In March, Peg Friesen, Membership & Events Manager and Susan Driscoll (Aegis Insurance Markets), CATT Membership Committee Chair, participated in the Annual Golden State Builders Exchange (GSBE) meeting to learn about additional benefits and services that can be extended through this partnership to CATT members. Members of the 20 Builders Exchanges within GSBE represent more construction-related companies than any other industry organization in California. Being part of this umbrella allows us to pass on to CATT members human resource and consulting services, OSHA citation defense and consult, fleet programs, workers compensation and more. In addition to these services, I joined a meeting with Damon Conklin this past month who serves as the advocate for GSBE under the California Builders Alliance. Damon is tracking CA state legislative bills impacting construction and reported that of the 2400 bills introduced, there are 220 that have been identified. Staff will be looking closely at Damon’s updates as this number reduces to see where the overlap is between our local advocacy efforts and what is happening at the state level.
CATT members continue to report that they are busier than ever and trying to navigate supply shortages due to Covid related backlogs. According to a report from World Construction Today, 71% of contractors surveyed are facing at least one material shortage. Lumber was the most-cited material shortage (31%), followed by steel or electrical supplies other than copper wire (11%) and lighting supplies (10%). Although there may be little we can do about the materials supply and demand issue and increasing cost as a result, there are other issues impacting construction timelines that our advocacy efforts can improve. Especially concerning is the news that the Truckee Building Department is experiencing significant permit processing delays. We need to hear from you! If you have a current permit application created and have been waiting longer than 5 weeks to receive your permit, or if you recently received a permit which took longer than 5 weeks to be issued, please contact CATT Government Affairs Manager, Peter Fenolio (email@example.com), to share your experience.
Please reach out and let us know what is most impacting your business now and how you can maximize your CATT membership. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kellie Cutler, Executive Director