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Message from the President
Hello General Membership!
In my last message it was spring time and now summer has come and gone although in some parts of the state it may feel like summer is still here!
Autumn is upon us, and with that comes our Annual Code Enforcement Seminar. Our 9th Annual Seminar was held in beautiful Monterey Bay, in Seaside, California. Another big turnout came to see our talented instructors teach curriculum on various interesting topics. The Seminar Committee and staff did another excellent job of making the Seminar a big success.
CACEO has an awards program every year to honor individuals and agencies doing wonderful work around the state. Awarded at this year’s Seminar were:
Innovative Program of the Year: City of Santa Maria
Officer of the Year Award: Dave Mason, County of Del Norte
John Lowe Award: Kerry Simpson, City of Rancho Cordova
Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Garner, City of Santa Cruz
Congratulations to all the winners! I also want to say thank you to all of you, whether you were nominated or not, for your tireless efforts, commitment and talents to our organization and to our profession!
We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim next year at the Paradise Pier Hotel for our 10th Annual Code Enforcement Seminar. Mark your calendars for October 6-9, 2015, where Mr. Gordon Graham (highly sought-after international speaker), will be our keynote speaker! I also want to remind everyone that from here forward, we will be having our annual seminars earlier in the month to hopefully avoid conflicting dates with CALBO’s annual conference in order to allow CALBO professionals to attend our seminar.
In the legislative department, CACEO again partnered up with R.A.M.P., Regional Asthma Management Program, co-sponsoring major housing legislation. Our jointly sponsored bill this year was Senate Bill 1167. This legislation requires property owners to abate sub-standard conditions causing pest infestations and also address any sub-standard conditions that contribute to the infestation by simply aligning existing codes related to pest infestation and habitability. The bill sailed through both the Senate and Assembly by margins of 37-0 and 74-0, respectively, only to be briefly stalled by the California Apartment Association. The bill could have been hung up, but our talented Legislative Co-Chair Kerry Simpson was once again up to the task, and articulated well what the bill is and what it will do in her testimony at the State Capital! In short, all concerns were put to rest as the bill was signed into law by Governor Brown on July 7, 2014.
In closing, we have had a lot of interest in general members wanting to join the CACEO Board of Directors. This is both very gratifying and humbling, knowing such interest is on the rise! This tells me what I envisioned years ago came to fruition sooner than I thought. While we only have twenty-four Board seats for the entire state, it lets our current Board know there is much interest in their seats! In the Los Angeles region, we had six candidates vie for only one seat. Since I have been on the Board, there have never been more hotly contested regions for Board seats! Through the professional commitment of our Board of Directors, we have changed the landscape of providing improved continuing education classes and state seminars. I realize there are limited seats on the Board, but you can always reach out to your local regional representative in further promoting our profession and brand, and you never know, maybe you will be the one that wins the next election and joins the Board of Director!
Desire, commitment, due diligence and professionalism are the hallmarks of the CACEO Board of Directors. While we strive for perfection, let us hope to capture excellence in the interim of that pursuit!
For all of you that I met at the Seminar, and for the rest of you in the state, always, always remember to please be safe in your daily duties and travels!