CALBO News Winter 2018-19


Winter 2018-19 Edition

Welcome Friend of CALBO, 

At CALBO, our goal is to be the premier resource for all California code officials and industry colleagues. We hope you will find this newsletter to be of value as you protect the build environment in the Golden State. 

A Publication of California Building Officials 

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Special Message from Your 2018-19 CALBO President

Dear Colleagues,

As the holiday season comes to a close, the CALBO Board of Directors would like to THANK YOU for all of your support and dedication throughout the year. After all, it is our membership that does the heavy lifting and supports our efforts that benefit the larger group. This year, we’ve seen so many of our communities and members alike face some real challenges with not only natural disasters in their own communities, but personal setbacks as well. Yet since we have been communicating with so many of our members to support them in their time of need, it’s ironic how their stories give us hope and encouragement.   


CALBO’s 57th Annual Business Meeting
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

CALBO is excited to host its 57th Annual Business Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina. An array of programs, events and trainings will be offered for the professional development of its members. We hope to see you there.


Sunday, March 17 – Thursday, March 21, 2019


Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109


CALBO’s Annual Job Fair and Career Development Day

CALBO will host its 4th Annual Job Fair and Career Development Day with endless opportunities to explore job and internship opportunities with California building departments, meet with dozens of companies and jurisdictions and gain free resume advice.

- FREE admission, refreshments and give-a-ways for all job seekers.
- All job seekers are encouraged to bring updated resumes and dress to impress.
- Explore a career in building departments, including counter technician, engineer, permit technician, inspector and much more!
- Meet with representatives from over 40 companies and local cities.
- Professional resume advice and reviews from Sequence Systems.
- Job opportunities and internships available for review.


Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 8:30am – 12:00pm


Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109


CALBO Awards Nomination Application
Submissions Due: Monday, February 4, 2019

Do you know a fellow CALBO member deserving of recognition? Here’s your chance to make that happen! Nominations are now accepted for six awards presented annually for active and dedicated CALBO members. Awards will be announced at the upcoming Annual Business Meeting. For a full list of past award winners, please visit the Awards and Hall of Fame page on the CALBO website.


Capitol Corner Update

Last November, Californians turned out in record numbers to vote in 2018’s midterm election. Although this election had a few races that included obvious front-runners, many national elections were contentious, as their outcome would overturn the republican majority in the Senate and the House. This increased voter turnout in many states, including California, hoping their vote would make a difference both locally and nationally.


CALBO Leadership and Advocacy Day
Save the Date and Register Now

CALBO is excited to announce the date for our annual Leadership and Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This one-day event is designed for all Class I members of CALBO, whether you are the government affairs novice or an active politico. It is part of the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) curriculum and provides an opportunity for members to learn more about CALBO’s advocacy efforts.


Building Officials Leadership Academy – Upcoming Program in Sacramento

California Building Officials launches its seventh year of the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) in Sacramento, California from Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 2019.

Seeking to maximize the leadership capabilities of seasoned public safety professionals, in addition to those who seek a future within California’s building departments, BOLA provides executive level coursework along with networking opportunities among program peers and mentors to allow each participant the opportunity to utilize the program to its full potential.


In Memoriam
Mr. Ray Schuller

CALBO is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a revered industry icon and Past President of our organization – Raimar “Ray” Schuller. Ray served as CALBO President in 1982-83, but has a lengthy history of service to our profession.


Apply to Serve on a CALBO Policy Committee!
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The work of the CALBO Policy Committees is the lifeblood of the organization, allowing members to engage with one another, and other stakeholders, to strengthen our association’s work. This work would not be possible without members like you.

All CALBO Policy Committee applications for the 2019-2021term are due Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Please note that all CALBO Policy Committee appointments are two-year terms.

IMPORTANT: If you are a current CALBO Policy Committee Member, you will receive an email from CALBO. Committee Members with expiring terms will be asked to reapply. Committee Members with one-year left in their two-year term DO NOT need to reapply for the upcoming year.

To learn more about any of the CALBO Policy Committees, their goals and objectives, or their members, please visit the CALBO Policy Committees webpage.

Consider Applying Now!


CALBO Emergency Preparedness Resources and Support
Standing by Communities Affected by California Wildfires

The CALBO Emergency Preparedness Committee is deeply saddened by these devastating fires and we send our thoughts and prayers to all those affected and our first responders. Our team is supporting the Camp, Hill and Woosley Fires affected communities by offering Safety Assessment, administrative and strategic planning tools and hints from our own personal first hand experience. Every event that we respond to brings more comprehensive insight into the tools, training and strategies that Building Officials need to protect and support their communities.  Some communities re

Article Written by: Michael RosengartenSubmitted by: CALBO Innovative Practices Committee

Cloud & SaaS Primer

We’re living in a unique time where our mobile phones are more powerful than our computers were ten years ago and the Internet in most of our homes is as fast as, for example, UC Berkeley’s Internet for their entire campus a decade ago. The realities of those facts has us living in a time where an increased number of companies are relying on the Internet to deliver their solutions. Many of the new software makers trying to sell you products will tout their savvy around topics like Cloud and SaaS.

Article Written by: Issam Shahrouri, Building Official of Costa MesaSubmitted by: CALBO Innovative Practices Committee

Building Department Productivity and Technology
A Statistical Analysis


Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winner in economics, once wrote “Productivity is not everything, but in the long run, it is almost everything.” Productivity is important in general and its importance is not any different in a building department. 

Article Written by: Michael RosengartenSubmitted by: CALBO Innovative Practices Committee

What is Software as a Service?

A quick definition of Software as a Service is as follows:

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a category of software services where the software application (i.e. permit tracking) is developed, hosted, and maintained by a third party organization and sold to a customer as a service, or utility. That is, you rent the software on a monthly or other predetermined basis. Your organization’s IT may still be involved but that is entirely dependent upon the vendor you buy from and the level of security you require. A SaaS product can be hosted in the cloud or on-premise.

Article Written by: Michael RosengartenSubmitted by: CALBO Innovative Practices Committee

What’s a Cloud?

Cloud is a term used widely today to mean “Internet hosted.” Cloud hosting is a kind of Internet-based hosting where the delivery of application and data comes from a cloud computing environment, or a cluster of computers together that represent a “cloud.” In a funny way, it means you don’t need to think about where the application or data lives — it’s up in the clouds. Underneath this word, there is a stronger implication for the kind of infrastructure (grid computing) that is often used to provide Clouds as a service provider. It’s worth noting that a “desktop application” can still be “in the Cloud,” as not all desktop applications connect to on-premise data sources.


CTI Wants to Come to You!

As the CALBO Training Institute (CTI) continues to provide quality training around California, we want to ensure that we reach YOU! If you or your jurisdiction are interested in hosting a class and able to aid in location of a venue, please let us know!

In the past few months, CTI has hosted courses in and around Los Angeles, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento. Help us reach out to even more building professionals by letting us know where we can go next.


2018 CALBO Education Week: Lunch and Learn Events
Thank you Energy Code Ace!

Thank you Energy Code Ace for providing the Lunch and Learn presentations at the 2018 CALBO Education Weeks.

This year, Energy Code Ace participated as the “Lunch and Learn” presenters at the Education Weeks in San Ramon, Ontario, and Anaheim. Special lunch presentations were provided to students with information about making energy code compliance easier and faster through “ace-age” technology.

Energy Code Ace’s team introduced a new user interface for nonresidential prescriptive compliance forms for completion and verification. It was an opportunity for students to learn what free tools, training, and resources are available for them and their building department!


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