Northern California Engineering Contractors Association


Re Building Updates

Minutes from 10-17-17

ECA Cleanup and Rebuild Meeting

The meeting was intended to present information as to how local contractors can be involved in the cleanup from the fire.  The goal was to come up with ideas on how ECA members can take care of their clients that are asking them to mobilize and cleanup with or without the CalRecycle being put into place as the oversight organization.  Another intended purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways to reallocate existing resources from contract work existing to cleanup and erosion control work due to the emergency.  Developing a new work force by holding a job fair was also discussed.  Finally, discussions on the need for housing (temporary and permanent) were discussed.

Here is a summary of the discussions:

*How is the cleanup and debris removal going to happen?  Although this was a “fluid situation” at the time of the meeting, generally it is believed the Feds will have a hand in dictating the rules for surveying the sites for hazardous materials and then CalRecycle will be the governing body in charge of doing the cleanup and the erosion control.  Art Diecke attended the Sonoma County Board of Supervisor meeting Tuesday morning, and discussed what guidelines were presented by Christine Sosko, who is the Director of Environmental Health for Sonoma County (Christine phone # is 707-565-6521).  There was discussion as to what the rules of entry for cleanup will be, and generally it is anticipated there will be two acceptable methods:  1.  Follow the guidelines of the Office of Emergency Services to EPA to Cal Recycle to whatever contractor (s) Cal Recycle puts in place (probably Pacific States) and local contractors should get preference over outside labor forces.  If the OES path is followed, the homeowner will allocate his insurance settlement for debris cleanup over to CalRecycle and the Government will cover the balance of the cleanup costs for the homeowner or business owner.  If the private path is followed, the homeowner or business owner will be responsible for the cleanup costs from his insurance company and the rest will be out of pocket to the homeowner or business owner.

*What is the procedure for cleanup?  Although at the time of the Town Hall meeting, the County and City had not yet posted the protocol required, based upon past fire cleanup we can anticipate the procedure will be as follows-This protocol will be generally followed whether CalRecycle is administering the oversight or whether a private contractor is selected by the homeowner or business owner.

Here is my opinion-uneducated-uninformed-but I am probably right.  Whatever your homeowner decides to do, whether going with CalRecycle or the private route, the authorities want to know the following:  what bad stuff was in the debris?  Where did you take and dispose of the bad stuff?

Dustin Davis spoke to this, and the assumed protocol will be, in simplified form, as follows:  A) A licensed demolition contractor goes to the City or County and applies for a demolition permit (in the case of CalRecycle, the homeowner will fill out a right of entry form, and either the EPA or CalRecycle will pull the permit and conduct survey of the property as described following)-generally these demolition permits are available over the counter.  As part of the demolition permit requirements, the permittee must bring in a licensed and certified consultant company to sample the site for EPA identified hazardous materials.  Lab testing of the samples is involved.  Prior to disturbing any of the ash, metal, or debris, the lab results must be analyzed and a protocol for handling, storing, shipping, and disposing of the debris must be established that follows all applicable EPA and OSHA regulations as well as local regulations as to landfill disposal.  B)  Once the site has had the debris removed and disposed of, including a layer of dirt to depths deemed safe by the haz mat survey, then the homeowner can apply for a building permit but will need to show the appropriate documentation of the debris and hazardous material removal.

Curtis Mikalini of Industrial Carting spoke up and said his firm would have the necessary debris containers and that his firm can also handle the car removal.  Again, EPA regulations must be followed which means the burned autos have to be drained of all fluids and have batteries removed and fluids and batteries must be disposed of with special environmental health firms.  Only after they are drained can the cars be hauled off by Industrial Carting.

Contractors are urged to get their workers that will be on the ground on these burn sites to comply with all personal protective equipment prescribed by OSHA, the EPA, and the local Environmental Health and Safety departments that the site is located in.  Jim Persons, a well-known safety consultant, spoke to what the requirements for PPE are.  The ECA recognized that workers need a 40 hour HazWop certification and have set up a class for the 40 hour HazMat certification to be held on 10-19-17, 10-20-17, 11-2-17, and 11-3-17 for 10 hours each day.  ECA is charging their cost plus a nominal fee to cover hard costs of food and drink and classroom rental.  There is room in the class for signups still. Email if you are interested.

Since our meeting yesterday, I have received several new informational pieces.  I have attached them here:  1 is the 10-18-17 Press Democrat article announcing EPA is overseeing the toxic cleanup,

and the other is a form handed out to a homeowner as they were allowed back into their site.  The form was handed out by the City of Santa Rosa. 

 *In Lake County, Workers Had to be Dispatched to CalRecycle Contractors through the union hall.  Is that going to be the case here?  This was unknown at the time of the meeting but Chris Snyder of Operating Engineers Local 3 addressed the issue by saying that workers would be allowed from local contractors regardless of their signatory status to collective bargaining agreements.  Also discussed was that only licensed contractors would be allowed to perform the work.  If there is any question as to what contractor license is required, contact Eric Stephens of the Contractor State License Board at 707-536-0713 and ask.

*Erosion Control Needs and SWPP will be required as usual?  David Noren of the Regional Water Control Board discussed what the considerations should be for containment of sediment runoff and we also had Mary Larsen and Jason Griffith on hand to discuss erosion control issues specific to the burn sites.  Doug Allard of the Waddle Guys informed us that he has the ability to locate a waddle manufacturing machine right on site for the cleanup projects.  Rich Castle of Castle Pumping informed us that he has a special attachment to his belt conveyor that enables filling of “sand bag tubes” up to 200 lineal feet long.  Much faster and easier than doing it by hand.

*What mistakes were made in Lake County and how can we avoid those here?  Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown was able to share his thoughts and experience on this subject.  Some of the points Rob made were:  Average cost of cleanup for the 500 sites in Lake County was $100,000.  Rob stressed that schools should get back in session as soon as possible with regularly scheduled events taking place.  Rob also pointed out to the workers cleaning up the sites to treat the sites with the utmost respect as families consider those sites sacred ground.  Workers need to be sensitive.

*There is a tremendous need for housing.  What can the ECA do to alleviate this?  Glen Ghilotti spoke about the need for locating appropriate sites to be immediately site conditioned to put RV’s, trailers, and prefab houses on them.  All utilities are needed so sites are preferable close in to City sewer and water infrastructure.  City of Santa Rosa Councilman Chris Rogers was on site and let everyone know that the City was not ruling out anything and would work with us to develop appropriate housing areas.  It was urged for people to think about what sites might be good candidates  for development of housing sites.  Mark Soiland suggested the old Sonoma County Water Agency site on W College as being perfect.  Someone else suggested the fairgrounds near the old little league ball fields.

*Tools have been lost-can we set up a tool room?  Keith Woods mentioned that during his time manning the desks at Mendocino Avenue LAC, he heard story after story of contractors that had lost their truck and tools.  Keith asked the group if they thought it a good idea to develop a tool room for those affected and collect some tools for victims of the fire.  Glen Ghilotti generously donated $5,000 to seed the need.  Another member of the audience suggested there was a pawn shop with some inexpensive tools that we might contact.  All good suggestions!

*Where Are The Workers Going To Come From-We are already busy!  Mike Ghilotti suggested the ECA hold a job fair ASAP.  Folks are out of work because businesses have been lost, and we could all use some extra workers.  Cynthia Murray suggested the County is already set up for this, but the ECA might coordinate with the County and see to it that training specific to our construction needs is being addressed.  John Bly mentioned that City and County and CalTrans might consider allowing non-emergency contract work have dates for completion extended so resources might be able to be reassigned to cleanup, infrastructure repair, and erosion control.

John Bly, Executive Vice President, Northern California Engineering Contractors Association

O-707-546-5500 M-707-483-0859 F-707-546-5507

1000 Apollo Way, Ste 100, Santa Rosa, CA  95407

The City and County are currently working on the protocol on debris cleanup on burn sites due to the fire. At this time homeowners and business owners that want private contractors to clean up their sites must be patient and “stand down”. More information will be presented at a Town Hall meeting at Santa Rosa High School from 6 pm – 8 pm today. As soon as we have more information we will share it with you. Thank you.


John Bly

Job Opening with City of Santa Rosa

Deputy Director – Development Services
Closing Date 7/20/17 11:59 pm

The Planning & Economic Development Department provides a wide range of planning and development services to this dynamic and growing community, developing long-range plans for the growth of Santa Rosa and reviewing development proposals for consistency with those plans. The Department has embarked upon a comprehensive Process Improvement Action Plan to create greater efficiencies and predictability in the development review process.

Deputy Director – Development Services (2)

Installation & Awards Dinner

Thank you to everyone that attended and sponsored the Installation & Awards Dinner.
Welcomed was incoming President

Dale Mahoney, Ghilotti Construction
and the 2017 ECA Board!
Also honored was:
Contractor of the Year
Dan Fowler, Stripe ‘n’ Seal
Affiliate of the Year
Glenn Smith, Smith Dollar PC
Volunteer of the Year
Laura McArthur, Brelje & Race
The Hermsmeyer Hall of Fame Award
was awarded to
John Bly, ECA &
Posthumous-Lee Ceccotti, Shamrock
Thank you Installation Sponsors!

Argonaut Constructors – Awards & Gifts
Shamrock Materials Inc. – Hermsmeyer Hall of Fame Sponsor
Stripe ‘N’ Seal – Gold Sponsor
North Bay Petroleum – Bar Sponsor
Northgate Ready Mix – Dessert & Coffee Bar
PACE Supply – Champagne Sponsor
Peterson CAT – Dinner Wine
R&S Trucking – Dinner Wine
Syar Industries – Dessert & Coffee Bar
Aaction Rents – Bronze Sponsor
GALLINA LLP has joined CliftonLarsonAllen LLP – Bronze Sponsor
Woodruff – Sawyer & Company – Bronze Sponsor
Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers – Sponsor

GALLINA is Joining CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)

Press Release

SACRAMENTO, CA, NOVEMBER 30, 2016: GALLINA LLP, nationally recognized by Accounting Today and ranked among the top 10 firms in the Western United States, will join national professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), effective January 1, 2017.
Our team is enthusiastic about combining practices with CLA. “By joining CLA, we have an ability to better serve our clients by bringing them a greater depth of service offerings through more robust resources,” says GALLINA Managing Partner Larry Taylor. He continues, “This will also provide exceptional growth and expanded career opportunities for our team members in tax, audit, and consulting.”
For nearly 45 years, GALLINA has served organizations both large and small. Under the terms of the agreement, GALLINA will assume the CLA name, and Larry Taylor, managing partner of GALLINA, will actively serve on the CLA leadership team as chief practice officer. GALLINA plans to continue its Sacramento region office move of its Rancho Cordova office, located at 2870 Gold Tailings Court, to GALLINA’s Roseville office at 925 Highland Pointe Drive.
“I am confident the clients we serve will value the expanded seamless integrated capabilities our combined firms offer,” says GALLINA Regional Managing Partner Teresa Arrighi, who will join CLA’s construction and real estate executive team.
As one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, CLA has retained the agility to serve clients of all sizes and locations, while at the same time bringing an unparalleled depth of capabilities, all in one place. We believe that industry specialization goes beyond having a concentration of clients in a given area. It means we build teams who understand the strategic, operational, and regulatory issues that affect the people in the industries we serve.
“Now as one professional services firm, our clients — contractors in particular — will experience a comprehensive and robust platform able to meet all of their needs,” says CLA incoming Managing Principal of Construction and Real Estate Jill Bosco.
GALLINA and CLA will double their expertise in the construction and real estate arena, and strengthen capabilities in agribusiness, manufacturing and distribution, and the many other industries that make up the private sector.
“CLA completely aligns with the long history of high valued service that GALLINA has brought to its clients over its long history. Bringing the firms together will provide the additional services we did not previously offer internally,” says GALLINA Executive Team Partner Reed Matthews.
Clients want to be confident that when they need help — personally or professionally, today or in the future — CLA will bring relevant capabilities. To answer that need, CLA builds its diverse team to deliver an ever-broadening spectrum of wealth advisory, outsourcing, and public accounting capabilities.
“There is tremendous synergy between the GALLINA and CLA teams,” says CLA CEO Denny Schleper. “Together, we remain committed to serving privately held businesses and their owners with deep industry knowledge, striving to offer integrated capabilities that exceed our clients’ expectations. When we do this, we deliver on our CLA Promise — and, as as our clients’ needs move and change, our team is right beside them, helping at every step.”
GALLINA’s team of 300+ will continue to serve clients locally and nationally from their locations in California, Nevada, Utah, and Washington.
GALLINA is a full-service firm with industry specialization in construction, real estate, agribusiness, manufacturing and distribution, government, and nonprofit in addition to offering services to a broad range of other businesses and individuals. Headquartered in Roseville, the firm has been opening doors to success for their clients since 1972. GALLINA has grown to a solid team of 52 partners and over 300 staff members who have a wide range of experience in accounting, auditing, tax planning, succession planning, claims consulting, and business management consulting. GALLINA serves its clients through its California offices in Newport Beach, Novato, Ontario, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, San Bruno, San Jose, and Walnut Creek; its Nevada offices in Las Vegas and Reno; its Utah office in Salt Lake City; and its Washington office in Bellevue. The firm’s general client base spans the Western Regional states, but specialty services are provided to businesses throughout the entire United States and worldwide.
About CLA
CLA is a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, and public accounting capabilities to help clients succeed professionally and personally. Our team members are immersed in the industries they serve and have specialized knowledge of their operating and regulatory environments. With more than 4,500 people, more than 100 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we bring a wide array of solutions to help clients in all markets, foreign and domestic. For more information, visit Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.

Employment Opportunity

Advanced Stormwater Protection, Inc, a stormwater and water resources consulting firm is growing. This growth has created an exciting opportunity in Northern California for a QSP or QSD of any level to implement SWPPP, inspect BMP’s, investigate, sample and monitor stormwater discharges in order to maintain client compliance. This inspection position will evaluate and resolve client stormwater federal, state, and local regulatory compliance needs through site auditing activities which include inspection, sampling, other field related activities, reporting and the establishment and maintenance of the inspection routes.

Requirements: Construction Management or related field experience in stormwater services delivery and inspections. Must have working knowledge of local regulations and be skilled in program development, system design and scheduling and routing inspection services activities. QSP and/or QSD certification required as well as a valid driver’s license, clean driving record and reliable transportation.

The successful candidate must be a self-starter, have strong technical writing and problem solving skills, good observation and communication skill with the ability to work independently.

We offer interesting, technically challenging work within a supportive work environment as well as a comprehensive compensation package. Please submit a resume and letter of interest to

Santa Rosa’s Planning & Economic Develpment

The City of Santa Rosa’s Planning & Economic Development Department’s over-the-counter review is now accessible starting at 8:30 a.m. to address a desire for earlier access to the front counter.  This expansion effort, using existing resources, has provided some immediate relief to customers through reduced wait time averages.

We will continue to monitor the impact to our customers, compared with our baseline data, and are reaching out to customers, both residential and commercial/developers, through a survey to understand where additional hours of operation will have the largest and most beneficial impact.

To better understand our community’s broader service counter access needs, and so that we may begin strategically planning according to those needs, the Planning & Economic Development Department asks for your feedback.  In addition to filling out the survey, please share this link widely, as it’s open to anyone who does business with the department, whether personal or business, local or not local.