We reported earlier that an ex-employee of WICR inc alleged that a project he worked on in Huntington Beach had some permits pulled for repair work, but other units did not. The initial complaint to CSLB was declined due to lack of evidence.
Now our source, Jose Ortiz, says he has the proof to reopen the investigation, and will refile his documents and claim, along with filing several other new complaints with CSLB that allege that WICR did not pull permits on several projects he worked on because WICR was not properly licensed to perform such work. Below are links to his documents Ortiz provided to us along with a jpg file of the units Ortiz says he worked on vs what was permitted.
Ortiz claims he worked on other projects without permits and when WICR was not properly licensed at a property in Chula Vista and another in Vista CA.
Construction without obtaining a building permit is an offense-from the CSLB website
Accelerated building permit enforcement efforts will begin in January 2010, following the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) unanimous vote to make this a higher priority. Building permits are a critical element to any construction project, helping to ensure that construction is performed according to established state and local code, and safety standards. Sections 7090 and 7110 of the California Business and Professions Code mandate that CSLB help regulate these laws and safety standards, and discipline violators.
Permit violations are not only a health and safety issue for the property owner, but can also become a financial liability if someone is injured. When a contractor performs work that requires a permit and doesn’t have one, a local building department can issue a “Stop Work” notice and assess fines against the property owner. Contractors who violate the permit process may be held responsible for any fine issued to the property owner by the building department, as well as the cost of complying with the code requirements.
According to a license classification person at CSLB who we spoke with today, WICR added a B classification to their license on 11/19/13. Any construction work done that is not related to their C-33 Painting and C-54 Tile classifications and done without a permit is considered a serious violation of CSLB laws.
Ortiz claims he routinely was working on projects performing work that wasn’t under WICR’s license classifications and says he has pictures, documents and emails to prove it.
Ortiz says he is refiling the paperwork with CSLB for investigation.
At the Master series at Seacliff, which began in early 2012, Ortiz says he repaired and replaced plywood and framing as well as worked on balcony railings. From CSLB’s website it appears this work would require a B license. He also claims that Sean Krubinski, a field manager at WICR, told him to get off balconies he was working on without permits when the inspector was on the job site. Ortiz said he was told that the City couldn’t track all the work and they would save some money.
At the Chula Vista and Vista jobs, Ortiz says he performed carpentry work in 2012, prior to WICR obtaining a B license.
We will follow up with a report on the status of Ortiz’ claims in the next few weeks.