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1HomePageMap small w 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, NevadaOregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming

The Valley Ventura chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) held their monthly meeting on January 19 at Giovanni’s Steak & Seafood  in Simi Valley. 52 guests were in attendance.

Wayne Barcikowski and Van Phan started off the speakers by outlining the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) rule 1147 and how it affects local shop owners.

Air Quality Management District Rule 1147, regarding low NOx burners, was recently postponed—making all shops required to be compliant by the end of 2011. According to Linda Holcomb with the Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, the postponement was a result of Barcikowski  hearing a lot of shops speak out about their inability to afford to conform to Rule 1147 by 2011 at three CAA meetings he spoke at last year.

BMW of Vista, a full-service BMW dealership, is slated to open in Vista, CA on January 24. The dealership itself will be open to the public on that day, as well as the parts center.

Neighboring Oceanside, CA, housed a small BMW dealership a few years ago, but eventually shut its doors.

“There will be no delays, everything is being inspected now,” said Parts Manager Bill Cox.

Allstate Insurance has agreed to stop selling "Your Choice Auto" (YCA) insurance program in California, in response to a challenge brought by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog. The company has stopped issuing new YCA policies, and will completely phase out the approximately 150,000 existing YCA policies in California by November 2011.

Consumer Watchdog said the program is "deceptive and overpriced," asserting that under the YCA program, Allstate charged drivers up to 15 percent higher-than-normal premiums with the promise that future tickets or accidents would not be used to increase premiums. The consumer action group said an investigation it conducted found that the purported benefits were not worth the premium being charged. According to the consumer group, Allstate was:

1. Violating California's good driver discount law;
2. Unfairly discriminating against drivers despite their good driving record;
3. Selling a deceptive product; and
4. Encouraging irresponsible driving.

Please see attached flier for meeting information.

CAA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting-January 27, 2011, 6:00pm, The Royal Cut Restaurant in Ontario.

EEEC is stepping up unannounced auto body inspections this year, this meeting will cover what you need to know about these inspections and explain typical violations.

To sign up for this meeting or for more information please contact Cindy Shillito at radiatorgirl.socal.rr.com or 714-944-4028.

CLICK HERE for meeting flier.

Dedicated to providing collision shop managers and owners with the best in innovative support services and information, PPG will host an MVP Business Solutions Conference at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California, March 27 – 29. Focusing on the theme “Journey to Excellence,” the conference will present prominent speakers, enlightening seminars and interactive workshops to give participants opportunities to tap into new ideas and strategies to enhance their continuous business improvement efforts.

“PPG continues to bring cutting edge support and vital programs to its customers in every way possible,” said Randy Dewing, senior manager, MVP Business Solutions. “Success for collision centers in this economy depends on keeping your organization heading in the right direction and accelerating performance from the bottom to the top. This MVP conference is geared toward helping owners and managers realize exceptional positive results—real results that will improve performance and keep our customers on the leading edge of process and business improvement. Our speakers—experts in their fields—will show how an organization can keep moving ahead and stepping up its performance through a number of approaches and techniques.”

Friday, 07 January 2011 17:07

AIA Western Region Announces New VP

The American Insurance Association (AIA) has announced that Marjorie Berte has joined the association as its new vice president for the Western Region.

Berte's career includes experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently with the state of California, where she has served since 2007 as undersecretary for the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH). In this capacity, she coordinated oversight of 18 departments and programs with a total budget of $18 billion while working directly on issues such as transportation, public safety, economic development, and financial services regulation.