Minutes from February 26, 2013-Building Industry Assoc. Of So. Cal.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013  

Open Board of Directors Meeting 

 San Bernardino Community College District

114 S. Del Rosa Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Don Averill, Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Ray Gonzales, Scott Hofferber, Mark Kaenel, Al Karnig, Lowell King, Temetry Lindsey Sue McKee, John Mirau, Charlie Ng, Tom Nightingale, Steve PonTell, Bev Powell, Kristine Scott, Larry Sharp, Steve von Rajcs, Phil Waller, A.J. Wilson and Ray Wolfe.

Guests: Joe Gonzales, Pam Langford, Todd Warden and Greg Young.  

Announcements:  1) Committees we asked to submit their white papers for the Washington, D.C. issues as soon as possible.  2) Business cards were requested from the participants of the Washington, D.C. trip.  3) Sponsorship for the annual Inland Action dinner in Washington, D.C. was requested.  The event will be held at the Credit Union House on Tuesday, March 19th with a reception at 7 pm and dinner at 8 pm.  4) Deborah Barmack attended the first meeting of the Community Advisory Groups on the I-10 I-15 which will be advising the SANBAG Board over the next year on potential Toll Roads.  Larry Sharp is also a member of the Committee 

M/S/P: Minutes from February 19, 2013 

Ken Coate introduced David Shepherd, CEO, Building Industry Association of Southern California. 

The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) is a nonprofit trade association representing nearly 1,000 member companies involved in planning and building Southern California’s communities. They are the local arm of the National Association of Home Builders.  Their members are involved in all aspects of construction and green building – from architecture to roofing to landscape design. 

BIASC serves over 900 members who employ over 20,000 people.  The Association creates a more unified and empowered voice for all professions in the building industry.  Additionally they provide a regional “watch dog” effort so that members do not have to conduct this effort on their own.

They help members tap into their collective “strength in numbers,” and all of its corresponding resources to tackling industry-wide issues.  Their advocacy helps protect new construction projects from the threat of excessive regulations and fees.   If a project is not scaled back or cancelled, the jobs aren’t scaled back or cancelled. Some of the ongoing services & member benefits are:

  • ·         Opportunities to meet directly with builders, industry peers and potential clients at BIASC networking functions
  • ·         Educational Training: Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) courses
  • ·         Informational and “best practices” workshops held by BIASC Councils such as 55+, BIEC, UCC, CSBC, GSMC
  • ·         Extensive Members-Only Discounts for goods & services such as Verizon, T-Mobile and workers comp insurance
  • ·         Directional Sign Program for Builders 


A primary mission of BIASC is to advance legislation and regulatory policies which support a home building market that meets the housing needs of California’s cities while also answering the demands of today’s new home buyers

  • ·         BIASC actively pursues a legislative agenda most likely to create such a market at the federal, state and regional levels of government

Current State Priorities: 

  • ·         BIASC supports AB 116 Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) – Map Extension, a key factor in helping the housing industry emerge from seven years of recession. 
  • ·         BIASC will actively pursue CEQA Reform. This 40 year old law is long overdue for over-haul to assure it serves its original purpose while supporting much needed housing growth in California. 
  • ·         BIASC opposes the “Redlining” affects of the Cal EPA “Enviroscreen” Tool’s current version.  

BIASC’s core mission takes place at the local jurisdictional level where BIASC staff advocate for policies which promote home building activity.  Issues like DIF’s, state and federal  regulatory mandates, transportation /utility infrastructure deficits, all impact their industry’s ability to provide homes to California’s families.  Long-term planning items such as SANBAG’s regional Climate Action Plan are important to meeting GHG mitigation goals. 

According to Dow Jones S & P Indices Press Release, 01/29/2013, U.S. home prices showed prices rose 4.5% for the 10-City Composite and 5.5% for the 20-City Composite in the 12 months ending in November 2012.” The U.S. and Inland Empire Forecast 2013, stated that “Recent data show that construction has turned the corner… construction spending, which is derived from total permit valuation issued over the last six quarters, is projected to grow, on average, about 14.0 percent in 2013.”  They forecast overall payroll job growth of 2.2 percent in 2013 with the Inland Empire forecasted to generate some 25,000 jobs in 2013. The fastest growing sectors for 2013 are expected to be construction, wholesale trade, transportation & warehousing, and professional & business services. 

The Building Industry Association of Southern California continues to champion the cause of new housing to ensure that the industry and markets throughout our region remain as strong and positive as possible.  

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 a.m.

February 26, 2013 Agenda.pdf