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Board Meeting Minutes — June 24, 2010

CALL TO ORDER

Board Chair Edward Barnes called the meeting of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to order at 11:00 a.m. on June 24, 2010, in the Council Chambers of the Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90681. A quorum was established.

Board Secretary Robert Lamb led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board Members Present:
Eddie Barnes, Chair   Louise Kirkbride
Lisa Miller-Strunk, Vice Chair   Ed Lang
Robert Lamb, Secretary   Paul Schifino
Joan Hancock   Mark A. Thurman
Matthew Kelly   Ruben Zuniga
DCA/CSLB Staff Present:
Stephen Sands, Registrar   David Fogt, Enforcement
Cindi Christenson, Chief Deputy Registrar Rick Lopes, Public Affairs
Don Chang, Legal Counsel (DCA)   Tara Maggi, Executive
Michael Brown, Legislation   Brian Stiger, DCA Director
Jonathan Buttle, Budget   Karen Ollinger, Licensing
     
CHAIR'S REMARKS AND BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Board Chair Eddie Barnes welcomed everyone to the Norwalk area, thanking everyone in the Norwalk office for their hard work, as well as their input during the morning’s tour.

Subject matter experts David Bowman, Gene Carranza and Lindell Lummer were awarded certificates for their contributions to the Examination Development Unit.

Sam Abdulaziz was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his many contributions to and expertise within the construction industry throughout his esteemed career.

Legislative Chief Mike Brown was recognized with a Joint of Resolution from the California State Legislature for his many years with the Contractors State License Board.

DCA Director Brian Stiger addressed the Board about department procedures and thanked Board members for their dedication to consumer protection.

PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION
There was public comment from Terease VanLandugt, a concerned citizen, who had expressed concerns with the enforcement complaint process and requested clarification of the program.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF APRIL 29-30, 2010 BOARD MEETING MINUTES
  • Motion to Approve April 29-30, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes
    • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Secretary Bob Lamb and seconded by Board Member Matt Kelly to approve the April 29-30, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Barnes introduced Legislative Committee Chair Lisa Miller-Stunk, and Legislative Chief Mike Brown to present the Legislative Committee Report.

  1. Review and Consideration of Legislation
    • Committee Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk provided the report.
      • AB 660 Sprinkler fitter: licensing.—" Watch. "
      • AB 2267 Contractors: license requirements: bond.—"Dead."
      • AB 2332 Contractors: license.
        DCA opposed to the bill.
      • AB 2419 Contractors: unemployment insurance code.
        Clean-up legislation.
      • SB 1254 Contractors: workers’ compensation insurance coverage.—"Support."
      • SB 1491 Professions and vocations.
        Clean-up legislation.
      • AB 2305 Contractors: workers’ compensation insurance coverage.—"Watch."
      • SB 1171 Regulatory boards: operations.—"Dead."
      • SB 392 Contractors: limited liability companies.
        Scheduled for implementation in 2011.
  2. Legislative Authorization for Suspension of Occupational Licenses by the Franchise Tax Board.
    • Committee Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk provided the report.
      • Franchise Tax Board: Professional/Occupational Licenses.
        No bill number or time frame for this bill, but the legislative committee will continue to update the Board as time goes on.
LICENSING COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Eddie Barnes introduced Licensing Committee Chair Joan Hancock to provide the Licensing Committee Report. Ms. Hancock updated the Board on the Committee meeting, which was held on May 25, 2010, at CSLB Headquarters. She gave an overview of the Committee Summary Report contained in the board packet. Chair Hancock then asked for a motion to approve the Licensing Committee Summary Report.

    • Motion to approve the May 25, 2010 Licensing Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Ed Lang and seconded by Board Secretary Bob Lamb to approve the May 25, 2010 Licensing Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
  1. Licensing Program Update
    • Licensing Chief Karen Ollinger provided updates on workload and processing times in the licensing application units, stating that the licensing processing timeline is down to less than a week for all applications. Ms. Ollinger also informed the Board of the improvements being made within the call center, which are proving to be very successful. She also reviewed the new Judgment Unit Update located in the Board packet.
  2. Testing Division Update
    • Chief Ollinger provided the Testing Program Update, and reported on expansions and relocations of testing centers, examination development, and the Annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Barns introduced Public Affairs Chief Rick Lopes for the Public Affairs Committee Report. Mr. Lopes provided the Board with an overview of the Public Affairs Committee meeting which was held on May 26, 2010, at CSLB Headquarters. He also provided an overview of the Committee Report, contained in the Board packet. Mr. Lopes then asked for a motion to approve the Committee Summary Report.

    • Motion to approve the May 26, 2010 Public Affairs Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Secretary Bob Lamb and seconded by Board Member Ed Lang to approve the May 26, 2010 Public Affairs Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
  1. Public Affairs Update
    • Chief Lopes provided updates on website highlights, the licensee look-up feature enhancement, YouTube page, and the new e-mail alert feature. He also covered disaster outreach, media relations, industry/licensee outreach, publications, and the CSLB-based reality TV show, which is being placed on hold.
ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Enforcement Committee Chair Ed Lang read a Letter of Commendation from Investigator Mark Anthony Lopez, with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, recognizing the CSLB Investigative Fraud staff. Mr. Lang updated the Board on the Committee meeting, which was held on May 25, 2010 at CSLB Headquarters. He also provided an overview of the Committee Report, contained in the Board packet.

    • Motion to approve the May 25, 2010 Licensing Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Ed Lang and seconded by Board Member Joan Hancock to approve the May 25, 2010 Licensing Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
  1. Enforcement Program Update
    • Chair Lang then introduced Enforcement Chief David Fogt, who provided the Enforcement Program update. Mr. Fogt covered the Enforcement Intake/ Mediation Center and Investigative Center highlights.
  2. Review and Approval of Strategies to Combat Unlicensed Practice
    • Chief Fogt provided a summary of the proposed Strategies to Combat Unlicensed Practices. He reviewed the complaint-handling statistics contained in the Board packet.
    • Motion for Approval of Strategies to Combat Unlicensed Practice
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Ed Lang and seconded by Board Member Joan Hancock to approve the Strategies to Combat Unlicensed Practice. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
  3. Review and Approval of CSLB/Building Official License and Permit Compliance Partnership
    • Chief Fogt provided an overview of the CSLB/Building Official License and Permit Compliance Partnership contained in the Board packet.
    • Motion for Approval of CSLB/Building Official License and Permit Compliance Partnership
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Ed Lang and seconded by Board Secretary Bob Lamb to approve the CLSB/Building Official License and Permit Compliance Partnership. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
  4. Review and Approval of Recommended Actions for Public Works Projects
    • >Chief Fogt provided an overview of the Recommended Actions for Public Works Projects, contained in the Board packet.
    • Motion for Approval of Recommended Actions for Public Works Projects
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Ed Lang and seconded by Board Secretary Bob Lamb to approve the Recommended Actions for Public Works Projects. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
EXCUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Barnes provided the Board with an overview of the Executive Committee meeting, which was held on May 26, 2010, at CSLB Headquarters. He also provided an overview of the Committee Report, contained in the Board packet. Mr. Barnes then asked for a motion to approve the Committee Summary Report.

    • Motion to approve the May 26, 2010 Executive Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Chair Eddie Barnes and seconded by Board Secretary Bob Lamb to approve the May 26, 2010 Enforcement and Licensing Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
  1. Administration and Information Technology Program Update
    • Chief Deputy Registrar Cindi Christenson began the Administration Program Update by reporting on the personnel updates, the IWAS unit, and the Business Services Office. She reported on the Information Technology update, as well, mentioning the Electronic Payment, Automated Call Distribution System, Pocket Card Equipment Replacement, and New Mailing System.
  2. Budget Update
    • Budget Analyst Jonathan Buttle provided an overview of the Budget Update, touching on the current budget status, which included detailed reports located in the Board packet.
  3. Review and Approval of Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2010-2011
    • Registrar Stephen Sands provided an overview of the Strategic Plan located in the Board packet. Mr. Sands then asked for a motion to approve the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2010-2011.
    • Motion to approve the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2010-2011
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Secretary Bob Lamb and seconded by Board Chair Ed Lang to approve the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2010-2011. The motion carried unanimously, 10-0.
  4. Election of Officers
    • Board Chair Eddie Barnes introduced Board Members Louise Kirkbride and Ruben Zuniga to present the Elections of Officers. Ms. Kirkbride acknowledged interest from the following Board Members to assume officer duties for the Board:
      • Lisa Miller-Strunk—Board Chair
      • Bob Lamb—Board Vice-Chair
      • Paul Schifino—Board Secretary
    • The above duties will continue through June 2011.
REVIEW OF TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Mr. Sands reviewed upcoming Board meetings. The next meeting will be held in Sacramento in August or September due to the Budget constraints, and another Board meeting will be held in Norwalk in November. The next Enforcement Committee meeting will be held in Fresno at the Fresno office.

ADJOURNMENT

Board Chair Barnes adjourned the Board meeting at 1:20 p.m.

 

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