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2020-21 CALBO Membership Program
Current Membership Year Ends March 31, 2021

If you have not renewed for the 2020-21 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. 

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A Special Message from Your 2019-20 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

Have you made your travel plans to CALBO’s 58th Annual Business Meeting in Indian Wells?  I hope the answer is yes! Come join us April 5 – 9 in the beautiful Coachella Valley and surrounding desert for an exceptional event where we learn and share with one another, collaborate with industry colleagues, and grow and deepen our friendships.

In this special edition of the CALBO newsletter, you will find all the information about the upcoming ABM. With input from you, the CALBO Board, alongside CALBO members and staff, have been working diligently to develop programming that meets the needs of our diverse community of building professionals. The CALBO ABM is built around four unique days of topical sessions, ranging from general programs to unique workshops and interactive sessions.

The following is a highlight of the 2020 programs:
- Housing outlook and economic forecast by the California Building Industry Association
- Model code organizations presenting current industry endeavors
- FEMA panelists on hazard mitigation and recovery programs
- CALBO legislative advocacy 
- State agency representatives on the new California codes and state laws
- ISO’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS)
- 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake findings and lessons
- Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) graduation 
- Workshops covering a changing workforce, emergency housing, seismic functional recovery, WUI and wildfire recovery process, energy storage systems, and your role in the California code development process 

Besides the robust professional development programming, we will also have fun-filled activities. A special thank you to CALBO partners, sponsors, and exhibitors for your support and participation. On Sunday, a prestigious and highly regarded Indian Wells golf course will host our golf tournament. On Tuesday evening, we will celebrate and enjoy the camaraderie at our ABM fellowship event. Throughout the week, exhibitors will showcase innovative products and services. Please be sure to visit them and network with your colleagues and community. 

If you are looking to experience a music festival in the desert, you will get to do that on Wednesday evening. Join us at the President’s Dinner for a night of great food, music, and company to celebrate CALBO and have fun!     

My term is sure flying by. It has truly been an honor to serve as CALBO President this year. I am grateful to my fellow CALBO Board members and CALBO Committee members and want to extend my gratitude to you for your tremendous work, insight, and steadfast commitment to our industry and profession. I also want to express appreciation to CALBO staff – you are an incredible team that works tirelessly behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. I would also like to thank all of you – the CALBO membership and industry colleagues – for your unwavering support and collaboration with CALBO. Together, we are accomplishing so much, and there is so much yet to do.

I, along with the CALBO Board, look forward to seeing you in Indian Wells in April. Let’s celebrate our success and look ahead to work together to advance our profession now and into the future!  

Sincerely,

Sharon Goei, P.E., C.B.O
Director of Building and Housing
City of Milpitas

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CALBO’s 58th Annual Business Meeting – Thank You Exhibitors for Your Upcoming Participation!

4LEAF, Inc.
Accela
Avolve Software
Bureau Veritas North America
California Energy Commission
Camino
California Council for Interior Design Certification
CentralSquare Technologies
CityGovApp, Inc.
CityView, a div of Harris Computer Systems
Coastland Civil Engineering
Computronix
CSG Consultants, Inc.
e-PlanSoft
EdgeSoft
Energy Code Ace
EsGil – A SAFEbuilt Company
Floodproofing.com
Hoover Treated Wood Products
IAPMO
International Code Council
Interwest Consulting Group
ISO
J Lee Engineering, Inc.
JAS Pacific
Optimum Seismic
SAFEbuilt, LLC.
Selectron Technologies
Shums Coda Associates
Simpson Strong-Tie
TRB + Associates, Inc. 
Tyler Technologies
VCA Code
West Coast Code Consultants, Inc.
Willdan

Would like to see your name on this list? Visit the CALBO Sponsor and Exhibitor Program webpage, to register today! 

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CALBO Annual Business Meeting – Register Now

CALBO is excited to host its 58th Annual Business Meeting from Sunday, April 5 – Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. An array of programs, events and trainings will be offered for the professional development of our members. Looking forward to meeting and playing under the desert sun while gathering together for the strength and development of our association. We hope to see you there!  

Date
Sunday, April 5 – Thursday, April 9

Where
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells
44-600 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 
760-341-1000

Visit the Annual Business Meeting page for more information on Registration, Schedule of Events, Golf Tournament, and much more! 

For any questions regarding this event, please contact the CALBO Office

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2020 CTI Independent Offerings – Winter and Spring Schedule Available

With the start of the new year, the CALBO Training Institute is offering many new opportunities in both Northern and Southern California with much flexibility through the following independent offerings. These newly updated courses are not only technically insightful and proficient, but each are developed by our expert instructors who provide real-life experiences that are encountered on a daily basis in the building-safety. Don’t wait for the 2020 Education Weeks for your training opportunities. Register today for these trainings throughout California on CALBO’s Training page. 

If you are interested in hosting a CTI training at your jurisdiction, please contact the CALBO Office or 916-457-1103. Collaborative opportunities are available!

Review Schedule and Register Now!

For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the CALBO Office or 916-457-1103. 

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Helpful Links from the Emergency Preparedness Committee
Post Wildfire Flooding Risks Resource

With the rainy weather on the way, and the devastating wildfire season behind us, the Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to remind local committees some of the ongoing complications post wildfires. Wildfires can drastically change the terrain and make the ground less able to absorb water. Even areas that don’t usually flood are now at risk for flash flooding and mudflows for several years after a wildfire. 

If you live in and around areas that were impacted by wildfires, please use the link found below to raise awareness about the risk of flooding after wildfires. 

Post Wildfire Flooding Risk Resource
Tips to Prepare for a Flood

The Emergency Preparedness Committee would also like to thank FEMA for posting and bringing awareness to post-wildfire flooding risk. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided above, please contact an Emergency Preparedness Committee member or the CALBO Office

Article Written By: Christopher Landreth, Supervising Building/Fire Inspector - City of TracyInnovative Practices Committee

Electronic Plan Check Implementation

Introduction

Building Departments are constantly striving to streamline processes while continuing to meet the needs of our customers. As we move farther into the 21stcentury it has become clear that increased use of technology is the means to meet those demands. CALBO’s Innovative Practices Committee has previously identified the 10 essential technologies that every building department should invest in, one of which is electronic plan check (EPC). 

By establishing an EPC program your department can reduce processing time, reduce turn-around time between reviews, reduce on-site paper storage as well as increase plan reviewer efficiency. In today’s business climate we are all trying to do more with less, so every little efficiency that can be gained goes a long way.

As a city that has just recently gone through this process, I want to share our experiences of what worked well and what did not, to help departments that are looking to make this transition. I do not want to give the impression that the way we did it is the be all end all to how it should be done, but this can hopefully provide some insight into what needs to be discussed and planned for to assist you with a smooth transition.

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2020-2021 CALBO Education Weeks: Save these Dates
Registration Available Spring 2020

CTI strives to be your primary source of training by offering topical, current, and relevant educational opportunities throughout the entire Golden State. The 2020-2021 Education Weeks will be here soon! Mark these following dates in your calendar and we hope to see you at an upcoming Education Week.

CALBO Education Week: Ontario
Monday, October 19 – Thursday, October 22, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport
222 North Vineyard Avenue | Ontario, CA | 91764

CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach
Monday, December 14 – Thursday, December 17, 2020
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach, CA | 92660

CALBO Education Week: San Ramon
Monday, January 25 – Thursday, January 28, 2020
San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive | San Ramon, CA | 94583

Registration will become available in early Spring. 

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

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CALBO Annual Business Meeting – Registration Now Available

CALBO is excited to host its 58th Annual Business Meeting from Sunday, April 5 – Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. An array of programs, events and trainings will be offered for the professional development of our members. Looking forward to meeting and playing under the desert sun while gathering together for the strength and development of our association. We hope to see you there!  

Date
Sunday, April 5 – Thursday, April 9

Where
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa
44-600 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 
760-341-1000

Visit the Annual Business Meeting page for more information on Registration, Schedule of Events, Golf Tournament, and much more! 

For any questions regarding this event, please contact the CALBO Office

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Upcoming CALBO’s Leadership & Advocacy Day – Registration Available Soon!

- Save the Date - 
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Sacramento, California

Make your voice heard! CALBO’s Annual Leadership and Advocacy Day is an opportunity for Class I Members to take part in the legislative process and have their voice heard. 

Join CALBO’s Legislative Committee in Sacramento at the State Capitol to meet with your legislators and discuss current legislation impacting building departments. Participants will be briefed on the legislation and learn about the legislative process before attending pre-scheduled meeting with legislators. 

Last year, through consistent advocacy, CALBO members stopped harmful legislation that would have negatively impacted building departments. Be a part of the effort to ensure legislators understand the important duties building department staff carry out on a daily basic and work you do to keep the public safe. 

For any questions about this upcoming event, please contact the CALBO Office or 916-457-1103. 

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CALBO’s 58th ABM Exhibitor and Sponsor Program – Spots are Filling Up Fast!

Register now to showcase your company as an exhibitor and provide support as a sponsor at CALBO’s 58th Annual Business Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. 

Over 300 building department personnel and industry representatives statewide are expected to attend providing an unparalleled opportunity for industry representatives to show their support for the industry and share their innovative products and services with the leaders of California building departments. 

These opportunities are first-come, first-served so don’t wait!

You won’t go unnoticed as an Exhibitor!

- Showcase innovative products and services with building departments leaders and personnel throughout the week.
- Spend one-on-one time with attendees during the ABM “strolling” lunch on Tuesday, April 7th in the exhibit hall.
- Receive a list of ABM registrants and their contact information following the conference. 
- Gain recognition in ABM conference signage and CALBO News. 

You won’t go unnoticed as a Sponsor!

- ABM Printed Program Sponsorship – Have your company logo and information at the fingertips of all attendees.
- Attendee Bag Insert Sponsorship – Provide souvenirs for ABM attendees, including resourceful tools and other giveaways!
- Attendee Breakfast Sponsorship – Help ABM attendees start the day on the right foot with a delicious breakfast and coffee!
- President’s Dinner – Help make the night unforgettable with your sponsorship.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020

Visit the CALBO Exhibitor and Sponsor Program page on the CALBO website to register today! 

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

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New CALBO Access Committee Resource!

Your CALBO Access Committee is hard at work once again! Now available is a new resource drafted by the committee – 2019 CBC Original Cycle - CALBO Analysis of Accessibility Changes

To find more Accessibility Tools and Resources, please visit the A to Z Topics of Interest section on the CALBO website.

For any questions regarding this handout or any access related information, please don’t hesitate to contact an Access Committee Member

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A Special Message from Your 2019-20 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

It’s hard to believe that we are preparing for the holidays already. With three Education Weeks, the League of California Cities Annual Conference, and the ICC Annual Conference behind us, CALBO is setting sights on the last event of the year – CALBO Education Week: Burlingame. Registration is closing today, December 3, 2019. Please visit the CALBO Education Week Registration page to register those last minute registrants. The CALBO Board has been busy planning for the 58th Annual Business Meeting that will be held in Indian Wells from Sunday, April 5 through Thursday, April 9, 2020. Registration is currently available. For more information regarding the Annual Business Meeting, please visit the Annual Business Meeting page on the CALBO website. 

As we approach the holiday season – from our CALBO family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones the very best.

Sincerely,

Sharon Goei, P.E., C.B.O
Director of Building and Housing
City of Milpitas

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CALBO & ICC Partner for Local Government Leadership

LONG BEACH – CALBO was proud to partner with the International Code Council (ICC) at the League of California Cities annual conference and expo, showcasing a theme of seismic resiliency and local government leadership. CALBO’s Executive Board and Staff joined ICC Government Relations team-members Susan Dowty and Chris Ochoa for the two-day conference held in Long Beach.  

League attendees stopped by our booth and had the opportunity to browse the new California codes, in addition to sending personal notes to their building departments and pinning their jurisdiction on a California map. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured) even visited for a bit discussing his involvement with a new regional transit project.

CALBO has been an exhibitor for nearly 20 years at the League of California Cities in an effort to build connectivity with senior city administration and municipal decision makers. Partnering with ICC bolstered our role and provided both organizations with an opportunity to talk about code development, public safety, innovation, technology and leadership in building departments. Additionally; both organizations were able to highlight our efforts to boost seismic resiliency efforts at local, state and international levels.

CALBO looks forward to partnering with ICC again for the 2020 League of California Cities annual conference and expo, to be held again in Long Beach October 7-8, 2020. 

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office

Article Will Crew, C.B.O., Interwest Consulting Group, Inc., CALBO Innovative Practices Committee MemberShane Diller, M.P.A., City of Elk Grove, CALBO First Vice President

Production Housing and the New Code: When to Require Plan Updates

Implementation of the 2019 edition of the California Building Codes (CBC) are upon us.  Building departments across California seem to have differing opinions of when production model plans need to be updated for the new code edition.  

It is important to begin with what the law says about the effective date of the new codes. The California Health and Safety Code Section 18938.5 states the following:

“18938.5. (a) Only those building standards approved by the commission, and that are effective at the local level at the time an application for a building permitis submitted, shall apply to the plans and specifications for, and to the construction performed under, that building permit.”

So, what constitutes an “application for a building permit”? Some building departments believe that an application for production home plans for plan review is an application for a building permit.  Therefore, the building code edition for all homes in the subdivision is locked in or vested at the time of this application. For example, if a production home plan was approved on 2018 or 2019, then all homes for this plan can be construction under the 2016 California Codes indefinitely until the subdivision is built out.  

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CALBO Education Week: Burlingame
Lunch and Learn with Energy Code Ace

FREE for ALL CALBO Education Week: Burlingame Attendees.
Limited seating – first-come, first served for this special opportunity!

You’re invited to attend “Lunch and Learn,” a special lunch presentation on “Q&Ace: How to Ace Energy Code Questions.” Join us to learn how-to quickly and effectively respond to your customers’ top six most commonly asked energy code questions using Energy Code Acetools and resources. Additionally, we’ll discuss how to best prioritize time based on the requests that may yield the most energy savings.

You’ve gained code knowledge in the classroom – now learn what freetools, training, and resources are available for you and your building department! All aimed to help decrease the amount of time currently spent explaining energy code requirements and forms to customers, reviewing plans and forms, and performing inspections.

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2019 CALBO Education Week: Ontario – Registration Deadline Today!

Are you registered for the 2019 CALBO Education Week in Ontario?

2019 CALBO Education Week: Ontario
Registration Closes Today - Tuesday, October 1

Monday, October 14 - Thursday, October 17
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport
222 North Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764

Can’t make 2019 CALBO Education Week: Ontario? Register for CALBO Education Week: Burlingame instead! 

2019 CALBO Education Week: Burlingame 

Monday, December 16 – Thursday, December 19, 2019
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Thank you Energy Code Ace for hosting the 2019 CALBO Education Weeks: Lunch and Learn Event in Newport Beach

A special thank you to Energy Code Ace for hosting the Lunch and Learn event at the 2019 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach!

As a new training opportunity, the Lunch and Learn event offers industry leaders the opportunity to spotlight their knowledge and expertise of an important building-and-safety topic. As this event is offered during CALBO Education Weeks, attendees have the opportunity to take a break from their classes to eat lunch and learn up-to-date information on a topic that affects the future of our industry.

This year, Lunch and Learn attendees learn about how to quickly and effectively respond to customers’ most commonly asked energy code questions using Energy Code Ace tools and resources. Additionally, attendees learn how to best prioritize time with customers to yield the most energy savings. 

Thank you to presenter Fiona Terreri with Energy Code Ace for her contributions and knowledge!

If you are attending the 2019 CALBO Education Week in Burlingame, don’t miss your opportunity to attend a Lunch and Learn event hosted by Energy Code Ace.