January 8, 2017
With seats filling up fast, make sure you register today
The 2018 Installation of Officers will take place on Friday, January 19, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. You can register here, but please note that Wednesday, January 10, is the deadline to do so.

Our 2018 leadership team includes the following:
  • Chair - Rachel Bardis, Bardis Homes
  • Vice Chair/Treasurer - Phil Rodriguez, Lewis Planned Communities
  • Secretary - Aren Bazzocco, Taylor Morrison
  • Immediate Past Chair - Andy Davidson, Anton Development Company, LLC
2017 Award Honoress
Our 2017 award recipients will also be honored that night. They include the following:
  • Meritorious Award - Lori Moreci, Meritage Homes
  • Friend of Housing - Pat Hume, Elk Grove City Council
  • President's Award - Mike Winn, Michael Winn Associates
  • Chairman's Award - John Norman, Brookfield Residential
Sponsors Needed!
We've already had several generous members sign up to sponsor the upcoming Installation, including:  Lennar,  Citadel Premium Design Inc.,  Finance of America Mortgage,  Blue Mountain Construction Services,  Hock Construction Management,  Winn Communities,  Teichert Construction,  Bardis Homes,  Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, and  Pacific Sunbelt Mortgage.  However, there are plenty more sponsorship opportunities left, ranging from $500 to $7,500. Check out all the different sponsorship levels and what comes with each, here .

Special guest column by Eleni Kounalakis, candidate for California Lieutenant Governor

Every family in California deserves a safe, affordable place to call home. Working families, single parents and young people should not be forced to choose between paying rent or buying groceries each month. Our seniors deserve a home where they can access social and medical services.

But throughout the state, cities are facing a housing shortage of unprecedented levels, and housing is more expensive in California than almost anywhere in the country. In 2015 the statewide cost of a home in California was $437,000, more than twice the cost in the US as a whole. 

High home prices and rents have become barriers for working families, students and young people, making it impossible to save for the future and often forcing parents into inadequate housing conditions for their children.

Because too many teachers, first responders, municipal workers and other members of the workforce can't afford to live in the cities they work, the housing shortage forces many people to commute two, three or more hours each day, which robs them of time with their families and also increases carbon emissions, further threatening our ability to combat global warming.

It's crystal clear - California is in a housing crisis.  What is the solution?
We must build more affordable homes across California. To do this, the state must provide resources to build housing for low-income residents, including permanent supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness, and apartments for low-income individuals and families. We must also adopt policies at the state level to streamline the planning and entitlement process, and allow projects to move forward as efficiently as possible. We must also provide resources for environmental protection. As California grows, we must also take concrete steps to permanently protect California's most ecologically sensitive areas.
As a housing developer, I spent over 18 years delivering housing for working families in the Sacramento region, and I know first-hand that affordable housing is the foundation of healthy communities. It increases economic security, stabilizes society, and allows for people of all income levels to live near family, and job opportunities.
It also helps grow our state economy.
BIA members have helped for many years to shape smart housing policy in Sacramento, bringing advocates and legislators together to solve California's housing crisis. It will take this kind of leadership, from all the stakeholders, to set ambitious goals to build more housing, and work together to achieve them. Delivering more housing is an extremely complex issue - but the alternative is simply not acceptable. For California and the Bay Area to continue to be an engine of opportunity and social mobility, we frankly do not have another choice. If I am elected as Lt. Governor, I look forward to partnering with the BIA and others to get to work on day one.  

It may not be the sexiest topic, but it is one of the most important for your business
Katherine Sandberg with Fisher Phillips will guide you through several new laws that could have a major impact on your business. The Employment Law 2018 seminar is on January 24, 2018, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, at  McCormick & Schmick's, at the Fountains in Roseville. Find out more and register here.

See how our advocates are fighting for you

New Rancho Cordova Councilman Presenting at Sacramento BDC
Rancho Cordova's newest Councilman, Garrett Gatewood, will be speaking at the Sacramento Builder Developer Council meeting this Wednesday, January 10, at 8:30 am.

Sacramento County Transportation Fee Meeting this week
The BIA will host a meeting this Wednesday, January 10, at 2 pm with transportation planners from Sacramento County to discuss their update of the Sacramento County Transportation Development Fee. Please attend if you are interested in this issue; no rsvp necessary.

SMUD Creates New Team to Help Builders and Developers
SMUD has created a new staff dedicated to working with builders and developers and they encourage our members to contact them at the outset of projects. The primary contact is Rob Lechner, Director of Commercial Development. Rob can be reached at Rob.Lechner@SMUD.org or (916) 737-6564 (cell). Just last week, Rob spoke to the Regional Builder Developer Council and his powerpoint is attached.

Updates to CEQA Guidelines and SB 743
In December, SACOG held a workshop that is now available to view online about the proposed updates to CEQA guidelines and the implementation of SB 743. The webinar is available here.

California Housing Package Takes Effect
The 15-bill housing package passed by the state legislature last year went into effect on January 1. To read more about the package go here.

Lincoln Mayor to Speak at January Placer BDC
Please be sure to attend the first Placer BDC meeting of the year on January 17 at 8:30 am. We will be joined by our guest speaker Stan Nader, the Mayor of Lincoln.  At the Placer BDC, Roseville city staff will also be presenting the Roadway Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Updated Traffic Mitigation Fees. The City of Roseville will also be holding a stakeholder workshop on this item on January 23 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Roseville Civic Center.

El Dorado Hills CSD Park Impact Fee Latest
The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board will be taking up the park impact fee nexus study item for approval at their January 11 meeting. The BIA and a working group of members have been engaged with this issue since last spring, and met several times with the CSD staff and their consultants. The original proposal for single family residential was $14,700 and is now down to $11,718. There are still several areas of concern that the industry has about the study, and the BIA will be outlining those items in a comment letter. Ultimately, any change to the fee must be approved by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.

New Placer County CEO and Workforce Housing Scheduled for January 9 Board Meeting
The Placer County Board of Supervisors will be appointing a new CEO and considering support for a new, 56-unit workforce housing development in North Lake Tahoe. Click here to view the agenda.

That's right, the Idea District is back on January 30
If you think your rent is too low, this ain't for you - A bold look at making housing affordable," "Your Mom raised you NIMBY, join us to see if you're actually YIMBY. 
We hope that got your attention!  Our guest speaker for the next Idea District is Brian Hanlon, the Executive Director of California YIMBY, a new Sacramento-based advocacy organization that aims to solve the housing shortage by passing laws to double the rate of home building in California. The organization works closely with YIMBY Action and local YIMBY groups to empower grassroots activists to demand that their elected officials support pro-housing solutions. Brian was featured in the San Jose Mercury News earlier this year. Read more about him here.

Also, many thanks to KB Home, Blue Mountain Construction Services, Cresleigh Homes, and Jeffrey DeMure + Associates Architects Planners, Inc.  for  recently signing up as annual sponsors of the Idea District!

Register here.

See what's coming up at the North State BIA
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Save the Date

The BIA's 75th Anniversary celebration is scheduled for July 20, 2018 at the California Train Museum. You will not want to miss this very special evening. We'll also be looking for sponsors, so if you are interested in playing a big part in this event, please contact Angela Tsukiji.

Skilled Trades Job Fair scheduled for April 21, get the details below
Planning for the 2018 Skilled Trades Job Fair is officially underway! This annual event is the only job fair of its kind: hundreds of job seekers come together with companies from all over the region to make employment connections in our industry.

Sponsorship opportunities are available now from $500 to $5,000, and registration for employers will open February 1.

The event will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Citrus Heights Community Center from 9 am to 11am.

For more information about the job fair, head to our website or follow the event on Facebook.
Tournament is slated for March 4
Please Join us for the Annual Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament benefiting HomeAid Sacramento. Put on your best Poker Face and help build hope for the homeless in our community on Sunday, March 4, at Bunz Sports Pub & Grub in Roseville. You can register and find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.

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