Your Monthly BIAOC Update: April 2021
See You Soon!
In-Person events are back - and we cannot wait to see you again! Join us in-person at the BIASC PAC Gala on Thursday, May 13th at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club‎ for a networking reception and a live virtual presentation by special guests Former Senator Barbara Boxer and Author Ann Coulter, moderated by BIASC Chair Dave Bartlett, Brookfield Residential. Space is limited - click here to sponsor and reserve your spot.

Read it Now - BIASC's widely successful digital magazine Southern California Builder 5th edition features a special tribute to General William Lyon with an exclusive highlight in celebration of his life and legacy, including shared memories by BIASC Leadership.

This latest issue also features the exclusive BIAOC Chapter Outlook Edition - featuring articles and news by BIAOC leadership and members. This special inside edition includes articles featuring industry champion Joan Webb, strategic advocacy efforts by James O'Malley, news from OC elected representatives, OC business chambers and more.

Check the upcoming News & Events section below for upcoming events, webinars, and industry news - including BIAOC's 54th Annual Golf Tournament on May 10th. Limited sponsorships still available!

Scroll down to our Government Affairs Updates section for the latest BIAOC member advocacy wins and calls to action. Contact to become an industry advocate today!

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BIAOC Chapter President
MBK Rental Living
Southern California Builder Magazine April 2021
The General William Lyon & BIAOC Chapter Issue
It's here! Read it now - BIASC's Digital Magazine Southern California Builder - 5th Edition - The General William Lyon Tribute & BIA Orange County Chapter Outlook Issue.

  • Special Tribute to General William Lyon
  • Q&A with Industry Super Star Joan Webb
  • BIAOC Chapter Edition
  • Advocacy on the Housing Front by James O’Malley, Shopoff Realty Investments
  • Housing Outlook By Scott Wild, John Burns Real Estate Consulting
  • Legal Housing Champion Jennifer Hernandez, Holland Knight
  • And Much More!
Exclusive: The BIAOC Chapter Outlook Edition
  • Message from BIAOC Chapter President Sunti Kumjim, MBK Rental Living
  • Update from BIAOC Chapter Executive Officer Steven LaMotte
  • Q&A with Industry Super Star Joan Webb
  • Irvine's Healthy Outlook, Bryan Starr, President/CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  • Elected Representative Update - Assemblywoman Laurie Davies
  • Character-Capped Communication In Crisis By Newport Beach City Council Member Will O'Neill
  • Anaheim Emerging From Pandemic With Ambitious Development Projects In The Pipeline By Todd Ament, President/CEO, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
  • Workforce Housing Trifecta in the Making By Anaheim City Council Member Jordan Brandman
  • BIASC & The Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) By Jill Herman
  • Membership Spotlights
  • And Much More!
News & Upcoming Events
Stay tuned for upcoming events, webinars, and industry news!
BIASC & BILD State Housing Series Webinar
Friday, April 30, 2021
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Join BIASC and BILD BILD for an online webinar featuring a guest panel speaking on
State legislative housing tools. Register now and invite your colleagues to participate.

Free for BIA Members to attend!
BIAOC Opportunities for Today & Lessons For Tomorrow
Part 2 – Lessons
Thursday, May 6, 2021
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Join BIAOC for Part 2 of the two part insightful virtual meetings on Opportunities for Today (Part 1) and Lessons For Tomorrow (Part 2). Hear about the lessons learned on recently approved projects from the Builders who entitled them and the elected officials who approved them. Register now and invite your colleagues to participate.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
BIAOC 54th Annual Golf Tournament Presented By Boudreau Pipeline
MondayMay 10, 2021

7:30AM Registration
9:00AM Shotgun Start – North Course

10:30AM Registration
12:00PM Shotgun Start – South Course

Sold Out! Thank You to our Sponsors!

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
5:00PM - 7:00PM

Join the BIASC PAC for the long-anticipated PAC Gala! This in-person event will feature live networking reception and a virtual live presentation by Former Senator Barbara Boxer and Author Ann Coulter, moderated by BIASC Chair Dave Bartlett, Brookfield Residential. Space is limited - reserve your spot today! Sponsorships available.


Registration & Networking Reception (Patio/Garden)
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Main Program (Ballroom)
Virtual Presentation by former Senator Barbara Boxer and Ann Coulter
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Government Affairs Updates
CBIA Housing Killer and Creators List 
The California Building Industry Association has released their much-anticipated Housing Killer and Creator list. The list details several legislative proposals by the California Legislature that will either hurt or create housing. This year’s list touches on legislation related to high risk fire zones, labor related liabilities, density bonus and impact fees. 
Laguna Hills Mall Redevelopment – Call to Action 
Calling all Members! On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the City of Laguna Hills will vote whether to approve the Village at Laguna Hills project and it is extremely important that your voice is heard! Please join us and provide your comments to the City Council. The team will work with you to make this as easy as possible and can provide talking points if you need them. They will even feed you before the meeting! Speaking at a city council meeting in support of the Building Industry will make you eligible for the BIAOC Government Affairs Award and Civic Advocacy League.

Should you be able to speak, please RSVP to Martin McIntosh at 949-394-3413 or

San Clemente Inclusionary Zoning Decrease 
The City of San Clemente has updated their Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) policy. Over the course of the last year, the City has held multiple study sessions with the Planning Commission and City Council to look at their current policy and if it needs updating. The BIA, along with many other business groups, continually spoke against any increases to the policy, and advocated for continuity and streamlining. Staff ultimately moved forward with a proposal that would increase the IZ in-lieu fee by 369-433%. The BIA, along with our coalition partners, adamantly opposed this increase, asking for the policy to be reduced or to remain the same. After a lengthy council debate, the City voted 3-2 to keep the fee as is and to reduce the onsite requirement from 4% to 2%. Should you have any questions, please contact Steve LaMotte at
La Habra City Council Approves Inclusionary Zoning Policy 
As reported prior, the City of La Habra pushed forward an inclusionary zoning (IZ) policy last year. Due to coalition engagement, the council voted unanimously to postpone the discussion. However, the policy returned to council this month and was approved with a 3-2 vote. Mayor Espinoza, Mayor Pro Tem Medrano and Councilmember Simonian cited the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) as one of the reasons for approving this policy, even with staff and the BIA, reminding them that IZ has nothing to do with cities meeting RHNA requirements. Further, the proposed in-lieu fee language was vague and unclear and could have amounted to an astronomical fee on new housing. Thankfully, the council added a much lower $6.50/sq. ft in-lieu fee before approving the policy. For more information, please contact Steve LaMotte at or check out the Voice of OC article here.
Lawsuit may be game changer in battle against cities hostile to new housing
Check out the Opinion Editorial by Steve LaMotte and Adam Wood on the recent denial of the Rancho La Habra project and the subsequent lawsuit against the City of La Habra. 
BIAOC Supports Senate Bill 719
The BIAOC submitted a support letter on Senate Bill 719 this month. SB 719 by Senator Min (Costa Mesa) codifies a flexible and reasonable aggregate affordable housing mandate for Tustin Legacy (former MCAS Tustin) and provides flexibility under the revised Surplus Land Act, given the unique circumstances of redeveloping a former military base by the City of Tustin. In a nut shell, a recent revision to the surplus land act unintentionally captured larger base reuse projects such as the Tustin Legacy. Should the base remain as surplus land, the years of redevelopment planning as well as the agreement between the city and the federal government could be stifled by endless bureaucracy. The Bill was passed out of its first committee on April 8th and looks to be headed to the committee on appropriations. Click here to stay up to date.
South OC Economic Coalition: Under the Domes: A look inside the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
What has been happening at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in the decade since it stopped producing electricity and was retired? What will happen to the spent fuel? When will the twin domes be removed and the land be restored? Join us to find out from the experts. This event is free to attend! 
Industry News
Sub-Zero Welcomes Sean Graffia to its Builder Team in Southern California

COSTA MESA, CA. – March 25, 2021 - Sub-Zero Group West, Inc., the leading manufacturer of premium refrigeration, cooking equipment, and dishwashing brands Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove is pleased to announce Sean Graffia has transitioned to a new position as the Builder Account Manager for the Orange County and San Diego territories in Southern California.
Join BIAOC NextGen
For more information or to refer a NextGen member, please contact:
Zac Torres 
NextGen Membership Chair
Chad Davies
NextGen Membership Co-Chair
Thank You for Volunteering!

NextGen members had the amazing opportunity to serve dinner to the families staying at the HomeAid Orange County Family CareCenter last night! We had an fun time painting with the kids and seeing their creative side shine.

BIAOC NextGen Upcoming Events
BIA Riverside LOT Morning Buzz
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
10:30AM -12:00PM

Join the BIA Riverside Chapter Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) for an online Morning Buzz with special guest Greg Shaia, President of Richmond American Homes & current BIA Riverside Chapter President.
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