JULY 26, 2019
A WEEK WITH BIA
BIA-LAV VENTURA WORKING GROUP
On Monday, BIA-LAV hosted a dynamic meeting with  Moorpark  City Manager, Troy Brown! Our members got candid, face-to-face time to discuss the future of development in the City, Ventura County, the region and the State. Learn more about our Ventura Working Group by contacting Senior Director of Government Affairs, Christine Rangel .
From left to right, staggered: Rick Bianchi, Lennar; Don Duncan, All Valleys RV Storage; Dave Little, Pardee Homes; Chris Collier, Rincon Strategies; Scott Smith, Williams Homes; Moorpark City Manager Troy Brown; Alan Ching, CSMC Mortgage; David Giuntini, Pardee Homes; Harriet Rapista, Comstock Homes; James Rasmussen,West Pointe Homes; Susanne Cooper, Jensen Design & Survey; Corey Harpole, Oakwood Communities; Mike Frasco, BioClean; John Vlassis, Robert Harvey, Jensen Design & Survey; Makenzie Rasmussen, West Pointe Homes; Greg Ray, Pardee Homes; Mark DiCecco, DiCecco Architecture Inc; Rick White, Larrabure Framing; Bill McReynolds, Warmington Residential.
PASADENA REJECTS DENSITY BONUS HOUSING PROJECT
On Monday, the Pasadena City Council failed to pass a project that met City and State guidelines, but faltered to NIMBY pressure. The BIA was in attendance to support a BIA member's project that was being challenged based on similar scenarios related to density bonus concessions and community push back. The item was not able to be heard because of the City Council's nearly five-hour debate on the previous item. Both the projects would bring much needed affordable and market-rate housing to a community short in meeting its RHNA requirements. This outcome comes on the heels of the City's ongoing debate over adjusting their inclusionary zoning requirements. To learn more about the San Gabriel Valley Working Group please contact Diana Coronado . Read more here .
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
BIA-LAV MEETING WITH LADWP
Our builder and utility consultant members held our bi-monthly meeting with LADWP this week. This gives our members face-to-face opportunities to discuss their stalled projects, as well as big picture issues such as the meter application process, job tracking, pole relocations process, staffing, and inter-department coordination. Learn more about our Utilities Working Group by contacting Senior Director of Government Affairs, Christine Rangel .
LA COUNTY ART FEE ON HOUSING DELAYED
Thanks to BIA-LAV's advocacy efforts, our coalition partners, and our membership's participation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took amendments to bifurcate residential development from the art ordinance. The Board only passed the ordinance with a 1% art fee on industrial and commercial development - not residential. Over the next 60 days, staff will review the effects of an art fee on housing, before an ordinance affecting residential development is considered. BIA will continue to be part of the stakeholder process as the residential component is reworked. Contact Diana Coronado for more information. View our full "Info Alert" here .
From left to right: Diana Coronado, BIA-LAV; Christine Villegas, Chelsea Investment Co.; and John Musella , The Musella Group
LONG BEACH BUILDING CODE HEARING
The City of Long Beach Building and Safety Bureau reached out to BIA to provide information to our membership on building code updates. The City will be reviewing the latest code adoption required by the State and hold an informational/training session on some of the changes later this year. There will be a hearing on the 2020 building code adoption on August 19, 2019. Please e-mail Diana Coronado if you are interested in receiving correspondence on this information.
HEARING INFORMATION
Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Code Enforcement Conference Room
(100 W. Broadway, Suite 400, Long Beach, CA 90802)
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
TODAY'S TESTIMONIAL
"Upon joining BIA-LAV, I immediately became active in the chapter’s Membership Committee, which has resulted in making great connections. I am local to the San Fernando Valley, but it is nice to have an all-inclusive membership that allows me to become active in the other local chapters, should I decide to expand beyond that.

There are great incentives to being a member, but the true value is in the relationships you create along the way. I strongly recommend BIA-LAV membership."

--Dan Harrington, New American Funding
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NEWSWORTHY
San Diego Approves Housing in Empty Storefronts ( NBC 7 )

Modular Affordable Housing Development Planned in DTLA

Bad news for Gavin Newsom’s housing goals: New home permits are down in California (Sac Bee)
“These days you see most interest in the luxury apartments in places like downtown San Francisco, because otherwise the rents don’t pay for the high cost of construction,” Schwartz said. “Yes, rent has gone up, but construction costs have gone up two to three times as much.”
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