Automotive Service Councils of California


January 17, 2014

Register Now for the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Summit!

Sponsored by ASCCA, CAWA, AAIA, CAT, and CalABC  
Saturday, February 8
Team Weekend
February 8-9
Embassy Suites Sacramento Promenade 
100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814 
P: 1-916-326-5000 * F: 1-916-236-5001
ROOM RESERVATIONS: 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. Click here to make hotel reservations
  2. Go to and make a reservation using the group/convention code: ASC
  3. Call 1-800-498-5237 and ask for the ASCCA-Auto Service Councils of CA discount rate.
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January 17, 2014Any reservations made after this date are subject to full published hotel rates. Rooms are not guaranteed to be available after our cut-off date. Please book your room ASAP to avoid not getting a room.


ASCCA's Ted Curran Featured in National Publication "Ratchet & Wrench"  


Ted Curran, owner of Monkey Wrenches Inc. in Brentwood, Calif., explains the value of joining a trade association in the latest issue of "Ratchet and Wrench." The ASCCA's Larry Moore and Mary Kemnitz pushed for this article at their Rachet and Wrench Advisory Board Meetings.



New Jersey Legislature Votes in Support of Right to Repair

from "Ratchet *& Wrench"

The New Jersey Assembly recently voted in support of Right to Repair legislation that the lawmakers claim will help to "level" car repair prices for consumers.


New Jersey is the latest in a slew of states to propose a Right to Repair bill, Massachusetts and Maine being the most recent.


New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act requires auto manufacturers to give vehicle owners and independent repair shops access to the same repair information and tools given to dealer repair facilities.


The act is meant to level the playing field as more and more sophisticated cars are introduced into the market, meaning repair shops will find it easier to get items such as software and diagnostic codes for car computers.


The bill stipulates that vehicle manufacturers make such parts and items provided to dealerships available for purchase for current models, all the way back to 2002. Starting in 2018, automakers will also have to make it possible for off-the-shelf personal computers to diagnose vehicles.


The bill still needs to make it through the Senate Commerce Committee to become a reality.


As more and more Right to Repair bills pop up in states around the country, a number of industry associations have voiced their opposition to the law.


OSHA Extends Comment Period for On-line Incident Reporting Proposal

from AAIA Capital Report

On Nov. 8, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule that would require electronic reporting of workplace injuries and incidences that would be searchable by the public. The agency had set a deadline of Feb. 6, 2014 for public comment, but has extended the date to March 8, 2014 at the urging of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB had stated that the incident reporting rulemaking overlapped with the proposed crystalline silica rulemaking which will also affect the construction industry.

The full proposal, along with instructions for providing official comments can be found here.


NASTF Board Appoints 2014 Co-Chairs

NASTF Chair Allen Pennebaker made 12 appointments to the important co-chair positions on the six working committees of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF). These committees help find solutions that help OEMs and the aftermarket meet the challenges of service resources.


Read the press release here


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In This Issue
Register Now for the Industry Summit
Ted Curran Featured in National Publication
New Jersey Legislature Supports Right to Repair
OSHA Extends Comment Period for On-line Incident Reporting Proposal
OSHA Extends Comment Period for On-line Incident Reporting Proposal
January Member of the Month Robert Salerno


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Honorary Lifetime member Robert Salerno of Salerno's Auto Service Center in Redlands, CA (ASCCA Chapter 14)

In his own words: I was inspired to get into automotive repair early on. If my mother was alive today, she would tell you that starting at the age of two I took everything apart just to see what made it work. My dad at times wanted to terminate my life because he found some of those things in pieces. At age 15, for $50 I purchased a 1930 Model A sedan with a damaged engine. With the help of Sears, Roebuck & Company, and reading some books, I was able to overhaul the engine. With financial support from my lawn business I got that fine vehicle running. I also worked for a body man and painter at a local Pontiac dealership, in exchange for their free labor to paint my car. Then there was an opening for a new car-get ready helper. So my love of automobiles and of taking things apart became my road to a lifelong career.


I became an automotive shop owner because my parents didn't like the idea of my being an automotive mechanic. The long hours I spent redesigning four-cylinder engines into V8s, lowering vehicles, along with the loud exhaust became total frustration for my parents. Then there was marriage and children. I still had a desire to do something I liked. My first love was working on vehicles, and with the approval of my first wife we borrowed money to open a service station. That was 37 years ago and since then I have owned several service stations, until eventually I felt the need for a larger shop. March 10, 2014 will mark 48 years in business.


Here's how I got involved with ASCCA. Never be in a meeting and have to go to the bathroom! What happened on April 15, 1980 was the beginning of 34 years of involvement with ASCCA. I was at an ASCCA meeting and at the end our executive director John Goodman said to me and the membership that I would be a leader of the association. Like a lot of shop owners, I said, "No way, I do not have the time." "Yes, you will make the time and effort," said the person next to me (now longtime friend and adviser Dale Bright). Three shop owners were installed that evening and I was the last one chosen. What happened was I came out of the bathroom to find a group of people standing up and applauding my return to the room. I asked what had happened. Dale replied, "You have been voted in as a chapter board member." At another meeting later on this happened again -- I took a bathroom break only to come back and hear President Pete Peterson state that I had been voted in as mechanical governor (chapter representative today).


Nine years later I was elected to the State Board. In 1991 was voted to serve on the executive committee. After 14 years I retired to become a chapter representative and serve on my chapter board. I gained friendships throughout the United States, knowledge of how the government operates, and had the benefit of belonging to an organization of people with the same professional concerns as me. With this backing I walked into representatives' offices and had them shake my hand and listen to our presentations. Senators and assemblymen were calling me asking for my input on items of concern to small business owners. Also, I have profited and gained so much knowledge from many shop owners over the years just by the discussions we have had in our meetings. The best business decision I ever made was joining ASCCA because it has made me a better business owner and a better person.


The group of shop owners that we have now are more knowledgeable than us old timers. My love for our association is still strong and I am proud to be part of ASCCA. Without the work of volunteers we wouldn't be as strong as we are. Without membership we are just alone in our shops. When you look around the table at meetings and conferences you can see we are all individuals working together. I stated one time at a meeting that we are not competitors -- we are comrades in the same industry. We must all work together to make a better image for the automotive industry. Amen! 


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Founded in 1940, the Automotive Service Councils of California is the largest independent automotive repair organization in California. Its members represent all areas of the automotive repair industry, including mechanical, auto body, suppliers and educators.