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September 4, 2019 Week In Connections

A Plan for Pursuing a Vehicle Safety Inspection Program in California
A collation of associations and aftermarket companies being coordinated by CAWA has developed a plan that includes: a long term goal - to succeed in establishing a vehicle safety inspection program in California; a short term goal # 1: to assist in the California Bureau of Automotive Repair's (BAR) effort to expand upon the inspection of total loss/salvaged vehicles (which now only includes brakes and lamps); and a short term goal # 2: convince the legislature or a state administrative agency, e.g., Office of Traffic Safety, to finance or conduct a study demonstrating the impact that safety inspections has on vehicle safety and fatalities. See here for the complete plan. 

Contact CAWA's legislative advocate, Gary Conover, with questions or comments at or 916.233.9655.

eBay's Answer to Internet Sales Tax on Parts Purchases
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Why Shops Should Register Their Reseller ID

CAWA Annual Membership Dinner - November 3, 2019 - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Please join CAWA for our dinner gala & Memorial Scholarship Fund live auction, officer installation and keynote speaker. Network among auto care industry colleagues, a must do to start off Industry Week! All proceeds go toward CAWA scholarships for students and automotive high school teachers. See registration materials here.

CAWA Hopes You Will Support and Provide Prizes for its Annual Scholarship Fund Auction
See the enclosed contribution form ( here) to show your support for the Association's scholarship program. This year's Scholarship Fundraising Chair is Ryan Maas of Total Lubricants, U.S.A. He can be reached at or 925.353.0774.

Recall, as a CAWA Member, You Can Receive up to ½ Hour FREE Legal Consultation Per Month
CAWA has attorneys based in the three states we represent. Members highly evaluate the services these attorneys provide on a variety of business, HR, employment issues, etc. As you know, attorneys can charge significant dollars for their time and consultation. As a CAWA member, this benefit is FREE to you. 

To find the CAWA attorney in your state and to take advantage of this membership benefit, see Another member benefit.

CAWA, Car Care Council and AutoZone Host a Consumer Vehicle Inspection and Small Can Refrigerant Collection Effort
The first program was held last month in the parking lot of a Sacramento AutoZone store and deemed very successful. Nearly 200 cars were provided a free 41 point inspection by trained local auto techs and small cans of used R-134A refrigerant were collected as consumers redeemed the can for a $10 refund on site. Six local radio stations participated in the event and representatives from the California Air Resources Board and Bureau of Automotive Repair participated, as well.

Other programs, coordinated by CAWA, will be held in Los Angeles in September and Turlock in October. For more information contact CAWA's Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603.

Sacramento Event

Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. Presents a CAWA Scholarship Award
Chair Hanson of Hanson Distributing Company presented Caleb McClintock his 2019 CAWA scholarship. Caleb is an automotive technology student at Rio Hondo College in nearby Whittier, California. Congratulations Caleb!
Caleb award

Thomas Beer, CEO of SSF Imported Auto Parts Presents CAWA Scholarship Award
Mr. Beer presented Simon Chow his 2019 CAWA scholarship award. Simon is an automotive technology student at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Congratulations Simon!
Simon award

Recognizing Recognition
I subscribe to the precept that each of us has a very strong need and desire to be recognized for who we are and perhaps for who we can become. And to be appreciated for our contribution. There appears to be a recognition deficit the lack of a job well done is a demotivator and permeates through an organization. Appreciated and recognized employees are good for business. Sincere praise and recognition create positive emotions in an organization. A sincere "Thank You" is a huge step on the road of employee recognition. In our "hurry up" world, we tend to be too busy to say "Thank You!". Read more here. Source: Dr. John A. Passante

Rest Assured CAWA Will Oppose Any Action to Change California's Prop 13
Prop 13
The proponents are led by some powerful public employee unions, including those representing teachers and service workers. They plan to place a citizens' initiative on the November presidential election ballot next year. Their measure would require that commercial property owned by all but the smallest businesses be reassessed at market value every three years. Under Proposition 13, passed by voters during a 1978 tax revolt, neither commercial or residential property is reassessed until it's sold. Then it's taxed at 1% of market value and that can't be increased by more than 2% a year. 

For details or comments, see our California based legislative advocate, Gary Conover, at or 916.233.9655.

American Express Promotion You Should Know About
See the enclosure ( here ) regarding a promotional dollar incentive should your company process American Express credit cards along with our endorsed provider Superior Financial Services. Another member benefit.
AMEX - Superior FS

Workers Comp Insurance is Competitive and CAWA's Partner is Ready to Assist You in Saving Premium Dollars
See the enclosed flyer ( here) for information and who to contact to begin lowering your workers compensation costs in California. Another member benefit.

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