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THECALIFORNIAIndependentSUMMER/FALL 2012A Publication of the Automotive Service Councils of California72

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Blackstone Ave.Fresno, CA 93710-3627Tel: (559) 438-6508Fax: (559) 438-8651Dbenzdr@aol.comBrad KyleDirectorBrad’s Motor Werke’s2635 Lavery Court, #7Newbury Park, CA 91320Tel: (805) 499-0083Fax: (805) 375-5788brad kyle@hotmail.comJack Crawley1st Vice PresidentFisk Automotive820 West Commonwealth Ave.Fullerton, CA 92832Tel: (714) 526-3603Fax: (714) 526-3603jack@fiskauto.comSteve ElstinsDirectorWest Coast Muffler, Inc.2090 Market St.Concord, CA 94520Tel: (925) 676-8376Fax: (925) 798-5760westcoastmuffler925@yahoo.comJeffrey StichDirectorClayton Valley Auto Service1505 Rishell Dr.Concord, CA 94521Tel: (925) 682-2281Fax: (925) 682-2371jjstich@myway.comMary KemnitzTreasurerD&H Enterprises2689 Monument Blvd.Concord, CA 94520Tel: (925) 356-0683Fax: (925) 356-2530mak300z@aol.comCraig JohnsonDirectorCraig Johnson Automotive19140 East San Jose Ave.Rowland Heights, CA 91748Tel: (626) 810-2281Fax: (626) 912-1638cjauto@ix.netcom.comStuart TerryDirectorStuart Terry Auto Repair4858 El Cajon Blvd.San Diego, CA 92115Tel: (619) 287-9626Fax: (619) 287-6158stuartterry@sbcglobal.netSteve VanlandinghamSecretaryVan’s Automotive10813 Airport Dr.El Cajon, CA 92020Tel: (619) 596-0011Fax: (619) 596-0022vansautomotive@hotmail.comDeclan KavanaghDirectorKavanagh Motors13428 Ventura Blvd.Sherman Oaks, CA 91423Tel: (818) 788-3375Fax: (818) 788-0516jkavan1497@aol.comJohn VillaDirectorVilla Automotive34 South St.San Luis Obispo, CA 93401Tel: (805) 781-3925Fax: (805) 781-3184jvilla@villa-automotive.comDavid BaergChair, ChapterRepresentatives CommitteePrecision Auto Repair22701 Granite Way, #BLaguna Hills, CA 92653-1218Tel: (949) 855-9981Fax: (949) 855-4742david@precisionauto1980.comMorteza “Rocky” KhamenianDirectorBimmer & Benz Specialists1998 Placentia Ave.Costa Mesa, CA 92627Tel: (949) 642-1410Fax: (949) 642-74584ascca@gmail.comAllen PennebakerEx-Officio(Non-voting) AppointeeOrinda Motors63 Orinda WayOrinda, CA 94563Tel: (925) 254-2012Fax: (925) 254-5821allen@orindamotors.comA Publication of Automotive Service Councils of California3

President’s MessageWhat a great year for ASCCA! And we couldn’t have accomplished as muchwithout the support and efforts of our membership. Let me just highlight a few.SB 750! Although by now everyone in ASCCA knows that we, and our aftermarketpartners CAWA, AAIA, CAA, CARE, as well as AAA, successfully defeated thisbill, many of you aren’t really aware of the hugeamount of time and effort by Craig Johnson andhis Government Affairs Committee. It was truly aDavid vs. Goliath effort, as BMW pulled out all theTracy Renee, ASCCA President 2012 stops to make permanent its six-year exemptionfrom the requirement allowing registered locksmiths to receive electronic key replacement information. Now, aBMW owner won’t have to wait for a key replacement – a true win. Fought over the entire two-year legislativesession, with our vocal opposition, we bottled up the bill until nearly the last day of the legislative session, whenthe author finally garnered barely enough votes to pass the bill out of the Legislature and send it to GovernorBrown. Fortunately, the Governor saw through the rhetoric and listened to the hundreds of small business ownersand our legislative friends who sent letters asking that he veto the bill. He did so on September 25, noting that the“24/7 standard for car key replacement should apply uniformly to all manufacturers.”The Summer Conference in Orange County, by all accounts, was a great success. The Conference Committee,headed by Steve Vanlandingham, put on an excellent educational program, the exhibit area was sold out andseveral local chapters hosted informational tables. Due to popular demand, we’re returning to that venue in 2013 –so mark your calendars! Check out the conference photos, too!As many of you know, ASCCA has partnered with California Small Business this year. ASCCA was a sponsor ofCSBA’s Small Business Day in Sacramento, and several ASCCA members and staff attended the June event. AsPresident, I was honored to represent ASCCA and hear the Association acknowledged by CSBA. We heard greatspeakers, including the keynoter, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a small business entrepreneur himself, and saw smallbusiness owners from throughout California honored by their legislators. We have also been invited to attend theCalifornia Small Business Roundtable Annual Retreat in November in Hollywood. This is a great partnership!Members and their customers are also generously supporting the ASC Educational Foundation’s newlyestablished Cars4Careers program, through the donation of unwanted vehicles. To date, the Foundation’s C4Cprogram has raised nearly 15,000. The Foundation’s Northern (Mary and Dave Kemnitz) and Southern California(Glenn Davis) centers make all the arrangements, including IRS and DMV documentation – so make that call today!As you know, ASCEF provides scholarships for students in automotive training programs in high school, college,and technical schools and has its sights set on other worthwhile educational opportunities.Mary Kemnitz and her Membership Committee continue to develop programs to grow membership as well asacknowledge those members who contribute so much to the industry. The One Member Can! campaign hasproven very successful – and we gave away our first iPad at the June conference to Chapter 14’s own RoryBalmer! Maybe you’ll be next!The Member of the Month is another program developed by the Committee – there are so many worthy individualsin this organization that it’s difficult to narrow down our recipients. Our first Member of the Month, James Justus,richly deserved this acknowledgement – he’s not only an outstanding shop owner who’s active in San Diego, buthis relationship with his area legislators is second to none. His work on Government Affairs, his involvement inCalifornia Small Business – all were instrumental in our legislative successes this year.the purpose of ensuring that the ASCCA sign is synonymous with quality automotive shops. This exciting newcampaign started by incorporating our new slogan Th e Sign You Ca n Trust! with our existing logo, creatingpublic awareness that will translate into consumers looking for shops displaying the ASCCA sign. The goal of ourcampaign is to increase your business with new customers and help you retain existing clients.ASCCA Anniversary MilestonesASCCA would like to recognize members who celebrate milestone anniversaries between the months ofand April ofhasthismoreyear.memberCongratulationsyou andfor yoursupport!Our associationhas grown ofNo Januaryother organizationbenefits andthanthankASCCA,hopefullymemberstake full advantagestrongandfreeis effectivebecauselike you! program to discounts on popular vendor products andthem.Fromlegal adviceto a oftopmembersnotch insuranceservices, savings from these benefits total much more than members’ yearly dues. In addition to those memberbenefitscurrently part of the ASCCA Advantage,we recently added another corporate10 Yearssponsor, RO Writer, a top62 YearsU & I ��sAutoRepairFremont & Purdon, Inc.Pasadena, CA15 YearsLeo’s Auto RepairWe’realsovery pleased to announce that ASCCA and iATN are partnering to allowmembers another highlyM &ourM AutomotiveSteveJabourianAckerman’s Servicing Volvo, Inc.valuable member benefit, one in which ASCCA members will enjoy access to a Business membership in iATN.Rey Insurance ServicesJoined April 1, 1949Auto Supply CompanyThis will allow up to four additional iATN member accounts as sub-accounts, each with full premium access toSanta Rosa TransmissionBobby’s SmogiATN – all at a much-reduced rate. ASCCA will enjoy a corporate sponsorship as a result. You’ll be hearing moreSebring West Automotive25 YearsCenter Cities Automotive, Incabout this new benefit soon.Stauder AutomotiveA-1 Transmission Service &Dick Adams Automotive, LLCT.L.C. AutoSupplyEurekaBrake&AutomotiveThis is just a snapshot of what we’ve been up to over the past year. This is whatwe’reabout – and this is what ourTechelpBillHahn’sAutoGene’sAutoRepairBoard of Directors keeps foremost in its work on behalf of the membership:Bud Eberwein Brake Service, Inc.G & M Automotive ServicesFoothill AutoServiceIndustrialMaintenance andCompany Build membership for boththe AssociationChapters5 YearsA & M Automotive, Inc.Fox Service CenterJust Jaguars Encourage and support our corporate sponsors/relationships/benefit providersBrady’s Mercedes ServiceHans Foreign, Inc.Larry’s Union Service Encourage UNITY within the IndustryGeneral TransmissionJ & E Service & Monterey TowLil’ Jim & Tim Auto Body ServiceEncourageMurrieta Valley HSMontclairCenter public awarenessMarton’s Repair Encourage industry/technical/businesseducationmembers Quality AutomotiveMathews & Sons AutoRepair for ourPerformance Keep our legislators in Martytune withindustryand consumer needs.Petrospecs, Inc. (50)20 YearsVanichAuto Repair Supportfor our industry,andthe consumersin which weserve.TransportationSpecialtiesBob Bowen’sService a better future MotoringSpecialists,Inc.Tri Star MotorsportsCrestview Service, Inc.P & S AutomotiveTheDean’slist goeson.Warren Distributing, Inc. (05)Automotive,Inc.Samco of Kearny MesaWarren Distributing, Inc. (48)Hunda Automotive, Inc.Wine Country ciationAWESOME!!!! Moore’s Precision AutoPat’s GarageRefer a Member: Help ASCCA Grow Strong!ASCCA is a strong organization today because of members like you! Remember - use The ASCCAAdvantage to highlight member benefits and savings when speaking to potential members. Larger member numbers contribute to the legislative strength of the association as a wholeHelp ASCCA reach its goal to double its membershipEarn a 75.00 referral fee to be paid directly to you or applied to your membership renewalduesSo bring those non-member shop owners to your next meeting and show them what they aremissing by not being an ASCCA Member!Jerry Kubitsky and his PR Committee have created a slogan, ‘Th e Sign Yo u Ca n Trust,’ designed withcontinued on next page104The California IndependentA Publication of Automotive Service Councils of CaliforniaA Publication of Automotive Service Councils of California5

ASCCA LaunchesMember of the Month CampaignThis co u l d b e y o u!The ASCCA Member of the Month is a new program developed by ASCCA Leadership torecognize our members who go above and beyond to support our core purpose:To Elevate and Unite Automotive Professionals and Give them Voice.ASCCA’s November Member of the Month: Dave KemnitzDave Kemnitz, D & H Enterprises Auto Repair, Concod, CA at the age of 15 worked for a guy who owneda race car. He became part of the pit crew and they ran it every Saturday night. It was during that periodof time that he became hooked and subsequently enrolled in all of the auto shop classes in high school!Dave’s wife Mary likes fast cars and she was part of the same group that hung out at the speedway and ranpowder puff. It wasn’t long until Dave caught her eye and the rest is history.Each Member of the Month will receive a certificate and a 50 Visa gift card. Additionally, themember will be recognized on the ASCCA website homepage for one month, announced onTeam Talk, featured in the WYNTK and in the California Independent.YOU can nominate a Member of the Month by sending your recommendation to Heather Vigil at hvigil@amgroup.us. Allnominations should include a summary of why your nominee should be considered for ASCCA’s Member of the Month.Dave feels like ASCCA brought his business out of a cave, they knew how to fix cars, they had a goodbusiness plan, but building ASCCA relationships has been priceless, not to mention all of the discountedendorsed vendors that they have access to! ASCCA opened many doors and brought them to the next levelof success.James JustusDave has been an active and inspiring member of ASCCA, taking time to mentor other members and spreadthe word about the benefits of ASCCA membership.When making a recommendation, please use the following criteria: Faithfully adheres to ASCCA code of ethicsActive proponent of ASCCA (both State and Chapter); talks up ASCCA to non-membersActively helps other shops succeed (both member and non-member shops)Utilizes member benefits (ASCCA Advantage) and mentors new members in utilizing benefitsActive in local Chapter (where applicable) and state eventsAdds his/her voice to legislative issues; contacting representatives on key issuesPays dues on timeParticipates in/monitors Team TalkEach nomination will be carefully reviewed and considered by the ASCCA Membership Committee. The pool ofMembers of the Month winners will be voted on by the Chapter Representatives Committee for Member of the Year tobe honored at ASCCA’s Summer Conference, June 21-23, 2013 at the Hilton Irvine Orange County! ASCCA’s First Member of the Month: James JustusJames Justus, James Automotive, San Diego, CA has been a four decades plus dedicated member ofIGO/ASC/ASCCA since 1971. He gives back to his industry, our association, his community and his chapter.James currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee and has served on many committees with varyingpositions both within his local chapter and at the state level. Not only does James actively participate in theAnnual Legislative Day, Quarterly Team Weekends, and attend Annual Conferences, he also regularly contacts hislegislators on issues effecting the automotive industry, freely offers his experience-based advice to his colleaguesand always offers an open ear to a colleague in need.James JustusJames was instrumental and active in the defeat of SB 750, which he was assigned to track and monitor by theGovernment Affairs Chair.ASCCA’s October Member of the Month: Art RatnerArt Ratner, Art’s Automotive, Berkeley, CA grew up during a time when the automotive culture was in fullbloom. While he was an amateur mechanic, he had several experiences with major repairs on vehicles that left himwith such a feeling of accomplishment that he was drawn to attend a college-level automotive school and madea career in the field of automotive repair. He started his business 32 ½ years ago in a rented apartment with foursmall garages in back. He impressed people with his hard work, who agreed to help financially back his move intoa commercial location. He start out purchasing one location, then added two additional locations, side by side. Heeventually expanded to 20,000 square feet and fourteen employees, including nine technicians. ASCCA openeddoors to educational opportunities and networking with other shop owners in a supportive community. Art says,“New ASCCA members should get involved in their Board of Directors and volunteer to boost the value of theirChapters. Make sure you attend as many meetings as possible and reach out to other shop owners.”James, Art and Dave are shining examples of how One Member CAN Make a Difference! Membership Committee UpdateBy Mary Kemnitz, ChairOur One Member Can! campaign continues to be a great success with many members stepping up and bringingnew recruits on board. These members are making a difference in their Chapter and for ASCCA! At ASCCA’s JuneSummer Conference we honored the following members for their efforts:Rory Balmer*Randy BeginMarty BloomKevin BolandDave CarneyJeff ChinPaul FrechPaul GrechKirk HaslamMary KemnitzAndrew KleinJerry KubitskyBrad LarsenDana MeyerLarry MooreLarry NaseyAllen PennebakerArt RatnerPaul SalgadoLeading the way with the campaign is our very own membership committee member, *Rory Balmer who wasawarded the first iPad and just happens to be a member away from earning his second!Rory has shown all of us just how much OneMember CAN make a difference.Yes, you can make a difference! Invite just one member to your Chapter meeting and let them experience the benefitsthat membership in this amazing organization can bring them. The rest will be easy as ASCCA membership sells itself.Our membership Committee meets monthly and our task list continues to grow with agenda items to help expand andretain membership numbers and build membership excitement. Our member Marty Bloom developed an excellentprocedure for Chapters to mentor new and old members. Our Mentorship guidelines have been distributed to all of theChapters. Currently we are brainstorming membership diversification and have established criteria and launched our“Member of the Month and Member of the Year” campaign.I feel particularly blessed this year in my role as Chair as I have an extremely energized and innovative committee. Theymake the time we spend on conference calls fun as they never seem to run out of ideas or suggestions. I also feelparticularly grateful for the expert guidance of our President, Tracy Renee. Tracy has the energy of 10 members andcontinually cheers our committee on. Don’t let me forget to mention the amazing asset we have in our membershipdirector, Heather Vigil. Heather never lets us rest and her dedication to our Association is appreciated.Remember, OneMember Can make a difference, is it your turn to be that member? Art Ratner6The California IndependentA Publication of Automotive Service Councils of California7

Executive Director’s ReportLots going on at ASCCA! Here’s a thumbnail sketch of some of these excitingthings.SB 750 – Defeated!As you know, ASCCA was vetoed by Governor Brown earlier this week. Thiswas truly a grassroots effort by aftermarket organizations, consumer groupsand others. Our Government Affairs team, led by Craig Johnson and JackMolodanof, led the ASCCA effort. In addition to ASCCA, otherorganizations who worked to defeat this onerousbill included CAWA, AAIA, CalABC, CARE, AAA,CSBA, and automotive instructors. This defeatshows that grassroots efforts, continuous contactwith legislators and staff, and working together canovercome deep-pocketed corporate interests.Jackie Miller, ASCCA Executive DirectorKudos to everyone who worked so hard on this effort.Other Government Affairs ActivitiesPresident Tracy Renee, GovComm Chair CraigJohnson, lobbyist Jack Molodanof and I have frequentcommunication with BAR. Several ASCCA membersattended the recent BAG meeting, where we metseveral new BAR staff, including Brian Newman, DeputyChief, who’s responsible for the Bureau’s enforcementactivities.Craig Johnson and the Government Affairs Committeealso remain engaged in many other legislative andregulatory issues, as noted by the lengthy action listmaintained by the Committee. They work on suchefforts as the Smog Check restructure, known Cal-VIS,the licensing restructure, brake inspection regulations,R2R and other issues.Small Business Partnerships; Aftermarket CoalitionsWe have partnerships with California Small Business;we signed on to a letter regarding the implementationof AB 32, stating that California should ensure thatits programs do not place unnecessary burdens onsmall business, because of the cumulative impactof cost increases such as water fees, electricitycosts, fuel costs, auto insurance, health insurance,workers’ compensation and local taxes. We have alsobeen invited to attend the California Small BusinessRoundtable Annual Retreat in November in Hollywood.We also continue to work with CAWA on the fourthannual Leadership Summit, taking place February9, 2013, at the Fairmont Newport Beach. Tentativetopics include R2R: what does it mean for California;shop owners’ participation in parts purchasing anddistribution; using the experience of SB 750 as a lessonin grassroots advocacy; compliance issues relatedto brake pad reformulation. We’re also inviting CAA,CalABC and SCADAAdditionally, we continue to partner with CaliforniaAutomotive Teachers and ASCCA members wereinvited to participate in its Fall Conference, October19-20 at Cerritos College in Norwalk. One specialevent planned was a tour of the Jay Leno Collection inBurbank.CAWA has also invited ASCCA and several otherorganizations to participate in a steering committeeto educate the industry regarding the regulations withrespect to brake friction formulation – timelines, legalproducts, packaging, etc. This will be a long-termproject, as the first deadline is January 2014, whenthe sale of brake friction containing more than traceelements of asbestos, cadmium, chromium, lead andmercury is banned. Other deadlines are January 2021,December 31, 2023, and January 2025, when the saleof brake friction containing more than .5% copper byweight is banned.Too, I participated in a conference call convenedby Jerome Horton, Chair, Board of Equalization,regarding the November 1 Retail and Trade BusinessConference taking place in Los Angeles. In addition toASCCA, other participating supporting organizationsinclude the California Autobody Association, CaliforniaNew Car Dealers Association, California RestaurantAssociation, California Retailers Association, CaliforniaGrocers Association, as well as the Franchise TaxBoard and Employment Development Department.The conference, free of charge to attendees, wasdesigned to provide businesses with industry-specificinformational sessions that address regulations,tax laws, tax credits, audits, and more, the goal ofwhich, according to Chairman Horton, was to provideinformation on available tax credits, and reducefrustration and regulatory hurdles for small businesses.MembershipMembership continues to grow, under the ableleadership of Mary Kemnitz, Membership Chair,committee members and Heather Vigil, MembershipDirector. The Committee will be focusing its effortson the Sacramento area in coming months. TheCommittee hopes to continue its New MemberOutreach program, as well. Additionally, the Memberof the Month campaign is another initiative begun bythe Committee. As you all know, James Justus of SanDiego Chapter 24 was the first Member of the Month.Congratulations, James!A member survey has also been sent to members.Member feedback provides helpful information toenable ASCCA to serve its members even better and tounderstand our members’ needs.Communications, Website, Social MediaThe ETI Committee, working with CommunicationsDirector Cindi Alvidrez and Zenergy Works, hasdeveloped a redesigned website, enhancing the toolsmade available to members. Cindi continues to additems to the site. The Committee is also looking at theJob Board and the agreement with Job Target to ensurethat it’s useful and productive. We’re also posting moreand more items to our Facebook page – so LIKE us!proving to be a popular addition to our logo sign. Thelogo sign, along with the adjunct sign, was availablefor purchase during the Team Weekend. The sign wasrolled out initially during the June Summer Conference,where the initial order sold out.2013 ConferenceThe Conference Committee has been working on the2013 program, literally since the June conference wasover. It will once again take place at the Hilton Irvine inJune.ASCCA AdvantageNo other organization has more member benefits thanASCCA, and hopefully members take full advantageof their benefits. From legal advice to a top notchinsurance program to discounts on popular vendorproducts and services, savings from these benefitsmore than save a members’ yearly dues.And we’re likely going to be adding another valuablebenefit. iATN has forwarded a proposal for ASCCAmembers that should be highly popular.OperationsGloria Peterson, ASCCA’s Assistant Executive Director,is responsible for much of the day-to-day operationsof the Association, leaving me free to oversee staffactivities and interact with other organizations, suchas CAWA, CAA, AAIA, CAT, CA Small BusinessAssociation, as well as regulatory bodies such as BAR,Board of Equalization, Department of Toxic SubstancesControl, Air Resources Board, etc. She is invaluable.Our other staff – in alphabetical order - Cindi Alvidrez,Kathy Amaral and Enon Gaines, Connie Payne, MoniqueRice, and Heather Vigil, are devoted to ASCCA and itsmembers and work hard on your behalf. I am proud ofeach and every one of them, as I know you are. We have also linked aftermarket organizations, as wellas education and training sites, on our website; CAWAhas also done the same.And we continue to update members weekly viaWYNTK, providing members the latest informationregarding the Association, aftermarket and other itemsof interest.PRThe new signage, “Th e Sign You Ca n Trust,” isFind us oncontinued on next page8The California Independent9

SB 750 is VETOED!SB 750 was vetoed by GovernorBrown on September 25, 2012. Thiswas an anti-small business, anticonsumer bill. The passage of the billwould have deeply affected the autorepair industry due to the ability ofBMW to withhold access to diagnosticand repair information embeddedin BMW brand vehicle keys neededto make repairs or replace keys. Inaddition, consumers could have foundthemselves stranded without the abilityto have a locksmith replace their keys,should they be lost.The passage of this bill could havecreated a slippery slope with othermanufacturers following suit inrefusing key access to independentrepair shops. With theGovernor’s specific language inhis veto he has prevented thatpossibility from happening.In vetoing the bill, the Governor stated,“To allow manufacturers adequatetime to comply, a six year exemptionwas made for manufacturers thatprovide a replacement key overnight.While the majority of manufacturersquickly complied with the 24/7standard, this bill makes the overnightexception permanent.” He went onto say, “The 24/7 standard for keyreplacement should apply uniformly toall manufacturers.”ASCCA President, Tracy Reneestated, “Today is a very special dayfor ASCCA! Thanks to the leadershipof our Government Affairs CommitteeChair, Craig Johnson, our LegislativeAdvocate, Jack Molodanof, ourExecutive Director, Jackie Miller,ASCCA staff and of course, ASCCAmembership. The veto of SB 750 byGovernor Brown is a perfect exampleof the power ASCCA membershave when we unite and voice ourconcerns. We have defeated SB 750with our persistence, determination,conviction, and passion for ourindustry.”a sc c a /c a aShe continued, “Hundreds of ASCCAmembers throughout Californiaparticipated in opposing SB 750.Countless hours have been spent bymembers, their families a

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