April 17, 2015
A webcast of the entire General Membership Meeting will be available on the C.A.S.H. website.
C.A.S.H. Chair, Jenny Hannah, called the meeting to order at 11:07 a.m. New members and first time attendees were welcomed. Jenny encouraged members to sponsor the monthly meeting webcast. More information can be found on the C.A.S.H. website at www.cashnet.org.
Jenny updated the membership on the 2016 State School Bond Initiative; signature gathering has begun. The process started in Northern California, and has moved to Southern California. We need contributions to gather those signatures. We have money in the bank, but we need an additional $500k to get to our goal. Look for emails asking for volunteers and more information on Californians for Quality Schools. Please see Dave Walrath or contact the C.A.S.H. office for more information.
Jenny reminded those in attendance that there are upcoming workshops to be held in Sacramento on April 21 and Ontario on April 24. This is a new hotel location for the Ontario workshop. It will be held at the Ayres Hotel & Convention Center, 2200 East Holt Blvd., Ontario, CA.
There isalso an M&O Workshop scheduled in Kern County on Thursday, April 30. Don’t forget to sign up.It’s a great opportunity to send staff.
The SpringNextGen Symposium is May 8 in San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center. Attendance is free to all school district and county office of education personnel. The Agenda will include nationally renowned speakers. We are looking to deliver to a broader audience; beyond the facilities community and into educational staff to discuss education design. Don’t forget to register!
Jenny discussed the CASH Register and encouraged associate members to advertise. More information can be found on the C.A.S.H. School Facilities News website at www.cashfacilitiesnews.org.
Office Of Public School Construction – Michael Watanabe
Michael provided an overview of the agenda for the State Allocation Board Meeting to be held this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at the State Capitol.
California Department of Education Update – Michael O’Neill
Michael reported on the executive order issued by Governor Brown to address the drought. The State of California will need to cut back water usage by 25%, which will affect everyone, including schools, and in some areas will need to cutback as much as 30%.
To register your school or district in the “Great CA shakeout” go to http://www.shakeout.org/california/schools/. More information is available on the website regarding basic instructions, emergency preparation, how to plan your drills and more.
Michael also reported that the California STEM Symposium is scheduled October 28 – 30, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center – contact Molly Stitt at email@example.com for more info.
There are still many training opportunities available on Prop 39. Please go to http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/documents/index.html for more information.
Legislative/Regulatory/SAB Update – Ian Padilla, Rebekah Cearley
Ian reported on the current bills going through Legislature:
- AB148 (Holden) – Not set for hearing
- SB 114 (Lui) – Scheduled for this next Wednesday; C.A.S.H. Staff will be there to testifyon thebill.
- SB 47 (Hill) – 2 year prohibition on artificial turf – trying to amend down from full prohibition. Having good progress.
- AB 677 (Dodd) – Requires all schools to be retrofitted to have interior locks on doors. We are in support of safety, but working with author to make it a better bill.
Regarding theproclamation on water – we know it will impact schools with the 25% reduction in water usage. We are working to add workshops to give information to our districts to help provide guidance on how to find funding.
Rebekah provided an update on the following:
AB 47 (Chiu) –We are working with public works coalition to oppose bill.
AB 912 (Wilk) – Good news, the author is not moving forward with the bill.
C.A.S.H. / Other Updates:
- Annual Conference, Don Ulrich
We are seeking to fill strands – please contact Lisa Church if interested
Two current topics we are considering focusing on:
– Technology & bandwidth needed; instruction needed to prepare kids for testing (bandwidth needed on computers, etc)
– Water, how will schools deal with it, communicate and partner with agencies to reduce use etc. (hot topic)
- Water and Energy Update, Anna Ferrera
State Water Actions:
– Governor’s emergency drought relief plan – $1.1 billion.
– In follow-up the CA Energy Commission issued water efficiency standards for faucets, toilets and other appliances to save water.
– CEC is involved because of the nexus between energy and water. Pumping and moving water requires a lot of energy use.
- Proposition 39 Update:
– Remaining regional trainings for Prop 39 on CEC website along with a webinar of their presentation that you can download for the information.
– SEC hosting webinar (on April 16) on solar projects / planning for schools / CREBs clean renewable energy bond; timing is great for solar right now.
The meeting adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
~ C.A.S.H. Staff