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Can Road Problems Be Fixed Through County Service Area (CSA) Formation?

Editor’s Note: Zach Friend was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 2012. Supervisor Friend’s article addresses road problems, and a potential solution to those problems, in Santa Cruz County, but the issues he identifies are common to counties across California. Graniterock’s publication of this article is not an endorsement of any Read more

Harvest Construction

When Ken and Janice Rudisill started Harvest Construction 26 years ago, they drew from deeply shared values to form a long lasting and successful business venture. Harvest Construction is a general contractor which creates beautiful environments in Monterey County. This family business builds and remodels custom homes and commercial properties, primarily in Pebble Beach and Carmel, Read more

One of Santa Cruz County’s Most Important Resources – Sand

Although Santa Cruz is famous for its beaches, one of the County’s most important stretches of sand lies inland in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in an area known as the Zayante sandhills. Tucked between the communities of Bonny Doon and Scotts Valley, the sandhills are isolated pockets of ancient sand that support an ecologically distinct Read more

SB 1270 Proposes Significant California Mining Reform

Editor’s Note:  SB 1270 (Pavley), a bill to significantly rewrite the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), was recently introduced by California State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica), who chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The bill would, among other provisions, transfer traditional authority of local government to a newly created State Mine Inspector office at the Read more

Recognition Day – Building a Positive Culture

More than 25 years ago, former Graniterock CEO Bruce Woolpert introduced the idea of “Recognition Day” to Graniterock People. He brought the core of the idea from his experience as a manager at Hewlett-Packard, where legendary leaders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard visited each HP Division once-a-year for a day-long “Division Review” to evaluate business Read more

Doug Sanders Concrete – Part of the Graniterock Family

Doug Sanders literally grew up with Graniterock concrete. His dad Larry, now retired, was a loyal Graniterock customer during his career as one of the largest concrete contractors in Santa Cruz County. Doug learned his trade next to his father, playing in sand piles on construction sites as a youngster. “Dad was always 100% Graniterock, Read more

Growing and Protecting Endangered Species: California Red-Legged Frog Habitat

Over the past fifty years, many state and county mining regulations and federal and state environmental laws have been created to protect and conserve local habitat and rare and endangered species.  The California red-legged frog was designated as a threatened species in 1996. Its range is mostly limited to the Central California coast, from Marin Read more

Graniterock Celebrates 114 Years in Business

by Amanda Bayhi Aggregates Manager, February 13, 2014 Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated as a day of love, but one manufacturer has another reason to celebrate. California-based manufacturer Graniterock celebrates its 114th anniversary on Feb. 14. Graniterock spokesperson Keith Severson says the manufacturer — which produces aggregates, concrete, asphalt and construction materials — got its Read more

Great Customer Service: Strengthening Every Link in the Chain of Service

  Editor’s Note: On February 14, 2014, Graniterock Celebrates 114 Years of Business. In celebration of our Company Birthday, we publish this article by Bruce W. Woolpert, who served as President and CEO of Graniterock from1987 to 2012. How does your business manage customer feedback? Your feedback could arrive in a letter, a phone call, Read more

James Sommerville, Inc.

Continuous improvement and respect for people articulate the vision and goals of James Sommerville, Inc. (JSI). JSI performs grading, paving and underground construction projects throughout the Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Southern Santa Clara County areas, with a focus on quality and safety. Company founder Jimmy Sommerville has developed these core values over a Read more