Information Regarding NSPS and COVID-19 | Corona, CA

Recognizing that federal legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be final until the Senate and House reach agreement, National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) wants to share with members the information that is known from time to time. Below is a summary of the current situation provided by American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Business Tax Relief

  • Deferral of payment of the employer portion of the Social Security tax, with half due by December 31, 2021 and the other half due by December 31, 2022.
  • Allows net operating losses arising in 2018, 2019 and 2020 to be carried back for five years.
  • Modifies the loss limitation applicable to passthroughs and sole proprietors so they can utilize excess business losses and access cash flow.
  • Increases business interest deductibility from 30 to 50 percent for 2019 and 2020.
  • Provides a refundable payroll tax credit for employers whose operations are partially or fully suspended by a COVID-19 shutdown order or whose gross receipts declined by more than 50 percent compared to the same quarter in the prior year.
  • Provides a technical fix for the qualified leasehold improvement provision in the TCJA.

Small Business Assistance

  • Provides $562 million for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to small businesses. 
  • The package also authorizes $350 billion worth of 100 percent guaranteed SBA loans, a portion of which SBA will forgive based on allowable expenses for the borrower.
  • This small business package also includes $10 billion in direct grants for businesses that do not qualify for the EIDL program, and $17 billion to have SBA step in and make six months of principle and interest payments for all SBA backed business loans.
  • Establishes the maximum 7(a) loan amount to $10 million through December 31, 2020 and provides a formula by which the loan amount is tied to payroll costs incurred by the business to determine the size of the loan.
  • Note that 501 c(3) non-profits qualify for small business assistance programs, not 501 c(6) entities; ACEC will work with ASAE and other associations to address in the next package.

Individual Assistance

  • The agreement provides direct payments to individuals with incomes up to $75,000 ($150,000 for couples), $1,200 for each adult ($2400 for couples), as well as $500 for each child.
  • The bill would add $600 per person per week onto the base maximum unemployment benefit for four months.
  • The bill enables employers to provide a student loan repayment benefit to employees on a tax-free basis, contributing up to $5,250 annually toward an employee’s student loans, and such payment would be excluded from the employee’s income. The $5,250 cap applies to both the new student loan repayment benefit as well as other educational assistance (e.g., tuition, fees, books) provided by the employer under current law. The provision applies to any student loan payments made by an employer on behalf of an employee after date of enactment and before January 1, 2021.  Note that this provision is based on legislation that ACEC has advocated for to Congress as part of the Council’s workforce agenda.

Transportation

  • $25 billion for mass transit systems
  • Available for operating expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, and reimbursement for lost revenue
  • Distributed under current transit program formulas
  • $10 billion for airports
  • $7.4 billion available for any purpose, distributed 50/50 by number of enplanements and ratio of overall debt service
  • $2 billion for AIP formula grants, available for any purpose
  • $500 million to cover the 100% federal cost share of FY20 programs
  • $1 billion for passenger rail
  • $492 million for Amtrak Northeast Corridor, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19

State Assistance – Provides $150 billion to States, Territories, and Tribal governments to use for expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 in the face of revenue declines, allocated by population proportions, with a minimum of $1.25 billion for states with relatively small populations.

Community Development Block Grant – $5 billion is provided for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to enable nearly 1,240 states, counties, and cities to rapidly respond to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by it, including the expansion of community health facilities, child care centers, food banks, and senior services.

Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund — Provides $500 billion for loans, loan guarantees, and other investments, distributed as follows:

$25 billion for passenger air carriers, eligible businesses that are certified under part 145 of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, and approved to perform inspection, repair, replace, or overhaul services, and ticket agents

$4 billion for cargo air carriers

$17 billion for businesses important to maintaining national security

$454 billion, as well as any amounts available but not used for direct lending, for loans, loan guarantees, and investments in support of the Federal Reserve’s lending facilities to eligible businesses, states, and municipalities. Federal Reserve 13(3) lending is a critical tool that can be used in times of crisis to help mitigate extraordinary pressure in financial markets that would otherwise have severe adverse consequences for households, businesses, and the U.S. economy.

To find out more about COVID-19, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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On-the-Job Hazards for Land Surveyors | Corona, CA

Regardless of the industry, there are on-the-job hazards that everyone needs to be aware of. But there is something that feels a bit more dangerous than other jobs. After all, you are surveying land. Who knows what is out there in that land? These are the common injuries that can happen if you are a land surveyor on the job:

  • Moving equipment
  • Dropped objects
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Hand injuries from stakes
  • Eye injuries from flying debris

We need everyone to stay safe, so we are taking a moment to give you some simple tips to keep in mind while you are on the job. Because it may not be dangerous to survey land, it is the hazardous construction sites that are really the cause for many injuries that occur.

When possible, have equipment stop when it is required to survey close to moving equipment. Plan out work tasks during times that the construction crews aren’t actively working.

Always communicate about the plans for surveying that day. Communication allows for planning, as well as awareness between work groups of other people entering a work area. Make contact with operators when entering a work area.

Objects on higher work levels need to be secured and proper guardrail systems with toe boards need put into place to protect personnel below.

To prevent slip, trip, fall injuries practice good housekeeping.

Eliminate dust by using water to suppress it. Avoid working downwind from moving equipment to avoid eye injuries. Wear proper safety glasses with side shields. Never rub your eye if you get dust in it. Notify a supervisor and rinse the eye with the proper eyewash solution.

To find out more about land surveying job hazards, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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What Exactly Constitutes Land Surveying? | Corona, CA

Any department or agency of the state or any city, county, or city and county that has an unregistered person in responsible charge of land surveying work on January 1, 1986, shall be exempt from the requirement that the person be licensed as a land surveyor until such time as the person currently in responsible charge is replaced.

The review, approval, or examination by a governmental entity of documents prepared or performed pursuant to this section shall be done by, or under the direct supervision of, a person authorized to practice land surveying.

An excerpt [2] from Section §8771 of the State of California Business & Professions Code (Land Surveyors Act): 8726. Land surveying defined

A person, including any person employed by the state or by a city, county, or city and county within the state, practices land surveying within the meaning of this chapter who, either in a public or private capacity, does or offers to do any one or more of the following:

(a) Locates, relocates, establishes, reestablishes, or retraces the alignment or elevation for any of the fixed works embraced within the practice of civil engineering, as described in Section 6731.

(b) Determines the configuration or contour of the earth’s surface, or the position of fixed objects above, on, or below the surface of the earth by applying the principles of mathematics or photogrammetry.

(c) Locates, relocates, establishes, reestablishes, or retraces any property line or boundary of any parcel of land, right-of-way, easement, or alignment of those lines or boundaries.

(d) Makes any survey for the subdivision or resubdivision of any tract of land. For the purposes of this subdivision, the term “subdivision” or “resubdivision” shall be defined to include, but not limited to, the definition in the Subdivision Map Act (Division 2 (commencing with Section 66410) of Title 7 of the Government Code) or the Subdivided Lands Law (Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2 of Division 4 of this Code).

(e) By the use of the principles of land surveying determines the position for any monument or reference point which marks a property line, boundary, or corner, or sets, resets, or replaces any such monument or reference point.

(f) Geodetic or cadastral surveying. As used in this chapter, geodetic surveying means performing surveys, in which account is taken of the figure and size of the earth to determine or predetermine the horizontal or vertical positions of fixed objects thereon or related thereto, geodetic control points, monuments, or stations for use in the practice of land surveying or for stating the position of fixed objects, geodetic control points, monuments, or stations by California Coordinate System coordinates.

(g) Determines the information shown or to be shown on any map or document prepared or furnished in connection with any one or more of the functions described in subdivisions (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f).

(h) Indicates, in any capacity or in any manner, by the use of the title “land surveyor” or by any other title or by any other representation that he or she practices or offers to practice land surveying in any of its branches.

(i) Procures or offers to procure land surveying work for himself, herself, or others.

(j) Manages, or conducts as manager, proprietor, or agent, any place of business from which land surveying work is solicited, performed or practiced.

(k) Coordinates the work of professional, technical, or special consultants in connection with the activities authorized by this chapter.

(l) Determines the information shown or to be shown within the description of any deed, trust deed, or other title document prepared for the purpose of describing the limit of real property in connection with any one or more of the functions described in subdivisions (a) to (f), inclusive.

(m) Creates, prepares, or modifies electronic or computerized data in the performance of the activities described in subdivisions (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (k) and (l).

(n) Renders a statement regarding the accuracy of maps or measured survey data.

 [2] This excerpt from California law may have been edited to provide relevant portions in a limited space. Refer to the complete text of the statutes and laws for full meaning and context.

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Land Surveying: MythBusters Edition | Corona, CA

When it comes to becoming a landowner, one of the biggest issues is property lines. Where does your property stop and end, where can you place fencing, everything seems like a complicated issue. Luckily, we are here to help you debunk some of the myths that make owning property a daunting task. Here are some of the more common myths when it comes to land surveying:

Myth #1: Land surveys aren’t necessary is you can find the property stakes. Because using old property lines based on property stakes of a previous survey won’t hold up in court, it may be a good idea to get the survey done to ensure what you think is yours actually is.

Myth #2: Neighbors don’t try to encroach on your property. It’s an age-old story that has been featured on movies and television shows since the beginning of time. It’s all true. Make sure you know everyone is on their own property before there’s a war in the neighborhood.

Myth #3: I don’t need a survey for a fence. Isn’t it just better to be safe than sorry? Fences are expensive. Even old fences can’t definitely claim to be on your property line.

Myth #4: Old surveys will work just fine. There have been tremendous developments in land surveying equipment that relying solely on older surveys may not be the wisest decision. And if the property is old enough, a land survey may have never been done.

Myth #5: Land surveys are expensive. Having to deal with a court case and having to redo anything that doesn’t fall within your property line is going to be a pricey endeavor, so it depends on where you want to make the investment.

To find out more about land surveys, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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Remodeling My Home: Do I Need a Land Survey? | Corona, CA

When you want to make some home improvements, there are a lot of things to think of, depending on what the changes are. If it’s a simple change of wall color, there really isn’t any reason to notify anyone. But if it is a larger project, you may need to get permits and things signed off according to city rules. And this is where things can get tricky. There are some home improvement projects that may require a land survey.

A land survey is used for all new construction, in order to notate where property lines are and structures and elements on your property. A land surveyor is required to do this, as a homeowner cannot. But not all projects require a survey to be done. If the project remains within the home’s structure is free and clear to improve whenever you’re ready:

  • Basements
  • Room remodels
  • Wall structuring, etc.

When it comes to the more major projects, it is important to know that your improvements are falling under the city’s requirements and within your property lines. The following are the parameters land surveys are required:

  • Home additions
  • Teardowns to re-build

Then there are those projects that don’t necessarily require a survey, but it could come in handy later on down the line. It isn’t going to get you into trouble, unless you have a cranky neighbor. Adding fences, sheds, patios and pools are meant to improve your home’s aesthetic, but it may infringe on your neighbor’s property. Let’s just say it’s better to be safe than sorry.

To find out more about land surveys, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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