ASCCA What You Need To KnowApril 6, 2015
Sales Taxes Increased in Some California Cities Last Week; Check to be Sure You are in Compliance

Some local sales taxes increased on April 1. The range statewide is from 7.5% to 10%. The state collects 6.5%. The California Taxpayers Association has a chart showing the cities and counties whose rates have risen. The State Board of Equalization shows local tax rates on its website.


Read the article from The Sacramento Bee


Help ASCCA Grow with the Recently Approved Special Membership Drive Tied to ASCCA's 75th Anniversary

To commemorate ASCCA's 75th Anniversary and help grow our members, our Board of Directors just approved a limited offer to new members: $75 membership, starting now! Help us grow the association by recruiting new members! Chapters can sweeten the pot by adding their own incentive. Fine print: $55 application fee applies; Canceled members in the last 12 months are not eligible; No point/spiff for One Member Can! campaign; Regular (ARD) members only.


ASCCA's Member of the Month for April: Rory Balmer

Rory Balmer of Twin Peaks Auto Service in Twin Peaks is ASCCA's Member of the Month. Rory is a past ASCCA Chapter 14 President and a past ASCCA Membership Committee Chair. While working full-time at his business, he also attends De Vry University, where he is completing a BA degree in technical management. He will be attending Washington State University, entering into the Executive MBA program. ASCCA Past President Mary Kemnitz says Rory is "One of the most effective committee members I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He has won the "One Member Can Campaign" twice. He has had a significant impact on the growth and energy within Chapter 14.


Read about past members of the month here.


Small Business Sues Customer Over Negative Yelp Review

A Springfield, Virginia woman was not happy with a dog obedience class she took with her dog, so she posted a negative review on Yelp. The owner of the business responded by filing a $65,000 defamation lawsuit. Do you think this is the best way for small businesses to respond to negative reviews on social media?


Read the article "Negative Yelp, Angie's List reviews prompt dog obedience business to sue" from The Washington Post


Legislative Day Just Got Even More Interesting: The Chapter with the Most Attendance Will Receive $400! 

ASCCA President Steve Vanlandingham and Past President Mary Kemnitz have donated $400 to give to the ASCCA chapter with the most attendees at Legislative Day on April 14. Here is the day's agenda. The three bills we will focus on are:

SB 3 (Leno); Minimum Wage (Oppose)

Read ASCCA's Letter of Opposition

SB 8 (Hertzberg); Tax on Labor (Concern)

AB 873 (Jones) Automotive Repair (Support)

Read ASCCA's Letter of Support


Online registration is closed; contact Lauren at 916-924-9054, x105 or at [email protected] if you want to join us.


First Phase of Countertop Display Contest Ends with NorCal Leading, 155-130

ASCCA's countertop display contest has 3 phases, each succeeding one offering fewer points for contest entries. The first one, in which 3 points were given for each photo, ended on March 31 with NorCal leading SoCal 155-130. Now it's on to the next phase, in which contest entries are worth 2 points. So send in your photo today to [email protected]


ASCCA's Advocacy Fund Reaches $2,275; More Donations Needed

Another $275 has been donated to the ASCCA Advocacy Fund since the end of March, bringing our total raised to $2,275 so far! Thank you!


Can you help us reach $2,500 before the end of this week? Our overall goal is to reach $30,000.


Donate here

News to Pass on to Your Customers: Spring Into Maintenance for National Car Care Month

Spring is here and it is time for your customers to give their car some extra attention. Results from community car care events revealed that 84 percent of vehicles need service or parts, up 5 percent from the previous year. National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your customers' vehicle's maintenance needs and make sure they are ready for the upcoming spring and summer travel seasons. For more information, click here. 


Deadline for Early Bird Prices at Summer Conference Extended to April 24; Register Before Then and Save $$$

We are extending the early bird cut off for registering for the ASCCA Summer Conference to April 24. That means you can still register and save up to $100! The full conference rate for Management is $299 now and will be $399 after April 3. Conference details can be found at our summer conference web page. Questions? Contact Rachel Hickerson in the ASCCA office ([email protected] or 800-810-4272)


Order Raffle Tickets Here


Member Discount Alert! ASCCA Partners with Educational Seminars Institute (ESi) for Discounted Courses

Seminar courses are normally $149.95. ASCCA members pay only $95 per attendee -- a savings of almost $55 per class! Service writer courses are normally $1,500. ASCCA members pay only $950 per attendee!


Click here to take advantage of this offer


G&K Services' First Aid Services Improve Workplace Safety
G&K Services offers several first aid kits and cabinets for mobile units and shops, which exceed all industry regulations, including OSHA and ANSI standards. Other new products include blood borne pathogen kits and a first aid responder eye wash station. For more information, email Leslie Kipnis or call 949-877-2750, or email Kathryn Kuskie or call 562-246-3022.

California Automotive Teachers (CAT) Bi-annual Conference to be Held April 24-25 in San Bruno

Skyline College in San Bruno is hosting the Spring CAT 2015 Conference held April 24-25. Eleven hours of training are planned to meet NATEF requirements. On Friday and Saturday, there will be technical seminars, exhibitors, and door prizes. RSVP by April 13, 2015.


More info and to register


Recall Notices from the NHTSA
There are so many recalls from NHTSA each week that it is becoming impossible to keep up with them. Therefore, here are links to a few places that list the recalls as they come in.

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In This Issue
Some Local Sales Taxes Went Up
New $75 Membership Drive
Member of the Month
Business Sues Customer Over Yelp Review
Legislative Day Update
Contest Update
Legislative Advocacy Fund
National Car Care Month Promotions
ASCCA Summer Conference
ESi Courses at a Discount!
G&K Services New Products
CAT Conference April 24-25 in San Bruno
Recalls from NHTSA


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