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    BILD wins lawsuit to stop an illegal development fee & save thousands of dollars for development. see more

    Riverside, CA (September 7, 2017)—A Riverside County judge has handed a victory to those who work to protect housing and other development  from regulatory cost increases.  The Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation (BILD) and Building Industry Association of Southern California, Riverside County Chapter (BIASC-RC) won their lawsuit to stop an illegal development fee from being imposed by the San Gorgonio Memorial Health Care District. 

     

    The fee would have tacked on thousands of dollars to all new development in the area including residential, commercial, and institutional projects, like churches and schools.  Sample fees would have been $228,400 for a 100-unit subdivision, $92,050 for a small, 50-unit apartment complex, and $114,100 for a small, neighborhood strip center. 

     

    BILD and BIASC-RC sued in May of 2015 to stop the fee claiming the Healthcare District had no legal authority to adopt development fees of any kind in any amount.  In addition, the lawsuit claimed that the fee failed to meet state law requirements, that the District was infringing on local municipalities’ police powers, and that the building plans the District was basing the fee on failed to undergo review under the California Environmental Quality Act. 

     

    BIASC-RC and BILD were concerned not only for the damaging effect that the fee would have had on local development, but also for the potential effect that letting the District adopt the fee might have on other agencies.  “Special districts only have the powers the legislature gives them,” said BILD General Counsel, Shanda Beltran, “if you let one district ignore those limits and do whatever they want, soon you’ll have districts all over California adopting fees without any real power to do so.” 

     

    After more than a year in court, Riverside County Judge Sharon Waters ruled that the Healthcare District acted unlawfully in adopting the fee and directed the District to cancel the fee.  BIASC and BILD’s outside lawyer, David Lanferman with Rutan & Tucker was pleased with the judgement and stated: “The Court’s decision in this case provides significant relief to the housing industry in Riverside County, and an important reminder that State law limits the power of agencies to create burdensome fees on new construction activity without clear constitutional and legislative authorization.” 

     

    The building industry sued the Healthcare District only after more than a year of protracted discussions regarding the fee.  Said Bill Blankenship, Executive Officer of BIASC-RC about the results of the case and the lead up to it: “We are pleased with the eventual outcome; however, we are saddened that the local residents will shoulder the burden of a bad decision by the District’s Elected Board Members for a funding strategy for expanding the hospital that was outside their legal authority.  Even after it was made clear to them that the District had alternate options within their state-mandated powers, they still decided to pursue a funding option for that was clearly illegal and not within their authority.”

     

    The case of Building Industry Association of Southern California and Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation v. San Gorgonio Memorial Healthcare District was filed in Riverside County Superior Court and the Court’s judgement can be found below. 

     

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    The BILD Foundation is a non-profit legal advocacy group for the building industry that involves itself in matters in Southern California as well as statewide and nationally.  BIASC is a non-profit trade association with more than 1,100 member companies throughout Southern California that seeks to improve the business climate for all types of land development and construction of all types of products, including housing. 

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    Cogdill Family Issues Statement Regarding the Passing of Former Senator Dave Cogdill see more

    The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. is sad to hear about the passing of President and chief executive officer of the California Building Industry Association, Dave Cogdill.

     

    The Cogdill family issued the following statement after their father, former California State Senator Dave Cogdill, passed away from pancreatic cancer today at the age of 66.


    “My dad was my hero and I strive to be half as good a man, father, and servant as he was. Stoic and reserved, he selflessly dedicated his life to his family and community. Throughout his life, he made such a difference in the lives of so many people. His legacy as a community leader, state lawmaker, and business executive will long be remembered by those who were privileged to know and work with him. While we mourn our beloved father, a man of faith who epitomized integrity, we take some comfort in the knowing that he is finally free from pain and suffering,” said David Cogdill, Jr.


    Former Senator Dave Cogdill most recently served as the president and chief executive officer of the California Building Industry Association, a role he assumed in October 2013. Prior to this, Cogdill served as Stanislaus County Assessor from 2011 to 2013. After leaving the legislature, Cogdill also served as a Commissioner on the California Water Commission and as the Chairman of the Maddy Institute at Fresno State University.


    Cogdill served as the California State Senate Republican Leader from 2008 - 2009. He was elected to represent the 14th District in 2006. Cogdill served as vice chair of the Public Safety, the Revenue and Taxation, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committees. He previously represented the 25th Assembly District for six years in the California State Assembly, where he was vice chair of the Committee on Rules and minority floor leader. As the former chair of the California State Legislature Rural Caucus, Cogdill collaborated with local leaders on many issues concerning rural residents, such as access to water, health care and quality education. He received numerous awards for his public service; in 2007 he was named Senate Small Business Legislator of the Year by the California Small Business Association.


    For his exemplary service to the community and state during the California budget crisis in 2009, Dave Cogdill was awarded the prestigious Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in 2010.


    In 2010, the California National Guard gave him its second highest meritorious award, the California Medal of Merit.


    Cogdill built a real estate appraisal business in Modesto, where he once served two terms on the Modesto City Council.

     

    He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his children, David Jr. and Meghan Merrell; and his grandchildren, Connor, Katie and Cooper.

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    BIASC Members Win Big at The 54th Annual Gold Nugget Awards see more

     

     

    The 54th Annual Gold Nugget Awards, presented by PCBC, is the oldest and most prestigious design awards in the Nation. The awards recognize those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development. PCBC Closing Ceremonies & Gold Nugget Awards Gala took place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm: Awards Ceremony at the San Diego Convention Center.

     

     

    View the 2017 Gold Nugget Winner's Book by clicking on the booklet below. 

     

    View the full list of Gold Nugget Awards on PCBC’s website.

    2017 Award of Merit Honorees: Categories 1-15

    2017 Award of Merit Honorees: Categories 16-30

    2017 Award of Merit Honorees: Categories 31-49

     

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    BIASC’s GSM Council Tours Model Homes During Lunch and Learn Series see more

    The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC) Greater Sales and Marketing Council (GSMC) has completed a series of insightful Lunch and Learns this month at Playa Vista in Los Angeles, Westridge at Canyon Hills in Lake Elsinore, and Parasol Park at Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine.

     

    On April 12th, GSMC had their first of three Lunch and Learns at Playa Vista. The BIASC council toured the Brookfield Residential populated neighborhood after learning about the forward-thinking, game changing-changing community concept back in the 90’s that is thriving today as it nears completion.

     

    The group learned about how it all began, where it is today, and why Bloomberg News, The Hollywood Reporter, and the LA Times are talking about Playa Vista. They also learned more about density, community connection, walkability, and the amenities that are associated with the neighborhood. BIA members were able to view the innovative home designs that are attracting tech and creative workers at the “Jewel,” “Cleo,” and “Mason” model homes.

     

    GSMC’s second Lunch and Learn on April 19th was at Westridge at Canyon Hills in Lake Elsinore. The council toured the miles of rolling hills of the next great village of Canyon Hills, one of the preeminent master planned communities in the inland Empire, to view the “Overlook,” “Vantage,” “Aura,” “Starling,” and “Viewpoint” model homes.

     

    The Lunch and Learn covered the Pardee Homes’ beginning stages and the growth of the community, how they overcame challenges and obstacles, the creative process and finding inspirations, and why Canyon Hills is the ideal living destination.

     

    The final lunch and Learn took place on April 26th at Parasol Park at Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine by FivePoint. GSMC members toured the scenic low maintenance neighborhood of high-style homes that connects neighbors through parks, pools, trails, and friendly atmosphere.

    Event attendees were able to view “Amethyst” from The New Home Company, “Carlisle” and “Sterling” from TRI Pointe Homes, “Celadon” from William Lyon Homes, “Jade” from Pulte Homes, “Julep” from Shea Homes, and “Lanterns,” “Obsidian,” “Sommerset,” and “Windchime” from Lennar.

     

    They learned about the overall vision of Parasol Park with Tom Martin from FivePoint, the inspiration behind the architectural style and design from David Ko with Angeleno Architects, and how installing green houses brings the community together with Meg Hiesinger, Ph.D. from The Ecology Center.

     

    GSMC would like to thank Florentine Creative, Wolff Horticulture, and Chameleon Design for sponsoring the event series.

     

    About Greater Sales & Marketing Council (GSMC):

     

    The Greater Sales & Marketing Council’s mission is to deliver greater reward, greater benefits and greater return to our members throughout Southern California by providing a forum for Membership, Education, Networking, Recognition, Sponsorship and Mentoring. For more information about GSMC including upcoming events and how to join, please email Councils Manager, Amy Cisneros at acisneros@biasc.org or call her office at 949-777-3855. GreaterSMC.com

     

    About the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC):

     

    BIASC is a full-service organization providing legislative advocacy, educational programming, labor relations, networking, and community relations. The association objective is to promote a positive business environment for the building industry. BIASC.org

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    Building Competition Tests Students Construction Skills see more

    HBC Design/Build Competition from Orange County Dept. of Education on Vimeo.

     

    More than 150 high school students from across the region spent two days combing through blue prints, hammering together wood frames and running plumbing through scale-sized model homes as part of the HBC Home/Design Competition organized by the North Orange County ROP.

     

    Eleven teams of students competed in the event held last week at Reliable Lumber in Huntington Beach. The competition was part of Building Industry Technology Academy, or BITA, a career pathway program in high schools that trains students for jobs in the construction industry.

     

    Certified building inspectors served as judges, measuring teams’ projects by safety, cleanliness of worksites, durability of the model homes, and other factors.

     

    Read the rest of the article on Orange County Dept. of Education's website here.

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    BIASC CEO To Join Taller San Jose Hope Builders' Investor’s Breakfast Panel see more

    Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC) Chief Executive Officer, Mike Balsamo, will be on a panel April 26th at the Investor’s Breakfast, which will be hosted by Taller San Jose Hope Builders in Anaheim. Balsamo will be accompanied by fellow panelists Najla DeBow System Manager of Talent Acquisition, St. Joseph Health and Dr. Linda Rose President, Santa Ana College to discuss Hope Builders’ ambitious plan to address Orange County’s workforce needs.

     

    Opening and closing remarks by Shawna Smith, the Executive Director of Hope Builders, will be made during the discussion.

     

    Within ten years Hope Builders will serve more than 4,700 youth—equipping them with marketable skills and helping them secure employment. Furthermore, Hope Builders will ensure that at least 2,600 of these youth advance into quality jobs—the kind that offer them a firm foundation on which to build their families.

     

    The breakfast serves as another opportunity for experts in the building industry, education, and the hiring process to come together to tackle the lack of skilled labor that is needed to supplement needs in the workforce.

     

    About the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.:

    BIASC is a full-service organization providing legislative advocacy, educational programming, labor relations, networking, and community relations. The association objective is to promote a positive business environment for the building industry. http://www.biasc.org/

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    Building Industry Association Hires Three New Government Affairs Professionals see more

    April 20, 2017--PR Newswire--Irvine, CA--The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC) has recently hired three new individuals to join their Government Affairs team. Clint Lorimore, Director of Government Affairs, and David Dazlich, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, will join the BIA Riverside Chapter staff and Adam Wood, Director of Government Affairs, will join BIA Orange County staff.

     

    Clint Lorimore comes to BIASC with a strong track record of public service and dedication to the Southern California region. His service includes serving as the Deputy District Director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, covering the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, and as a Senior Field Representative to Assemblyman Russ Bogh.  He has worked on several political campaigns including Congressional, City Council, and Water Board races. He sits on several regional boards and volunteers with various local organizations including serving on the Regional Council for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) as the District 4 representative.

     

    David Dazlich comes to BIA from Denver, CO, bringing with him seven years of experience in public policy, industry advocacy and political campaigns. Dazlich has spent the past year working in government affairs and advocacy on behalf of the oil and gas industry. Dazlich has served as a Senior Legislative Aide in the offices of the Minority Leader, the Whip, and the Caucus Chair of the Colorado State House of Representatives. In this capacity, David worked on policy issues including construction defects, regulation of the oil and gas industry and rules on industrial hemp. He has also worked campaigns for candidates and initiatives at the local, state and federal levels in Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Louisiana, and California.

     

    Adam Wood has joined the BIA Orange County staff with a legal background. Wood graduated from Southwestern Law School in 2011 with a Juris Doctorate degree. Wood was a Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellow in 2004/2005 and was a Legislative Director for the 72nd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. His past experience also includes an Account Management position at Curt Pringle and Associates, and a Permit Management position for Mobilitie LLC.

     

    “BIA Southern California is very fortunate to have these new staff members join our government affairs team,” said Mike Balsamo, BIASC CEO. “Working within the framework of our organization, we are confident these professionals will build positive relationships with our members, elected officials in the Region, and the general public.”

     

    About the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.:

     

    BIASC is a full-service organization providing legislative advocacy, educational programming, labor relations, networking, and community relations. The association objective is to promote a positive business environment for the building industry. http://www.biasc.org/

     

    Read the full release on PR Newswire.

  • BIASC - Staff posted an article
    Local Students Participate in HBC’s 28th Annual Design/Build Competition see more

    Twelve student teams from Southern California Youth Build divisions and North Orange Country ROP Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) programs competed for the coveted Design/Build Competition champion title this past weekend in Huntington Beach. The event, now in its 28th year, was held at Reliable Wholesale Lumber in Huntington Beach on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th.

     

    The competition, coordinated by Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.’s (BIASC) Home Builders Committee (HBC), awarded first place to the team from La Habra High School and second place to the team from Anaheim High School. 

     

    The competition’s mission is to bring tomorrow’s builders and today’s professionals together in a fast-paced, two-day build project that mimics the “real-world” pressures of inspections and deadlines while enforcing the values of safety, teamwork, and craftsmanship. The competition further facilitates opportunities to help high school students in the BITA program develop their career portfolio, participate in field trips at industry sites and network with local businesses. The four-year program, with the help and support of the building industry, is a service provided by the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF).



    The competition involves teams from local high schools and community colleges all competing to build their own structure. Recent years have brought a focus to Green designs, framing and construction techniques. Each school can sell their final product and retain the revenue to support their school’s program.

     

    BIASC, HBC, and CHF would like to thank the following sponsors: ARC; Allura Fiber Cement Siding; Brookfield So Cal; City of Downey, California; The City of Newport Beach, California; Dahlin Group Architecture Planning; DePinho Roofing; First American Natural Hazard Disclosures; Hunsaker & Associates Irvine, Inc.; Kana Engineering Group; LGC Geo-Environmental, Inc.; Michael Baker International; Milgard Windows & Doors; Milwaukee Tools; Morey Remodeling Group; NAHB Professional Women in Building; Rancho Mission Viejo; Reliable Wholesale Lumber; SG Wholesale Roofing Supplies, Inc.; Simpson Strong-Tie; So Cal Industries; Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas); SunPower; Vital Link; and Walker Windows.

     

    We would also like to thank Lennar Homes, Boudreau Pipeline, Shea Homes, CalAtlantic Homes, International Code Council, First American Natural Hazard Disclosure, Dahlin Group and Brookfield Homes for coming out to the event to see the students in action and encouraging their hard work.

     

    Click here to view all of the photos from the competition!

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    Meritage Homes Names Bodem, Ryan Division Presidents see more

    Meritage Homes Corporation, Scottsdale (NYSE:MTH) on Thursday announced the appointment of Phil Bodem to Southern California Division President and Christopher Ryan to Florida Division President.

     

    Both appointments signal a growth strategy. Meritage said it was "deepening its commitment" to the Southern California region with Bodem's appointment and "intends to pursue growth strategies to increase its number of new communities in the division." The company said it has changed Ryan with "growing the company's presence in the Tampa, Bradenton and Sarasota areas."

     

    A veteran in the home building industry, Bodem joins Meritage Homes with more than 26 years of experience in home building, including 15 years as a division president. In his previous roles with Taylor Morrison, Morrison Homes and Stellar Homes, he led his teams through the economic downturn in 2008 and prepared the division for growth and recovery in subsequent years.

     

    Bodem will oversee Meritage’s Southern California growth strategy and day-to-day operations, including land acquisition and development, home construction, customer service, sales and marketing.

     

    “We are pleased to welcome Phil to Meritage Homes,” said Meritage Homes Chief Operating Officer Phillippe Lord. “With his proven experience in the Southern California market and genuine passion for our business, I am confident that Phil will help accelerate our growth across Southern California.”

     

    Read the rest of the article on Builder Magazine.

  • BIASC - Staff posted an article
    KB Home Rings the Bell for the 60th Anniversary of Their Founding see more

    Opens trading day on the New York Stock Exchange on company's 60th birthday.

     

    Jeffrey Mezger, chairman, president and CEO of KB Home (NYSE:KBH), rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday in celebration of the company's 60th anniversary.

     

    Accompanying him was a team of long-tenured employees.

     

    Read the full article on Builder Magazine here.

     

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    BIASC Comes Together at CHF Celebrity Waiter Event to Benefit Education Programs see more

    The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC) and California Housing Foundation (CHF) joined forces to host the 2017 Celebrity Waiter event on March 10th at the Turnip Rose in Newport Beach.

     

    The Celebrity Waiter event is a zany and fun charity dinner featured local building industry “celebrities” serving and entertaining their selected guests for the evening. Highlights from the evening included Shea Homes’ Bob Yoder as President Donald Trump and Brookfield’s Adrian Foley as Austin Powers.

     

    The event benefited education programs such as the Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA)—a comprehensive, four-year high school trades program, providing students across California the training they need to enter the building workforce after graduation.

     

    CHF as a foundation itself invests in the future of the homebuilding industry through endowments that provide college and graduate school scholarships and fund research on key public policy issues. CHF’s research organization, CIRB, compiles and publishes statewide construction and new home statistics.

     

    Click the link here to view the photos from the event on our Facebook page!

     

     

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    Two BIASC Building Industry Leaders Join HomeAid's Fight on Homelessness see more

    Sheryl Palmer of Taylor Morrison, Dave Kosco of Bassenian Lagoni join Non-profit's Board

     

    Mar. 7, 2017 / PRZen / NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation's largest builders of housing for the homeless, announced today that Sheryl Palmer, Taylor Morrison Homes' President and CEO, and Dave Kosco, Bassenian Lagoni Architect's Senior Principal and Director of Design, have joined their Board of Directors. Ms. Palmer will also be joining the Board's Executive Committee.

    "We are extremely excited and fortunate to be adding two industry leaders like Sheryl Palmer and Dave Kosco to our Board of Directors," said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. "Sheryl is one of the leading homebuilder CEOs in the country and has led Taylor Morrison to great success during her tenure, during which the company has ramped up its involvement with a number of HomeAid's local chapters. The passion she has for our cause will now be taken to a national level at Taylor Morrison, and with her on both our Board and Executive Committee, we will greatly benefit from her leadership."

    "Partnering with builders of housing for the homeless intensifies our ability to reduce homelessness and improve the quality of life for individuals and families across the nation," said Palmer. "Taylor Morrison's team members are passionate about giving back to the communities in which we build, and we hope to help HomeAid expand their local chapters' presence into more markets where we operate."

    "We are also fortunate to be adding a leader of one of the nation's top architectural firms — Bassenian Lagoni — with the election of Dave Kosco to our Board," Simons added. "Bassenian Lagoni has been a partner of HomeAid for literally decades, and Dave has been involved in a number of their efforts to support us. He is well respected in the industry and has a heart for our cause that will be invaluable as we seek to help more families and individuals experiencing homelessness across the country."

    "Providing shelter to the temporarily homeless must be our first step to ending this problem permanently," said David Kosco, AIA, Senior Principal and Director of Design at Bassenian Lagoni. "HomeAid, as the home building industry's own charitable organization, is in the perfect place to lead this effort and I am honored to be a part of this important work."

    HomeAid is in its 28th year of helping those who are homeless through the construction of housing for charities working to get those in need of shelter not only housed but permanently back on their feet. Homelessness remains a major problem in this country, and its causes are numerous and diverse, including job loss, medical crisis, domestic abuse, substance addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome in veterans. Indeed, 80% of these families and individuals are situationally homeless and can be moved back to self-sufficiency with the right help at the right time.

    ABOUT HOMEAID AMERICA

    HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 475 multi-unit housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $215 million, of which nearly 50 percent — over $100 million — has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 70 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid has added over 9,000 beds in facilities helping the homeless through HomeAid's network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. These beds have been used by over 270,000 previously homeless people over HomeAid's history. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

    Read the full press release by clicking the following link: https://przen.com/pr/32052775

  • BIASC - Staff posted an article
    BIASC Homebuilders Honored With 2017 Eliant Awards see more

    Home builders who provided their customers with the best purchase and ownership experiences—according to surveyed home buyers—were recently honored in the 21st annual Eliant Homebuyers’ Choice Awards competition. The winning builders were chosen based on the results of more than 106,000 surveys which were administered to all recent home owners from over 156 major homebuilders across the U.S. MBK Homes is the recipient of the “The Eliant” award for the Best Overall Purchase and Ownership Experience from among multi-division builders. In addition, MBK Homes was honored with 21 awards including an unprecedented 11 First Place awards and 6 Second Place awards among all Medium-Volume builders.

     

    The highest number of awards earned by a home builder in this year’s competition was a total of 22 Homebuyers’ Choice Awards earned by The New Home Company, including four First Place Awards.

     

    A clear customer favorite, the TRI Pointe Group, won a total of 18 Homebuyer’s Choice Awards, half of which were Premier Awards. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition,” stated Tom Mitchell, President and COO of the TRI Pointe Group.

     

    Benchmark Communities won a total of 16 Homebuyers’ Choice Awards, and William Lyon Homes, Robson Resort Communities and GL Homes of Florida were recognized both the Large and High Volume Builder segment. William Lyon received homebuyers’ number one ranking for the Construction Experience and Design Experience.  

     

    Click here to read the full article on Builder Magazine.

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    BIASC's Baldy View and Riverside County Chapters Discuss the Housing Market In OC Register see more

    New single-family home construction is far below demand, and while new-home prices in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are lower than other Southern California areas, costs are still difficult for many Inland residents to meet.

     

    A recent draft report from California’s Department of Housing and Community Development outlined the statewide woes reflected in the Inland area.

     

    New-home production statewide is far below projected needs – 80,000 homes annually for the last decade, with a projected need of 180,000 homes per year. The lack of supply and associated rising costs are shutting a broad variety of Californians out of the market.

     

    The nation’s most populous state has the third-lowest home ownership rate among the 50 states and the lowest in California since the 1940s.

     

    An effort to streamline homebuilding permits failed last year in the state Legislature. California Gov. Jerry Brown promised in his January budget message to attack the housing issue again with a bill package he said would cut red tape, fees and other hurdles affecting the industry.

     

    Building Industry Association's Southern CaliforniaGovernment Affairs staff from Baldy View Chapter for San Bernardino County and the Riverside County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California spoke to members of the Orange County Register press in order to speak about the current state of the housing market and the building industry in Southern California.

     

    Despite the challenges, developers are finding ways to get homes on the market.

     

    The Imperial Hardware lofts project in downtown Riverside reflects a trend of younger buyers’ preferences toward townhouses in urban areas, with “walkability” for work and shopping, Garrison said.

     

    The Ontario Ranch development in Ontario is a 13-square-mile, master-planned community that ultimately plans 46,000 new homes.

     

    “It’s a finicky time for the industry,” Garrison said. “Homebuilders want to be in business in California. California and the communities need to set the conditions; if they set the conditions for it, we will be there to build.”

     

    Click here to read the full article from the Orange County Register.

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    BIASC congratulates Dr. Mark Grey for his 10 years with spent with the organization. see more

    The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.’s (BIASC) Director of Environmental Affairs, Mark Grey, Ph.D., celebrated his tenth year with the organization. Dr. Grey, who also works as the Technical Director for the Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality (CICWQ), brings a wealth of knowledge to BIASC and CICWQ in the fields of water and air quality protection, having worked in environmental science for the past 30 years in the Pacific Northwest and California. Dr. Grey represents the interests of BIASC and CICWQ members in California, with an emphasis on water quality policy and regulatory matters.

     

    “I work with our members and their consultants to understand complex water quality regulation and how we can do business within that structure,” Dr. Grey mentioned when asked about his role with BIASC. “And I spend a significant amount of time communicating the technical basis for our advocacy positions, in a number of different ways…many presentations in a variety of forums, writing and research report production, and regulatory workshops and proceedings among others.”

     

    Before joining BIASC in April of 2006, Dr. Grey operated his own consulting firm and was the Director of Technical Services for Synagro Technologies, Inc., one of the nation’s largest private company involved in organic waste recycling. Dr. Grey is a certified professional soil scientist and is a member of the Soil Science Society of America. Dr. Grey holds a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry and M.S. in Forest Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and a B.A. in English from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.

     

    In February 2008, Dr. Grey was appointed to the state of California’s Storm Water Advisory Task Force that advises the State Water Board on program priorities, funding criteria, project selection, and interagency coordination of state programs that address storm water management. Dr. Grey is a trustee of the Southern California Water Committee and serves as a governing board member for the Council for Watershed Health.

     

    Dr. Grey has an extensive teaching background, both during work at the University of Washington and in the past ten years for CICWQ and BIASC. Dr. Grey has also published peer-reviewed papers in the fields of water quality and atmospheric science.

     

    When asked what he loves most about BIASC, Dr. Grey responded by speaking about how enjoys working with such great members of the organization. [I enjoy] “the super high caliber people who are our members, and the super high caliber people they work with to do business, especially in figuring out how to succeed and thrive within a complex regulatory and project approval structure that exists in California.  The professional quality of our members is really amazing and is a blessing for our industry as a whole, and it’s my job to get the best out of them so I can do the best job possible for BIA and others in the construction industry.”

     

    Dr. Grey has been married to his wife, Amanda, who is the Environmental Programs Manager at the University of California, Riverside, since 2011.  They have a daughter Olivia, 16, who is a sophomore in high school who aspires to be a college softball player.