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Dangerous New Bills as Session Ends

The California Legislature just returned from its month long summer recess, and as they say, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature are in session!” On that note, new draft amendments were just circulated to existing bills that would provide language and authority for the Governor’sRead the Rest…

Upcoming Meetings and Regulations

In August the California Energy Commission will be conducting a public workshop seeking comments regarding proposed energy efficiency regulations for pool pump replacement motors and portable electric spas. This is part of a multi-year rulemaking process that began in March of 2012, with a draft staff report with analysis ofRead the Rest…

MWELO Updates Still Ongoing

I spent 8 hours last week in a PG&E sponsored seminar on the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), a topic I have written about and confused people with over the last couple years. I will keep trying to make MWELO more understandable, but I am not sure how successfulRead the Rest…

CPSA Attends Drowning Awareness Events

Last week, the California Coalition of Children’s Safety and Health hosted a display in the Capitol building that told the stories of six children who lost their lives to drowning in residential swimming pools. The display was intended to emphasize the importance of safety procedures and vigilance around swimming poolsRead the Rest…

Regulations Frustrate Small Business Owners – More on the Way

Frustration has been growing in the small business community over the increasing number of laws and regulations that must be complied with in California. The number of regulations has ballooned in recent years, leaving small business owners struggling to keep up and living under a cloud of potential lawsuits ifRead the Rest…

Is the Pool & Spa Industry Under Attack in California?

You can answer this question on your own after you read this article, but I think it is fair to say that there are a number of serious issues that have the potential to do the swimming pool and spa industry significant damage, if not endanger the largest pool marketRead the Rest…

Department of Pesticide Regulation Addresses Chlorine Illnesses

Much to our surprise, the CPSA was contacted this week by the State Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) regarding illnesses and injuries in the swimming pool and spa industry resulting from the application or use chlorine products. Who would have known this state agency had anything to do with theRead the Rest…

Update on Legislation Affecting the California Pool & Spa Association

This week, the Legislature has been in full swing and the first real action has been taken on legislation of importance to the California swimming pool and spa industry. As one of the most unfriendly business climates in the nation, this session is not a great deal different than priorRead the Rest…

Obituary for Don Burns

Donald Carlton Burns passed away peacefully at home on March 14, 2017, surrounded by family. Son of Gilbert Burns and Pauline Carpenter, he is survived by his wife of 19 years, Peggy. He is also survived by his daughters Pam Kitagawa (Stalley), Tracy Simpson (Allen), and Hilary Nishiura (Gavin), asRead the Rest…

California Drought is Over, But Conservation is Not

Last Friday, Governor Jerry Brown officially declared an end to the drought that has marked one of the driest periods in California’s history. The drought, which began in 2012 and was officially marked as an emergency by executive order in 2014, was brought to an end by historic rain andRead the Rest…