Who We Are
The California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC) is a non-profit trade association of independent specialty contractors, related suppliers, and affiliate members. Our members and staff work together in an organized, professional manner on important issues that affect our businesses and industry. At the local and state levels, we provide a wide range of services and programs such as advocacy, training and seminars, members-only access to our extensive resource center (e.g.: contract review), member toolbox, and other membership benefits.
To advance and protect the welfare of trade contractors, suppliers, and related businesses and to represent the position of the trade contractor industry in the California legislative, political, judicial, and regulatory arenas.
Goals and Values
CALPASC was founded in 1999 in San Diego as PASC. The association was originally formed to tackle issues of Type I Indemnity, insurance, contract language, and legislation issues affecting trade contractors. Throughout the years, CALPASC’s scope of influence has come to cover a more broad set of industry issues, including workers’ compensation reform, fair and consistent construction enforcement, safety, Cal/OSHA issues and workforce development issues among many others.
What We Do
As the mission articulates, CALPASC advances the causes and protects the welfare of the specialty trade contractor industry in various forms. We advocate. We educate. We provide members with timely, accurate and bottom-line impacting information every month. We strive to make it easier for the industry to be successful in an ever-changing business, legislative and regulatory California climate. This is done by bringing together trade contractors from a wide spectrum of specialties and creating a forum in which they can speak with one voice that helps to, or in many cases, directly effectuates change. We also build coalitions with other industry groups on issues of mutual interest further increasing our ability to move the industry forward. We have a proud history of successful campaigns, both at the State Capitol and other venues, in which we’ve been the catalyst for positive change.
We’re also constantly on the lookout for ways to save our members valuable dollars in the way of member discount programs.
We’re in the Business of Advocating for Trade Contractors
There’s an old adage that says that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. CALPASC is a trade association that ensures that specialty trade contractors are not on the menu. Our association is replete with examples of how we have vastly changed the industry landscape by being an effective voice at the State Capitol. Our efforts have led to legislative changes that have not only made it more viable to have a successful contracting business, but in many cases allowed many to trade contractors to stay in business. Early on in our existence, on the issue of risk transference, we went toe to toe with other groups far more funded and proved successful by passing legislation aimed at protecting trade contractors. We did so by having an organized strategy and by galvanizing trade contractors all throughout the state into a solid, unified voice. To this day, every year our team analyzes more than a hundred bills, takes positions on those most relevant and directly advocates via coalitions or as a stand-alone group on the industry’s behalf.
We’re in the Information Business
Timely industry information is vital to having a successful business model in California—and this is especially true in the construction industry where new laws, regulations and legal developments constantly change the business landscape. Not being up-to-date on these developments can cause trade contractors valuable dollars, or worse, put them at risk of losing their business if they are ignorant and caught off guard by a crucial industry pitfall. Every month, CALPASC provides its members the latest news in the industry, including analysis of new or modified laws, regs or court cases. Access to this crucial information is a key membership benefit.
We’re in the Business of Directly Assisting Members
CALPASC staff is among the most knowledgeable of industry professionals—especially in the arena of construction defect, risk transference, workers’ compensation, Cal/OSHA and other regulatory issues. Members have direct access to CALPASC staff when they may have questions about a particular regulation, law or judicial issue. Though this is not a substitute for legal advice, our staff in many cases can assist members navigate through the often complicated waters of the construction industry apparatus as a whole with one call. And if we don’t know the answer, we can steer members to someone that does.
We’re in the Business of Relationships with Critical Industry Groups
CALPASC works with a number of organizations to improve and decrease the burden of unnecessary regulations on trade contractors. By being involved in discussions with key business players, CALPASC often gets a preview on issues of concern to the trades. Representing the voice of the construction employer, CALPASC serves on groups such as:
We’re in the Business of Giving the Trade Contractor Perspective
CALPASC also represents the unified voice of trade contractors before the public at large and the media. We go to great lengths to vocalize industry challenges and to ensure that a trade contractor perspective is part of the dialogue. Not that long ago, when a national builder tried to renege on full payment of their contracts, CALPASC launched a statewide media campaign that grabbed the attention of news outlets across the country including many newspapers, websites, and CNBC. This campaign resulted in builders changing their business practices and spoke to the industry at large.
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We’re in the Business of Fighting the Good Fight in the Courts
In many cases, a good or bad court case decision can have as much impact, if not more impact on an industry than legislation or regulation. CALPASC’s judicial advocacy strategy includes filing amicus briefs that lend the expertise of trade contractors to the courts, and assisting with critical decisions impacting the construction industry. Without a thorough presentation of the trade contractor perspective, appellate courts have in the past sided with larger building and general contractor companies with large legal departments and deep pockets. CALPASC has scored several key victories in cases that significantly reduce trade contractors’ liability. Over the years, CALPASC has weighed in on a number of crucial cases to trade contractors. Here are some examples: