Now that Proposition 51 Passed, When Will the School Construction Dollars Start to Flow?

December 12, 2016

Over the weekend, the East Bay Times published an article about the implementation of Proposition 51. Read the full article below.

Now that Proposition 51 Passed, When Will the School Construction Dollars Start to Flow?

~ CASH Staff

Appointment of Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell to the State Allocation Board

December 6, 2016

The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) is pleased to announce that Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell has been appointed to the State Allocation Board.  OPSC welcomes the Assembly Member to the State Allocation Board and looks forward to working with him on school facilities issues.

~ CASH Staff

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: https://www.cashnet.org/meetings/2016_Workshops/SpecialDecember2016Workshop.htm.

~ 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 jim.hackett@dgs.ca.gov.

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