The plans to remove a swath of trees on one side of a Palm Springs golf course have some residents who live near the course up in arms. When the plan was originally announced by officials from the town to remove trees along the 14th fairway at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, many who live in the neighborhood were pleased. One group of concerned residents are now speaking out against the plan.
One of the most commonly asked questions in the construction world is if a construction contract should always be recorded in writing. This is a very important question that should be answered by an attorney with experience in construction law.
The construction industry is a big indicator of the California economy and the country as a whole. If the industry is booming, the economy is stable. If the industry is struggling, the economy is taking a hit. An important part of the construction industry is safety. Defects can happen with construction, which is why we will take a closer look at this topic today.
Over the last few months, we spent some time discussing how everyone from economists to government officials have become increasingly concerned about the so-called housing crisis here in California.
It's a virtual certainty that any California resident who entertains friends or family hailing from other parts of the nation will hear them comment on two things during their visit: the weather and home prices.
If asked to explain the process through which new regulations are adopted or amendments made to the California Building Code, most people in the construction industry would understandably be at something of a loss for specifics. Nevertheless, chances are good that at a minimum, they would envision a legislative process that is both complex and protracted.
While most of us here in Southern California would like to keep the Great Recession firmly in the rearview mirror, it hasn't always proven to be easy. This is especially true for those individuals who have long plied their trade in industries that were hit the hardest by the prolonged economic decline and associated housing market collapse, including real estate, banking and, of course, construction.
Most firms in California that are engaged in building new homes use a written contract to set forth the terms of the contract with their customers. Knowledgeable builders want their standard contracts to contain all of the pertinent terms of the agreements with their customers, but one category of such terms is often overlooked: warranties created and imposed by California statutes that regulate the state's construction law.
Construction work can be both satisfying and profitable, and it draws many persons who see themselves as successful builders and entrepreneurs. Entering the construction business seems simple: buy tools and a truck, identify materials suppliers, buy business cards and post some ads on the internet and you're off. But not so fast. California requires all persons and entities that wish to do business as a contractor to obtain a contractor's license, post a bond and satisfy the state's working capital requirements.
Most persons in the construction industry in southern California have a general understanding of statutes of limitation, but very few understand the difference between a statute of limitation and a statute of repose. The distinction is an important feature of California construction law, because, while all civil lawsuits are subject to a statutorily prescribed deadline for bringing the action, the state's statute of repose applies only to lawsuits arising out of defects in construction projects.