Special Edition: 55th  Annual Business Meeting
Welcome CALBO Member!
At CALBO, we strive to provide the best education and supportive network for professionals in the building departments and industry representatives throughout California. 

We hope you will use this newsletter as a resource to keep yourself up-to-date with everything building! 
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A Special ABM Message from Your
CALBO President - Ron Takiguchi!
“I’ve been offered a lot for my work, but never everything . . . ”
       - Sam Chisom (Denzel Washington)               The Magnificent 7

Hello Everyone!

Movie fans of the Magnificent 7 know of the reference quoted by Denzel Washington.  But fans of the 1960 original Magnificent 7 movie are well aware that the quote was originally spoken by Yul Brenner in similar reference.  Whether you prefer the 1960 version or the 2016 remake, the reference to the “offer of everything” is perpetually relevant.

As your CALBO President, this is my last message for my term as the CALBO year is nearing its end. I feel that I have been offered everything by you - the CALBO members - in providing me with your support and confidence throughout the year.  You have entrusted the CALBO Board to do a job that served the members in the best interest, and for that, I am grateful. 

Despite being “offered everything,” it is well known that the CALBO Board consists of selfless individuals who volunteer their time for the sole purpose of preserving and advancing the profession of the building official.  Each of you know of the importance you play in the preservation of life-safety and quality-of-life issues related to building compliance.  I believe that each of you know of the important work that CALBO plays in the issues that are significant to building officials and building departments.  Certainly this year has been no exception in CALBO’s involvement that protected the building official’s interests and member service provisions.  

CALBO has been providing consistent member provisions since 1962 leading to this year’s 55th CALBO Anniversary celebrated as CALBO’s Double Nickels Celebration!  This year’s CALBO Annual Business Meeting will be held at the beautiful Newport Beach Hyatt Regency on March 20 through 23, 2017.  If you have not already made arrangements to attend, I encourage you to do so as the program and line-up of impressive speakers will make this ABM an important and essential event for building officials.  

Look for promotional information related to this year’s ABM in this newsletter and check out the program registration packet on the CALBO website.  Although the program is too extensive to mention here, I would like to proudly share that the CALBO Job Fair will once again be offered – yes in interest to incumbent building & safety personnel but more importantly to the “next generation” of building department professionals.  And tangentially related to the next generation is the “next year” of CALBO which will be also previewed at the ABM – hope to see all of you there!  

In closing, it is customary as a departing message to provide Thank You’s to those who made this CALBO year a success.  Those specifically to thank are the wonderful and insightful CALBO Board, the hardworking and dedicated CALBO Committee members, the many professional organizations in collaboration with CALBO, and the Wheeler Company who is the invaluable “behind the scenes” engine that keeps the organization running with efficiency and effectiveness.  I do have to conclude that three entities helped make this an outstanding year:  Immediate Past President Raj Patel whose wisdom and knowledge was irreplaceable; CALBO Executive Director Dr. Matt Wheeler whose consistent insight and perspective kept the organization on track as always; and you, the CALBO membership who have “offered me everything”.

I Humbly Thank You All,

~ Ron Takiguchi, P.E.
2016-17 CALBO President  
City of Santa Monica
We hope you will join us at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach for
CALBO's 55th Annual Business Meeting (ABM), our Double Nickel Anniversary, from
Monday, March 20 - Thursday, March 23, 2017

The CALBO community will come together to learn, network and share, while celebrating 55 years as an organization striving to make the world a safer place. The CALBO Board of Directors has planned a dynamic program, including technical training, greater code development topics and diverse program offerings.

We are excited to bring back a Leadership Series, Workshop Sessions, CALBO's Second Job Fair and updated courses for your continuing education needs.

The 2017 CALBO ABM Program and Registration Packet is now available. Download this important resource containing important program and registration information.
 Looking forward to seeing you in beautiful, sunny Newport Beach!
ABM Program Registration Deadline:
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Don't miss out on these great ABM events! 
Sunday, March 19th
ABM Golf Tournament 
Calling all golfers - professional, recreational and otherwise! CALBO invites everyone to play at the beautiful Strawberry Farms Golf Course.
Enjoy transportation to the course, lunch and refreshments, as well as a great game of golf. 
Entry Fee: $110 per person
Tee Time: 1pm
(Bus departs the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach at 11:30am)

Registration Deadline:
Friday March 3rd, 2017
Monday, March 20th -
Thursday March 23rd
ABM Companion's Program
Bringing someone along to enjoy the ABM with you? While you attend the ABM Program, they will spend their day exploring Orange County.
Featured events include: shopping at Fashion Island Mall, exploring Catalina Island, lunch at La Brisas and many more exciting activities. 
  Registration Fee: $185 per person

Registration Deadline:
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
**Please send completed registration form to**

Questions about these opportunities?
Please contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or
CALBO's Job Fair & Career Development Day
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
With great excitement, CALBO welcomes you to attend the  2nd Annual Job Fair and Career Development Day  on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 8:30am-12pm.

Don't miss out on these great opportunities for you and your  colleagues:
  • Free admission for all - attendees register here.
  • Free self-parking for attendees.
  • Professionals development and resumes advice - bring a current resume.
  • Endless networking opportunities - don't forget to bring your business cards!
  • Career opportunities with local jurisdictions, State Agencies and nationwide companies.
  • Information about certification and education requirements for furthering a California building department career.
  • And many more wonderful opportunities...

FREE Jurisdiction opportunities:

  • Reserve a free recruitment table - contact CALBO for reservation.
  • Submit job and internship advertisements for free posting onsite at the event.

Please share this Job Fair Informational Flyer with your members, colleagues, friends and family. CALBO hopes to make this an annual tradition for its members and the building community.

Questions about the Job Fair and Career Development Day?
Contact CALBO at  916-4567-1103 or
A Special Thank You to all Sponsors of CALBO's 55th Annual Business Meeting!

Want your company, agency or organization featured on this list?
C ontact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or for

Thank you to the following companies, agencies and organizations for their participation during CALBO's 55th Annual Business Meeting  Exhibitor Program! 
Accela, Inc.
ACF Technologies
Avolve Software
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.- ABM Sponsor!
California Architects Board
California Code Check -  ABM Sponsor!
California Earthquake Authority
California Energy Commission
California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design
CEL Consulting, Inc. 
Coastland Civil Engineering, Inc.
Computronix U.S.A.
CSG Consultants, Inc. - ABM Sponsor! 
Energy Code Ace - ABM Sponsor! 
EsGil Corporation
Fire Smart Roofing
Garwood Mfg. Co., Inc.
Hoover Treated Wood Products
HR Green, Inc.
International Code Council - ABM Sponsor!
Interwest Consulting Group -  ABM Sponsor!
JAS Pacific - ABM Sponsor!
NSF International
Optimum Seismic, Inc. - ABM Sponsor!
RKA Consulting Group
SAFEbuilt, LLC. -  ABM Sponsor!
Selectron Technologies
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. - ABM Sponsor!
Smoke Guard California
Steel Tube Institute
SunGard Public Sector
TRB + Associates, Inc.
Tyler Technologies
VCA Code -  ABM Sponsor!
West Coast Code Consultants, Inc.
Western Wood Preservers Institute
Willdan Engineering - ABM Sponsor! 
4LEAF, Inc. -  ABM Sponsor!
Want your company, agency or organization featured on this list?
Want to advertise in the CALBO News and on the CALBO Website? 
Click here for more information and pricing. 
Thank you to all advertisers for your continual support of CALBO!
  Contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or for advertising  opportunities. 

New CALBO Structural Safety Committee Resource! Download Now!
The  CALBO Structural Safety Committee members Joe Kirkpatrick, Sharon Goei, Michelle Kam-Biron, Dennis Richardson and Timothy Koutsouros have prepared an overview of some of the more significant code changes relating to structural design and inspection. For more in-depth discussion of these changes and more, see the ICC publication -  Significant Changes to the California Building Code, 2016 edition.

For an even more in-depth treatment of select structural design issues, please consider attending or sending staff to attend the CALBO course, Structural Updates to the 2016 California Building Code and Reference Standards, at the 2017 CALBO Annual Business Meeting in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

This four-part course has been made available through the efforts of the CALBO Structural Safety Committee in conjunction with members of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). Each of the four speakers are SEAOC members and experts in their fieldRegistration for this course closes on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Questions about this new resource?
2017-2018 Building Officials
Leadership Academy
Accepting Applications Now!
The Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) is designed to maximize the leadership capabilities of seasoned public safety professionals, in addition to those who seek a future within California's building departments. 

The upcoming 2017-2018 BOLA Program will take place at the CALBO office in Sacramento from April 24-28, 2017.

The BOLA Program is limited to 14 students per year, so register before it's too late. We hope you consider this program as the next step in advancing your career!
BOLA program highlights include:
  • Executive level coursework and leadership development during the BOLA Core Curriculum Week at the CALBO office in Sacramento, California.
  • Specialized leadership courses designed for and only available within the BOLA program.
  • Collaborative opportunities with fellow building department staff and industry leaders.
  • Mentorship from CTI commissioners and past BOLA graduates.
  • Participation in the CALBO's Leadership and Advocacy Day at the State Capitol
  • Network opportunities among peers and leaders.
  • Recognition at the BOLA Graduation Ceremony and Luncheon held at the CALBO Annual Business Meeting.
Questions about BOLA registration?
Contact Lauren Herman, Director of Training and Communications,
at 916-457-1103 or .
2017 CALBO Education Weeks in San Ramon
& Ontario - Mark Your Calendars!

The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) strives to be your primary source of training by offering topical, current and relevant educational opportunities throughout the entire Golden State. 

Thank you to the instructors, course developers, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors for their contributions to the 2017 CALBO Education Weeks in San Ramon and Ontario. We look forward to another year of education in 2017!
Upcoming Education Week Dates and Venues! 
Monday, September 18 - Thursday, September 21, 2017

2600 Bishop Drive San Ramon, CA 94583

Monday, October 16 - Thursday, October 19, 2017

222 North Vineyard Avenue Ontario, CA 91764
Registration Available Spring 2017
Questions about the 2017 CALBO Education Weeks?
Contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or
New CALBO Access Committee Resource!
Download Now!

The CALBO Access Committee has been hard at work, helping the CALBO community by creating new tools to use on the job.

Click below for a great resource regarding electric vehicle charging stations for public and common use. 
Questions about this new resource?  Contact the CALBO Access Committee!
CALBO Policy Committee Application -
Due TODAY, March 1st, 2017!
Each year, CALBO appoints dedicated and talented members to serve on its eleven CALBO Policy Committees. The work of the CALBO Policy Committees is the lifeblood of our organization allowing members to engage with one another and other stakeholders to strengthen our association's work. All CALBO Policy Committee appointments are a two year commitment. 

Access Committee
Building and Fire Advisory Committee
California Building Officials Training Institute
Emergency Preparedness Committee
Energy Commission Advisory Committee
Green Building Committee
Legislative Committee
Outreach and Communications Committee
State Code Committee
State Licensing Boards Committee 
Structural Safety Committee

Apply now using our EASY online CALBO Policy Committee Application! 
Questions? Contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or
2017-2018 CALBO Membership Program
Important Changes Below!
The new 2017-2018 California Building Officials membership year is upon us starting on April 1st, 2017.

With this new year comes important changes to the CALBO Membership Program, specifically changes to Class I Memberships.

One of the great things about California is our diversity, and our building departments and local jurisdictions are a testament to this adage. It has been noted by many member jurisdictions, large and small, that there should be a difference in membership rates, whereby; larger jurisdictions would pay a higher rate given that they consume more membership services. 

For all jurisdictions, a new, tiered Class I Membership dues structure has been established based on population size. Changes to the other CALBO Membership Program categories are detailed below as well.

PLEASE NOTE: Each current CALBO member was sent a membership renewal notification explaining their membership category and changes. If you have not received such notification, please contact the CALBO office.
Questions about the CALBO Membership Program?
Please contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or
A Special CALBO Legislative Update 
Following the 2016 election in November, the California Legislature began a new biennial session. As new and returning legislators begin their work, CALBO continues to ensure that the building official profession is protected within the parameters of CALBO's Six Point Criteria.
Last year, CALBO fought hard to stop a bill that would have drastically changed training and testing requirements for building inspectors. Bills like this will continue to surface, and CALBO's Legislative Committee will review, analyze and when necessary, take a position in support or opposition. Last year, more than ever, building professionals throughout the state replied to CALBO’s calls to action, and this collective advocacy made a significant difference. Members can learn more about how CALBO advocates for building department professionals at the upcoming Annual Business Meeting in Newport Beach during the general session meeting on Monday.

The deadline for bills to be introduced was February 17 and CALBO is in the process of reviewing hundreds of bills to determine which will impact the building department profession. CALBO keeps members informed of which bills we are tracking by providing direct access to legislation at the CALBO Legislative Watch Page and as necessary, through email alerts.

While CALBO regularly advocates on behalf of members, CALBO encourages members to actively take part in the legislative process. In addition to responding to all "calls to action" throughout the year, CALBO invites Class I members to join the CALBO Legislative Committee and participate at our annual Leadership and Advocacy Day. The event takes place Wednesday, April 26 in Sacramento and more details are below.

Looking forward to a great legislative cycle ahead of us, 

Nicole Virga Bautista
CALBO Director of Government and Public Policy 
Questions about Legislative issues?
Contact CALBO's Director of Government and Public Policy, 
Nicole Virga Bautista, at or 916-457-1103.
CALBO's Leadership and Advocacy Day
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Sacramento, CA
CALBO's Annual Leadership and Advocacy Day will take place in Sacramento at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. This is an opportunity for Class I Members to take part in the legislative process and have their voices heard! 

Join CALBO's Legislative Committee to meet with your legislators and discuss current legislation impacting building departments. Participants will be briefed on the legislation and learn about the legislative process before attending pre-scheduled meetings.

Last year, through consistent advocacy, CALBO members stopped harmful legislation that would have negatively impacted building departments. Be a part of the effort to ensure legislators understand the important duties building department staff carry out on a daily basis and the work you do to keep the public safe.  
Questions about this opportunity? 
Contact CALBO's Director of Government and Public Policy, Nicole Virga Bautista at or 916-457-1103.
New CALBO Emergency Preparedness Committee Resources! Download Now!
The Emergency Preparedness Committee has collaborated on the publication of these new resources to enhance local government and statewide emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts following as disaster.

Click below to download these important emergency preparedness resources for your jurisdiction!
Questions about these new resources?
Become a CALBO Training Institute Course Developer & Instructor:
Now Accepting Applications! 

The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) is continually looking for new course developers and instructions for its trainings throughout the year for independent offerings and at the Education Weeks.

- Develop your speaking and listening skills.
- Gain hands-on experience in the classroom.
- Learn how to create and implement a course plan.
- Utilize your knowledge to become a subject matter expert.

There are opportunities for every skill level. 
We welcome your contributions!   
Questions about these CTI opportunities? 
Contact Lauren Herman, CALBO Director of Training & Communications,
at 916-457-1103 or  
CALBO Online Job Board -
Employment and Internship Opportunities 
The CALBO Online Job Board offers the public and private sector the opportunity to advertise building industry employment and internship opportunities. It's the perfect resource for reaching CALBO members with employment information from your jurisdiction, organization or company. 

Don't forget the current CALBO members receive a discount for every job advertisement submitted to the online Job Board. 

Below are the most recent submissions to the CALBO online Job Board. If you would like more information about these opportunities or to post an employment opportunity, please click here
Plans Examiner, City of San Clemente
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Building Inspector, City of Emeryville
Application Deadline: March 3, 2017

Community Preservation Specialist (Code Enforcement Officer), City of Millbrae
Application Deadline: March 5, 2017

Structural/Mechanical Code Trainer, State of Oregon
Application Deadline: March 6, 2017

Administrative Analyst I/Development Permit Coordinator, City of Vallejo, Building Division
Application Deadline: March 7, 2017

Plans Examiner, City of Glendora
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

City of Berkeley - Housing Inspector (Certified), City of Berkeley
Application Deadline: March 13, 2017

Building Inspector II, Placer County
Application Deadline: March 17, 2017

Structural Engineer, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
Application Deadline: March 21, 2017
Questions about CALBO Job Board? 
Contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or . 
Advertise with CALBO -
Newsletter, Website & Job Board 
CALBO offers a variety of advertising opportunities for both the public and private industry, including the CALBO Job Board, the CALBO newsletter (CALBO News) and the CALBO website.

Detailed information and pricing for these opportunities are available in the 2017-2018 CALBO Advertising Packet. Visit the CALBO Sponsorship page for more information. 
For advertising assistance, contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or
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