Spring 2018
Welcome Friend of CALBO,
At CALBO, our goal is to be the premier resource for all California code officials and industry colleagues. We hope you will find this newsletter to be of value as you protect the built environment in the Golden State.
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A Special Message from Your 2018-2019
CALBO President Jeff Janes
As CALBO begins its 57th year, I am encouraged by this great organization’s history and its future as we move forward. What began as a small spark in 1962 has now blossomed into a statewide organization whose membership has increased to over 500 members representing 95% of cities and counties statewide. I would like to thank you in advance for trusting me, along with the CALBO Board of Directors, to provide you with the best membership services and representation possible.  
Some of the top priorities for CALBO this year include: furthering our robust education and training offerings, increasing membership and outreach to our many CALBO partners, and increasing government affairs interaction to include advocating for legislation that increases the building officials’ authority to do our jobs effectively for the jurisdictions we serve.
Recognizing the role we serve as local government representatives, we have expanded participation in the League of California Cities by actively participating in their annual business meeting and planning to offer an increased and interactive presence at our expo booth. While we convey the message as a statewide organization, we will also continue to assist our membership in expanding your understanding of local government and articulating safety and post-disaster issues within your community.
We are committed to reviewing and adjusting our educational offerings through the CALBO Training Institute (CTI) at our Education Weeks and in our Annual Business Meeting (ABM) program to provide relevant and timely information on topics including post-disaster, seismic, finance, plan review, inspections, soft skills, and more. We are also focused on our next generation of code professionals…young, old, and new who are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in their communities.  
The 2018 CALBO Leadership and Advocacy Day was held April 18 and served to build upon the successes of previous years by continuing to build relationships with our state legislative body and advocating for local control with no unfunded mandates or legislating of code. This year, nearly twenty CALBO members traveled to Sacramento to promote local government and to engage in the legislative process. We conducted one-on-one meetings with nearly forty of our State Assembly Members and Senators, offering our profession as a resource to their offices. Last year, CALBO monitored over 150 bills that were introduced and took formal positions on over 30. In addition, CALBO staff and membership attended over 100 legislative and regulatory meetings. Along with the Legislative Committee, each of the CALBO policy committees will work closely on relevant legislative topics and goals set by the membership and Board of Directors.  
Of course, so much of the great work that our members benefit from is a direct result from our CALBO staff. Executive Director Matt Wheeler and his team continue to provide the membership and the Board of Directors with critical support on matters related to everything CALBO stands for as an organization. Another important focus for the Board is to remain fiscally sound. CALBO currently has in place reserve funds as we feel this is a part of our fiduciary responsibility as a Board and will continue to do so to the best of our ability each year.
With a heavy heart, I would also like to take a moment to remember two standout members of our profession and organization. Mr. Jim Barthman left us last month. What a vast legacy he leaves behind: CALBO President, Building Standards Commissioner appointed by three Governors, and countless contributions through his work in the electrical inspection trades and local government. And most recently, Mr. William King, Jr. who served as the Assistant Community Development Director in San Clemente. Mr. King’s untimely passing at our ABM caused us all to pause and to reflect on why we do what we do. May they rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both the Barthman and King families.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our members for your hard work and the commitment you bring to our profession and this great organization we call CALBO. On behalf of the entire CALBO Board of Directors, thank you in advance for allowing us to serve you now and in the coming years. 


Jeff Janes, C.B.O.
Deputy Building Official
City of Sonora
CALBO's 56th Annual Business Meeting: Another Successful Annual Gathering!
At CALBO's 56th Annual Business Meeting, members gathered for a week of networking, education, and professional development opportunities. Numerous courses and seminars were held throughout the program's four days. The CALBO Board of Directors were elected and confirmed for the new membership year, and fellow members were honored for their contributions to our organization and industry.

CALBO is happy to introduce the 2018-2019 CALBO Board of Directors!

  • President - Jeff Janes, City of Sonora
  • First Vice President - Sharon Goei, City of Santa Clara
  • Second Vice President - Shane Diller, City of Elk Grove
  • Immediate Past President - M. David Khorram, City of Long Beach
  • Director - Victor Cuevas, City of Los Angeles
  • Director - David Gonzalves, County of Tuolumne
  • Director - Bryan Spain, City of Solvang
  • Director - Andrew Stuffler, City of Santa Barbara
  • Director - Brad Wungluck, City of Manteca
(from left to right - Andrew Stuffler, Bryan Spain, Shane Diller, David Khorram, Jeff Janes, Sharon Goei, David Gonzalves, Brad Wungluck, and Victor Cuevas)
CALBO's 56th Annual Business
Meeting Sessions
Did you miss the Annual Business Meeting or attend an Annual Business Meeting session that you want to share with your colleagues and staff? Use the links below to download these topical presentations about trending subject matter in building-safety.

For questions about the Annual Business Meeting presentations,
please contact the CALBO office at or 916-457-1103.
CALBO's 56th Annual Business Meeting Survey - We Need Your Input!
Please take the time to participate in the following survey about your attendance at CALBO's 56th Annual Business Meeting in Burlingame from March 25-29, 2018. Your feedback will assist in planning next year's program. We appreciate your participation!
For questions about the Annual Business Meeting,
please contact the CALBO office at or 916-457-1103.
Congratulations to the
2017-2018 CALBO Award Recipients!
It is with great pride that CALBO announces the 2017-2018 CALBO Award recipients. CALBO is grateful for the fine work that these members have accomplished for the building-safety industry. Thank you to the following members!
Building Official of the Year
Frank Bush, City of Los Angeles
Building Department of Year
City of San Jose
CTI Educator of the Year
Ciara Barnett,
County of Los Angeles
Fire Official of the Year
Rocque Yballa,
Central County Fire Department
Hall of Fame
Bob Raymer
Lifetime Honorary Member
Jay Elbettar
Industry Achievement
Interwest Consulting Group
For a complete list of all past CALBO award recipients,
please click here .
Congratulations to the
Building Officials Leadership Academy
Class of 2017-2018
Congratulations to the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) Class of 2017-2018 who graduated at CALBO's 56th Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, Match 29, 2018. 

The BOLA Graduation Ceremony and Luncheon was a great event that added twelve future leaders to 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!
Jeff Brooks, City of Sacramento
Kam Chitalia, City of Irvine
Gregory Coates, Marin County
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, City of Rocklin
Kono Soong, City of Fremont
James Verdugo, City of Moreno Valley
For questions about the Building Officials Leadership Academy,
please contact the CALBO office at or 916-457-1103.
A Special Thank You to all Sponsors of CALBO's 56th Annual Business Meeting!
4LEAF, Inc.
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
CSG Consultants, Inc.
Degenkolb Engineers
Energy Code Ace
Hoover Treated Wood Products
HR Green, Inc.
ICC Evaluation Services
International Code Council
Interwest Consulting Group
Optimum Seismic
SAFEbuilt, LLC.
Scott Fazekas & Associates, Inc.
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
TRB + Associates
Willdan Engineering
Want your company, agency or organization featured on this list?
Contact the CALBO office at or 916-457-1103.
Thank you to the following companies, agencies, and organizations for their participation during CALBO's 56th Annual Business Meeting Exhibitor Program!
4LEAF, Inc.
Accela, Inc.
ACF Technologies
American Wood Council
Avolve Software
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
California Architects Board
California Code Check
California Energy Commission
CEL Consulting, Inc.
CityGovApp, Inc.
Coastland Civil Engineering, Inc.
Computronix (USA), Inc.
Contractors State License Board
CSDC, Inc.
CSG Consultants, Inc.
Energy Code Ace
EPIC Subsurface Irrigation & Drainage (LID Inc.)
EsGil - A SAFEbuilt Company
Fire Rated Product Specialties
Hilti, Inc.
Hoover Treated Wood Products
HR Green, Inc.
Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)
International Code Council
Interwest Consulting Group
Intuitive Municipal Solutions, LLC.
Meritage Systems
MiTek Builder Products
Optimum Seismic, Inc
SAFEbuilt, LLC.
Selectron Technologies
Shums Coda Associates
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
Smoke Guard California
TRB + Associates
Tyler Technologies
VCA Code
West Coast Code Consultants, Inc.
Western Wood Preservers Institute
Willdan Engineering
Want your company, agency or organization featured on this list?
Contact the CALBO office at or 916-457-1103.
CALBO's 3rd Annual Job Fair and Career Development Day: A Tradition Going Strong for the Next Generation of Building-Safety!
CALBO’s 3rd Annual Job Fair and Career Development Day was held at CALBO’s 56th Annual Business Meeting (ABM) in Burlingame on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Attracting future professionals and helping the existing workforce with career advancement in California’s building-safety industry was the focus once again. As building departments anticipate a wave of staff retirement, CALBO strives to assist jurisdictions with recruiting a trained, ICC-certified, and experienced workforce.
The CALBO Outreach and Communications Committee worked tirelessly to promote the Job Fair to local universities, community colleges, building technology trade programs, and related industry organizations. CALBO members once again volunteered as CALBO Job Fair organizers, greeters, and career advisors to assist college students, recent graduates, and other job seekers who traveled from throughout California as far as San Diego.
Upon arrival, each Job Fair attendee received a special Job Fair goodie bag containing resources and fun give-a-ways from ABM exhibitors and sponsors. A special thank you to Simpson Strong-Tie, Inc. for sponsoring event refreshments.

Thank you to Erica Crumley of Sequence Systems for her participation once again as a resume advisor. Erica not only met one-on-one with Job Fair attendees to review resumes and cover letters, but she also took the time to provide email feedback to those who did not have the opportunity to meet with her. We thank Erica for her participation each year!
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. 
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. Thank you to the following organizations and jurisdictions for participating: CALBIG, City of Tracy, City of San Jose, and City of Santa Clara.
To continue the tradition of reaching and recruiting future building department personnel, CALBO's 4th Annual Job Fair and Career Development Day will take place next year during the CALBO Annual Business Meeting in San Diego on Thursday, March 21, 2019. We’ll see you there! 
For more information about next year's CALBO Job Fair and Career Development Day, please contact the CALBO office
at or 916-457-1103.
2018-2019 CALBO Membership Program
It's Time to Renew!
The 2018-2019 California Building Officials Membership Year is official here. If you have not renewed, please take the opportunity to renew now!

Founded in 1962, CALBO is a nonprofit professional association of city and county building departments and industry representatives. Our mission is to promote public health and safety in building construction through responsible legislation, education, and building code development. On behalf of California cities and counties across the Golden State, we look forward to another great year!

CALBO membership benefits are many, including:
  • CALBO News - a bi-monthly newsletter with information on legislation, statewide job opportunities, and association and state agency news.
  • - an up-to-date informative website.
  • Discounts on the Annual Business Meeting, Education Weeks, training seminars, and publications.
  • Representation before the Legislature and state regulatory agencies.
  • The opportunity to serve on policy-making committees.
  • Recognition as a leading California code professional.
  • Low advertising rates in CALBO News and on our website.
  • Full-time professional management and so much more!
For questions about the CALBO Membership Program,
please contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or
Newsletter Advertisements 
Thank you to all advertisers for your continued support of CALBO!
  Contact CALBO at 916-457-1103 or for advertising opportunities. 
CALBO Media Packet:
The Resource for All Your Marketing Needs
CALBO is proud to announce the launch of our first-ever all-inclusive CALBO Media Packet!

Take advantage of this  one resource for all your CALBO marketing needs  to reach CALBO membership throughout the year.

Learn What's Inside:
  • Annual CALBO Partner Program registration - Gold, Silver, and Bronze Levels
  • CALBO event sponsorship registration
  • CALBO event exhibitor registration
  • Advertising specifics for the CALBO News
  • CALBO Job Board information

CALBO looks forward to another great year with our partners, sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers!
Introducing the CALBO Partner Program:
Media Packet Highlight
In conjunction with the launch of the CALBO Media Packet, CALBO is introducing annual sponsorships through the  CALBO Partner Program . Streamline your participation by selecting a tier based upon your involvement for the year.
CALBO Partner Program - Bronze Level Includes:
  • Exhibitor Booth at the 2019 Annual Business Meeting
  • Exhibitor Booth at all three 2018 Education Weeks
  • Year-Round Listing in the CALBO News
  • Availability to use the CALBO Logo as a CALBO Sponsor
CALBO Partner Program - Silver Level Includes:
  • All Bronze Level Benefits
  • Premium-Level Sponsorship at the 2019 Annual Business Meeting
  • Year-Round Half-Page Advertisement in the CALBO News
  • Early Selection of Sponsorships and Exhibitor Booths for the 2019 Annual Business Meeting and all three 2018 Education Weeks (Silver: 1 Week before General Registration Opens - Tuesday, May 29, 2018)
CALBO Partner Program - Gold Level Includes ( Only TWO Sponsorships Left ):
  • All Silver Level Benefits
  • Company Logo featured on the CALBO Homepage
  • Early Selection of Sponsorships and Exhibitor Booths for the 2019 Annual Business Meeting and all three 2018 Education Weeks (Gold: 2 Week before General Registration Opens - Tuesday, May 22, 2018)
  • One Room Upgrade (as available) at the host venue for the 2019 Annual Business Meeting
A Special Thank You to Gold Level Sponsors!
In Memoriam
James W. Barthman
October 4, 1934 - March 23, 2018
On March 23, 2018, former CALBO President (1988-89) James W. “Jim” Barthman passed away at his Castro Valley home, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 83 years old.
Jim was a pillar of the building community, having served in leadership positions for not only CALBO, but also the East Bay Chapter of the International Conference of Building Officials, Oakland East Bay Electrical Club, Northern California International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and California County Building Officials.
His government career began as an electrical inspector for the City of Oakland, and he moved up to Chief Electrical Inspector and then Building Official and Manager of Inspectional Services Department. He was later appointed to serve on the California Building Standards Commission by Governor Gray Davis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (twice), and Governor Jerry Brown. His dedication to the electrical side of the building industry never wavered, as he was a member of Local Union 595 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for over 60 years.
Jim was committed to creating a stronger building industry through his teachings at Lany College in Oakland and Chabot College in Hayward. For almost thirty years, he taught courses in Electrical Code, Building Code, Plan Review, and Electrical Apprenticeship, training hordes of younger electricians, builders, and inspectors.
More importantly, Jim gave back to his local community. After coaching his son’s Little League team, Jim and friend Augi Marra began the Castro Valley Girls softball league in the late 1970’s, giving all of the area’s youth an opportunity to engage in organized sports. Jim served in many positions throughout the league, including as League President for several terms, and the organization is still succeeding today.
Please join the California Building Officials in extending condolences to his wife, Phyllis, and family as they go through this transition. Jim has had a long-lasting effect on the entirety of the California building community and we will be forever thankful for his contributions.
2018 CALBO Education Weeks:
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 and fresh approaches to course development. This year, the CTI curriculum is preparing new and updated courses that will have practical application for the California building-safety community.

We hope to see you at the upcoming Education Weeks!
2018 CALBO Education Week: San Ramon
Monday, September 10 - Thursday, September 13, 2018
2600 Bishop Drive San Ramon, CA 94583

2018 CALBO Education Week: Ontario
Monday, October 15 - Thursday, October 18, 2018
222 North Vineyard Avenue Ontario, CA 91764

2018 CALBO Education Week: Anaheim
Monday, December 17 - Thursday, December 20, 2018
700 West Convention Way, Anaheim CA 92802
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CALBO's Capitol Corner
On Wednesday, April 18, CALBO members convened at the State Capitol to advocate and educate members of the state legislature on behalf of our organization. CALBO members met Legislators and staff not only to discuss CALBO’s top legislative priorities, but also to highlight who we are and what we do. In their meetings, members discussed the following measures that are currently moving through the Capitol. 

Currently, affordable housing is one of the top priorities for CALBO members and Legislators in Sacramento. CALBO’s Legislative Committee recently took a “Support” position on two bills that came out of the Ghost Ship working group – SB 1415 and SB 1416. Senator McGuire authored both of these measures and sought CALBO's input on specific language. Moving forward, these bills will help building officials collect fees for the additional inspections required under SB 1415, as well as extend building officials’ enforcement and authority. SB 1415 has specific language that will grant building officials the authority to enforce laws and exercise the power of arrest, if necessary. SB 1416 will allow local government to levy fines due to unsafe conditions through a nuisance abatement lien. Both of these measures aim to prevent another disaster, such as the Ghost Ship fire.
CALBO members were also able to discuss their concern with AB 2913 (Wood). Currently, this bill would allow building permits to remain open for three years, as opposed to 180 days. Existing law states that a building permit will expire after 180 days if work has not commenced on the site. This bill would extend this period to three years. CALBO is concerned that this could cause health and safety issues for property owners and the surrounding community. 

To review legislation that CALBO is tracking, visit CALBO’s Legislative Watch page. This online bill search provides building officials with a real-time way to follow CALBO's position on critical state legislation during the 2018 session. Simply click the button below for the latest Bills of Interest and most recent action.
For questions about legislative affairs,
contact the CALBO office at  or 916-457-1103.
CALBO's 57th Annual Business Meeting - Come Join Us in San Diego!
Join CALBO for its 57th Annual Business Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina from March 17-21, 2019.

Plan ahead for this annual tradition offering an array of programs, events, and trainings for the professional development of the building-safety community. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 17 -
Thursday, March 21, 2019
1 441 Quivira Road
San Diego, California 92109

Registration Available Winter 2018
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 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
Building Inspector II, City of Azusa
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Senior Building Inspector, County of Placer
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Building Inspector #2532, City of Redwood City
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Plan Examiner II/III, County of Riverside
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

Combination Building Inspector, City of Arcadia
Application Deadline: May 4, 2018

Building Official/Superintendent, City of Lemoore
Application Deadline: May 4, 2018

Part-Time Building Inspector, City of Rohnert Park
Application Deadline: May 4, 2018

Plans Examiner, City of Ventura
Application Deadline: May 6, 2018

Plan Review Supervisor, City of Portland, Oregon
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018

Senior Building Inspector, County of Monterey RMA
Application Deadline: May 8, 2018

Part Time Building Inspector II, City of Anaheim
Application Deadline: May 8, 2018

Plan Checker II, City of Stockton
Application Deadline: May 10, 2018

Assistant Building Regulations Manager, City of Torrance
Application Deadline: May 10, 2018

Director of Land Use Services, County of San Bernardino
Application Deadline: May 11, 2018

Chief Building Official, City of Redlands
Application Deadline: May 11, 2018

Building Inspector I/II, City of Napa
Application Deadline: May 11, 2018

Building Inspector I/II/III, County of Napa
Application Deadline: May 14, 2018

Building Inspector I/II, City of Chula Vista
Application Deadline: May 15, 2018

Senior Building Inspector, CSG Consultants, Inc.
Application Deadline: May 18, 2018

Permit Technician, CSG Consultants, Inc.
Application Deadline: May 18, 2018

Building Code Specialist, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
Application Deadline: May 18, 2018
For questions about the online CALBO Job Board,
contact the CALBO office at or 916-457-1103.
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