October 2, 2015
Facility Planners Meeting
Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016
QUALIFIED: Thank you for your support of the signature-gathering effort for the C.A.S.H. sponsored Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act
of 2016. C.A.S.H. and Californians for Quality Schools are proud to announce that the State
School Bond has been certified eligible (qualified) for the November 7, 2016, General
Now we begin the campaign to pass the State School Bond and provide $7 billion in state
matching funds for K-12 facility projects and $2 billion for community college facility
For more information or to contribute, please visit www.cashissuesstateschoolbond.com.
We look forward to your continuing support to pass the State School Bond on November 7,
C.A.S.H. 2015 Fall Conference – October 19-21, 2015
The school facilities and maintenance community has experienced another year of significant change. At the 2015 C.A.S.H. Fall Conference, attendees will hear from industry experts on the 2016 State School Bond Initiative; Planning and Financing Your Future School Facility Program; Updating Contracting and Delivery Methods; Community Relations and Managing Public Perception; and more.
Register today to join your peers at the Fairmont Newport Beach! Learn more at:
C.A.S.H. Fall Conference Sponsorship
The C.A.S.H. Fall Conference is just around the corner, and we are seeking your support!
We are now accepting sponsorships. The Fall Conference is scheduled for October 19 – 21,
2015, at the Fairmont Newport Beach.
The sponsorship investment is $750/per firm, and includes the following Sponsor Benefits:
- Recognition on the C.A.S.H. website home page prior to the conference
- Logo featured on back cover of conference portfolios
- Company logo, contact information, and 75-word description in conference materials
- Logo featured on conference signage
- Logo displayed during General Session PowerPoint presentation
- Post-conference recognition on the C.A.S.H. website and on the C.A.S.H. Register
For more information or to register, please visit http://www.cashnet.org/meetings/2015_Workshops/FallConferenceSponsorship.html. If
you have any questions, please contact Laurie Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or
C.A.S.H. Happy Hour/Networking Mixer – November 12 in Rancho Mirage
Join your fellow school facility professionals on November 12 at a happy hour/networking
mixer located at the residence of Layne and Julie Arthur, located at 38-851 Nielson Road in
Rancho Mirage. For more information, contact Mike Vail at (949) 498-8993.
C.A.S.H. Maintenance Management Certification Program Applications Now Available
The C.A.S.H. Maintenance Management Certification Program (CMMCP) is an educational program designed to develop current and potential maintenance staff into leading experts in the maintenance arena. The CMMCP will provide an educational resource for those who would like to increase their expertise in the management of school maintenance and operations programs. CMMCP graduates are a vital asset to school districts throughout California. This program is only offered by C.A.S.H. every other year. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2016-2017 cohort; space is limited. Please see the attached brochure and application for more information.
2016 C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards – Call for Entries
C.A.S.H. is now accepting entries to the 2016 C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards. This is the only program in California devoted to highlighting K-12 school architecture. Enter your project to bring exposure and recognition to your firm during the C.A.S.H. Annual Conference February 22 – 24, 2016.
Please use the link below to submit entries by October 2, 2015: http://www.cashnet.org/meetings/2016_Annual_Conference/2016CASHCallForEntries.htm.
If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Eaton at email@example.com or (916) 448-8577.
Proposition 30 Extension Initiative
The “School Funding and Budget Stability Act” has been introduced by the California Teachers Association (CTA) with the support of education labor groups, health care and police unions. The initiative proposes to extend the Proposition 30 personal income tax increases until 2030 (they are currently scheduled to expire in 2016), which would raise between $7 billion and $9 billion per year. The next step will be for proponents to begin collecting signatures. The initiative would not extend the sales and use tax increase approved by Prop. 30.
State Allocation Board Makes Funding Apportionments
On September 8, 2015, the State Allocation Board (Board) provided $190.9 million in School Facility Program (SFP) apportionments for 53 projects in 26 school districts. This represents 90 percent of the projects on the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 Loans) that were eligible to submit apportionment requests in the recent filing round. The Board provided apportionments for all requests submitted. Districts receiving apportionments must submit a valid Form SAB 50-05, Fund Release Authorization, by December 7, 2015. These projects were funded primarily from the proceeds of a State general obligation bond sale that began on August 27, 2015, and included $154,540,000 for the SFP.
The Legislature concluded its business for the year on September 11, 2015, and will
reconvene on January 4, 2016. The Governor has until October 11, 2015, to sign or veto
bills. Below is an update on a selection of C.A.S.H. priority bills and issues of interest:
Legislature Acts on Climate Change Legislation
On September 11, 2015, the last night of the session, the Legislature acted to approve
significant climate change legislation titled the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act
of 2015,” setting forth goals for California’s greenhouse gas emission reductions. They
passed SB 350 (De León), which establishes a statewide 50 percent renewable portfolio
standard and requires a doubling of building energy efficiency by 2030. Initially, the bill
also required a 50 percent petroleum reduction in cars by 2030, but this provision was not
included in the final adopted language. The bill is now before the Governor for his
consideration. Effects on school facilities are not specified and will be determined as the
bill moves through the implementation phase.
Another significant climate change bill fell short of passage. SB 32 (Pavley) would have
required California to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by
2030, and 80 percent by 2050.
Skilled Workforce Legislation
The Governor signed AB 566 (O’Donnell) on August 17, enacting significant changes to the lease-leaseback delivery method. AB 566 creates more stringent requirements for projects using lease-leaseback by requiring the use of a skilled and trained workforce, defined as a workforce where all workers are either skilled journeypersons or apprentices registered in an apprentice program approved by the Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards of the Department of Industrial Relations. Additionally, the bill expands prequalification requirements for lease-leaseback, requiring prequalification regardless of contract size or funding source. C.A.S.H. submitted a request to the Governor to veto the bill.
Two additional bills with similar workforce provisions were passed by the Legislature and have been sent to the Governor. AB 1358 (Dababneh) recasts existing design-build authorization, extending the sunset on this authority until 2025 and lowering the threshold for use from $2.5 million to $1 million. The bill also requires the use of a skilled and trained workforce (apprentices and journeypersons) for all workers on a design-build project. AB 1185 (Ridley-Thomas) establishes similar skilled workforce requirements as a component of a pilot program authorizing Los Angeles Unified School District to use a best value procurement method for public projects that exceed $1 million. C.A.S.H. does not have a formal position on either bill.
This approach to ensuring a skilled workforce has been described by key legislators,
staffers, and the building trades as the wave of the future. C.A.S.H. has raised concerns
about the availability of appropriate apprentices and journeypersons to complete school
construction jobs across the state.
AB 219 (Daly) – Concrete Delivery
AB 219 (Daly) would expand the definition of “public works” for purposes of prevailing wage law to include the hauling and delivery of ready-mixed concrete. This bill became controversial between groups representing union and non-union contractors and trades. Opponents are concerned about the potential slippery slope that this policy would enact regarding the differentiation between drivers and construction workers. C.A.S.H. actively watched the bill to ensure that it did not expand to cover delivery of other materials. The bill was approved by the Legislature and is now awaiting the Governor’s action.
SB 334 (Leyva) – Clean Drinking Water
SB 334 (Leyva) specifies that a school district must provide access to free, fresh, and clean drinking water during meal times, and that water from water fountains must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for lead. Schools with lead-containing plumbing components must flush drinking water sources at the beginning of each day. C.A.S.H. did not take a position on the bill, but actively monitored it for potential facilities and maintenance implications. The bill was approved by the Legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s action.
For the latest updates on important matters affecting school facilities, be sure to check the new CASH Register news website at www.cashfacilitiesnews.org.
~ C.A.S.H. Staff