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If we’re only as good as the information we possess, people like Richard Forness are an invaluable asset to any collision repairer anywhere. As a highly-respected industry expert, national account manager for Audatex (a Solera company), Forness is a popular speaker who talks to body shops throughout the country about the current state of the industry and where it’s headed. On May 22, this 25-year veteran who ran a series of highly successful body shops in the Greater Minnesota-St. Paul area, shared his views and offered useful statistics with the 60-plus East Bay CAA members in attendance.

To view a pdf file of this article with photos, click HERE.

The Amador County District Attorneys Office, in conjunction with the Calaveras County District Attorneys Office,  obtained a “no contest” plea to a single count of insurance fraud from a body shop owner in Valley Springs, CA, as a result of their investigation.

Larry Robbins, owner of Franks Frame and Body Shop, was sentenced to 36 months felony probation, 60 hours of community service, ordered to surrender his Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) license and pay approximately $28,000 in restitution.

The CAA’s Glendale-Foothill Chapter held a special meeting at the Brookside Country Club, 1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena, CA, on June 13 to hear details about the new California Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF). The presenters at the meeting included Mark Janatpour, Senior Deputy Labor Commissioner, Freeman Baldwin, Bureau of Automotive Repair representative, Aston Ling, Cal/OSHA Senior Safety Engineer, Nicole Zouein, Board of Equalization Compliance and Outreach Lead, and Tracey York, California Employment Development Department Joint Enforcement Agent.

Despite strong lobbying and grassroots opposition from CAWA and other aftermarket organizations, SB 750 passes key committee. According to CAWA, consumers and the automotive aftermarket suffered at the hands of big car companies seeking a monopoly that will keep consumers and their repair professionals from having the information they need to repair their vehicles as SB 750 authored by Senator Hernandez and sponsored by BMW passed the Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 8 to 5. If ultimately passed and signed into law, SB 750 will exempt automakers from providing electronic key code information to locksmiths, requiring motorists to contact the automaker to get a replacement key for their vehicle. CAWA and aftermarket industry advocates have been battling this legislation for nearly a year and have argued their concerns about motorists being inconvenienced and often stranded in dangerous situations because they were not able to obtain a replacement key from a locksmith due to automakers refusal to provide this information. In addition, CAWA argued that this bill is anti-consumer and anti-competitive, and while this resonated with many legislators, it was not enough to convince them to vote against the measure.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 22:00

CAA SD Holds 18th Annual Golf Tourney


The CAA San Diego Chapter held its 18th Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, June 2nd at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos. The event was a great success with over 100 players participating in perfect weather.

Noted Hop Sanchez (Finishmaster Inc.) and CAA San Diego Treasurer, “It was another great day with a group of fun-loving auto body industry people. Special thanks to Dee and her group from Enterprise for all their help in making this event a success.”

And the winners were:

Low Gross 1st Place: Team Toyota Carlsbad – Marty Edmonds, Rudy Romero, Michael Heller
Low Gross 2nd Place:  Team I-CAR – Wayne Krause, Mark D’Angelo, Gene Lopez, Ryan Swanson
Low Gross 3rd Place: Team Milo Johnson AB / Henson & Son – Ross Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Kirk Henson, Cory Clarke
Net / Peoria 1st Place: Team I CAR – Wayne Krause, Mark D’Angelo, Gene Lopez, Ryan Swanson
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Larry Haley (Team Enterprise)
Women’s Closest to the Pin: Karen Vinkemulder (Team Drew Ford)
Men’s Longest Drive: Wayne Krause (Team I-CAR)
Women’s Longest Drive: Barbara Davies (Team Autobody News)

Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on U.S. highways unless adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented, Consumer Watchdog said May 31. The nonpartisan, nonprofit group urged the California Assembly to defeat a bill, S.B. 1298, that would allow Google’s driverless cars on California’s roads unless the legislation is amended to provide adequate privacy protection for users of the technology. The bill is now under consideration by the Assembly after the California Senate passed it unanimously.