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Now What? Practical Tips for Navigating California Post-A.B. 5

By Jim Paretti, Michael J. Lotito, Bruce Sarchet, and Patrick C. StokesOn September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law sweeping legislation—Assembly Bill 5 (A.B. 5)—that will dramatically reshape the contours of California’s workforce and...

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Why Invest in Any Membership?

By Michelle Kavanaugh – Executive Director, California Pool & Spa AssociationAs the new Executive Director of the California Pool & Spa Association, I think about why a person would invest in a membership often.  After all, the focus for my position is to...

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A Message from the Chair

Somewhere around 1974, the swimming pool industry in California was faced with pending legislation that would ban the sale and installation of natural gas heaters on swimming pools. This proposed legislation spawned the birth of SPEC, the Swimming Pool...

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New Decarbonization Building Code Being Adopted

While the State Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission hold hearings about decarbonization, some California cities are moving forward adopting their own all-electric building code under what is known as a Reach Code. Reach Codes are building codes that are...

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Analysis of AB 5 for the Swimming Pool and Spa Industry

The California Legislature, in its last week of the 2019 legislative session in September, arguably the most controversial bill of the session, AB 5, passed the State Senate on a 29-11 vote after over two hours of debate. The State Assembly concurred in Senate...

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Building Standards for Residential Pools

The California Building Standards Commission this week issued a Bulletin 19-06 to state agencies, local governments and interested parties relative to the Swimming Pool Safety Act. The purpose of the Bulletin was to correct errors and omissions that occurred in the...

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CPSA Files Testimony on Decarbonization

City of Berkeley has already adopted.  San Jose and Oakland are pushing for it.  If gas lines are not even provided for new builds, gas heaters, outdoor kitchens, and fire features will not be an option. The Governor, Legislature and key state agencies are very...

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Cal-OSHA Enacts Emergency Regulations

All Employers Must Train and Protect Outdoor Workers from Wildfire SmokeThis new emergency regulation will apply to pool service companies and those who work in the pool construction business.  An action plan for employers is provided at the end of the...

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De-Carbonization Hearing Continues

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) held a second joint Workshop on Building Decarbonization. According to the CPUC and CEC, the objective of this workshop was to share an overview of...

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