GCLA 2013 Holiday Party
Happy Holidays to all of you. Place December 10, 2013 on your calendar and register online at www.gcla.org for the Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Los Angeles. Entertainment provided by our resident D.J. Mark Regan, Door Prizes, food buffet, Plenty of networking opportunities, Vehicle displays and a recap of all the issues affecting the California ground transportation industry in 2013.
Please come out and celebrate our last GCLA Meeting and Holiday Party at the Proud Bird Restaurant which is "Officially" closing after being in business for 48 years. GCLA will also be presenting long standing service awards to a few retiring Board members. Plus the GCLA will present Achievement Awards to Operators and Vendors who have made valuable contributions to the association during the past 5 years.
The General Meeting and Holiday Party is Sponsored By:
Prices: $45.00 Members $55.00 Non-Members
Prices:$55.00 Members $65.00 Non-Members
On the night of November. 16th, 65 limo industry card sharks sat down at the SoCal Penske Cadillac dealership to best themselves in the most recent Greater California Livery Association's (GCLA) annual poker fundraiser night.
It was the third time that the GCLA hosted this event. Organized by GCLA Director Kevin Illingworth, this tournament saw the premiere of its latest location in SoCal Penske Dealership in Torrance, Calif.
2014 General Election Ballot for the GCLA Board of Directors
Don't forget to send in your ballot!
A reminder election ballots have been generated and mailed out. It's time for you to select your board member representatives for your region. Please take time to review and cast your GCLA ballot vote. Your involvement is what keeps our association strong.
Fifteen (15) Board Seats (12 Operator Seats and 3 Vendor Seats) are open for election for the 2014 GCLA Board of Directors. All seats have a one year term of service from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.
Click the link below to view a list of everyone running.
On October 22, 2013, The Greater California Livery Association GCLA hosted a Town Hall meeting to a small group of operators and vendors at Phils BBQ Event Center. The meeting featured a power point presentation of the upcoming San Diego Convention Center expansion and Tourism update from GCLA Director Steve Levin, CMP. San Diego Directors Steve Levin, Anne Daniell and GCLA President Mark Stewart met earlier in the day with the new San Diego
Airport Ground Transportation Director David Boenitz to discuss the issues facing the Charter industry at the airport. In particular the ongoing Green Conversion program, age limits, enforcement and a new transponder program. The GCLA goal is to clearly articulate Charter's hopes and concerns, in addition to a better understanding how best to work with David Boenitz and the San Diego Airport (SAN) with their imposed goals.
The town hall meeting was great for operators to interact with the GCLA leadership with a Q & A session
to better understand the current legislative bills SB 109 and SB 338 along the current decision by the California Public Utilities Commission CPUC to regulate the New Transportation Network Companies (TNC's) ride share providers such as Uber, Lyft, SideCar and others. The GCLA concerns have been that this new class, the TNC's must be operating on the same level playing as the charter industry. 5 revisions have been made during the review process by the CPUC and the GCLA is closely monitoring to see if all of these changes have a positive impact to the industry. In meantime Uber and Taxi Paratransit Association of California –TPAC have filed an Appeal to the CPUC decision.
GCLA issues its response to SB 109 and SB 338.
On October 23, 2013, over 90 participants attended the Sacramento Chapter of the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) meeting hosted by API Global Transportation in West Sacramento. The meeting featured key speakers from the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Highway Patrol as well as legislative updates by GCLA board members. The agenda included affiliate networking, a new vehicle display showcase, a legislative industry update, and an educational segment.
The educational segment of the program included presentations by Cindy McReynolds for the PUC and Don Callaway of the CHP. Ms. McReynolds spoke on the operational procedures and processes of the PUC and provided guidance on best practices in working with the organization to improve and maintain compliance. Mr. Callaway covered annual CHP inspections and tips to ensure efficient and timely reviews. At the conclusion of his presentation, Mr. Callaway enlightened the audience on the motor vehicle code pertaining to the restrictions on transporting minors to and from school sponsored events, including proms.
The red carpet rolled out once again for operators attending the annual Greater California Livery Association Expo and Trade Show, where more than 40 industry vendors and 275 attendees, including top automakers, showcased their products and services to GCLA members and guests. The Greater California Livery Association Expo and Trade Show featured the most chauffeured vehicles and buses on display outside of a major industry trade show, offering operators in California and beyond a unique opportunity to sample vehicles and make key fleet buying decisions.
Representatives from Ford Fleet & Livery Vehicles, The Official Partner for the GCLA Expo and Trade Show, along with South Bay Ford and Star Ford brought their MKT Town Cars, MKS and Navigator SUVs to greet attendees along the red carpet entrance. Several MKT Town Car stretch limousines, built by various coach builders, were also on display.
2014 GCLA Board of Directors Nominations are Due October 31, 2013
15 board seats are up for election this year. All seats have a one year term of service – from January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014
12 Operator Seats and 3 Vendor Seats
Additional criteria for nomination eligibility apply. The complete criteria list and the list of the items required for nomination submission are included on the application form.
Information on the candidates for the 2014 GCLA Board of Directors will be published on www.gcla.org. Nominations must be submitted on or before October 31, 2013.
Ballots for voting will be mailed and or emailed on November 1, 2013 and votes will be due for tallying, verification and reporting by December 3, 2013. Election winners will be announced at the December 10, 2013 GCLA General Meeting and Holiday Party.
The Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) is dedicated to promoting and protecting California's chauffeured transportation industry and its passengers.
As a result of a horrific incident this past May on the San Mateo Bridge, California now has new requirements on stretched limousines with a seating capacity of 9 or less passengers. The catastrophic incident claimed the lives of 5 women and the legislature responded with the passage of Senate Bill 338 (Hill) and Senate Bill 109 (Corbett), both relating to limousine safety.
Senate Bill 109 by Senator Ellen Corbett was signed by the Governor and becomes law on January 1, 2014. Senate Bill 338 was vetoed by the Governor, but in his veto messaged he encouraged the legislature to return a corrected bill in 2014.
Initial versions of both pieces of legislation applied new rules and regulations to any charter party carrier vehicle with a seating capacity of less than 9 passengers, including sedans and SUVs. GCLA's first task was to educate policy makers to change the legislation on which vehicles should included and which vehicles should not be included. GCLA successfully eliminated SUVs and town cars from the new push-out window, fire extinguisher and inspection requirements. The bills were amended so that the requirements were solely on modified or extended (stretched) vehicles with a seating capacity of 9 or less passengers.
Save The Date: October 22, 2013
6:00 pm -7:30 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
7:30 pm: Introduction - GCLA Director Steve Levin
7:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Presentation and discussion period led by GCLA President Mark Stewart and Director Steve Levin with the following topics:
- San Diego Convention Center Expansion and Tourism Authority Update: Steve Levin
- San Diego Airport News regarding Charter / Livery Operators- Steve Levin / Anne Daniells
- SB 109 and SB 338 Update- Mark Stewart
- CPUC Proposed Decision on the New Transportation Network Companies (TNC's) Discussion: Q & A led by Mark Stewart
There is going to be a GCLA sponsored Meet and Greet event, in Sacramento, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. It will be hosted at API Global Transportation and there will be food and beverages.
GCLA Meet and Greet - Sacramento
|Location:||API Global Transportation|
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|End Date & Time:||2013-10-23 09:00 pm|
Speakers from the California Highway Patrol and the California Public Utilities Commission will be making a presentation. Legislative update on SB109 and SB338 along with a discussion on the recent CPUC hearing on mobile APPS.
This is would be a great time to invite a neighboring limousine operator who is not already a member of GCLA. Please Register Online and there is No Charge to all attendees!!!!!!
We are rolling out the red carpet for you!
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Promenade and Gardens
1570 Scenic Avenue
Costa Mesa, Ca 92626
An Evening Under the Stars Presented By:
Food, Fun, Networking and Vendor Displays
Next generation vehicle display
Check out the "Next Generation" Livery vehicle Display where dealers and OEM manufacturers will be providing you will a hands on opportunity to evaluate these new vehicles side-by-side. Some of the vehicles to be showcased this year are the Lincoln MKT & MKS, Navigator SUV, the Cadillac XTS and Escalade SUV, the Hyundai Equus & Genesis, the Chrysler 300, the Toyota Avalon, the BMW 535 GT & 7 Series and the Mercedes S350 & S550 and Sprinter Vans.
Coach Builders Display
Check out the new Lincoln MKT Stretch Limousine, Sprinter Vans, CNG and Propane Vans, Mini Coaches and Limo Buses in all sizes from Mercedes-Benz, Don Brown Bus Sales, Grech Motors, Coach West Motorcars, Creative Bus, SPV Specialy Conversions, Tiffany Coachworks, Nations Bus, Creative Bus sales, CH Bus Sales, Quality Coachworks and much more.
Sara Eastwood-Mclean, Publisher LCT Limousine, Charter & Tour
"What traits do you need to lead" They are crucial to inspiring customers, motivating your employees and pursuing your vision.
Early registration: $65 non-member and $50 member is registered on or before 9/24/2013
At the door and day event registration: $80 non-member and $65 member.
Lodging & Hotels
GCLA has arranged special EXPO rate of $179 per night at the Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel. You must make your room reservations on or before Monday, September 20, 2013 to receive the special show rates.
Call Marriott Reservations at (800)228-9290 to make your room reservations. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the Greater California Livery Association Expo & Trade Show Room Block's group staying at the Costa Mesa Marriott, located at 500 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1911.
There are also many other hotels near the EXPO location which are recommended.
Vendors Attending the EXPO
We are excited about the number of vendors who will be attending the GCLA EXPO this year. This will be an excellent opportunity for you meet and talk with some of the premier service providers to the livery industry. You will also have an unprecedented opportunity to see all the available vehicles for our industry in one place and be able to compare them side by side. This is an opportunity that you should take advantage of. If you would like to show vehicles at the expo please fill out and fax the form below to the GCLA.
General Service Vendors
Luggage Bellhop, Inc.
GPD Capital Services Inc.
Century Business Solutions
TIB Transportation Insurance
TransWest Fleet & Financial
Law Firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
Fleet Financing Resources LLC
American Motor Products
The Hudson Group
Mobile Video Systems
Liquidspring Technologies, Inc.
American Motor Producs
Integrate It Media Group
Ford Fleet & Livery Vehicles
South Bay Ford
Don Brown Bus Sales
SoCal Penske Fleet
Acton Fleet Sales
CH Bus Sales
Toyota Motor Sports
SPV Specialty Conversions
Midwst Auto Designs
A - Z Bus Sales
5:00pm-7:00pm - Check-in and On-Site Registration
5:30pm - Expo Open to Vendor Displays
6:30pm-8:30pm - Dinner Stations (Mexican, Italian, Asian)
6:30pm-7:15pm - Jazz Artist Tony Guerrero & Band
7:15pm-7:45pm - Presentation by Ford Fleet, Penske Cadillac & Don Brown Bus Sales
7:45pm-8:30pm - Jazz Artist Tony Guerrero & Band
8:30pm - Dessert Station and Gourmet Coffee Bar Open
8:30pm - $10,000 Dice Roll - Limo
8:30pm-10:00pm - Mark Stewart, NLA President Gary Buffo, Keynote Speaker: Sara Eastwood-Mclean, Publisher LCT Magazine
10:00pm - Raffel Drawing for $1,000 from the GCLA
Operators Seek Fairness On Rules For Mobile App Services
LCT Magazine:LOS ANGELES -- The Greater California Livery Association underscored its position Tuesday night that state regulators need to step up to the plate and figure out how to fairly regulate limousine companies and the new app-based transportation businesses that so far operate under looser rules and enforcement.
Comments from industry leaders at a Greater California Livery Association meeting in Los Angeles followed an assertive response issued Monday to a California Public Utilties Commission proposal that would create a new category for such ground transportation upstarts, referred to by the state as NOETS: New Online-Enabled Transportation Services, also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). The proposal, officialy called an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR), will be discussed and possibly approved at a CPUC meeting on Sept. 5. The CPUC must regulate Uber, Sidecar, Lyft and other app-based transportation businesses in the same way it regulates limousine companies and other charter party carriers, said GCLA President Mark Stewart in comments Tuesday night. Those were echoed by GCLA 1st Vice President Rich Azzolino, a San Francisco operator who also represents California and the Western Region on the National Limousine Association's Board of Directors.
Date: August 20, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
The Proud Bird Restaurant
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Early Bird discounts: $45/person GCLA member $60/person Non-Member. Must register by 8/19/2013 online.
Regular Price: $60/person GCLA member $75/person Non-Member.
2013 Los Angeles special general meeting:
- 6:00 Pm-7:30 Pm
- Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays / Cash Bar
- 7:30 Pm
- Introduction - GCLA President Mark Stewart - Dinner
- 8:00 PM-9:45 PM
- Presentation and discussion on Risk Management Controls and Policies for the livery industry relating to the May Limo Fires and subsequent bills SB338 from Senator Hill and SB109 from Senator Corbett. Presentation led by Leslie Dugan, VP Risk Management Philadelphia Insurance Company.
- Is the California transportation industry heading into a rough hard insurance market and what are the effects of rising premiums without reason or notice during the next 2 years. Discussion led by Lee Martinez, President of Transcap Insurance.
- 8:45 Pm-9:45 pm
- Mobile APP Technology and the Direct impact to the California Livery industry. CPUC OIR Review Process and the recent Cease and Desist Order by LA DOT.
- 9:45 pm-10:00 pm
- Discussion Panel: Bill Rouse, President of the Taxi Livery Para Transit Association. (TLPA) Paul Marron, Principal at Marron Lawyers, representing the Taxi Para Transit Association of California. (TPAC)
Speakers: Joseph Lordan, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Jamie Laurent, Steve Rice and Bashir Eusatche from Marron Lawyers.
Date: July 8, 2013
Time: 8:45 am- 3:30 pm
Location: Embassy Suites LAX,
9801 Airport Blvd,
Los Angeles 90045
Fee: $10.00 Parking
(This Employment Seminar is available to anyone and free for current GCLA Members, seminar limited to first 75-includes continental breakfast and lunch)
This program will provide a comprehensive overview of the legal aspects of employment law. You will gain insight on how to effectively manage employment-related risks and claims.
2013 Los Angeles Employment Law Seminar Topics:
Wage and Hour- Meal / Rest Breaks-Overtime by Joe Lordan
Class Action Lawsuits / Arbitration Agreements by Steve Rice
Wrongful Termination / American Disabilities Act by Jamie Laurent and Bashir Eustache
Panel Discussion: You Ask, They Tell by Joe Lordan, Bashir Eustache, Jamie Laurent and Steve Rice
- 8:45 am-9:45 am
- Continental Breakfast and Sign in
- 9:45 am- 10:45 am
- Session 1: Wage and Hour
- 10:45 am- 11:00 am
- 11:00 am-12:00 pm
- Session 2: Class Action Lawsuits
- 12:00 pm-1:15 pm
- 1:15 pm- 2:15 pm
- Session 3: Wrongful Termination
- 2:15 pm-2:30 pm
- 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
- Session 4: Panel discussion
A Special Thanks to our "Official Sponsor" Music Express Worldwide and to our speakers from the prestigious firms of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and Marron Lawyers.
The Greater California Livery Association GCLA is one of the official parties in the current California Public Utilities Commission CPUC, OIR / Technology review process involving applications such as Uber, Side Car and Lyft. The GCLA along with the Taxi Livery Para transit Association-TLPA, Taxi Para transit Association of California-TPAC, Council of California Airports, Los Angeles Taxi Commission and many other interested parties have been heavily involved with a OIR Rulemaking review process that has brought more attention to the CPUC as a regulator in more than twenty years. The controversy and attention to this new technology within the California ground transportation is unprecedented and the impact to the industry depending on the CPUC decision will continue to be a hot debated issue that could ultimately end up in the courts or through new legislation. Level playing fields, accountability, reliability, safety and security should be on the minds of the general public who are utilizing whatever modes of transportation.
The GCLA and our coalition of strategic partners are working this issue looking out for the best interests of all of our members. The daily impact of this new technology to all of us is increasing at a level beyond your belief. Never before has our industry been involved with so many heated issues at one time that affect you and your business. Isn't it time you get involved with the GCLA and ask how you, can help in the many causes we are fighting every day. You can really make a "Difference". You can join the GCLA on our website at www.gcla.org