APRIL 5, 2019
BIA-LAV attended an Executive Townhall hosted by SoCal Gas to learn about the company’s roadmap for a balanced energy strategy to help California advance its clean energy goals. CEO Bret Lane, COO Jimmie Cho, President Maryam Brown, and Director of Energy Policy & Strategy, Alan Caldwell, spoke about the release of their new whitepaper , and their plans to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America. 
“As a multi-generational home builder doing business in Southern California for 72 years, building communities has always been important to us. Purchasing a home can be a stressful experience, and we want to make it as pleasant for our clients as possible. So if we hit permitting delays, that affects our home buyers’ move-in dates. Fortunately, we know that as a member of BIA-LAV, we can count on them to assist when permitting delays happen, so we can ultimately deliver homes for people. I strongly recommend BIA-LAV membership to anyone in the industry!”

--Howard Press, President, Watt Companies

Learn more about Howard and Watt Communities, here .
The Glen LA, by BIA-LAV Board Member Warmington Residential, is a new collection of single-family homes in the Valley Glen area of Los Angeles. Featuring contemporary urban design and beautifully landscaped grounds, this neighborhood of 63 eco-conscious “small lot” residences is ideally situated near shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities along the Tujunga Wash Greenway.

Valley Glen is a community on the rise, coveted for its central location in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. Commuter-friendly, this location offers quick access to nearby Burbank, North Hollywood, Studio City and Sherman Oaks. A remarkable 76 Walk Score Rating™ means that most personal errands can be accomplished right in the neighborhood. Class I and II Bike Lanes and an MTA bus line are within easy reach. Learn more, here .
On Wednesday, BIA-LAV Director of Government Affairs,  Diana Coronado , testified at the City of Glendale's Planning Commission hearing. Diana provided comments on the City's Draft Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance. The BIA-LAV is working with staff to include offsets and an exemption for for-sale housing in the final version of the ordinance, before it goes to Council on April 30th. To learn more e-mail Diana, here .
Senior Director of Government Affairs, Christine Rangel, was on hand to speak at an LA Neighborhood Council meeting this week, to support one of our members’ projects. The project, in the El Sereno area, will add 42 sustainably-built small lots to an existing vacant lot, bringing housing and economic investment to the community, improving recreational programs and parks, and enhancing neighborhood safety, all while maintaining consistency with the surrounding neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the neighborhood Council denied the project, due to NIMBY opposition. We will continue to advocate for Housing For All.
Ameritrust Home Loans! Ameritrust offers a full line of loan options to help their Southern California neighbors achieve the American dream of homeownership. They understand the local market because their mortgage professionals live in the communities they serve. They provide face-to-face service because they want their customers to understand their loan options and be well informed as they travel each step of the loan process. Their team works to provide each customer with a five-star experience through open and consistent communication, quick turn times and decades of mortgage industry experience.Learn more about Ameritrust Home Loans, here .

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9th
TIME: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Local Peasant ( 22901 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364)

Sponsorships available 
Table Tops available

WHEN: Thursday, April 11th
TIME: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WHERE: Los Angeles County Public Works – Conference Room A
(900 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803)
ATTENDEES: BIA Members & Special Guests

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30th
TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WHERE: Los Angeles County Hall of Administration – Room 739 (500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012) 
ATTENDEES: BIA Members & Special Guests
WHEN: Thursday, May 9th
TIME: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Howl at the Moon - Universal City Walk (1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, CA 91608)

Sponsorships available 

WHEN: Thursday, May 16th
TIME: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Pirch (101 S Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91210)

Event Hosted by Pirch of Glendale 

JUNE 10 th

WHEN: Monday, June 10th
TIME: 8:30 AM - 5:30 AM
WHERE: Moorpark Country Club (11800 Championship Dr., Moorpark, CA 93021)

Get your sponsorship or Foursomes in now before April 15th and save $400!  
WHEN: Thursday, April 11th
TIME: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Appetizers & Drinks will be Served
WHERE: Annandale Golf Club – Board Room at (1 N San Rafael Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105)
WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2019
TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch will be Provided
WHERE: Skirball Center – Classroom 160
(2701 N Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049)

Join Homes4Families as they host their FIRST We Build event in Palmdale on May 11th. We Builds typically host over 400 women to participate in building the homes of those who have served us so honorably. They will have several different tasks, from creating art pre for our trauma informed programming, to building a wall, mixing concrete and laying pipe.

Sign-up by visiting the webpage, here
Brian Murtaugh is a Sales Manager for loanDepot. loanDepot, matches borrowers through technology and high-touch customer care with the credit they need to fuel their lives. As a fast-growing national consumer lender, the loanDepot platform is disrupting finance by dissolving the lines between mortgage and non mortgage credit. Brian currently serves on our Board of Directors, and has been involved with several committees over the years. We are lucky to have members as awesome as Brian!

Learn more about Brian and loanDepot, here .
Make sure our industry’s voice is represented by taking the Los Angeles County Business Federation's annual business community poll. Any business leader can weigh in, they don’t have to be a direct member of BizFed. To take the poll click here . #BizFedPulsePoll
"California is a fascinating study of politics, housing and galvanized activism. It’s been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. But not always. And hopefully not in the way of vanishing middle class, extreme lack of affordable housing, stifling taxation and a number of other fundamentals that hide behind the world’s 5th biggest economy." 

California’s race to build housing ( Multi Housing PRO )
Affordable Housing Crisis Spreads Throughout World ( Wall Street Journa l )

California’s transit-housing bill pushing for taller, denser growth clears first hurdle ( Curbed SF )

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