Paradise gathers for community information meeting on rebuilding

Those in Paradise had the chance to meet with contractors at the community information meeting.

Posted: Jan 7, 2020 11:19 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise's Community Information Meeting started off with people being shown rebuilding permit process before being able to speak with local contractors and learn about the process of rebuilding.

Those who attended were shown two options on stick-built homes and manufactured homes. Then a presentation was given about how to vet contractors.

"There are a lot of steps I need to go through, and the reason I am here tonight is to find out who is reputable and who is not," said fire survivor, Theodore Glaum.

Theodore Glaum was one of many Camp Fire survivors to show up to the town meeting to learn about contractors.

"The information we are trying to give them is the things on insurance, the different requirements the contractor has, the things the contractors are supposed to do," said Rick Lopes of the Contractors State License Board.

Lopes said there are different red flags people should look for when hiring a contractor.

"Make sure they are properly licensed by the State of California, in some cases we see contractors coming in from out of state, they might have a license in a different state, but they must be licensed to do work here," said Lopes.

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He also said those rebuilding want to look at the contractor's license number, then look them up on the contractor's board website.

"Make sure they are properly licensed to do the kind of work you want, you want to make sure they are not a plumber trying to build a house," said Lopes.

He added you will also find information about worker's compensation.

"They either have to have the policy information with us or they have no employees. You don't want them to have people get injured on the job, then come after you to pay the medical bills," said Lopes.

One contractor says people should look for experience when they're deciding who they want to build their home.

"Of course we are bragging in that regard because we are ancient, and of course the product and people throw a lot around on prices, but what is included in the price," said Roger Davidson of Sierra Peak Homes. "People are generally good judges of character, and the truth always comes out, but most people are here for a good reason so we are going to take it at that."

The Town of Paradise wants to remind people they need to sign up for the tree removal right-of-entry by Jan. 17. You must sign up through the state or privately.

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