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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1993
The dream of homeownership can turn to nightmare for those who encounter such problems as shoddy construction or overcharging. Consumers in California are supposed to be able to rest easier because they can consult a watchdog agency, the Contractors State License Board. As its name suggests, the board licenses contractors, and it provides information on builders. It all sounds good on paper.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
More than two dozen suspected illegal contractors were cited this week during an undercover sting operation launched by state authorities. The operation was conducted at a home in Long Beach, where investigators posing as homeowners sought bids for work that included welding, painting, landscaping and swimming pool repair, state authorities said Thursday. The investigators were from the Contractors State License Board. They were aided by Long Beach police and city prosecutors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1993
For many people, the thought of hiring a contractor to build or remodel a house is as painful as contemplating a root canal. Horror stories abound concerning businesses that violated codes, overcharged or did shoddy work. The Contractors State License Board is supposed to monitor and license contractors and provide information on complaints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
A sting in a neighborhood hard hit by November's wildfires netted seven arrests of allegedly unlicensed contractors, officials said Thursday. The undercover operation was conducted by police, the district attorney's office and the Contractors State License Board. In addition to the felony arrests for bidding without a license in a declared disaster area, one contractor also was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession. The contractors had run ads, distributed fliers, posted Internet notices or been targeted by complaints to the contractors board.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1993 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials have temporarily suspended the license of an Orange County custom home building company after it missed a deadline to obtain a qualified contractor to serve as its legally responsible license holder. The suspension of Gotech Builders Inc.'s license by the Contractors State License Board could last several weeks while the application submitted this week by the company is processed.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1986
Benny Y. Yee was elected chairman and John H. Moore, vice chairman for fiscal year 1986-87 of the Contractors State License Board, Sacramento.
REAL ESTATE
April 20, 1997
The state Department of Consumer Affairs offers a variety of useful booklets and fact sheets of interest to homeowners and renters. Unless otherwise specified, the publications may be ordered by writing to DCA Publications, P.O. Box 310, Sacramento, CA 95802, or by calling (916) 323-7239 or the Consumer Information Center at (800) 952-5210. Materials are free, unless noted. CONSTRUCTION & HOME IMPROVEMENT * "When You Decide to Improve Your Home." Fact sheet.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hearing Set on Contractors Board: The legislative panel reviewing the Contractors State License Board, inundated with horror stories about the state agency, has scheduled a second public hearing, for Nov. 9, to gather more testimony. "We have received an unprecedented number of calls and letters since our original hearing on Oct. 6," said Assemblywoman Jackie Speier (D-Burlingame), chairman of the Assembly's consumer protection and government efficiency committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1999
Wondering if the contractor you're about to hire has a valid state contractor's license? If you have a touch-tone phone, you can check the contractor's status by calling the Contractors State License Board at (800) 321-2752. This number also provides recorded information about a variety of topics, including how to file a complaint against a contractor, new laws, locations of board offices and contractors' licensing requirements.
REAL ESTATE
May 10, 1987
Regarding the article (March 1) on home inspectors, I submit the following: At present there is no licensing requirements for home inspectors in California. The Contractors' State License Board has no jurisdiction over home inspectors. The board only has jurisdiction over the trades that are licensed. Anyone contemplating having a home inspection should be skeptical when an inspection company directly or indirectly gives the impression that it is licensed as home inspectors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has filed charges against six men for allegedly doing home improvement and landscaping work in the San Fernando Valley without licenses. The men allegedly offered to do painting work and trim and remove trees at a location in North Hollywood that was set up as part of a sting by the Contractors State License Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2000 | LEE CONDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Contractors State License Board said Friday it has revoked the licenses of four contracting companies accused of duping elderly homeowners into taking out loans against their homes to pay for unnecessary remodeling work. The state agency alleged the contractors canvassed neighborhoods to find elderly residents who had paid off their homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Augustin Renteria's ad seemed to be working. He got a call asking him to bid on a house-painting job in Glendale. On Tuesday morning, he walked around the outside of the vacant house at 800 E. Elk St. and jotted down his bid of $1,100 on a scrap of paper and handed it to the man. That's when his trouble began. He was handcuffed and brought into a makeshift booking area in the house's detached garage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Augustin Renteria's ad seemed to be working. He got a call asking him to bid on a house-painting job in Glendale. On Tuesday morning, he walked around the outside of the vacant house at 800 E. Elk St. and jotted down his bid of $1,100 on a scrap of paper and handed it to the man. That's when his trouble began. He was handcuffed and brought into a makeshift booking area in the house's detached garage. Renteria was cited for not having a contractor's license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1999
Wondering if the contractor you're about to hire has a valid state contractor's license? If you have a touch-tone phone, you can check the contractor's status by calling the Contractors State License Board at (800) 321-2752. This number also provides recorded information about a variety of topics, including how to file a complaint against a contractor, new laws, locations of board offices and contractors' licensing requirements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1998
For homeowners looking at leaking roofs, downed trees and assorted mayhem after the winter's storms, there's yet another potential problem: the unlicensed contractor. In a worthwhile undertaking, the Contractors State License Board ran a sting operation recently in Mission Viejo. In two days, undercover investigators posing as a suburban couple received offers to lay tile and do other jobs from 14 craftsmen who were supposed to be licensed in their occupations but were not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
A sting in a neighborhood hard hit by November's wildfires netted seven arrests of allegedly unlicensed contractors, officials said Thursday. The undercover operation was conducted by police, the district attorney's office and the Contractors State License Board. In addition to the felony arrests for bidding without a license in a declared disaster area, one contractor also was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession. The contractors had run ads, distributed fliers, posted Internet notices or been targeted by complaints to the contractors board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS
After numerous San Fernando Valley residents were swindled by contractors in the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Contractors State License Board has released an "Aftershock Kit" it says will help to prevent future scams. The free kit gives details on how to find and check out a reputable contractor and negotiate a contract. It also contains a basic checklist to run down before hiring one.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1998
The Community Development Commission shares the concerns expressed in your April 7 editorial, "A Closer Look at Contractors," regarding losses to taxpayers. We also sympathize with the workers and vendors that Jaguar Rehab did not pay, and those who will have to wait longer for affordable housing. Following the incident, our first order of business was to ensure that vendors and workers were paid and that construction will be completed. Since going to the Board of Supervisors on that issue, we have been working to institute further safeguards against potential fraud in the future.
REAL ESTATE
April 20, 1997
The state Department of Consumer Affairs offers a variety of useful booklets and fact sheets of interest to homeowners and renters. Unless otherwise specified, the publications may be ordered by writing to DCA Publications, P.O. Box 310, Sacramento, CA 95802, or by calling (916) 323-7239 or the Consumer Information Center at (800) 952-5210. Materials are free, unless noted. CONSTRUCTION & HOME IMPROVEMENT * "When You Decide to Improve Your Home." Fact sheet.
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