OCBC Infrastructure Committee Hosts Sanitation District and BIASC

OCBC’s Infrastructure Committee hosted Orange County Sanitation District’s (OCSD) General Manager, Jim Herberg, on June 9. In addition, the Committee welcomed Jennifer Hernandez, Partner with Holland & Knight, and Steve LaMotte, the Executive Director of the Building Industry Association – Orange County, for a briefing on upcoming vehicle miles traveled (VMT) regulations and the campaign by numerous stakeholders urging Governor Newsom to delay these regulations. 

 

Sanitation District

OCBC’s Infrastructure Committee hosted Orange County Sanitation District’s (OCSD) General Manager, Jim Herberg, on June 9.  Despite the pandemic, $500 million in capital improvement projects are on track and shovel ready. OCSD continues to prioritize organizational resiliency and safety, as they did before the COVID-19 crisis. Mr. Herberg also highlighted OCSD’s robust internship program. While internship opportunities are more limited than usual due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions, OCBC encourages educators to contact Mr. Herberg to learn about potential internship placements. OCBC commends OCSD for demonstrating excellence as a public agency amid the pandemic.

 

VMT

On June 9, OCBC’s Infrastructure Committee welcomed Jennifer Hernandez, Partner with Holland & Knight, and Steve LaMotte, the Executive Director of the Building Industry Association – Orange County, for a briefing on upcoming vehicle miles traveled (VMT) regulations and the campaign by numerous stakeholders urging Governor Newsom to delay these regulations. Starting July 1, 2020, housing developers must mitigate VMT—essentially, reduce the miles driven by someone else. In San Bernardino County, this means the average price of a home will increase by $41,000. Local governments need time to develop better metrics for reducing VMT. Now is not the time to raise prices on sorely needed workforce housing! Please visit the Building Industry Defense Fund (BILD) and The Two Hundred to learn more about how you can support the delay.

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