CALBO Member Highlights

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How is your department managing COVID-19?
City of Livermore shares lessons learned.

Building departments, their staff and leadership, are no strangers to emergency response; they are the silent heroes who ensure a safe built environment for communities year-round. The COVID-19 health pandemic is just one example where upholding building-safety is essential for the functioning of governments and economies across California.

To honor the work of the CALBO membership during this health pandemic, CALBO is highlighting building departments that go beyond the call of duty to ensure public safety and service.

This special series of articles is an effort to connect in the digital realm. We hope that membership will continue to learn from one another and move forward in unity as stay-at-home orders are modified or lifted. As always, thank you for all you do and stay strong!

City of Livermore, Building Division
Brent Smith, Chief Building Official

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How is your department managing COVID-19?
City of Montclair shares lessons learned.

Building departments, their staff and leadership, are no strangers to emergency response; they are the silent heroes who ensure a safe built environment for communities year-round. The COVID-19 health pandemic is just one example where upholding building-safety is essential for the functioning of governments and economies across California.

To honor the work of the CALBO membership during this health pandemic, CALBO is highlighting building departments that go beyond the call of duty to ensure public safety and service.

This special series of articles is an effort to connect in the digital realm. We hope that membership will continue to learn from one another and move forward in unity as stay-at-home orders are modified or lifted. As always, thank you for all you do and stay strong!

City of Montclair, Building & Safety Division
Merry Westerlin, Building Official

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How is your department managing COVID-19?
City of Irvine shares lessons learned.

Building departments, their staff and leadership, are no strangers to emergency response; they are the silent heroes who ensure a safe built environment for communities year-round. The COVID-19 health pandemic is just one example where upholding building-safety is essential for the functioning of governments and economies across California.

To honor the work of the CALBO membership during this health pandemic, CALBO is highlighting building departments that go beyond the call of duty to ensure public safety and service.

This special series of articles is an effort to connect in the digital realm. We hope that membership will continue to learn from one another and move forward in unity as stay-at-home orders are modified or lifted. As always, thank you for all you do and stay strong!

City of Irvine, Building & Safety Division
Kamlesh Chitalia, Chief Building Official

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How is your department managing COVID-19?
City of Santa Paula shares lessons learned.

Building departments, their staff and leadership, are no strangers to emergency response; they are the silent heroes who ensure a safe built environment for communities year-round. The COVID-19 health pandemic is just one example where upholding building-safety is essential for the functioning of governments and economies across California.

To honor the work of the CALBO membership during this health pandemic, CALBO is highlighting building departments that go beyond the call of duty to ensure public safety and service.

This special series of articles is an effort to connect in the digital realm. We hope that membership will continue to learn from one another and move forward in unity as stay-at-home orders are modified or lifted. As always, thank you for all you do and stay strong!

City of Santa Paula, Building & Safety
Michael Leach, Chief Building Official

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CALBO Member Highlight
Central Valley Adopts Electronic Platforms

We cannot deny that COVID-19 has changed the way we conduct everyday tasks in both our personal and professional lives. Building Departments are not immune to this ever-changing landscape, and many jurisdictions are developing new processes in order to accommodate their communities. In addition to keeping our members updated on current events, CALBO wants to bring positive stories of local accomplishments and news of members working together to overcome some of these new challenges.

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State Statutes and the Funding of Essential Services of Local Building Departments

Author: Andrew Stuffler, Chief Building Official, City of Santa Barbara

These are strenuous times for local government. Unprecedented. As the Building Official of a community of 100,000 people, the challenges and competing priorities that are coming across my desk may be similar to yours. Like many cities and counties, our Building & Safety program is a General Fund program. After the Great Recession, our City worked hard and made difficult decisions each year to be good stewards and restore our General Fund reserve account. None of us imagined that a pandemic would create the current and forecasted shortfalls in sales tax and transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) revenues that could potentially consume our entire reserve account before the end of 2020. This may sound all too familiar to you and your community.