Automotive Service Councils of California


April 21, 2014

SB 994 Update:
ASSCA to Testify at April 22 Hearing;
ASCCA Informs TV Viewers in San Diego of Need to Support the Bill

The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 22 at 1:30 pm.  ASCCA past presidents Allen Pennebaker and Dennis Montalbano will testify in support of SB 994 at the hearing on behalf of ASCCA.


Media coverage of the April 17 press conference in San Diego included ASCCA Board member John Eppstein (left) informing consumers about the need to support SB 994. We had great media interest. Every TV station was there as well as UT San Diego and Reuters. All TV stations got one-on-one interviews with ASCCA's John Eppstein and AAA's Jeff Spring. KFMB-TV did a live shot for the 11:30 news.


CBS Live TV report they did after the press conference: Is Your Car Spying on You?


Click here to read the bill. 


Click here to read the talking points of the bill and why it is important to you and your customers.  Share this with your costumers and ask that they join in the effort to see that this bill passes.

BAR Advisory Committee Meeting

Report for April 16 Meeting

By Jack Molodanof, Esq., ASCCA Legislative Advocate 

I attended the BAR Advisory meeting on April 16, 2014. Craig 

Johnson, Mary Kemnitz, Margie van Lierop; Gloria Peterson, and 

Jay Jefferson were also in attendance.


Pictured left to right: Jack Molodanof, Pat Dorais, and Craig Johnson at BAR Advisory meeting

1) DCA News and Update. Christine Lally of DCA provided a short 

presentation of the new DCA Strategic Plan and goals, which included 

preventing, reducing, and eliminating unlicensed activity; providing timely and accurate information to stakeholders regulated by DCA and implementing a single source for managing and tracking licenses through BreEZ to improve on-line access to information and simplifying tasks such as address changes, license renewals, verifying licenses.


Read more 

Click here or on the image above for more information.

Speaker Spotlight: 

We're bringing in two of the best on Saturday afternoon (June 28th, 2014)! Make sure you're in the front row to hear Donny Sefer and Bill Haas! Presenting "Improve the Bottom Line with Better Processes and LEAN"


To combat tighter margins and higher costs repair shops need every member of their team to be as efficient as possible. 


A Japanese manufacturing process called LEAN provides a common vocabulary and focus for all members of the staff.


 Learn how LEAN will improve your shop top to bottom. LEAN encompasses an understanding of value added versus non-value added operations, The seven deadly wastes +2 and how something called 5S can free up employee time to do productive work. 


Donny Seyfer and Bill Haas present an easy to understand system for your business and will show you not only how to analyze the major stumbling blocks in your operation but also provide tools and exercises to help you and your staff implement these new ideas.


In This Issue
SB 994 Update
BAR Advisory Committee Meeting
ASCCA Summer Conference Speakers
April Member of the Month
CAT Conference April 25-26
Upcoming Events
Vehicle Recalls


April Member of the Month: Glenn Davis

Glenn Davis with Chapter 14 (Inland Empire) is the ASCCA's April Member of the Month! Glenn owns GDA Enterprises of Upland, CA, and is chairman of the ASCEF. Glenn had this to say about being chosen as an ASCCA Member of the Month:


Thank you all for your kind words,

I never imagined the path I would take when I first attended an ASCCA meeting in Chapter 5 back when I was a 22-year old shop owner. The evening is still etched in my memory as if it happened last night. Through the years (into my 30th year now as an ASCCA member), I have met and been mentored by the real icons of our industry. I learned the fine art of leadership from the likes of Larry Moore, Tom Ward, Chet Stilbower, Ron Dyrness,Jim O'Neill, Allen Cherko, Dan Fogle, Mike Mahneke and Robert Salerno. I hope one day I too will be able pass those things on to the next generation of ASCCA shop owners and leaders.

Ours is a fraternal order of professional-minded business owners that know servicing and repairing our customers vehicles should be done with respect, dignity and honesty. Our 10-point code of ethics remind us each day to strive to hold to the intentions our founding fathers had envisioned on that cold garage floor back in 1940.

would be derelict in my duties of I didn't mention the real back bone of ASCCA... the women of ASCCA.  Names like Carol Bartel and Moonyean Kistler, two of the finest Government Affairs Chairs ASCCA has ever had. Carol.. the ONLY two-time female president. Of course where would we be without the ASCETTS. They used to be called the women's auxillary (a very outdated phrase). Without these women (Dee Cherko, Pat Dyrness, Laurie Moore, Elaine Salerno and others) ASCEF would never have been a reality. ASCEF has given out hundreds of thousand of dollars in awards since it's inception. Their vision of creating the next generation of technicians and shop owners through scholarships truly make them candidates for the ASCCA hall of fame in my mind.

For those of us blessed enough to know Maxine Jones...The first lady of ASCCA, we could not have done all of the things we did without her energy. She was and still is Janey-on-the spot. She has been there for ASCCA for most of ASCCA's existence and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Click here to read more from Glenn and more about our previous members of the month. 


Free Admission to CAT Conference April 25-26

The Spring 2014 California Automotive Teachers (CAT) Conference is right around the corner! 


The big event is happening at Chabot College in Hayward, CA from April 25-26. Because of our unique relationship with CAT, our association has been granted 50 free seats at this conference. If you want to attend, please let us know. 


For more information, click here.



Upcoming Events 

Wonder what's coming up on the calendar, besides the events listed here? Go to the ASCCA website for these links:


Upcoming Events
Chapter Events 



Recent Recalls from NHTSA 

2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat

Loss of Low Beam Headlight


2014 Nissan Infiniti QX80

Certification Label/FMVSS 567


2013 Toyota Highlander
Second Row Seat Assembly


2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ

Welds on Seat Assemblies May Fail


2001-2004 Ford Escape
Lower Control Arm Corrosion


2009-2010 Pontiac 

2006-2010 Toyota

Driver's Air Bag may not Deploy




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