CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter


April 10 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Pizza Bell, 8591 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting and annual elections. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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May 8 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Round Table Pizza, 3290 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Join the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter Sponsorship Program

Support the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter and get your name in front of local contractors on a regular basis. Join the chapter's 2018 Sponsorship Program.

Your sponsorship dollars will help us put on top notch events such as our Casino Night in March, our annual golf tournament, and the Beautification Awards.

As a sponsor your name will be prominently displayed in our monthly e-newsletter and on all event promotional material throughout the year.

Don't miss this opportunity to support your CLCA chapter! Sponsor Today Online!

For more information or to sponsor the chapter, contact Rick Abalos at (916) 765-4281 or email

CLCA Advocating for the Green Industry

(Pictured at right: Pete Dufau, Megan Rios, Senator Scott Wilk, Mickey Strauss, Aaron Huxley and Sandra Giarde)

This year’s CLCA Legislative Action Conference in Sacramento was very successful. Six members of CLCA’s Legislative Committee were able to participate--Pete Dufau, Mickey Strauss, Richard Cohen, Dave Norred, CLCA President Aaron Huxley, and Megan Rios--along with our CLCA Executive Director Sandra Giarde, and CLCA’s legislative advocate Maria Garcia of Greenberg Traurig.

On the first day the group focused on CLCA’s support of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and its work against the rampant underground economy, or unlicensed operators. Recently the board has been focusing on unlicensed operators who have been taking advantage of unknowing property owners after the fires and mudslides in Northern and Southern California. CLCA is supporting a budget request or allocation from the state to the CSLB for $1 million to conduct a targeted public outreach campaign in those impacted areas to promote using licensed landscape professionals and educate the public regarding possible scams and fraud.

CLCA also supports these bills that will help CSLB fight against unlicensed, illegal operators:

  • AB 2046 (Daly) Allows easier access of data between state agencies to investigate workers’ compensation fraud.
  • AB2705 (Holden) Provides CSLB with additional authority to extend prosecution of unlicensed operators from one year to two years to match the same timeline for licensed contractors and level the playing field.
  • SB 1042 (Monning) Provides CSLB with the authority to host informal citations appeals conference to resolve administrative issues and thus conserve financial resources.
  • SB 1217 (Galgiani) Expands the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement Task Force within the California Department of Justice to combat unlicensed operators thru multi-agency collaboration.

CLCA received positive feedback for these common-sense additions to the law and support for a state agency by the public industry.

The group from CLCA also focused on voicing a need for the Legislature to alleviate business cost and litigation pressures. The last several years have seen the minimum wage increased, the gas tax increased, family leave expanded, and the implementation of mandatory sick leave, which has increased costs as well as administrative work for CLCA members and all businesses in our state. CLCA members urged their representatives to limit the number of bills that involve increasing taxes as well as those that expand the window of opportunity for employees to file complaints against employers citing concerns that these types of legislation increase burdens, limit companies from growing, and stall economic growth.

CLCA opposes the following bills, which are bad for business:

  • AB 2587 (Levine) Eliminates employer’s ability to require that an employee take up to two weeks of earned but unused vacation as a part of employee’s Paid Family Leave.
  • AB 2067 (Bonita) Undermines an employer’s ability to provide a safe, drug free workplace by creating a new protection classification for employees who use marijuana for medical purposes.
  • AB 2946 (Kalra) Extends from six months to three years for any past or present employee to file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner.

CLCA supports the following bills, which are good for business:

  • AB 2131 (Melendez) Reduces the minimum franchise tax by 50% for every business corporation.
  • AB 2353 (Frazier) Shortens the timeframe for action against a person or business for a construction defect from ten years to five years after substantial completion of the project.
  • AB 2410 (Grayson) Reduces the annual tax for small limited liability companies from $800 to $400 for first two years of operation beginning 2020.
  • AB 2510 (Muratsuchi) Reduces the annual tax for microbusinesses (businesses with annual income of $150,000 or less) from $800 to $100 retroactively effective January 1,2018.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Legislative Committee, please contact Megan Rios 661-835-9259 or

River-Friendly: Watersmart Workshops

May 19, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

A FREE event with FREE parking
The Citrus Heights Water District presents a three-hour workshop, hosted by ReScape CA, & led by a landscape design, installation & irrigation expert:

Attendees will learn how to:
•Infuse their personal artistic style into a beautiful outdoor space.
•Design a water-wise irrigation system to ensure a thriving eco-friendly landscape.

Learn from the best instructors:

  • Cheryl Buckwalter of Landscape Liaisons – Landscape Designer, Consultant, & Educator – Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper
  • Lori Palmquist, CID, CIC, CLWM, CLIA, WWLP Irrigation Designer, Consultant, and Educator

Register Online

May 19, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

West Sacramento Community Center
1110 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

A FREE event with FREE parking
*Workshop Day Raffle Prizes*

  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Corona Hand Saw

A three-hour workshop that addresses the needs of those who have and haven’t replaced their lawns with water-wise ornamental landscapes using River-Friendly principles. Attendees receive a printed copy of “A Seasonal Guide to Keep Your Eco-Friendly Landscape Looking Great.” You Will Learn:

  • What to do on a seasonal basis to keep your plants happy and healthy
  • How to get the upper hand in the war on weeds
  • How to maintain and adjust your drip system as your landscape matures
  • How to manage common plant diseases and insect pests
  • When fertilizer might be necessary, and when it’s not
  • When to add compost and mulch
  • How and when to prune to keep your shrubs, ornamental grasses and other plants looking great

Learn from the best: Instructor – Linden Nies, of Imagine Landscapes & Design

Register Online

Membership Advantage: Lien Paperwork

CLCA has negotiated special member discounts with Construction Preliens & Paperwork, a service that provides the necessary documents to protect construction lien rights.

Construction Preliens & Paperwork uses information provided by the contractor or supplier to prepare mechanic’s liens, design professional’s liens, stop notices, bond filings, lien releases, conditional and unconditional waivers and releases, and preliminary notices. The service also includes certified mail deliveries with a return receipt for liens, preliminary notices, and other mailings when appropriate. In addition, Construction Preliens & Paperwork provides consultation on the lien-related paperwork process, although it does not enter the realm of legal or accounting advice.

Copies of all mailed documents are automatically sent to the client at no charge.

Available Forms

Customer Service Agreement: Includes Preliminary Notice, Mechanics Lien Request, and Stop Notice

For more information, contact Construction Preliens & Paperwork, Jordi Grant (530) 867-4764 or email To receive a 5% discount on all services, identify yourself as a CLCA member by using the password: CLCA HELPS.

Creating an Edible Landscape with Berries

Courtesy of Village Nurseries

We believe that you don't have to sacrifice beauty for function when it comes to designing and building an edible landscape. Think hedges of cool-colored blueberries or containers of juicy blackberries with snow white blooms.

Here are some of our favorite picks that combine form, function, and flavor for an edible landscape:

Bountiful Blue® Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'FLX-2' Plant Patent #19,381
This is an award-winning variety from Monrovia sporting blue-green foliage, blush pink blooms, and large, sweet blueberries. Grows to 3'-4' tall and wide. Zones: 6-10 Chill Hours: 150-200

Sunshine Blue Blueberry
Vaccinium x 'Sunshine Blue' (Southern Highbush)
A deciduous, semi dwarf variety that serves as a great companion plant to Bountiful Blue® (when planted together, Bountiful Blue® can produce up to 10% more fruit). Requires fewer chill hours and great for mild winter climates. Grows to 3'-4' tall and wide. Zones: 5-10. Chill Hours: 150

Peach Sorbet® Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'ZF06-043' Plant Patent #23,325
A compact variety named for its lovely peach, pink, orange, and emerald green leaves. White blooms appear in spring with an abundant summer crop of blueberries. Foliage turns to a rich eggplant color in the winter. Grows to 1.5'-2' tall and wide. Zones: 5-10, Chill Hours: 300 or less

Blue Suede® Southern Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'TH-682' Plant Patent #21,222
This is a deciduous variety boasting an early summer crop of large berries. White flowers appear in spring, and by fall the foliage turns a rich burgundy red hue. Best suited for colder climates. Grows to 3'-5' tall and wide. Zones: 6-9. Chill Hours: 500-550

Baby Cakes™ Blackberry
Rubus x 'APF-236T' Plant Patent #27,032
A dwarf, thornless blackberry that produces a firework-like display of large berries in the summer. This deciduous variety would do well in containers in full sun. In most regions, Baby Cakes™ will produce twice in a season. Grows to 3'-4' tall and wide. Zones: 4-8. Chill Hours: 400

Great Money Saving Idea

Harvester Ed has a simple, yet powerful money saving, profit making idea. That’s all we’re going to say. Watch this short video and check it out for yourself. You'll be glad you did!

While we're on the subject, here's another money saving idea: Install GPS units in each of your production trucks. These units don’t just track the truck's location anymore. Since Verizon purchased Fleetmatics, the company is working hard to incorporate numerous features into the product. To view these, just click below and check it out.

One California company we work with paid for the entire system -- FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR -- just from the fuel saved as a result of less idling, and better routing.



AG Sod

West Coast Turf

Delta Bluegrass

Cascade Rock
Custom Pump
Imperial Sprinker

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