ASCCA What You Need To KnowSeptember 29, 2014
ASCCA Elects 2015 Board of Directors and Officers
At this weekend's leadership meetings the ASCCA Chapter Representatives Committee (CRC) confirmed your association's 2015 board directors and the 2015  Board of Directors elected its officers. The 2015 officers will be:  Craig Johnson, President; Steve Vanlandingham, Vice President; David Kusa, Treasurer; Steve Elstins, Secretary; and Rocky Khamenian Chapter Representatives Committee Chair.
NorCal Stuns SoCal with 114-85 Win in Countertop Display Contest; SoCal Serves Ice Cream Sundaes to the North
The result of the ASCCA'S countertop display contest was officially revealed at the Chapter Representatives meeting during the Team Weekend in Sacramento - and the North won with 114 shops participating, compared to 85 for SoCal. This was a shocking upset as SoCal had been leading nearly every day of the three-month contest. However, in the final week more than 100 contest entries were sent in, and most of them were from NorCal shops.

Jerry Brown Approves Community College Bachelor's Degrees
(from the Sacramento Bee, September 29, 2014)

In what could portend a monumental shift in public higher education in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor's degrees programs in vocational fields.


While 21 other states offer community college baccalaureates, California's colleges have traditionally been the domain of transfer students and career technical education, granting two-year associate degrees, as established more than fifty years ago in the Master Plan for Higher Education. Senate Bill 850 will allow colleges to experiment with four-year degrees. The pilot program is set to begin no later than the 2017-18 academic year and end in 2024.


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Shop Owners: Make Sure You Are Getting Paid
Ratchet & Wrench writes about how to set up an owner's salary that works for you and your business in this week's R&W Insider. The key is building a business that has a long-term future. Most importantly, if you want to retire some day, you need to make sure you're getting paid. 

Kukui Announces Upgrade to Marketing Platform
Kukui Corporation, an ASCCA-endorsed vendor, announced an upgrade to its marketing software platform, Kukui 3.0. With the newest version of the platform, shop owners will be able to analyze their operational performance. New features were developed based on customer feedback.

Read more at Ratchet and Wrench

Mercedes-Benz Creates Anti-Hacking Car Data Firewall
(from the Auto Care Association Capital Report) - On Sept. 18, Mercedes-Benz announced the creation of a cloud-based vehicle solution to protect the privacy of car owners' data. The system was tested by specialists over a three-month period and each failed to hack into the cloud system and reach beyond the firewall. 

iATN Launches New Search Engine
The International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN), an ASCCA-endorsed vendor, announced on Monday that it has added a new search platform to its website that allow premium users to search a backlog of information and discussions dating back to iATN's launch in 1995. Users can save time by quickly defining a vehicle. New features include "Search Related Vehicles," "Smart Vehicle Builder," and "Related DTCS."

Read more at Ratchet and Wrench

ASCCA Member of the Month - September
The ASCCA's member of the month for September is Raul Salgado of Raul's Auto Repair in Azusa and Covina; he is a member of ASCCA Chapter 5 (Foothill)Raul was inspired to become involved in automotive repair by ASCCA members, particularly Gene Morrill and Craig Johnson. He was able to own and run his very successful repair shop through hard work, training, and by having the right people working for him. From being an ASCCA member, he has gained a network of friends and created the best shop. He advises new ASCCA members to get to know their fellow ASCCA members and get involved with their local chapter. If you are not a member, Raul says to become a member as soon as possible!

Click here to read about previous ASCCA members of the month.
Auto Care Association Study Analyzes Online Parts Sales
The top three auto part categories for online parts sales are braking systems, ignition and engine, and glass, mirrors and lamps, according to the AutoCare Association. This "e-tailing" is the fastest growing retail sector in the automotive aftermarket.

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.

Recall Notices from the NHTSA This Week

2011 Dodge Durango and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Fuel Pump Relay may Fail Resulting in Stall

2013-2015 Cadillac XTS and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala
Electronic Parking Brake may Drag

2015 Honda Fit

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In This Issue
ASCCA Elects 2015 Board of Drectors
Countertop Display Contest
Jerry Brown Approves SB 850
Make Sure You Are Getting Paid
Kukui Announcement
Mercedes-Benz Creates Anti-Hacking Car Data Firewall
iATN Launches New Search Engine
ASCCA Member of the Month
ACA Study Analyzes Online Parts Sales
Applus DAD Device Discount Extended
Recalls from NHTSA

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