State Allocation Board Meeting Notes – December 2016

December 5, 2016

The State Allocation Board (SAB) met today and approved the consent only agenda. The consent agenda included Facility Hardship projects and close out items.

There was no discussion of the passage of Proposition 51. We expect some discussion of Proposition 51 implementation at the January SAB meeting.

CASH will be discussing implementation issues at the Proposition 51 Post-Election Debriefing workshop which will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento on December 12, 2016.

To register for the workshop, please use the following link:

~ CASH Staff

DSA Hourly Fee Rate Change

November 18, 2016

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is increasing the hourly fee for plan review services for K–12 public school districts, community college districts, and state agencies. Starting January 1, 2017, the fee will increase from $170 to $215 per hour.

This is the first increase to the fee since May 1, 2013. Going forward, the fee will be adjusted annually using the first January issue of Engineering News-Record’s U.S. 20 City Construction Cost Index. The fee amount shall be set to cover the costs incurred by DSA in carrying out its responsibilities on the date of services rendered.

IR A-30: DSA Hourly Fee Services (PDF – 180 KB) now reflects the new hourly fee structure and clarifies when the hourly fees apply. DSA updated the examples within the document to reflect the calculation of fees under various scenarios involving the application fee, actual construction cost, and changes during construction.

Please direct any questions to Jim Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Code, and Standards Unit, at

Yes on Proposition 51 Issues Statement on Passage of State School Facilities Bond Measure

November 9, 2016

The Yes on Proposition 51 campaign issued the following statement after learning that the state school facilities bond measure passed with 54% of the vote.

California voters chose to invest in students and to fulfill the promise of a robust public education system. Voters understood that students – from kindergarten through community college – cannot be adequately prepared for a modern workforce or higher education without safe, well equipped school campuses. This investment means science labs, health and safety repairs and funds for career technical education facilities and school districts all over the state are grateful for voters’ support,” said Jenny Hannah, Chief Facilities Officer at the Office of the Kern County Superintendent and Chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.

End of Legislative Session Update

November 7, 2016

The Legislature completed the 2015-16 Legislative Session on August 31 and adjourned for final recess at that time. The Governor had until September 30 to sign or veto bills passed in the last weeks of the Session. The legislature returns briefly on December 5 to convene the new 2017-18 Legislative Session, then will immediately adjourn for recess until January, at which time they will begin to introduce new bill proposals for consideration.

The CASH legislative advocacy team had a successful year, highlighted by CASH’s engagement in and support of two significant bills.  AB 2316 (O’Donnell) creates a competitive selection process for Lease-Leaseback based on the best value methodology. SB 693 (Hueso) addresses implementation challenges for various skilled workforce bills, including AB 566 (2015). The CASH legislative team monitored and took positions on many bills, including some involving school siting, seismic safety, local debt policy, storm water, energy and other critical issues for the school facilities community.

~ CASH Staff

Joint Letter on PCB Resources

November 3, 2016

Today, CASH released a joint letter with the Association of California School Administrations, California’s School Boards Association, and California Association of School Business Officials on resources that schools should take to protect child health when using polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Click here to read the full letter.

Click here to read the fact sheet.

~ CASH Staff

SAB Provides Level III Notification Letter to Legislature

November 2, 2016

On Friday, October 28, the Third Court of Appeals denied California Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) appeal against the State Allocation Board’s action on May 25, 2016.

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the State Allocation Board issued a letter pertaining to its action on May 25, 2016 determining that state funds are no longer available for school facility construction.  This determination is required in order for school districts to charge Level III developer fees.  Per the requirements of Government Code Section 65995.7(a), the letter was sent to the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the Assembly, and it indicates that funds are no longer available effective May 25, 2016.

For more information, see the Board’s letters and the May 25 agenda item here:

~ CASH Staff

School Facilities Leadership Academy – Applications Now Available!

October 28, 2016

The School Facilities Leadership Academy is a rigorous one-year leadership program designed to advance current and future leaders in the school facilities and maintenance arenas through engaging curriculum, individual and group learning, and leadership development.

Since the Academy was founded in 2006, more than 150 school facilities professionals have successfully completed the program. Many are now serving in leadership positions within CASH and have advanced in their careers. If you are a graduate of the School Facilities Leadership Academy, please stand.

Thank you. The next Academy cohort will begin next March. Applications are now available here. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2016. We are looking forward to the continued success of the program and its graduates.

~ CASH Staff

Yes On 51 and Mayor Villaraigosa on!

October 27, 2016

Thank you for your continued support of Prop 51 and safe schools for our students. With your help, the Proposition 51 campaign has gained broad and diverse support throughout the state of California.

In addition to our TV spots featuring a teacher and a school nurse, our “Sí a la Prop 51” video with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been running on to engage our Spanish speaking audience.

You can watch and share Mayor Villaraigosa’s Spanish-language video on YouTube here:

From now until Election Day the videos will be running on Take a look at today’s ads on the Los Angeles homepage!

Let’s continue to urge our contacts to vote Yes on 51 to repair and upgrade older schools, keeping the promise of a quality education in California. Please continue to show your support by sharing a link to Mayor Villaraigosa’s video and using our hashtag, #YesOn51.