Articles, Newsletters & Misc.

Post

CALBO Committee Update
Important Announcement for New Membership Year

A special thanks to the CALBO Committee Members this past year. It was a challenging year to stay on task and manage professionally and personally, but each Committee did its best to ensure the progression of goals despite the challenges of COVID-19. 

Committees hold the great responsibility of moving our organization forward within prominent issues affecting our industry. To continue their momentum of past goals and projects, CALBO Board of Directors is freezing current committee appointments for the upcoming 2021-22 CALBO Membership Year starting on April 1. Each Committee Chair and Member have been notified with an email from President Shane Diller.

Committees are asked to continue business as usual by meeting regularly, creating resources, and providing up-to-date information for the benefit of our organization. CALBO Committee applications for the 2022-23 CALBO membership year will open in early 2022.

On behalf of the CALBO Board of Directors, a special thanks to all Committee Chairs and Members for their efforts and dedicated service!

If you have any questions about this announcement or your committee assignment(s), please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103.

Post

2021 CALBO Education Weeks: Save these Dates
Registration Available Spring 2021

CTI strives to be your primary source of training by offering topical, current, and relevant educational opportunities throughout the entire Golden State. The 2021 Education Weeks will be here soon! Save these event dates, and we hope to see you at an upcoming Education Weeks.

CALBO Education Week: San Ramon
Monday, September 13 - Thursday, September 16, 2021
San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive | San Ramon, CA | 94583

CALBO Education Week: Ontario
Monday, October 25 - Thursday, October 28, 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport
222 North Vineyard Avenue | Ontario, CA | 91764

Registration is available in late Spring 2021. 

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or 916-457-1103. 

Post

2021 Summer Conference and Mini Education Week
Program and Registration

California Building Officials is excited to announce that the 2021 CALBO Summer Conference and Mini Education Week will serve as our annual gathering this spring. The CALBO Board has worked tirelessly to organize these opportunities. From general session programs for all building department professionals to thoughtful sessions and stellar training, we are proud of the skills and topics that will be showcased. With both virtual and in-person options available, we look forward to seeing you in Newport Beach!

Sunday, May 16, 2021 – Friday, May 21, 2021

Newport Beach Marriott
900 Newport Beach Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

A full program and registration will be released later this month. 

Article

Staying Connected to CALBO’s Legislative and Advocacy Efforts

CALBO’s Legislative Updates page is a useful source for our membership to stay up to date on our organization’s ongoing advocacy efforts. From the Capitol Corner Update, Legislative Bills Reports, as well as a breakdown on how the California Legislative process works, this page has everything you need to know about our advocacy efforts. As you start to navigate through the different sections of this webpage, use the helpful guide below to assist with finding valuable information.

Capitol Corner Updates

This section of the website provides up-to-date articles included in the CALBO News, CALBO’s bi-monthly newsletter. These are important resources as they provide context for what is happening in the State Capitol in real-time. CALBO is often tracking dozens of bills as they move through the legislative process and takes direct action on many of those bills. The Capitol Corner Update can provide the status of bills, including CALBO’s current position and CALBO’s future plans for advocacy.

Legislative Bill Reports

CALBO members and fellow stakeholders are often most interested in this section of the Legislative Page. It contains live updates on all of the bills CALBO is tracking. You can pull reports on:

  • All active CALBO Bills
  • The upcoming calendar for committee hearings
  • Bills that were recently amended
  • Bills CALBO supports
  • Bills CALBO opposes

This is the most accurate and succinct way to gather information about CALBO’s current legislative agenda.

Legislative Outreach Alerts

Legislative Outreach Alerts (LOAs) are a direct call to membership for action. When CALBO needs help supporting or opposing a current bill, we will call on our membership to help. Often lawmakers would rather hear directly from their constituents on a specific matter, and how it affects their community. When CALBO contacts its members with an LOA, CALBO staff provides you with a sample letter. This letter contains CALBO’s mission, our position on the bill, the reasoning for CALBO’s position, and the possible impacts of the bill. We encourage local jurisdictions to use the letter and modify it to fit their community’s views. This can then be sent to your local legislator, who will vote on the measure as it moves through the legislative process.

Guide to Changes in State Law

This portion of the Legislative page provides information about what happens to bills after they are signed into state law. Often, measures are heard in the California Building Standards Commission before they are added to the State Building Code. This page provides updates about bills going through this process, and how CALBO is interacting with the Commission during the process.

Legislative Process

Lastly, this section of the website reviews the lawmaking process for those who might not be well versed on the subject. It gives a brief description of the current Legislative Session and important deadlines for the legislative process. There are also links to the official legislative calendar, which provides more details about important deadlines within the legislative process. CALBO has also produced a short video that goes into greater detail about the legislative process. We encourage members, who are interested in advocacy, to watch it in order to gain a better understanding of CALBO’s advocacy efforts.

The Legislative Updates page is a great source for our members to stay up to date on all of CALBO’s legislative activities. In addition to all of the resources discussed above, it also has quick links to a live Bill Search, CALBO’s six-point-policy, and current CALBO policy statements. 

E-mail blast

Get Familiar CALBO’s Virtual Training Resources

Whether you’re attending a webinar or a future Education Week, familiarize yourself with the virtual training experience. CALBO has created this handy virtual training resource page to help answer all your questions you may have. 

Resources include:

- GoToWebinar Platform Tips and Tricks
- GoToWebinar Instructional Training Video
- Common Virtual Student Questions & Answers 
- and much more!

Click here for the Virtual Training Resources page

For any questions or concerns regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103. 

Post

2021-22 CALBO Membership Program
Membership Year Starts on April 1, 2021

If you have not renewed for the 2021-22 California Building Officials Membership Year, 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 the 95% of California cities and counties, we welcome you to our community.

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.
- CALBO.org - 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!

Click Here to Renew Online

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916.457.1103. 

Article

2021-22 CALBO Media Packet
Coming Soon!

The new 2021-22 CALBO Media Packet will soon be available for all your CALBO marketing needs for the new membership year. Take advantage of this all-in-one resource!

2021-22 Media Packet will include:
 - Annual CALBO Partner Program Registration – Gold (sold out!), 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!

If you have any questions about CALBO Media Packet,
please contact the CALBO Office

Article

A Special Message from Your 2020-21 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

Spring is upon us. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, the state legislature is writing new laws, and home project permits are being pulled. Though our state continues to work through the pandemic, our industry has shown its resilience and has not missed a beat in the year since COVID-19 began its impact.

First and foremost, I again want to thank everyone who joined us in December for Education Week 2020. I could not be more proud in knowing that with everything we were up against, CALBO was able to execute a training event with both in-person and virtual components, training over 2,600 people. The hard work of the CTI Commission, the instructors, the subject matter experts, and the rest of the CALBO team that came together to make this event a success cannot be overstated.

But with every success comes a pivot to the future. And I am pleased to report that the future at CALBO looks bright. We have begun the final planning of our next event, a hybrid annual conference, and training that will closely duplicate the style we saw success with in December. In-person and virtual options will be available once again in Newport Beach. I also want to let you know about CALBO’s first virtual job fair. On April 15, the CALBO Outreach & Communications Committee is coordinating an innovative way to connect new talent with our industry. Registration information for both of these events can soon be found on the CALBO website.

So much of what we look forward to as a profession is tied to our ability to meet in-person again, and that time is coming. I am heartened to hear that many of our members have received their COVID-19 vaccinations and are on track to getting back to a place of familiarity.  

The return to normalcy is emerging in all aspects of what CALBO is doing. Our policy committees are hard at work advocating in Sacramento, reviewing code standard proposals, and preparing helpful information and education on emerging trends. Plans are coming together now for Education Weeks in Fall 2021, which will look much like you remember. And of course, I am eager and excited for our 60th Annual Business Meeting in Los Angeles in March 2022.  Though the past year has been tough on many fronts, I have to express to all of you how lucky I feel to have been able to lead this amazing organization in this past year and how honored I continue to be that the membership entrusted me to it.

I and the CALBO Board of Directors will keep up the hard work and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Stay well,

Shane G. Diller, M.P.A
Assistant Director, Development Services
City of Elk Grove

Post

Gain the Resilience Advantage
Free Webinar Series Offered by Optimum Seismic

We’re seeing the severe economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine how much worse it could be if a major earthquake hit California’s urban areas.

The human toll in terms of deaths and injuries could be staggering. Collapsed buildings and infrastructure could take years – even decades – to fully replace. Much of our housing could be destroyed. Many businesses would likely never reopen.

Avoiding this terrible scenario is the purpose of The Resilience Advantage webinar series. A coalition of leading business organizations is now in its fourth year of providing educational programming to assist business and community leaders to prepare for natural disasters.

These webinars bring you informative conversations with leading experts in many disciplines on relevant and timely topics, emerging issues and concerns in communication, developments in the profession, our community, and more. Learn how you can protect your business, buildings, investment, employees, and future from potential devastation. Join these important conversations about protecting California’s economy and quality of life!

The next webinar will be held on March 17 at 11:00am with more to come this spring. Register today!

For more information, please watch this short video, or contact Optimum Seismic

E-mail blast

Thank you for attending the 2020 CALBO Education Week – share your feedback!

On behalf of the CALBO Training Institute (CTI), thank you for attending the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach. 

To provide our members with quality online training programs, we rely on an evaluation process to determine the effectiveness of the material, the instructor and the online platform. We appreciate your assistance. 

Webinar Evaluation – Click Here

Article

A Special Message from Your 2020-21 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

To most of us this year the holidays probably have a low key feel about them, but the sense of togetherness, joy, and hope are the hallmarks of this time of year remain. 

It is that last feeling, hope, which CALBO holds to most right now. 2021 is just around the corner and though we will all be dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 for some time to come, there appears to be light at the end of this tunnel. 2021 will bring a vaccine and relief that though we have tragically lost so many in this country already, those numbers will slow and this disease will pass. We have strong hope that spring will bring opportunities for us to resume the great traditional in-person offerings CALBO is known for, a conference and training in May or June, and normal Education Weeks in the fall. 

Until normalcy returns, CALBO continues to strive to offer its members the best training, advocacy, and camaraderie the current environment allows. I have been very pleased with the quality of the webinars we have produced so far, and see the value of continuing to offer webinars as a supplement to our trainings in the future. Again, I cannot thank CTI, the instructors, or CALBO staff enough for the hard work they have put into creating these valuable training offerings. But even more so, I want to thank you, the membership for also seeing the value in virtual training by attending the webinars in great numbers. You are the reason we exist and produce the training and perform the advocacy that we do. 

While on the topic of training and support, I want to take a moment to tell you how excited and anxious I am for this month’s Virtual Education Week. This year’s Education Week is like nothing CALBO has done before. This pandemic will not stop us. In an effort to continue to provide the quality California specific training our members rely on, while also demonstrating California’s ability to innovate, adapt and overcome, we have prepared an Education Week like you have not seen before. This will not be simply a series of day long webinars; Education Week virtual attendees will get live video and real-time interaction with instructors, duplicating the interaction one would get in the classroom. But, this is more than a pandemic work around to keep good training going. This virtual Education Week is a launching pad for a new era of CALBO working in the digital realm. That said, we cannot do it without you. If you have ever thought “I wish I could get an Education Week style training without having to fly or drive” or your agency is like so many that have training funds, but travel and lodging monies are scarce, this is the Education Week you want to give a try. For the first time ever (maybe the only time) CALBO’s Education Week training is available to anyone with an internet connection. Anyone in the building safety industry on earth can now easily attend a CALBO Education Week. 

So, check out the website, pick a class (or 4) and spread the word that CALBO and CTI training continues unabated. With your support I am eager to look back on this year as the time California’s building safety agencies came together and showed the world that nothing slows us down and that 2020 was the year we took challenges and made them opportunities to revolutionize how we do things. 

In closing, I continue to wish you, your agencies, and your families’ health and wellness. May the holidays we celebrate this month be filled with merriment and I along with your CALBO Board of Directors and staff look forward to continuing to serve you in what I am sure will be a happy new year! 

Stay well, 
Shane G. Diller, M.P.A
Assistant Director, Development Services
City of Elk Grove

Post

You’re Registered for the CALBO Virtual Education Week. Now What?
Student Resources for YOU!

You’re Registered for the CALBO Virtual Education Week. Now What?

With less than two weeks until the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach kicks off – it’s time to start preparing. CALBO has created these handy resources to help you get organized. We can’t wait to “see” you there. 

- Explore the Virtual Education Week Experience - Click Here

​- Explore the In-Person Education Week Experience - Click Here

- Virtual Education Week Checklist - Click here

- Watch the 3 Minute GoToWebinar Training Video - Click Here

For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103. 

Article

A CTI Chairman Update
Written by: Chairman Bob Latz

Dear CALBO Colleagues,

Pandemic. I don’t know about you, but that was a word that was new to my vocabulary until this past March.  Since that time, like you I have been working to change practices and procedures in this aggressively changing environment. CALBO has been no exception to this, and I wanted to share with you some insights over the past nine months as the CTI Chair.

Just like our members, CALBO and CTI has adapted to the ever-changing protocols.  We have tried hard to keep our educational offerings afloat and staggered throughout our populous state, but unfortunately, we had to cancel our in-person ABM and two of three of our Education Weeks.  However, with adversity comes opportunity and I’m very proud of how we have seized great moments to shine as an organization and profession.

CALBO had “dabbled” in online training, but our goal was to roll out a robust, holistic virtual model that would offer an enhanced and personalized experience for the student. With the pandemic, we rolled these offerings out sooner than expected and they have been an unparalleled success. CALBO webinars last from 90-120 minutes each but are instructed by subject matter experts in real-time.  This enables all students to participate, pose questions and participate in a simulated in-person setting. We have been very pleased by the response from both our students and online instructors.  Please continue to check the CALBO website for the latest offerings.  At this time, registration is open for 12 future webinars over the coming weeks.

Post

CALBO Job Fair and Career Development Day – Coming Soon
Join Us Virtually!

Join the CALBO Outreach and Communication Committee virtually on April 14, 2021 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm for the CALBO Job Fair. This virtual event is being held with Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA, but is open to job seekers and students throughout the state. The Outreach and Communications Committee is pleased to announce that CALBO President, Shane Diller will be providing opening remarks and City of Pleasant Hill Chief Building Official, Geoffrey Simmons, will be providing the keynote address.

The CALBO Outreach and Communication Committee needs your help! We are seeking volunteers to provide insight into the work we perform and what it is like to be a member of the building regulatory community. Seeking volunteers from Counter Techs, Plans Examiners, Inspectors, Code Enforcement Officials, and Private service providers to tell our story, provide advice and to meet one-on-one with students and job seekers. We also need jurisdictions and private service providers to participate and spread the word about the Job Fair, remember, being virtual, our outreach will be in a position to attract job seekers to positions throughout the state.

To volunteer or for additional information please contact Jay Hyde, Chai of the CALBO Outreach and Communications Committee at jhyde@mogaveroarchitects.com

Article

Get Familiar with GoToWebinar – CALBO’s Online Training Platform!

Whether you are attending a CALBO webinar or Virtual Education Week courses, get familiar with GoToWebinar online training platform to ensure you are prepared for your next online training experience.

IMPORTANT: All webinars and virtual courses are broadcasted live on the GoToWebinar online platform. Follow these directions below to receive emails with your GoToWebinar personalized emails and to access the GoToWebinar platform. These steps are required for online attendance and CEU verification.

Ensure you receive our emails  
  - Add info@calbo.org and customercare@gotowebinar.com to your contact list or address book.
  - Check your spam filter settings to ensure these addresses are not blocked.
  - Check with your email/IT administrator to “allowlist/whitelist” these domains: calbo.orggotowebinar.com and joinwebinar.com.

Install the GoToWebinar application now!
  - Visit https://global.gotomeeting.com/host to download the GoToWebinar application to your device – either a Mac, PC, laptop, iPad or another device.
  - The GoToOpener “helper” app will launch in your default browser and ask your permission to install theGoToWebinar software.
  - Follow the browser prompts as instructed.
  - Once the software is downloaded successfully, the GoToWebinar application will remain in your system tray – look for their icon as shown in their logo above.

Troubleshooting any audio issues – you need visual and audio (not mic)
  - You will need to visually watch and listen to your course(s).
  - A mic is NOT required. Online students can submit their questions in the question box.
  - Test your device’s audio: https://support.goto.com/webinar/help/test-your-mic-and-speakers-voip-g2w050042
  - Still having audio issues on your device? Please use the phone number listed under “audio” in your GoToWebinar email. You can watch the presentation on your device and listen on your phone.

Watch our 3 minute GoToWebinar training video now!
Learn how to…
  - join an online training once you receive your GoToWebinar confirmation email with your personalized link and what to expect.
  - use the GoToWebinar control panel.
  - ask a question.
  - download class materials and resources.
  - select between computer and phone audio options.

For any questions, please contact the CALBO Office at info@calbo.org or by phone at 916-457-1103.

Post

2020-2021 Winter CALBO Webinar Offerings

Earn CEUs to reach your training goals today! 

In addition to CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach this year, the California Training Institute is offering multiple webinars courses scheduled into February 2021. These live webinars are specialized training opportunities that will provide insight into a single code topic that complements our full-day courses and are developed by our expert instructors who provide real-life experiences encountered on a daily basis in the building-safety environment.

Don’t wait – register for a webinar today!

Webinars Include: 

- Alternative Housing in the 2019 California Residential Code
Monday, December 7, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Building Code for Permit Technicians and Plan Reviewers 
Thursday, December 10, 2020
- Mass Timber Heights and Areas and Construction Fire Safety
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11A and 11B: Accessibility for Residential Kitchens and Bathrooms
Thursday, January 21, 2021
- 2019 Energy Code Insulation and QII Requirements 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
- Mass Timber Principles of Fire Resistance Design, Protection of Connections and Special Inspections 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility for Plumbing Elements and Facilities 
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Register Today – Click here. Additional courses will be available later this fall. 

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103.

Post

2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach – Still a Go!
In-Person and Virtual Registration Available

CALBO is heading to Newport Beach from December 14-17, 2020 to broadcast our Education Week courses live. The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) created a variety of offerings to help train building department staff in the latest code changes, including accessory dwelling units, solar photovoltaic systems, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and much more!

We have worked hard with local city, county and state officials to ensure a safe training experience for you. While certain aspects of Education Week may look different, you will still receive the best code training in California with our expert instructors. 

The next San Ramon and Ontario Education Weeks will not take place until Fall 2021, so take advantage of the Virtual Education to earn your CEUs. We hope to “see” you there!

REGISTER ONLINE NOW - DEADLINE NEXT WEEK*

*Registration closes Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:00pm.
This is a firm deadline – no exceptions can be made.
No changes or transfers can be made after this deadline.

If you have any questions about this event or registration, please contact the CALBO Office,
at 916-457-1103 and info@calbo.org.

Post

Fall and Winter CALBO Webinar Offerings

Earn CEUs to reach your training goals today! 

In addition to CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach this year, the California Training Institute is offering multiple webinars courses scheduled into February 2021. These live webinars are specialized training opportunities that will provide insight into a single code topic that complements our full-day courses and are developed by our expert instructors who provide real-life experiences encountered on a daily basis in the building-safety environment.

Don’t wait – register for a webinar today!

Webinars Include: 

2019 CBC Chapters 11A and 11B: Accessibility for Residential Kitchens and Bathrooms
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Nonresidential Submittal Requirements
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility for Plumbing Elements and Facilities
Thursday, October 29, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
- Shear Exhilaration for Wood Framed Structures 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
- Overview of the Non-Structural Requirements of the 2019 California Residential Code
Thursday, November 5, 2020
- What’s New to the 2019 California Building Code: Tall Wood Construction Overview
 Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Accessory Dwelling Units
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- Occupied Roof Decks in the 2019 California Building Code
Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Permit Technician 101: Understanding and Growing Your Building Department Role
Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Means of Egress in the 2019 California Building Code
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Residential Submittal Requirements
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
- Alternative Housing in the 2019 California Residential Code
Monday, December 7, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Building Code for Permit Technicians and Plan Reviewers 
Thursday, December 10, 2020
- Mass Timber Heights and Areas and Construction Fire Safety
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Mass Timber Principles of Fire Resistance Design, Protection of Connections and Special Inspections 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Register Today – Click here. Additional courses will be available later this fall. 

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103.

Post

Tips and Tricks for a Successful CALBO Webinar

As building departments across the state implement new procedures in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, CALBO has also had to adapt. Instead of meeting your peers at in-person independent offering trainings, CALBO launched web-based trainings in late June for your CEU needs. Since then, the CALBO Training Institute has planned over a dozen webinars and close to a thousand participants have attended with more and more registering each day. With each completed webinar, we have learned more ways to help membership reach their training goals during these challenging times.

Post

2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach – In-Person and Virtual Attendance Available

CALBO strives to be the leader in topical, progressive and innovative training. We have worked hard with local city, county and state officials to ensure a safe experience for you.

Due to state mandates in place relative to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Ontario from October 19-22, 2020 and 2021 CALBO Education Week: San Ramon from January 25-28, 2021 have been cancelled.

CALBO will host the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach with the opportunity to attend courses in-person or virtually from December 14-17, 2020.

Already registered for course(s) at the CALBO Education Weeks in Ontario, San Ramon or Newport Beach? What are your next steps?

Are you a new Education Week registrant?

We look forward to working with you and assisting where needed. Thank you for your patience with the various COVID transitions. We are doing our best to keep up with the needs of our membership while ensuring the safety of everyone.

If you have any questions about these events or registration, please contact the CALBO Office, at 916-457-1103 and info@calbo.org.

*Important: The course matrix was updated on 10/12/20.
Course availability is first-come, first-served at time of online registration.