Happy International Women's Day!
Today , and every day, we celebrate the accomplishments and achievements made by women. We pay special tribute to the women in our industry by shining a light on Los Angeles County's WINTER Program - Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles. Their mission is to train, educate and prepare women for careers in construction and building. WINTER replicates real work experience, where participants get an understanding of Blue Print reading, hand tools and heavy machinery. At the end of the curriculum the program graduates develop the skills needed for building and construction tradework. Happy International Women's Day!
A WEEK WITH BIA
NOT YOUR AVERAGE ECONOMIC FORECAST
On Thursday our Sales & Marketing Committee hosted our "Not Your Average Economic Forecast" event. Our members had the opportunity to hear from our expert panelists. The panelists included Chapman University's Fadel Lawndy - Director of the Hoag Center for Real Estate & Finance, CoreLogic's Frank Nothaft - Chief Economist & Vice President, and Adam Artunian of John Burns Real Estate Consulting - Vice President. Discussions centered around the future of housing, residential projects, and the future of the building economy. #BIAQ2andbeyond
This past Saturday, BIA-LAV's Emergency Task Force participated in Woolsey Fire Recovery workshops in Calabasas in conjunction with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office, to help families who lost their homes by providing advice, education and resources to rebuild, free of charge. Appointments were held throughout this first day as part of a 6-week program, all of which have been fully booked. A special thanks to our volunteers: Williams Homes , Houck Construction and New Day Development . To find out more about our efforts, go to our website ; to qualify as one of our rebuild contractors apply here ; and to sign up for additional future workshops, click here
2019 LOS ANGELES BUILD EXPO USA
This week, we participated in Build Expo USA's Los Angeles Convention. Over 100 businesses involved in the building industry exhibited their products, projects and provided information on their companies. BIA members were invited as complimentary guests, and we visited with current and potential new members. By attending we were able to expand BIA's reach and visibility, we look forward to coming back next year!
TODAY'S TESTIMONIAL
“Urban Floor has been a member of the BIA-LAV for 5 years. Throughout our partnership, we’ve had excellent opportunities to invest in working relationships with outstanding people. The members we have interacted with are always willing to put us in contact with other leaders in the industry and support us as we seek to provide top quality flooring products. We are so thankful to be able to rub shoulders with the best of the best in the building industry!” 
-- Yvette Shroyer, Urban Floor

Learn more about Yvette & Urban Floor, here .
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
CITY OF THOUSAND OAKS PROPOSES NEW TRAFFIC MITIGATION PLAN
Our Ventura Working Group hosted Transportation Planner Kathy Naoum from the City of Thousand Oaks, to discuss their Proposed Traffic Mitigation Impact Fees. The study concludes that commercial projects will cause the most impact due to future intensified development on the Boulevard, so residential impact fees have been lowered in the new proposal! Our group applauded the City for not adding additional burden to sorely-needed housing development. Click here for the presentation.
LA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW CEQA THRESHOLDS
State guidelines require all cities to update their transportation impact analysis metrics to vehicle miles traveled (VMT). However, the City wants to make this change before the state-mandated year 2020. We are concerned that changing the assessment to VMT would negatively impact housing projects in many areas of the City, to the point that those potential projects will no longer be affordable to the existing market. Requiring VMT in lieu of the traditional Level of Service (LOS) model will also open projects up to significantly more CEQA legal challenges. CPC adopted the change; it now goes to the Council’s PLUM Committee. View BIA-LAV's letter, here .
MEMBER OF THE MOMENT
Beginning as a one-man drywall company,  Mike Rovner Construction, Inc.  developed into a force of over 300 skilled employees. The trend within this growth has always been a commitment to excellence, integrity, craftsmanship, and delivery. Rovner Construction helps to achieve their clients goals by cost-effectively managing resources to complete projects in a timely manner. Conducting business in an honest, trustworthy and fair manner is the cornerstone of the culture at Rovner. They take pride in serving their clients, employees, subcontractors, and business partners through collaboration.

Learn more about Rovner Construction here .
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STANDOUT SOCIAL MEDIA MEMBER
Mihi Surd is a longtime member of BIA-LA and has dedicated his time and involvement to the success of our chapter. He works at Manhattan Millworks, Inc. - a premier architectural millwork firm that differentiates itself from the competition by providing superior customer service, committing to excellence in design and execution, and maintaining the highest standard of quality. Learn more about Mihi and Manhattan Millworks, Inc. , here .
INDUSTRY NEWS
Join BIA-LAV’s list of qualified contractors interested in working with homeowners who wish to rebuild or rehab after the region’s fires. Contractors, specialty contractors, architects and engineers are encouraged to apply. Applicants who meet all criteria set forth in our RFQ will be placed on our list of qualified contractors and may have the opportunity to work in LA County burn areas. Visit our website for more information on our overall efforts.   
NEWSWORTHY
12 LA County cities could face new pressure from the state to build housing ( Curbed LA )

Congress can help solve the housing affordability crisis ( The Hill )

Ventura's housing authority gets grant to help families move off public assistance   ( VC Star ) 
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