Spring 2017
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  Message from Your New 2017-2018
CALBO President - David Khorram!
Have you ever asked yourself or been asked what you do as a building official?

Rightfully, somewhere along the way, we have all asked ourselves or had to answer this question and have developed our own style and philosophy about what we do and how we go about being a building official.  

Obviously, it takes years for a building official to develop the necessary technical and managerial skills to lead a building department. As a building professional moves up the ranks, their role changes. The role evolves and becomes multifaceted as a leader, an administrator, an overseer, with the professional technical skills of a plan reviewer, an inspector, and a code enforcement officer.
A building official’s technical knowledge of building codes and regulations combined with previous working experiences, assists one in making code interpretations and guides the enforcement of building regulations throughout a jurisdiction.
Leadership is defined differently by various scholars; however, the majority agree that a true leader is someone that the people (in our case staff, management, & public) trust, enjoy working with, and has the vision to guide a group to reach the next step. A true leader empowers others to excel in their life and careers.  A part of this vision is to develop a consensus-based approach that the group will undertake and make hard decisions. An example of such a decision is when a building official orders a building to be vacated or demolished; the decision may not be the most popular decision, but professionally the building official has only one option.   

A building official is responsible for the safety, vitality, and sustainability of a community. Building officials must be sensitive to the needs of the community they serve and facilitate developments that conform to the fire-life and safety codes. Building officials must work in harmony with the rest of the jurisdiction’s management to bring about a strong management infrastructure that supports a sustainable environment to an agency. 

Having discussed these three elements of “Lead”, “Vision”, and “Facilitate,” with regards to a building official’s role, I would like to highlight several early CALBO accomplishments during the Spring of 2017 and emphasize their consistency with the above three elements:

CALBO’s Leadership & Advocacy Day was held in Sacramento on April 26, 2017. Thirty-four building officials from jurisdictions across the state and fourteen students from the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) met with members of the California State Legislature in Sacramento. The group walked the hallways of the State Capitol and visited with legislators to discuss currently proposed bills. As a result, twenty members of the California State Assembly and Senate received first-hand input on the proposed bills from your colleagues that impact our industry. My hats off to those of you who participated and made the event a success.

The CALBO Executive Board met on April 27, 2017, to discuss the CALBO’s vision, set objectives, and prioritize tasks for discussion with the other Board Members in June.  All CALBO Policy Committee appointments were finalized and the committee nominations were announced on May 1, 2017. I would also like to take the opportunity and express my admiration for those of you who submitted an application to be considered for the CALBO Policy Committees and look forward to a rewarding year as you bring your best to the organization. This year a new committee was formed entitled the Innovation and Technology Committee. The charge of the committee is to address new trends in our industry and explore new ways of operating and managing building and safety departments. This committee is at its inception, but stay tuned to hear more about their activities.

CALBO also held the first Building & Fire Advisory Committee meeting of this year. This joint meeting with the California Fire Chiefs Association was held at the CALBO Office in Sacramento on April 7, 2017. The new California State Fire Marshal Dennis Mathisen attended the meeting and the committee leadership and membership were finalized. For more details about this committee and the other CALBO Policy Committees, please refer to the CALBO website and click “Committees” at the top of the page.

In conclusion, the world of CALBO is the world of local building departments and government and our focus is to lead and guide the building officials on their daily activities. With this departing note, enjoy and celebrate the month of May as this month is recognized as the Building and Safety month nationally and internationally.

All the best,

David Khorram, P.E., C.B.O., C.G.B.P.
Superintendent of Building & Safety
City of Long Beach
CALBO's 55th Annual Business Meeting: 
Another Successful Annual Gathering!

At the 2017 CALBO Annual Business Meeting in Newport Beach, members gathered for a week of networking, education, and professional development opportunities. Numerous courses and seminars were held throughout the program's four professional development days focusing on current industry and community-based topics. CALBO Board of Directors were elected and confirmed, and fellow members were honored for their contributions to our organization and industry.

CALBO is happy to introduce the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. 
  • President- M. David Khorram, City of Long Beach
  • First Vice President- Jeff Janes, City of Sonora
  • Second Vice President- Sharon Goei, City of Santa Clara
  • Immediate Past President- Ron Takiguchi, City of Santa Monica
  • Director- Shane Diller, City of Elk Grove
  • Director- David Gonzalves, County of Tuolumne
  • Director- Joe Kirkpatrick, City of Irvine
  • Director- Bryan Spain, City of Solvang
  • Director- Brad Wungluck, City of Manteca 
(From left to right - Brad Wungluck, Shane Diller, David Gonzalves, Jeff Janes, Ron Takiguchi, David Khorram, Sharon Goei, Joe Kirkpatrick, and Bryan Spain.)
The CALBO Board of Directors and CALBO staff received great reviews from attendees about the ABM schedule changes and the array of program, events, and training. Thank you to all the CALBO members who participated in the CALBO ABM attendee survey. Your feedback will assist with the planning next year's conference. Please  click here, if you have not yet taken the survey. 
CALBO's 55th Annual Business Meeting Leadership Sessions
Missed an ABM Session? Don't worry! Please find many of the presentations below. 
Congratulations to the
2016-2017 CALBO Award Recipients!
CALBO is grateful for all the fine work these members have accomplished for the building safety industry.  Click here to read more about the great accomplishments each have achieved. Congratulations once again!
Building Officials
Leadership Academy
Class of 2016-2017!

Congratulations to the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) Class of 2016-2017 who graduated at the 2017 CALBO Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, Match 23, 2017 (see right photo).

The BOLA Graduation Ceremony and Luncheon was a great event that added 14 future leaders into the BOLA alumni network. Since the start of the BOLA program, there have been over three dozen graduates who have become building officials or directors for their jurisdiction. We can't wait to see what these graduates accomplish next!
  • David Dent, City of Compton
  • Chris Gales, City of Roseville
  • Salvador Gonzalez, City of West Sacramento
  • Michael Helmer, City of Roseville
  • Robert Ivie, Sacramento County
  • Robert Logsdon, Sacramento County
  • Chris Milosevic, City of Corona
  • Hipolito Olmos, City of Gilroy
  • Robin Rasmussen, Sacramento County
  • Sara Retmier, City of Hemet
  • Bruce St John, City of Atascadero
  • Joe Strasser, CSG Consultants, Inc.
  • John Villandre, City of Vallejo
  • Mike Wayne, City of Cupertino
Questions about the Building Officials Leadership Academy?
Contact Lauren Herman, CALBO Director of Training and Communications,
at or 916-457-1103.
CALBO’s Second Annual Job Fair and Career Development Day: Keeping Alive the Tradition of Reaching and Recruiting the
Next Generation
By: CALBO Outreach & Communications Committee
The Second Annual CALBO Job Fair and Career Development Day took place during CALBO’s 55th Annual Business Meeting (ABM) in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Attracting future professionals and helping the existing workforce with career advancement in California’s building industry was the focus once again.   CALBO recognizes that jurisdictions often struggle with recruiting a trained, ICC-certified, and experienced workforce. To assist in the recruitment and hiring of young professionals across California, CALBO opened its ABM Exhibitor Program to local jurisdictions and state agencies during the Job Fair.  

With the assistance of CALBO's Outreach and Communications Committee, the Job Fair was promoted to local Orange County region universities, community colleges, building technology trade programs, and related industry organizations. A dozen CALBO members volunteered as CALBO Job Fair organizers, greeters, career advisors, and resume reviewers. The event coordination was a fantastic example of CALBO member teamwork!

More than 150 college students, recent graduates, and other job seekers pre-registered for the Job Fair – more than double the registrations of last year’s event. Upon arrival, Job Fair registrants were greeted by and paired with a Job Fair volunteer who provided assistance through the exhibit hall and offered career advice.  
A special thank you to Erica Crumley of Sequence Systems, a professional services firm that provides Construction, Engineering, Environmental, and Light Industrial executive recruiting and temporary staffing services, for her participation as a resume advisor. Erica not only met one-on-one with Job Fair registrants to review resumes and cover letters, but she also took the time to provide email feedback to Job Fair registrants who did not have the opportunity to meet with her during the Job Fair.  

Representatives from the International Code Council (ICC) also staffed the Job Fair to assist with questions about certification opportunities, testing, and benefits. Thank you to Susan Dowty, Madi Dominescy and Ron Piester for their assistance at the ICC booth! Job seekers also met with industry representatives from nearly four dozen companies and organizations, allowing them to learn more about California building departments and industry professions. Many exhibitors advertised open positions, including employment and internship opportunities, on the CALBO Job Fair bulletin boards.  

As a thank you for their attendance, each Job Fair registrant received a special Job Fair goodie bag containing resources and fun give-a-ways from exhibitors and ABM sponsors. A special thank you to Simpson Strong-Tie, Inc. for serving as the Job Fair sponsor. Thank you to VCA Code and Willdan Engineering for their contributions to the Job Fair goodie bags.    
This event was a great opportunity to broaden CALBO's presence among job seekers and professionals interested in obtaining a career in public safety. To continue the tradition of reaching and recruiting future building department personnel, CALBO will host its third Job Fair and Career Development Day at its 56th Annual Business Meeting in Burlingame on Thursday, March 29, 2018. We hope to see you there!  

First Photo (from top): CALBO Staff and Jay Hyde, CALBO Outreach & Communications Committee member, at the Job Fair welcome table.

Second Photo (from top): A Job Fair registrant talks with representative from VCA Code in the exhibitor hall during the Job Fair and Career Development Day.

Third Photo (from top): Job Fair registrants visit the International Code Council booth to talk with representatives about certification opportunities within the building safety industry.

A Special Thank You to all Sponsors of CALBO's 55th Annual Business Meeting!
Want to receive information about CALBO's 56th ABM Sponsorship Program?
C ontact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or .
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
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.
Hilti, 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 to receive information about CALBO's 56th ABM Exhibitor Program?
C ontact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or .
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Thank you to all advertisers for your continual support of CALBO!
  Contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or for advertising  opportunities. 
2017 CALBO Education Week:
Registration Coming Soon! 
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. 

CTI offers courses that focus on current topics and initiates "NEW" course development. This year, over half of CTI curriculum is new providing new practical application and interactions. 

We hope to see you at the upcoming Education Weeks!
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
 For more information regarding the 2017-2018 CALBO Education Week, please contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or .  
CALBO Launches the Fifth Year of the Building Officials Leadership Academy!
California Building Officials’ leadership program, 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 Executive level coursework of the BOLA program is intensive, and program participants are expected to spend a great deal of the time studying and collaborating with each other on the course materials. To assist and encourage completion, each participant is assigned a mentor who will provide advice and guidance. In addition, BOLA participants will become an active part of the network of program peers who can utilize each other’s talents and strengths. 
Each year the BOLA program is offered with limited space on a first-come, first-served basis. The BOLA Core Curriculum consists of five consistent days of training, including four courses in conjunction with the CALBO Leadership and Advocacy Day at the CALBO Office in Sacramento, California. These courses were specifically designed for the BOLA program and include Creating an Administrative Foundation for a Successful Building Department, State Laws Enforced by Building Departments, Persuasive Communication, and Critical Thinking for Today and Tomorrow. In addition, all BOLA students are required to complete three elective courses offered at the CALBO Education Weeks each year. 

When students successfully complete all BOLA requirements, he or she is recognized and honored at the CALBO Annual Business Meeting.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the BOLA Class of 2017-2018. We applaud each of you for taking the next step in your career!  
  • Jeff Brooks, City of Sacramento
  • Kam Chitalia, City of Irvine
  • Paul Clayton, City of Sacramento
  • Gregory Coates, County of Marin
  • Michael Elliott, El Dorado County
  • Teresa Garcia, City of Fremont
  • Seth McMillan, City of Santa Maria
  • Charles Moloney, City of Paso Robles
  • Gary Nordahl, City of Hayward
  • Brian Odom, City of Oakdale
  • Kevin Ruybal, County of Napa
  • Kono Soong, City of Fremont
  • James Verdugo, City of Moreno Valley
Want to receive 2018-2019 BOLA program information and registration ?
Contact the CALBO office at 916-457-1103 or .
2017-2018 CALBO Membership Program
It's Time to Renew Your Membership!
The new 2017-2018 California Building Officials membership year is officially here. If you have not renewed, please take the opportunity to renew now!

PLEASE NOTE: Each 2017-2018 CALBO Member was sent a membership renewal notification explaining their membership category and changes. If you did not receive such notification, please contact the CALBO Office.
Questions about the CALBO Membership Program?
Contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or
CALBO Legislative Update
CALBO Annual Leadership and Advocacy Day: Bringing OUR Voice to the State Legislature

Last month, building officials from across California came together in Sacramento for CALBO's 12th annual Leadership & Advocacy Day. Close to 50 members of CALBO formed one cohesive voice as they met with members of the California State Legislature. Attendees discussed and educated legislators not only on important legislation, but also on what a building department is and what Building Officials do.
This year’s event fell at the beginning of a new biennial legislative session. The timing provided attendees the opportunity to meet with newly-elected legislators and their staff and have meaningful conversations about how building departments operate, what building officials are responsible for, and what challenges the industry faces. CALBO discussed three major topics: California’s housing challenges and the impact on building departments, structural safety, and clean energy. 
To read more about the California legislative bills that are impacting the building departments, structural safety, and clean energy, click "read more".  

First Photo (from top): BOLA Students visit with CALBO President David Khorram, CALBO Board Member Shane Diller, and ICC Government Relations Manager Susan Dowty.

Second Photo (from top): CALBO Members outside the State Capitol.

Questions about Legislative issues?
Contact Nicole Virga Bautista, CALBO Director of Public Affairs,
at or 916-457-1103.
Have you visited the CALBO Legislative Watch Page? 

The online bill search allows building officials a real-time way to follow CALBO's position on critical state legislation during the 2017 session.  Simply click on CALBO's LEGISLATIVE WATCH for the latest Bills of Interest and most recent actions. 

Questions about Legislative issues?
Contact Nicole Virga Bautista, CALBO Director of Public Affairs,
at or 916-457-1103.
2018 CALBO Annual Business Meeting: 
Mark your Calendars!

CALBO is excited to host its 56th Annual Business Meeting from Sunday, March 25 - Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. 

We look forward to meeting and playing by the Bay at this newly-renovated venue that has professional and accommodating meeting space, CALBO group overnight rate availability, and close proximity to the San Francisco International Airport and freeways. CALBO will again offer an array of programs, events, and training for the professional development of its members. We hope to see you there!
When: Sunday, March 25 - Thursday March 29, 2018

1333 Old Bayshore Hwy.
Burlingame, CA 94010

Watch: Registration Available Winter 2017
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
Senior Building Inspector, City of Healdsburg
Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

Code Compliance Technician, Mariposa County 
Application Deadline: May 18, 2017

Building Inspector I/II, City of Fontana
Application Deadline: May 18, 2017

Specialty Combination Inspector (Building Inspector), City of Oakland
Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

Building Inspector, City of Menifee
Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

Building Official, City of Bremerton, Washington
Application Deadline: May 21, 2017

Building Official, Charles Abbot Associates, Inc. 
Application Deadline: May 21, 2017

Building Inspector, City of Concord
Application Deadline: May 23, 2017

Building Inspector I, City of Huntington Beach 
Application Deadline: May 24, 2017

Senior Building  Inspector (Plumbing/Mechanical Specialty), City of Santa Barbara
Application Deadline: May 25, 2017

Chief Building Official, Town of Danville
Application Deadline: May 26, 2017

Buildg Inspection Supervisor, City of Vallejo
Application Deadline: May 26, 2017

Building Inspector/ Plans Examiner, City of Pismo Beach
Application Deadline: May 29, 2017

Chief Building Official, City of American Canyon
Application Deadline: May 30, 2017

Senior Building Inspector, City of Santa Rosa
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

Building Inspector I/II, City of Novato
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

Director  of Public Works, City of Vernon
Application Deadline: June 4, 2017

Building Inspector, City of Santa Rosa
Application Deadline: June 5, 2017

Chief of Building Services, County of Monterey
Application Deadline: June 9, 2017

Building Inspector, City of Emeryville/MESA
Application Deadline: June 30, 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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