The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 18, 2009
State board agents nab unlicensed contractors ... on Fridays, too

CSLB.gifThe Contractors State License Board conducted five undercover unlicensed contractor sting operations around the state Thursday, including one in Sacramento and another in Woodland. More about those operations in a second.

One thing that caught our eye was this line at the bottom of an e-mail about the stings from Rick Lopes, the board's public affairs chief:

Due to Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order S-13-09, all CSLB offices will be closed on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays of every month.

Does that mean unlicensed contractors don't have to worry about "Furlough Friday" stings? We asked board spokeswoman Venus Stromberg.

"Our enforcement staff has the flexibility to set up a sting any day of the week," she said.

Back to the stings, as reported by Lopes:

In Sacramento, nine people received Notices to Appear in Sacramento Superior Court to face misdemeanor charges of contracting without a license and, in some cases, misdemeanor charges of having an illegal advertisement.

That brings the total number of people either given an NTA or administrative citation in the five sting locations to 112.

One of those arrested today was taken to jail on a $20,000 arrest warrant for domestic violence.

In Woodland, two people were arrested on traffic warrants and released on promises to appear in court.

Click here for the press release detailing other stings around the state.


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