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March 19, 2019 - In This Issue:
The Automotive Service Councils of California Supports AB 1303

On March 13, ASCCA sent a support letter Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell who introduced AB 1303. This bill would allow students to gain critical career and college readiness skills by increasing funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program and consolidating K-12 CTE programs. It would also provide ongoing funding of $450 million per year a 1:1 local match.
ASCCA believes career technical education (CTE) prepares students for the world of work by introducing them to key workplace skills, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In this way, students develop career-relevant, real-world 21st Century skills.
The letter to Assembly Member O'Donnell stated, in part:
"The ongoing funding of high-quality CTE programs in our schools is essential to serve the needs of all students and to meet the state's labor market demands. Programs that provide quality career exploration, guidance, and support will prepare students to transition smoothly into postsecondary education as well as directly into the workforce."
ASCCA will continue to keep you updated as this bill moves through the Legislature. To read more about AB 1303, click here.
The Automotive Service Councils of California Opposes AB 755 - Tire Tax

On March 18, ASCCA along with other interest groups sent an oppose letter to Assembly Member Chris Holden who introduced AB 755. This bill would increase the California tire fee from $1.75 to $3.25, with the additional revenue going to municipal storm-water projects that prevent or remediate zinc pollutants.
While ASCCA recognizes the threat to aquatic life and public health by storm-water runoff, we do not understand why the focus is on tires when they contain a minimal amount of zinc in order to accelerate the vulcanization (making rubber durable). Since Zinc is in countless consumer products, ASCCA believes that any new fees and taxes for storm-water projects should be shared fairly among all the zinc surfaces/products that cause pollutants to enter storm runoff.
The letter to Assembly Member Holden stated, in part:
"Most troublesome with the proposal is that this tax will fall hardest on those with the least ability to pay, namely low-income individuals and hard-working families. AB 755 institutes a "regressive" tax that, combined with the current tire fee, will increase the cost of a set of new tires by $13.00.
Tire retailers have countless stories of potential customers delaying tire purchases when they find out the cost of new tires and the add-on fees (the current $1.75 fee and disposal. fee). They have watched low-income consumers deciding to defer their tire purchases and simply drive away on dangerous balding tires. The bill is only going to worsen the problem and fails to share the tax burden fairly."
ASCCA will continue to keep you updated as this bill moves through the Legislature. To read more about AB 755, click here.
The California Independent - Winter 2019 Issue Available Now!

The Winter 2019 issue of ASCCA's quarterly magazine, The California Independent is out for your viewing pleasure! Feel free to share the link below with your colleagues or anyone you think might be interested in ASCCA.  

Featured Remarkable Results Podcast - Shop Talk 8 - Second Shop Challenge | The Power of Blacktop | Industry Image featuring ASCCA President John Eppstein

John Eppstein is the owner of John's Automotive Care in San Diego, CA since 1998, admits he was a better tech than a businessman but did something about it. One thing he credits for his success is making his customer his main focus. John was honored as the 2016 NAPA ASE Technician of the year.  Hear John in our one on one interview in episode 119, 200 and Academy 003 on the Top Qualities of a Service Advisor. Listen to John's previous episodes HERE.

ASCCA's March Partner of the Month: ATI

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected the Automotive Training Institute (ATI) as ASCCA's March Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their outstanding support of ASCCA, its members, the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to going above and beyond to support ASCCA's Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.
R efer a Member Receive $75

You're eligible for a $75 referral fee when you refer a new Regular or Associate member to ASCCA! Referral Awards are paid out when the member's annual dues are paid for their first year.

Contact Kari Groff in the ASCCA office if you have any questions at or (800) 810-4272!
ASCCA's March Member of the Month: Gary and Sharon Anderberg

The ASCCA Membership Committee proudly announces Gary and Sharon Anderberg of Aero Auto Repair as its ASCCA member of the month for March 2019. ASCCA regularly honors members who go above and beyond in demonstrating ASCCA's core values of integrity, compassion, professionalism, and unity. Along with these core values, Gary and Sharon also embodies ASCCA's core purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.
ATI Now Offering ASCCA Member-Exclusive Discount!

ASCCA Members:

Take advantage of ATI's one-day workshops, led by the smartest minds in the business, to discover how to tackle these common repair shop challenges:
  • Recruiting and retaining the best techs
  • Improving cash flow and profit potential
  • Marketing and promotions in the digital age
  • Creating freedom through operational consistency
  • Devising a succession and retirement plan 
The average workshop attendee picks up 3% to 8% percent profit immediately by applying actionable strategies back at the shop. 
Click here for more details including the ASCCA discount code and class dates and locations.
ASCCA Member Exclusive Offer!

ASCCA Partners with Educational Seminars Institute (ESi) Again to Bring You 
Special Course Offerings in 2018!
S eminar courses are normally $149.95. ASCCA members pay only $95 per attendee -- a savings of almost $55 per class! Service writer courses are normally $1,795. ASCCA members pay only $995 per attendee!  

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Fly-In - April 23, 2019
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry is joining together for a Legislative Fly-In! Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with others in the industry. Fill out this registration form and make your travel arrangements. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Past speakers have included: Chief, Bureau of Automotive Repair; Governor's Small Business Advocate; Governor's Economic Adviser; Chair, Select Committee on Career Technical Education & Workforce Development; Chair, Senate Transportation & Housing Committee.
Support the ASC Educational Foundation every time you shop on Amazon!

Donate to the ASC Educational Foundation every time you shop on Amazon! It's easy to get set up - Visit this page to get started:

Upcoming ASCCA Chapter Events 

March 19: Chapters 14, 16, 24 and 99 Meetings
March 20: Chapters 20, 28 and 48 Meetings

Apply for ASCEF Scholarships Today!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation (ASCEF) 2019 scholarships! Each year, the ASCEF awards 18 scholarships ranging from $500 - $1,000. These scholarships provide assistance to current under-graduates who are in the automotive service field.
To be eligible for these scholarships, an applicant must be a:
  • California high school senior who plans to enroll in post high school technical and academic training or
  • California college under-graduate in the automotive service field.
Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2019.
The ASCEF is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting and advancing the entire automotive industry through technical education and training, scholarships, and other industry inspired programs.
To learn more about the ASCEF, visit .
Questions? Contact Kate Peyser at 916-290-5828 or

Thank you to our ASCCA Corporate Partners! 
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