SAN DIEGO - Twenty-five suspected unlicensed contractors who placed bids for tree trimming and removal projects in a law enforcement sting in San Diego County March 20-21, 2019 were cited for contracting without a license. The sting was conducted by the Contractors State License Board.
“Tree trimmers and removers are in demand this spring due to the heightened awareness of fire danger in California,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Tree trimming and removal can be dangerous work and property owners will want licensed individuals for this.”
Among the group cited was a suspect who gave a bid for removing trees while he was suspected to be under the influence and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.
CSLB’s enforcement team conducts stings on a regular basis in California to better protect licensed contractors and property owners who are hiring individuals for home improvement projects. Licensed contractors have passed a background check and passed tests demonstrating their knowledge of contracting and contracting laws.