ASCCA What You Need To KnowAugust 25, 2014
Leach Oil/Mouren-Laurens Lawsuit Update
As some of you remember, a complex environmental lawsuit filed over 13 years ago against thousands of defendants, including automotive repair facilities that generated oil waste sent to the Leach Oil/Mouren-Laurens sites, is still active. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that some automotive repair shops are potentially responsible for the contamination on these sites.

Recently, the lawsuit was amended naming additional potentially responsible parties, including more automotive repair shops. If you have been served with the lawsuit, don't panic, please call ASCCA attorney Jack Molodanof at 916-447-0313 for assistance.

SoCal Crushing NorCal 56-33 in Countertop Display Contest

SoCal sent in about 20 contest entries at the end of last week and took a lead of 23 into the homestretch of this contest. The deadline isn't until September 12, though, so there's still time for NorCal to respond in kind. The ASCCA's Facebook page shows updated results. Chapter reps from the losing region will serve winners sundae desserts at the September Team Weekend. Submit photos to Phil Boerner. Let him know if you need a display mailed to you.


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Call or Write Your Senator and Urge them to Stop AB 1522
AB 1522 (Gonzalez) is now with the full Senate for a vote. This is the bill to mandate paid sick leave, which ASCCA opposes. Call or  write to your senator and tell them that you oppose this bill. Ask your senator to vote no, or to at least consider amending the bill to exclude small business.

Register Now for the ASCCA September Team Weekend
Register today for the ASCCA's September Team Weekend held on September 27-28, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Sacramento.

Got questions? Email Lauren Stoddard or call 800.810.4272. 
Write a Letter Urging the Governor to Sign SB 850 into Law
ASCCA Chapter Reps. Committee Chair Dave Kusa urges ASCCA members to write a letter to the governor in support of SB 850. This bill would start a pilot program for baccalaureate degrees at community colleges. De Anza College Automotive Technology is one of the programs that is being looked at to offer a four-year degree, which would be in Automotive Technology Management. Please fax a copy of the template letter (link below) to (916) 558-3160. Dave Kusa and Larry Moore sit on the De Anza advisory board and have been asked to support this. Craig Johnson and the Government Affairs Committee have given their stamp of approval too.

Brake Pad Packaging: ASCCA Requests Clear Markings Indicating Standards are Met
ASCCA lobbyist Jack Molodanof submitted comments last week to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) related to draft informal regulations on brake friction material law. ASCCA has been working with DTSC staff to obtain clarification regarding the implementation and enforcement of the new brake pad law and to develop FAQs (see below) to educate and assist the automotive industry to achieve compliance. ASCCA board member Ted Walters also represented the association during a regulatory workshop on August 20 and reiterated our written comments.

ASCCA Member Osborn's Automotive Featured in R&W Insider
Scott Osborn, owner of ASCCA member shop Osborn's Automotive in Redondo Beach, was featured in an article this week in R&W Insider entitled "Improving Inspections." Click on the link below to read about his quest to create an all-new vehicle inspection system to increase sales and improve auto repairs.

Member Benefit Extended! ASCCA Discount on DAD Device Good Through the End of this Year
Applus Technologies, Inc. ("Applus") is pleased to offer ASCCA members a 15% discount off the retail price of each Applus Smog DADdyŽ full system. To obtain the discount, Applus Technologies asks that ASCCA members wishing to purchase the units order on their website and enter promotion code "ASCCA" in the appropriate space on the order form.  

This offer will expire December 31, 2014. ASCCA members will receive their discount immediately upon purchase. In cases where established members have made purchases prior to the date of this agreement, Applus will adjust the purchase price to reflect the aforementioned discount.

ASCCA Partners with Educational Seminars Institute for Discounted Courses for Members!
This is a new member benefit! Courses are normally $149.95. ASCCA members will pay only $95 per attendee! The number of ASCCA discounted courses is limited, so register today! To take advantage of this member discount, email Sarah Spencer or call her at 800.810.4272. (You cannot register for these courses through the ESi website.) The courses are "Convert the Price Driven Customer" on Sep. 6 in La Palma, Sep. 8 in Santa Clara, and Sep. 9 in Fairfield; "Leadership" on Oct. 19 in Lake Tahoe; and "Sales and the Customer Experience" on Nov. 22 in La Palma, Dec. 1 in Santa Clara, and Dec. 2 in Fairfield.

ASCCA Member Murrieta Auto Repair Featured in R&W Insider
ASCCA's own Chris Christianson, owner of Murrieta Auto Repair in Murrieta, was featured in an issue of R&W Insider this week in an article about how detailed employee contracts can increase productivity. Kudos to Chris!

AutoZone: Double Your Spend -- Double Your Rebate!
This August AutoZone is offering ASCCA members a great opportunity! If you spent at least $200 in June 2014 and you double that amount in August you will receive double rebates on your August 2014 purchases.

Click here for the flyer with details

From AutoVitals: The Value of SmartFlow
With the introduction of SmartFlow, service advisers and technicians have not only gained productivity and consistency, but also the ability to know where every vehicle is in the workflow, and how much billable time could be sold, or has been over-committed.

Let's take the number crunching one step further. What if you knew how long a vehicle would be in each workflow step and you could identify patterns and develop best practices to gain more efficiency?

Get Ready to Vote on Aug. 28
The ASCCA is gearing up for the next Board of Directors election. After August 28 you can see who will be on the ballot and read candidates bios on our websiteThis is a two-year commitment commencing January 1, 2015. You may contact ASCCA Executive Director Gloria Peterson if you have any questions. 

So, heads up for ballots coming out on August. 28. Be sure to cast your vote!
Recall Notices from the NHTSA
2012-2014 Ford Edge, Taurus, Flex; Lincoln MKX, MKT, MKS

2010-2015 Jaguar Land Rover LR2, Range Rover Evoque
Passenger Air Bag may be Disabled

2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado; GMC Sierra
Melted Fusible Link may Result in Fire

2013-2014 Toyota Tundra
Lug Nuts Loosening

2013-2014 Buick Encore; Cadillac ATS, CTS, ELR; 2014-2015 Chevrolet Caprice, SS, Silverado; GMC Sierra
Front Seats may not Remain Anchored in Vehicle

2014 Chevrolet Impala
Loss of Power Steering Assist

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In This Issue
Leach Oil/Mouren-Laurens Lawsuit Update
Countertop Display Contest
Help ASCCA Stop AB 1522
September Team Weekend
Support SB 850 - Write a Letter
Brake Pad Update
Osborn's Automotive Featured in R&W Insider
Applus DAD Device Discount Extended
ESi Courses at a Discount
Murrieta Auto Repair Featured in R&W Insider
AutoZone August Special
The Value of SmartFlow
Vote for ASCCA Board Directors
Recalls from NHTSA

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