Inside Scoop

March 2024
In This Issue

Loren McIrvin

Loren McIrvin
Allied Landscape

An Evolving Landscape – Assembly Bill 1572, commonly known as the California Non-Functional Turf Ban, marks a significant shift in the state’s approach to landscaping practices.

The ban on non-functional turf recognizes the need for a paradigm shift in landscaping practices to align with water availability realities.

For landscape professionals, the legislation presents both challenges and opportunities. On the positive side, it opens up avenues for innovation and creativity in designing landscapes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also eco-friendly. Embracing native plants, drought-resistant species, and water-efficient irrigation systems becomes not just a choice but a necessity, pushing the industry towards greener practices. However, the transition comes with its set of challenges at a time that many of us are stretched to keep up with many other regulatory challenges.

AB 1572 signals a crucial step toward a more sustainable and water-conscious future for California. While challenges exist, the potential benefits for the environment, businesses, and future generations makes it the right thing to do from my perspective.

Please reach out if I can help, happy to share the pain of change together.

2024 Beautification Awards Call for Entries

The Annual Beautification Awards Entry Form is now available. A prestigious Beautification Award reassures your clients that they have made the right choice in choosing you for their landscape installation or maintenance project and sets you apart from other companies as an expert in the field. Winners are featured on the chapter website and the e-newsletter The Scoop and future chapter awards program promotions.

You may drop off your entries at Plank in Oakland on Friday, April 26th at 6pm. Entrants are encouraged to stay for bocce ball. The cost is only $15. CLICK HERE to register. Or mail your entries to the CLCA East Bay Chapter at 3130 Balfour Rd. Suite D #215 Brentwood, CA 94513. Mailed entries must be received by 5pm Friday, April 26th.

You may mail or drop off a check with your entries. If you prefer to pay by credit card please contact Laura Leuer at to receive an e-invoice. No payments or entries will be accepted after April 26th. Judging will be May 9th and 10th.

Award winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation and Dinner on Friday, June 7th at Bay Club Crow Canyon in Danville. Details will be announced soon. There is a 2 dinner minimum purchase requirement at $125 each included with the entry fee. Additional dinners may purchased at a later date.


East Bay Chapter Field Supervisor Leadership Training by Industry Pros

Thank you to those that joined us for a transformative experience in leadership and collaboration on February 15th at Pacific Workplaces in Walnut Creek. Kristin Gallego, Loren McIrvin, Eric Santos and Cassidy Lundin discussed empowering team members, mastering managing up, fostering a culture of alignment, setting clear expectations and elevating customer satisfaction through effective communication strategies.

Leadership Training
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Be a Partner for Success!

The CLCA East Bay Chapter would like to invite you to become a Partner for Success in 2024. Being a Partner is an excellent opportunity for suppliers to gain access to potential buyers and educate licensed contractors about the latest technologies. The 2024 Partners for Success Program also includes a new contractor level.

In 2023 the chapter offered our members opportunities to network, participate in educational trainings and give back to the East Bay community with volunteer projects. CLICK HERE to read about the chapter’s 2023 accomplishments and sign up to Partner with us today!

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Upcoming Events

CLCA East Bay Chapter Events for 2024
  • Irrigation Best Practices in Design Build and Maintenance Lunch and Learn
    March 21st
    11am – 12:30pm
    Register Here
  • Water Showcase
    Discover innovative ways to protect one of the Earth’s most valuable resources
    April 4th
    Register Here
  • Networking and Bocce Ball
    April 26th
    Register Here
  • Beautification Awards Presentation and Dinner
    June 7th
    The Bay Club Crow Canyon
  • Annual Battle of the Bay
    Oakland A’s vs. San Francisco Giants Baseball Game
    Sunday, August 18th
    Tailgate: 11:30am
    First Pitch: 1:07pm
View Our Calendar
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Irrigation Best Practices in Design Build and Maintenance Lunch and Learn

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Join CLCA East Bay Chapter for an Irrigation Training Lunch and Learn for field crews with Eric Santos! We will review best practices for design build irrigation projects and reviewing the top 10 most common irrigation mistakes made on design build projects.

Las Positas College
March 21st

Register Now
Monarch Truck Center
West Coast Turf

Water Conservation Showcase

Are you interested in discovering innovative ways to protect one of Earth’s most valuable resources? Look no further than the Water Conservation Showcase on April 4, 2024 at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center.

Water Conservation Showcase

This FREE all-day conference is dedicated to showcasing scalable strategies and solutions that can make a real impact on our water conservation efforts.

Attend in-person in San Ramon to network with like-minded individuals and check out the latest water conservation products in the expo hall. Lunch and door prizes provided for in-person attendees. For those who cannot attend in person, the full conference will be virtually live streamed.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the movement towards a more sustainable future.

Register Now

Partner Spotlight

Delta Bluegrass
Delta Bluegrass

From California for California
Sod For Every Landscape
Delta Bluegrass produces Water-Wise, Premium Peat-Grown Sod specifically designed for the climates of California. CLICK HERE to learn more about native sod varieties, blend comparison charts and maintenance guides and contact your Delta Bluegrass representative today.

Jeff Henninger
Phone: 925-698-8295

Partners for Success

CLCA East Bay Chapter Invites you to become a partner

Read about the chapter’s 2023 accomplishments and sign up to Partner with us in 2024 today!

Become a Partner
Become a CLCA Member
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California Truck Centers
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