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Board Meeting Minutes — February 1, 2011

CALL TO ORDER

Board Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk called the meeting of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to order at 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2011, in the Columbus Meeting Rooms at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearney Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. A quorum was established.

Board Vice-Chair Robert Lamb led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board Members Present:
Lisa Miller-Strunk, Chair   Robert Lamb, Vice Chair
Eddie Barnes, Past Chair   Ed Lang
Robert Brown   Cynthia Mitchell
Matthew Kelly   Bruce Rust
Joan Hancock   Ruben Zuniga
Louise Kirkbride    
     
Board Members Excused:
Pastor Herrera Jr.   James Miller 
Paul Schifino, Secretary   Mark A. Thurman
     
DCA/CSLB Staff Present:
Stephen Sands, Registrar   Tara Maggi, Executive
Cindi Christenson, Chief Deputy Registrar   Heidi Lincer-Hill, Testing
Don Chang, DCA Legal Counsel   Rick Lopes, Public Affairs
Jonathan Buttle, Executive   Karen Ollinger, Licensing
Amy Cox-O’Farrell, Information Technology   Laura Zuniga, Legislation
David Fogt, Enforcement    
CHAIR’S REMARKS AND BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Board Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk presented certificates of appreciation to employees Rose Kalidian, Ricardo Lopez, and Mark Stewart for their relief efforts during the San Bruno explosion/fire disaster. Ms. Miller-Strunk also presented San Mateo Deputy District Attorney John Wilson with a plaque for his continued dedication to prosecuting individuals who commit construction fraud.

Board Member Eddie Barnes read a thank you card from his wife that was addressed to the Board, thanking them for the opportunity to make the baby gifts that were presented to CSLB Executive Assistant Tara Maggi.

PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION

LaVonne Powell, from the Department of Consumer Affairs, updated the Board on the hiring freeze, and vehicle and the cell phone reduction. Ms. Powell also entertained questions and comments regarding the vehicles and cell phones from Board and staff members.

Edward Campos, city of San Francisco, expressed concern about construction policy difficulties the Board may face with the new Governor and offered suggestions to help make the necessary adjustments through the coming year.

Joe Upchurch, District Council 16, voiced his concerns about meeting updates and agenda notices.

Landscape contractor Catherine Greer expressed concern about the underground economy and the importance of the Enforcement division’s Three-Year Pilot Program.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF NOVEMBER 9, 2010 BOARD MEETING MINUTES
  • Motion to Approve November 9, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes
    • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Matt Kelly and seconded by Board Member Joan Hancock to approve the November 9, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk provided a brief summary of the Executive Committee meeting, held on January 12, 2011, in Valencia.

  1. Review and Approval of Executive Committee Summary Report
    • Motion to Approve January 12, 2011 Executive Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Bob Lamb and seconded by Board Member Joan Hancock to approve the January 12, 2011 Executive Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
  2. Administrative and Information Technology Program Update
    • Ms. Christenson began the Administration Program Update by introducing Laura Zuniga, the new Chief of Legislation. She also reported on Board member appointments, the Enforcement Representative I exam, and the hiring freeze with regard to its effect on CSLB. IT Chief Amy Cox-O’Farrell provided the Information Technology Update. She began by informing the Board about the redirection of staff due to major DCA projects such as BreEZe. Ms. Cox-O’Farrell also informed the Board that eight staff members in the IT division will be retiring in the next two years, and that the Automated Call Distribution system upgrade was successfully completed in November 2010.
  3. Budget Update
    • Analyst Jonathan Buttle briefed the Board on the current budget status, which included detailed reports located in the Board packet.
  4. Strategic Plan
    • Registrar Steve Sands informed the Board of the new strategic planning service provider who would be contacting them personally to conduct interviews needed prior to the April strategic planning session.
  5. Briefing by Licensing Division, Attorney General’s Office
    • Senior Assistant Attorney General Alfredo Terrazas gave a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the transitioning that the state will undergo through the coming year.
ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk introduced Enforcement Committee Chair Ed Lang and Enforcement Chief David Fogt to present the Enforcement Committee report. Mr. Lang summarized the Enforcement Committee meeting, which was held in Valencia. Mr. Lang then introduced San Francisco Deputy Attorney General Maretta Ward who provided an overview of a lawsuit filed by a contractor against CSLB.

  1. Review and Approval of Enforcement Committee Summary Report
    • Motion to Approve January 12, 2011 Enforcement Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Bob Brown and seconded by Board Member Bruce Rust to approve the January 12, 2011 Enforcement Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
  2. Enforcement Program Update
    • Mr. Lang introduced Chief Fogt, who provided the Enforcement Program Update, reporting on Intake/Mediation, Investigative Center highlights, Case Management, SWIFT, and the complaint-handling statistics.
  3. Review and Approval of Proposed Three-Year Partnering Pilot Program with other State Agencies
    • Mr. Lang asked for a motion to approve the proposed Three-Year Partnering Pilot Program after a brief outline from Chief Fogt.
    • Motion to Approve the Proposed Three-Year Partnering Pilot Program with Other State Agencies
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Bob Lamb and seconded by Board Member Joan Hancock to approve the proposed Three-Year Partnering Pilot Program with Other State Agencies. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk introduced Legislative Chief Laura Zuniga to present the Legislative Committee Report.

  1. Status of Proposals of the Upcoming Legislative Session:
    1. Amend the Contractors’ State License Law provisions that control the notification requirements and the suspension dates related to the disassociation of license qualifiers.
    2. Amend the Contractors’ State License Law to authorize CSLB indemnification of Industry Experts named as a party to civil litigation.
    3. Amend the Contractors’ State License Law to require execution of a workers’ compensation insurance exemption certification at license renewal if the licensee has no workers’ compensation insurance coverage on file.
    4. Amend the Contractors’ State License Law to clarify that offering, providing or accepting referral fees for home improvement services is prohibited.
    5. Amend Vehicle Code Section 1808.4 to include CSLB investigative staff in the list of state employees whose personal addresses are to remain confidential.
    6. Cleanup amendments for Business and Professions Code Sections 7027, 7030, 7058.1, 7058.6, 7058.8, 7066.5 and 7141.5.
  • Motion to Defer Agenda Item G-1, D and Drop Agenda Item G-1, E
    • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Bob Lamb and seconded by Board Member Louise Kirkbride to defer Agenda Item G-1, D and drop Agenda Item G-1, E. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
LICENSING COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk introduced Licensing Committee Chair Joan Hancock and Licensing Chief Karen Ollinger to present the Licensing Committee Summary Report.

  1. Review and Approval of Licensing Committee Summary Report
    • Motion to Approve January 20, 2011 Licensing Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Ed Lang and seconded by Board Member Bruce Rust to approve the January 20, 2011 Licensing Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
  2. Licensing Program Update
    • Licensing Chief Karen Ollinger provided updates on application workload, processing times, the Licensing Information Center, and the Judgment Unit. She also provided a detailed explanation of the application process.
  3. Testing Division Update
    • Heidi Lincer-Hill provided the Testing Program Update, reporting on staffing, examination wait time, exam development, and the annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT

Chair Lisa Miller-Strunk introduced Public Affairs Chair Eddie Barnes and Public Affairs Chief Rick Lopes to present the Public Affairs Committee Summary Report.

  1. Review and Approval of January 20, 2011 Public Affairs Committee Summary Report
    • Motion to Approve January 20, 2011 Public Affairs Committee Summary Report
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Ed Lang and seconded by Board Member Bob Brown to approve the January 20, 2011 Public Affairs Committee Summary Report. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
  2. Public Affairs Program Update
    • Chief Lopes provided updates on website highlights, disaster outreach, media relations, industry/licensee outreach, the CSLB advertising campaign, publications, and community outreach.
  3. Approval of CSLB Communications Plan
    • Mr. Barnes asked for a motion to approve the CSLB Communications Plan after a brief description from Mr. Lopes.
    • Motion to Approve the CSLB Communications Plan
      • MOTION: A motion was made by Board Member Bob Lamb and seconded by Board Member Matt Kelly to approve the CSLB Communications Plan. The motion carried unanimously, 11-0.
REVIEW OF TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Mr. Sands reviewed upcoming Board meetings. The Strategic Planning session will be held on April 13-14, 2011, in Monterey. The following Board meeting will be held in Orange County on June 7, 2011.

ADJOURNMENT

Board Chair Miller-Strunk adjourned the Board meeting at 12:35 p.m.

 

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