CIFAC NEWS

Illusion or Fact Building

ILLUSION or FACT?

By Patricia (Patti) Rascon, Southern Regional Compliance Manager. – Enacted in 1983, the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (referred to as the ACT) provides public agencies economic benefits and greater freedom to expedite public works projects. Their Policies and Procedures Manual offers a plethora of information, and provides systematic instructions for adoption or

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Pismo Beach, Bello Street Veterans Building

Following Proper Contracting Procedures Results in Cost Savings Benefit

By Anthony (Tony) Morelli, Southwestern Regional Compliance Manager. It was recently brought to my attention that the Public Works Director for the City of Pismo Beach would ask the City Council to approve an upcoming agenda item regarding a change order for a grading and paving contractor, in the amount of $137,380.00. Upon additional research,

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The City of Ukiah Bids Work Listed in Change Order

After a letter from CIFAC, the City of Ukiah decided to bid a $71,000 paving and sidewalk project. This work had previously been listed in a change order, but CIFAC was able to convince the agency to bid the work. On January 17, CIFAC was contacted about a change order pertaining to the work being

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ABC’s of Public Works Bidding in California

By Michelle Pickens, Executive Director One of the most frequent calls we get at the CIFAC office is from a contractor wondering what the requirements are to be able to bid on public works projects. As money’s raining down from SB1, the November 2014 Prop.1 water bond and another bond issue on the ballot June

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Paving the Way with ADEA

By Patricia Rascon, Southwestern Regional Compliance Manager What is ADEA and how does it potentially benefit our construction industry? ADEA is the acronym for the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. By crushing the stereotypes that prevent companies from recognizing the variety of strengths they currently have, such as wisdom, experience and reliability, older

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Five Things You Need To Know About Emergency Declarations

Over the past several months, California has received a lot of rain. In many areas of the state, the record rainfall and snow pack totals are enough to lift them out of drought status. At the same time, many areas in Northern California also saw a slew of emergency declarations pass by county and city

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The Importance of Contractor Licensing Laws

By Michelle Pickens, Executive Director Anyone who works within the public works construction industry knows the importance of the contractor licensing laws in California. Our State has some of the strictest rules in the nation, sometimes causing confusion and headaches while navigating through the bid and award process. Although the annoyance factor is understandable, did

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Bridging the Gap Without the App

By Patricia Rascon, Southwestern Regional Compliance Manager For the first time in history our workforce is comprised of five different generations. The three main groups are Baby Boomers born 1946-1964, Generation X born 1965-1980, and Generation Y born between 1981-1995. Add in some of the Traditional generation born before 1945 and the now emerging Linkster’s

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The Brown Act – Impacts Two Cities

By Patricia Rascon, Southwestern Regional Compliance Manager CIFAC Educates Two Cities on Agenda Posting Requirements (January 2017) What is transparency? Ballotpedia refers to it as, “Openness, accountability, and honesty define government transparency. In a free society, transparency is government’s obligation to share information with citizens. It is at the heart of how citizens hold their

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Lease Leaseback: This Foe May Be A New Friend

By Michelle Pickens, Executive Director A new law brings fairness to “lease leaseback” contracting. For many compliance agents and contractors in California, the mere mention of a “lease leaseback” school construction project spurred verbal groans and eyeball rolls. The negative perception surrounding this contracting method was in large part due to school districts abusing its

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Do California Fairs Follow Public Contract Code?

California’s fairs can be difficult navigate. What are the force account limits? Do all the fairs have to follow the same rules? What’s the difference between a state owned fair and a county owned fair? Many of the answers are cut and dry, while some are in a grey area. In 2012, California’s budget shortfalls

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