December 10, 2018
A Year in Review   
Rachel Bardis 2018 Chairwoman 
Typical of this time of year, the days are flying by and the New Year will be here before we know it. Just 18 days into the New Year I will step away from the helm of the BIA.  As I take time to reflect on all of the accomplishments the BIA members have made over the past year, I am humbled to have been a part of it. 
Our industry wide commitment to our community astounds me.  HomeAid continues to help the transitionally homeless.  This year they provided shelter for their 1237th bed reaching a major goal.  In addition, the Foundation had the most successful internship year to date and has committed themselves to placing 500 job seekers in industry positions by the end of May 2019 which they can accomplish with the support of members. 
Over the past several months we have seen the housing market level off.  The concern over the shift in the market was lessened by the success of our PAC during the election season. Our PAC worked diligently to support the candidates who understand the need for attainable housing in the region, which helps us work through this complicated market more seamlessly. 
I want to congratulate our Sales and Marketing Council for being named a finalist in the Best SMC category for NAHB's The National's. In addition, Membership Council has sustained our membership number throughout the year and we can foresee it growing, but that can only happen with our members' commitment to reaching out to their partners. In addition to the incredible members, the staff at the BIA makes our mission so much easier. From the award-winning Government Affairs team, to our amazing president Mike Strech and the newly appointed Vice President of Member Services, Angela Tsukiji, this staff dedicates themselves to our cause and we are so lucky to have them. 
On January 18 th   Phil Rodriguez, with Lewis Planned Communities, will be the leader of the BIA. Phil is one of the most insightful and intelligent people in housing and I look forward to his leadership next year.    I want to thank all of you for your support and for making this past year such a memorable one for me.    I am so lucky to not only have colleagues like you but friends as well. Thank you for a terrific year!

Rachel Bardis     

Please see a full list of the BIA's 2018 Accomplishments, this group is nothing short of astounding. 

Camp Fire Contributions
As California's most destructive fire burned through Butte County, the BIA knew we had to act. Members reached out to us asking for us to spread the word on their efforts to help victims, and the BIA was working internally to help the people who had been displaced as well. HomeAid made a cash contribution and prepared CAREKits to disperse to survivors of the fire. Additionally, the BIA made a monetary contribution and helped spread the word about what our members were doing to help. If you are interested in contributing to the Red Cross, please click here

The Foundation is now helping these victims in a new way. Roughly 50,000 people were displaced by the Camp Fire. Individuals and families are relocating from the north to Sacramento long-term or permanently to rebuild their lives and employment is a key factor of their success. Rick Wylie of Villara Building Systems and Rick Larkey of the NSBIF are working with Golden Sierra Jobs Training Agency and the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency to develop a process of offering Camp Fire victims employment in the greater Sacramento Area. As part of this effort, please post your open positions, free of charge, at . For assistance or questions, contact Amanda Reynaud

SACOG CEO James Corless Testifies Before U.S. Senate 
SACOG's Executive Director recently appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Works on the future of transportation and the perspective that Sacramento has to offer on the next federal transportation bill. Corless, appearing alongside other pertinent leaders, called for federal transportation policy to more openly embrace and encourage technology, innovation, data-driven planning, and partnerships with the private sector. Read the full testimony  here.
Placer County Seeks Public Input on Government Center Master Plan Update
Placer County is seeking public input on the draft environmental impact report for the proposed Placer County Government Center Master Plan update. The plan update envisions Placer County's needs for the North Auburn campus to accommodate services and employees for the next 25 years. A public hearing on the draft EIR is set for Dec. 13 in North Auburn. Comments may be addressed by mail, email, or during the hearing. Find the draft EIR  here.
Late 2018 Shows California Housing Becoming More Affordable
According to a recent report from the California Association of Realtors, more Californians could afford to buy a home in the third quarter of this year. The group's Traditional Housing Affordability Index shows that 27% of California households could afford to purchase the $588,530 median-priced home in the third quarter of 2018, up from 26% in second-quarter 2018 and down from 28% a year ago.
City Office Closures for the Holiday Season
In observance of the holiday season, several City Halls and County Offices will be closed from December 21st through January 1st. Be sure to check availability in advance as jurisdictions have differing closure dates, and schedule for this period accordingly.

Reminder: No BIA Builder/Developer Council Meetings in December
Please be aware that there are no BDC meetings in December, and that the January Regional BDC meeting is also canceled due to the holidays. Meetings will resume on January 9th, 2019 as the Sacramento BDC hosts Council Member Garrett Gatewood of Rancho Cordova. Please click here
Buy Your Copy of the 75th Anniversary Book Now
To celebrate the BIA's 75th Anniversary, there was a grand party.  To commemorate the 75th Anniversary, there is the keepsake book! BIA Staff and long-time members helped to memorialize the amazing accomplishments of the building industry.  This coffee table book is a sturdy 12 x 12 inch keepsake to have for the next 75 years and longer! Supplies are limited! 

To purchase a book, please click here, and make sure you see a copy at the Member Appreciation Lunch. 

Registration and Sponsorships for Installation of Officers Now Open 
Register now to secure your spot at the installation of officers on January 18th, 2019.  This is a formal night honoring the incoming Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  Scott Moak of the Sacramento Kings will be the emcee of the event and we will see Rachel Bardis give her last speech as Chair and Phil Rodriguez, Lewis Planned Communities, take his Oath of Office.  Click here to see photos from last year's event. 

To register or see sponsorship opportunities, please click here.  

Register Today for the Following BIA Events
Jan 18:        Installation of Officers  
March 1:     Crab Feed - Citrus Heights Community Center 

Click here  to view 2019 BIA events.

Thank you to our Annual Meeting of the Members Sponsors! 
Merry Sponsor 
Chase Home Lending 

Cheer Sponsors 
Amerifirst Financial Inc.
Cook Development Consulting Services, LLC
Sacramento Bank of Commerce 
Festive Sponsor
Blue Mountain Construction Services 

Jubilee Sponsor 
Roseville Electric 

Jolly Sponsor
SBM Management Services 
See photos from the this festive networking event here

Thank You For Making Our Health and Hygiene Drive a Success!
Thank you to all who contributed to the 2019 Health and Hygiene Drive. This year was our most successful effort in raising funds and collecting items for our OSY participants who are working hard toward a bright future. We will be filling 60 backpacks with toiletries and blankets and distributing on December 19.
OSY Participants speak to the 2018 and 2019 Board of Directors on December 5th 

On December 5, the Board of Directors heard from two of our OSY participants who shared how the program is impacting their lives for the better. We're proud of their courage and grateful to have the opportunity to serve our industry and community through this program. 


Thank You to this Year's Spread the Warmth Partners 
This year we received 320 blankets during the month of November to help keep homeless around Sacramento warm during the winter months.  We could not do the work we do without our amazing partners, they are: 
-Sacramento Bank of Commerce 
-Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/ Reliance Partners
-Sacramento Blankets for Sacramento Kids
-BlackPine Communities 
-Project Linus of El Dorado County
-National Charity League - Granite Bay 

Donations of blankets were given to Volunteers of America, Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento, The Gathering Inn, Maryhouse, Powerhouse Ministries, WEAVE, and Stand Up Placer. 

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