June 25 , 2018
There's a Housing Crisis. Let's Push for Change. 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously said that in politics, one should never let a good crisis go to waste. That adage is especially true today about California's chronic housing shortage.

It now seems that the public and the policymakers have widely accepted what those of us in the homebuilding industry have been saying for years: California has a serious housing crisis. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst hit the nail on the head last year:

" California's cities and counties make most decisions about when, where, and to what
extent housing will be built. For decades, many California communities -- particularly coastal communities -- have used this control to limit homebuilding. As a result, too little housing has been built to accommodate all those who wish to live here. This lack of homebuilding has driven a rapid rise in housing costs."

As we all know, for decades -- and especially since the Great Recession hit -- production has not kept up with population growth. As a result, the median sales price of existing homes in Sacramento County last month hit $360,000, the highest since 2006 before the recession really hit. In the Bay Area, it was $870,000. 

The public gets it. Our elected officials get it. Now that everyone is aware of the problem and not in denial, it should be a bit easier to create policies and programs that support housing. So with that, let's borrow a term from our state Association, which asks, "Is this new proposed law or regulation a housing creator or a housing killer?" In 2018, elected officials and regulators should only be considering housing creators. BIA and our members should not be shy about asking this question to elected officials and land-use decision- makers at all levels. 

This crisis has created an opportunity to push for change. Let's not miss it.

Michael Strech
President and CEO
Big 75th Anniversary Kickoff Event Is Just a Month Away
Don't be left out of the BIA event of the year -- the o nce-in-a-lifetime party to launch the  year-long 75th anniversary celebration for the North State Building Industry Association, presented by Taylor Morrison as our Diamond Anniversary Sponsor.

This event at the California Railroad Museum will feature live music and dancing with Northern California's premier funk, soul, rock, and R&B horn band  Hipper Than Hip.  Included will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, no-host bars, networking, and fun with industry professionals and community leaders.

The event will take place on Friday, July 20, from 7-10 p.m. To register or for more information -- including a list of all the sponsors -- click here.

Free Member Appreciation Luncheon Set for July 13
Aloha! BIA invites all members to attend the annual Member Appreciation Luau on Friday, July 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pacific Supply Design Center, 5550 Roseville Road in North Highlands.

Hosted for the third year by Pacific Coast Building Products, the luau will include an all-you-can-eat lunch, a tiki bar, and raffle prizes. You're encouraged to come in Hawaiian attire, and leis will be provided.

You can register online. For more information, contact Rebekah Patterson at 916-751-2770.

MAME Awards Submissions Open July 1
Submissions for this year's MAME Awards will be accepted from July 1 to July 31. MAME Forty Three will recognize the industry's most outstanding builders, trades, and design professionals who have distinguished themselves by delivering their best every day.

Nominees must fill out an online entry application and pay their entry fees no later than July 31. Find out more by downloading the Call for Entries. Submittal forms can be found here.  

Register Today for the Following BIA Events
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State Route 65 Interchange Improvements Began June 21
Construction on phase 1 of the Interstate 80 - State Route 65 Interchange Improvements Project officially began on June 21. The first phase will provide a third lane on northbound Highway 65 from Interstate 80 to Pleasant Grove Boulevard and improvements to the Galleria Boulevard/Stanford Ranch Road interchange. The roadwork will require partial closure of the southbound Highway 65 onramp from Galleria Boulevard in Roseville for up to three months. Motorists can expect more congestion in the area during peak commute hours and should allow additional travel time. Click here for more information and future updates.

Lincoln's City Manager Announces Resignation
Lincoln City Manager Matt Brower publicly announced his resignation during open session of Lincoln's city council meeting on June 12. Brower has accepted the position of city manager with Heber City, Utah. His last day with Lincoln is July 6. The City Council is currently evaluating the next steps to replace Brower and intends to appoint an interim city manager while recruiting for a permanent replacement.

Roseville to Decide Half-Cent Sales Tax Measure on November Ballot
The Roseville City Council, at its June 6 meeting, unanimously approved placing a half-cent locally controlled general sales tax measure on the November 2018 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would generate an estimated $16-$19 million annually in new revenue to protect essential Roseville services such as public safety, roads, parks, recreation programs, and libraries.

Sacramento County's New Re-Housing Program: Whatever It Takes
In late 2017, the County Board of Supervisors deepened its ongoing commitment to addressing homelessness by investing more than $12 million in its new County Homeless Initiatives, including a new program called the Flexible Supportive Re-Housing Program (FSRP). FSRP is already producing success stories, with many more on the horizon. The program is not only making a long-lasting impact on individual lives but helping to assist with the plight of people experiencing long-term homelessness with no clear pathway to a home and the stability and health that it brings.
First Round of Internships Ending, Second Round to Begin
The first round of NSBIF's Summer Internship Program will come to a close at the end of this week and our second round of interns will be putting on their hardhats to experience the world of construction on July 2. This year's program is our largest to date, with more than 130 interns aged 16-24 working at 25 job sites around the greater Sacramento area.
De Loach Completes Workforce Development Program
NSBIF's La Vonnia De Loach, at right, with fellow workforce development professionals grads.
NSBIF extends its congratulations to La Vonnia De Loach, Director of Workforce Programs, who recently completed the Workforce Development Professionals Program through California State University, Sacramento, and the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency. 

La Vonnia is dedicated to serving the needs of the youth in our community. Every day she puts all of her energy, strength, wisdom and skills into creating and providing opportunities for them.
Rivinius-Orr Golf Tournament Another Huge Success

Above left, golfers head out for their first hole on Friday. Above, Edgewood. Below left, tournament namesakes Bob Rivinius and John Orr address the golfers. For photos on Facebook, click here and here.

HomeAid Gearing Up for 15th Annual Trap Shoot
HomeAid is also gearing up for our 15th Annual Trap Shoot, which will be held on Friday, August 24. If you're interested in a full day of fun as a volunteer, contact Vangelina to get your name on the list. 
CHF Compensation Survey Report Now Available
Salary surveys are very helpful to provide a basis for understanding average earnings and identifying the factors that drive income. The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF)'s 2018 
Compensation Survey Report is now available for purchase. The detailed survey findings of this report include: Profile (Geographic Location, Primary Activities, Firm Operations, Total Revenue); Compensation Overview (Increases, Types of Increases and Bonus, Current Issues); Detailed Compensation (Overall, by Geographic Area, by Revenue Size Range); and Employee Benefits (Insurance, Transportation/Commuting, Retirement, Leave).

The report costs $400 and can be downloaded herePlease contact Terri Brunson by email or by calling 916-340-3340 for any additional questions or concerns regarding the contents or delivery of this report.

John Dale Reynen, 1937-2018
A memorial service will be held this afternoon for John Reynen, cofounder of Reynen and Bardis Communities and a key figure in Sacramento homebuilding for a half-century. Reynen died June 17.  He is survived by his wife Judy; son John L. "Jack" and his wife Miriam; son Christo John; daughter Leah "Dede"; stepson John and his wife Lesley; stepdaughter Laura and her husband Chris; brother Albert; sisters Betty, Bernice, Marge and Jane; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the museum or to the Sacramento Children's Home. The full obituary can be found here.
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