Landscape Architects Technical Committee

Enforcement Actions

The rules and regulations relating to landscape architects, including the authority of the Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC), are set forth in the Landscape Architects Practice Act and the LATC's implementing regulations.

The LATC has an active enforcement program designed to ensure that the laws governing the practice of landscape architecture are enforced in a fair and judicious manner. Additionally, and as part of its mission statement, the enforcement program attempts to address three main goal areas:

  • Informing the public and other entities about the profession and standards of practice
  • Establishing and enforcing the laws, regulations, codes, and standards governing the practice of landscape architecture
  • Requiring that any person practicing or offering landscape architectural services be licensed

The LATC is responsible for receiving and screening complaints against licensees and performing the investigation into these complaints. The LATC also retains the authority to make final decisions on all enforcement actions taken against its licensees.

Every effort is made to ensure that enforcement information is correct. Before making any decision based upon this information, you should contact the LATC. To inquire if a licensee has had disciplinary action prior to March 2011, or to obtain further information on specific violations for a person listed, contact the LATC.

Enforcement actions are listed alphabetically by last name:

Annerl, Mark – (Newport Beach, CA) – Effective July 20, 2015, Mark Annerl’s landscape architect license number LA 3400, was revoked; however, the revocation was stayed and Annerl’s license was suspended for 30 days. He was placed on probation for five years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $3,603.75 for its investigative and prosecution costs. The action came after a stipulated settlement was negotiated and adopted by the Board.

On October 23, 2014, a Second Amended Accusation was filed against Mark Annerl for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 5671 (Negligence, Willful Misconduct in Practice) and/or of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 16, section 2670 (Rules of Professional Conduct). The Accusation alleges that Annerl was negligent in preparation of plans for a residential project. The Board adopted the Stipulated Settlement and the Disciplinary Order became final on July 20, 2015. Click here to view the Accusation and here to view the Stipulation.

Bishop, Tina - (Los Angeles) - The LATC issued a two-count administrative citation that included a $3,000 fine to Tina Bishop, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions). The action alleged that Bishop executed a written "Agreement for Professional Services" with a client to provide treatment recommendations for a project in Los Angeles. The project is not an exempt project as described in BPC 5641. Bishop paid the civil penalty, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on September 9, 2014.

Fenmore, Eric – (Corona del Mar, CA) – The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2000 administrative fine to Eric Fenmore, unlicensed, for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice – Sanctions). The citation alleged that Fenmore provided services for a project not described in BPC section 5641 (Chapter Exceptions, Exemptions) as an exempt project without a valid, unrevoked license. The citation became final on February 16, 2016.

Gustard, Christopher Ian – (San Diego, CA) — On March 12, 2012 Christopher Ian Gustard pled guilty to 1 felony count in United States District Court, and was sentenced to 120 months in prison and required to register as a sex offender. On May 11, 2015, following notification of the plea of guilty and conviction, the Board filled an Accusation pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 5675 (Felony Conviction – Sanctions). Click here to view the Accusation.

Montgomery, John - (Thousand Oaks, CA) - The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2000 administrative fine to John Montgomery, unlicensed, for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice – Sanctions). The citation alleged that Montgomery was advertising to provide landscape architecture services without a valid, unrevoked license. The citation became final on January 29, 2016.

Morton, Brad - On June 2, 2014, the LATC issued a modified citation against Brad Morton that included a $750 administrative fine for an alleged violation of BPC section 5640, Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions. The citation became final on July 2, 2014, and has been paid.

Niles, David - (Santa Barbara, CA) - The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $1000 administrative fine to David Niles, landscape architect license number LA 4206, for an alleged violation of BPC 5616(a) (Landscape Architecture Contract – Contents, Notice Requirements). The action alleged that Niles failed to execute a contract prior to commencing work on a project. Niles paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on January 12, 2016.

Orr, Gary - On January 17, 2013, the LATC issued a modified citation against Gary Orr that included a $750 administrative fine for an alleged violation of BPC section 5671, Negligence, Willful Misconduct in Practice. The citation became final on May 23, 2014, and has been paid.

Pullman, Lori - On May 29, 2014, the LATC issued a citation against Lori Pullman that included a $1,000 administrative fine for an alleged violation of BPC section 5640, Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions. The citation became final on June 29, 2014, and has been paid.

Reyes, Fausto A. - On August 26, 2011, the LATC issued a modified citation with a fine of $300 for alleged violations of BPC 5671, Negligence, BPC 5616, Landscape Architecture contract - Contents, Notice Requirements, and CCR 2604 Change of Address Requirements. The citation became final on September 1, 2011.

Stout, Bruce - On October 5, 2012, the LATC issued an administrative citation that included a $2,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of BPC sections 5640, Unlicensed Persons Engaging in Practice, Sanctions and 5641, Chapter Exceptions, Exemptions. The citation became final on November 5, 2012.

Ware, Charles - (Corona del Mar, CA) - The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2,500 administrative fine to Ware, landscape architect license number LA 6113, for alleged violations of BPC 5640 (Unlicensed Person Engaging in Practice, Sanctions) and CCR 2670(b)(2) (Willful Misconduct). The action alleged that Ware had used the protected title "landscape architect" prior to being licensed as well as failed to respond to a request for information and/or evidence for a Board investigation within 30 days of the date mailed. The citation became final on June 6, 2016.