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December 2021

Southern California

BUILDER The Magazine of the Building Industry Association of Southern California

Goodbye 2021 & Hello 2022. Lets Celebrate!

• OC Leaders Push to Redirect Greenprint • Congratulate our 2021 BIA Member Award Winners

: n o i t i d E e d i s In THE 2021 YEAR-END REVIEW

• Fixing the Supply Chain Crisis is Only One Step Towards Housing Crisis Fix

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What’s Inside

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New Members

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BIASC Chairman’s Message - Dave Bartlett

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BIASC CEO’s Message

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Governing Board

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Letter From Editor Craig Foster

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BIA Chapter Presidents

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The Perfect Storm Educational Series

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Q & A: The Leaders of Orange County’s Push to Redirect Greenprint 15-19 2021 BIA Chapter Award Winners

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Upcoming BIASC & Chapter Events

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BIASC Team Roster

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Fixing The Supply Chain Crisis

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Renewing Members

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The Inside Edition: 2021 Year-End Review

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In Memory of Christopher Gibbs

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2021 & 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Sommers Bend – Master Planned Community of the Year

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BIA Staff Spotlight

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GSMC Recognition & Upcoming Events

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Council on SAGE Update

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2021 SAGE Board Of Directors

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NextGen Update

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BIASC Holiday Happy Hour

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Chief Editor Craig Foster BIASC Executive Vice President Editor & Production Coordinator Karissa DiStefano BIASC Director of Public Affairs Production Editors Randy Carver Elain Ng Kovach Marketing BIASC Reporter Laer Pearce 2021 BIASC Chairman Dave Bartlett Brookfield Residential Vice President, Land BIASC CEO Jeff Montejano Chief Executive Officer

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WELCOME

PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS

LUNAPEARL STUDIO

Say Hello to our New Members! SEPTEMBER 23, - DECEMBER 1, 2021

JOIN OUR GROWING NUMBER OF INDUSTRY PARTNERS.

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BI A S C Chairman’s Message: “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan 2020 taught us the entire world can change in a blink of an eye and challenged us that we can and must be better prepared for whatever the future holds because our destiny depends on it. 2021 built on this idea, proving that not only did our industry evolve and grow in this unprecedented time – but it was strengthened. From 2020 on, we adopted the credo that “the show must go on…” safely and creatively for our industry. As a result, we kept our industry moving, building and growing – being declared an essential business by the Governor – keeping hundreds of thousands of workers employed and placing families in new homes. We came to realize the importance of “home” on a level deeper than ever before as home became our workspace, school, place of worship and our safe space.

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Dave Bartlett

2021 BIASC Chairman VP, Land Entitlement, Land & Housing Development Brookfield Residential

Moving forward into 2022, we must remember to keep evolving and innovating through strategic planning, increased communication, education, collaboration and advocacy. When we control the narrative we can remind our elected leaders, community and business members and neighbors that while we don’t know what the future holds, we do know that our destiny is best created and achieved proactively – together. Happy Holidays and all the best!

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BI A S C C E O’s Message:

BIASC’s Next Chapter

Jeff Montejano

BIASC Chief Executive Officer

Abraham Lincoln said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” As BIASC’s vision for next year and beyond takes shape, I think Honest Abe’s words capture how we are taking stock of where we’ve been and taking charge of where we’re going. Thanks to our members’ relentless commitment to our industry, our organization continues to increase member advocacy mobilization through record-breaking turnout within the highly complex political arena here in Southern California. There is positive proof that the policy winds are moving in our favor: More elected leaders than ever are increasingly talking about the housing crisis, generating key awareness, and understanding an appreciation of the enduring role BIASC plays within California’s political fault lines. But the challenges that remain are real: So many of the proposals offered are unrealistic and unworkable. While doubtlessly intended to help, they too often represent the outdated and outmoded thinking that helped to foster our housing crisis in the first place. Throughout our region, we have thousands of housing units being denied because someone thinks they are too big, too small, would add traffic, could be flooded, burned, or something else – revealing that California has more excuses than ever why housing projects can’t break ground. Fundamentally, our housing problems should not be the property of the partisan political realm or self-serving neighbors. They are the territorial tasks, regional concerns and, ultimately, the forward mission of local governments and local communities. That’s why we all have a critical collective role to play next year. The future for our industry and ourselves doesn’t exclude the groups and interests that we have, in the past, been at cross purposes with. Tomorrow’s BIASC will go beyond the conventional clashes with labor and environmental groups to work towards our only true goal: A collective housing solution.

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But that solution is elusive without acknowledging the complexity of a future marked by the policy gridlock of homeowners on one side and a growing renting population on the other – exacerbated by people in existing neighborhoods that don’t want more housing of any kind. Forcing local governments to approve housing is not the answer. Neither is litigating our way out of Southern California’s housing shortfall. Let the market and the people decide where housing should be built. If more and more people do not support housing within existing neighborhoods, then it’s time to build new neighborhoods on vacant land. Just is true is that if more and more people do not support housing on vacant land, then it’s time to build new homes in existing neighborhoods. With both approaches, a solution to the housing crisis becomes possible. Our future success will rely on us being more confident and persuasive, whether it is via infill communities, greenfield communities, or cities that want more housing and infrastructure. Our elected officials who support housing projects should be rewarded, and the ones who repeatedly vote no and can’t make these tough decisions must exit the public sector. In 2022, BIASC will begin a new chapter within its 99-year history demonstrating how our advocacy engagement, networking, and educational programs will be more intertwined - while new programs will help fuel our local chapters, equally helping sustain and grow our members’ businesses. These are the stakes: To build the future that California families dream of, aspire to, and have a right to claim as their own. Never forget that we are the voice of the future homeowner, indispensable to their dreams. I believe we can make 2022 the year that we make this a reality as never before. 

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GOVERNING BOARD MEET THE 2021 BIASC GOVERNING BOARD

DAVE BARTLETT

TOM GRABLE

ALAN BOUDREAU

MICHAEL BATTAGLIA

BIASC CHAIRMAN

BIASC IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN

BIASC SECRETARY & TREASURER

BIASC VICE CHAIR

BIASC VICE CHAIR

ALI SAHABI

PETER VANEK

BIASC VICE CHAIR

BIASC VICE CHAIR

MARK HIMMELSTEIN BIASC VICE CHAIR

MIKE BALSAMO RANCHO MISSION VIEJO

DAVE LITTLE WILLIAMS HOMES

JONATHAN WELDY

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MERIDIAN LAND DEVEOPMENT COMPANY

NICOLE MURRAY

JEREMY PARNESS

BIASC VICE CHAIR

BIASC VICE CHAIR

CHARLES GALE

MIKE GARTLAN

METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT

KB HOME

GREG MCWILLIAMS FIVE POINT

RICK WOOD WOOD CONSULTING

ERREN O’LEARY LEWIS GROUP OF COMPANIES

JEFF MONTEJANO

VALERIE HARDMAN OUTDOOR DIMENSIONS

RANDY RICHARDS RELIABLE WHOLESALE LUMBER

CRAIG FOSTER

BIASC CEO

BIASC.ORG

JENNIFER HERNANDEZ HOLLAND & KNIGHT

STEVE SCHUYLER IRVINE COMPANY

CHRIS EDGAR

WES KEUSDER KEUSDER HOMES

MIKE TAYLOR TRI POINTE HOMES

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP

BIASC COO

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Letter From The Editor:

I Picked A Winner – 2021! One year ago, with 2020 drawing to a close as one of the most dreadful years in recent history, I used this space to predict a dynamic and exciting 2021 for BIASC. Happily, this is one of those too rare occasions when one of my predictions came true. Perhaps most importantly, under the combined leadership of Board Chairman Dave Bartlett and CEO Jeff Montejano, we stepped up our efforts to create a strong activist base at BIASC in support of expanded home production. This led to nearly 20,000 emails being sent to government leaders supporting or opposing various housing-related measures; the approvals of nearly two dozen new home projects that were facing opposition in local jurisdictions; stopping or reducing new fees that would have made homes less affordable; and engaging BIASC’s members in an unprecedented letter-writing campaign to local elected officials highlighting the essential nature of homebuilding and homeownership. Tied to this effort was the kick-off of the Perfect Storm Educational Series in November. It focuses on four laws and regulations that threaten the future of our industry, explaining the nature and severity of the threats and how to effectively engage to create change. Nearly 120 members signed up for the first webinar in the series, and more Perfect Storm educational events are planned through 2022. Events took off in 2021 as Association members hungered for the chance to network in person again as COVID-19 meeting restrictions ended. BIASC returned to in-person events in May with the annual PAC Gala featuring Sen.

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Craig Foster

BIASC Chief Operating Officer

Barbara Boxer and author Ann Coulter. Tickets for the event at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course in Orange County quickly sold out, with others enjoying the spirited back-and-forth between the speakers virtually. Topping the 2021 event calendar was the return to a live Building Industry Show in September at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, highlighted by Magic Johnson’s dazzling and inspiring talk … no, performance … as Keynote Speaker. The BIS exhibition floor was packed, the 1970s-themed party was slammin’ and all the other events, from the golf tournament to the utilities and meet-the-builder sessions, got rave reviews. Rounding out the year’s events calendar were the Housing Policy & Leadership Summit at Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage in June, the Southern California Water Conference in Ontario in August, and the Housing Strategy Summit at the Lyon Air Museum in Orange County in November. All of us who work to bring you Southern California Builder were extremely gratified by the fabulous reception the magazine continues to receive. With every edition filled with news, features and advertising targeted to your interests as a member of the Southern California homebuilding industry, our readership is strong and growing, with more than 2600 views per issue, on average, and over 21,000 readerships since inception. Looking to 2022, with Dave Bartlett continuing his successful run as Chairman, backed by the Association’s talented and visionary Board of Directors, it is hardly a gamble to predict that next year will be another excellent one for your Association. 

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BIA Chapter Presidents Led By Members, For Members Please join us in welcoming our new and returning BIA Chapter leadership for 2022.

BIA Baldy View Chapter President

Baldy View Chapter President Tim Roberts, Director, Land Entitlement, Brookfield Residential

Tim Roberts

“Our Gala nurtures the spirit of giving already embedded in the DNA of the Association and culminates with the installation of the Baldy View Chapter Board of Directors. However, it also provides a platform to recognize the exceptional contributions of our tireless volunteers when we present our Industry Leadership Awards.”

BIA Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter President

Bill McReynolds, Director of Land Acquisitions, Warmington Residential

Bill McReynolds

“2022 is ripe with opportunity! We’ve really focused on advocacy the last two years with great successes. Now that we are experiencing more normalcy, we can begin growing and further strengthening our educational, event and membership offerings, as well. We have a strong Board and Chapter team, and I’m excited for what’s to come!”

BIA Orange County Chapter President

Eric Nelson, Vice President of Community Development, Trumark Homes

Eric Nelson

“Today, the regulatory environment represents the most significant obstacles and barriers to housing. These regulations result in unnecessary friction that causes delays, results in less housing, and in some cases, no housing at all. I look forward to working closely with BIA staff and our members to advocate for our decision-makers to Let Us Build Now!”

BIA Riverside Chapter President

Mike Freeman, Vice President of Land Acquisition, Lennar

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Mike Freeman

“2022 is going to be an exciting year for the Riverside Chapter! We have a strong Board and Executive Committee and I look forward to working with them all to grow our chapter membership and continue to be fierce advocates for our industry in the communities where we all build. Working together, I know we will continue to keep Riverside County a great place for home building.”

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The Perfect Storm

Educational Series Successfully Launches

Craig Foster

BIASC Chief Operating Officer

The Perfect Storm Educational Series, BIASC’s new campaign to increase builder and associate members’ engagement in our government relations and public affairs efforts, got off to a strong start on November 4, 2021, when more than 160 interested persons registered for the first webinar of the series. The Perfect Storm series addresses the threats posed to our industry by four proposed laws and regulations currently descending on our industry – Senate Bill 12’s wildfire-related restrictions on new development, the new Vehicle Miles Traveled methodology for measuring traffic impacts of new developments, the SCAG Greenprint, and new regulations governing stormwater runoff at construction sites. The goal of the Perfect Storm Series is to create a greater level of engagement by more people employed by the building industry, so we can work together to keep this storm from hitting us at full strength. These are victories we must achieve, because if we fail, these threats and new threats that are certain to follow could force builders to close, leave the state, or severely cut back their operations - which would impact thousands of families whose livelihoods depend on the health of the California homebuilding industry. The kick-off Perfect Storm Webinar on November 4th explained in layman’s terms what the four Perfect Storm elements are, and what they could do to harm our industry. The panel included attorney Jennifer Hernandez (Holland & Knight), an expert in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other regulations impacting the industry, and Adam Wood, Vice President of BIA Orange County Chapter and Chief Administrator of the Building Industry Legal Defense Fund, and was moderated by BIASC COO Craig Foster.

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The webinar format allowed participants to engage in the live presentation, and many did through questions and comments. Foremost among the questions was, “What can we do about this?”

This question and more will be answered in the Perfect Strom Series Webinar Two on Thursday, January 13, 2022, which will focus on what our 1,000+ BIASC member companies and their thousands of employees can do to develop a powerful and persuasive voice across the region and in Sacramento. Foster again will moderate, with BIASC CEO Jeff Montejano and grassroots political campaign designer Chuck Hahn, explaining how the BIASC family can use the new Perfect Storm tools to protect our industry from the threats it faces. Foster asked the principals of all BIASC Member and Associate companies to encourage their employees to participate in the Perfect Storm Series webinars, saying, “The key to the success of the Perfect Storm campaign is the engagement of the thousands of employees of our member companies – not just the companies’ principals. The tools we will be describing in the upcoming webinar, like our Phone Action Center and our letter-generating tool for letters to elected officials, will make it easier than ever for everyone in the industry to have their voice heard. With our 6,000 voices engaged, we will be heard regionally and all the way to Sacramento, endorsing actions that will protect our industry and our jobs.” BIASC has made it easy for the principals of its member companies to encourage broad participation among their employees by scheduling the webinars during the lunch hour. To the principals of BIASC member companies, Foster said, “If you are concerned about the future of your company – and you should be concerned – order in lunch for your employees, have them watch the webinar together, and be there to answer their questions and encourage their engagement in our campaigns.” To view the first webinar in the series and learn about the upcoming webinar on January 13, 2022, log onto https:// biasc.org/ and click the “The Perfect Storm Education Series” button on the home page. 

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EDUCATIONAL SERIES

THE PERFECT STORM WEBINAR TWO

NAVIGATING THE STORM

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2022 12:00PM - 1:00PM

FREE TO ATTEND! Please note: BIASC is encouraging all our members to allow their staff to register for this series

Part two of The Perfect Storm Educational Series highlighting the four elements of the Perfect Storm threatening the building industry and how they will change our industry. Speakers: BIASC CEO Jeff Montejano and Chuck Hahn, Grassroots & Digital Campaign Strategist. Moderator: BIASC COO Craig Foster

INTRO

Part Two: Learning to effectively navigate through the Four Elements of the Storm (SB12 /VMT/ Green Print/Construction and Stormwater permits) through political strategy and digital advocacy. Join our Webinar Two via Zoom on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for this educational lunch and learn series. Learn how to make your voice heard through our digital advocacy program, how our strategic targeting works, and the importance of utilizing your voice to our elected leaders. Please note: BIASC is encouraging all our members to allow their staff to register for this series. The Perfect Storm will impact all industry members at all levels, and we need to harness not just our 1,000 company members but their 5,000+ employees to help us navigate through and conquer this storm.

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Q & A The Leaders of

Orange County’s Push to Redirect SCAG’s Greenprint & Discuss What Lies Ahead

The SoCal Greenprint being developed by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is one of four elements identified in BIASC’s Perfect Storm Educational Series. SCAG staff said at the outset that Greenprint’s conservation mapping tool would be developed by gathering input from all interested parties to create a regional database that would “help prioritize land conservation based on best available scientific data” throughout the SCAG region of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. From the start, BIASC was concerned that Greenprint would become a tool of anti-housing NIMBYs and environmental groups and tried to work with SCAG to have our concerns addressed, especially after SCAG delegated responsibility for developing Greenprint to The Nature Conservancy, an organization that generates its revenues through the management of lands placed in open space conservancies and trusts. Since The Nature Conservancy would potentially benefit from more land being forced to become dedicated open space, we believe that by handing off Greenprint’s development to this group, SCAG staff was putting the interests of environmental advocacy groups ahead of the interests of the jurisdictions within the SCAG region, creating another barrier to our efforts to provide the housing California so desperately needs. BIASC’s strongest ally in stopping the Greenprint process so it can be more thoroughly and openly evaluated is the Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG), with Councilmember Trevor O’Neil, Anaheim’s representative on the SCAG Regional Council, leading the charge. With a growing number of municipalities sharing OCCOG’s concerns about how Greenprint is being developed, further work on it is now “paused” through the first quarter of 2022 (although staff continues to work on it!). Southern California Builder

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Trevor O’Neil

Anaheim Council Member

Marnie Primmer

OCCOG Executive Director

talked with Councilmember O’Neil and OCCOG Executive Director Marnie Primmer about the status of OCCOG’s efforts to build a majority on SCAG’s governing Regional Board in support of redirecting the Greenprint effort. Southern California Builder: For our readers who aren’t familiar with OCCOG, can you tell us about the general purpose and structure of OCCOG and other COGS? Marnie Primmer: OCCOG is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and we are the official subregion for Orange County in the SCAG region. We are not really an advocacy and education organization; we’re more on the regional planning, coordination and cooperation side, focused on regional planning activities. Our role is to provide Orange County’s data and information to SCAG for its use in producing the various mandated documents like the Regional Housing Needs Assessment and the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. We have 12 voting representatives on the SCAG Regional Council and 12 members of SCAG committees. All 34 of the County’s cities, plus the County, plus the 25 special districts, and Orange County’s sanitation district, two transportation agencies and the Air Quality Management District are all members of OCCOG, so we have 100 percent participation by local governments, which we’re very proud of. We also have our Ex Officio Partners, like BIA, representing different sectors where OCCOG has policy responsibilities, and they participate in our board meetings, acting in an advisory capacity to provide insight and guidance. To my knowledge, we are the only COG that has ex officio members, and I really think it helps us align with our business community and our development partners when we’re talking about things like the Greenprint.

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SCB: How did OCCOG come to be involved in the Greenprint? SCB: Was the OCCOG board strongly united in its concerns about Greenprint? MP: We were approached by SCAG in Fall 2020 when Trevor O’Neil: Yes, our member jurisdictions have been they announced that they were undertaking the Greenprint process. They provided a briefing to me as Executive Director aligned on the issue. But despite Orange County being vocal, our voice is limited within SCAG, as Orange County and then I requested that they brief our Technical Advisory jurisdictions hold only 15 out of 86 seats on the Regional Committee, which they did. We provided feedback, chief among it was the need to be intentional about the data that Council. Nonetheless, we work tirelessly to support and advance good governance and preserve local control. they are using and collecting, and the need to understand that once that data is released, their member jurisdictions MP: My board has been extremely supportive of our Chair, are going to be held to whatever that data says. We told Trevor O’Neil, and of making sure that we are not putting them that while we recognize that this is publicly available data, our jurisdictions like to make sure that the data that is our cities at a disadvantage by developing this Greenprint being provided to the public is accurate, relevant, timely and without having our business partners and development vetted by the jurisdictions that it is going to impact. That has partners at the table. The letter we sent to SCAG over Trevor’s signature addressing our concerns was unanimously not always been SCAG’s process. approved by my board of directors, which I think sends a strong message that we believe the Greenprint is not on the So far, OCCOG hasn’t responded with opposition to the right track at this time. Greenprint per se. It is more that we have been shining a spotlight on the limitations the Greenprint has as a tool, and SCB: Councilmember O’Neil, as the leader of the “full stop/ on the overall process that SCAG has opted to take in the restart” faction at SCAG, what points do you make to the development of the plan. Both BIA and the Orange County Business Council (another ex officio member) raised concerns other delegates on SCAG’s Regional Council to convince early on, and they were listened to, but it became real when them of the need to bring the current process to a complete stop so the whole approach can be reconsidered? the Greenprint made it onto the Regional Council agenda. Then there was concern that SCAG had not fully vetted the contents of the Greenprint with the Technical Working Group TO: On one hand, the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, RHNA, mandates a massive increase in the number of (TWG, pronounced “twig”), which is made up of planning regional housing units from 2021 through 2029. On the staff at jurisdictions throughout the SCAG region. Typically, the TWG acts as a sounding board to make sure the data in a other hand, Greenprint restricts the available sites where we can build. I have been urging that in order to ensure that proposal is vetted, complete and is the latest available, and Greenprint doesn’t work counter to our RHNA goals we need it discusses how unintended consequences can be surfaced time to ensure that we have balanced data sets that have and worked around in advance. That just didn’t happen in been properly vetted by SCAG’s Technical Working Group this case. Some see nefarious reasons behind the way it and increased stakeholder engagement. Greenprint initially was handled, but I think it may just have been the result of overwork and overburden on SCAG’s part. In any case, how it came to the Regional Council as a consent item with little was handled certainly supports the “trust but verify” attitude information in the staff report and was approved without some of our members have about SCAG and it validates the any discussion. The contract was then given to The Nature Conservancy, which is essentially an advocacy group with M.O. SCAG has been taking in recent years, where they are very reactive to the advocacy community and not necessarily an inherent interest in limiting the number of available sites to build. These details were not properly presented by staff as concerned about their 196 member jurisdictions that to the Regional Council so it could discuss the process and should be their first constituency. I believe they’re being ramifications of Greenprint pushed by outspoken members of the environmental community who likely see this as a tool to bludgeon cities. And because there hasn’t been enough public oversight, SCAG keeps saying it’s not that, but BIA and others have rightly pointed out that whether they intended it that way or data has been included that has not been properly vetted, and much of it is inaccurate, out of date or just in draft form. not, the fact that the Greenprint can be used that way can’t All of this – staff’s action, the contract with The Nature be denied. Conservancy, the poor data sets and lack of vetting – will have real world, serious implications on our ability to zone

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Council members to consider the real-world implications of for these sites and builders’ ability to actually produce the housing. It just has not been a process that has been properly advancing that agenda. driven by the Regional Council as it should have been. SCB: Is OCCOG alone on this, or are there other COGs that SCB: In your comment letter on the Greenprint, OCCOG made share Orange County’s concerns, or are beginning to see the problems with Greenprint? the point that Greenprint, as currently framed, is creating “166 separate points of contention for potential litigants to grasp upon.” This seems to be the clearest statement of the MP: I think that there’s general concern. Probably some of the sub-regions are more in-tune with OCCOG’s concerns threat Greenprint poses to efforts to address California’s than others, but there’s a consensus that a pause was housing crisis; is that correct? important to getting it right. I chair the group of COG Executive Directors that meets on a bimonthly basis and TO: Absolutely! Don’t we already have enough barriers in December we will meet with our counterpart at SCAG, to production and enough things that interest groups or Executive Director Kome Ajise, and Greenprint will be on the individuals can litigate over to try to stop a project? Local jurisdictions are under immense pressure to increase housing agenda, as it has been for the last three or four meetings because it went sideways for them. I get why it happens supply and Greenprint, as it’s moving along, is just going to sometimes. Something starts in Northern California and become another barrier to getting the job done. it seems to be well-received in the upper echelons in Sacramento and I can see why they would think it should be SCB: Most observers would think the July vote to “pause” duplicated in Southern California, But the thing is, Southern work on the Greenprint would mean staff would actually pause, and not commence work again until provided direction California is a completely different animal from Northern California, and it’s a mistake to have Northern California by the Regional Council and directed to start again, but this consultancies trying to plan for Southern California. That is didn’t happen. What can we read into that? the cardinal mistake SCAG made – they selected someone to manage the process that isn’t intimately familiar with TO: Yes, staff did in fact keep working in the background during this pause, but a public hearing was held as directed, Southern California and doesn’t have any street cred here. if you can call it a public hearing. It was not widely publicized, and it had very little participation by the Regional TO: With more discussion on the issue, we are seeing more concerns raised by other COGs. I think because of the strong Council. In fact, I was the one who made the motion to call leadership we have at OCCOG and Orange County’s history for the pause and hold the public hearing, but the hearing of working to preserve local control and shape what we think was held at a time when I was obligated to attend my own our communities should look like, that those on both sides City Council meeting, so even the maker of the motion of the political aisle are coming to understand that this is a couldn’t attend the public hearing. So, as to your question about what can be read into how staff is handling the pause, community issue, not a partisan issue. it would appear that SCAG staff is acting independently of SCB: BIASC has chapters in all the SCAG counties that are the direction provided by the Regional Council – and as I’ve engaged in opposing Greenprint. Are there any counties in observed, this wouldn’t be the first time that has occurred. particular where our efforts could be helpful in turning a COG to an opposition position? SCB: Are members of the Regional Council starting to get more aware and more concerned about what’s going on with MP: I would say the South Bay cities’ and Gateway the Greenprint? cities’ COGS in LA, maybe the Ventura COG, the Western TO; Awareness is rising, but it seems to be polarizing among Riverside, Coachella and San Bernardino COGS are all pretty consistently on the same page with OCCOG about this. Regional Council members. The “pause” motion passed by a very thin margin, and a later vote to continue the pause TO: My advice to BIA chapters is to continue to engage for a review of work on Greenprint failed by a similarly thin Regional Council members in all COGs and keep the pressure margin. It’s clear that there are Regional Council members on about how Greenprint will impact the jurisdictions who feel Greenprint advances their personal or political they represent. Some will take more work than others agenda, even if that doesn’t align with the position of the particularly in Los Angeles county where strong ideologies jurisdictions they represent. We need more Regional sometimes trump good governance.

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SCB: Is there a Greenprint that actually would provide a meaningful benefit? If so, what would it look like? TO: I do believe that it can work and provide benefit but first we have to put jurisdictions in charge of identifying suitable building sites rather than having something that tells us where we can and can’t build from the start. As it is, Greenprint doesn’t even include cities’ General Plans and zoning maps among its data points. Most everyone values open space, but we do need to be careful to balance its preservation with the building needs of each city and jurisdiction. I believe that if we have adequate stakeholder engagement and we have properly vetted data sets, we can get past the general issue of this being a political tool rather than a planning tool. MP: A good Greenprint would be a useful tool for the planning departments at our member jurisdictions, so from my perspective, those are the folks who should be at the table trying to craft it, so it doesn’t just sit on the shelf and it isn’t coopted by folks who want to put up hurdles to more housing. SCB: What is your sense of where the SCAG leadership and Regional Council will be on the Greenprint when the

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Fixing the Supply Chain Crisis is Only One Step Towards Housing Crisis Fix You don’t have to understand how lumber is measured to grasp that a 250 percent increase in the cost of a thousand board feet will drive up the price of a new home. And even if you only heard of the supply chain a few weeks ago, you now understand that such price increases are largely the result of breaks in that chain. When the trans-global supply chain works smoothly, most products become more readily available and less expensive. But when it breaks, as it has because of the COVID pandemic, efficiency is lost and prices go up. In the homebuilding world, that translates as a 20 percent average increase in the cost of new homes nationwide, with lumber costs alone ultimately becoming responsible for an average nationwide new home price increase of $36,000. For the homebuilding industry, early surges in lumber price were the first sign that COVID was disrupting the supply chain. Manufacturers and distributors of everything from garage doors to plumbing supplies began calling homebuilder’s purchasing agents – or were called by them as most homebuilders started cancelling contracts in anticipation of a plunge in new home sales. In turn, suppliers also cancelled contracts and slowed production. A gradual return to sales could have been managed, but when consumers surprised everyone last spring and quickly returned to buying things, including new homes, the unanticipated demand broke the supply chain. A new home is made up of hundreds of thousands of pieces that arrive at construction sites from manufacturers and distributors located all around the country and internationally, and all of them were struggling with supply chain issues. If just one supplier can’t deliver just one critical item, like a window or energy-efficient appliance, an occupancy permit won’t be issued and a sale won’t close, so homebuilders scrambled and paid premiums when they found critical components, often driving home prices higher. How widespread is this problem? One Southern California homebuilder said, “I can’t think of one product that we haven’t had problems obtaining,” and another recalled sending a crew

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to Utah to pick up a rare stash of garage doors that were needed in another state. The cascading effects of the supply chain breakdown have been dramatic. One Riverside County homebuilder recently lamented that in 2017 there were 300 new home projects on sale in the county, but now there are only 100 – not because the demand isn’t there (it’s actually spiking) but because so many products are so hard to get. He added that it used to take about 6 months to build a new home; now it takes about nine. U.S. single-family homebuilding tumbled 3.9 percent in October. The number of homes that had building permits but had not yet started construction reached a 15-year high that month, underscoring the disruption to the housing market from an ongoing shortage of materials and labor. Once materials again become readily available and more affordable, the California homebuilding industry can move forward more quickly to increase housing supply and reverse the recent price run-up. But that alone won’t be enough because California’s systemic issues that hold back homebuilding will still be in place, forcing down supply and driving up prices. In fact, California’s costly over-regulation of new homes and apartments itself was a contributor to the supply chain breakdown: Our docks are jammed in part because so many dock workers have relocated to ports in Texas and Florida where homes are much more affordable. If Sacramento is serious about addressing the dreams of homeownership most disadvantaged Californians share, they could start by suspending some of the worst-offending regulations until more reasonable alternatives can be written. One candidate for early retirement is VMT, the new rules requiring that new projects reduce the amount of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) they generate by 15 percent, compared to what was on the site previously. A study by San Diego County’s Planning Department found that VMT alone can cause home prices to go up by as much as $2 million per unit, and its effects are worst in distant suburbs that attract

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Year End Review: 2021 Events After the challenges that distanced us during 2020, it was a breath of fresh air – quite literally - to slowly and safely gather once again in-person, member-to-member. We were thankful to once again resume our classic BIASC and Chapter events – along with some brand-new ones. We invite you to join us in looking back at just a few of our event highlights that 2021 had to offer. Which was your favorite?!

Policy, Advocacy, & Education BIASC Housing Policy and Summit

June 3, 2021 - Agua Caliente Resort and Casino Rancho Mirage Our BIASC Housing Policy & Leadership Summit was the first event since 2019 to bring together BIASC Leadership, Chapter Presidents, and special guests, including elected representatives - in person after a year of social distancing and zoom meetings. Our top Southern California builders, landowners, and associate members joined us for a program featuring Guest Speaker Scott Drury (CEO, SoCalGas). housing updates by Greg McWilliams (FivePoint) and Jennifer Hernandez (Holland and Knight), and a panel of state, county and local elected representatives. In the evening, sponsors and attendees enjoyed an exclusive VIP Reception followed by dinner with special guest Radio Personality, Comedian and Actor Andy Carolla.

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BIA Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter Building Summit & Builder Roundtable

July 1-2, 2021 – FivePoint Office & Hyatt Regency Valencia

The who’s who in Los Angeles attended our Building Summit & Builder Roundtable and enjoyed networking with BIA LA/V leadership. Special guests included Senator Scott Wilk, Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares, Santa Clarita Mayor Bill Miranda, and Santa Clarita Councilman Cameron Smyth.

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Inside Edition: THE 2021 YEAR-END REVIEW BIASC PAC Gala

May 13, 2021 - Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club Our long-anticipated PAC Gala, postponed from 2020, returned in full force in-person event and featured a live networking reception with a virtual live presentation by Former Senator Barbara Boxer and Author Ann Coulter.

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Inside Edition: THE 2021 YEAR-END REVIEW BIASC & BIA Baldy View Chapter Southern California Water Conference August 13, 2021 - DoubleTree Hotel – Ontario

This year’s conference focused on current California water issues and was hosted by the Building Industry Association of Southern California Baldy View Chapter in partnership with San Bernardino County, water agencies, cities and businesses. The four main topics for this year’s conference focused on Water and Housing, Water Supply, Water Affordability, and Water Efficiency. Keynote speaker Jennifer Pierre, General Manager of the State Water Contractors, tied all of the subjects together in a lunch presentation on the Delta Conveyance Project, California’s current effort to restore the efficacy of the California State Water Project (SWP) that feeds fresh water from the Sacramento River Delta to Central and Southern California.

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BIASC and Chapter members sold out every golf tournament we hosted in 2021 – reminded all that nothing is quite on par to a day of networking and fun on the golf course!

BIA Riverside County Chapter Golf Tournament April 9, 2021 – Temecula Creek Golf Course

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BIA Los Angeles/Ventura Golf Tournament June 21, 2021 - Moorpark County Club

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Inside Edition: THE 2021 YEAR-END REVIEW BIA Orange County Chapter Golf Tournament May 10, 2021 - Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club

BIASC and Chapter members sold out every golf tournament we hosted in 2021 – reminding all that nothing is quite on par to a day of networking and fun on the golf course!

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Inside Edition: THE 2021 YEAR-END REVIEW BIA Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter Dodgers Baseball Night – Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants

July 21, 2021 – Dodgers Stadium

Members enjoyed networking at a Pre-Game Happy Hour before heading into the game to cheer on the Dodgers against their rival team.

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August 31, 2021 - Angels Stadium

After over a year without live sporting events, BIA members were ready to tailgate and cheer on the Los Angeles Angels with colleagues, friends, and family.

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BIA Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter Annual Trap & Skeet Shoot October 18, 2021 - Oak Tree Gun Club

The 8th Annual Trap & Skeet Shoot Tournament hosted over 100 shooters, held a raffle, and provided a fantastic networking lunch.

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Drinks, Spirts, & Networking BIA Orange County Whiskey Tasting June 23, 2021 – Dacor Showroom

BIAOC hosted their first chapter whiskey tasting at the beautiful Dacor Showroom in Irvine.

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Inside Edition: THE 2021 YEAR-END REVIEW BIA Riverside County Chapter Wine Under the Stars August 19, 2021 - Wilson Creek Winery

This sellout event at beautiful Wilson Creek Winery provided ample networking and delicious wine tasting. The evening’s program featured a memorable tribute and recognition for former Riverside Chapter Executive Officer Borre Winkel who has now retired after 25 years representing BIA in Riverside and San Diego counties.

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2021 Building Industry Show – “Expect More” September 29-30, 2021 - Pechanga Casino & Resort

The Building Industry Show 3.0 at Pechanga Casino & Resort was a huge success! From golfing at the beautiful Journey Golf Course, to wine tasting throughout Temecula, to our booming “Meet the Builder” event on our show floor filled with new and returning exhibits, to our Kickoff

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Reception and 70’s Casino Night BIS After-Party, to our most engaging BIS Keynote Speaker yet - the legendary Earvin “Magic” Johnson - the Building Industry Show 3.0 was our most memorable BIS yet!

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Event Highlight: BIASC Housing Strategy Summit & Tribute Honoring General William Lyon

October 29, 2021 Lyon Air Museum

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The program to flight with opening remarks by Joone Kim Lopez, General Manager Moulton Niguel Water District, Jeff Montejano, BIASC CEO, and BIASC President Dave Bartlett, Brookfield Residential who introduced Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. The Perfect Storm/Building A Better World presentation featured Craig Foster, BIASC COO and Jasvina Gill, Greater Sales and Marketing Council who gave an update on BIASC’s latest educational advocacy series The Perfect Storm and GSMC’s new advocacy campaign The Right To Live Well. The Moneyball for Home Builders/Business Intelligence Panel moderated by Dave Bartlett included panelists Kerri Ryusaki, Brookfield Residential, Alyx Cole, Lennar, and Hoang Ha, TRI Pointe Homes discussing the growth of business intelligence in the building industry through technology and next up-and-coming generation of builders and industry advocates.

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Our Builder Panel featured a star-studded panel including Moderator: Tom Grable, Tri Pointe Homes, Michael Maples, Trumark Homes, and Nicole Murray, Shea Homes. The County Board of Supervisors Panel, introduced by Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan featured Moderator Alan Wapner, Ontario Mayor Pro Tem, SCAG Past President, San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, Chair, Riverside County Supervisor Manuel Perez and Orange County Supervisor, Andrew Do, Chair. Our VIP Reception & Special Tribute to General William Lyon was led by Immediate Past Chair Tom Grable, Tri Pointe Homes, who shared a few stories and wisdom from his personal memories the General. BIASC then debuted a video interview of General Lyon’s son Bill William and BIASC Chief Operating Officer Craig Foster and a montage that featured photos of the general throughout his life and career paired with soaring music fitting for the industry champion that he was. Bill Lyon, moved with emotion, thanked BIASC for the tribute to his father and BIASC leadership presented Bill with a donation to the Lyon Air Museum.

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In the last golden rays of afternoon sunlight, BIASC leadership met in the decorated hanger of the Lyon Air Museum for our Housing Strategy Summit to hear from an array of panels featuring state, county and local elected officials and building industry leaders – followed by a special tribute to General William Lyon for his many legendary accomplishments in the building industry and beyond.

Please CLICK HERE to watch an exclusive interview of General Lyon’s son Bill Lyon by BIASC COO Craig Foster which was debuted at the VIP Reception honoring General Lyon. 

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Chris is not one of those who can be replaced and definitely will be missed.”

A creative force in Southern California homebuilding, Christopher Carlton Gibbs, founder of Christopher Homes and PLC Communities, passed away on November 11, 2021. During his 50-year homebuilding career, Gibbs inspired homebuilders and homebuyers alike with planned communities and neighborhoods that earned awards for excellence in design, marketing, and sales. Ultimately, Christopher Homes and PLC Land were responsible for planning, financing, developing, and constructing more than 15,000 homes throughout Southern California, Florida, Texas, and Saudi Arabia. BIASC Immediate Past Chair Tom Grable, Division President, Tri Pointe Homes—Orange County-Los Angeles, reflected in memory of this building legend, “Chris Gibbs was a true icon in our homebuilding industry. A colorful figure with a bigger than life persona, Chris lived life at its finest, to the fullest. Many of us had the pleasure of working with or for Chris over the decades, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all who worked so loyally for him through the years.

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BIASC Chief Operating Officer Craig Foster, who worked first for Gibbs at the J.M. Peters Company and then as PLC’s/Christopher Homes’ corporate broker, recalled, “I first met Chris in 1981 at a BIA event. We had competing projects and he cornered me at the bar and wouldn’t let me leave for 90 minutes (and lots of cocktails) until I told him why my project was outselling his. That was typical of his ‘Cowboy Builder’ personality – relentless but fun, harsh and smooth at the same time. He was more than my boss. He was my mentor, my friend and one of the greatest teachers of homebuilding – and life – that I ever met. The ‘Gibber,’ which is what we called him, made every day at work fun and educational. There wasn’t one day when I didn’t learn something new, and I still emulate his approaches to people, business and work ethics.” Gibbs was born in Amarillo, TX in 1943. Upon graduating from Amarillo’s Talasco High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Oklahoma University in 1967. Gibbs came to Southern California in 1969 starting with a job at Trammell Crow Residential Partners, and then moved to luxury move-up homebuilder JM Peters Company. He left to start Christopher Homes, then turned around and sold it to Peters in 1987. Seven years later, with the help of Saudi Arabian investors, he resurrected the Christopher Homes brand since the trademark had not been sold to Peters. Christopher told Professional Builder magazine in 2001 that he “started playing with the big boys” when Christopher Homes formed PLC Land Co. along with Lennar Corp. and a third company, Westbrook, which in 1996 acquired much of the Chevron Corp. Southern California land. This portfolio included over 3500 residential lots, a championship golf course and more than 11,000 acres of ranch land.

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His focus on building in master-planned communities and coastal infill projects paid off as PLC earned $183.8 million in housing revenues from 336 closings in 2000, up from $68 million the preceding year. The company succeeded through targeting second-time move-up buyers with homes that sold for a then-pricey average price of about $550,000, with a reputation for innovative housing design. One noteworthy success was St. Augustine in Huntington Beach, which was honored with three Best in American Living Awards for architecture. Gibbs told Professional Builder at the time, “In the price range that we’re in, home building has to be a handson, specialized business in order to produce the quality product and get the attention to detail and design.” Being hands-on and product-focused was more than just a quote to Gibbs. He was at the center of everything – land acquisition negotiations, the countless details of architecture and design, and the teambuilding, which he nurtured while holding court for his team after work at The Ritz in Fashion Island Monday through Thursday attendance mandatory.

The more successful that Gibbs became in his career, the more he gave back. He supported his alma mater throughout his career, culminating in 2017 when Gibbs provided the largest gift in the history of the OU College of Architecture. The gift effectively doubled the college’s endowment, allowing it to greatly expand research, fellowships, guest lectures and learning opportunities for students. In appreciation of his support s, the college was named the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. He also served on the College of Architecture Board of Visitors and took time each year to meet with students and provide lectures in studio courses on his experiences as an architect, home builder and business owner. “Chris Gibbs was the John Wayne of our industry,” said Foster. “Rest in peace, Gibber.” 

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2021 SoCal MAME Winner:

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Master Planned Community of the Year at BIA So Cal Mame Awards 2021 TEMECULA, CA – Woodside Homes’ Sommers Bend in Temecula has been named Master Planned Community of the Year at the So Cal MAME Awards 2021. Presented by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council and Building Industry Association of Southern California, winners were announced at the awards show in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 9th. The awards encompass all facets of sales, marketing, merchandising and design in Southern California home building. “We’re grateful Sommers Bend has been honored as the Master Planned Community of the Year by the Building Industry awards committee,” said Woodside Homes Southern California Division President Chris Chambers. “It

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is exciting that the lifestyle offered at the resort community is not going unnoticed and is becoming one of the most significant master plans in Southern California.” Woodside Homes strives to be a community ‘lifestyle experience-oriented’ developer, as well as a builder. Sommers Bend is an example of how master plan development, coupled with thoughtful lifestyle-based home design features can capture significant market share. Sommers Bend efforts have captured 26% of the Temecula new home market since 2020.” Under the stewardship of Woodside Homes’ Development Director Greg Hastings and Sales and Marketing Director, Dave Lopez, some of the finest minds in the building industry

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were carefully guided to create the vision and delivering a new, vibrant master-planned community. The community connects with today’s homebuyers’ vision of the new home experience and the place to call home.

residents and friends will also enjoy the nearly completed Sommers Bend 21-acre sports park, 181 acres of preserved open space and a carefully crafted 8.9-mile trail system that connects nearby trails and community amenities.

The inspiration of the community’s architectural effort and the design of Sommers Bend’s iconic recreation center clubhouse is the intrinsic reference to farmhouse styles and Temecula’s agrarian roots and wine country history. The architectural plan encourages a diverse street scene incorporating Craftsman, Farmhouse, Prairie, Cottage, and Monterey styles. When complete, the community will include a total of 1,500 distinctive homes for residents of all ages and lifestyles.

Overall, the inspired and enduring community of Sommers Bend is designed with open-concept spaces and contemporary styling to deliver healthy, happy living through advanced technologies and sophisticated, modern features.

Sommers Bend also features two expansive recreational facilities. The first, known as Sommers Place, designed for all residents to enjoy daily and the second, offered exclusively for residents of the 55+ neighborhoods and known as the Esplanade Resort, are both open. Each features an indoor/outdoor clubhouse, fitness center, pool area, barbeque stations, firepits and outdoor gathering spots. In addition to the exceptional Temecula School District,

“There is something for everyone at Sommers Bend in Temecula,” added Chambers. In 2022 we will be offering an array of single family detached homes priced from the $500,000s to the low $1,000,000s.” Interested homebuyers can now tour new models open by appointment and enjoy the fresh and inspiring home designs presented by premier homebuilders Woodside Homes, Richmond American Homes and Taylor Morrison. For additional information visit Sommers Bend.com and register on the interest list for announcements, updates and details on the new homes available. 

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Recognition &

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2022 GSMC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eddie Font VISIONSCAPE Natalie Barrios | Tri Pointe Homes

Amber Richard | Melia Homes

Heidi Burris | AI Design

Lisa Riess | Complete Builder Service

Ryane Buttigieg | Trumark Homes

Rick Rodriguez | C9 Balloons

Carol Cavazos | Tri Pointe Homes

Terri Rucker | MIT

Allyssa Elders | Richmond American Homes

Jennifer Tam | Strategic Sales and Marketing

Gretchen Fuog | Kovach Marketing Patrick Higgins | Landsea Homes Sara Kilburn | MIT Renee Leshner | Sign Image, Inc. Shelly Lynch | Trilogy Plant Company AI Design Erin Meadows | First American Title

Steve Greco BSB Design, Inc.

Lifetime Directors (Advisors) Melissa Auten | Unscripted Interior Design Jasvina Gill | p11 creative

Rocky Tracy | Brookfield Residential

Valerie Hardman | Outdoor Dimensions

Andrea Villanueva | Get Community, Inc.

Tracey Long | Sub-Zero

Jason Weiner | Vintage Design Incorporated

Rachel Otero | Fusion Sign and Design

Ann Yueh | Toll Brothers

Shane Parrish | TeamPMP

Jay Bey | K. Hovnanian

Renee Self Gibbons | Chameleon Design

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Council on SA GE Update:

End of the Year is HERE!

Ike Balmaseda

President of SAGE 2021-2022

We are grateful to ALL who have continued to support the SAGE Council, throughout the year, with providing valuable educational programs throughout the realm of today’s 55+ housing. It’s because of people like you and builders/ developers alike that have made an impact, as well as providing amazing webinars, resources, sponsorships, and being unforgettable mentors in Senior Living. A roundup of events towards the end of this quarter covered from our Annual SAGE Awards, to a Senior Living project tour, to NEW SAGE Board of Directors. Here’s a snapshot!

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Robert May – 2021 SAGE Person of the Year Robert (Bob) May founded Avenida Partners to act on his deep personal commitment to filling what he believed were gaps in living options available to seniors over the age of 55. Avenida’s “Active Adult” brand emerged from this passion, leveraging Bob’s 35 years of development experience in for-sale and rental projects, in-fill entitlements, and land development to create true innovation within the senior living industry. Bob’s interest in Active Adult communities came about when he was looking for a place for his mother to live. They visited many places together, but nothing was quite

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right for her. His mother, who was very active and social, wanted a community offering a rich and varied lifestyle without the burden of home maintenance. The Assisted Living communities that were the dominant product choice in the marketplace just weren’t the right fit for her. Bob’s mother told him, “You can build something better than these places!” That was the spark for Bob to begin developing rental communities that were designed, built, and operated specifically for those 55+ who wanted an active lifestyle without restrictions or unnecessary fees. The strong case he made for the untapped market for this type of Active Adult rental housing, coupled with his development track record, convinced major institutional and private equity capital partners to come aboard, among them The Carlyle Group and Passco. To date, seven Avenida communities have opened throughout the U.S., with more in the pipeline.

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Bob has been remarkably generous in sharing the research and best practices Avenida Partners has gained in the exploding Active Adult rental sector, helping other developers ward off missteps and misconceptions.

He has participated in numerous industry panels and conferences, sharing state-of-the art information about a sector that is attracting great interest as Baby Boomers move into the key Active Adult age cohorts.

2021 SAGE Awards

AVENIDA Palm Desert – A Senior Apartment Living Best 55+ Active Adult Market Rate Rental Community, Best 55+ Lifestyle Program, and the Judges Merit Award for Best 55+ Clubhouse “Discover a refreshing take on life in the desert. Amid the art and style of a modern oasis comes a boutique community to reimagine your view of active adult living. It’s mid-century modern apartment residences that revolve around you. It’s an unparalleled mix of services, conveniences and programs in every direction. And it’s an ever-social atmosphere that lives to be relished. It’s Avenida Palm Desert, a new 55+ apartment destination where life is best experienced in any way you choose”. A personal tour for the SAGE Board and sponsors took place in November. If you haven’t been there it’s a +55 Senior apartment community worth visiting.

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Thank You For Your Leadership – 2021 SAGE Board of Directors

The fun doesn’t stop here! Missing from the 2021 SAGE Board of Directors photo are: Cynthia Cook, Felesia Dailey, and Joe Hammond, however; the fun continues with the addition of NEW 2022 SAGE Board members joining the council. They are Anne Brozey of the Rancho Mission Viejo Company, Cassie Cherri of Danielian Associates, Theresa Gibbs of Applied Photography, and Doug Pancake of Douglas Pancake Architects. We welcome NEW members and encourage those interested in the SAGE Council to join our exciting and fun-filled committees. For more information, please contact either Marissa Feliciano @ mfeliciano@hpiarchitecture.com, or David Pintar @ dpintar@cwdriver.com (Programs Committee) or simply, sign up as a member with Joe Hammond @ jhammond@rickengineering.com (Membership Committee). If you’re not already a BIASC member, please contact Lisa Meadows, Member Services Manager @ lmeadows@biasc.org for more information, or call 949-777-3849. Looking forward to another wonderful 2022! 

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NextGen Update:

Tim Huynh

2021 NextGen Chair Land Acquistion Manager Meritage Homes

What a year 2021 has been for BIA OC NextGen! We were in and out of quarantine for half of the year and thankfully we were able to have in-person events for the latter half. Overall, we are proud of what we were able to accomplish in the follow up year to the pandemic. We had 4 Morning Buzz events with our last one on December 2nd with Paul Johnson of Rancho Mission Viejo. We wrapped up our site tours with a pre-construction tour (hard hats required) cohosted by LGC/Trumark! We brought back our Government Affairs events with a Planning Commission series attended by multiple appointed officials. We also had a huge turnout in our mentorship program. We appreciate the mentors who are volunteering their time!

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Lindsay Hezmalhalch

2021 NextGen Co-Chair Director of Marketing, WHA

Next year, we hope to see newer faces and participation as we transition back to in-person events. Be on the lookout for applications for our NextGen executive committee – there will be open positions for those looking to participate. We want to promote greater builder attendance/networking, host more educational/ government affairs/philanthropy events, and grow our mentorship program as Lindsay takes over as Chair in 2022! Thank you to all our sponsors and the BIA for your support this past year. We look forward to next year! Your 2021 NextGen Chair and Co-Chair, Tim Huynh & Lindsay Hezmalhalch

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