April 2, 2018
Sometimes, you just never know what you'll end up doing in life 
By John Zona, Chair, The Idea District Committee, Land Acquisition with Tim Lewis Communities

A few decades ago (yikes), as a freshman at UCLA, I found myself dreaming of a career in the homebuilding industry. Friends studying econ and finance were getting internships and summer jobs at places unknown to me, like the high rise on Wilshire Boulevard emblazoned with a giant "KB" marquee. I knew from day one I would end up here. All my coursework focused on land use and planning, and I was a fixture at ULI events across Los Angeles. My path was clear and the end goal in sight.
Actually, none of that is true.
I never thought I'd be doing what I'm doing today. In reality, much of my time as a Bruin was spent writing papers for the sociology degree I was working toward banging my head to eardrum melting metal and dreaming of a job in the music industry.  Eventually, I became an audio engineer, which continued as an evening gig through law school. I had the privilege of working with standout artists of the time including Nate Dogg (RIP), Warren G, Madonna, Too Short, E-40, and Dave Matthews.  Unfortunately, the lifestyle was unpredictable, and the pay was getting to hang out with real rock stars - I needed to pivot my career. 
The thing about the music industry is that it's super competitive and requires a lot of talent, with no room for second guessers. Sound familiar? It should, because there's no doubt that we in homebuilding, on a daily basis, interact with some of the hardest working, interesting, and likeable people of any industry.  
And that's what the next Idea District is all about. You'll hear the sometimes unlikely but true stories of how some of this industry's professionals ended up here. While wild stories and tall tales will be spun, ultimately, we want to encourage students and young professionals in attendance to consider a career in homebuilding.
So, please tell any young professionals you know that no matter what their background, degree, or current interest is, this industry has a place for them where they can thrive and grow. 

Invite them come to the next Idea District on Thursday, April 12 (Promo Code that will get them in for free is Students4Free). All are welcome - especially longhairs and headbangers.
Get the details here.

Let's help CHF spread the word to students about these great scholarship opportunities
The education of tomorrow's homebuilding workforce is the primary focus of the California Homebuilding Foundation.

The California Homebuilding Foundation scholarship program was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to and graduating from college, the CHF scholarship program plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved young adults interested in continuing their education in a building trades program.

Find out more about the kinds of scholarships available here.

Its not too late to register for this event, which includes some familiar names on the panel
ULI Sacramento  invites you to a program  as part of its Housing Crisis series. The program, " Housing in the  Evolving Suburb  and the  State of the   Housing Market  in our Region," is on Tuesday, April 3. Registration  and breakfast will get going at 7:30 am, with the formal program commencing  at 8:00 am until 10:00. The event will take pace at the  Sacramento State Alumni Center ( Sacramento, CA 95819 ).

The panelists include:
  • Daniel Corfee, President, Preferred Capital Advisors 
  • Brendan Leonard, Land Acquisition & Entitlement Manager, Anthem United
  • Greg Paquin, President & Founder, The Gregory Group
  • Ardie Zahedani, Division President & Principal, St. Anton Communities
The discussion will be moderated by  John Hodgson, President of  The Hodgson Company,  Past Chair, ULI Sacramento &  ULI Housing Committee Chair.

Register here.

See how our advocates are fighting for you
BIA Rent Control Meeting Coming Up
The BIA is in the process of organizing an update on the campaign to fight the proposed rent control ballot initiative in the City of Sacramento. Please contact Chris Norem for more information or if you would like to attend.

Federal FY18 Bill Boosts Transportation Programs
President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill on March 23rd that included substantial increases in several transportation funding programs that could benefit the Sacramento region. The FY18 spending bill triples funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, increases Capital Investment Grants for new public transportation projects, directs $1.3 billion to Amtrak, and provides $100 million towards autonomous vehicle R&D.
City of Roseville Woodcreek Oaks Widening Project
Work is scheduled April 9 through fall 2018 to complete the widening of Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard. Stage 2 improvements include widening the bridge over Pleasant Grove Creek, from Horncastle Avenue to Crimson Ridge Way, as well as final road resurfacing. More information can be found here.
City of Roseville to Discuss Multi-Use Trail as Part of Bicycle Master Plan
In collaboration with Placer County and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the City of Roseville is beginning a Planning & Feasibility Study for the Dry Creek Greenway West. This study will evaluate the possibility of a 3 mile multi-use trail between Cook Riolo Road and Riverside Avenue. The public is invited to the community open house to let us know what you think about the project.

Sacramento County Credit Rating Increased
As a result of Sacramento County's commitment to fiscal responsibility, major credit-rating company Standard and Poor's Rating Services (S&P) raised the County's credit rating two notches. Following the Great Recession in 2008, Sacramento County diligently worked to strengthen the region's economy, financial flexibility and fiscal stability, providing more job opportunities and housing options while also implementing new budget processes and financial policies.

See what's coming up at the North State BIA
Register Today for the BIA Events Below
Click here  to view all 2018 BIA events.

Did You Know?
We are in the 75th year of the North State BIA.  Be a part of the big Anniversary Celebration on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the California Railroad Museum. You will not want to miss this very special party.  Sponsorships will ensure a grand night, so if you are interested in playing a big part in this event, please contact Angela Tsukiji.

Out of School Youth Success

This has been an amazing year for our Out of School Youth Program. Not only have we had a record number of participants get their High School Diploma (you heard that right - not their GED but officially graduating High School!), but we are proud to say that upon completion of a successful Work Experience, we placed our youth Breanna with BIA Member L&S Framing! 

L&S Framing first met Breanna when they hosted her for a 250-hour work experience. During that period, the Foundation paid her wages, bought her tools, and covered all liability and workers comp. L&S was so happy with Breanna and the experience that they have now hired her on full time as a full-fledged L&S Framing team member!

For more information about participating with the Out of School Youth Program or hiring qualified youth, contact  clare@northstatebia.org.

Thank you L&S Framing for your support!

Don't miss out on what promises to be a wonderful day on the links
The Rivinius-Orr Invitational Golf Tournament is almost sold out! Click here to sign up your foursome or become a Sponsor! Thank you to our Sponsors: ALCAL, Taylor Morrison, Teichert Construction, Niemi Development Partners, Anthem United, Sac-Windustrial, LDK Ventures, Capital City Drywall, and Tri Counties Bank.

Maryhouse Update
The Maryhouse project is underway! We would like to invite you to the dedication ceremony at 10 am, Friday, April 20th , at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, 1351 North C. Street in Sacramento. Help us celebrate the newly renovated showers, and day respite lounge for the women and children Maryhouse serves. To RSVP click  here . Huge thank you to Builder Captain, The New Home Company, for their leadership and commitment to the project.

North State BIA