CLCA/Central Coast

The Seascape

Newsletter of the CLCA
Central Coast Chapter

July/August 2019


2019 Calendar of Events

August 9, Friday

CLCA All Star Band at Abbott Square

Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. FREE danceable music and celebration of Andrew Tuckman’s 50th Birthday.
Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper Street, downtown Santa Cruz, CA

More information in our Events section here.
or contact:

July 9–September 13
Award Nominations Open for Water Saving & Sustainable Projects

Contractors and organizations that have built water-saving and sustainable projects have a chance to be recognized with the Water & Sustainability Innovation Award this year. Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and Audobon International are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Water & Sustainability Innovation Award through Sept. 13, 2019.

There is no cost for submissions, but projects must have been supplied in part by Ewing to be eligible. The entry form and guidelines can be found at

We’re off for the Summer and start back up again in September!

September 5, Thursday

Central Coast Chapter Board Meeting

Time: 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Location: TBA

Noon-1:30 p.m. Reconnecting after our Summer Break! Contact Justin White at (831) 331-3476 or

September 12, Thursday

Chapter Golf Tournament—Central Coast Chapter Liar’s Cup Invitational

Time: 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, drinks 5:00-6:00 p.m. followed by dinner & awards.
Location: Seascape Beach Resort, 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.

Look for more information coming your way in an August email invitation Contact Matt Gomez for more information at (408) 797-6542.



July/August 2019 President’s Message

by Justin White, Chapter President, K&D Landscaping Company

summer reflections

Justin White.jpg

Well just like that... 2019 is halfway over, it flew by! How did your New Year resolutions go? How about your business’ growth and development goals? Personal growth goals? This is a great time to sit down, evaluate and reset your annual goals and initiatives. We often get so busy during the year that we forget to reflect on the goals we set back in December and January! Try to spend a few hours in a peaceful setting and give yourself some time to reflect.

What an amazing show of support for the local landscape industry at our Beautification Awards Banquet! Many people from all over the state came to Santa Cruz to celebrate beautiful gardens and a passion for what we do. It really is a labor of love for us landscapers and it was so great seeing the winners get recognized for their hard work and dedication for perfection.

What more do you want out of the CLCA? We are always looking for ways to provide massive value to the membership and too often the ideas come from board meetings and not from the general membership. I decided to get involved a few years back because I felt there was a need for more business advice, employee training and day-to-day guidance in an ever-changing industry. That need is always changing and growing due to new regulations, a tight labor market and of course, the economy. This is a request for ideas and feedback on how the CLCA can better serve you. If you have time drop me a line, email me or simply come to the next board meeting, I want to hear from you!

To our success,
Justin White
CEO, K&D Landscaping Inc.

Link to Partner’s Feature: Andrew Tuckman of Vision Recycling

This month Andrew Tuckman, Central Coast’s Legislative Director, is featured in our “Partner’s Corner.” This article appears on the website and you can find it HERE (scroll down the page.)


upcoming Event

CLCA All Star Band in Abbott’s Square

August 9, 2019 –
Abbotts Square, Downtown Santa Cruz, CA

Our very own CLCA All Star Band will be making a rare appearance. The guys will be playing under the moniker “Bordinghouse” with Ben Bording on guitar (Cool Earth Gardens), Andrew Tuckman on drums (VisionRecycling) and Kevin Taylor on keys (Big Creek Lumber).

This is a free show outside, under the lights, in the courtyard. Featuring danceable songs for all. Support the guys as they celebrate Andrew Tuckman’s 50th birthday with a champagne toast at 6:40pm from the stage.

For more information contact

Bring layers, dress for a cool night. Hope to see you there!

Friday, Aug. 9, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: 118 Cooper Street, Santa Cruz (outside in Abbott’s Square, main stage)

Above: Ben Bording ( Cool Earth Gardens ), Andrew Tuckman ( Vision Recyling ) and Kevin Taylor ( Big Creek Lumber ).

Above: Ben Bording (Cool Earth Gardens), Andrew Tuckman (Vision Recyling) and Kevin Taylor (Big Creek Lumber).

recent Event

Central Coast Chapter’s 34th Annual
Beautification Awards

June 21, 2019 –
Dream Inn, Santa Cruz, CA

“The event was a huge success, the team that drove it should be proud not only for the high attendance but also beautiful room and smooth flow of the night.”
—Andrew Tuckman.

To view all the winners and their beautiful entries visit the event page here.
Photos of the event…


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June Board Meeting Minutes

Central Coast Chapter CLCA June Board Meeting

By Tish O’Reilly

June 4 2019, present: Tish O’Reilly, Craig Stenehjem, Kati Velasquez, Regan Barry, Phil Dundas, Elise Huffman, Ki Bowman.

Call to order by Tish at 12:00 p.m. at Kiss Cafe in Scotts Valley, CA

1. Discussion and Planning for Beautification Awards Night

Discussion and Planning Awards Night: follow up on plaques and sponsors. New Allegiance Award: first recipient—Chris Elliot

Event Sponsor follow up by the board. Phil will follow up with Central Home Supply, A.C. Bentley, Scarbough Lumber

Craig to follow up with – Belgard, BaseLight, Calstone

Tish to follow up with – Davey Tree

Laura to call contractors

Board to call contractors and suppliers

Elise will send E-blasts to be sent to the general membership

All around CHEERING and THANKS for Katia and her organizational skills and patience in pulling together our chapter Awards Night!!!

2. Golf Event

Golf is set for September 12th, 2019 at Seascape in Aptos

Constant comment e-blast to be sent out in August

The meeting was adjourned at 1:54 p.m.