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                                                                                               AUGUST 2011 • Vol. 35, Issue No. 8

                                                       w w w. c l c a s f b a . o r g   San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

                                                                                             A tradition of excellence.

Save the Dates!
September 11: Chapter Picnic
The Chapter Picnic will be held on Sunday,
September 11, at Coyote Point Park, San
Mateo, in the newly renovated Eucalyptus
One Group Area. Enjoy a BBQ, games and
the annual horseshoe tournament. Bring the
family and join your CLCA friends for a fun            California Landscape Contractors Association
day at Coyote Point! See the flyer in this                    San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
October 6: Chapter Golf Tournament
It’s time to get the sticks out and get ready    2011 Annual Garden Tour
for our annual chapter golf tournament
which will be held on Thursday, October 6.                      Saturday, August 13, 2011
We are excited to be returning to the same
venue as last year -- Crystal Springs Golf       Meet at Horizon, 4060 Campbell Avenue, Menlo Park 94025-1007
Course in Burlingame. The tournament will         7:45 am, Continental Breakfast
be a scramble format with a shotgun start.        8:15 am, Garden Tour Bus leaves
Additional prizes for the longest drive and
closest to the pin on designated holes. We
                                                 $45.00/person, includes continental breakfast, transportation, lunch
will also have a putting contest prior to the
tournament. Plan to attend, play some golf
with friends and stay for the dinner and
                                                 Reservations due August 6, 2011
awards following the tournament. Watch
for more details in upcoming issues of the       To reserve your space, contact
Breeze -- and SAVE the DATE! See page 5.         Oliver Frank at:

                                                 Oliver Frank / Landscapia
                                                 1928 Lexington Ave.
                                                 San Mateo, CA 94402
                                                 650-345-4546 office
                                                 650 333-3390 mobile

Rick Camin (center) received the Knight of the
Garter at the SFX. See page 4.
  2011 SF Bay Area Chapter Contacts

 Camin Landscaping
 RICK CAMIN                             (650) 964-1078
                                                              P          artners for
                                                              August?... Really?... Already?
                                                                                               S          uccess
                                         (650) 333-2021
                                                              By: Jeff Calhoun, FX Luminaire
                                                              August is already here and we are 2/3 of the way through 2011. Do you know what that
 VICE PRESIDENT / MEMBERSHIP CHAIR                            means? That’s right, it is time to start planning and budgeting for your participation with
                                    (408) 417-5137
 Crosby Landscaping
 NATE CROSBY                                                  CLCA-SFBA for 2012! The PFS Program is geared to increase participation in all of our

                                                              events bridging the interaction between contractors and suppliers, which in turn provides a
                                     (408) 687-1104           better communication of new products and practices within our industry. In addition, the
 Integrity Landscape Services
                                                              PFS Program provides a better value for Contractor and Affiliate members who want to
                                         (650) 533-0742
                                                              package their participation together and simply pay with one check. So earmark some of
 De la Vega Landscaping 
                                                              your funds and start thinking about how you are going to participate next year and
 ASSOCIATE LIAISON                                            contribute to the success of our chapter.
                                  (888) 711-7124
 FX Luminaire
 AUXILIARY PRESIDENT(S)                                       Ewing Irrigation • Horizon Distributors • Hunter / FX Luminaire
                                  (408) 741-4803
 CINDY SINGLETARY                                             John Deere Landscapes • Lyngso Garden Materials

                                        (650) 941-4093        GOLD

                                         (650) 377-1965
                                                              Colony Landscape • Imperial Sprinkler Supply • Peninsula Building Materials

                                                              Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc.
 AUXILIARY TREASURER                                          GARDEN TOUR
                                         (650) 948-7858
                                                              Landscapia • Charlene Ott • Leo Ott • Jolee Horne Landscape Design
 AUXILIARY SECRETARY                                          STUDENT SPONSORSHIP
                                          (408) 690-8957
                                                              Girvin Peters Landscape • EvLand LLC • Landsculpt Gardens

 STUDENT CLUB PRESIDENT                                       EMERALD
                                                              Camin Landscaping • Crosby Landscaping • Hayes Rototilling Service
                                  voice (530) 621-1701
                                                              Landmark Landscapes • Modern Landscaping, Inc (x2) • The Village Gardener
 Jerrie Beard & Associates          fax (530) 621-2043

                                                              Carmen Biland • Linda Garrett Landscape Architect
          CLCA State Headquarters                             A LA CARTE
 1491 River Park Drive, Ste. 100                              Girvin Peters Landscape • Ruskin Garden • Samscaping, Inc.
 Sacramento CA 95815-8899
 (916) 830-2780 • (800) 448-2522
                                                              To become involved, contact Jeff Calhoun at (888) 711-7124 or

 (916) 830-2788 Fax • email:

 CLCA Mission Statement
 The California Landscape Contractors Association
 serves the interests of its members, promotes
 professionalism, and advances public awareness of
 the landscape industry.
 The CLCA SFBA Chapter newsletter is published month-
 ly. Copy and advertising deadlines are the 10th of the
 month preceding publication. Please send all copy,
 black & white photos, line art and ad materials to: Jerrie
 Beard & Associates, 1024 Simon Dr., Ste. F, Placerville
 CA 95667. Emailed submissions are also welcome at For information on advertis-
 ing and rates, contact Jerrie Beard at (530) 621-1701.
 Articles submitted are subject to approval and modifi-
 cation. Chapter or Editor are not liable for misprints or
 errors, and do not necessarily agree with opinions
 expressed in byline articles. Articles may be used by
 other CLCA chapter newsletters, giving proper credit to
 their source.

2 • August 2011                                                                                                         CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
                                                                           The modern day definition of the “knight” is a champion. He is
 A Message from the President                                           a man devoted to the service of a woman or a cause.
                                                                        As a result, the Knight of the Garter is a person who is a noble
Mike, Rick and Mary --                                                  gentleman. He is courteous, well-mannered, kind and is always

3 of CLCA’s Greats!                                                     willing to help when needed. The Knight of the Garter is also
                                                                        presented with a garter to be worn at the CLCA functions on the
By James Walker, LandSculpt                                             left leg below the knee. He may be asked, at any time during these
                                                                        functions, to display his garter for all to see. In exchange, he
With each passing month of service to CLCA and our membership,          receives a kiss from the lady who asks to see
I meet more and more wonderful people who have been dedicated           his garter.
to maintaining our Association and moving us all forward. I have           As the fine qualities of “the Knight” were
just returned from SFX in Oxnard, and I must say, sincerely, that it    described, I turned to my tablemates and
was a wonderful event. Hats off to Mike Hertzer the state events        said, “she clearly is describing Rick Camin’s
chair as well as his statewide committee for choosing the Embassy       qualities.” A moment later Rick was selected
Suites Mandalay Bay Hotel. It was isolated,                             as the 2011 recipient of the Knight of the
large but intimate and self-contained; great                            Garter! Congratulations Rick, and thanks for
food and drink, huge suites and most                                    being such an important part of our Association. So ladies, should
importantly, it was right on the water. We                              you want a kiss from Rick, just ask at any CLCA function to see his
could all be together and gather in grand                               garter. Then pucker-up cause he’s obliged.
elegance to do our business while balancing                                Mary Cohen, in partnership with her husband Barry Cohen, has
the time with family to stroll and play on the                          been a dedicated giving volunteer for CLCA for almost 30 years.
beach, swim in the pool, golf, take a boat trip                         Due to by-law rules relating to the 25-year life membership
or just explore. Thanks Mike for doing such a great job. I am really    requirement status established to clearly
looking forward to Maui in November. I cannot believe the low           define this honor, Mary was going to have to
prices you negotiated for the rooms at the Sheraton Kaanapali. I        wait 5 more years before attaining the
suspect that you are building a legacy here at CLCA.                    benefits and recognition of this lofty position.
   I attended the Auxiliary fund-raiser dinner on Friday night at a     The 25-year by-law rule is important but, in
raucus outdoor harbor side pub called Black Beards in Oxnard. Just      Mary’s case, the details of the rule were not
before the auction began, the Auxiliary members announced the           fair nor did they recognized her dedication
recipient of this year’s Knight of the Garter honor. As per the state   of service 10 years prior to officially
web site, “The Order of the Garter is the highest and oldest order of   becoming listed as a member. Therefore, at the general membership
knighthood in Great Britain. It was founded in 1349 by King             meeting, Mary received appreciative support and recognition for
Edward III of England. According to legend, King Edward was             her enduring service and unique status. We unanimously voted to
dancing with the Countess of Salisbury at a great court ball. During    honor Mary with life membership status. Congratulations Mary!
the dance, the Countess lost her garter. As the king nobly picked it    You deserve it.
up to hand it to her, he saw several smiles and heard remarks. The         We are all so fortunate to have benefited from Mike Hertzer’s,
king became very angry at these reactions and he exclaimed,             Rick Camin’s and Mary Cohen’s dedication and service to CLCA.
‘Shame be to him who thinks evil of it.’ Then he added that he          Give a hearty thank you next time you see them…. oh…… and a
would make the garter ‘so glorious that everyone would wish to          kiss to Rick.
wear it.’ On all ceremonial occasions, members of the Order wear
their garters on the left leg below the knee.”

                              (408) 266-1717
                              f (408) 264-1717

                              License #472305

             J.Arnaz Tree Movers
      1593 Koch Lane, San Jose, CA 95125
                                                                                                                August 2011 • 3
                                                                                                       of his 62 years in the industry. He outlined
                                                                                                       how the industry has grown and changed
                                                                                                       and also some of the innovations in
                                                                                                       equipment and irrigation that were
                                                                                                       spearheaded by Valley Crest over the years.
                                                                                                          Mr. Sperber advised companies to grow
                                                                                                       slowly, noting that Valley Crest has never
                                                                                                       grown more than 15% in any year. When
                                                                                                       asked how the company has survived other
                                                                                                       economic downturns, he said that a
                                                                                                       company needs to live within its means; if
                                                                                                       the company earnings drop, the company
                                                                                                       needs to make adjustments to live within
                                                                                                       that income, and not take on debt it can’t
Jeffrey Tobias of Landscape by Jeffrey (far right) gave SFX participants a tour of his award winning
                                                                                                       afford to pay back. He also advised more
Day Creek Ranch project.
                                                                                                       education and training at all levels - from

Something for Everyone at SFX                                                                          field workers to executives - to make the
                                                                                                       business run more efficiently and
By Jerrie Beard                                                                                        competitively.
                                                                                                          Valley Crest’s growth over the years has
California Landscape Contractors                    snacks and boat tours around the inland
                                                                                                       been largely by acquisition. When asked
Association (CLCA) members from all over            waterways of Oxnard under an almost full
                                                                                                       what he looks for when purchasing a
the state converged in Oxnard on July 13-16         moon.
                                                                                                       company, he noted three things: people in
for the annual Summer Family                            No CLCA event is complete without a
                                                                                                       the company, quality of work and whether
Extravaganza. Many arrived from the hot             golf tournament. Members were off early
                                                                                                       the company has happy customers.
interior areas of the state hoping for cooler       on Thursday morning to maintain this
                                                                                                          With heads full of such sage wisdom,
temperatures. They were not disappointed.           tradition at River Ridge Golf Club. The
                                                                                                       everyone headed to the softball field next to
Coastal cloudiness and a brisk breeze off           foursome of Bob Wade, Terry Muhlmann,
                                                                                                       the hotel for the annual North vs. South
the ocean kept all but the hardy (or very           Kim Ayala and David Bloodgood took top
                                                                                                       softball game. Led out by pitchers Nelson
young) out of the pool and off the beach.           honors for the day. While the big kids were
                                                                                                       Colvin from the south and John David from
   The event began on Wednesday                     out golfing, the wee ones were enjoying a
                                                                                                       the north, the teams went head to head for
morning with an executive board meeting             round of mini golf and family fun at Golf
                                                                                                       the annual bragging rights… with the north
followed by the Chapter Presidents Council          N’ Stuff. Thank you to the Women’s
                                                                                                       pulling out yet another win over the south.
meeting in the afternoon. Both groups were          Auxiliary for keeping everyone entertained.
                                                                                                       Tasty street tacos awaited the ravished
apprised of the progress of the association’s           The afternoon found events director
                                                                                                       players after the game. Thank you to Kym
marketing/branding campaign which is in             Mike Hertzer and Valley Crest legend Bert
                                                                                                       Dreher from state for bringing in the taco
the initial research and planning stages.           Sperber engaged in an armchair chat with
                                                                                                       truck. It was great!     (continued on page 8)
Mustang Marketing, an outside marketing             50 or so CLCA members. Guided by
firm, has conducted research to develop a           questions emailed
road map to direct the association in               in prior to the
branding itself. Results from this research         event, Mr. Sperber
will be used to develop a tag line and              shared the wisdom
elevator speech to brand CLCA to its
members and to the general public.                  At right: Producer
   Hugs and handshakes abounded as                  Heather Louise
members from around the state began to              Parker, filmmaker
arrive, and the group turned out poolside           Thea Mercouffer, LA
for a Welcome Reception hosted by CLCA.             River Kayaker
The Channel Islands Chapter hosted a                George Wolfe, and
continuation of this reception at the canal-        from CLCA Bob
side home of Tom Lucas of Performance               Wade, Chuck Carr,
Nursery. Participants enjoyed cocktails,            Frank Niccoli.
4 • August 2011                                                                                                  CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
                                            hursday      ber
                                           Thursday, October 6, 2011
                                               CRYSTAL SPRINGS GOLF COURSE
                                               CRYSTAL SPRINGS GOLF COURSE
                                               6650 Golf Course Drive
                                               6650 Golf Course Drive
                                               B u r lin g a m e , C A 9 4 0 1 0
                                               Burlingame, CA 94010

                                           Registration: 11:00 am
                                            utting tourname      1:00
                                           Putting tournament: 11:00 to 12 noon
                                           Tee Time: 12:30 pm (Sh t
                                                           p (Shotgun Start – 4 Player Scramble)
                                                                 hotgun St t         r
                                                                                Player S    ble)
                                           Dinner and Prizes: 5:30 p.m.
                                           Dinner                 0

      Entry Fee: $125.00 per player
      Entry Fee: $125.00 per player
      Includes: Green Fee, Cart Fee, Box Lunch, Range Balls, BBQ Buffet Dinner (Chicken
      Includes: Green Fee, Cart Fee, Box Lunch, Range Balls, BBQ Buffet Dinner (Chicken
      and Tri Tip, chili beans, corn on the cob, six salads and garlic bread) and yes, a great
      and Tri Tip, chili beans, corn on the cob, six salads and garlic bread)     yes, great
           with friends and we can’t forget about the PRIZES.
      day with friends and we can’t forget about the PRIZES.

      Individual Sponsorship Package: $225.00
      Individual Sponsorship Package: $225.00
      Includes: Golf, Box Lunch, BBQ Dinner and Placard Recognition of your support
      Includes: Golf, Box Lunch, BBQ Dinner     Placard Recognition of your support

      Directions: From San Francisco travel south on 280, exit Black Mountain Road, turn right at stop sign.
      Directions: From San Francisco travel south on 280, exit Black Mountain Road, turn right at stop sign.
      From San Jose travel north on 280, exit Black Mountain Road, turn left and go through underpass,
                                                          a       d,
      From San Jose travel north on 280, exit Black Mountain Road, turn left and go through underpass,
      turn right at stop sign.
      turn right at stop sign.

      Please return completed registration form and check payable to SFBA CLCA to:
                  n completed
                   Beth Valdez
                   The Davey Tree Expert Company
                   119 Independence Drive
                   M              94025-1112
                   Menlo Park, CA 94025-1112

                  rm              contact
                                     tact                 687-1103
                                                            7- 03                     475
   Additional information, please contact Larry Scott 408 687-1103 or Beth Valdez 650 475-5400

                                    Entry deadline is September 22, 2011
                                    Entry deadline is September 22, 2011

 Company Name                                 N C G A in d e x o r
                                              NCGA index or                 y
                                                                        Entry Fee    S
                                                                                              hi    Diamond or
                                                                                                    Diamond or
                                              average score
                                              average score                                         Platinum Partner
                                                                                                    Platinum Partner
                                                                         $125.00     Package $225   Golf Coupon
                                                                                                    Golf Coupon





                BQ Dinner only 35.00
   ___________ BBQ Dinner only $ 35.00                               Total Enclosed: _______________________
                                                                     Total Enclosed: _______________________
                                                                        a                                                                                        August 2011 • 5
                                                                                               SFBA Chapter
       T     he Board Meets
                     By John Vega
                     The SFBA Chapter
                                              Rick Camin is considering extending a
                                              complementary invitation to our October
                                              dinner meeting to new C-27 licensees.
                                                                                               Scholarship Funds
                                                                                               The SFBA Chapter has established
                                                                                               several scholarship funds through the
                     board met June 23, at    Partners for Success
                                                                                               Landscape Educational Advancement
Peninsula Building Materials Showroom,        Jeff Calhoun met with Earl Boyd and other        Foundation (LEAF). Following are the
2490 Charleston Rd., Mountain View.           board members for a 2012 AMO planning            fund balances.
Meeting Called to Order at 5:31 p.m. by       session. There are several ambitious goals.
                                              The next important event for the Partner’s       SFBA Chapter . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 7,314.95
James Walker, chapter president.
                                              program is the Chapter Golf Tournament.          John Lyngso Honorarium . .$13,246.94
Roll                                                                                           Herbert Frank Memorial . . .$15,975.00
Rick Camin, Nate Crosby, Barry L. Cohen,      Golf Tournament
                                                                                               Hans Biland Memorial . . . .$10,675.00
Larry Scott, John Vega, James Walker,         Larry Scott discussed the golf tournament
                                                                                               Bill Hayes Memorial . . . . . .$13,205.00
Christine Hawkins, Marilyn Chow, Jeff         which will be held on October 6, 2011.
                                                                                               Klaus R. Hertzer Memorial .$ 8,228.00
Calhoun, Frank Niccoli, Melanie La Telle      Chapter Project                                  G. Kunimoto Memorial . . . .$12,170.00
Seaman, Earl Boyd.                                                                             Ken Jenner Memorial . . . . .$11,917.15
                                              Melanie La Telle Seaman reported on the
May Minutes                                   eagerness of Hort-Club students at Foothill      Paul Shogren Memorial . . . .$15,820.43
John Vega presented the May Minutes.          College to take part in the design contest.      Edron Schneider Memorial .$11,000.00
Larry Scott made a motion to approve;         The Bay Breeze                                   Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$119,552.47
seconded by Nate Crosby. Motion passed.                                                        To make a donation to one of these funds
                                              Christine Hawkins discussed the chapter
Treasures Report                              member’s interests in the “letters to the        or establish a fund of your own, send a
John Vega presented the Treasurer’s report.   editor” section of the Bay Breeze. She is also   check payable to "LEAF" to:
Frank Niccoli motioned to approve;            putting together a set of guidelines to make     CLCA, 1491 River Park Drive, #100,
seconded by Nate Crosby. The May              writing in this section easier.                  Sacramento, CA 95815-8899.
treasurer’s report approved.                  James Walker adjourned meeting 7:12 pm

6 • August 2011                                                                                         CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
                                                                                                  landscape lighting, nursery, and turf and
John Deere Landscapes New CLCA Water                                                              maintenance supplies for green industry
Management Certification Program Partner                                                          contractors. John Deere Landscapes also
                                                                                                  offers additional services that support the
The California Landscape Contractors               “In the coming decades, our customers,
                                                                                                  core businesses of green industry
Association (CLCA) welcomes John Deere          from around the globe, will face major
                                                                                                  contractors. For more information about
Landscapes as a new Water Management            challenges and opportunities. Water
                                                                                                  John Deere Landscapes, please visit
Certification Program Partner. CLCA's           availability is a challenge that impacts us all
Water Management Certification Program          and John Deere Landscapes, a division of
                                                                                                     Launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-
helps green industry professionals meet the     Deere, is proud to become a partner to such
                                                                                                  sponsored partnership program that seeks
need to reduce landscape water usage by         an important program not only to California
                                                                                                  to protect the future of our nation’s water
meeting a water budget. This program is         but to this industry as well,” said CEO
                                                                                                  supply by promoting water efficiency and
unique because participants not only take a     Samuel Allen.
                                                                                                  enhancing the market for water-efficient
written test, they are also required to            “We are pleased that John Deere
                                                                                                  products, programs, and practices.
manage at least one property to a water         Landscapes has chosen to join us as a new
                                                                                                     For more information on CLCA’s Water
budget for one year to achieve certification    program partner,” said David Silva,
                                                                                                  Management Certification Program, contact
and to submit an irrigation system audit.       Program Manager for CLCA’s Water
                                                                                                  David Silva at 916-830-2780 or
Participants are then required to continue to   Management Certification Program. “This
maintain a property to a water budget to        Certification Program would not be possible
continue their certification. CLCA's Water      without the strong support of our program
Management Certification carries the            partners. We are also grateful to our current
WaterSense Label from the U.S.                  partners Ewing Irrigation Products, Toro
Environmental Protection Agency and is          Company, Hunter Industries and Horizon
also approved for continuing education          Irrigation.”
units by PLANET and the Landscape                  John Deere Landscapes is the nation’s
Architecture Continuing Education System.       leading supplier of wholesale irrigation,                                                                                                                August 2011 • 7
                  (continued from page 4: SFX)
                     On Friday morning, members boarded a school bus for the ride
                  to Day Creek Ranch, winner of several state awards, for a site tour.
                  Designed, installed and maintained by Landscapes by Jeffrey, from
                  the Channel Islands Chapter, the 250 acre ranch includes a horse
                  track, a 50 stall horse stable, two homes, volcanic stone bridges and
                  walls, an avocado orchard, vernal pond, small lake, and acres of tree
                  lined roads. Jeff Tobias, owner of Landscapes by Jeffrey, personally
                  led the tour explaining the challenges presented at each stage of the
                  project and how it all came together. Some of these included:
                  •The hillsides in that area are volcanic in nature, creating special
                   challenges in planting.
                  •All the rock used to create bridges and walls is from the site.
                  •Special permits were required to develop the avocado orchard,
                   which sits on a hillside, to ensure that no erosion occurred. All
                   roadways are at 1% grade, and all runoff is diverted to an onsite
                   vernal pool.
                  •The inside track of the racetrack required special drainage and
                   composition to accommodate the special training of the horses at
                   the ranch.
                  Thank you to Jeff for the informative tour.
                     After the site tour, participants gained insight into the workings
                  of the “Labor Board” from Eric Rood, Assistant Chief from the
                  California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Eric
                  outlined the various agencies under the Department of Industrial
                  Relations and their functions, including the Labor Commissioner’s
                  Office. He noted that California’s estimated underground economy
                  is around $90 to $100 billion and that companies such as yours are
                  the eyes and ears of the “labor board”. He noted that DLSE is
                  working in conjunction with other state and federal agencies to
                  crack down on the underground economy. For companies striving
                  to stay within the law, he recommended good record keeping,
                  especially of time cards, documenting all rules and requirements in
                  an employee handbook, and calling the DLSE with questions. If
                  you’re in an area where it’s hard to get through via phone, he
                  suggested calling an office in an outlying area, such as Redding.
                  The enforcement manual as well as workplace postings can be
                  found and printed from To report activity
                  in the underground economy, call the labor commissioner as soon
                  as possible. In most cases, they need to work quickly to catch
                  suspected offenders before they move to another site.
                     Following Mr. Rood’s enlightening presentation, CLCA State
                  President Bob Wade welcomed members to a recognition luncheon
                  where life members, new members, past presidents and other
                  association dignitaries were thanked for their many contributions. A
                  team building exercise involving marshmallows, toothpicks,
                  bamboo skewers, and an egg completed the afternoon activities.
                  The object was to build a structure capable of supporting the egg
                  using the materials at hand. The most successful team constructed a
                  two story tower reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower and sturdy enough
                  to support the egg. Marshmallow mayhem ensued…fortunately, the
                  eggs were hard boiled.
8 • August 2011                                      CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Above: James
Walker, David
Bloodgood and his
wife, Kim Ayala
and Eric Rood.

At right: Leslie
Corsbie, Jeff
Calhoun and Rick

    In the evening, members and guests climbed aboard a bus
bound for the Ventura Harbor and a lively scavenger hunt, auction
and dinner. The Women’s Auxiliary raised over $1500 from the
evening to help fund scholarships. Our own Rick Camin had the
honor of Knight of the Garter bestowed upon him at the event.
    On Saturday morning, Heather Louise Parker, Thea Mercouffer,
and George Wolfe presented a rough cut of their documentary
“Rock the Boat.” The film, sponsored and co-produced by CLCA,
documents the controversial tale of a group’s 51-mile boating
expedition down the cemented canals known as the Los Angeles
River. In July 2010, the federal Environmental Protection Agency
declared the Los Angels River a navigable river, making it eligible
for federal protection and funding under the Clean Water Act. The
film’s underlying message is one of revitalizing and sustaining
rivers in urban areas throughout the country and the world.
    Closing the SFX was CLCA’s General Membership meeting.
State President Bob Wade noted the many accomplishments of the
association this year including:
•Sponsorship of the WaterSmart Conference in Las Vegas
•Successful removal of landscaping from AB350
•Sponsorship of the 4H water conservation program
•The Red to Black to Green Program
•Development of educational videos
•Revamping of the state website
•The association’s branding program
Ted Sandrowski, CLCA State Treasurer, presented the treasurer’s
                                                (continued on page 11)                                                         August 2011 • 9
CLCA Becomes WaterSmart                                                                       required to manage at least one property to
                                                                                              a water budget for one year to achieve
Innovations Conference Partner                                                                certification and to submit an irrigation
                                                                                              system audit. Participants are then required
The California Landscape Contractors            efficiency and enhancing the market for
                                                                                              to continue to maintain a property to a
Association (CLCA) announced it has             water-efficient products, programs, and
                                                                                              water budget to continue their certification.
become a new Partner for the WaterSmart         practices.
                                                                                                 The WaterSmart Innovations
Innovations Conference and Exhibition in           The WaterSmart Innovations
                                                                                              Conference will also feature an expo where
Las Vegas. The WaterSmart Innovations           Conference features speakers from around
                                                                                              participants can see and learn about the
Conference and Exposition is the largest        the globe, who share their first hand
                                                                                              latest in water efficiency products and
urban-water efficiency conference of its        experiences in water efficient programs,
                                                                                              services. For more information or to
kind in the world. Presented by the             policies and practices. CLCA member Peter
                                                                                              become an exhibitor, please go to
Southern Nevada Water Authority and             Estournes, of Gardenworks Inc. in
numerous forward-thinking organizations,        Healdsburg California, a CLCA Certified
                                                                                                 CLCA's Water Management
the 4th annual Conference will be held          Expert Water Manager, will be presenting a
                                                                                              Certification program was a 2010 recipient
October 5-7, 2011, at the South Point Hotel     session entitled, “Benefits of Water
                                                                                              of a Silicon Valley Water Conservation
and Conference Center in Las Vegas.             Budgeting and Why It is an Efficient Method
                                                                                              Award under the education category and
   This year's event features journalist        of Reducing Outdoor Water Usage.”
                                                                                              has been approved for continuing
Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst:         California's updated Model Water
                                                                                              education units through PLANET and the
The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water   Efficient Landscape Ordinance requires
                                                                                              Landscape Architecture Continuing
as the keynote speaker and also includes        increased landscape water conservation
                                                                                              Education System. The Program would not
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's      throughout the state and CLCA's Water
                                                                                              be possible without the strong support of
Annual WaterSense Partner of the Year           Management Certification Program helps
                                                                                              Ewing Irrigation Products, Toro Company,
Awards. Launched in 2006, WaterSense is         green industry professionals meet the need
                                                                                              Hunter Industries and Horizon Irrigation.
an EPA-sponsored partnership program            to reduce landscape water usage by
                                                                                              For more information, contact David Silva
that seeks to protect the future of our         meeting a water budget. Participants not
                                                                                              at 916-830-2780 or
nation's water supply by promoting water        only take a written test, they are also

10 • August 2011                                                                                         CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
(continued from page 9: SFX)                   Director of Education: Steve Jacobs
report noting that the association is more     Director of Legislation: Sandra Grow
fiscally sound than anticipated and that       Dir. of Resource Management: Tom Noonan
reserves are being replenished.                President Elect: Frank Niccoli
   Director of Communications, Chuck           President: Eric Watanabe
Carr, presented updates on CLCA’s new             Wendy Emeterio announced that LEAF
marketing/branding campaign. Preliminary       recently awarded $32,800 in scholarships to
research by Mustang Marketing shows that       17 students. Scholarships ranged from $500
CLCA needs to shore up its membership,         to $4,000. LEAF has awarded $417,275 in
create enthusiasm within the ranks and         scholarships since 1977.
establish value in membership. Once there         As the meeting was adjourned, many
is pride in membership, members can create     more handshakes and hugs were shared as
a buzz through grassroots efforts such as      members parted anticipating their reunion
displaying the CLCA logo on business           at the Annual Convention in Hawaii
cards, trucks and other marketing materials.   November 16-19. For more information,
   Chuck also went over the new state          visit
website which is scheduled to begin beta
testing on August 1. The new site will           Correction...
incorporate new technologies now available,
                                                 Following is the correct information for
be easier to navigate and provide more eye
                                                 Landscape Management
candy for the consumer. A new calendar
                                                 Sweepstakes Award
will be incorporated that will include all
                                                 Sponsored by: Ewing Irrigation
chapter events and be updatable by each
                                                 Jensen Landscape & Construction Co.
                                                 and Natural Gardens
   Bob Wade then announced candidates
                                                 Project Name: Portola Estate
for the 2012 board as follows:

                                                                          Juan Gonzalez                      12750 Guard Rd.
                                                                          (209) 810-3992                      Lodi CA 95242
                                                                                      (800) 588-6882
                                                                            Growers of Quality Bluegrass, Fescue & Bermuda Sod                                                                                                     August 2011 • 11
                                                                                                                 FIRST CLASS
                                                                                                                 PERMIT #234
                                                                                                               PLACERVILLE, CA

   San Francisco
 Bay Area Chapter
California Landscape Contractors Association
       San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
                PO Box 2536
            Placerville CA 95667


                                           September 2011                                   20 Chapter Dinner Meeting.
 SFBA Chapter                                   9 Seminar: Construction Math For            27 Chapter Board Meeting. 5 p.m.
                                                   Landscape Technicians (Petaluma).            social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula
                                                   2 pm - 4:30 pm. Contact: Stephanie           Building Materials, Mountain View.
                                                   King at         November 2011
                                               11 Chapter Picnic at Coyote Point. See       10 Chapter Dinner Meeting.
 Events                                            flyer in this issue.                   16-19 CLCA Annual Convention. Maui,
                                               29 Chapter Board Meeting. 5 p.m.                 Hawaii.
                                                   social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula     30 Chapter Board Meeting. 5 p.m.
August 2011                                        Building Materials, Mountain View.           social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula
  5 Landscape Industry Certified               30 Landscape Industry Certified                  Building Materials, Mountain View.
     Technician Written Test. 1- 4 pm              Technician Written Test. 2:00 pm -
     Gachina Landscape Management
                                                                                          December 2011
                                                   5:00 pm. American River College           8 Chapter Holiday Party at The
     (Menlo Park). Contact: Stephanie              (Sacramento). Contact: Stephanie             Decathlon Club, Santa Clara.
     King at               King at          15 Chapter Board Meeting. 5 p.m.
 13 Garden Tour. Meet at Horizon, 4060
     Campbell Avenue, Menlo Park.
                                           October 2011                                         social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula
                                                1 Landscape Industry Certified Field            Building Materials, Mountain View.
     7:45 am. $45.00/person. See page 1.
                                                   Test. Sacramento,
 20 Women’s Auxiliary Potluck hosted
                                               5-7 WaterSmart Innovations                 Visit our website at for
     by Michelle and Ed Ott.
                                                   Conference, South Pointe Hotel and     more information on upcoming events.
 25 Chapter Board Meeting. 5 p.m.
                                                   Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV.
     social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. TBA.
                                                6 Chapter Golf Tournament. See p. 5.
 26 Sign up deadline for October 1, LIC
     certification field.

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