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Contractors State License Board Update

Today, the Contractors State License Board provided an update on the following. Workers Compensation Insurance Plan To maintain an active California contractor license, licensees are required to have on file with the Contractors State License Board either a Certificate of Workers Compensation Insurance or a Certificate of Self-Insurance issued byRead the Rest…

Snowpack Report Leads to Renewed Drought Worries

A new snowpack report from the Sierra Nevada’s this week brought grim news regarding the state of California’s largest source of water reserves, stoking fears that a resurgence of the drought might be right around the corner. As of January 30th, the Sierra Nevada snowpack was only at 30% ofRead the Rest…

CPSA Files Comments with California Department of Water Resources

The California Department of Resources hosted numerous stakeholder meetings in 2017 with the goal of developing modifications to the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) to ease implementation by local building officials throughout the state.  The California Pool and Spa Association and its retained consultant participated in these meetings, andRead the Rest…

CPSA Kills Bad Labor Bill

John Norwood, CPSA lobbyist and Executive Director, reported this week that the association helped kill a bill which would have provided workers’ compensation benefits to people using the underground economy to compete against legitimate businesses. AB 2016 (Gonzales-Fletcher) would have expanded the workers’ compensation coverage contained in a homeowners orRead the Rest…

New Pool Safety Law – FAQs

As of January 1st, the updated version of the Swimming Pool Safety Act enacted into law by SB 442 went into effect in California. This new act increases the requirements for safety devices on residential pools and spas in California, and applies when a permit is issued for a newRead the Rest…

New Swimming Pool Laws Going into Effect

As we have previously reported, SB 442 (Newman – D) was voted and signed into law this year updating the Swimming Pool Safety Act in California. This bill increases the number of safety or anti-drowning features required on new or remodeled residential swimming pools from one to two, and alsoRead the Rest…

Santa Monica Ordinance Bad for Pools & Spas

CPSA has scored a couple important victories recently relative to California’s ongoing development of additional water use restrictions as a reaction to the state’s historic five year drought. The association was successful in convincing the City of Lathrop to remove a ban on filling new and existing swimming pools andRead the Rest…

2017 Year End Report

The California Legislature adjourned for the year on September 16th and will not return for the second half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session until January 3rd, 2018. For perspective regarding the legislative activity from this year, the following occurred: bills signed into law by the Governor: 859; bills vetoed byRead the Rest…

CPSA Scores Another Win Against Water Restrictions

As indicated in a CPSA Alert published on October 17th, the California Pool and Spa Association is far from done responding to potential drought restrictions on filling new and existing swimming pools and spas during certain water emergencies. Even though the drought in California is over, cities must periodically fileRead the Rest…

Water Issues Coming to a Head in California

While many have assumed that the end of California’s five-year-long drought last winter meant the end of the pool industry’s troubles, recent events have shown that this is not the case. Despite the fact that the California Pool and Spa Association worked to ensure that restrictions against using water forRead the Rest…