ASCCA What You Need To KnowApril 27, 2015
Early-bird Discount Pricing Extended to next Friday, May 1! Jump at this Chance to Register for the Summer Conference!

Procrastinators have a reason to celebrate! We are extending the early-bird discount offer for one more week. That means you can save money by registering NOW! (You can still register after May 1, you'll just pay more.) We're going to have a lot of fun at ASCCA's Summer Conference so come on down to Irvine and join us! 


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BAR Advisory Group Meeting Summary

The link below goes to Jack Molodanof's summary of the April 22, 2015 BAR Advisory Group meeting held in Sacramento. Tracy Renee and Mary Kemnitz also attended the meeting. 


Link to Jack Molodanof's Report


Safety and Security of Drivers Cited in Bid to Outlaw Car Owners from Working on their Own Vehicles

Twelve car companies want to stop car owners from working on their own cars, which they say would be "legally problematic" and amount to unauthorized "tinkering" with vital computer programs. They cite the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as justification for asking the U.S. Copyright Office to prohibit car owners from repairing their own vehicles.


Read the article from Ratchet & Wrench


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

To commemorate ASCCA's 75th Anniversary and help grow our members, our Board of Directors 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.


Peugeot, IBM Agree to Develop New Connected-Car Services

Peugeot and IBM have agreed to work as partners in developing services for drivers and passengers, as well as linking vehicles up to shop and service networks for preventive car maintenance programs. Will their telematics be controlled by HAL?


Read the article from Automotive News


NorCal Leads 163-132 in Countertop Display Contest

It was quiet this week in the contest, with just a few entries trickling in. NorCal's lead is now 163-132. Chapters 16 and 42 have 12 entries each, so they are tied for the most by any chapter. From now until June 30 contest entries are worth 2 points (plus a bonus point for having both displays). Need a display? Have a contest photo to send in? Email to [email protected].


Non-Monetary Rewards Often Boost Staff Morale More than Extra Cash

While monetary incentives are perfect for certain employees, for many others, they would rather be rewarded with things like the chance to learn new skills or have a better work/life balance. Even writing a thank you note to an employee or sharing positive feedback is appreciated.


ASCCA's Advocacy Fund Reaches $3,000 in Quest for $30,000

We've passed $3,000 in the ASCCA Advocacy Fund, bringing our total raised to $3,010! Thank you! ASCCA established this fund to enhance our advocacy with the state legislature (e.g., legislative advocate's travel, ASCCA's annual legislative day lobbying, Government Affairs Committee initiatives). Help us reach our goal of $30,000, donate today: 

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


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.


Help Develop the New Brake and Lamp Adjuster Exams

BAR is planning to develop new exams for both the brake and lamp adjuster licenses and needs subject matter experts (SMEs). BAR is asking our members who hold a brake and/or lamp license if they would like to participate. The SMEs will work with DCA's Office of Professional Examination Services to write the exam questions. This ensures the exams are relevant, fair and defensible.  BAR plans to begin working on the exams within the next year or so and would like to start a list of SMEs. BAR does offer compensation to SME's for certain projects/ exams/ workshops as well as travel reimbursement. Anyone interested in becoming an SME should email Janelle Calindas, of the BAR, Smog Check Engineering & Research Branch, or call her at 916-403-0151, and get your name added to the BAR list.

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.

Thank You ASCCA Sponsors!

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In This Issue
ASCCA Summer Conference
BAR Advisory Group Meeting Summary
Illegal to Work on Your Own Car?
New $75 Membership Drive
Peugeot, IBM Developing Connected-Car Services
Contest Update
Don't Show Me the Money
Legislative Advocacy Fund
ESi Courses at a Discount!
Member of the Month
Help Develop Brake and Lamp Exams
G&K Services New Products


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