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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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    BITA Competes in The SRBX Design Build Competition May 10-11, 2017 see more

    Four California high schools running the Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) competed in the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation (SRBXEF) two-day challenge to design and build a 96 square-foot structure.
    Student teams gathered at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento on May 10th and 11th to compete in this fun but rigorous learning experience that also promotes career awareness in the construction trades.
    Architectural Award, SAVA Charter School
    Best of Show, Burbank High School BITA Program
    Architectural Award, William Daylor High School
    Best of Show, Cordova High School BITA Program – Red team
    Team Safety Award, Wheatland High School BITA Program
    Wayne Johnson Safety Person of the Year, Robert Martin, Winters High School
    Rookie Team of the Year, Cosumnes Oaks High School
    Congratulations to all winning and participating teams! This challenge was no easy feat.
    We need our industry to help continue the success of the local BITA programs, the instructors and students. To learn how you can support the BITA program, please contact Jill Herman at jherman@mychf.org.
    The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) is a dedicated contributor to educational advancements through the distribution of scholarships, grants and promotion of certification programs. Click here to learn more about CHF and the BITA program.


    Click here to read the full press release by CBIA.

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    CBIA CEO Dave Cogdill Honored with Churchill Award see more

    Earlier this month the California Business Properties Association announced it will present CBIA CEO Dave Cogdill with it's Churchill Award at their Annual Board Meeting in June. 


    California Business Properties Association and the commercial real estate industry, are honored to present the Churchill Award, an award recognizing his tireless achievements on behalf of California’s business community.


    Additionally, for his leadership in serving as a coalition leader and ally with the commercial real estate industry and CBPA to Dave Cogdill, President & CEO of the California Building Industry Association (CBIA).


    Former Senator Dave Cogdill officially joined CBIA’s team in October 2013 as CEO & President. Prior to this Cogdill served as Stanislaus County Assessor from 2011 to 2013. Since leaving the legislature, Cogdill has also served as a Commissioner on the California Water Commission and as the Chairman of the Maddy Institute at Fresno State University.


    Under Cogdill’s leadership the CBIA has successfully challenged tax increases, costly workplace mandates and frivolous lawsuits.  Join us in congratulation CBIA CEO Dave Cogdill for this award.


    Click here to view the original CBIA press release.

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    The Songbird That Halted Development in Coastal California see more

    For the past twenty years a small gray songbird has greatly affected the development and the conservation of the coastal real estate in California. A federal decision made recently to leave the coastal California gnatcatcher on the endangered species list has left Southern California developers stuck.


    The gnatcatcher has been a cornerstone to conservation planning in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties since it was listed as a threatened species in 1993. In 2014, the Pacific Legal Foundation petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the bird, arguing that recent science casts doubt on its threatened status. The service rejected that petition last week, but debate over the gnatcatcher isn’t over. Building groups say they may sue over the decision, while conservation groups worry the bird remains at risk from wildfires, climate change and development pressure.


    “We’re still in the process of analyzing the service’s decision,” said Robert Thornton, an attorney who represented the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California on the petition. “The next step is possibly a lawsuit. The issue here is, did the service comply with the Endangered Species Act, which requires it to use the best science available.”


    The gnatcatcher is a blue-gray songbird that lives in coastal sage scrub from Santa Barbara to the Baja peninsula. Researchers say that urban sprawl has whittled away 90% of its habitat in California. By the 1990s, the birds were feeling the pinch. At that time, a 20-year-old environmentalist named David Hogan with the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to list the gnatcatcher under the Endangered Species Act.


    “Back then, there were virtually zero measures in place anywhere in Southern California to protect the gnatcatcher or its critically endangered habitat,” Hogan said.


    The listing ushered in complex systems for protecting ecosystems, known as habitat conservation plans or natural community conservation plans. The plans aimed to streamline environmental permitting, while preserving habitat for multiple species. And the gnatcatcher was at the center of it. By protecting the gnatcatcher, regulators also safeguarded animals such as the coastal whiptail lizard, coastal horned lizard and coastal cactus wren, said Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist for the Center for Biological Diversity. Developers, however, saw the bird, and its ensuing regulations, as a roadblock to the region’s construction boom.


    “In general, species listing and the critical habitat designation that goes along with that listing takes areas out of consideration for building and development,” said Shanda Beltran, BILD general counsel for the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California. “That obviously would be a concern to the industry when developable area is reduced.”


    The Pacific Legal Foundation said in a news release that the gnatcatcher listing took hundreds of thousands of acres in Southern California off the table for construction.


    “In total, approximately 197,303 acres in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been designated as critical habitat for the coastal California gnatcatcher,” the foundation, a Sacramento watchdog agency for property rights and limited government, stated. “Federal officials estimate that the economic impact of these restrictions will total more $900 million by year 2025.”


    In 2014 the foundation petitioned to remove the gnatcatcher from the list, on behalf of the Property Owners Assn. of Riverside County; the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy & Reliability; and the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business, along with the California Building Industry Assn. and the National Assn. of Home Builders.


    They argued that new research showed that the Southern California gnatcatcher is genetically indistinguishable from its Mexican counterparts, and shouldn’t be protected as a separate species. The service, however, convened a panel of geneticists, ornithologists and statisticians, and determined that the original listing is still valid.


    The Pacific Legal Foundation and its partners say they’re contemplating a lawsuit to challenge that decision. They hope to change the way the service reviews data and perhaps reset the bar for future endangered species listings.


    Read the full story here from the LA Times.

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    CBIA board member and past President of the BIASC LA/Ventura Chapter, Lynn Jacobs, passes away. see more

    After a hard-fought battle with leukemia, Lynn L. Jacobs, California Building Industry Association (CBIA) board member and past President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter (BIASC-LAV), passed away on July 4, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. 


    She dedicated her career to building homes and working on housing issues in California. Lynn was the founder and President of Ventura Affordable Homes, which develops single-family homes for first-time homebuyers under various affordable housing programs.  She developed homes for more than 20 years, building more than 400 homes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties alone.


    In addition to starting Ventura Affordable Homes, Lynn founded and served as President of Affordable Communities in Ventura County.  At the time of her passing, Lynn was a director on the Governing Board for BIASC, serving as the BIASC representative on the CBIA Board of Directors. She previously served as President of BIASC-LAV in 2000.  Lynn was also the chair of both the CBIA Affordable Housing Task Force and the BIASC-LAV Housing Affordability Committee. 


    Lynn was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as the Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development in 2006. She served until 2011, leading the administration to the dedication of nearly $5 billion in bond funds for affordable housing.  Since January 2004, $1.6 billion has been awarded and has incentivized or created more than 100,000 affordable homes and shelter spaces for Californians.


    She wrote numerous articles for publications and received many awards including the National Building Innovations in Affordable Housing Award in 1997.


    Lynn was a dedicated community volunteer, having served as a member of the Foundation Board of Community Memorial Hospital, a Board member of the Museum of Ventura County, member of Soroptimist International of Ventura, and the Assistance League of Ventura County. 


    Lynn was a fiercely-independent business woman; a dedicated wife, mother, and friend; and a true champion of housing.  We will strive to honor her and her efforts as we work to continue to provide homes and communities to all who seek them. 


    If you knew Lynn on a personal level, you knew her love of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.  She not only talked about it frequently, but she and Gary never missed a year. Gary and Matthew have asked that anyone who wishes to honor Lynn with a donation make that donation to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

    In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for this request instead.

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    KB Home, Danielian Associates, B+D Magazine and The New Home Company to be presenting at PCBC. see more

    Jacob Atalla, Vice President, Sustainability, of KB Home; Megan Eltringham, VP of Marketing, of The New Home Company; John Leehey, Director of Planning, of Danielian Associates; John A. Danielian, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, of Danielian Associates; Nick Slevin, Publisher, of Builder and Developer Magazine; and Jacob Atalla, Vice President, Sustainability, of KB Home will be presenting at the upcoming Pacific Coast Builders Conference, or simply known as PCBC, taking place from June 22 & 23, 2016 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.



    PCBC is the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the west coast region for advancing the art, science and business of housing. PCBC alternates each year between San Francisco and San Diego and has been endorsed as the official show of Leading Builders of America (LBA), whose membership includes 21 of the largest publicly and privately held homebuilders in the nation. PCBC is sponsored by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA).



    PCBC launched in 1959 as a small educational conference at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco, PCBC is now an annual two-day conference, product display and business exchange and is open to anyone professionally involved in the building industry, including builders, developers, architects, remodelers, designers, contractors, dealers/distributors and suppliers/manufacturers.



    BIASC Member Presenters at PCBC:



    To catch Jacob Atalla, Vice President, Sustainability, of KB Home speaking at PCBC about “Progressive Building Science Technology, Design and Application,” go to North Room 120 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.



    To hear Megan Eltringham, VP of Marketing, of The New Home Company and John Leehey, Director of Planning, of Danielian Associates speak about “The New Sustainability: Connecting People and Places through New Trends & Applications,” head to North Room 120 from 12:30 pm  to 1:30 pm.



    To see John A. Danielian, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, of Danielian Associates and Nick Slevin, Publisher, of Builder and Developer Magazine at PCBC speak about “A Case Study Utilizing the ABC Green Home 3.0,” head to North Room 120 from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm.



    To hear Jacob Atalla, Vice President, Sustainability, of KB Home present “Tap into WaterSense! Differentiate your Homes,” go to North Room 120 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.



    To register for PCBC click here.

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    CBIA has obtained a TRO restraining the implementation of level 3 housing fees. see more

    The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) was successful on Thursday, May 26 in obtaining a court order (TRO) restraining the State Allocation Board – and all others acting in concert with them – from implementing Level 3 fees or sending notice to the Legislature that state funds for new school construction are not available.


    This action was taken in spite of the $9 billion school facilities bond that has qualified for the November ballot, which will replenish the fund and continue the successful investment partnership between the State, the homebuilding industry, and local school districts to fund school facility modernization and construction. 


    The TRO temporarily halts the ability of school districts statewide to go to Level 3. The Court set a hearing date for a preliminary injunction for July 1, when it will decide whether to extend the prohibition until a full trial on the matter. CBIA went on to issue a statement on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 after the California State Allocation Board vote.

    "The building industry has long been a strong funding partner and supporter of our local schools, which is why we have been working in partnership with educators to pass a statewide school facilities bond in November - a measure that is supported by school districts throughout the state, the California State PTA, and respected legislators from both parties," said David Cogdill, President and CEO of CBIA.


    "Today's action will not adequately address the lack of state school facility funding, and will only exacerbate California's housing crisis, further reduce needed supply and make it even more difficult for working families to be able to afford housing in our state. The only effective way to ensure students have access to quality schools, protect housing affordability and safeguard our economy is to pass the bond in November so that we continue the successful partnership between the state, the homebuilding industry and local districts."

    Reports recently issued by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office and Beacon Economics - commissioned by Next 10 - consistently identify the lack of supply as the primary reason that California boasts some of   the most expensive housing prices in the country. Both reports also cite other consequences to California's housing shortage, including: impeding the state's ability to retain lower and middle-income wage earners; pushing homeownership out of reach for working families, making it more difficult for workers to build wealth; and increasing poverty. 


    Research also shows that California must add significantly more private housing stock to alleviate rising prices. Both the LAO and Next 10 recommended that adding more private housing stock - up to an additional 100,000 units annually -- to what the market is already providing could meaningfully address the housing affordability problem for many Californians. 



    You can view a copy of the TRO is by clicking here, and you can click here to read the CBIA Press Release in its entirety.