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CALBO COVID-19 Online Resource Page
Vital Resources and Information

Throughout California, we are witnessing a new chapter during COVID-19 - a time of transition out of stay-at-home orders. As building departments plan and prepare to open to the public, we urge that you utilize the CALBO COVID-19 Response webpage that hosts vital resources to assist building departments continue to operate and overcome new challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

  • CALBO Member Highlights: Building Officials across the state have shared how their departments are developing new localized policies and procedures to serve their communities and what has served them well.
  • Online Resources: The State of California, State Agencies and industry partners have created COVID-19 resource pages to provide vital up-to-date information. Don’t forget to use the Building Department Listserve to pose questions to and share with your colleagues.
  • Events and Webinars: CALBO and industry partners are offering online events, webinars and panels to keep you connected virtually.

As always, CALBO recommends that jurisdictions follow guidance issued by local government and health authorities in their communities, but also urges members to utilize one another as a vital resource.

We are committed to keeping Building Officials across California well informed and connected to each other. As always, thank you for all you do and stay strong!

If you have questions or have a resource suggestion for the COVID-19 webpage, please contact the CALBO Office.

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CALBO News: Spring 2020

Welcome Friend of CALBO,

At CALBO, our goal is to be the premier resource for all California code officials and industry colleagues. We hope you will find this newsletter to be of value as you protect the built environment in the Golden State.
 
A Publication of California Building Officials
    1022 G Street | Sacramento, CA | 95814
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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.

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2020 CALBO Annual Conference
Join us for our annual gathering!

CALBO is excited to host its 2020 CALBO Annual Conference from Sunday, July 12 - Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. An array of programs, events and trainings will be offered for the professional development of our members. Click here to download the new conference schedule. Looking forward to meeting this summer while gathering together for the strength and development of our association. We hope to see you there!

Date
Sunday, July 12 - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Where
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
760-448-1234

Registration Information
To register, please visit the Online Registration Form. There you can register for full program, day pass(es), purchase Tuesday President’s Dinner Tickets or additional lunch tickets, register for the golf tournament or purchase a CALBO Legislative Booklet.

Online Annual Conference Registration Form - NEW Registrations Only*

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

*IMPORTANT: If you registered for the ABM in Indian Wells, there is no need to take action. CALBO has transferred your registration to the conference in Carlsbad and emailed a new confirmation to you. If you have any questions or need a copy of your new confirmation email, please contact CALBO, and we will assist with your request.

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CALBO Listserve: Share What’s (Not) Working for Your Agency
We must learn from and lean on one another during this time.

Dear CALBO Colleague,

As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 health emergency, California building departments will continue to be of vital importance to local economies and overall public safety. Governor Newsom has declared housing construction as an essential service that will continue during the Shelter in Place Order. We must remember to do all we can for our industry colleagues as we develop and operate with new, localized policies to continue to work with the public.

California Building Officials (CALBO) encourages you to share stories on the Building Department listserve (click here for directions and guidance) on how your agency is responding to this crisis, along with tips or strategies that you are finding that work (or don’t) for telecommuting, electronic processing and remote inspections.

Below are examples of what building departments are sharing with their peers. CALBO thanks all jurisdictions for their efforts on all fronts.

City of Stockton

City of Turlock

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

We look forward to connecting with you in the digital realm as we face many new and upcoming challenges over the next months. We must learn from and lean on one another during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact the CALBO Office at 916-457-1103 or info@calbo.org. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm.

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CALBO Listserve: An Online Communication Platform for Our Community
A Vital Resource During this Health Emergency

Dear CALBO Colleague,

Over the weekend, Californians received new guidance from Governor Newsom regarding the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19). California Building Officials (CALBO) will continue to monitor this health emergency and take action as needed. To protect the health and safety of all, the CALBO Board of Directors has taken action by rescheduling in person CALBO sponsored events over the next six weeks and urges members to stay up-to-date on health recommendations.

As municipalities create localized policies to combat the virus, CALBO recommends that jurisdictions follow guidance issued by local government and health authorities in their communities, but also urges members to utilize one with one another as a vital resource during this transition.

CALBO strives to ensure an open line of communication between its members at all times, year-round, through the Building Department Listserve (click here for directions and guidance), a collaborative effort between CALBO and the League of California Cities. Please utilize this online platform to reach out to your Building-Safety peers with questions and for advice. Through information sharing and open communication, we will tackle this health emergency together.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact the CALBO Office at 916-457-1103 or info@calbo.org. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm.

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Building Officials Leadership Academy – Accepting Applications Now!

California Building Officials launches its eighth year of the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) taking place at the International’s Code Council (ICC) Western Regional Office in Brea, California from Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21, 2020.

Seeking to maximize the leadership capabilities of seasoned public safety professionals, in addition to those who seek a future within California’s building departments, BOLA provides executive level coursework along with networking opportunities among program peers and mentors to allow each participant the opportunity to utilize the program to its full potential.

The BOLA core curriculum consists of five consistent days of training. In addition, all BOLA participants are required to complete three elective courses offered at the CALBO Education Weeks each year. After a participant successfully completes all BOLA requirements, he or she will be recognized and honored at the CALBO Annual Business Meeting.

Academy Core Courses Include:

- Creating an Administrative Foundation for a Successful Building Department 
- Budgeting and Finance for Building Officials 
- Constituent Advocacy: Be an Effective Advocate for Your Jurisdiction
- Persuasive Communication 
- Critical Thinking for Today and Tomorrow

Academy Elective Courses Include:

- 2019 California Building Code: Significant Changes
- 2019 California Residential Code: Significant Changes
- State Laws Enforced by Building Departments
- Safety Assessment Program: Coordinator Training
- More courses to come!

BOLA 2020-21 Registration Packet - Click Here to Download

Questions about the Building Officials Leadership Academy?  Please contact the CALBO Office at 916-457-1103 or info@calbo.org.