Inside Scoop

January 2023
In This Issue

Kristin Gallego
Artistic Landscape

WELCOME to 2023 and WELCOME to the much needed rain! I am excited to start the new year off on such a positive note, already receiving some much needed resources for both our state and our industry.

I am also excited for what the year has to still bring as I enter the role of President for our East Bay Chapter. More than anything, as we begin the new year, with new goals and priorities, I encourage you to make your involvement in CLCA a priority. I encourage you to join the monthly BOD meetings to be in the know about what is going on, how you can get involved and ultimately the meaningful ways you can help make new friends, new colleagues and a difference in our industry and local community.

While I wasn’t able to make it to our recent beginning of the year kick-off event, I hope you were there and had a wonderful time. I can’t wait to meet you and/or welcome you personally to the new year during our next meeting being held on February 2nd. I look forward to seeing you there!

Kristin Gallego
2023 East Bay Chapter President

DIG Corp - Drip Irrigation Systems
NorCal Landscape & Nursery Show 2023

We Kicked Off 2023 In Style!

January 12th @ Drake’s Brewing Co. Barrel House

Thank you to those that Kicked Off the New Year with the CLCA East Bay Board of Directors at Drake’s Brewing Co. Barrel House in San Leandro January 12th. It was a great evening of mingling and networking with our East Bay Chapter Partners and other landscape industry professionals.

Be sure to check out our calendar for more events.

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Todd Gerrow - A-G Sod Farms

Landscaping for drought: we’re doing it wrong

Trees’ tolerance, watered down

Despite recent, torrential rains, most of Southern California remains in a drought. Accordingly, many residents plant trees prized for drought tolerance, but a new UC Riverside-led study shows these trees lose this tolerance once they’re watered.

One goal of the study was to understand how artificial irrigation affects the trees’ carbon and water use. To find out, the researchers examined 30 species of trees spread across Southern California’s urban areas from the coast to the desert. They then compared those trees with the same species growing wild. 

“We found that, particularly as you move toward the desert regions, the same species of urban trees use much more water than their natural counterparts, even trees considered drought tolerant,” said study lead and former UC Riverside botany graduate student Peter Ibsen, currently with the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Upcoming Events

CLCA East Bay Chapter Events for 2023
  • Nor Cal Landscape & Nursery Show
    February 9 @ the San Mateo Event Center.  
    Click here for more information
  • East Bay Board of Directors Meeting
    February 2 @ 11am via Zoom
    Contact Laura Leuer at
  • Save the Date
    March 2 – Drip Irrigation with Fertigation
    Lunch Meeting Details Announced Soon
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Monarch Truck Center
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Partners for Success Opportunities 2023

CLCA East Bay Chapter Invites you to become a partner

The CLCA East Bay Chapter would like to invite you to become a Partner for Success in 2023. Being a Partner is an excellent opportunity for suppliers to gain access to potential buyers and educate licensed contractors about the latest technologies.

In 2022 the chapter offered various educational events with topics including: Basic Irrigation & Advanced Two Wire Trouble Shooting, New Drip Irrigation Technologies & Strategies, a James R. Huston Estimating Workshop and a Landscape Water Use Symposium. The chapter also promoted our Partner’s event, Landscape Design with Water in Mind and Irrigation (The Urban Farmer Store) and online trainings offered by Rescape.

In the summer more than 40 East Bay Members, crews and their families participated in a community project at the Oakland Zoo. We are honored to receive the Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement from the CLCA State Trophy Awards! Details about the 2023 Community Project will be announced in spring. We hope you will join us and share your talent with the East Bay Community.

The chapter was excited to celebrate this year’s Beautification Award winners at The Greenery at Diablo Hills Golf Course in June. Check out the winning projects and save the date June 9th for the 2023 dinner and presentation.

In August, we feasted on delicious barbeque grub at the tailgate party hosted by Ewing at the Annual Battle of the Bay, Oakland A’s vs. San Francisco Giants Baseball Game. All chapter Partners will receive a generous amount of tickets to the 2023 Battle of the Bay baseball game August 6th 2023. Tickets include the tailgate party with plenty of time to mingle and network in a private space reserved for our ticket holders.

We had the holiday celebration at the East Bay President, Loren McIrvin’s home earlier this month. It was wonderful to share the spirit of the season with the CLCA Board of Directors and chapter members with delicious food and the always fun white elephant gift exchange.

We are excited to announce we have a new website designer that will be refreshing, making it more modern with a new theme. The current paper newsletter, The Inside Scoop will be retiring along with Jerrie Beard. We thank Jerrie for her many years of providing our chapter members with the monthly Inside Scoop and wish her all the best. In 2023 the East Bay Chapter’s newsletter will be on the chapter website and delivered electronically to our database of more than 600 contacts. The e-newsletter will not only save trees but will also allow for greater exposure for our Partners and advertisers. Advertising rates will be announced soon.

The benefits of the East Bay Chapter’s Partners for Success Program include free meeting attendance, baseball tickets, a Partner highlight, a product profile in the e-newsletters and Partner event promotion to the chapter database of more than 600 contacts. CLICK HERE for more benefits of being a Partner and how the CLCA East Bay Chapter can connect you with licensed contractors and our affiliates.

Thank you to our sponsors for your support and generosity in 2022. We look forward to partnering with you in 2023. We encourage new Partners to join us and promote your company through a partnership with the CLCA East Bay Chapter.

Download the flier below for the 2023 Partners for Success Program and mail your payment today. 

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CLCA Insurance Solutions

Charges filed against unlicensed landscape contractor working in Contra Costa County

Financial elder abuse, theft by false pretense among counts

Adan Contreras Rivas-ConvictedThe Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office last week announced felony and misdemeanor charges filed against an unlicensed contractor for allegedly defrauding multiple victims in the county.

Modesto resident Adan Contreras Rivas, 41, is being held on $600,000 bail in the Martinez Detention Facility on 38 charges, including those for financial elder abuse, theft by false pretense, theft with specified priors, and violations related to his fraudulent contracting practices.

Authorities have investigated Rivas since June, when initial accusations were reported by a Walnut Creek resident….

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