SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Nineteen construction and home improvement workers were cited in the San Diego area this week as part of a statewide crackdown on unlicensed contractors, a state agency announced Friday.
The Contractors State License Board conducted the sweep in 10 cities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, identifying a total of 135 tradespeople offering their services without proper certification.
The local suspects received notices to appear in court in May.
The CSLB's "California Blitz" operation took place in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Kings, Madera, Marin, Monterey, Sacramento, Shasta and Tulare counties.
Among the scores of suspects taken into custody during the enforcement effort were two registered sex offenders and two other people with outstanding arrest warrants for burglary, domestic violence and driving while intoxicated, according to the CSLB.
"Consumers must check out the people they're going to hire to work on their home to make sure they're properly licensed," said Steve Sands, registrar for the state licensing board.
"A family's safety or finances could be jeopardized by not taking a few minutes to verify the contractor on CSLB's website or through our toll-free phone system," he said. "We hope this blitz is a wake-up call for consumers to check the license first."
The state panel conducts such enforcement operations twice a year as a means of educating consumers about the dangers of hiring phony contractors and encouraging construction workers to get licensed, as required by state law.
Taking part in the sweep locally were the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and District Attorney's Office.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.