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CSLB Bulletin: CSLB and Partners Sting 15 for Contracting Without Licenses

CSLB and Partners Sting 15 for Contracting Without Licenses

¬†SACRAMENTO ‚ÄĒ The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) teamed up with the Orange County District Attorney‚Äôs Office and La Habra Police Department for a two-day sting operation in La Habra where 15 individuals received notices to appear in court for contracting without a license and other, related charges.

On June 29-30, 2011, members of CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) posed as owners of a home (June 29) and a business (June 30) and sought bids from suspected unlicensed operators for painting, concrete, drywall, cabinet installation, and flooring. Those who bid more than the legal threshold of $500 for labor and materials received notices to appear in court for violating California contracting laws.

Some of the suspects will also face charges for failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance, soliciting an excessive down payment, and illegal advertising. State law requires contractors to have workers’ compensation coverage for all employees. Contractors are also prohibited from soliciting a down payment larger than $1,000 or 10 percent of the project, whichever is less. There is an exception for about two dozen contractors who purchase special bonds for consumer protection and may ask for larger down payments. The law also requires contractors to put their license number in all advertisements. Those who are not state-licensed and work on projects valued at less than $500 must state that they are not licensed in their ads.

The first suspect caught contracting without a license was on parole for drug crimes. During the second day of the operation a licensed contractor arrived at the commercial building. He thanked CSLB for conducting the sting and for other enforcement efforts aimed at unlicensed, uninsured individuals who he says are cutting into his business.

“CSLB routinely conducts operations like this one in La Habra as part of its mission to protect the state‚Äôs consumers and the integrity of the construction industry,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Many of the complaints received by the board after a project has gone awry could have been avoided had homeowners taken a few minutes to check the license first, and followed CSLB‚Äôs Ten Tips available in English and several other languages.”

Thousands of Jobs! TOSGA Presents Seminars on How You Can Connect with Private & Goverment Jobs!

Ever wondered how to obtain the coveted Governement Contracts for your Contractors business or simply know how to gain more jobs? Look no more! Contractors State License Services is hosting another set of FREE seminars presented by TOSGA Global Alliance strategic Partner of CSLS. TOSGA offers services that assist small and minority businesses in connecting with Private and Government Sector jobs specifically for Contractors. There are thousands of construction jobs available in a variety of trades such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, painting, HVAC, concrete/paving and more!
Learn how you as licensed contractor can connect and bid on these profitable construction jobs. Presentations are filling quickly. Contact a location near you to reserve a seat!

LOCATION DATE TIME CALL
South District
San Diego Feb 3, 5:30pm-6:30pm 619-283-2011
San Marcos Feb 2, 5:30pm-6:30pm 760-744-4334
Riverside Feb 2, 6:00pm-7:00pm 951-781-6161
Central District
Van Nuys Feb 3 6:00pm-7:00pm 818-901-6330
Northern District
Concord Feb 2, 6:00pm-7:00pm 925-686-8393
Modesto Feb 3, 6:00pm-7:00pm 209-526-8091
Sacramento Feb 17, 5:30pm-6:00pm 916-363-2784
San Jose Feb 15, 5:30pm-6:00pm 408-247-1242
Or visit the CSLS website for more details and directions http://www.contractorslicensingschools.com/contractor-education-events.cfm

Thousands of Jobs, Contractors Needed


Ever wondered how to obtain the coveted Governement Contracts for your Contractors business or simply know how to gain more jobs? Look no more Contractors State License Services is hosting FREE seminars presented by TOSGA Global Alliance strategic Partner of CSLS. TOSGA offers services that assist small and minority businesses in connecting with Private and Government Sector jobs specifically for Contractors. There are thousands of construction jobs available in a variety of trades such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, painting, HVAC, concrete/paving and more!
Learn how you as licensed contractor can connect and bid on these profitable construction jobs. Presentations are filling quickly. Contact a location near you to reserve a seat!

LOCATION DATE TIME CALL
South District
Long Beach Dec 14 5:30pm-6:30pm 310-522-9258
Covina Dec 15 5:30pm-6:30pm 626-430-9212
Norwalk Dec 15 5:30pm-6:30pm 562-404-5508
Orange Dec 16 5:30pm-6:30pm 714-289-9105
Temecula Dec 16 5:30pm-6:30pm 951-587-2257
San Diego Dec 22 5:30pm-6:30pm 619-283-2011
San Marcos Dec 22 5:30pm-6:30pm 760-744-4334
Riverside Dec 23 5:30pm-6:30pm 951-781-6161
Central District
Van Nuys Dec 16 6:00pm-7:00pm 818-901-6330
Bakersfield Dec 29 6:00pm-7:00pm 661-321-3210
Northern District
Fresno Dec 14 6:00pm-7:00pm 559-229-2180
Concord Dec 15 6:00pm-7:00pm 925-686-8393
Modesto Dec 16 6:00pm-7:00pm 209-526-8091
Sacramento Dec 16 6:00pm-7:00pm 916-363-2784
San Jose Dec 21 6:00pm-7:00pm 408-247-1242
San Rafael Dec 21 6:00pm-7:00pm 415-456-4437
So San Francisco Dec 22 6:00pm-7:00pm 650-755-5582
Oakland Dec 23 6:00pm-7:00pm 510-382-9814

Or visit the CSLS website for more details and directions http://www.contractorslicensingschools.com/contractor-education-events.cfm