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Southern California

BUILDER The Magazine of the Building Industry Association of Southern California

Celebration Issue • Retirement & Celebration of Borre Winckel • Introducing BIA’s Women & Diversity Council • Q&A Interview: Nicole Murray, Division President, Shea Homes • Elected Official Updates– Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel & Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson

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• Renewal of Construction General Permit for Stormwater Q&A

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Southern California

What’s Inside

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New Members

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Chairman’s Message - Dave Bartlett

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2021 Governing Board

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CEO Update – Jeff Montejano

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BIASC Team Roster

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Letter from the Editor – Craig Foster

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Q&A Interview: Nicole Murray, Division President, Shea Homes

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Sacramento Update - Chris Khan

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Renewal of Construction General Permit for Stormwater Q&A

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RIVERSIDE CHAPTER CELEBRATION ISSUE

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Riverside Chapter President’s Message – Greg Shaia

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Membership Spotlight - Riverside

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Riverside Chapter Executive Board

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Riverside Chapter Interim Executive Officer Update – Lou Monville

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Elected Official Update – Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel

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BIA Riverside LOT Committee

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Retirement & Celebration of Borre Winckel – Laer Pearce

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Elected Official Update – Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson

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Growth and Diversity Made Possible by BIA Membership – AnnMarie Quinn

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HomeAid Inland Empire - Julie Reay, Executive Director

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Building Industry Show 3.0 – Coming September 2021

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Labor Department Update

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BIASC Upcoming Events

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Jill of All Trades – Meet Your BIASC Public Affairs Manger

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Holiday Contest Winner

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BILD Outlook 2021 - Adam Wood

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2021 BILD Board

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Women and Diversity Council Introduction

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Membership Update - Lisa Meadows

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Chief Editor Craig Foster BIASC Executive Vice President Editor & Production Coordinator Karissa Willette BIASC Public Affairs Manager 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 Executive Officer

GSMC 62-63 Membership Affinity Program – Kaitlin Radcliff

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Membership Spotlights

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South Orange County Economic Coalition - Steven LaMotte

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B I A S C Chairman’s Message:

Observations from Dave With the journey into 2021 underway, we find ourselves faced with both challenges and opportunities. Most reports suggest that California needs to produce about 180,000 new housing permits a year to meet demand. We need to go back to 2002-2005 levels to reach those numbers. About 104,000 permits were issued in 2020, with maybe 60% of total state permits produced in the greater Southern California and San Diego regions. Duress in the market? I would say yes. Locally, cities are under increased pressure to find ways to say yes to housing and meet projections. As most of us are aware, the state’s mandate for Southern California/San Diego is to find ways to produce a total of about 1.4 million housing units in the next eight-year planning cycle. We could not ask for a better tailwind. Meeting these lofty housing goals will require creative solutions in our region, including infill and higher density residential programs advancing attainability for home ownership. Helping to drive the demand, millennials are in, or are reaching towards, their prime buying years. This is an age-cohort of over 70 million people in the U.S. between 25-40 years old. Millennials were considered the highest spending generation in 2020 and are expected to inherit over $68 trillion from their baby boomer parents through 2030. Is a new home opportunity in the cards for this group? I’m betting yes.

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Dave Bartlett

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

In the context of the broader economy, the next round of COVID-19 relief is expected to pump $1.9 trillion into the economy. Combine that with our collective savings accounts in the U.S. estimated at $1.3 trillion waiting to be at least partially released as we work our way through the pandemic. The vaccine roll-out is underway and will take some time, but we are on the comeback trail. This is good for consumer confidence and economic expansion. Technology will continue to advance the way we communicate and how we create virtual home-buying and community experiences. This eases access in carving a path to new home opportunities. Home buying that starts with technology and ends at a purchase will continue to evolve into a better and better customer experience. To help unlock 1.4 million housing units, BIASC will continue to strengthen and build upon the Advocacy for Members (AFM) program. We will leverage our membership and industry resources, create local partnerships, and advance a meaningful conversation about how new home opportunities benefit our region. In summary, there is pressure for local agencies to say yes, exceptionally strong and pent-up demand, big money (trillions) on the sidelines ready to come in, technology as an entry point, with BIASC here as a resource to help us be successful with new projects. The 2021 journey is just beginning. Buckle up and be safe…the ride will be a good one!

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C E O Update:

Jeff Montejano BIASC Executive Officer

Members, As we kick off 2021, we are moving forward with a fresh perspective and a positive outlook for the new year. BIASC will continue to advocate for thousands of building industry leaders who are committed to a better future for California by building communities, creating jobs, and ensuring housing opportunities for everyone.

We would also like to our new and returning BIA Chapter Presidents:

BIASC has evolved with the ever-changing landscape in our industry and has remained strong. We’ve weathered the storm of a pandemic, political transitions, and have problem-solved to find the best solutions to protect our members and to help our businesses in California grow. I attribute this to our talented team of professionals who have helped us adapt to the new landscape of building. BIASC is the foundation for the future in the home building industry.

• Greg Shaia (Richmond American Homes) 2021 Riverside Chapter President

I want to extend my gratitude to Craig Foster, Karissa Willette and Randy Carver for their contributions to our magazine’s growing success as we complete our fourth edition featuring our Riverside Chapter. As our readership continues to increase, so does our influence in making a difference in our industry. We would also like to welcome the following new members appointed to our distinguished Governing Board: • Mark Himmelstein (Newmeyer & Dillion LLP)

• Tim Roberts (Brookfield Residential) 2021 Baldy View Chapter President • Dave Little (TRI Pointe Homes) 2021 Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter President

• Sunti Kumjim (MBK Rental Living) 2021 Orange County Chapter President For over 90 years, BIASC has been a strong and collective voice for the building industry, helping our members do business in California’s complex, over-regulated environment. 2021 will prove to be an important year as our industry must address issues like the increasing need for housing with new policy changes that are hindering our state’s housing production. BIASC membership has never been more valuable. Sometimes the need arises to reflect on the current trends and consider “renovating” or “remodeling” your house. Our BIASC team has been designing a plan that will motivate builders and buyers to stay in California, a place where we can continue to build homes and American dreams. Please stay tuned for more information on this and other exciting new developments in the works.

• Dave Little (TRI Pointe Homes) • Nicole Murray (Shea Homes) • Jeremey Parness (Lennar) • Mike Taylor (Pardee Homes) • Rick Wood (Wood Consulting)

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CURRENT TEAM ROSTER MEET THE BIASC EXECUTIVE TEAM

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BIASC

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Letter from the Editor:

Craig Foster

BIASC Chief Operating Officer

Welcome to our first edition of the Southern California Builder Magazine for 2021. I continue to receive a great amount of positive reviews from our previous issues and am gratified to hear that our members are looking forward to each edition. Thank you for your loyalty to the magazine. This edition features a special section dedicated to our Riverside Chapter. A cornerstone of this association, the Riverside Chapter has a great history and its many successes have helped make BIASC what it is today. Of particular interest to you will be the special articles from community leaders and influencers in Riverside. I am pleased to include a special tribute to Borre Winckel, a legend in the BIA who will be retiring soon. Borre ran the Riverside Chapter for many years and was instrumental in the purchase of Riverside’s “BIA House” and its restoration to become a landmark in the Inland Empire and our Riverside Chapter’s headquarters. The magazine is also very proud to feature a Q&A with Nicole Murray, Division President of Shea Homes and a BIASC Governing Board Member. Also included are a Sacramento update, special Q&A on current water issues with Dr. Mark Grey, BIASC’s Director of Environmental Affairs and Sacramento attorney Matt Cate, and plenty more in this fourth edition of the Southern California Builder Magazine! Please enjoy and feel free to send me comments and suggestion for upcoming editions at Cfoster@BIASC.org

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Q & A Interview:

Nicole Murray Division President Shea Homes

Nicole Murray assumed her current position as Division President of Shea Homes earlier last year and has just stepped into a new role as a Governing Board Member of BIASC. She graciously gave Southern California Builder some time recently to chat about her career, her new role at Shea Homes and her thoughts about the Association.

culture from the top executive teams to all the division operations. The company also has an extremely rich history here in Southern California with it being their first division going back to 1968.

Southern California Builder: We see you’ve been in the building industry for 17 years – what was it that attracted you to homebuilding in the first place?

NM: For me, it’s a commitment to putting forward a strong product, noticing the details and having a clear expectation across the entire organization of what is expected regarding the quality of our homes and our trade, consultant and buyer relationships. The challenges to perfect execution are endless so it is also about a continuous drive to do better.

Nicole Murray: I heard it said of the homebuilding industry that you either fall into it or are born into it. For me it was definitely haphazard. I met the founder of a mid-size private homebuilder while finishing up my MBA program, and while housing was not on my radar for a career at the time, it was mid-2004 and the market was absolutely on fire, so it seemed like an interesting choice. Clearly the hard years that followed continued to be interesting, but for much different reasons. I figured that if I still loved the industry after the Great Recession, then it must be a passion. SCB: Last May you became Division President for Shea Homes. What was it about Shea that led you to accept this position? NM: I’ve always admired Shea from an architecture and execution standpoint. They have a great company

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SCB: We hear a lot about execution. What exactly does that mean at Shea Homes?

SCB: Tell me a little about some of the exciting projects Shea has in the pipeline. NM: We are opening a community in Newport Beach with Intracorp this coming March in which Shea Homes is building 56 3-story condo homes with a common recreation center. I walked our models a week ago and I think they are going to look fantastic. I am excited to see how the marketplace responds. SCB: You started at Shea just as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were starting to take hold. How has that affected the Shea team and how have you worked to maintain “business as usual” in these uniquely challenging times?

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NM: Yes – a very interesting time to begin working at a new company. Since beginning in June, I have had a series of virtual division meetings but have never been able to have the entire division in one room, which feels weird. I have met all our field teams out at job sites and between hard hats, sunglasses and masks, I still don’t know what many of them even look like! Even with that said, we are running meetings, job sites and sales offices and having success. I have been so impressed with my team, but it wasn’t just us. Our trades deserve a big thank you for working with us to keep our worksites safe, and we’re so grateful to BIA for its work at the beginning of the pandemic to make sure homebuilding was designated an essential industry. SCB: We’re all hopeful that 2021 is the year we’ll put COVID-19 behind us. What is your vision for this year? NM: We now know how to do business in this new world, and housing is showing continued strength, so I am excited for the little things – professionally and personally. If there is any silver lining in this pandemic it is that we will all likely appreciate the little things more than we have – like having a grand opening again with balloons and crowds in our models, or a face-to-face meeting in a conference room, or attending a BIA event and seeing colleagues and friends in the industry. I believe the industry is poised to have a great year from an economic standpoint so my focus will be on project execution and enjoying the little things along the way.

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education. That was an excellent introduction to BIA, and I was able to continue serving with the local BIA Executive Committee and now I’m excited about joining the leadership of BIASC. The BIA offers so much regardless of where you are in your career – you simply find your peer group, then move along together and progress within the BIA through your careers and friendships. Many of the people in my first NexGen group are holding senior level positions within their companies now and we’re still tied together by our BIA relationship. SCB: BIASC is forming a Women and Diversity Council to provide women and members of under-represented communities with training, networking and support so they can enter Association leadership. Can you talk about your experience in the industry and BIA as a woman, and how having something like a Women and Diversity Council could have helped you in your own homebuilding career? NM: The BIA can feel daunting when you are just starting out in your career, regardless of if you are a represented or under-represented group. I remember going to a networking event and seeing a “sea of suits” and searching for a familiar face. I think it is great that the BIA is undertaking this Council because it demonstrates that the organization is looking for more diversity to make it stronger. Simply put, the Council is BIA saying to everyone, “You are welcome here.” I think women and under-represented communities should see this as an open invitation for involvement.

SCB: You were just appointed to the BIASC Governing Board. What has your involvement been in BIA over the years, and what is your vision for the organization as a new board member?

SCB: What advice would you give to young women and members of under-represented communities who are considering a career in homebuilding?

NM: It started with the first-ever NextGen group, which was less organized than it is now, but still provided a great platform for networking and

NM: Give it a try. I would not get too hung up on the under-represented part because it starts with encouragement and support and grows to greater

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representation. I have found this industry to be extremely fulfilling with a lot of people who have supported me and continue to support me along my journey. SCB: Getting the approvals needed to build homes in California is extremely difficult. Do you think the current focus on relieving the housing crisis will have any dramatic effect on this situation? NM: I believe the current focus is helping because cities and counties are recognizing the shortage and are getting pressure to address the problem. I believe they are more willing to discuss creative housing solutions and density, which provide opportunities to builders and developers. There are still NIMBYs of course, but now density is a different topic than it was a few years ago, and as cities open up to it, we will continue to get more creative with density, multigenerational homes and ADUs.

SCB: With the state’s focus is on higher-density homes, what is the future of the single-family home in California? NM: I just read a book called “Brave New Home” that showed how the single-family detached home became the gold standard of housing, but also detailed why that could change depending on circumstances and locations. Housing choices are driven by life changes and I do believe there will always be a need for singlefamily detached homes and there will always be sites for these homes. SCB: Any final thoughts? NM: We just moved, and it occurs to me that our biggest challenge as homebuilders is to build something that makes all this packing and unpacking of boxes worthwhile!

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Sacramento Update:

Legislature Returns

To Begin The 2021-22 Legislative Session Flipping the page on 2020, and moving into a “normal” 2021 has been the objective for everyone, including the California State Legislature. The Legislature returned on January 11, 2021, signaling the start of the 2021-22 legislative session. Things are clearly not back to normal, but vaccine distribution slowly advancing throughout the State has given hope that we are on our way to getting back to “normal.” It is a huge understatement to say that the 2020 legislative session was the most unprecedented year for anyone currently working in and around the State Capitol. The Legislature paused all action for the later part of March and most of April. Legislative calendars were changed, the Senate and Assembly operated independently from each other with different return dates and calendars. Bill loads and committee hearings were dramatically reduced. In person meetings and testimony was not allowed. But the Legislature and the Governor were able to cobble together a State budget and still advanced many bills through the process- both good and bad. As we advanced through January 2021, COVID-19 numbers did get better and positive signs point to improvement. The Governor recently lifted the Stayat-Home Order, although most counties remain in the purple tiers. A third vaccine is close to being available and improvements are being made to get the vaccines into peoples arms. The Governor set the tone for the year with the release of his budget on January 8th. It is a $227 billion spending plan, up $5 billion from his last years’

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Chris Khan

BIASC Legislative Advocate

budget, which was released before the COVID-19 outbreak. State revenues continue to outpace projections and the State projects $34 billion in budget reserves. No one, however, believes that the State can continue on this path and the reality that the impacts of COVID-19 to the economy and to state revenues have only just begun to materialize. The Governor’s budget projects a structural deficit in the out years starting with $7.6 billion in the next year’s budget, growing to $11 billion in the next two years. Given the historic highs in the stock market and the reality of the reliance the state budget has with capital gains taxes, it feels like those structural deficit numbers will be much higher. It will be important for the Governor and the Legislature to treat the current budget surplus as one time in nature. The Governor’s budget includes additional money for vaccine distribution, money for housing the homeless, infill housing, and low-income housing tax credits. It also contains additional funding for emergency preparedness including additional fire crews and equipment. It also includes $1.5 billion to achieve the States zero emission vehicle goal, funding for levy repair, and flood preparedness. The budget now moves to the Legislature, which has until June 15th to send the Governor a final budget and budget trailer bills. The Governor, however, is calling on the Legislature to enact early action items, largely in the areas of school funding to allow schools to reopen. The Governor would also like to provide $600 cash grants for low-income workers making under $30,000 a year; $250 million for housing development; expansion of the Home-Key program for permanent

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housing for homeless; and $71 million for business fee waivers. The Governor and the Legislature recently extended California’s moratorium on eviction related to nonpayment of rent through June 30th. The Legislature is very early in their process. While Legislators have been encouraged to reduce their bill loads and focus on COVID-19 response and district priorities, we expect to see more bills going through the process than we did last year. On top of that, we are still seeing a number of proposed regulations going through the process and are focused on work at the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt a new statewide general construction permit. If done incorrectly, the proposed regulation would negatively impact homebuilding in the State, especially in southern California. We were successful in getting the State to submit a working draft that we can attempt to fix before it is released officially, starting a regulatory clock that makes changes more difficult. We are working diligently to make improvements to that draft. The deadline for the Legislature to introduce bills into the 2021 session is February 19th. A small number of

the overall bills have been introduced to date- some good and some very bad. We will know the universe of bills impacting the home building industry after the deadline. We look forward to working with all of you this year and hope that as things get back to “normal” we are able to ensure that the joy of home ownership can be felt throughout our State and in the Building Industry Association of California region. Chris Kahn is the founder and owner of Chris Kahn Consulting (CKC), a comprehensive governmental relations and advocacy firm, located in Sacramento, California.  Mr. Kahn has intimate knowledge of both the legislative and administrative operations in state government.   As owner of CKC, he has represented over 30 clients, specializing with various business, local government, transportation, technology, and education interests, including the representation of many associations.  His earlier lobbying experience included representing over 50 additional clients. Mr. Kahn brings more than 30 years’ experience working with California’s Legislature, executive branch, independent state agencies and local governments. 

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR ESSENTIAL JOBSITES

SAFELY OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN OUR COMMUNITIES

ENROLL YOUR TEAM IN BIASC ACADEMY'S SAFETY COURSES With California’s most recent updated Stay-At-Home Order, rigid workplace safety protocols are vital to keeping job sites open. Let your inspectors, city officials and residents know your team is tested and compliant. The BIASC Academy of Home Building Education is offering online classes and testing for to help ensure that your projects are safe and compliant for workers and residents. Upon completing the course studies, and passing a final exam, participants will receive a BIASC Certification verifying that they and their projects and communities are certified by the BIASC in “Safety First” protocols along with 50 stake signs to place around their respective projects that will have the builder company names and the BIASC endorsement as a “Safety First” project. Inspectors and other officials will respect that the project has taken these steps to prioritize safety as a top priority.

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Craig Foster

BIASC Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Mark Grey

BIASC Director of Environmental Affairs

Matt Cate

BIASC Water Policy Analyst

Attention Home Builders: Get Informed – Get Involved

Renewal of Construction General Permit for Stormwater The California State Water Resources Control Board is renewing the Construction General Permit for stormwater and has released a Preliminary Draft for stakeholder review and feedback to the State Water Board. The permit and its requirements are extensive and impact all of BIASC’s home builder members and their affiliates working in project forward planning, site development and engineering, and legal support. BIA member companies, collectively, spend millions of dollars each year complying with the permit, in the spirit of protecting water quality. I met recently with Matt Cate, Legislative Advocate in Sacramento for BIASC, and Dr. Mark Grey, BIASC Director of Environmental Affairs, to discuss the permit release and its potential major impact on home building and cost of compliance. Matt Cate is a Sacramento attorney with experience in both environmental and water law. He served at the cabinet level in both the Schwarzenegger and Brown administrations. Mark Grey, Ph.D., is the Director of Environmental Affairs for the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Dr. Grey represents the interests of the home building and construction industry in southern California, principally working in the area of water quality regulatory affairs and water quality policy development. Dr. Grey played an integral role in

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the home building and construction industry’s advocacy during the last CGP renewal effort between 2008 to 2012, working closely with CBIA and other building and construction industry groups, technical and engineering experts, and the Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation. ----------------Craig: What is the Construction General Permit (CGP) for stormwater we have been hearing about and what impact does it have on home building? Matt: This is a permit for allowing discharge (release) of stormwater runoff during the construction phase of a home building project. The State Water Resources Control Board adopts the CGP, and it is enforced locally in California by nine Regional Boards. All home building projects in California greater than one acre must obtain permit coverage before construction starts; smaller projects less than one acre can trigger permit coverage, if there is a common plan of development (think small subdivision). The main purpose of the permit is to control and minimize the amount of sediment (soil suspended in runoff water) which leaves a project site. Craig: Why is the CGP being renewed at this time? Matt: Any general permit issued by a state authority, under Federal law and the Clean Water Act, is supposed to be renewed every 5 years, but delays

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often slow the renewal timeline. The CGP was last renewed and adopted in 2009, but litigation delayed full implementation until July 2012. Craig: What are key changes between the 2012 permit and the 2021 proposal? What are the major areas of concern for home building? Mark: More frequent stormwater runoff sampling at the construction site property line, more dedicated staff responsible for implementing the CGP requirements, and more process and procedural hurdles and paperwork to close out a construction project and stop paying permit fees. One key change and an area of major concern is how home builders must comply with Total Maximum Daily Load (abbreviated TMDL) pollution reduction requirements by sampling stormwater runoff at the property line, and comparing it to a numeric standard, known as a Numeric Effluent Limit (NEL). TMDLs must be incorporated into general permits, by law, but the State Water Board has discretion on how to implement TMDL requirements. They don’t have to include NELs, but they are proposed anyway. If a home building project exceeds the NEL for a pollutant, then the permit holder is in immediate violation of the CGP and is subject to enforcement including major per day and per gallon fines and penalties. This new project monitoring requirement for TMDLs, and a related new proposal for requiring a home building project to not only sample the stormwater runoff from a project site, but also perform sampling downstream from the project in a water body, is a major concern to the home building industry. The cost and liability impacts are significant and will drive housing costs ever higher and decrease affordability. And there is no certainty that water quality will be improved by enforcing more sampling and testing of stormwater runoff.

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Craig: I have heard this from our BIASC home builder members: Why do the existing CGP and its requirements need to be updated and changed? Why can’t the existing permit be renewed? Matt: A good question, and one we ask the State Water Board often. The current permit is highly protective of water quality, and the State’s enforcement data over the past eight years shows the biggest enforcement problem is from late, incomplete, or inaccurate on-line reporting of inspections and other job site activities which must be documented—almost 70% of violations are reporting-related. The existing permit could be renewed as-is, but the State Water Board staff will not do this, because they feel pressure from environmental organizations to always increase regulation, and not decrease it or allow it to stay the same. Craig: What does it cost now to comply with the CGP, generally, on a per home building lot basis? How will this change under the new permit? Mark: Based on data provided by BIASC home builder members, installing best practices for erosion and sediment control and doing the required inspections and monitoring and reporting costs around $3,500 to $5,000 per lot, assuming a typical 2,500 to 3,500 sq. ft. home. Overall project costs can go up from there, especially if the project is located near a stream or waterbody and extra precautions are needed to comply with the permit. Usually this means deploying more best management practices (physical erosion and sediment controls) and more labor to inspect performance and do required monitoring and reporting. Craig: What is the projected per home building lot cost increase from the 2012 permit versus the proposed permit? Mark: Experts we look to and who serve our home builder members predict CGP compliance costs to increase 40% above the existing cost of compliance with the 2012 permit. Compliance costs on a per

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project basis will certainly increase even beyond 40% if the project is in a TMDL area, because a home builder will have to use expensive, labor-intensive stormwater treatment technologies operated by vendors to attempt to comply. Even with technology deployment to treat stormwater runoff, there is no certainty a home builder will achieve the CGP numeric performance requirements, leading to potential enforcement actions and a costly legal defense. Craig: What about public works projects and the public sector? Are they treated differently than the private sector? Matt: No, public works is treated the same way as home building relative to CGP compliance requirements. Compliance costs are also expected to increase 40% or more comparing the 2012 permit with the 2021 proposal. Craig: Didn’t the building industry win a big legal battle in 2012, over the last CGP, which was proposed in 2009, but thrown out in court in 2012? Will we fight in court again? Matt: Yes, the building industry collected substantial data and produced evidence to support eliminating a permit requirement to meet a numeric effluent limit (NEL) for the amount of sediment leaving a construction project site in stormwater runoff. That said, the State Water Board is determined to put NELs back into the CGP in 2021, using TMDLs as leverage to do so. The building industry and other affected stakeholders will most certainly mount a legal challenge, if NELs are adopted into the 2021 CGP. Craig: Some of our home builder members have told me they heard that, in order to comply with the new rules at their job site property boundary, they will have to collect and hold all the stormwater running off of an active construction job site. Is this true?

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Mark: Yes. However, such an action is being promoted by environmentalists and sympathetic State Water Board and Regional Water Board staff. It is completely unrealistic to capture and detain all stormwater runoff at a construction job site. The building industry will never accept zero discharge stormwater capture and retention. Craig: What are the biggest enforcement liabilities for the home building industry? What gets builders in trouble the most? Matt: Not submitting required construction site monitoring results and stormwater runoff reports ontime, using the on-line SMARTS system, or submitting reports which do not contain the correct information. When this happens, it often also then leads to Regional Water Board inspectors showing up on job sites, and finding more problems, which then leads to additional enforcement actions. When this happens, it often also then leads to Regional Water Board inspectors showing up on job sites, and finding more problems, which then leads to additional enforcement actions. Craig: What is BIASC doing to impact the permit renewal process and how can BIASC members and others help engage? Mark: BIASC along with our partners at CBIA are mounting a defense at the State Water Board level, at the Capitol, and in the courts to ensure that this proposed permit does not get enacted as it currently stands. The process is underway right now, so the time for action is now. BIASC members can get involved by joining the dialogue at BIASC government affairs meetings and other BIASC-led forums, and they can take individual action by educating their local public works, planning, and elected officials about the need to eliminate costly permit requirements, which do not have a measurable water quality benefit. For more information on the CGP renewal effort or ways to get involved, contact Mark at mgrey@biasc.org, or call at 909-525-0623.

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Greg Shaia

BIA Riverside Chapter President Regional President Richmond American Homes

The BIA Riverside Chapter is extremely excited about what 2021 has in store for us. Riverside County remains one of the strongest markets in the Homebuilding Industry in the entire country. As evidenced by Dr. James Doti’s recent economic forecast, Riverside County was one of only a few counties in the entire State of California with net migration in for the year 2020. This is a significant data point as this region continues to offer housing affordability that is difficult to match in other areas. With that said, our Chapter is focused on providing housing opportunities across all submarkets in the region. Thus, our #1 priority is to remain focused on political advocacy efforts that will push project approvals forward. We are committed to working with both County and city officials to gain common ground in order to move building efforts forward. We know our local government partners are stretched thin to provide services in the current environment, and we appreciate their partnership and efforts to keep us all building.

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In order for our Chapter to be successful in having the financial resources to appropriately fight for these advocacy efforts, the support of new and existing memberships are paramount. As a Board, we are committed to growing our membership base in 2021 and believe that we should make every effort to do business with other BIA members as much as possible. Additionally, another key success to our organization’s financial well-being is the participation in our partnership program. Although the first half of this year is scheduled to have virtual events due to COVID-19 safety protocols, we are optimistic that the second half of the year will include some fantastic in person events that will be greatly beneficial. By joining the partnership program, it serves as both a great way to promote your business within the industry and also ensures your space at our great schedule of events. Finally, our sincere thoughts go out to all individuals and organizations that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. These challenging times have created obstacles that we all have tried to navigate through on a daily basis in both our personal and professional lives. We are extremely hopeful that we are nearing an end to these challenges. I am personally looking forward to a great year in 2021 working with all Chapter members, city and county officials as we work toward a common goal of making our communities a better place.

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I hope 2021 finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Like you I am glad 2020 is in the rearview mirror and I am so excited for the road ahead in this new year. Our chapter President Greg Shaia and our new chapter Board of Directors are already hard at work leading our chapter advocacy efforts, growing our chapter membership and looking forward to getting back to in-person meetings and events. We are grateful for their collective leadership and look forward to working with them in the year ahead. It is an exciting time to be building homes in Riverside County and Southern California. Interest rates are at historic lows, buyer demand is high and now, more that ever, consumers value a home and piece of land to call their own. It is also a time of great creativity and innovation where we are all thinking about the home of the future. We are now building more than a home; it is also a place where parents are working from home and kids are attending school there as well. All while being more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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BIA Riverside County Chapter Update:

Even with all this good news, challenges exist. New housing supplies out strip demand, buildable lots in the come years are becoming scarcer and the California regulatory environment continues to make delivering affordable housing to those in need very difficult. However, your BIA stands ready to be your advocate and make sure you can deliver the promise of the American Dream of home ownership. Our chapter is so excited that this issue of Southern California Builder Magazine is focusing on all things Riverside County. The Riverside BIA has a long tradition and commitment to building highquality communities throughout the region. We play a critical role in helping to make Riverside County a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. We’re proud of the communities we help to build, so much so, were also proud homeowners in Riverside County! We hope you enjoy the feature story this month on Riverside’s very own BIA House, it’s the place we call home.

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Karen Spiegel Riverside County Supervisor

2020 gave us a different perspective, challenges, and many devastating losses, but it did not take away our hope and resiliency. These certainly have been trying times for everyone and this pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. It has changed the way we work, think, educate our children, shop, entertain, physical activities, personal interactions, and even how we worship. I have a call to action for everyone – let’s work together to create a culture of respect, value, innovation and improve the quality of life in our communities. Let us remain hopeful and optimistic with all the opportunities and potential that 2021 will offer. It starts with us and we need to return to a place of mutual civility, love, respect, and cohesiveness even when our opinions differ. This will be a critical foundation for the generations to come. We will be tackling many challenges and anticipate many changes in Riverside County in the months and years ahead. We are pleased to announce the selection of our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jeffrey Van Wagenen, who will manage and lead us through the county’s $6 billion+ budget, $40+/- million-dollar operating deficit, and manage 44 departments with 20,000+ employees. Mr. Van Wagenen will also need to continue addressing the upcoming state mandates while managing the COVID-19 response, vaccination rollout and balancing the ever-changing economic landscape. Riverside County will continue to deliver services in the most efficient and effective manner possible. To that end, we will constantly examine our systems of government, operational models, weed out inefficiency, and leverage technological advancements to ensure tax dollars are maximized and used appropriately. Despite the hardships, stress, and difficulties we endured during the last year, we saw many great things happen throughout the County. Development did not slow down, both for commercial and residential. The housing demand continues to increase throughout the State of California, and our communities are working with builders to meet the buyer demand of new housing. Sitting on the Southern California

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Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council, I am intimately involved in tackling the state goals to build sufficient and balanced housing in our region. It is exciting to see such diverse and qualified leadership throughout the County and for the first time, I believe we are seeing leadership reflective of the constituents we serve with more women and minorities joining the ranks. This diversity will help shape and lead our future. This pandemic has placed a great focus on Public Health and COVID-19 response. The challenges members of our community are struggling with including mental health, behavioral health, drug addiction and the very looming devastation of our financial health, will be here long after the pandemic leaves us. Ensuring our hospitals, clinics and care providers continue to have the appropriate protective equipment and safety provisions necessary to serve and protect those in need remains a top priority. I am aware of the importance of quality healthcare for our community and the need for regional healthcare expansion. I am pleased to share that I am now Chair of Inland Empire Healthcare Plan (IEHP) and I hope to strengthen our partnerships to expand regional healthcare resources.

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Elected Official Update:

With the right mindset, we can make 2021 better – if we all work together. With a new year, we can clean our slate, build a stronger foundation, create a plan, and work on a shared vision focused towards the wonderful opportunities on the horizon. Riverside County is the 4th largest County in the State, 10th in the nation. Imagine the possibilities if we had the resources to match. I will continue to fight for Riverside County’s fair share and unite the Southern California counties. We are stronger together! Although these times are challenging for many, we must never forget that we as Americans have always found light through the darkness, hope through the despair and unwavering convictions as we forge a path to create a brighter future for our country.

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LOT Committee The LOT [Leaders of Tomorrow] Committee of Riverside Chapter brings together young professionals holding different positions in the home building industry. We represent members from a range of homebuilders, subcontractors and consultants in our industry. Our members range in age, from mid/late twenties to late forties (forever young right?) The company I work for, West Coast Drywall and Paint, has been a longstanding member of the BIA Riverside Chapter for many years. We have hosted Casino Nights and 80’s themed parties at our infamous club (Voodoo Lounge) and are proud to members of the Riverside Chapter and host events. Personally, I joined BIA-R LOT four years ago. I have enjoyed the relationships I have made over the years and the opportunity to volunteer at various BIA events. It has been LOT’s mission to help our members grow within the building industry, as well as bring member companies into the chapter to grow in membership overall.  We network, volunteer, and help others in our communities. As the leader, I encouraged volunteer work and philanthropy in Riverside County/surrounding areas. We have worked with HomeAid over the years on their annual diaper drive and fundraising events.   Right now, we are doing our monthly zoom meetings to keep in touch with what is going on in the home building industry and are in the process of planning future events. Past events include: happy hours, team building escape room events, lunches, camping trips, and leadership group get togethers. We have made

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Aadam Fernandez Chair of LOT Riverside Chapter

strong bonds over the years with our members. Every year, LOT hosts a Bowling Tournament and Builders Unplugged event – both of which always sell out!! It looks as though we are on track to hold these events in 2021… stay tuned! BIA LOT is always looking to grow our membership. Feel free to contact me or Laura Barber for membership details. Our next two meetings will be March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) and April 14th (the last day before sending in your taxes. Don’t forget!)   It has been a trying time for many people in our industry over the past year. Stay strong and continue to make the home building industry the best industry around. We plan on being around and benefiting the home building industry for many years to come. Get involved today!

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Beste Wensen, Borre!

BIA Offers Our “Best Wishes” to Long-Time Leader Borre Winckel on His Retirement The Netherlands didn’t know what it was losing in September 1977, when 19-year-old Borre Winckel boarded an airplane at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and headed off to a new life in America. Their loss was definitely our gain! Now, after 13 years as president and CEO of the San Diego Building Industry Association, and before that, 12 years as CEO of Riverside County BIA, Borre will soon hang up his wooden shoes and head into what looks to be a very happy retirement. During his 25 years with BIA, Borre has been inducted into the California Homebuilding

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Foundation Hall of Fame – a lifetime achievement award for the best of the building industry - the San Diego Hall of Fame, and dozens of “Most Influential Persons” lists, while serving on multiple city and county committees in Riverside and San Diego. Still, he refers to himself as “a behind the scenes operator.” Those who worked closely with him may disagree with that characterization. “Borre led the Riverside chapter during some of the best and some of the most challenging years for the industry in the Inland Empire, and it’s hard to imagine that anyone could have done

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We owe Cold War tensions for Borre’s many productive years with the industry. In the mid-1970s concerns about potential Russian expansionism led many in Western Europe, including Borre’s father, to buy land in America. U.S. government policy at the time accommodated these fears, expediting immigration processing for anyone with real estate holdings and a family member in the U.S. Like many other worried Dutch people, the elder Winckel purchased land in Rancho California – what we now know as Temecula – and decided that Borre should emigrate and be his on-the-ground representative. “I was very excited,” Borre said, “because I knew all about America from the 10-year-old black-and-white cowboy movies we watched on local TV and the one family trip we took to Disneyland. Plus, our American neighbors had taught me ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and introduced me to Betty Crocker brownies. What more was there to learn?”

“I arrived in Riverside in 1987 thinking I had learned all about real estate at Chase but came to realize that I knew absolutely nothing about the hard slog of getting approvals – the consultants, the schmoozing, the politics, all the heavy lifting,” Borre recalls. To learn the ropes, he decided to join the Riverside Chapter of BIA, which at the time had all of 65 builder members. “I must have missed a meeting, because all of a sudden I was the Chapter’s treasurer, responsible for our assets, which amounted to two $30,000 CDs.” In 1994, after years of spending the family’s money on consultants and fees, he finally secured approval of the 1,800-lot Quinta Do Lago Specific Plan, over the strenuous opposition of his local County Supervisor. The victory was ill-timed, as long-time industry members remember the five years from 1989 to 1994 as years of plunging home sales and land deals falling apart. After several years of looking unsuccessfully for someone interested in buying his lots, Riverside BIA offered him a part-time job as CEO. “At first I was incredulous because I was a developer, not an association guy, but then I realized that if I worked at BIA, it would allow me to meet every potential Quinta Do Lago buyer and I would be able to finally close a deal for its purchase,” Borre said. He couldn’t have been more right, because during his time there, Riverside County’s volume of building permits was the highest in the state, placing him at the center of many growth and development issues, like transportation fees, environmental issues, and density battles. And in the midst of it all, he found his long-elusive buyer for Quinta Do Lago, although he adds. Along the way the planned lake became multi-family units, so some people still tease me about my great success with Quinta No Lago.”

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it better,” said Richard Lambros, who was CEO of BIASC at the time. “The passion and energy he brought to his work for the industry was contagious, making community leaders and elected officials want to work with BIA. His gracious style and welcoming personality made him the perfect champion for the homebuilding industry and made others want to champion it with him.”

Before heading West (where no doubt he would meet some cowboys), he picked up journalism and PR degrees from Boston University, then headed to New York City, where he met his wife of 38 years, Kay, and went to work for Chase Manhattan Bank’s head office as a speechwriter. “Why not have a guy who speaks Dutch write your speeches?” Borre laughed. After discovering speechwriting doesn’t pay, he moved to Chase’s corporate finance group, and then, in preparation for getting into real estate in California, he transferred to its construction lending group, which at the time held the largest construction loan portfolio in America.

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The soaring new home sales in the Inland Empire set the stage for what Borre regards as his biggest, and most fun, accomplishment at the Chapter: The Riverside BIA House. For years, Chapter leaders had wanted to get out of office leases and own a property they could use as an office – specifically a house because, after all, they were homebuilders. Potential properties came and went. Some were too small, some too expensive and some too infeasible, until 3891 11th Street turned up. It was an odd house, its design caught in the transition between Victorian and Craftsman, with two different street addresses, one on 11th Street and one on Almond Street, and two mirrored homes within, one for the owner and one for his tenant. In 2004, BIA bought it. “It was going to be a quick remodel job because we didn’t have the funds for more,” Borre recalls. “But everything changed when the market roared back and I landed the Kiosk Sign Program in the County, which quickly started netting us $25,000 a month. We were in the money! When Sub Zero/Wolf asked if they could give us all the kitchen appliances for the house, it set of a chain reaction because we were not going to follow the first donation with anything run-of-the-mill. We got aggressive and asked for the best of the best, and we got it. The campaign to get the BIA House remodeled was very much a ‘We are building the house together’ project, and because the House and the concept sold itself, the members fell in love with it and pitched in with their products and their skills.”

Bill Blankenship has strong positive memories of the years he spent working with Borre. “He’s just bigger than life. He came to work every day with such passion and such a deep love for the industry that it just naturally created all these deep bonds between the Chapter’s members, leadership and staff. The interactions he created were priceless, and he was – and always will be – the best guy I ever worked for.” Under Borre’s leadership, BIA Riverside pioneered an aggressive “Defeat the Fee Increase” program that for the first time in the Chapter’s history asked the membership for the funds needed to challenge fee increases that have no legal basis. The campaign continues to this day, lowering costs for homebuilders as proposals for higher fees by cities and water districts throughout the county wither under pressure from the Association. Borre was completely satisfied in the CEO’s office of BIA House, but when leaders of San Diego BIA unexpectedly offered him their CEO job, he saw it as a way to transition from the suburbs of development to the big city, with the challenges of a more urban, more vertical market. “I was right,” he says, “It was all new: New politics, new dynamics, new levels of pushback from both labor and environmentalists. It’s been an incredible job, and extremely gratifying to work with our fantastic staff, Board of Directors and volunteers to move housing forward against the headwind of these challenges.” Interestingly, his Riverside experience played into what Borre sees as his biggest success in San Diego. “Just as I was starting with San Diego BIA, the organization, which had such a proud track record, found itself crippled by the terrible recession of 2008. I thought some of the things we did in Riverside could bring it back,

BIA moved into the house in late November 2006, coinciding with the house’s 100th anniversary. “None of the BIA House could have happened were it not for Bill Blankenship (who later became Riverside’s CEO). While I cut the deals and made them happen, he oversaw the construction/finish part, which was far harder because scheduling volunteers isn’t easy. We were the perfect team. And as far as offices go, BIA House spoiled me for good.”

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Another highlight was last year’s defeat of a County no-growth ballot measure, Measure A, which would have required a countywide vote – yes, that’s right:

will find itself only building big homes for the rich and subsidized homes for the poor, and will become small and irrelevant.” Borre is confident the industry has what it takes to meet this challenge – maybe even as confident as he is that, after 24 years of driving from the beloved home he built in San Juan Capistrano to the BIA offices in Riverside and San Diego, he won’t miss the commute.

countywide – on any General Plan Amendment anywhere in the County and its cities. After a tough campaign, as the ballot counts showed Measure A going down to defeat, Winckel said, “The campaign against Measure A provided a new opportunity for our industry to engage with labor interests, as well as affordable housing and social-justice advocates and others, to find common ground in our efforts to provide housing choices for San Diegans at all income levels. Our efforts are just getting started, and we will continue to fight for the homes our region desperately needs.”

He intends to fill much of his retirement with writing. A book he wrote in Dutch on his father’s escape from German-occupied Holland will be published shortly in The Netherlands and he intends to start retirement by translating it into English. He’d like to follow that with some children’s books and a book on his grandfather’s involvement in the almost forgotten but very interesting Abyssinia Crisis between Italy and Ethiopia in 1935. Then there’s the farm the Winckels bought in Tennessee and the volunteer work he’s looking forward to doing at Cumberland University nearby.

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and at first our leadership was skeptical, since the two markets and the two memberships are so different. But I was confident, and as I look back, being able to transition the dues restructuring and partnership programs we used up in Riverside in such a way that they worked in San Diego, and the receptivity I got from our leadership, and the ultimate success of our turn-around – all that is my proudest accomplishment here,” Borre said.

He says leaving his home in San Juan Capistrano full time for Tennessee is not an option, however. Good thing. Because if we were to lose Borre Winckel, we would know what we are losing.

Asked for some parting words of wisdom, Borre said that from his days with Quinta Do Lago to today, the difficulties the industry faces have continuously ramped up. “The politics are going to be ever more challenging, but we are still relevant and haven’t lost our ability to influence politics and policy. We have to expect that it will only get harder over time, though, so we must give 110 percent in our fight for housing opportunities. Specifically, we need to focus on fighting for more housing opportunities for middle-income homebuyers. That’s absolutely key. If we don’t fill this gap – and we’re not doing that well enough yet – the industry

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Riverside’s Best Are Ahead Of Us Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we all are looking forward to better days ahead, and there is reason for optimism. With the vaccine being rolled out around the country, we must begin to look to the future while also working hard in the present to assist our families and businesses that have been, and continue to be adversely affected by the pandemic. As I stated in my recent State of the City address, I firmly believe that Riverside’s best days are ahead of us. I have no doubt that a post-COVID-19 Riverside will be shaped by – but not defined by -- the pandemic. We will remain a city that creates opportunity from adversity, driven by our shared purpose. This is especially true when it comes to housing. We must help Riversiders live where they work. We have to work towards a Riverside where anyone who needs housing can afford to live here, instead of spending hours on the freeway each day. We have much work to do. As it stands, many Riversiders struggle to secure housing. This inevitably leads to longer commutes, worsening air quality and a diminished quality of life. We want our residents to be engaged in the life of our city, but many struggle to be adequately involved in the lives of their own families because of the demands of long-haul commuting made worse by an inadequate supply of housing. We simply must do better when it comes to providing housing, and the proof is in the data. The State’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, or RHNA, sets

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housing levels the City of Riverside must achieve over the next eight years. Riverside’s share will be approximately 24,000 new housing units by 2029, and we are currently identifying locations for these homes as we update our Housing Element Plan. Obviously, there are challenges ahead. Existing property owners are understandably concerned when they learn that additional development – housing or otherwise – is planned nearby. They wonder if the new development will affect their property values, the amount of traffic in their neighborhood, etc. It is imperative that our efforts to create additional housing go hand in hand with strong and proactive outreach efforts to our neighborhoods and business districts.

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Elected Official Update:

One of my personal passions is working to “Put the River Back in Riverside.” For too long, we have turned our back on our namesake--the river that runs along the entire western side of our City. But we now have an opportunity to celebrate it for the treasure that it is and what it can be: a destination for recreation, a place for our community to connect with each other, across town and across generations. I was pleased to have played a role in securing funding for The Santa Ana River Gateway project which will provide almost $3 million for 10 projects along the river, including the acquisition of four acres next to Ryan Bonaminio Park. This is the kind of work that can be accomplished through regional coalitions, which I have worked to build throughout my professional career.

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I am encouraged that, in my city, the resources that made Riverside prosperous for decades are still here and will aid our recovery and growth: three universities and a community college, two award-winning K-12 school districts, a historic downtown core, desirable neighborhoods, and a robust housing market. We have the ability to build on that strong and stable foundation with our new Main Library, which includes a state-of-the-art City Archive which will house items from the Library’s local history collection and documents from the Museum of Riverside and City Clerk’s Office. In the former Main Library location, we will soon welcome the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture of the Riverside Art Museum, a game-changer for the Riverside arts scene. Just down the street, the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California will help us recognize and celebrate Riverside’s rich and diverse history while also developing 72 units of affordable housing.

With the completion of the Southern California headquarters of the California Air Resources Board in the spring, we are on the cusp of a new jobs sector launching in Riverside. Our city will be an international center for green and clean tech, attracting related businesses that will work with the Air Resources Board to bring in high-quality jobs for Riverside’s workforce. I share these developments to emphasize that, even though these are the darkest of times in some ways, I am confident that Riverside and our inland region is strongly positioned to emerge stronger and more prosperous than ever before. I look forward to working with all our community partners to bring this vision to reality.

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Hello and welcome to 2021! My name is AnnMarie Quinn, and I am honored to serve as the BIA Membership Chair for the Riverside Chapter. Growing up in Riverside, I have always had a passion for being involved in my community. Professionally, I have a background in sales, marketing, and business development. My experience ranges from Land Entitlement to Geotechnical Engineering. Over the last 13 years I have been with GeoTek Inc. and I am now the Director of Client Relations. Seeing the growth and diversity that is possible because of our industry brings me great pride, which is why it is important for me to be an active member of the BIA.

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Riverside BI A Membership Update:

I have been a member with the BIA of Southern California for the last 15 years and have served on various committees during my tenure, receiving many volunteer awards for service. I am a firm believer that the value of membership can only be fully realized when members are committed to active participation within the association. Participation is more than attending events– it includes serving on councils and committees, sponsoring events, attending membership meetings, and developing relationships to build and maintain a successful business. For me, joining the Membership Committee has been an essential part of my success. The Riverside Membership Committee is a tight knit group of passionate, industry leaders who come together to support, mentor, and recruit new members. Through my involvement with the Membership Committee, I have developed lifelong friendships, established genuine business relationships and gained valuable experience needed for future leadership positions. As we look towards the year ahead, I am excited for what is to come! The team at BIASC has plans to launch new and exciting benefits such as the Affinity Channel, Affinity Directory, and the BIASC Rewards Program. The intent is to create new and innovative ways to support members and encourage member to member business. As we all know, BIASC is the collective voice of the Southern California home building industry and that is made possible by the support of each member. I am extremely thankful for the stand the BIA took to ensure that our industry remained essential, and all of the support they continue to provide in the best interest of the entire industry. I look forward to a new year of growth, development, and continued success in being part of the Building Industry Association.

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HomeAid Inland Empire continues to work with building industry partners to improve and increase much needed housing for service providers working with those experiencing homelessness in our region. Through the inevitable challenges navigated to accomplish our goals, we discover myriad rewarding moments that remind us how countless precious lives are improved by what we accomplish together. From renovations of a house where women and children can rebuild their lives; and a new roof on a men’s shelter; to thousands of baby diapers and wipes for those service providers sheltering infants and toddlers; to providing backto-school supplies and gift cards for clothing; and our new Seats & Feet drive providing much needed underwear and socks to refresh our homeless neighbors.

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anyone interested in providing support to these projects and others please reach out to julie@homeaidie.org. You can also get involved by supporting our annual Fundraisers: Project Playhouse Pet Edition coming in May; and the popular Trap Shoot to be held in October this year. In addition, we have several Community Outreach efforts including the Essentials for Young Lives baby care items collection campaign in April; our Full Bellies/Warm Hearts for back-to-school supplies drive in July; and our Seats & Feet (underwear and socks) drive to be held in November. To participate in any of these worthwhile events please reach out to katie@homeaidie.org for more details. Our newest program is HomeAid WORKS, a training program designed to reduce barriers to entry-level employment in the construction field. Comprised of online and in person classes, WORKS will provide students the fundamentals in construction. In collaboration with Workforce Centers and Builder Trainers, WORKS will be paired with career readiness training to further support a student’s path toward success in employment. If you are interested in helping us with this program, please reach out to katie@homeaidie.org for more details. These projects would not be possible without financial and volunteer support we receive from many of you. Thank you! Please visit HomeAidIE.org for more information.

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Re-Invent, Re-Focus & Re-Connect We’re Moving Ahead! Join us September 29-30, 2021 for BIS 3.0 – With overwhelming support from our members, attendees and exhibitors, we are thrilled to be planning our most important live annual event this year. Building industry manufacturers having been working all year to showcase their new product lines and service offerings. Builders are eager to source new products & meet the needs of their product-hungry consumers. Buyers can source the latest trends, take advantage of special deals, and discover ways to grow their business! WHO ATTENDS: • Architects • Engineers • Designers • General Contractors • Subcontractors • Commercial & Home Builders • Purchasing Agents • Developers

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Our attendee statistics from past shows consist of over 1500 in attendance, and over 400 builders: 89% Homebuilders, 7% Commercial/Land Development, and 4% Multi-Family Builders. WHY ATTEND: Throughout Southern California, the Building Industry Show (BIS 3.0) is the place for the local building industry professionals to engage in a great networking opportunity, do business on the show floor, and see new innovations in homebuilding. The BIS Show will be the place to reconnect in 2021, taking advantage of some long awaited in person networking and get up to date on the current advocacy & regulatory conditions.

WHO EXHIBITS: Our exhibitors are Industry Trade Professionals, and consist of manufactures of appliances, fixtures, plumbing products, HVAC, windows, outdoor playground equipment, construction services, building materials, cabinetry, flooring, kitchen & bath, home décor, storage, remodeling, financial and real estate services, to name a few! Current List of 2021 Exhibitors WHY EXHIBIT: In this shifting landscape, what we do know now more than ever, is the importance of providing an in-person platform for the building industry to exchange ideas and create personal connections. Each year, our highly anticipated BIS show attracts key decision makers, where old relationships are re-kindled, new relationships are formed, and new business is built. Exhibiting has many benefits in not only showcasing your products, but taking part in our popular Golf Tournament, Winery Tour, Exhibitor and Builder Kick-off Party, and our on the show floor Meet the Builder event. Exhibit packages include one free hotel night for you or your staff at the beautiful Pechanga Resort & Casino. This is what fuels our businesses for years to come! For more information on exhibiting or enhancing your exposure through our sponsorship offerings, please contact llundrigan@ biasc.org or call 949-777-3854. Space is Limited! SHOW SCHEDULE AT GLANCE: Wednesday, September 29th: Exhibitor Load In 9-4 Kettle One & Whistle Pig Party - 7-10pm   Thursday, September 30th: Show Floor Open: 10-5 Don’t miss our Educational Sessions – Speakers to be Announced this Summer Friday, October 1st: Exhibitor Load Out 8-12 Sign Up for Show Updates

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Labor Dept Update:

Keeping BIASC Strong: Union Contractors Council At Your Service Are you aware BIASC is home to almost 50 union contractor members? It’s true. BIASC is the only homebuilding industry organization in the country (BIA’s and/or HBA’s) with a Labor Relations Program (LRP). Its Labor Department and the Union Contractors Council (UCC) represent contractors in binding Master Labor Agreement partnerships (MLAs) with six unions (Carpenters, Cement Masons, Iron Workers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Teamsters). Why is this important to the greater good and health of BIASC, especially during these trying times? The answer is simple. The MLAs mandate that for every hour a signatory member employee works a job, income is generated for BIASC through contractor contributions to the Contract Administration Fund and Industry Advancement Fund. Since the COVID-19 State of Emergency began, revenue generated from these agreements has become the Association’s third highest source of revenue. Moreover, it has helped BIASC executive leadership re-build and renew relationships with long-time labor partners that had grown strained that in the past decade by policy disputes at the state and federal level. So what does your Labor Department staff do to ensure UCC and BIASC are effectively represented? Long before the COVID-19 tragedy befell us, your Executive staff was thinking about how to enhance this essential revenue stream and ensure it is successfully maintained. Beginning in 2019 a new strategic plan was implemented for the department and by year’s end, key goals began to be realized. Full-time, proactive member services were enhanced and complimented with an improved UCC that

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is also generating revenue for BIASC. Further, signatory members’ interests are effectively represented in negotiations of MLAs, and grievance and audit claims in the millions of dollars have been resolved successfully to our members’ satisfaction. And BIASC’s positive exposure to labor is being enhanced because we are now an active participant and trustee to various union trust fund and industry-related committees. Moreover, nimble and effective management and good relationships with the unions has helped your BIA team create a new value-added events calendar for the Labor Department, which is now generating revenue and results not seen in more than an decade. Once the COVID-19 state of emergency is over, the trajectory for the Labor Department will accelerate with fantastic events and offerings. We anticipate our first post-COVID-19 event will be a UCC quarterly luncheon at Angel Stadium. This should be a celebratory event of over 100 paid attendees and major sponsorships. That will reset the bar, so look for elevated revenues from the UCC Annual BBQ and Fall Dinner Meeting. The Labor Department and UCC is also working to create efficiencies in dues collections, proactively engage with members to help them become multi-signatory contractors (meaning one contract with more than one of our union partners) and recruiting new members. Together, these efforts position BIASC for optimal success, qualitatively and quantifiably, on a level not seen in some 30 years. BIASC signatory contractors are proud to be a part of the Association’s effort to make housing a priority again in our region.

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“Swiss Army Knife” was the name I chose at BIASC’s summer 2019 staff retreat. In a teambuilding exercise, each BIA staff member was instructed to think of a clown name that represented their role and personality at BIA. “Swiss Army Knife” instantly came to mind as my role – like most of my team members – is a hybrid role that requires flexibility, creativity, versatility, and quick speed of action; skills that have definitely come in handy as a Jack (or Jill) of all trades, so to speak, during my 3+ years at BIA. My background is in communications, social media, and government affairs, and when I joined BIASC, a new hybrid role was created – Communications and Political Affairs Specialist – bridging an important gap between government and communication that can often make or break many important decisions. Two years later, as my duties expanded further, I was promoted to Public Affairs Manager - your BIA Jarvis for all-things communication. In case you did not know or need assistance in any of the following categories, my multi-facetted role includes: Graphic Design The majority of BIASC, BIA Chapters, and Councils’ chapters’ flyers and graphics and several of BIA logos including the logos for New Homes Showcase, BIA Academy, California Investor Report, and BIA’s new Infinity Program. Marketing Emails, newsletters, videos, job posting, website maintenance, and social media posts. Government Affairs Partnering with local government agencies, state, county, and city government staff to disseminate breaking news and pertinent news to the building industry. Digital Advocacy Working with BIA’s advocacy team to create campaigns for emergency-action government affairs items like establishing homebuilding as “essential” during the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic. BIASC Political Action Committee (PAC) Serving as PAC Administrator with BIAOC Chapter Executive Steve La Motte and working with the PAC Board of Trustees to schedule meetings, vet candidate requests and process the distribution of approved funds. Southern California Builder Magazine Acting as Editor & Production Coordinator working with Craig Foster, Chief Editor, to brainstorm, collaborate, collect and create your online digital magazine Southern California Builder. These services exist as resources for you – to enhance your experience with BIA, expand your networking and reach online and in our industry, and to grow your business. Should you ever have questions or need assistance in any of these areas, please email me at kwillette@biasc.org. I am here to serve you!

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Let Me Reintroduce Myself… Founded over thirty years ago, the Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation (BILD) continues to stand as the premier legal voice for homebuilders in Southern California. Long an integral part of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, this less familiar champion for our members fights tirelessly to hold the line against the everincreasing hurdles foisted upon developers. Therefore, after a year filled with unprecedented challenges, it seems appropriate to reintroduce BILD and the changes they’ve implemented to better serve you. So what is BILD? Technically speaking, BILD is a whollycontrolled affiliate of BIASC that initiates litigation, monitors legal developments and educates officials on critical legal policies essential to sustaining the building industry, all under the direction of the BILD Board of Directors. In short, BILD exists to fight the legal battles that arise when traditional government affairs efforts have run their course. From fee increases to the California Environmental Quality Act, BILD exists to find ways of turning statutes into shields for our members. Who is BILD? For over 30 years, BILD has had the privilege of being governed by some of the greatest legal minds in California. This tradition continues today with an outstanding Board of Directors providing guidance to our team during one of the most trying times in the State’s history. Industry veterans like Ken Bley, David Smith, Bart Doyle, Susan Hori, Shawn Monterastelli are joined by newer board members Ira Lebovic and Dag Wilkinson who are accompanied by builder board members like Wes Keusder, Peter Vanek and Dave Bartlett. Guidance from these luminaries set the tone for BILD staff. In an effort to maximize member resources, BILD has contracted with the law firm Holland & Knight to secure the incomparable services of preeminent CEQA Attorney

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Adam Wood

BIASC BILD Administrator

Jennifer Hernandez, famously known as one of the most important legal voices in California housing litigation. While her focus has been on industry-defining litigation, BILD additionally contracts with Attorney Adam Wood to handle ground operations and BILD Administration. Rounding out the BILD line-up is a familiar name, Attorney Andy Henderson, who provides a rich history as former BIASC General Counsel and all-around land use and environmental policy expert. Together, the Board and Staff have relaunched BILD’s mission, becoming more proactive in the fight to protect our industry. As such, BILD has been spearheading several major litigation and research topics on behalf of our membership. While each topic deserves its own article to fully illustrate the impact on the industry, the following is a small collection of the biggest issues BILD is addressing in early 2021. Construction Stormwater General Permit: Unquestionably the top issue to be addressed in 2021 is the recently released language for new regulations on Stormwater Permits. Covered in detail in another article in this edition, it is essential to understand the potential impacts of the new language. This should be considered required reading for anyone with projects in Southern California. Vehicle Miles Traveled: July 2020 saw the enactment of SB 743, which alters the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) from a “Level of Service” review to a “Vehicle Miles Traveled” (VMT) standard for a project’s traffic impacts. This shift created significant new costs on housing, especially where it is most in demand. To navigate this new challenge, BILD has provided legal analysis for policy makers. In so doing, BILD has become a leading voice on SB 743/VMT policy. So much so, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) invited BILD

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and former Senator Darrell Steinberg (author of SB 743 and current mayor of Sacramento) to participate on a moderated panel regarding the impacts of VMT. This provided an exceptional platform to BILD wherein we were able to communicate with traffic engineers, statewide, on the real-world impacts of VMT. Attended by over 300 California traffic engineers, these frontline ‘implementors’ of VMT were a critical audience to reach. Continued educational efforts like this are essential for creating a landscape favorable to the percolating legal challenges that will arise under SB 743. The Housing Crisis Act: Senate Bill 330 of 2019, also known as the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, clearly states that lack of housing is a critical problem that threatens the economic, environmental, and social quality of life in California. This legislation amended California’s Government Code in a litany of ways to enhance and protect housing opportunity until 2025. Given the limited window within which these protections exist, swift utilization of SB 330 is paramount. As such, BILD has assisted multiple BIASC members with legal research on how projects can be saved by this critical legislation. Further, BILD reached out to the Department of Housing

and Community Development (HCD) to proffer identified policies across Southern California subject to SB 330 actions and is closely monitoring the newly announced Housing Accountability Unit (HAU) within HCD. As announced, the HAU will exist to ensure local governments “fully implement their duties under existing housing laws,” like the Housing Crisis Act of 2019. BILD believes great potential could exist under the HAU to combat Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) pressures faced by City Councils across our region. More on this is expected in the coming weeks. What’s next? While California homebuilding never suffers a lack of legal threats, BILD can only fulfill its renewed mission by hearing directly from you. BILD has been rebuilt to directly serve BIASC members with enhanced on-the-ground assistance. Although BILD will always be there for the big fights, its new approach makes it most effective when directly interfacing with BIASC members on front-line housing projects. To learn more about what BILD can do to help you, contact Adam Wood at awood@ bildfoundation.org. Together we can tackle the housing crisis head-on as we strive for meaningful solutions that benefit our industry.

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Introducing BIASC’S Women & Diversity Council On February 2, 2021, the BIASC Governing Board approved the Charter and unanimously approved the Resolution to commence forming the Women and Diversity Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. The Women and Diversity Council would provide women and members of societally under-represented communities with training, networking and support so they can enter Association leadership through volunteer work on committees and councils, thereby helping the Council achieve its mission, as set forth by the Governing Board. The next step will be for the board to appoint governing board members to a new the Steering and Diversity Committee, which will be charged with increasing the representation of women and members of societally under-represented communities in the governance and leadership of the Association. One of its goals is to ensure that the Governing Board’s members always include at least one woman and one person identifying themselves as from a minority ethnic group. The Steering and Diversity Committee also will oversee the creation, ramp-up and roll-out of the Women and Diversity Council. The committee may hire outside consultants to guide it through proper construction of this Council and ensure its mission and goals are clearly outlined to achieve its mission as set forth by the board. A major step in this process will be for the committee to seat the first Council Board and Chairperson. It will be the committee’s responsibility to search for the most capable people that understand and support the board’s vision and are able to carry out the duties of the Council. Once the Council board is formed it will report monthly to the committee as to the progress in bringing new members to the Council and conducting events and educational workshops that provide fulfilment of the mission statement. Much more will follow, and questions and suggestions are welcomed. Please contact Craig Foster at cfoster@biasc.org or Diana Coronado at dcoronado@bialav.org.

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Lisa Meadows

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My name is Lisa Meadows and I am proud to be your Membership Services Manager. Recruited by then Board President, Jeff Montejano from the non-profit teen empowerment program, Tilly’s Life Center, I joined the BIASC team a little over two years ago. Originally coming from the Restaurant and Action Sports Industries, I have gained several years-experience in customer service and it is my pleasure and great honor to serve our loyal members and hardworking BIA Staff. 2020 proved to have its challenges but with a bit of positivity, creativity and valuable feedback from our

members, our team has come up with some exciting new programs that will ensure extra added value in your BIASC membership. If you have any suggestions on how I can better serve you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to talking with you and helping you get the most out of your membership. Looking back, I would have never guessed I would be involved in the Building Industry nor passionate about it, but here I am, serving with great pride and I couldn’t be happier.

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Our goal at BIASC is to continuously add value to your membership and increase the return on your investment. As we begin planning for the 2021, it is our main priority to implement new benefits /programs that will aid us in accomplishing our goal. With that, we are excited to announce that in the following weeks to come, we will be rolling out three new programs: The Affinity Channel, the Affinity Directory, and a new BIASC Rewards Program. We know that the primary goal of associate members is to work directly with builders. BIASC remains committed to facilitating increased builder business through our Virtual Meet the Builder events, as well as our new “Bid to Builder” program that will be launching in the future. In the meantime, we want to assist you in generating as much business as possible and we are confident that our Affinity Channel will be the perfect vehicle for that. The Affinity Channel will be similar to the home shopping network and will provide associate members with a platform and opportunity to sell their products and services, member to member. This platform will be available to members monthly and will provide the opportunity to get your brand in front of our database of 14,000 contacts across the region. In conjunction with our Affinity Channel, we will also be offering an Affinity Directory. This digital Affinity Directory will only be available to BIASC members, and will allow you to advertise your company’s products, services, and contact information similar to the ”old” yellow pages in phone books. Thus, providing yet another opportunity to increase your brand awareness, and cultivate new business with fellow members. As we always say, our members are the pulse of our association. Each year, our members show their support of the BIA through membership renewal, advocacy support, event attendance, council participation, volunteering, and referrals. Without this continued support, we would not be able to maintain our collective voice throughout the region. As a thank you for your loyalty and support, we will be creating a new BIASC Rewards Program. With this program, you will be able to earn points for the things you are already doing to support your local BIA! Points will be redeemable at the BIASC Store for exciting and necessary items such as gift cards, merchandise, electronics, etc. You will also be able to apply points as a discount to your renewal dues and more. We are working diligently to finalize this robust program, and we look forward to sharing more details with you as we get closer to launching!

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BIA BALDY VIEW CHAPTER

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT PLEASE JOIN US IN RECOGNIZING UNITED ENGINEERING GROUP

Please help us in recognizing our BIASC Member United Engineering Group (UEG). UEG is a professional civil engineering and development consulting company specializing in land entitlements, engineering and surveying services for the residential, industrial, commercial and solar development sectors throughout the Inland Empire region of Southern California. BIABV Board Member and United Engineering Group Entitlement Manager, Beau Cooper, has served as Past Treasurer and Past VP of Programs for the Baldy View Chapter and is an active member of our High Desert government affairs taskforce. BIASC’s mission is to ensure the ability of our members to effectively plan for, and meet, the building and constructions needs of Southern California and we would like to thank United Engineering Group for their continued support and contributions to this mission for the past 10+ years.

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Please join us in recognizing BIA Member Emily Grene Corp. Emily Grene Corp’s philosophy is that they are not another trade, they are a partner. It is through this ideology that Emily Grene Corp provides exceptional service to each of their clients. What is unique about the company is that they provide Electrical, Low Voltage and HVAC services in both the Residential and Commercial Industries. By being versatile, builders can hire one contractor, which allows installation to be streamlined and completed in a timelier fashion. Through engineering and innovative design solutions, Emily Grene Corp transforms environments where people live, work, and play. Creating intelligent spaces, efficient energy solutions, and safer, more comfortable environments. Emily Grene Corp does this with one goal in mind: making a difference in peoples’ lives—and the planet—for the better. “This year we decided to join the BIA as we wanted to become more visible in the building industry. With the onset of COVID and the world becoming more virtual, the BIA is allowing us to still interact with Builders and other trades in a safe and fun fashion. We look forward to this year’s events and meeting new people.” – The Emily Grene Corp Team

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Please join us in recognizing BIA Member The Musella Group. Over the last two decades, John Musella has been at the forefront of the building industry helping to entitle more than 50,000 new homes and over 30 million square feet of commercial space across Los Angeles County, including the masterplanned communities of Playa Vista, Valencia, Newhall Ranch and Centennial at Tejon Ranch. The Musella Group is celebrating 10 years in business providing strategic communications, government relations, community relations and CSR counsel for Fortune 500 companies, startups and associations.

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BIA ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT PLEASE JOIN US IN RECOGNIZING DANIELIAN ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS + PLANNERS

Please join us in recognizing BIA Member Danielian Associates Architects + Planners. The Danielian Team’s roots in architecture and planning run deep. While anyone can succeed once or even a few times, it requires tremendous skill, forward thinking minds, and unrelenting passion for creativity to deliver award-winning designs that span five decades. Every Danielian-designed project connects places with people while uniquely reflecting the area’s verve and vibrancy. Whether the project at hand is creating multifamily and mixed-use, single family homes, affordable work force housing, active adult, or high-end luxury homes – Danielian Associates starts with a story and focuses on creating extraordinary experiences for each future resident. Danielian Associates has been a proud BIA member for 49 years. Now led by a new generation of architects and planners, Danielian continues to support the association that supports, educates, and advocates at all levels for our homebuilding industry.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT PLEASE JOIN US IN RECOGNIZING LSA

Please help us in recognizing our BIASC Member LSA. Founded in 1976, LSA is a diversified environmental, transportation, and community planning firm with nine offices throughout California. LSA’s corporate headquarters is located in Irvine with eight additional offices in: Carlsbad, Los Angeles, Riverside, Palm Springs, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Point Richmond, and Roseville. Because of their large professional and geographic bandwidth, LSA’s 200+ team members are capable of rapidly deploying throughout the State to assist clients with their project needs. LSA is thoroughly familiar with the processes, procedures, and technical requirements of CEQA and NEPA, as well as California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) local assistance requirements. In addition to CEQA and NEPA services, LSA also can provide transportation analysis (LOS and VMT), parking studies, biological resource analysis, habitat restoration, regulatory permitting, biomonitoring services, environmental planning, and construction support services (including biological, archeological, paleontological, and air quality/dust monitoring). To achieve the highest level of service, LSA assigns skilled professionals, many of whom are recognized experts in their fields, and all projects are overseen by a Principal in Charge to ensure a high level of expertise and quality control. LSA has been a member of BIA for over 35+ years and is proud to have helped homebuilders throughout the State navigate the often-complex process of environmental review and regulatory approvals in California.

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My Time as Chair with the South Orange County Economic Coalition

Steven LaMotte

BIA Orange County Chapter Executive Officer

I was first introduced to the South Orange County Economic Coalition over a decade ago. Then, I was a brand-new legislative staffer that would update the Coalition on State legislative changes at their monthly meetings. Now, I am serving my second term as Chairman of the Coalition and representing the BIA on the Board of Directors. My first term as Chair had been pre-COVID-19, and I had the opportunity to achieve several strategic goals related to growing and strengthening the organization, as well as utilizing the skills learned during my time at the BIA to increase their advocacy footprint in south Orange County. The four core areas of focus of the Coalition include advocacy, education, representation and progress for south Orange County issues, initiatives and projects. Representing hundreds of employees, it is an alliance of businesses, community-thought leaders and stakeholders committed to enhancing the region’s economic vitality and protecting its exceptional quality of life. Further, the Coalition’s efforts in support of infrastructure projects, political campaigns and initiatives, have also proven to be quite successful, as many in South OC look to the coalition as the voice of business on these matters. Last March, at the onset of COVID-19 when most of California’s businesses were shutting down, the coalition immediately retooled to become a completely virtual organization which has been extremely successful in terms of engagement and participation by our members. I am also happy to say that the coalition has complimented BIA’s advocacy effort by rallying its own members to write letters and speak in favor of much needed housing proposals and important policy topics during the recent stay at home orders. BIASC staff members participate on multiple public and private boards, political action committees, and advisory groups in an effort to strengthen and expand our voice in service to our members. The South Orange County Economic Coalition is the premier South County advocacy organization doing just that, and it has been an honor for me to serve as the Coalition’s Chair as well as the fulfillment it’s provided by its influential impacts that have a definite benefit in my role with the BIASC/OC. To learn more information about how you can get involved with the South Orange County Economic Coalition, please visit: https://www.economiccoalition.com/.

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