Northern California Engineering Contractors Association


ECA Endorsements


Cotati: ECA Endorses Ben Ford, Laura Sparks, Susan Harvey

Petaluma: ECA Endorses Kathy Miller, and Mike Healy

Rohnert Park: ECA Endorses Jake Mackenzie

Sonoma: ECA did not endorse any candidate in Sonoma.

Sebastopol: ECA Endorses Diana Rich, and Evert Fernandez

Santa RosaECA Endorses Jack Tibbetts, Chris Rogers, Jorge Inocencio, and Eric Christensen

WindsorECA Endorses Dominic Foppoli for Mayor

Healdsburg: ECA Endorses David Hagele, Ariel Kelly, and David Jones

Cloverdale: ECA did not endorse any candidate in Cloverdale.

State Ballot Measures:

ECA voted to OPPOSE California Ballot Measure Prop 15

Local Ballot Measures: 

ECA voted to ENDORSE Sonoma County Measure DD 

ECA voted to OPPOSE Sonoma County Measure O, County of Sonoma, Mental Health, Addiction and Homeless Services Measure Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance

ECA voted to OPPOSE City of Santa Rosa’s Measure Q, City of Santa Rosa, Sales Tax Extension

ECA voted to take no position on any other State or Local Ballot Measures




GoSonoma Act Information
The latest information on the GoSonoma Act is available at The expenditure plan shows how we will fix local streets, improve transportation corridors, increase bus transit service, and improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

Ghilotti Bros., Inc. —  Press Release

Frank Palagi – 65 Years – A Workiversary to Remember

Ghilotti Bros., Inc. is proud to announce the 65 Year Work-Anniversary of Frank Palagi, on May 1, 2020.

65 years ago, May 1, 1955 to be exact, a fearless, young, Italian man started what was to become a lifetime of dedication and endless successes.  In 1955, recognizing exceptional talent, Dino Ghilotti hired Frank to work for Ghilotti Bros.  How did Dino know at the time Frank would become the mentor and guiding light for so many to come at GBI?

Like Dino, Mario Ghilotti Sr., also saw something special in Frank.  Frank’s innate ability to lead, coupled with good old-fashioned hard work, strong drive and his relentless pursuit for precision in every task.  Mario and Dino quickly moved Frank from Laborer, to Concrete Finisher, and finally, to Lead Man (Foreman in today’s world).

This is where Frank really shined in the role of a mentor and teacher. Frank is, and always will be,  one of GBI’s finest in every sense of the word.  Frank has mentored so many craft employees over the years, such as Dominic Nuccio, still with GBI and an impressive 47 years under his belt. Frank’s ability to take a green employee and guide them to their best potential and success is extraordinary and he has always done this with a patience, respect, and humility to be admired.

Frank’s timeless experiences with GBI are a result of his hard work and dedication.   Frank exceled while operating as the Superintendent responsible for the construction of the San Marin subdivisions in the 1970’s. 1993 found Frank in Management at the San Rafael office, dispatching and running the back yard;  This particular endeavor was ‘Dino’s baby’ and production engine of the Company. The confidence in Frank was evident when he was selected to fill this role.

For Frank, the jump to Vice President of Operations, from 1993 until 2016, was followed by his role as Vice President of Safety & Quality Control, the position Frank still holds today.  Frank still keeps his hand and heart in what’s going on in the field, even as he finally cuts back a bit on the work hours! A skill many can learn from, Frank still maintains an impeccable filing system of GBI memos dating back to the early 60’s.

Frank’s talents are many including an excellent singing voice.  He is GBI’s personal Frank Sinatra.  As Mario’s fellow music lover, Frank’s crooning delighted them both and cemented their bond and mutual passion for music lasting 55 years until Mario’s passing.  Many a late night after a construction association dinner, in a Denny’s somewhere, Mario and Frank would revel in their game of “name that tune”.  Frank became the designated leader of the National Anthem at all of GBI’s picnics and Christmas parties and still leads us all today.

It is no surprise that Frank is fondly referred to as the 5th Brother and considered family in every sense of the word.  An avid 49er fan, Frank would join Mario & Eva at Candlestick Park for home games. Frank at the wheel and Mario telling him to “drive faster” and in various directions for shortcuts.  Saturday lunch at San Rafael Joes.  God bless Frank for sustaining a 30-year Saturday working lunch tradition with Mario & Eva, and any other GBI employee who enjoyed a complimentary meal for coming into the office on a Saturday to catch up.

Frank exemplifies what devotion looks like.  He has and always will be here for the company first, strong in form and character, with his best foot forward, a smile on his face and a song in his heart.  Frank protects and personifies the legacy of GBI and everything James Ghilotti must have dreamed of.  Frank’s mentoring and leading by example inspires everyone around him, the desire to emulate the qualities of excellence in their work, striving for high quality work and giving their best for the good of the community.

All of us at GBI, past and current, want to thank you Frank.  Thank you for your loyalty, your support and leadership, and for being the best employee, friend, and person that a company could ever have.  and for doing it longer and better than anyone else ever has!

Congratulazioni Senore Palagi  — Millie Grazie !!  Vi amiamo tutti.  Stai al sicuro e stai bene…    (Congratulations Mr. Palagi.  A million thanks.  We all love you! Stay safe and stay well…)


Each year, fifty-five construction workers are killed by electrocution from contact with overhead power lines. Over 90 percent of the contacts involved overhead distribution lines. These are the same lines that run in the alleys behind our houses and through our job sites.

There are distinct patterns to these fatalities. The most obvious is apathy. We all grew up around power lines. Since they are so common to us, they seem harmless.

This serious mistake is fueled by two common misconceptions: the belief that some overhead lines do not carry enough power to kill, and the belief that power lines are well-insulated. Both are dead wrong.  click here for more.

George Petersen Insurance

The California Department of Insurance has approved special rules proposed by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) to provide some relief to employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules will allow employers to temporarily reassign the payroll of qualified employees to 8810 Clerical and exclude the payroll for employees who are on paid leave during the Shelter In Place order. Documentation will be important; see link below for is a brief overview of the documentation that will be required. link

Stevenson Supply & Tractor Co.

We are pleased to announce Gustavo “Goose” Orozco has joined Stevenson Supply & Tractor Co. as an Outside Sales Representative.
Gustavo brings over 17 years of sales experience related to the construction industry in Northern California. He has made building relationships a career and has a reputation for providing a top-tier level of customer service.
Originating from Santa Rosa, he returns to a local community where he remains active through neighborhood programs and various trade associations.
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Comcast News

As a member of the ECA, Comcast wants you to be aware of some important updates they have made to those commitments, and the resources that they are making available to continue to support our customers and our communities.

  • EXTENDING 60-DAYS OF FREE INTERNET SERVICE TO NEW INTERNET ESSENTIALS CUSTOMERS.  As the current school year comes to an end, school districts across the country are already announcing plans for when school starts again in the fall. To help provide additional support to students and families, Comcast will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers through the end of this year. In addition, Comcast will continue to waive, through the end of the year, the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the free offer. Learn more here.
  • EXTENDING FREE PUBLIC WIFI ACCESS TO EVERYONE FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020. To continue to help keep people connected as the country prepares to reopen, we are extending free access to the 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. Learn more here.

EXTENDING XFINITY OFFERING TO HELP UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STAY CONNECTED AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOLYEAR. We are continuing to help college students stay connected to the Internet over the Summer and through the Fall back-to-school rush by extending an Xfinity Internet offering that provides $150 Visa prepaid card to students who sign up for service by September 30; more than enough to pay for two months of Internet service. Learn more here

Road Machinery News

Road Machinery LLC hires new President & CEO
Phoenix, AZ, June 29, 2020- Misha Ogawa, Executive Vice President, is pleased to announce the hiring of Joel G. Cook as the new President & CEO of Road Machinery LLC. Mr. Cook was formerly the Executive Vice President of Komatsu Equipment in Salt Lake City. He was also an Executive with The CIT Group in Phoenix for many years.  In his most recent capacity, Joel was responsible for revenue nearing $200 million. Under his leadership, market share grew to award-winning levels, rental grew to $60 million, employee retention and morale was industry leading.
Misha Ogawa, Executive Vice President of Road Machinery LLC, commented that “Joel has been a staunch supporter of Road Machinery through the years and always willing to help in times of need. We look forward to watching Joel achieve the same success at Road Machinery. We are also grateful for Sloan’s leadership over the last six years and look forward to success in his new position at Mitsui.”
Road Machinery sells, services and rents quality construction, farming, mining, and forestry equipment from Komatsu; compacting and paving equipment from Dynapac and Carlson; quality attachments from NPK, Hensley, Terramac and JRB corporation as well as other products.
Phoenix, AZ- based since 1955 with 14 branches extending throughout California. Road Machinery LLC specializes in construction and mining heavy equipment, including world-class re-manufacturing facilities for Diesel Engines, Transmissions, Electrical Rotating Devices, and Hydraulic Cylinders. For more information about the equipment and services offered by Road Machinery visit or call 1-800-989-7121.
Road Machinery is currently hiring Mechanics with heavy equipment experience, visit here to apply.