State bars Santa Rosa electrical contractor from public projects for three years

SANTA ROSA -- State labor regulators are barring Santa Rosa-based S.J. Cimino Electric Inc. from public works projects for three years on allegations that the electrical contractor didn't fully pay wages and benefits related to three affordable-housing projects in Sonoma and Solano counties. This is said to be the first such action against a Sonoma County contractor in more than a decade.

The decision makes S.J. Cimino ineligible to bid nor work as a subcontractor on public projects, according to state documents. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Chief Angela Bradstreet signed the debarment on Sept. 2 after an Aug. 4 hearing, according to the documents. The debarment becomes effective Oct. 15.

The findings presented at the hearing involved S.J. Cimino's work as subcontractor on The Crossings at Santa Rosa from April to June 2007, Cottonwood Creek Apartments in Suisun City from June 2007 to July 2008 and Jennings Avenue Apartments in Santa Rosa from September 2006 to August 2007.

Allegations in state documents included failing to pay prevailing wages and overtime, not maintaining accurate certified payroll records and deducting benefits such as health care and pension from pay but not passing that money to a plan provider.

S.J. Cimino owner Salvadore "Sam" Cimino nor his representatives attended the August hearing. He didn't return a call Wednesday for comment on the debarment.

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