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BIA honors Laer for commitment to the building industry

Laer was awarded the Gwen Rosebeary Award by the Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter (BIA/OC) at its 44th annual Installation Dinner on November 6th.  The annual award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment and outstanding dedication to BIA/OC.

Following more than 25 years of service to the local chapter, including a decade on its Executive Committee, Laer was named a lifetime member of its board of directors last year.  He also currently serves as the Vice President/Public Affairs for BIA Southern California and has helped both organizations weather several crises, deal effectively with regulatory challenges, and communicate their messages to BIA members and the public.

The LP&A family helped to keep the award a closely guarded secret from Laer until the time his name was announced at the dinner.  They worked together to collect old (and embarrassing) photos of Laer and humorous antidotes for outgoing BIA/OC President Dave Bartlett of Taylor Woodrow to share with the audience.

Weekly 3 Land: Spited noses, golden gambles and more

What are the three biggest stories each week in the world of California land development?  You’ll find them right here, or follow LP&A all week long on Twitter at @LPALand for up-to-the-minute news and analysis.  You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here. This week:

1. What’s That About Noses and Faces and Spite?

There’s AB32, SB375 and a whole host of other regulations designed to coerce developers onto the green bandwagon. Some moves in that direction are wholly embraced by the building community, primarily because they’re market-driven solutions that provide tangible benefits.  Like smart energy and water meters that help homeowners better manage their consumption and reduce utility bills.  So why is the evergreen County of Santa Cruz moving to ban the technology? It’s afraid the wireless signal the boxes transmit – similar to cell phones – poses health risks.  Builders beware.