People in California have varying thoughts on lawyers, but it is often true that most people don't appreciate the skills and services an attorney can bring to the table until they need one in their corner. In the construction industry, busy professionals don't have the time to carefully review and second-guess every decision they make in order to keep the flow of business moving. But they also know that reckless decision-making can lead to liability, so walking this fine line can be a challenge to construction company owners who don't have an extensive legal background.
People in the construction industry may have heard about an interesting development in the controversial San Francisco waterfront development case. In June of 2014, a ballot initiative known as Proposition B gave San Francisco citizens the authority to vote on the allowable height of any and all proposed waterfront developments on land managed by the Port of San Francisco. This measure basically gave the voters the right to decide what and how projects would be built in this area.
One of the biggest sources of growth and labor in California is the government, which typically awards billions of dollars every year to private contractors and small businesses that provide the know-how and expertise for big government initiatives. Government contracts run the gamut from construction labor to technical guidance, so doing work with the state can be big business for even small construction companies. Each year the state contracts for and purchases about $10 billion worth of goods and services, so construction company owners who want to throw their hat in the ring may be well compensated for their efforts.
At long last, the state of California has begun construction on the state's largest transportation project in history, the high speed rail which will eventually span most of the state and connect San Francisco with Lost Angeles and beyond. Ground was broken earlier this month on the first segment in Fresno, which will span approximately 29 miles.