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CALBO 2019 Education Weeks: Exhibitor and Sponsor Program
Registration Opens Tuesday, May 21

As summer quickly approaches, CALBO is preparing for all of this year’s upcoming Education Weeks! This year, CALBO is proud to offer Education Weeks in four separate locations including: Newport Beach, San Ramon, Ontario, and Burlingame. Along with providing our members with the latest courses, Education Weeks offer an exclusive opportunity for our industry partners to exhibit and sponsor activities for attendees during the week. If you are interested in participating, Exhibitor and Sponsor Program Registration will open on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Please note that each booth comes on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Click here to get more information regarding each of the four Education Weeks. The Exhibitor Registration Form is available on page 17, and preceded by location and dates, expo layouts for each venue, and each registration deadline listed next to the venue on page 13. CALBO looks forward to see you all this upcoming Fall! 

For any questions regarding the Exhibitor and Sponsor Program,
please contact Katie Almand


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting: Another Successful Annual Gathering

2019-20 CALBO Board of DirectorsAt CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting, members gathered for a week of networking, education, and professional development opportunities. Numerous workshops and seminars were held throughout the program’s four days. The 2019-20 CALBO Board of Directors were elected and confirmed for the new membership year, and fellow members were honored for their contributions to our organization and industry. 

CALBO Board of Directors received great feedback throughout the week from ABM Attendees regarding the ABM schedule, the array of programs, events and training opportunities. The highlight of ABM was the President’s Reception and Dinner at Sea World! Attendees were treated to an informative orca show and a dinner filled with great food and dancing. A special thank you to our President Dinner Sponsor’s Optimum Seismic and Oracle for providing a wonderful experience for our attendees. Thank you to SAFEbuilt, Inc. for sponsoring the President’s Dinner beverages and Oracle for sponsoring the President’s Dinner Transportation. 

We hope to see you next year in Indian Wells for the 58th Annual Business Meeting from Sunday, April 5 – Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa. Registration will be available Winter 2019. 

For any questions or concerns regarding the 57th Annual Business Meeting,
please contact the CALBO Office. 


A Special Message from Your 2019-20 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

It was a pleasure to see many of you and have great conversations with you in San Diego at another successful CALBO Annual Business Meeting in March. I would like to thank our program developers, speakers, Past Presidents, sponsors, and everyone who contributed to hosting this educational and informative event. CALBO is moving forward to its 58th year and I am honored to serve as your 2019-2020 President.

Over the years, CALBO has grown and become a strong voice representing California building officials, building departments, and building safety professionals at many levels. Membership has increased to over 500 members representing 95% of the local jurisdictions statewide. The CALBO Board has also focused on ensuring that CALBO is fiscally sound and has reserve funds in place. Each year, we build upon prior accomplishments to advance our profession, and we will continue that effort this year. Based on member feedback at the ABM and throughout the year, the CALBO Board has established a set of goals and vision this year in the areas of legislative advocacy, developing the next generation, education and training, code development, and the advancement of our profession. The Board is also continuing to work with the Past Presidents to record CALBO history to recognize past members and their contributions to CALBO and our industry.

As a new CALBO year gets underway, many of CALBO’s policy committees will be engaged in working toward these goals. We are pleased to see new applicants this year and have placed many on committees to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to CALBO. To all new and continuing committee members – thank you in advance for your participation and contribution to CALBO and our industry.

Besides serving on policy committees, CALBO offers many opportunities to get involved.  The most recent opportunity was the annual Leadership and Advocacy Day (Legislative Day) in Sacramento.  On April 17, we had the largest attendance since the inception of the event in 2005 with 45 CALBO members meeting with state legislators’ offices to discuss proposed bills impacting our industry and offering our profession as a resource.  Increasing legislative advocacy and strengthening CALBO’s voice in Sacramento, especially with a new Governor in office, is an important goal for CALBO this year. Your participation elevated our profession and our organization.

Developing the next generation of code officials is another important goal of the Board by developing toolkits and a model program for CALBO members to explore. Education and training is also crucial, not just for developing the next generation, but for code veterans as well since this is a code change year. CALBO Training Institute has developed new courses and brought back some attendee favorites from years past for the four Education Weeks that CALBO has organized in response to membership needs.


2020-21 CALBO Media Packet
Coming Soon!

The New 2020-2021CALBO Media Packet will soon be available to plan for the new CALBO membership year starting on April 1, 2020. Take advantage of this one resource for all your CALBO marketing needs to reach CALBO membership throughout the year. 

The New Packet will include:
 - Annual CALBO Partner Program Registration – Gold, 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


CALBO’s Role in the ICC Board of Directors Elections

As the largest chapter of the International Code Council (ICC), CALBO pays close attention to the ICC Officer and Board of Directors elections. Of special note for 2019, the ICC Annual Conference will be held in the west.  Traditionally, this means a greater number of CALBO members will be in attendance at the conference and the attention of Board candidates will be focused upon our endorsements and member’s votes.

CALBO makes its endorsements for the ICC Board in coordination with the Western Pacific League of Building Officials (WPLBO) and has done so for over a decade. WPLBO is the loosely formed coalition between the state associations of California, Nevada and Washington, in addition of Region 1 and Region 2.  

Each Fall, WPLBO holds a Candidates Forum, where all contenders for the ICC Board are invited to interview with WPLBO member representatives. WPLBO does not necessarily vote in blocks, nor does it prohibit the endorsements of any of its individual members. What the WPLBO Candidates Forum does is offer an opportunity for ICC Board Candidates to meet face-to-face with the primary leadership on the west coast. This year, the WPLBO Candidates Forum will be held August 22-23 in Seattle, Washington.

CALBO wants to assist our members and chapters in your efforts to make informed endorsements. CALBO will again participate in the WPLBO Candidates Forum, where our leadership will have the opportunity to holistically vet all ICC Board Candidates. Following the forum and by the end of August, CALBO will make our endorsements for the ICC Board of Directors. Given that the ICC Annual Conference will be held October 19-23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, there will be plenty of time for endorsed candidates to gain political traction and momentum prior to the election.

CALBO looks forward to welcoming ICC back to the western states for its 2019 Annual Conference and playing an active role in the election and governance of the code council. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information
provided above, please contact the CALBO Office. 


2019 CALBO Education Weeks
Register Now!

Click Here to Register and Download Training Catalog!

The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) strives to be your primary source of training by offering topical, current, and relevant educational opportunities throughout the Golden State. 

CTI offers courses that focus on current and topics and initiates new and fresh approaches to course development. This year, the CTI curriculum is preparing new and updated courses that will have practical application for the California building-safety community. 

2019 CALBO Education Weeks: Newport Beach

August 26-29, 2019
Newport Beach Marriott
900 Newport Center Drive 
Newport Beach, CA 92660

- Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2019 CALBO Education Weeks: San Ramon

September 9-12, 2019
San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583

- Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2019 CALBO Education Weeks: Ontario

October 14-17, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport
222 North Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764

- Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

2019 CALBO Education Weeks: Burlingame 

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

- Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

If you have any questions about the upcoming Education Weeks, please contact the CALBO Office


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting – Thank You Sponsors for Your Participation!

4LEAF, Inc.
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
CCIDC, Inc. 
CSG Consultants, Inc.
Degenkolb Engineers
Energy Code Ace
HR Green, Inc.
International Code Council
International Code Council – Evaluation Service
Interwest Consulting Group, Inc.
Optimum Seismic
SAFEbuilt, LLC.
Scott Fazekus & Associates
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
Transtech Engineers, Inc.
VCA Code


Announcing New CALBO Committee Appointments
Thank you for your dedication!

Last month, notifications were emailed to new appointees of CALBO’s eleven policy committees. Thank you to all new and returning committee members for your contributions!

The work of the CALBO policy committees is the lifeblood of our organization allowing members to engage with one another and other stakeholders to strengthen our associations’s work. All CALBO policy committee appointments are a two-year term. Click the links below for full list of CALBO policy committee members. 

Access Committee
Building & Fire Advisory Committee
CALBO Training Institute
Emergency Preparedness Committee
Energy Commission Advisory Committee
Innovative Practices Committee
Legislative Committee
Outreach & Communications Committee
State Code Committee
State Licensing Boards Committee
Structural Safety Committee

If you have any questions regarding
CALBO Policy Committees, please contact the CALBO Office


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting Sessions

Did you miss the 57th Annual Business Meeting or attend an Annual Business Meeting session that you want to share with your colleagues? View or download the topical presentations about trending subject matter in building-safety. For a complete list of all ABM presentations, please visit the Annual Business Meeting Presentations Page located on the CALBO website. 

If you have questions regarding the information above, please contact the CALBO Office. 


Congratulations BOLA Graduates!

Congratulations to the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) Class of 2018-19 who graduated at CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2019. The BOLA Graduation Ceremony and Luncheon was a great event that added twenty future leaders to the BOLA alumni network. Since the start of the BOLA program, there have been over four dozen graduates who have become building officials or directors for their jurisdiction. We can’t wait to see what these graduates accomplish next! 


CALBO Publication: Selected State Laws Enforced by Building Departments
Available to Purchase Today!

Considering purchasing CALBO’s publication, Selected State Laws Enforced by Building Departments, for your department. This handy guide to California State Laws is divided into 23 sections to help building department staff gain a better understanding of current and new laws that building departments enforce. The focus remains on the Health and Safety Code, Government Code, Business and Professions Code, and six other codes. This book is an excellent resource for your building department. Don’t miss out! 

A special thank you to Brad Wungluck, City of Manteca Chief Building Official and CALBO Board Director, for his efforts and expertise in making this publication available for our membership!

Order your copy today! 

If you have any questions about this publication, please contact the CALBO Office. 


Congratulations Building Officials Leadership Academy Class of 2019-20 for Completing their Core Curriculum Courses!

The Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) Class of 2019-20 completed their five core curriculum courses from Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19 at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento. BOLA is designed to maximize the leadership capabilities of seasoned public safety professionals, in addition to those who seek a future within California’s building departments. After each student completes their BOLA electives at the Education Weeks, they are eligible to graduate at the CALBO Annual Business Meeting.


Employment and Internship Opportunities

The CALBO Online Job Board offers the public and private sector the opportunity to advertise building industry employment and internship opportunities. It’s the perfect resource for reaching CALBO members with employment information from your jurisdiction, organization, or company.

To submit a job posting, please click here. Don’t forget that current CALBO members receive a discount for every job advertisement submitted to the Online Job Board.

Click the link below for the most recent submissions to the CALBO Online Job Board.

CALBO Online Job Board

If you have any questions or concerns about the Online Job Board, please contact the CALBO Office


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting – Program Information
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

CALBO is excited to host its 57th Annual Business Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina. An array of programs, events and trainings will be offered for the professional development of its members. We hope to see you there.


Sunday, March 17 – Thursday, March 21, 2019


Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109

Program Information

2019 CALBO ABM Conference Overview
2019 CALBO ABM Monday Highlights
2019 CALBO ABM Tuesday Highlights
2019 CALBO ABM Wednesday Highlights
2019 CALBO ABM Thursday Highlights

Registration Information

Register Online by logging into the CALBO Membership Portal. If you have any questions about your member log-in, please contact the CALBO Office at 916-457-1103 or

2019 CALBO ABM Program Packet - Click to Download
CALBO Registration Form - Fillable PDF
2019 CALBO ABM Companion's Guest Pass Form - Fillable PDF
2019 CALBO ABM Golf Registration Form - Fillable PDF


Special Message from Your 2018-19 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Colleagues,

As we wrap up another year, I want to thank each of you for making CALBO our dynamic membership driven organization. With that, I would like to encourage each of you to celebrate what we’ve achieved as a profession by attending CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting in San Diego next month. This event marks an annual tradition that brings together membership from across the state for the best up-to-date building-safety training and programs. The CALBO Board, alongside hard-working members and staff, have been working diligently to bring to you this exceptional event. We have no doubt that this year’s ABM will be no different.

In this special ABM newsletter edition, read about the following event highlights:

-Program Schedule outlining daily trainings, sessions, panels and events
-Attendee Registration
-ABM Hotel Room Block
-Annual Golf Classic Tournament
-Companion’s Guest Pass
-President’s Reception and Dinner
-CALBO Job Fair and Career Development Day

The ABM program is built around four unique days of topical sessions meant to provide all ABM attendees with choices. From general session programs for all building department professionals, to unique workshops and interactive sessions, we are proud of the skills and topics that will be showcased this week. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities.


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting – Thank You Exhibitors for Your Upcoming Participation!

4LEAF, Inc.
Avolve Software
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
California Architects Board
California Department of Housing and
Community Development
California Energy Commission
California Solar and Storage Association
CentralSquare Technologies
CityView, a div of Harris Computer Systems
Civos, Inc.
Coastland Civil Engineering
CSG Consultants, Inc.
Energy Code Ace
EsGil – A SAFEbuilt Company
Fire Rated Product Specialties Corp
Hoover Treated Wood Product
HR Green, Inc.
Independent Code Consultants, Inc.
Infovision Software
International Code Council
Interwest Consulting Group
Intuitive Municipal Solutions
JAS Pacific
Optimum Seismic
SAFEbuilt, LLC
Selectron Technologies
Shums Coda Associates
Simpson Strong-Tie
Smoke Guard California
TRB + Associates, Inc.
Tyler Technologies
VCA Code
ViewPoint Government Solutions, Inc.
West Coast Code Consultants, Inc.


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting – Sponsorship Program

CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting Exhibitor Program is sold out, but there is still time to register as a sponsor! Over 300 building department personnel and industry representatives statewide are expected to attend providing an unparalleled opportunity to showcase support for CALBO with the leaders of California building departments. Opportunities are first-come, first-served, so don’t wait!

You won’t go unnoticed as a Sponsor!

- Attendee Bag Insert Sponsorship – Provide souvenirs for ABM attendees, including resourceful tools and other giveaways!
- Attendee Morning Refreshment Sponsorship - Help start ABM attendees on the right foot with a full stomach with morning refreshments and coffee! 
- Attendee Afternoon Refreshment Sponsorship - Provide ABM attendees with delicious afternoon refreshments and beverages! 
- Many More Opportunities Available!

For any questions about the ABM Sponsorship Program, contact the CALBO Office. 


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting – Companion’s Guest Pass

Companions, guests and visitors are always welcome at the CALBO Annual Business Meeting. While members are participating in official conference events, join other companions in “off-campus” activities. This year, CALBO is enhancing the companion experience by providing unstructured visits to some of San Diego’s most sought after locations. Companions can now enjoy the freedom of planning their days specific to their interests, as the Companion’s Guest Pass provides an opportunity to see much of America’s Finest City with three-days of offsite transportation. Each day, Monday through Wednesday, participating guests may choose to take CALBO provided transportation from the Hyatt to the main attractions of San Diego. The bus will leave the hotel at 9:30am each day and pick-up at the location at 3:00pm.  

Monday, March 18 – Coronado Island Hotel del Coronado Tuesday, March 19 – Seaport Village Downtown Wednesday, March 20 – Balboa Park San Diego Zoo

Interested guests are asked to pay a Guest Pass fee of $125.00, which will entitle the holder to board the bus each day and attend the President’s Dinner at SeaWorld Adventure Park on Wednesday evening. Tickets to the President’s Dinner may be purchased separately for $85.00. Please note, companions who have not paid the Guest Pass fee will not be allowed to board the bus and use CALBO provided transportation.  

A no-host lounge will also be open each day from 9:00am – 5:00pm in the Palm I room as a meeting location for our companions. Guests are welcome to meet-up in this room each day for camaraderie. There is no fee or participation in the Guest Pass program required to access the lounge.   

Download the 2019 CALBO ABM Companions Guest Pass Registration Form here!