August 30, 2013
A webcast of the entire General Membership Meeting will be available on the C.A.S.H. website.
C.A.S.H. Chair, Joe Dixon, called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m. New members and guests were welcomed and introduced.
Joe welcomed attendees that were joining the group on the web. Joe encouraged those interested in sponsoring the monthly meeting webcast to visit the C.A.S.H. website.
Joe noted that the CASH Register is no longer going to come out in the printed version. The new CASH Register web page at www.cashfacilitiesnews.org or now live. More details will come out in an email to membership by the end of the week.
Joe encouraged CASH members to attend the SAB subcommittee meetings as their participation is helping to develop the program.
Guest Speaker – Eric Rood, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
Eric shared information about what is currently happening at DIR. DIR is diligent in following up on public works projects and making sure that prevailing wage is being paid accordingly. They are also following up on apprenticeship projects and other labor relations issues. Projects that use prop. 39 funds, CMU is not required. Johnny Dayao is the contact liaison with the districts and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Division of the State Architect Update – Chet Widom
Chet discussed the DSA Box. The program was initiated on June 1. The program is working out well. Chet is aware of some of the trials that users are finding and is continuing to work with his staff and others to work through the issues. In the next month, projects that are less than 50% complete will be transitioned to the Inspector Card process and the Box. CASH will be holding workshops at the end of September where DSA will discuss the topic. More information can be found on the C.A.S.H. website.
DSA is now developing Certification Box. The estimated roll out is scheduled for October 1, 2013. At this time there will be a file on the site for every campus in the state of California that districts can put in deficient documents so that DSA can start the close-out process on projects. As of October 1, DSA will no longer issue the 90 day letter and instead issue a deficiency list of all documents that are missing.
CDE/School Facilities and Transportation Services division Update – Kathleen Smothers
Kathleen discussed Proposition 39. The deadline for small LEAs to submit bundling requests has passed. Precise per-ADA amounts are still being calculated. More information can be found at www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/index.html.
Kathleen reviewed SB 1404 Regulations -Changes to the Civic Center Act. On September 4 the State Board of Education will meet to commence rulemaking. The 45-day public comment period will run September 21 to November 4. On November 4 a public hearing will be held at CDE.
The Education Built to Last Tour is scheduled to come to Southern California September 16 & 17. This is a US Department of Education (USED)-led initiative to highlight facilities best practices nationwide. The focus will be on USED Green Ribbon Schools. The group will then head to Oregon and Washington on September 18-20. For more information visit the CDE website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/whatsnew.asp/
CDE is scheduled to release the application for the USED Green Ribbon Schools program will be accepting application on September 6. Districts will be able to apply online only through December 27. CDE will provide webinar and technical assistance for applicants. The Development of a California-level award is ongoing. For more information, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/greenribbonprog.asp.
Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) – Sam Martinez
Sam is the new supervisor for the schools unit. He encouraged those with questions or concerns to contact him directly at SMartin2@dtsc.ca.gov or (916) 255-3732.
Office of Public School Construction Update – Dave Zian
Dave discussed the current SAB agenda. There is a new SAB chair, Eirena Ortega. Dave discussed recent funding apportionments and deadlines associated with funding releases.
Dave reported on upcoming Project Review Subcommittee meetings and the specific topics for each meeting. The last meeting is scheduled for January 7. More details can be found on the OPSC website.
Dave reviewed the funding still available and how some of it may be available for other categories after OPSC staff presents proposals to the SAB and new regulations are developed
Legislative/Regulatory Update – Tom Duffy
Tom discussed AB 182 (Buchanan). There are possible amendments in the works that could relax that restrictions proposed for School Districts related to Capital Interest Bonds (CIBs). Tom also discussed SB 594 (Hill) addresses campaign activities and public entities. C.A.S.H. will be taking an oppose position on this bill. C.A.S.H. will keep members posted on any updates to either bill.
Annual Conference Planning Committee – Jenny Hannah
Jenny shared that the planning is coming along as scheduled. She also noted that there are some great ideas being worked on for the trade show and school tour.
CASH Register Online – Lyn Gruber
The CASH Register is no longer being printed and will now be presented in as a website now. The website can be found at www.cashfacilitiesnews.org.
Proposition 39 Update – Anna Ferrera
Draft guidelines should be issued by the end of September. The final regulations should be issued in December. Anna is meeting with the California Energy Commission and the Governor’s office to discuss concerns that school districts have
Anna discussed AB 329 which was a gut and replace bill that will now address net energy metering and renewables in schools. C.A.S.H. is watching this bill closely.
Californians for School Facilities – David Walrath
Congress is looking at fiscal issues when they come back from break. CSFs focus will be on energy and jobs when they head back to WashingtonDC.
The meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.