Why is it so difficult to build naturally-affordable units in our region that are attainable for the middle class? Several experts, including BIA-LAV Executive Committee Member Ken Kahan, President of California Landmark Group , opined on the topic. The Urban Land Institute hosted a breakfast discussion called “The “Missing Middle – Challenges and Opportunities for Middle-Income Housing Development”. Ken encouraged jurisdictions to create an environment conducive for the natural production of affordable housing, such as allowing higher wood structures, lower costs, and more incentives like SB 1818. 
Williams Homes, Inc., one of California’s largest, privately-held homebuilders, has announced its expansion into the Bozeman, Montana market... “Expanding our home building footprint has been an exciting endeavor,” says Lance Williams, president and CEO of Williams Homes. “...We intend to bring a high level of quality, customization and customer service to the Bozeman area.” Read the full Press Release, here . Congratulations to longtime BIA-LAV Member, Williams Homes!

Learn more about Williams Homes, here .
“KB Homes was experiencing extremely problematic delays on a project with a utility, to the point that it had potential to delay homeowner move-ins.
BIA was able to get our project moving expeditiously so that our homeowners moved in on time. In this way, BIA has provided tremendous benefit to our company. I highly recommend any builder or developer to be a member of BIA in order to realize the same benefits, and more."

--Glen Longarini, President Los Angeles/Ventura Division, KB Home

Learn more about KB Home here.
BIALAV has been participating in a members-only working group with LADWP since 2015, in which we meet bi-monthly to address issues relating to project review, scheduling, and inspecting. We kicked off our first meeting of the year this Thursday. If you would like to join us at our next meeting, email Christine , Senior Director of Government Affairs, for information.
Pacific Cove Development (PCD) is a boutique design/builder and developer based in Santa Monica, California. PCD focuses on projects – turnkey from conception to completion – throughout Southern California, particularly in coastal areas. PCD enjoys the pursuit of smart and efficient practices in its building and has experience with projects that have earned LEED Gold and GreenPoint Rated certifications. PCD has both residential and commercial project experience. Regardless of the project style, their goal is to build with a sense of casual, coastal elegance, creating spaces that appeal to the most sophisticated clients.

Learn more about PCD, here .
The Annual Design Build Competition on April 6th and 7th brings tomorrow's builders and today's professionals together in a fast-paced, two-day build project that mimics "real-world" pressures. Join BIA of Southern California and the California Homebuilding Foundation on April 6th and 7th at Reliable Wholesale Lumber (7600 Redondo Cir, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648) and be part of the solution to support tomorrow's workforce today and sponsor the 2018 Design Build Competition!

Click here to see the 2018 event video
Click here to sponsor the event


WHEN: Thursday February 28th
TIME: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
WHERE: Pasadena Masonic Temple, 200 S. Euclid Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
MARCH 7 th

WHEN: Thursday March 7th
TIME: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
WHERE: Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Dr. Universal City, CA 91608, USA

WHEN: Wednesday & Thursday, March 6th & 7th
TIME: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WHERE: LA Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
REGISTER HERE : BIA Members get into the event for free, as a perk of your membership. Visit BIA-LAV staff at Booth #133 at the Show. 
MARCH 2 1st

WHEN: Thursday March 21st
TIME: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Sagebrush Cantina , 23527 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302
MA Y 28th - 31st

WHEN: Tuesday - Friday, May 28th - 31st
WHERE: San Francisco Masonic Temple, 1101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
JUNE 10 th

WHEN: Monday - June 10th
TIME: 8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
WHERE: Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Dr., Moorpark, CA 93021
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION : Early Bird pricing – save $400 now through April 15th. 
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.   
Alyssa has been on BIA-LAV's Board of Directors for several years and has been a part of the building industry all her life. Currently, she is the Business Development Manager for Duct Testers, Inc. a full service energy consulting firm specializing in building and development.

Additionally, Alyssa serves on BIA's Golf Committee, Trapshoot Committee, and is the Co-Chair of the Events and Education Committee. She recently won BIA-LAV's Board Member of the Year Award in 2018. Thank you for your dedication to BIA, Alyssa!

Learn more about Alyssa & Duct Testers, here .
After Huntington Beach lawsuit, Newsom warns cities he'll continue housing law crackdown ( LA Times )

CA lawmaker makes aggressive push against local development restrictions ( LA Times ) 


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