BIA/DCA Fiesta Del Sol Success


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BIA Riverside and the Desert Contractors Association joined together for a fun filled evening to cultivate relationships, catch up with friends and enjoy great hors d’oeuvres and drinks at Bellatrix in Palm Desert.  Over 120 attendees from both associations supported the event.  Conversations were buzzing about the recovery of the housing market in the desert region.  Hand rolled cigars added to the festivities as well as a reverse raffle for a three night cruise to Mexico and cash prize. 

BIA & DCA would like to thank our EVENT SPONSORS:  Pacific Western Bank, Payroll Express, Vintage Group and United Paving Co.  We also would like to extend our appreciation to everyone that attended, especially our builder members.

President's Message | June 2014

Chapter President, Jay Pierce of JD Pierce Company

In our continuing effort to serve the members of the Riverside Chapter, we would like to announce some new hires and I would like to report on some significant accomplishments for this quarter.

First, Margaret Lukman has joined us as our new Membership Services Manager. She will be the new face of the Riverside BIA when you call our chapter.  She joins us from California State Legislator, Assemblyman Eric Linder's office.  She has replaced Jennifer Hernandez, who left for a position at William Lyon Homes.  We wish Jennifer good luck in her new position and welcome Margaret who has already demonstrated her abilities in her new position.

In our efforts to continue to encourage our young people, we have hired an intern to assist in the governmental affairs group.  Marisol Carillo is her name, and she is a student at Cal State Fullerton.  She will be assisting Bill Blankenship and Nathan Miller with our governmental relations issues.  Welcome aboard to our two new employees!

Speaking of governmental affairs, I have to call out the excellent work accomplished recently by Bill Blankenship and Nathan Miller.  The Val Verde Unified School District had recently proposed a school fee that would have been the highest in the county and by our analysis unwarranted under current legislation.  Ultimately, Bill and Nathan were able to get a vote from the school board to deny the fee and with the principled stand they took, they have earned the respect of the board.  This will undoubtedly assist in future negotiations with the Val Verde staff and other districts as we continue to monitor all of the districts in our county.

Early in the month of May we held a membership drive and I am pleased to report that it was a resounding success.  We signed up 41 new members.  Congratulations to John Tanner of RBF who chairs the membership committee and his team.  Following the drive we held our Membership Appreciation Event at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium.  This event showcases our newest members at the BIA.  On a personal note, my son Nicholas was charged with throwing out the first ball for the game that evening.  It was a great night with BIA members, hot dogs, beer and baseball.

This event and others we have this year are great ways for you to connect with other members of the association.  Let's have some fun this year and while we do you can be sure that your BIA team will represent your interests in the important matters and issues that affect our industry.

May 29th Membership Appreciation Baseball Night Recap

CLICK HERE for the full Facebook Photo Gallery of the event, courtesy of Applied Photography.


Our Annual Membership Appreciation Night held at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium brought out over 150 members. It was a perfect spring evening for one of America’s favorite past time… Baseball! BIA members enjoyed a fun night of networking, beginning with some beers and bites at the Hangar 24 Flight Deck.  President, Jay Pierce watched as his son, Nicholas threw out the first pitch of the game. Behind home plate BIA watched as the Storm battled it out with Lancaster’s JetHawks. 



BIA would like to thank our EVENT sponsors:  Fusion Sign and Design, Applied Photography, Masonry Innovations, Richmond American Homes and Energy Efficiency Education Partner-Southern California Edison.  We extend gratitude to one of BIA’s newest member, Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium for welcoming our members to the ballpark.  It is with the generosity and support of member companies like these that allows BIA to service our members with great success.

Huge congratulations to another new member to our association,  Kimbery Vicknair from QDI Stone for winning the JVC HD LED TV!


Margaret Lukman, BIA Riverside Member Services Manager Margaret Lukman

Member Services Manager

Margaret Lukman was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She attended the University of California Riverside, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. While studying at UC Riverside, Margaret worked in the Telecommunications Department as an operator. She also became an active member of the Epsilon Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. She was selected as a representative for Leadership Academy in Columbus, Ohio where she attended a rigorous leadership course. Margaret has continued her involvement through Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and is currently serving as President for Epsilon Pi Chapter House Board Advisory Committee.


Margaret has an extensive history of community involvement in the Inland Region. She has also extended her volunteer services in Mexico and in Costa Rica. Margaret is a member of Girl Scouts of America Alumnae Association. She received the highest honor that a woman can receive, the Gold Award, for her Health & Safety Awareness project in 2008. Margaret has served as a District Representative for California State Assemblyman Eric Linder in Riverside County. She has also worked with California State Assemblyman Jeff Miller, 71st Assembly District. During the Jeff Miller for State Senate Campaign, Margaret served as Finance Director. Margaret is also a current member of Corona Norco Republican Women, Federated. Most recently, Margaret became a member of the Marketing Committee for Peppermint Ridge which is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing loving homes and empowering support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is also involved in her local church Young Adult Ministry. 


She currently resides in Corona, California with her two dogs, Angel and Po. Margaret loves animals, has a passion for culture and traveling, enjoys camping and spending time with her family.


Primary Election Results

Good morning BIASC political junkies and professionals…

Below is a somewhat comprehensive wrap up of our recent local 2014 Primary results.  On a less local level we had met with State Board of Equalization Candidate Diane Harkey and were early supporters of her campaign whose district will encompass all or parts of Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  She was the second highest vote getter due to the more crowded field of Republicans but by the numbers will in all likelihood dominate in the general to serve as the next BOE representative to replace termed out member Michelle Steel.  See the list below for the results of our closer races and candidates that either out right prevailed or made the run off for competitive general election races following, you will find by a few news articles documenting the races and their results if interested.

  • CD 36 - Brian Nestande  Yes!
  • CD 41 - Steve Adams  Yes!
  • SD 28 - Jeff Stone  Yes!

Keep your eyes on the 28th Senate District race.  Initially the number two spot was in a tight run off that turned a few times.  Glenn Miller held the #2 spot, then Bonnie Garcia in #3 and Democrat Phillip Drucker #4, with Glenn and Bonnie only separated by 82 votes and Drucker down a couple hundred after an update consisting largely of late absentee ballots. The tide eventually turned with Candidate Bonnie Garcia leading her nearest opponent in the race for the #2 spot by over 400 votes and Glenn Miller has conceded.  This sets the stage for a continuation of what has already been a bitter contest...stay tuned.


  • AD 42 - Chad Mayes  Yes!
  • Supervisor District 2 - John Tavaglione  Yes!
  • Supervisor District 4 - John J. Benoit  Yes!
  • Supervisor District 5 - Marion Ashley   Yes!
  • Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff  Yes!
  • Riverside County Superintendent of Schools - Kenneth Young  Yes!
  • Riverside County District Attorney - Paul Zellerbach No

Two things happened here, Firstly, hats off to Mike Hestrin for a hard fought race. His tactics were surgical and he successfully defined himself and his opponent in the eyes of the voters in what was also one of the County’s heated and closely watched contests.  Secondly, Zellerbach lost this race as much as Hestrin won and it wasn't for lack of hard work. Zellerbach has done a tremendous job as District Attorney. He's been innovative, collaborative, expected the best from his people and had nothing but a solid positive media image heading into this race polling at the start with 57% support to Mike Hestrin’s 17%. This was unfortunately perfectly analogous to George H.W. Bush’s squandered political capital in 1992, and all because of a sign and a questionable handling of the issue in its aftermath. I would have handled this one a little differently but 20/20 hindsight proves nothing. I highly respect Paul for the work he's done and it’s unfortunate that he didn't get an opportunity to continue his endeavors here and secure a legacy.

We stayed out of the race below given the nature of its toxicity and looming legal challenges facing the City.  As a background, several council members have fallen under scrutiny as a result of relationships with a particular local commercial/industrial developer.  One former Mayor, Marcelo Co has been indicted for bribery, embezzling and of all things fraudulently collecting money from the state to care for his “ailing” mother all while she was jet setting around the globe.  Now a second Mayor, Tom Owings has been recalled and there’s a possibility of a third councilmember, Victoria Baca being recalled in November.  Lastly, a fourth controversially appointed “Councilmember”, Yxstivian Gutiérrez was appointed at a council meeting where it wasn’t placed on the agenda (likely Brown Act Violation), one councilmember apparently was completely unaware of who he was and there was no transparent process of application, much less a process at all as it seems.  It is also disputed as to whether or not he lives in the appropriate district he was appointed to serve.  If I lost you somewhere don’t feel bad, you are not alone.  Mr. Gutiérrez was initially considering a run to serve with me on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees and we thankfully dodged a bullet there.

  • Moreno Valley Recall... Pass  Yes!
    • Replacement – George Price


STATE ASSEMBLY: Hargrove, Mayes advance to November election

Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Marc Steinorth, a Republican, and Democratic Assemblyman Jose Medina of Riverside also make it out of Tuesday’s primary.


Published: June 4, 2014 Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Voters in at least three Inland Assembly districts chose a Republican and a Democrat to square off in November, according to results from Tuesday’s primary election.

Morongo Unified School District trustee Karalee Hargrove, a Democrat, will face Republican and former Yucca Valley Councilman Chad Mayes in the 42nd Assembly District, which straddles Riverside and San Bernardino counties and represents Hemet, San Jacinto, the Pass, Yucaipa, Palm Springs and Yucca Valley...

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Race for second place in 28th State Senate District race a nail-biter

Jeff Stone appears to have won a place on the November ballot, but the second spot is still up for grabs.


Published: June 4, 2014 6:30 p.m.

The race to determine which two candidates will vie for the 28th state Senate district in the November election was still too close to call Wednesday.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone appeared to secure first place with all precincts counted and several thousand mail-in, provisional and damaged ballots left to be tallied.

But Indio Councilman Glenn Miller, former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia and lawyer Philip Drucker were in a tight contest for second.

The top two finishers, regardless of party, will advance to the general election...

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ELECTION: Stone leads in tight 28th state Senate District

Republican Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone held an early lead in the race for the 28th state Senate District contest on Wednesday.

Republicans Glenn Miller and Bonnie Garcia and Democrat Philip Drucker were closely bunched behind Stone, according to results released by the Riverside County registrar of voters.

By early Wednesday, 100 percent of voting precincts had been counted, but about 39,700 mail-in, provisional and damaged ballots still needed to be processed...

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ELECTION: Supervisors Tavaglione, Ashley re-elected; Benoit leads

Three seats are up for re-election on the Board of Supervisors, with incumbents leading in early returns


Published: June 3, 2014 Updated: June 4, 2014 7:12 a.m.

Two Riverside County supervisors held onto their seats in Tuesday’s primary election, and a third was well ahead of his challenger.

Supervisors John Tavaglione and Marion Ashley easily won new four-year terms on the county’s governing board.

And John Benoit held a comfortable lead by Wednesday morning, with the votes from 100 percents of precincts counted, but about 39,700 vote-by-mail, provisional and damaged ballots left to be processed, according to the Riverside County registrar of voters...

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ELECTION: Supervisor candidates party in the desert

June 4, 2014 by Luke Ramseth

Despite early returns that said Manuel Perez was falling behind John Benoit in the race for 4th District supervisor, partygoers clapped and chanted: “Si, se puede” (Yes, we can) when a television crew showed up at Sol Sports Restaurant in Coachella on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Luke Ramseth/Staff)

At a luxury home in a gated community just outside Indio, political-minded partygoers chatted by the pool, grabbed drinks from an outside bar and snacked on baked goods in the kitchen.

It was mostly an election night party for veteran politician and 4th District Supervisor incumbent John Benoit, though it also included tag-alongs Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, making a run in the 36th Congressional District, and Yucca Valley native Chad Mayes, gunning for a 42nd District State Assembly seat...

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Government Affairs Update | June 2014


On May 7, 2014 the BIA attended the City Council meeting  for Norco. Our concern going into the meeting was the proposed $14,000 Development Impact Fee (DIF) increase applied to Single Family Residential (SFR) building.  The current DIF is approximately $24,000 which includes water and drainage and reigns as the highest DIF in the County. The City is now proposing a $38,000 fee also including water and drainage. This will amount to a $14,000 increase.      

The BIA questioned the cost of the study to taxpayers and the necessity of the study applied to SFR, noting that there has been no building activity since before and after they had raised their fee the last time in 2010.  The BIA also noted flaws in the study which included using 2000 census demographic data and not 2010 census data which is out of compliance with the City’s Housing Element.  It was also noted that the study population count included Norco’s Prison’s population which accounted for 18% of the City’s population and was unjustified for inclusion.

 For these reasons and other concerns raised by the members of the Council, all five council members unanimously voted to table the study that was presented by the consultant and City Staff.  The BIA will continue to work with the City Manager who also expressed his thought that the SFR component recommended increase was unnecessary.  This item will be brought back at a later time TBD.  While there is currently no building activity in Norco we feel this is a principled victory.

Val Verde Unified School District Unjustifiable Level II Fee
Soundly Rejected by Trustees, Board President Removed and Replaced

For nearly three months, the BIA had remained vigilant in monitoring and engagement        with   the Val Verde Unified School District (VVUSD), its staff, consultant and board members.  Initially Val Verde proposed a $5.76 school fee which would have potentially crippled some projects and select future development.  The BIA made a case to the board in February for postponement as a result of the last minute communication we were getting from the district staff.  The majority of the board agreed to allow us for time to work with their staff and hopefully come to a consensus on the study’s school fee assumptions.

The VVUSD staff proved to be a challenging entity and throughout the process it became clear to the BIA that we were indeed given a seat at the table as a stakeholder, but our data and input was either flatly disregarded or given very little if any consideration.  Following a letter to the District and their consultant documenting our concerns after our last meeting, the VVUSD SFNA final draft for notice of Public Hearing was released on April 4th showing a negligible decrease of $.019 and recommended a proposed fee of $5.59 which would still make it the highest fee in the County.  It seemed to be the case that those that were driving the fee increase were determined to achieve a certain numerical threshold as opposed to considering relevant data that would promote a fee that would be fair to the industry as well as benefit the District.

The Government Affairs Team reached out to individual board members having opportunities to meet with all save for one, the President of the Board.  Our concerns, particularly the fact that the average unit size of projects under construction, approved and planned (real as opposed to theoretical data) was omitted intentionally by their consultant and staff under the pretense that they had complied with the code and that same code would not allow our builder data to be included with the study.  This response was misleading on many levels and we had ample opportunity to meet with the Board leadership and provide some context to the complexity of our issues and concerns with the study.

Last evening a Val Verde Unified School District Board Meeting convened for regular business and for public hearing on consideration of accepting or rejecting the VVUSD SFNA proposed fee increase.  A significant amount of pressure was placed on the members of the board as the district staff, their consultants, attorney, Superintendent and teachers gave testimony and a presentation for over an hour combined that was at times misleading, to a complete misunderstanding of the fundamentals of determining school fees and the procedure of their application in the district.  The BIA had three people to present on the industry’s behalf including our consultant from Jeanette Justus Associates, Olga Tsiba.  We were given a total of 9 minutes, 3 minutes apiece to present our concerns and arguments.

After all arguments had been heard, all questions asked and all board members were given an ample opportunity to weigh in a vote was finally called.  I am pleased to announce that by a vote of 3-2 the recommended excessive fee increase was soundly defeated.

I would like to make it a point to mention the three board members that chose fairness over intense district pressure; Shelly Yarbrough, Wraymond Sawyerr and Marla Kirkland.  They all three showed leadership and courage and particularly Shelly and Wraymond on many levels went to bat as friends of the BIA.  All three are good friends to our industry and recognize the mutually beneficial partnership our industry and development plays in Val Verde.

This is a victory that we all can share.  Val Verde accepted a statutory minimum Level I fee of $3.36 which will take effect in 60 days, until then the fee remains at the 2012 Level I rate of $3.20.  Val Verde’s Agenda’s will remain on our watch list but we won the war.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, May 21st, the Val Verde Unified School District Board of Trustees met for a Special Meeting for the purpose of Board leadership review.  Specifically, at the close of the previous meeting when VVUSD Trustees rejected staff’s proposed fee increase, Trustee Shellie Yarbrough requested a special meeting to discuss removal of the Board President due to consistent unprofessional conduct.  During the previous Board meeting, President Vargas was openly and relentlessly hostile towards BIA fee opposition and committed quite a few conduct and Brown Act abuses.  The staff presentation, a requirement in advance of a Public Hearing for obvious transparency reasons was moved to be heard after the public hearing.  This was also done following the Boards acceptance of the agenda and without Board consent.  In addition he disallowed any communication between the Board and BIA representatives during the agendized public hearing which defeats the purpose of an agendized public hearing.
For these and many reasons prior to this meeting the VVUSD Board of Trustees summarily met and on a 3-2 vote removed former Board President Vargas and he was summarily replaced by Marla Kirkland, now President of the VVUSD Board of Trustees.  Please Join the BIA in congratulating President Kirkland on her recent honor and an additional display of leadership and courage by the VVUSD Board of Trustees.  This wasn’t an easy meeting by any stretch of the imagination is it is understood that supportive Trustees had to be escorted out by security under perceived threat from Mr. Vargas family and the Employees Association.

For more information on the Western Riverside County School Fees, CLICK HERE

June 5th LAC | Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District


June’s Government Affairs Committee meeting had a change of scenery and was held with the coordination of the Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District at their Facilities office.  The membership and attending dignitaries were benefitted by a brief tour of the facility and many of its unique industrial innovations that could serve to benefit future building in our “green” and water-wise Southern California building environment.  Lunch followed thanks to Flood Control and Orco Block stepping up to sponsor the luncheon.

Following the tour, in a standing room only presentation, members were given an in depth glance at challenges and opportunities facing the industry by Mr. Jason Uhley.  Jason is the Chief of the Watershed Protection Division of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and is a registered civil engineer with over 15 years of experience in storm water management.  As Chief of the Watershed Protection Division, Jason is responsible for managing the coordination of the Santa Ana, San Diego and Colorado River Region NPDES MS4 Permit Programs for Riverside County and its 25 municipal Co-Permittees among other duties.

Riverside County’s Flood Control & Water Conservation District has created a one stop shop for developers that need to know how they may be affected by various fees and regulations depending on the area they hope to develop and build on.  We were also fortunate to receive an update from Patricia Romo, Riverside County Assistant Director of Transportation.

Please join the Riverside County Building Industry Association in thanking Riverside County Flood Control’s Government Affairs Director Darcy Kuenzi for coordination our tour and presentation, as well as our presenters. Another big thank you as well to Orco Block and Flood Control, for their generous sponsorship of our June meeting.

If you would like a copy of the Power Point Presentation from the meeting, CLICK HERE to view.         

HomeAid Inland Empire Annual Trap Shoot Highlights | Gauging the Interest of the Community

CLICK HERE for a full event photo gallery, courtsey of Reau Design Studio!

The 9th Annual HomeAid Inland Empire Trap Shoot and Builder Chili Cook-Off fundraiser event, held recently at Prado Olympic Shooting Park in Chino, raised nearly $25,000 to help renovate and build homeless shelters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff was again the Honorary Chairman for the Trap Shoot this year, with HomeAid Inland Empire Board and Executive Committee members Satti Brown of KB Home and Michelle Estelle of Guild Mortgage serving as co-chairs.

HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Southern California Building Industry Association (BIA) Riverside County and Baldy View Chapters, works with various homeless service provider partners to create shelter facilities that temporarily house individuals and families who need a place to stay while they try to rebuild their lives. 

           “For nearly a decade now, our annual Trap Shoot fundraiser has been a great opportunity for our outstanding building industry and corporate partners to make a significant financial commitment to help HomeAid address the problem of homelessness throughout the Inland Empire,” said Ray Osborne, Executive Director of the Riverside-based non-profit organization. “This year’s fundraising event was our most successful to date, and provides us with much-needed funding for our on-going shelter development program,” he added.                

US Bank and Union Bank were the primary sponsors for this year’s Trap Shoot event. Prospect Mortgage was the Lunch Sponsor. Petersen Dean Roofing & Solar and Driver SPG were the Photo Sponsors. Security Bank of California and KB Home were the Breakfast Sponsors. Capital Pacific Homes and Masonry Innovations were the Beverage Sponsors. In addition, Fusion Sign & Design provided all of the signage.

Other Trap Shoot sponsors included: California Apartment Association of Greater Inland Empire (AAGIE), Standard Pacific Homes, iMortgage, Richmond American Homes, Fidelity National Title, Lennar Inland/LA Division, 123 Home Keys/All Southern California Escrow, Stearns Lending, Glazing Concepts, G.C. Acoustics, Hy-Tech Tile, Hardy Frame, Guild Mortgage, Clark Pacific, K&S Entertainment, Mark Knorringa, and Developers Edge.  

The fivesome shooting team that included Sheriff Sniff and Riverside County BIA CEO Bill Blankenship and BIA Director of Government Affairs Nathan Miller, won the Class A team championship, the iMortgage team won the Class B title and the Gothic Landscape team won Class C.  Bill Blankenship won the overall top shooter award with a score of 46 out of a possible 50.     

Adding to the fun and festivities at the Trap Shoot event was the Builder Chili Cook-Off competition, involving several of the top homebuilding companies in the Inland Empire. Richmond American Homes was the winner of this year’s event.               

Many of HomeAid Inland Empire’s service provider partners, including Olive Crest, Operation SafeHouse, Path of Life Ministries, Lutheran Social Services (LSS), Foothill Family Shelter, Operation Grace and the Family Assistance Program had information tables at the Trap Shoot to give attendees an opportunity to learn more about what is being done to end homelessness in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.             

Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has completed 29 homeless shelter facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties housing 787 beds valued at more than $17.1 million, with the Inland Empire homebuilding industry providing over $6.5 million in in-kind donations of funding, labor and materials. These facilities serve more than 2,500 homeless men, women and children annually in the two-county area.

For more information about the work being done by HomeAid Inland Empire, contact Executive Director Ray Osborne,, or visit the organization’s website at to volunteer or make a donation.  

Builder Update Panel Event | March 20, 2014


CLICK HERE for event photo gallery via Facebook, courtsey of Applied Photography!

The March 20th Builder Update Panel event co-hosted by BIA Riverside County and Baldy View chapters continues to grow in success as our economy recovers.  Annually held at Eagle Glen Golf Course, this dinner event brings together some of our top local builder panelists.  This year Division President of KB Home, Chris Haines; Vice President of Land of Brookfield Residential, Dave Bartlett; Division President of Richmond American Homes, Leonard Miller and CEO of Lewis Group of Companies, Randall Lewis comprised our panel along with Regional Director of Metrostudy, Steve Johnson as moderator.  Over 280 members attended the event to hear about what our builders and land developers were anticipating for 2014-2015 regional market conditions.

Overall the panelists were positive about an improvement in the housing market and MetroStudy’s special report gave us a better outlook of the housing action throughout Southern California.  We seem to be well on our way towards recovery from the economic downturn.  Attendees all seemed to be in better spirits as the panelist shared some of their success stories in overcoming the challenges that the market presented in the recent past.  The message was clear that the hard times for our industry might be improving after all.

BIA would like to extend our appreciation to the many sponsor companies that helped in creating this event and making it possible every year. Thank you!



  • American Financial Network
  • Geocon West
  • K&A Engineering
  • LevelCloud
  • Prospect Mortgage
  • Reliable Wholesale Lumber
  • United Paving

Energy Efficiency Education Partners

  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company

Golf Tournament & Wine Tour Success | April 4, 2014


CLICK HERE for event photo gallery via Facebook, courtsey of Applied Photography

April 4th greeted the BIA Golf Tournament and Wine Tour with a perfect spring day.  With 220 golfers, 31 hole sponsor companies and 70 wine tour attendees we had a successful and sold out event.  This is an indicator that our industry is back and BIA members were out in full swing.  Golfers once again enjoyed a beautiful day on the greens of Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course.  Our wine tour attendees were chauffeured in limos through Temecula Wine Country to four amazing wineries. 

The adventure started at Monte De Ore Winery, one of the newest additions to Temecula.  BIA members were welcomed at Lorimor Winery for lunch and wine in their recently opened tasting room.  Chapin Family Vineyards, one of the last wineries located at the end of Rancho California Road held a sit down wine tasting, allowing attendees to sample and taste some of their rare gems.  The tour’s last stop was at Europa Village Winery with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres served out in their French inspired veranda. 

Wine tour attendees, golfers and hole sponsors all convened for the dinner banquet at the course’s Olive Ballroom and enjoyed fresh off the grill burgers and hot dogs.  Thousands of dollars in prizes were raffled off, including many prizes donated by our hole sponsor companies.  KB Home repeat title defendant, once again took home the tournament championship trophies.  Hole sponsors, Complete Builder Service and J Ginger Masonry both won the Team Spirit award for best decorated booths on the course. 

BIA would like to thank our Golf and Wine Committee for putting together a wonderful event yet again.  A tremendous thank you to all our BIA ambassadors for their dedicated hard work in taking care of the golfers, hole sponsors and wine tour attendees.  Volunteerism from our members is a vital component of BIA’s success and we greatly appreciate all that our volunteers do for the association.  Special thanks goes out to Fusion Sign and Design for providing us each year with all the signage and trophies for the event.  Thank you also to Applied Photography for their service in capturing all the moments of the event.

Most importantly we’d like to thank our sponsors for making this event year after year the BIG success that it is.  We greatly appreciate the following companies whom have continued to support this event and BIA as a whole.  You have kept us moving along in the hard times and make us even stronger in the better times.




• Reliable Wholesale Lumber, Grand Sponsor

• Belgard Commercial, Lunch Sponsor

• Fiber Care Baths, Photo Sponsor  

• KB Home , Cart Topper Sponsor

• Larrabure Framing, Driving Range

• Leighton and Associates, Beverage Sponsor

• Pacific Masonry Wall, Flag Sponsor

• Simpson Strong-Tie, Dinner Sponsor

• Suncoast Post Tension , Cart Sponsor


• Southern California Edison

• American Landscape & Maintenance

• Andrew Lauren Interiors

• DPFG (Development Planning & Financial Group)

• FirstService Residential

• Gateway Concrete

• Gothic Landscape

• J Ginger Masonry

• PetersenDean Roofing & Solar

• Precast Innovations

• Rancho West Landscape

• Vintage Group

School Fee Update | April 2014

About School Fees


At this time, many school districts throughout Riverside County are considering the state of their per square foot school fees.  Those that are currently at the higher rate Level II must reexamine their fee annually with what is known as a School Facilities Needs Analysis.  At least half of the school districts in Riverside County currently charge the statutory Level I fee which was recently raised mandatorily by the State of California from $3.20 to $3.36 per square foot.  These are codified in school districts when what is known as a School Fee Justification Study is passed by a Board of Trustees and is merely a mandatory statement of validation for the benefit of transparency and the Board.

SFNA’s are challenging to justify and often the cost of the study can outweigh the benefits which is one of the reasons why many districts choose to remain at a Level I fee.  Additionally and more importantly, the pace of development, market concerns, land acquisition costs and student generation all play a role in the rate of a higher Level II school fee.  The BIA staff reviews these items and conditions contained in SFNA studies to validate assumptions or challenge them based on data conflicts, assumption errors and market realities.

The Riverside BIA has supported the conclusions of many SFNA’s as well as the decision for the vast majority of school districts to stay at their current Level II fee rate or the lower statutory Level I fee rate.  Our review of these studies is ongoing and below is a selection of a recent victory and an ongoing challenge.


Riverside Unified School District

The Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) recently met to consider an increase of $0.23 to their $3.77 Level II School Fee bringing it up to $4.00 per square foot. With the average size of locally built Single Family Detached (SFD’s) homes being 3,300 square feet, this would mean a fee increase of roughly $760 per unit.

The BIA staff discussed its opposition with RUSD’s retained consultant as well as individual members of the Board of Trustees. At the scheduled public hearing the RUSD Trustees listened and summarily questioned their staff and consultant regarding the merits of the proposed fee. It should be stated that following recent November 2012 elections there was a significant shift of representation to the Board when longtime incumbent Chuck Beaty was defeated by a young professional realtor named Brent Lee. The RUSD Trustee’s chose to make a bold statement about its support of the business community and clearly understood the mutually beneficial partnership it shares with the building industry. Four out of five Trustees voted to defeat the proposed increase and maintain the current Level II fee rate. The BIA appreciates the decision made by the leadership of RUSD and looks forward to continuing its valuable partnership with the District. 


Val Verde Unified School District

Alternatively the BIA has been involved in challenging negotiations with the Val Verde Unified School District (VVUSD) Staff. The BIA has consistently engaged the district and met with staff regarding its opposition to what would be a fee increase making it the largest Level II fee in Riverside County.

VVUSD had originally proposed a school fee increase from a Level I fee to a $5.76 Level II fee potentially costing the industry $5000 or more in additional fees per unit depending on the size of a unit being built. The BIA successfully defeated the increase at the last Board meeting in March. The staff has since proposed a new fee increase of $5.57 following recent dialogue between the BIA and school district staff. The BIA still strongly disagrees with the assumptions in the current version of the study. The BIA has found codified methodology errors and has retained a consultant well versed in SFNA studies to challenge the district’s conclusions.

We urge the industry building in the VVUSD region to pay close attention to this matter as we will continue to keep the BIA membership updated. The public hearing for the proposed fee increase is scheduled for the evening of May 6th.

LAC Luncheon | March & April 2014

Annual Legislative Affairs Committee Luncheon Featuring Congressman Ken Calvert

This March we were honored to feature keynote speaker Congressman Ken Calvert who currently represents the 42nd Congressional District that encompasses parts of Riverside, Corona and stretches out towards Southwest Riverside County to the City of Temecula.

Congressman Calvert is a longtime friend to the industry with a background in real estate and development affording him keen insight into the issues builders face.  The turnout was commanding making this LAC the largest and most heavily attended to date.  Members were treated to an update on federal issues and legislation related to housing and development as well as an insider perspective of ongoing international concerns and current events.

Our members and guests questions ranged from local building topics to the recent turmoil between Russia and Ukraine.  The BIA in Riverside County is fortunate to have such an accomplished leader representing our region and looking out for our industry.  Now serving as the ranking member on the Appropriations Committee in the California Congressional Delegation, Congressman Calvert has earned a great deal of respect amongst his peers and has delivered continuously for our community.  We thank Congressman Calvert for taking some time away from the Hill and spending it at an insightful luncheon with the BIA.

April Legislative Affairs Committee Luncheon

City of Riverside Community Development Director Al Zelinka: Smart Code

This April we were fortunate to feature Mr. Al Zelinka, Community Development Director in the City of Riverside.  Last month we received a 40,000 foot view of policy effecting development.  This month we received a close up review of a plan to re-envision development in the City of Riverside.

A little about the Smart Code Specific Plan:  The Smart Code Specific Plan program is intended to be a community-guided effort to establish and implement a vision or set of visions for the entire project area. Although the existing specific plans may contain elements that are still relevant, each specific plan area will be revisited to establish visions and development standards reflective of current community desires.  Additionally, the entire project area will be analyzed holistically to ensure a consistent and cohesive document. This will most likely result in changes in land uses and policies within these areas.

Thank you Mr. Al Zelinka, for sharing the future vision for planning and building in the City of Riverside with the members and guest of the Riverside County BIA.

Membership Spotlight | April 2014

The Riverside Chapter is proud to spotlight our Membership Services Committee (MSC) for the awesome work they do for the Association, the Chapter and for the Members.  This dedicated group of 16 volunteers remain passionate about recruiting new members to BIA, as well as retaining existing members through reach out and Ambassador calls.  Many of the MSC members have been involved for a number of years and have maintained an impressive amount of enthusiasm through good times, as well as the recent tougher times.  In 2013, the Riverside Chapter recruited 58 new members, which contributed to a 17% increase association-wide, now totaling 1,033 members.  Nineteen (19) of these new members were recruited by the MSC during the Fall membership drive.  In addition, 2013 saw a retention rate of 86% in the Riverside Chapter.  This is in large part due to the MSC’s great effort.  With 2014 already looking to be more successful than 2013 we are excited about the committee’s energy and enthusiasm.  Join us in applauding this group of hardworking volunteers! 

CLICK HERE to see our Membership Service Committee and how you can get involve yourself!

President's Message | Apr 2014

Jay Pierce-JD Pierce Company | 2014 BIA Riverside County President

We are off to a great start this New Year with several successful events over the past few weeks. Our most recent success being our “Builder Update Panel” event held on March 20th. Hundreds of members gathered for dinner and to hear an update on the market from the leaders of our most respected builders and developers.

Steve Johnson of MetroStudy served as our panel moderator and included Randall Lewis of Lewis Operating Companies, Dave Bartlett Vice President of Brookfield Residential, Chris Haynes Division President of KB Homes, and Leonard Miller Division President of Richmond American Homes as our featured panelists. Our meeting was held at the Eagle Glen Golf Course Club House where we enjoyed an excellent meal while hearing from these leaders in the industry. I know many of you that attended had a great opportunity to meet and connect with our friends and colleagues.

On March 7th we held our largest Legislative Luncheon of the year. Our special guest was 42nd District US Congressman Ken Calvert. It was a standing room only crowd that enjoyed a terrific lunch at Sevilla Restaurant and heard the latest updates from Ken giving our membership an insider perspective on what is happening in the US Capitol. Ken is a good friend and fellow of our industry.  He answered many questions from the group of interest to our business and we were grateful he was able to join us.

By the time you read this message we will have all competed in the Riverside County BIA Golf Tournament and Wine Tour. The tournament was sold out and we are expecting to have a great day of golf at the Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course. If you are not a golfer the Wine Tour is a great way to discover the Temecula Wine Country. We had to add additional buses to accommodate all of our members and guests. It is great to see these events growing, which suggests to me that our industry is getting stronger.

In the month of May we offer two great events. May 8th will feature our first Building Bridges Competition. This event was conceived to encourage teamwork amongst our member companies as well as bridge the gap between Builders and Associates. I encourage you and your company to complete in this challenging and fun competition. It will be a great way to builder a foundation of teamwork and collaboration within your company and our entire association. We will also celebrate our Membership Appreciation Month with a baseball night on May 29th at Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium. This event welcomes our newest members of the BIA and it is a way for us to thank our entire membership. Yours truly will be throwing out the first pitch after which we will have some hot dogs and watch the Storm go up again Lancaster's Jet Hawks. I look forward to seeing you all there.

These great events are good way for you to connect with other members of the association and I encourage everyone to attend. In the meantime, the Riverside BIA is responding to several challenges occurring in our area. The Val Verde Unified School District is proposing to hike school fees by almost 70% and the County of Riverside is discussing a new building fee ordinance that has been postponed for now but we expect it to return sometime in July. Our Governmental Affairs staff is staying on top of these issues. These proposals are not in the best interest of the School District, the County or our industry. You can be sure that your BIA team will represent your interests in these most important matters.

Thanks for supporting your BIA!


Jay Pierce-JD Pierce Company
2014 BIA Riverside County President



BIA Riverside would like to extend our thank you to the companies listed below for their generous support and contribution to help underwrite the 2014 chapter events & programs.  

HOW PARTNERSHIP WORKS!  The Chapter allocates 50% of your Partnership Fund to a prepaid account for your company.  Use your Partnership fund to attend any BIA Riverside County Chapter events or purchase additional event sponsorship packages throughout the year for even greater recognition to your company. Get the most out of your BIA dollars, with the flexibility to use your Partnership dollars how you want.  In turn your company will be recognized all year long through a multitude of marketing collateral such as our website, blog, event web pages, e-blast, social media, print signage and at events.

  • Development Planning & Financing Group
  • Albert A. Webb Associates
  • ALBD Electric & Cable
  • AEI-CASC Consulting
  • DR Horton
  • CDS Insurance
  • Community Works Design Group
  • Belgard Commercial
  • First American NHD
  • CV Communities
  • Corman Leigh
  • Brookfield Residential
  • iMortgage
  • Eastern Municipal Water District
  • David Neault Associates
  • Builder Design Group
  • KB Home
  • Equity Management
  • Hall & Foreman
  • Capital Pacific Real Estate
  • Lennar
  • Fenceworks
  • Hunsaker & Associates
  • David Evans and Associates
  • Lewis Operating Corp.
  • Fiber Care Baths
  • K&A Engineering
  • David Jeffers Consulting
  • PulteGroup
  • FirstService Residential
  • Masonry Innovations
  • David Taussig & Associates
  • Simpsons Strong-Tie
  • Leighton & Associates
  • Meridian Land Development Company
  • First Carbon Solutions
  • Standard Pacific Homes
  • Mayers and Associates Civil Engineering
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Fuscoe Engineering
  • PENCO Engineering
  • Metrostudy
  • Gateway Concrete
  • Professional Community Management
  • Pacific Masonry Walls
  • Halladay & Mim Mack
  • Richmond American Homes
  • Petra Geotechnical
  • JD Pierce Company
  • Rick Engineering Company
  • RBF Consulting
  • KWC Engineers
  • Shea Homes
  • Stratham Homes
  • Leonards Services
  • T&B Planning
  • Van Daele Development
  • Lubrizol
  • Temeka Group
  • Warner Water Works
  • Melia Homes
  • US Bank
  • OJ Insulation & Fireplaces
  • Voit Management
  • O'Reilly Public Relations
  • WestCor Framing
  • MHS Customer Service
  • Pacific Communities
  • Proactive Engineering Consultants
  • Psomas
  • RHA Landscape Architects
  • Sheffield Communities
  • The Land Stewards
  • Transtech
  • United Paving Co.

Government Affairs Update | Feb 2014

2014 Challenges and Opportunities

2014 unfolds as a year of promise and opportunity.  While our industry is still far from real recovery, the role we have served in the Greater Inland Empire and Coachella Valley region as an economic stimulus and major jobs provider has begun to stabilize the region financially.  It is a time where entities that seek to incentivize local development have and will continue to benefit from the partnerships that are being established here.

In the midst of this is the reality that because of the long hard recession coupled with many hard policy choices made in Sacramento, local governments have had very limited access to resources and many if not all have had to tighten their belts. This brings us a challenge as many local governments look to ANY signs hinting at recovery as an advanced opportunity to prepare for ways to improve revenue generation.  The danger here being that hasty fee increases can quickly stifle economic growth and hurt our industry as well as themselves in the process.

The BIA watch list is growing but as we utilize our relationships with local government to develop mutually beneficial policies, we have already experienced success.  Most recently the City of Menifee enacted a 30 day moratorium on hillside development that didn’t take into account approved development in the area already in place.  BIA Riverside County successfully defeated an attempt to extend the moratorium.  In the City of Wildomar when they first presented the BIA with their DIF study they initially intended to increase their DIF to roughly $11,000.  After over a year of ongoing discussions and BIA engagement we successfully negotiated a much lower fee amount of $6,946.51 saving the industry over $4000 in additional fees.

The BIA is currently engaged with the County of Riverside as they prepare to bring a revised DIF Study and Staff Report to the Board.  While we anticipate that the new DIF will be lower than the current one in place, there are several improper components in it that the BIA has addressed as discussions are ongoing.

Riverside County BIA will continue to update you on School Fees, DIFs and other matters as they pertain to our industry.  If you have any questions or wish to learn more about any particular issue, please do not hesitate to contact Nathan Miller, BIA Riverside County - Director of Government Affairs at or (951) 505-2594.


President's Message | Feb 2014

Jay Pierce-JD Pierce Company, 2014 BIA RC PresidentI am excited to begin the new year as your president of the Riverside County BIA.  We are planning a year full of events, programs and initiatives to support the members of the BIA.

I would be remiss in not congratulating Dan Boyd, our president of the Riverside Chapter last year, for an extremely productive year.  Dan handled his duties with energy, enthusiasm and professionalism.  Dan has moved on to take over as the President of BIASC, and we wish him well in that position and will continue to work with him on issues affecting our members.

As our members should be aware by now, BIASC(Building Industry Association of Southern California) is the association of BIA Chapters that includes Riverside County, Baldy View(San Bernardino County), Orange County and Los Angeles/Ventura County.  We will be working closely with BIASC and the other chapters to put on joint events and coordinate on the important governmental affairs issues that come before us.

With the new year starting, I have a renewed sense of optimism about our industry.  We see evidence in most all sub markets in Riverside County that the pace of building homes is picking up.  Many of the private builders, including myself, are starting projects in our county.  I believe we will see many new projects in this coming year.  We hope many of you are planning for an exciting and productive new year.



Jay Pierce

JD Pierce Company

2014 BIA Riverside Chapter President

Jan 16th | Bowling Tournament "Battle of the Band"

Thank you to all our bowlers for participating in our 4th Annual Bowling Tournament at Trevi Bowling Center in Lake Elsinore.  Our "Battle of the Bands" theme brought out rockers, rappers and some oldie but goodie members ready to strike toward victory.  Tons of fun was had by everyone, with raffle prizes to win and trophies to claim.  Special thanks to the builder representatives that supported the event.  Our gratitude to our Event Sponsors and Tournament Teams, your continued support allows us to continue the great success of this event year after.

West Coast Drywall & Paint took home the Championship trophy for the first time with Rheem and Mega Western close behind clenching 2nd place.  Fusion Sign & Design place 3rd, their second time winning a trophy.  American Landscape & Maintenance team brought out their hip hop and rappin style to nap the Team Spirit trophy for the "Battle of the Bands" theme.  Yet another show of amazing support from our BIA members.




CLICK HERE | Event Photo Gallery courtesy of Applied Photography.  Don’t forget to “LIKE” us when you’re there.

Feb 4th | 22nd Annual Economic Forecast

Our 22nd Annual Economic Forecast, held on February 4th at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium brought out a packed house of members and industry leaders.  Dr. Esmael Adibi-Director of the A Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Chapman University once again gave us an in-depth prediction of the 2014 economy, housing market and potential job growth.  Click here to read the Press Enterprise article.  

BIA would like to thank our co-host, ORCO Block and event sponsors-PulteGroup, Woodside Homes, Fusion Sign & Design, Applied Photography along with Energy Efficiency Education Partners; Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company for making this event possible with their generosity.  BIA extends our gratitude to the 2014 Partners for helping to underwrite this program and many others throughout the year.

2015 preview: The much anticipated Inland Empire Economic Forecast looks to return to the newly rennovated Riverside Convention Center.

CLICK HERE | Facebook event photo gallery courtesy of Applied Photography.  Don’t forget to “LIKE” us when you’re there.

We hope to see you at our March 20th, Builder Panel Update event.