October 2023

Bay Breeze

Charles Cates
Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc.

Upcoming Events

Battery Powered Equipment Dinner Meeting

APRIL 18 | Blue Pheasant | Cupertino

Join us for dinner and learn about EV equipment and charging options available now or coming soon from Representatives from SiteOne, Milwaukee and Towa.

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SFBA Chapter Celebration - Save the Date!

June 15 | Michael's at shoreline | Mountain View

Come and celebrate the brilliant history of the SFBA Chapter. We will also celebrate CLCA's Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF), that has many named funds honoring our Forefathers and Foremothers. More details coming!

Annual Chapter Picnic is Back!

It takes a lot to surprise me these days after enduring Covid with the rest of the world.  However, I was shocked last year’s picnic was rained out in the middle of September.  I don’t think that has happened in the history of the annual picnic.  I guess it was the first sign of the extreme wet winter that followed and we needed it!

This year’s Chapter Picnic was extra special catching up with everyone who came on a beautiful perfect sunny day at Cuesta Park in Mountain View.  We had exactly 50 people attend the always fun event with the traditional horseshoe competition, chili cook-off and cookie contest.  This year’s menu included BBQ chicken, tri-tip, hot dogs and chicken sausages.  I think the food turned out pretty good because members of our BBQ neighbors, a French group, were constantly coming to our side to check out the food on the grill seemingly looking for a taste. – Desole!

The horseshoe competition is always exciting and amazingly Ed and Jonathan Ott repeated as champions.  However, they ran into tough early round competition from newcomers Dominic Bryan and Jakie Marsey who almost pulled off a huge upset.  After a tight game, the defending champions prevailed and cruised to the finals to take on the tough young Domine brothers of Nicho and Alex.  Ed must have been hitting his stride going into the finals because he scored five ringers which I think may be a final record for a crushing 21-8 score!  Congratulations to Ed/Johnthan Ott and Nicho/Alex Domine for taking first and second place this year!

Below are the judges and big winners of the annual chili and cookie contest.

Chili judges: Beth Valdez, Cindy Singletary and Simon Parrott

Chili entries: Jackie Marsey, Dominic Bryan, Alice Domine and Michelle Ott

Winner: Dominic Bryan


Cookie judges: Vicky Parrott, Cindy Singletary and Rick Camin


Reese’s chewy peanut butter cookies by Carlee Hess (Mary Cohen’s granddaughter)

Peanut butter blossoms by Virginia Hess (ditto above)

Confetti Rice Krispy treats by Alice Domine

S’mores Caramel Cookie Bar by Tobin and Briar Bayless (Alice’s granddaughters)

First place: S’mores Caramel cookie bar by Tobin and Briar Bayless

Second place: Reese’s Chewy peanut butter cookie by Carlee Hess

The Chapter Picnic takes an entire team to run smoothly every year.  A special thanks to everyone who helped this year including:

Vicky Parrott – prizes. Leo Ott – name tags, Charlene Ott – salad, Alice Domine – games.  BBQ chef’s Marina and John Camin, Kitchen help – Michelle Ott, Girvin Peters – set up. And of course, a huge thank you to Lesley Peters who is our outstanding president and auxiliary leader who keeps us in line to make sure every event is a huge success for the benefit of our members – thank you everyone!

Hope to see you next year!

Rick Camin
2023 Chapter Picnic Chairperson

CLCA Conference

Join friends and colleagues in Monterey!

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Vendor Night

Please join us for an evening of fun and insightful presentations at Lyngso Garden Materials as the CLCA SFBA Chapter comes together to learn about new products & services from our industry suppliers. 

Join us as we celebrate Lyngso’s 70th year in business with John Lyngso himself and the greater Lyngso family! We will have vendor booths and tables set up like a mini tradeshow as well as a barbeque truck thanks to Ewing Irrigation. This event is for contractors who want to learn about the latest in battery powered equipment, lighting transformers, drip systems, timers, turf, hardscape and tools. Any new or prospective members are more than welcomed as well as existing members. There will also be a tour of Lyngso Garden Materials for those curious about bulk materials, traffic patterns around a supply yard or just wanting to learn about new mulch & ground cover. 

This event will be a special and unique evening where participants will have a chance to connect with our favorite rep’s.

Hope to see you there! October 19th 5:00p-8:30pm

The 2024 Slate of Officers below will be presented for a vote by general membership.

Chairperson of the Board – Juan Carlos Esparza, Urbanscapes
President – Barry and Mary Cohen, Life Members
Vice President – Beth Valdez, Davey Tree
Treasurer – Scooter Wren, Peninsula Building Materials
Secretary – Jackie Marsey, Paradise Garden & Landscape
Associate Liaison Officer – Marin Villalpando, Greenwaste

Cost (includes food, drinks): $30

Life Members and Students $17.50

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Partner Spotlight

The Month’s Partner Spotlight is Hunter Industries

Hunter® | FXLuminaireNew Solar Panel Kit Brings Cost and Energy Savings to NODE-BT Controllers
Contractors can save time, money, and resources with the new Solar Panel Kit for Hunter NODE-BT Controllers.  This sustainable add-on provides convenient solar recharging of controller batteries, eliminating the need for replacement every season.  
Fully charged out of the box, the Solar Panel Kit offers easy installation and a durable design for worry-free, long-term performance. It can also convert temporary irrigation projects into permanent systems, which ensures limited maintenance support for years to come.

  • Maintenance-free operation eliminates the need for annual battery replacement
  • Ball-mount installation provides flexible mounting options for a variety of applications
  • Includes 40″ of UL-rated wire for outdoor sunlight exposure


Contact your local Hunter Industries representatives today

Jeff Calhoun
(619) 719-2342
Chris McNairy
(707) 695-3890
Jeremy Yearton
(669) 253-3755

Diamond Partners

Gold Partners

Emerald Partners

Sapphire Partners

Achievement Award A La Carte

Pacific Nurseries
Zanker Landscape

CLCA Member Benefit

CLCA Member Benefit Oct

2023 Board of Directors

President – Juan Carlos
Vice President – Andrew Tuckman
Treasurer – Beth Valdez
Secretary – Open Position
Associate Liaison – Marin Villalpando

Aux President – Lesley Peters
Aux Vice President – Girvin Peters
Aux Treasurer – Rick Camin
Aux Secretary – Vicky Parrott
Membership – Andrew Tuckman