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Recognition and thanks to Butte County Excavation Contractors Ted Bigelow, Bob Cox and VCE Member Greg Shandel for standing up and voicing their concerns that the 50 cubic yard permit requirement was not agreed to when staff and the excavation contractors met.  There's an inevitable problem when people who don't actually work the trade have to make decisions affecting the trade.  This applies to the Energy Commission, the Air Resources Board and local Boards of Supervisors trying to address the environmental damage of marijuana grows.  They need the feet-on-the-street input from the trades, but the trades have to work to earn money and can't afford to spend hours in meetings.  The Butte County Board made the right decision to re-review the grading ordinance; thank you to to Supervisor Kirk for acknowledging the 50 yard limit came from them, and thanks as always to Supervisor Connelly for pointing out the professionalism of licensed contractors, and their inability to attend meetings when they need to make money working in the field.

Recognition, too, to Supervisor Maureen Kirk for being recognized by the Contractors State License Board
for her support of the legally operating licensed contractors by combating the underground economy.  She humbly refers to herself as a cheerleader of the enforcement ideas from contractors like Rick Clements and VCE members Greg Johnson (Johnson Roofing).  Their "Eyes on Site" idea was championed by Supervisor Kirk and is now a pilot project in Butte County.  Thanks to all of you! To see the video of Supervisor Kirk accepting her recognition, click here and go to minutes 7 through 9.
Legislation:  Click here to see the California Chamber of Commerce "Job Killer" bills.  Register to vote at the Secretary of State's site (click).  Local elections matter a lot!!  Learn who's running for election, educate yourself on the issues, and VOTE June 3rd.  You can vote by mail, too!

Energy Code Software Training. 
Codes take effect July 1.  Some trades will have new reports to complete and upload.  Find out more at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2013standards/index.html.  Download the software at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2013standards/2013_computer_prog_list.html.  Get training at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/training/        

More on Energy Codes:  If you primarily do Home Improvement work and want to see how the new Energy Codes will impact you, the CEC has posted the chapters and highlights work for "Additions, Alterations and Repairs."  Click here to see the Energy Codes by chapter.

Butte County has a test program to identify active unlicensed activity.  Contractors - you can be the Eyes On Site!  If you are aware of unlicensed contractors performing work, call 916-212-2071 with the following info:  Job site address, project type (remodel, landscape, painting, etc).  An enforcement officer will get to the site ASAP.  Tell them your estimate of the percent of job completion and your estimate of how much longer they will be there.  Take photos of people/workers, vehicles (including signs) and license plates.  You can also email this info to EyesonSite@cslb.ca.gov.

Contractors - State Fund workers comp makes your job easier.  Through VCE you get the resources to make your job site safer.  If an accident does happen, State Fund keeps it simple for you.  Then helps get the employee back-to-work.
  • Ask your broker to get a quote.  VCE members can qualify for an additional 6% discount.  Tell them you are a member of Valley Contractors Exchange, State Fund Construction Group #272. 

REPORT Unlicensed, uninsured, cash-pay construction work:  North Valley CSLB fraud investigator Tom Cunningham:  530-712-1358.  Tom comes home to Butte County each night - he can swing by and check out your confidential tips. 

The VALLEY CONTRACTORS EXCHANGE (VCE) is a member-operated, non-profit association of contractors and construction professionals.  VCE provides members with access to bidding documents, industry education, safety training and construction resources.  Learn more... 

Online Plans!  Construction bidding documents for construction projects in Northern California!  Easy to use online software - internet based, bid on over 2,000 jobs each year.

Use our RESOURCES page for information on how to successfully run a construction business:  contracts, bidding, hiring, diesel engine regulations,stormwater prevention plans, construction regulations and more. 

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY page is dedicated to keeping workers safe.

The page titled  BUILDING CODES AND "GREEN"  directs you to the latest on updated building codes, resources for Energy Efficiency contracting and the latest on codes that change every 3 years.  The worst way to find out a code changed is having the building inspector require a do-over...   

Homeowners can
FIND A CONTRACTOR by type of work.  Always use licensed contractors! Members work in the Northstate: Chico, Oroville, Paradise, Yuba City, Marysville, Butte County, Yuba and Sutter Counties, Colusa, Glenn and Plumas Counties.

Don't miss our EVENTS AND TRAINING - always open to members and non-members.  Members benefit from a discounted cost. 

NEED BIDS?  List a project with VCE for FREE!  Looking for work to bid?  We do the footwork for you by compiling blueprints, spec books, addenda, memos, prime contractors and bid results all in one place.  Check out our list of jobs bidding in Northern California (use the link above). 

Jobs, safety topics, construction news and more is found in our WEEKLY NEWSLINE.  Non-members can purchase the Weekly Newsline for $10 per week.

Need something not listed here?  We probably do that, too!  Give us a call, 530-343-1981. 

State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF)

VCE endorses State Compensation Insurance Fund™ for workers comp insurance and supports its efforts to maintain construction site safety.  Find out more at www.statefundca.com

Golden State Builders Exchanges (GSBE)
VCE is a proud member of the Golden State Builders Exchanges.   For more info on GSBE, click here.

Working Together For the Enhancement of the Construction Industry.

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