February 5, 2018
Our political action committee is the vehicle through which we can ensure the right environment for our industry to keep growing
By Michael Strech, President and CEO, North State BIA

In her first column as BIA Chair, Rachel Bardis emphasized a point that I would like to reiterate to all of our members. Its the idea of showing up and being present in this association...your association. While that outlook is certainly important to apply to all facets of the BIA, it is perhaps most important to our Political Action Committee or PAC in 2018.

For over a year now, the BIA PAC has been fundraising for the 2018 election cycle, which as you might imagine will be extremely busy. In fact, the PAC's hard work, under the leadership of Marcus Lo Duca, was recognized as the best regional government affairs effort in the nation by the National Association of Home Builders in 2017.

That hard work has paved the way for the PAC to be in an extremely strong position to start the 2018 election cycle. However, there will be several requests for contributions from political candidates and, once those requests start coming in, our funds will be impacted. 

That's why I would like to encourage all BIA members to consider supporting the PAC. We absolutely need to maintain our position of political strength in order to support the candidacies of business minded individuals who will foster a positive environment in which the homebuilding industry can thrive.

Fortunately, your opportunity to help the PAC is right around the corner. On March 1, the PAC is holding its first event of 2018 with Folsom Builders & Brews. Like Rachel said, I hope that as many of you as possible will show up and be present! We need your support in this critical year.

Brian Hanlon of California YIMBY offered his insights on the need to build more housing in our state
In addition to Brian, we would like to express our thanks to John Zona with Tim Lewis Communities for spearheading the first Idea District of 2018. And, of course, many thanks to all of our generous sponsors below:

Annual Sponsors
Blue Mountain Construction Services
Cresleigh Homes
Jeffrey DeMure and Associates
KB Home

Pay It Forward Sponsors
CC Bell Properties
MMS Strategies
NEXT New Homes Group
Shattuck Community Planning
Trackside Center, LLC|B9 Urban Infill, LLC
Wood Rodgers

Learn more about the YIMBY movement here and also check out pictures from a great night out.

Family recently moved into Volunteers of America's Veterans apartments
Thank you so much to our passionate builder captain, Taylor Morrison, especially Mark  Stover and Chris Downum, who really drove this effort from day one. Also, many thanks to KB Home for providing all of the wonderful  furniture. HomeAid's Executive Director, Beth Kang, wrote this short column on how meaningful this particular project was for everyone involved.

See how our advocates are fighting for you
Army Corps Chief Coming to BIA this Week
Mike Jewell, the Chief of the Regulatory Division for the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, will join us this Wednesday at 8:30 am at the Regional Builder Developer Council meeting to update the industry on policy regulatory issues governing the Army Corps' issuance of wetland permits that affect most large projects in the area. No RSVP is necessary to join the meeting. If you have questions, contact Chris Norem

Join Us Thursday, March 1 for Folsom Builders and Brews
Join your local builders and elected officials for a fun evening of pizza and beer at our Folsom Builders and Brews event, put on by the BIA's Political Action Committee. All proceeds benefit the BIA's efforts to elect quality local candidates. Get your ticket here.

BIA to Host Meeting on Storm Water Quality
The jurisdictions within Sacramento County will be adopting new storm water quality standards later this year. The BIA is hosting a meeting on February 15 from 2-4 pm with government officials to discuss numerous changes to the standards that call for hydromodification and Low Impact Development. For more information, contact Mallori Spilker.

Grant Applications Open for Demonstration Projects
SACOG has announced that the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Mini Grant application is now available. Interested parties are encouraged to submit applications to implement projects or programs that replace car trips. Find out more here.

Mayor Miklos Delivers 2018 Folsom State of the City Address
Folsom Mayor Steve Miklos delivered the 2018 State of the City address at a luncheon hosted by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 18. In the annual address, Mayor Miklos reviewed recent accomplishments and shared upcoming milestones in the year ahead. A text version of the speech is available on the City's website.

Placer County Affordable Housing Strategy Contract Awarded
At its January 23 meeting, the Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $186,000 contract with BAE Urban Economics to develop an affordable housing strategy. The tasks will include assessing and identifying affordable housing needs and development opportunities, recommendations about current housing standards and policies that may be hampering development, the creation of a site evaluation tool to determine the profitability of potential projects, and a review of recent state housing policy changes. In recent months, the Board has approved an affordable housing development as part of the Placer County Government Center project and eased restrictions on secondary dwelling units.

Roseville Permitting Goes Paperless
Beginning on March 5, all application packets (including plans, maps, and technical documents) must be submitted to the city in digital format. Applicants can apply online through the Online Permitting Services (OPS) Portal or they can bring their application packet into the Permit Center on a CD or thumb drive.

Placer Groundwater Sustainability Meeting
The West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency will meet on February 8 at 6 pm in the Lincoln City Hall community room. Agency staff will provide an update on recent activities related to the development of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan. BIA staff will attend and communicate any relevant updates to the membership.

See what's coming up at the North State BIA
Recent report on labor shortage gets media attention, heightening the importance of our upcoming Skilled Trades Job Fair
"The Sacramento region needs more than 7,000 workers annually in construction and related fields in the next four years," is the finding of a newly released report by Valley Vision that the Sacramento Bee covered in a recent story

The report and the resulting news coverage, which included this story on KCRA-3, underscores the critical importance of our upcoming Skilled Trades Job Fair. That's why we'd like to encourage employers to sign up now and to help us promote the event. Events like this one are key in the effort to fill our industry's labor gap. Find out more about the job fair here.

And, stay tuned for the next eNews, in which BIA Chair, Rachel Bardis, will discuss an exciting, new workforce development push that we will soon be launching.

Advance your career at UC Davis Extension's professional education information sessions
UC Davis Extension's Professional Education Information Sessions are free events and webinars that provide working professionals with the opportunity to learn how continuing education in high-demand fields can advance their careers. Industry-specific sessions let attendees explore the job prospects in each field, meet program representatives and instructors, and learn how a certificate from UC Davis Extension can help them achieve their professional goals.

Most of the free information sessions are online webinars. Sessions indicated as "In Class" will take place at Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St., Sacramento.

To find out more about and to reserve your space in an industry-specific information session, please click here Also, attendees will receive a $100 discount on their first UC Davis Extension course (some exceptions apply).

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