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Team Weekend

September 27-29

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Sacramento, CA   




All attendees must make their own room  

reservations. Our room rate is $159/night.  Mention "ASCCA - Auto Service Councils of Ca" in order to get your special room rate.

There are three ways to make your room reservations:

  1. Go to www.sacramento.embassysuites.com and make a reservation using the group/convention code: AUT
  2. Call 1-800-498-5237 and ask for the ASCCA discount rate.
  3. CLICK HERE to be direct to our rates automatically. 




U.S. Commerce Dept. Makes Recommendation to Provide Motor Oil Information        



The United States Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology has made uniform recommendations for motor oil information.   These standards would require that the SAE oil ratings, brand and weight are to be provided on a customer's invoice.  Some states have already adopted these standards.  California through the BAR is currently in the process of evaluating the recommendations.   


The standards are outlined in the Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities, which states in pertinent part:


2.33.1. Labeling of Vehicle Engine (Motor) Oil. - Vehicle engine (motor) oil shall be labeled. Viscosity. - The label on any vehicle engine (motor) oil container, receptacle, dispenser or storage tank, and any invoice or receipt from service on an engine that includes the installation of vehicle engine (motor) oil dispensed from a receptacle, dispenser or storage tank, shall contain the viscosity grade classification preceded by the letters "SAE" in accordance with SAE International's latest version of SAE J300, "Engine Oil Viscosity Classification."


ASCCA will continue to monitor and keep members informed of any developments that may occur in California.  For more detailed information on these recommendations visit the National Institute of Standards and Technology website: http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/pubs/hb130-13.cfm




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U.S. Commerce Dept. Makes Recommendation
Revised Regulation Issued in California
Vehicle Safety Agendcy Reports Massive Drop in Vehicle Thefts
2013 Member of the Year

James Justus, James Automotive, San Diego, CA

In his own words:

"I studied to be a shop teacher and upon graduation from Long Beach State I went into the Peace Corps and taught in Jamaica. Upon returning I started teaching again in San Diego where I currently live but there were no full time teaching position jobs so I fulfilled a substitute teaching position for a year. It appeared that nothing full time was going to turn up so in the need to make a living the next best thing I thought of to do was to open an auto repair shop. As the Sole Proprietor of James Automotive with most of my employees being with me for 20+ years I have to say that I am very happy with my decision and thank you to ASCCA for making it so memorable. I am truly honored and humbled by this award. Thank you."

ASCCA members like James are shining examples of how One Member CAN Make a Difference! 


Revised Regulations Issued in California for Reducing Use of Plastic in Packaging      

Revised regulations from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) have gone into effect that are intended to decrease the use of new plastic and increase the use of recycled postconsumer plastic to manufacture rigid containers - affecting manufacturers and distributors.

At issue are a wide variety of rigid plastic packaging containers, or RPPCs, such as bottles, buckets and the clamshells often found enclosing or protecting many automotive products. CalRecycle has notified a number of product manufacturers through a notice in the mail that informs the company they have been identified as a product manufacturer that sells or offers for sale products in California which are held within Rigid Plastic Packaging Containers - including direct sales, retail sales, and remote sales through distributors wholesalers' and the internet.

According to the CalRecycle web site www.calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics/rppc/#rppc, a regulated RPPC sold in California must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Made from at least 25 percent postconsumer plastic;
  • Container weight be reduced by at least 10 percent;
  • "Reusable" and routinely reused at least five times; or
  • Have a 45 percent recycling rate.

Under the revised rules:

  • Product manufacturers must register with CalRecycle within 90 days of receiving a notice from the agency. To ensure compliance, visit CalRecycle's registration web page at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics/RPPC/register.htm ;
  • Product manufacturers that sell products in RPPCs in California are responsible for using compliant RPPCs. California sales include remote sales through distributors and/or wholesalers' and through the internet;
  • The RPPC must be capable of at least one closure (including closure during the manufacturing process);
  • The "reusable" term now excludes containers that store original products for sale; and,
  • Manufacturers cannot switch to using a different plastic resin in an RPPC to achieve a 10 percent weight reduction.
Additional information is available by going to the CalRecycle web site: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics/rppc/#rppc.


Vehicle Safety Agency Reports Massive Drop in Vehicle Thefts


On July 9, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a request for comments on the report covering vehicle thefts during calendar year 2011 of model year 2011 vehicles (CY11/MY11). The preliminary data shows a 91.45 percent decrease in CY11/MY11 vehicles compared to CY10/MY10. It is also the lowest CY/MY vehicle theft rate since trend tracking began in 1993.

The data is collected using model year production numbers reported by vehicle manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with theft data from the National Crime Information Center, a division of the FBI. The total number of thefts in a particular vehicle line is divided by the total number manufactured in that vehicle line in order to determine the theft rate. In 2010 the rate was 1.17 thefts per 1,000 vehicles. In 2011, initial reports indicate that number has dropped to .1 per 1,000 vehicles.

According to the NHTSA, "The agency believes that the theft rate reduction is a result of several factors, including vehicle parts marking; the increased use of standard antitheft devices and other advances in electronic technology (i.e., immobilizers) and theft prevention methods; increased and improved prosecution efforts by law enforcement organizations; and increased public awareness which may have contributed to the overall reduction in vehicle thefts."

To see further details, including how to comment on the initial report of data, please visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-09/pdf/2013-16428.pdf .


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