Membership Renewals Due
Yes! It’s that time of year again. If you haven’t already paid your annual ASA membership dues , we remind you to take care of it now. You can mail (P.O. Box 600723 San Diego, CA 92160) a check or pay by credit card by contacting Nancy Grimes .

We truly appreciate your participation in the association and thank you for your ongoing support of ASA’s efforts.
Welcome Our Newest Board Member
Terrie Lopez
I have been in the construction industry for over 35 years, and I’m currently in my 12 th year at Clark Steel Fabricators. I am a Southern California native, and currently reside in the beautiful, small town of Ramona. After starting my career as an electrician, I changed direction and worked many office titles from there; contract administrator, accounts receivables, accounts payables, payroll, human resources, and the list goes on! Currently I am the Administrative Assistant at Clark Steel, where I have found to be very satisfying in my overall career choices. 
Terrie Lopez
Clark Steel provided me with the opportunity to participate in ASA San Diego. I’ve been the Chair for the Awards Committee for over 10 years and have served on various other committees. Now that I am on the Board, I’ll be more involved, and I’m looking forward to meeting more people in the industry. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a supportive member of the Board of Directors for the Associated Subcontractors Alliance of San Diego!
Announces New Named Partner
The law firm of Schwartz Semerdjian is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Evans as a named partner of the firm, which has changed its name to Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Evans (SSCE) effective June 1, 2020. “The firm’s name change recognizes Sarah’s significant contributions to the firm, our clients, the legal community and community at large,” said SSCE Managing Partner Ross Schwartz. “Sarah is dynamic, engaging and approachable to all who work with her, and we are fortunate to have her in a new leadership role at the firm.”
Mechanics Lien Webinar
Presented by Kevin Cauley and Kristen Bush of Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Evans LLP

This presentation will cover:
  • The importance of using established collection tools unique to the construction industry. These unique collection tools provide remedies which put a contractor in a position to recover all of the money due to it for completed work.
  • Describe what is entailed in obtaining, filing and protecting your mechanic’s lien rights on private work jobs and your stop notice rights on private work projects and public works projects.
  • The contractor’s license issues and contract issues as they relate to protecting your mechanic’s lien/stop notice rights.
Presented by Kevin T. Cauley, Esq., and Kristen Bush, Esq. Mr. Cauley is a partner with the law firm of Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Evans LLP. Mr. Cauley has been representing a variety of clients from all segments of the construction industry since 1987. Mr. Cauley has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the Construction Litigation Category for five consecutive years. Mr. Cauley was named a Top Attorney in San Diego for 2015 by the San Diego Daily Transcript.  
Mrs. Bush is an attorney with the law firm of Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Evans LLP. Mrs. Bush represents individuals and companies in various business litigation disputes including construction, employment, and tort issues.
Your ASA President Says...
Hello All,
Welcome to July 2020! It seems as if the last three months should have been part of a horror story from a movie. This is a new situation for all generations, none of us have been through this before. I think for my generation it is hard to fathom what is going on in the world, having grown up in much simpler times…playing outside all day, no cell phones, no computers, drinking out of a garden hose, and riding in the back of pick-up trucks.
We are all feeling the pain watching our social freedoms change…stuck in self-quarantine, watching our small businesses shut down and watching what was a once great economy struggle.
I would like to take this time to remind everyone - We make our own future. Do what you must to stay safe and keep others safe. Respect others and free choice, respect the right to defend our rights, our small businesses and help keep them in business. Do what you can to support our “First Responders”, they deserve that respect.
The San Diego Construction Industry has always been a tight knit and strong community, and we shall pass this hurdle as well, as long as we continue to stand together.
Here is to a much better third quarter!
John Luft
Determining Whether a COVID-19 Case is Work Related
Courtesy of CMR Risk & Insurance Services
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created massive change and concern for employers and employees across the world. Even as businesses reopen and employees return to their new normal, the risk of becoming exposed to and ill with COVID-19 is still present. When an employee reports they have COVID-19, employers are faced with the difficult task of determining whether the employee’s illness is work-related.
California Insurance Commissioner Issues Decision on Special Regulatory Filing
Courtesy of Marsh & McLennan Agency
As anticipated, the California Insurance Commissioner approved all of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s proposed changes to the California Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan and California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan. These changes are effective July 1, 2020.
California Cities with Minimum Wage Increases
Courtesy of BBSI
As of July 1, 2020, many cities in California have an increase in their minimum wage. Many of the cities require you to pay the minimum wage to employees if the employee works 2 or more hours in the respective city.
The  City of San Diego is not increasing  on July 1 and there is no increase to employers in California that are outside of the cities listed. 
Salary  employee minimum wage is based on the current state minimum wage: 
$13.00 Employers with 26+ Employees = $54,080/annually
$12.00 Employers with 25 or Less Employees = $49,920/annually
Upcoming Events
JULY 14 Mechanics Lien Webinar Presented by Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley
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AUG 19 ASA Board of Directors Strategic Planning Retreat @ University Club

AUG 28 Spring Fling Golf Tournament @ Carlton Oaks Golf Club

SEPT 14 30th Annual Installation & Awards Banquet @ U.S. Grant Hotel

OCT 9 Sporting Clay Tournament @ Lemon Grove Gun Club

NOV 9 Fall Golf Classic @ San Diego Country Club

DEC 2 Holiday Mixer & Casino Night @ William D. Evans Sternwheeler
Members-only event
Non-members welcome
Have you joined The Producers Circle yet?
These generous ASA members have donated $1,000 toward the production of the 30th-Annual Awards & Installation Banquet on July 31, 2020. Your donation would be most welcome! (Please note that donations may be tax deductible; you're encouraged to consult your CPA.) For details, email .
We're asking our members to help us promote membership in ASA by displaying our logo on your company website. If you're interested in making this happen, please contact April Ball to obtain a file that your webmaster can use.