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AQMD to begin issuing permits after Jan. 1

Hundreds of Southland businesses and public utilities forced to delay plans to expand, modernize or relocate can move forward after Jan. 1, 2010 now that Gov. Schwarzenegger has signed a bill lifting an air quality permit moratorium.

AB 1200 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor at the last possible minute on Oct. 11. We were hoping for a different outcome, however, it is not the end of the world. The insurers presented this bill as consumer protection necessary to allow consumers to make an informed choice regarding collision repairs covered under insurance policies and it would be done in a specific truthful non-deceptive manner. This is their language and we as an association are prepared to hold them to that standard.

After luke-warm opposition from California body shops, and disappointment from the two auto body associations, AB1200 was signed into law by the governor on the last possible day, Oct. 11.

The California Autobody Association (CAA) has been in contact with various regulatory agencies and recently attended a meeting concerning inspections of auto body shops in Sacramento and San Jose by the Economic and Employment

The Boyd Group Inc. (“Boyd Group”) has acquired Advanced Auto Body’s Anthem, Arizona location, which will now operate under the Gerber Collision & Glass trade name. This acquisition was completed on October 6, 2009. The new location is approximately 16,200 square feet in size, and is well located to help serve consumers and insurance clients in the growing north suburban Phoenix market.

Rachel Oroz says bravely that she has leukemia, leukemia doesn't have her. You would never know from her big smile, dedicated work ethic and positive attitude, that she even has leukemia.