January 24, 2014
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 and thanked this month’s webcast sponsor, Eric Hall & Associates. Joe encouraged those interested in sponsoring the monthly meeting webcast to visit the C.A.S.H. website.
Joe reminded attendees to sign up for the Annual Conference and to get their hotel rooms. He also spoke about the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan, which will have significant impacts on facilities.
CDE/School Facilities and Transportation Services division Update – Fred Yeager
Green Ribbon awardees will be awarded in February. The Civic Center Act Regulations to implement SB 1404 were adopted by the State Board of Education and should become effective in July if the process continues along as scheduled. CDE is still working on Title 5 regulations. Notice of the CDE Field Rep exam will be out next month.
Office of Public School Construction Update – Michael Watanabe
Michael reported on the current SAB agenda. A full report on the SAB meeting can be found on the C.A.S.H. Facilities News website at www.cashfacilitiesnews.org. Michael shared the current status of funds for each of the programs. OPSC is working on the new filing round for the Charter School Facilities Program, which begins in April. A workshop will be held on January 28 at the OPSC office in West Sacramento to provide more information. OPSC is also working on issues related to processing Fund Releases and notification to the Compliance Monitoring Unit at the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Michael noted that districts are having problems with completing the paperwork correctly. He suggested contacting DIR to confirm they have received the district’s paperwork.
Division of the State Architect Update – Bob Chase
Bob indicated that the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is still working to address the backlog of uncertified projects. Regarding the roll-out of the new Inspection Card and DSA Box, 1,482 projects are now in the Box, and 6,312 inspection cards have been issued since June. Bob warned that bin time will go up in response to the influx of projects received prior to the January 1, 2014, when the new building code went into effect. DSA is preparing a Fire & Life Safety fee structure proposal, which will go before the Building Standards Commission for approval.
Legislative/Regulatory Update – Ian Padilla, Tom Duffy
The Governor released his 2014-15 Budget proposal and school facilities were a part of it. The Governor wants to have a conversation with stake holders on how the state will move forward with funding schools in California. C.A.S.H. hosted a meeting with Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as well as representatives from other school advocacy groups regarding a potential school bond in November. Assembly Member Buchanan said she would sponsor the bond bill, but cautioned the group on being too optimistic on the contents or the dollar amount. Tom noted that C.A.S.H. and other groups would conduct a poll to test the success of a bond on the November ballot. C.A.S.H. will keep the membership updated as any progress is made.
Annual Conference Planning Committee – Jenny Hannah
Jenny reported that things are moving along as planned. She encouraged everyone to get registered and get their hotel rooms. Jenny noted public sector attendance is up by about 25% over this same time last year. Sponsorships and exhibit spaces are still available. Dr. Sanjay Varshnay will be our keynote speaker on Tuesday to give an update on the economy. The conference will highlight 21st Century Learning Environments with the use of furniture from some of the members. The C.A.S.H. App is now available on the App store for iPhones, and Google Play for Android devices.
SAB subcommittee Review Program – Joe Dixon
Joe suggested attendees be at the current SAB meeting to hear the recommendations being put forth.
Proposition 39 Update – Anna Ferrera, Murdoch Walrath & Holmes
Anna noted that SPI Torlakson reported that the window is now open to request funding from CDE. A deadline is not currently set, but Anna suggested districts get their application completely in a timely manner. CEC will be issuing a handbook that will walk districts through the process on or near January 31. This is required before CDE can release the funds. SEC and C.A.S.H. will be hosting workshops on Proposition 39
Californians for School Facilities – Joe Dixon
The next trip is planned for April 9 – 11. Joe encouraged everyone to attend. For more information and contact Jessica Contreras in the CSF office a firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting adjourned at noon.