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Nels,
In most cases the differences in the California edition do not affect how you
structurally design a building unless you are involved in a project such as a
fire station, police station (essential services), school, or hospital.  Those
building types have increased "importance" factor.  

The effective date for codes is irrespective of local ordinance.  The Ca State
law takes precedent over local agencies (city, county, special district).  If
the Building Official in any jurisdiction is not using the '97 codes with
applicable state amendments as required for local enforcement, they are in
violation of law.   In my experience (south bay area) the Building Officials
are up to speed on the new codes and most have "automatic" ordinances so they
do not have to go in front of the governing body for new code adoption since
the State requires mandatory code editions at given dates.

Hope this helps
Jim Fruit, AIA,  Branch Manager
Carl Mileff & Associates, Inc.
Building Code Services
4000 Moorpark Ave, Suite 102
San Jose, CA.  95117
ph 408 248-0566; fax 248-0568  email cmajose(--nospam--at)aol.com