Strategic Planning Session will be held at the Mission Inn in Riverside. The Strategic Planning Session will be on May 9 and the Board Meeting will be on May 10.

Meeting Adjourned

The Board Meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

 

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