A WEEK WITH BIA
WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY
On Tuesday, BIA-LAV met with members of the Antelope Valley-East Kern (AVEK) Water Agency. BIA-LAV's geographical representation in the County of Los Angeles stretches as far north as the Antelope Valley and it's imperative that we remain engaged with the regulators and policymakers in this area. There is an enormous amount of building potential in the region thanks to agency's, like AVEK, who have planned for long term water use through diversified water management.
BIA-LAV SEEKS CONTRACTORS FOR LA COUNTY FIRE REBUILD
BIA is creating a list of qualified contractors who are 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.  
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
BURBANK'S NEW HOUSING GOALS
On Tuesday, BIA-LAV Director of Government Affairs, Diana Coronado, attended the Burbank City Council Meeting to comment on a recently introduced housing goals proposal. BIA is encouraged that the City is taking a proactive approach to address their housing shortfall. City staff has recommended adding 12,000 new homes over the next 15 years to increase their jobs to housing ratio to 2.57. The BIA testified in support of the concept and made recommendations on how to best achieve those results. We look forward to working with City staff as the methodologies and strategies for these goals are determined.
VENTURA NET ZERO LITIGATION CONTINUES
BIA-LAV, BIA-SC and the Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation (BILD) have continued legal proceedings with the City of Ventura, regarding the City's decision to impose a “Net Zero fee” requiring new development to offset their water or pay an in-lieu fee of nearly $27,000 per acre-foot of demand. Trial began on Monday, January 28 th . BIA-LAV continues to advise members to make any Net Zero fees “in protest”.
TODAY'S TESTIMONIAL
LANCE WILLIAMS, WILLIAMS HOMES
"BIA-LAV has continually been the voice of support when we need them, and has helped us deliver our projects on time when we’ve reached a roadblock. When we have experienced utility delays, we’ve called BIA to facilitate a resolution.

Thanks to their strong relationships and advocacy, we’ve been able to obtain services in order to move our homeowners in on time. That means we have more units coming onto market and helping to alleviate the housing crunch. BIA, we really appreciate all your help."

-- Lance Williams, Williams Homes

Learn more about Lance and WIlliams Homes, here .
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Eileen has been an active BIA member and currently serves on BIA-LAV's Board of Directors, and the Events & Education Committee. She is the Executive Vice President of CDS Insurance, a full service regional insurance brokerage firm. Eileen handels a wide variety of services including, Property, Liability, Commercial Auto, Umbrella, Surety Bonds, Workers Comp, Employee Benefits, Personal Auto & Homeowners, Personal Umbrellas.

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NEWSWORTHY
A dark side to the California dream: How the state Constitution makes affordable housing hard to build ( LA Times )

State launches new fund for mixed-income housing

Poll: Nearly half of California voters say they can't afford living in the state ( VC Star )
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