Why is California Jailing Landscapers?

Published On September 17, 2013 | By CopBlock | Articles

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California suffers from one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and the state is under court order to release 10,000 inmates, yet state agents are jailing people who manage to find home-improvement work. After placing ads on Craigslist, California State License Board investigators go undercover posing as homeowners, when landscapers, painters, and other contractors show up, the agents give them the “To Catch a Predator” treatment.

CSLB recently announced that agents from the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (otherwise known by the tough-sounding acronym SWIFT) had completed operation “California Blitz.” SWIFTers busted 79 perps for contracting without a license, and if convicted, they could face $5,000 in fines and up to six months in jail. Fifty-two face additional fines for illegal advertising, and thirteen may be charged with requesting an excessive down payment, which can result in 60 days in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines. SWIFT routinely conducts large-scale sting operations and proudly posts footage of the busts online. And since California is the nation’s second-most extensively and onerously licensed state (as noted by an Institute for Justice report), agents always have plenty of targets.

“CSLB and its partners in law enforcement are serious about enforcing California’s consumer protection laws,” says says CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Unlicensed, illegal activity that puts homeowners at risk and legitimate contractors at a competitive disadvantage will not be tolerated.”
-Matt Edwards

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  • Jason Free 123

    SO you have a fucking problem with the police trying to catch dishonest people? They should be fucking arresting you. That is the most stupid story I have seen as of yet. You want con and scam people to keep their jobs so they can rip people off? You fucking activists are always scamming and taking money from other less then intelligent activists. You then are not accountable to how the money is used. Yo uare a bucnh of fucking hypocrites and criminals.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • certain

    Aside from what the goat raper is spouting off about –

    Unlicensed contractors are bad news. If a contractor without a license and proper workman’s compensation insurance gets hurt on your property, you’re dicked. Plus even if they do a crappy job that doesn’t work, you have no legal recourse.

    Plus, as a contract engineer, I have to have about 4 different kinds of insurance – general liability, auto, WC, and a policy called “errors and omissions”, which covers if I mess up on my design. They cost a lot of $$. I cannot compete with an unlicensed competitor who doesn’t have the specified insurance coverage. He can bid jobs for about half of my price. Fortunately for me, the State checks for licenses on anything I submit or put my PE stamp on. But for other trades it must suck.

  • Shawn

    @Jason

    The one point, of making such arrests while turning criminals out, does have merit. The answer to that can be found in the Navy. Hot bunking.

    @Certain
    The unlicensed guys usually don’t pay taxes or any of that stuff, further allowing them to undercut honest businesses. And for many of them, the licenses would not be an issue to get. Not familiar with CA occupational licenses, but in FL you can have one in minutes. The only reason to operate unlicensed is to avoid the workers’ comp and taxes.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    ” The only reason to operate unlicensed is to avoid the workers’ comp and taxes.”

    And take down payment for materials up front with an erroneous contract only to never be heard from again.

    Gotta agree with certain on this one. In the Midwest we have a big problem with “storm chasers” offering to do the work for half the other bid (huge red flag) (you’d think) and either do half ass work or take money up front and outta state they go.

  • BodiazRising

    Licensing crap aside – the point of this story, and these other videos, is that using the Police force and it’s resources is a waste of money & time when these cops should be out catching violent criminals, responding to 911 calls and solving murders. This licensing crap should be left up to inspectors and the courts.

    But as for state licenses for careers, you all need some Milton Friedman in your lives.

  • t

    Inmate to say it…..but @certain is right. Uuuggg. Sorry, had to vomit.

  • certain

    Well, who cares what an inmate has to say, anyway.

  • certain

    And slaps, stop plaguegarageexcersizing other peoples insults. Bitch.

  • Shawn

    @certain
    @t

    “Well, who cares what an inmate has to say, anyway.”

    Did t just come out about his real experience with LE?

    Really, just stupid autocorrect most likely. Or t was in a hurry to reach the porcelain throne. I’ve been there the few times I agreed with common.

  • RadicalDude

    “Why is California Jailing Landscapers?”

    Because bureaucrats want their cut.

  • RadicalDude

    When you cut out the criminal mafia extortionists, they tend to want to go to attack mode.

  • t

    Darn phone !!!!

  • t

    Or just big thumbs.

  • Ariel

    ERD and Certain,

    Have to agree with both of you, though I carry an umbrella on my homeowners to cover the falling off the roof issue. Handymen have their purpose on jobs that have little chance to do real damage to the home. Arizona recognizes that and has a threshold for requiring a licensed contractor.

    You do have recourse in small claims court, always. Well if they haven’t changed their name and moved to another state.

    We go for three bids, toss the bottom, and compare the remaining two. If the job isn’t planting a tree or mowing a lawn, we look at their licensing and insurance. And ask for referrals.

  • certain

    Under $500 requires no license in most states. You cannot sue somebody in court (any court) for any reason if the contract required a license and there wasn’t one. The contract itself was an illegal act, and the concept of “dirty hands” would apply. Of course, I misspeak a bit, the court would absolutely allow you to file and pay filing fees, but the judge would dismiss with prejudice as soon as it hit his docket.

  • certain

    And call your insurance agent. I’d be willing to bet that if an unlicensed contractor was injured working on a project on your house, all they would likely say is “Wow, bummer for you”. Not that you personally would do such a thing, you have a pretty good system in place for evaluating bids. But you’d be amazed how many people do. And in California, the state workman’s comp board asks 2 questions – Was there a workman’s comp policy in place, and if not, who owns the property.

  • Jason Free 123

    Annonypussy certain strikes again. You continues on with this goat fascination when those videos proved you are screwing goats and chickens all the while hiding behind a fake name. Like I said before, if you have a problem with those videos, talk to your mom. It must be sad for you to live a lie everyday. You try to take the spot light off of you knowing you have been busted. Buck up Peaches, if you stop your goat obsession you can be saved.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • certain

    @shawn – In the entire time I was in the Navy, I only faced hot bunking 1 single time, for about 3 weeks. I slept in a sleeping bag on the deck down in the ship’s laundry, instead. Just couldn’t do it, stinky as some of those deck division pukes were.

  • certain

    Whatever, slaps. Just remember who it was that actually hunted down and posted the videos. That would be you, fucking sick perv. I actually have to take the people’s word for it that watched the trash you posted, slaps, the thought of it turns my stomach and I just couldn’t bring myself to view them. But you just keep on with your accusations, they make so much sense and I’m sure all on this site will accept your version of events. LOL.

  • Keith

    Well, this is a common tactic. Say what you will, but the entire reason for this is for California to fill their coffers, they are going bankrupt you know. Not one of these poeple with see jail time, it’s just a threat. The real reason behind this is to collect those large fines and enter them into the state coffers. Nothing new here.

  • Jason Free 123

    Annonypussy certain – Why don’t you use your real name fuckface? You are still harping about those videos when I told you your mom sent them to me. Obviously you have no respect for your mom. If you have a problem about it then talk to her. Obviously you don’t know your mom as well as you think you do. Now you also lie about being in the Navy. Are you really this stupid or are you trying to get attention? First you get busted for raping farm animals and then you turn around and say you were in the military. You lie so much I doubt you know which was is up.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • Ariel

    Certain,

    We did on the handyman issue, and were told he would be covered, as would anyone entering the property. The real purpose for the umbrella was the possible slip and fall from toys left on a walk.

    Our bid method came from hiring a painter and crew to do cabinets. He was supposedly licensed but not bonded (this was roughly 20 years ago, and at that time if jobs were all under $800 no bond needed, and we did get that from the Registrar with whom we had a long relationship). Short story, we got our money back with the Registrar’s help. And then set rules for ourselves in hiring contractors for jobs.

  • mike247

    The nazi communist bicht Jason Free 123 is running his mouth it again.

    Activists says, “Jason free 123 is a fucking pathetic piece of shit.

  • certain

    Slaps, there isn’t a measure of time small enough to describe the amount of sleep I’ll lose over your insane accusations. You are the only person on this site with a loose enough grasp of reality to accept the story you’re trying to pass off. Besides, I’m like the 3rd person you claim starred in that video, douchebag. But hey, you’re vaguely amusing at times, so keep it up.

  • Jason Free 123

    annonypussy certain – It must be sad of all the sleep you are losing. Here you are commenting back to me instead of just letting it go. I would think you would want to forget about those videos because you were caught molesting goats and other barnyard animals. You must be proud of it because here you are talking about it again. I could always post a couple more videos your mom sent me. I said before if you don’t like those videos then talk to your mom. She sent them to me and asked me to put them on cop block. I can’t imagine how embarressed your children are. This is why your wife left you. You chose goats and barnyard animals over her. Hopefully by being exposed for raping goats and other barnyard animals you could get the help you need to stop.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time”.

  • certain

    @Ariel – So your saying that your insurance says they will cover damage caused to the house by an illegal act on your part? Because that’s what hiring an unlicensed contractor is, illegal. Hopefully you never need that put to the test, because I think they’d sing a different tune if Workman’s comp came calling.

    Say an unlicensed roofer fell off the roof and was paralyzed from the neck down. His medical care and lost income costs would likely be a large multiple of the houses value. In cases like that, insurance companies look for ANY reason they’re not liable.

  • certain

    Slaps! Great news!! I actually found a scientific measurement of time which roughly describes the amount of time I worry about your verbal spewage – check this out:

    Planck time: 5.391 × e−44 seconds. That’s 0.000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000005391 second. I had to go way into an old theoretical physics textbook to find it, but you actually challenged me to accurately quantify the amount of my lack of concern.

    Funny enough, I understand that a Plank inch, which is 0.00000etc inch, is roughly the size of your johnson. Must be why the goats in your area are always laughing so hard.

  • certain

    And since yuo’re so slow, I’ll explain the Plank inch reference – your johnson is so small it’s actually a hole in your back. Kind of a quantum physics concept, but there it is.

  • certain

    *you’re

  • Ariel

    Certain,

    This was 20 years ago, and the laws were different. It wasn’t illegal to hire someone “unlicensed” if the job was less than whatever set (I believe it was $800). The job still had to meet code if applicable.

    To reiterate: This is Arizona, not California; 2 decades ago not today on my previous comments. Now my wife is anal about insurance (she was an insurance trainer but life not property), and has a separate property, and did check if her handyman was doing a simple job on the roof (not doing the roof but on the roof) and fell off is she covered? The answer was yes through the umbrella. That was about four years ago.

    I have a feeling this argument could go on and on, so let’s just agree to disagree, with the provision than anyone reading this needs to check their state laws and check with their insurance carriers.

    Laws and insurance laws vary from state to state, and in insurance you get what you pay for; way OT but why I had a car payment for disability coverage through age 76 (something you can’t get today, for good reason) and specifically on my exact job.

  • Ariel

    Certain,

    The Planck argument was great. I have a feeling Planck is now a goatfucker idiot in its world.

  • Jason Free 123

    annonypussy certain – You must really think a lot about getting caught raping barnyard animals. Look at all the effort you are puting in to try and convince me you aren’t thinking about it. You are fucking thinking about it all the time. You bring it up constantly. So there you go, you were caught in another lie. You still hide behind a fake name because you are a fucking pussy coward. Since you are so obsessed with the goat fucking videos talk to your mom. She can give you the rest of the videos. Maybe she will put the others on cuntblock. I haven’t seen them but she said you are a real fucking freak and need to be exposed for the sick bastard you truly are.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • certain

    Ariel, I was never speaking of the under $$ amount that required no license. If no license is required by law, then no illegal act resulted in your house being damaged, and insurance would cover it.

  • certain

    Slaps – Planck time, buddy, Planck time.

  • Ariel

    Certain,

    And I was never speaking of when the license was required,thus handyman. I think we are actually in agreement…but both misunderstood the other.