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Assembly Education Committee Schedules Hearing on School Facility Program

January 31, 2017

The Assembly Education Committee has scheduled an informational hearing on the School Facility Program.  The hearing is set for Wednesday, February 8 at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4202.  Specifically, the topic of the hearing is: “School Facilities: Streamlining the School Siting and School Funding Processes.”

CASH is pleased to have the opportunity to engage with key policymakers, including Assembly Education Committee Chair Patrick O’Donnell, on this important issue.

~ CASH Staff

State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation

State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation

The Governor’s Budget proposal contains good news for school facilities, as well as some challenges. With regard to the implementation of Proposition 51, the Governor stated his willingness to work to have Proposition 51 funds flow to school projects. The challenges will be implementing the audit provisions that Governor Brown wants before allowing Proposition 51 funds to flow. Concerning Proposition 39 energy efficiency funding, the Governor proposes $422.9 million for K-12 school districts and charter schools, which is a significant investment.

CASH has always supported accountability for spending taxpayer funds. We have a stated policy that every public funded school project should be audited. If there are changes needed, we look forward to making those changes as soon as possible. We believe the audit guide concern can be addressed immediately without legislation because the guide is developed by the State Controller, Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Department of Finance. If legislation is needed to have a long-term statutory authority, CASH believes that can be done through a budget trailer bill. We will have more updates in the coming days as more details become available. Below is a summary of the proposed State Budget relating to school facilities.

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Facility Planners Meeting – January 2016

January 4, 2016

Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016

In response to the lack of state funding for school facilities, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) has qualified a State School Bond for the November 2016 statewide General Election ballot.  C.A.S.H. will proceed with its State School Bond on the General Election ballot in November 2016.  Continue reading

Facility Planners Meeting – December 2015

December 4, 2015

Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016

Now that the State School Bond has qualified for the November 2016 General Election ballot, we have begun organizing 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 projects. Continue reading

Facility Planners Meeting – November 2015

November 3, 2015

Legislative Update
The Legislature concluded its business for the year on September 11, 2015, and will reconvene in Sacramento on January 4, 2016. The Governor had until October 11, 2015, to sign or veto bills. Below is an update on final actions for C.A.S.H. priority bills that made it to the Governor’s desk. Continue reading

C.A.S.H. June Facility Planners Update


The May Revision and State Budget Activities
The Governor released his May Revision budget update on Thursday, May 14, 2015, and the
Legislature is currently reviewing, reconciling, and finalizing budget actions in order to
meet the constitutional deadline to pass a budget by June 15. The Governor estimates an
additional $6.7 billion in revenues above the January proposal across three fiscal years
(2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16), $5.5 billion of which are proposed to go to K-12 and
community colleges under Proposition 98. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)
estimates revenues approximately $3 billion above the Governor, who is known for making
very conservative estimates in order to maintain a fiscally prudent approach and minimize
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Building Standards Commission Approves Initial Water Efficiency Code Changes


Today the Building Standards Commission (BSC) approved emergency regulations proposed by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to update the California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24) and create new water efficiency requirements for public schools and community college irrigated landscape areas.  The changes require a reduction in outdoor potable water use through irrigation regulation, separate water meters, and automatic controllers that adapt to changes in weather and soil moisture.  This action is being taken in conjunction with the Governor’s recent Executive Order B-29-15 issued April 1, 2015 regarding water restrictions and conservation efforts.  Today’s actions pertain only to use of water outside of a school building and do not apply to graywater.

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Proposed Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements


Please see below for information regarding DSA’s proposed irrigation water efficiency requirements.  Chet Widom provided some insight on the DSA regulation development process at today’s C.A.S.H. workshop in Sacramento, and C.A.S.H. staff have been coordinating with him to help provide feedback and expertise. Continue reading

State Architect Reappointed

February 13, 2015

Chet Widom, 75, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed state architect at the California Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect, where he has served since 2011. Widom was senior architectural advisor at Build-Los Angeles Community College District from 2009 to 2011 and was a partner at Widom, Wein, Cohen, O’Leary, Terasawa from 1964 to 2008. He was a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Bond Oversight Committee, Executive Committee from 2010 to 2011, Hospital Building Safety Board from 2004 to 2010, Los Angeles Planning Commission from 2002 to 2004 and the City of Los Angeles Board of Building and Safety Commissioners from 2000 to 2004. He was national president of the American Institute of Architects in 1995. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,197.88. Widom is a Democrat.