Come Play Poker with GCLA FUNdraiser

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.

TEXAS HOLD 'EM POKER FUNDRAISER

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JUNE 6, 2015
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

LOCATION:

Penske Cadillac Buick GMC Southbay
18600 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
 

Support GCLA and Empower our Lobbyists as we raise money to protect GCLA rights and win more legislation coming down the pipe. 

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You can still join in on the fun!!

Play Black Jack and Roulette while you network with other operators.

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GCLA Supports Police Unity Bike Tour

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.

Originally published in LCT, May 2015

police bike tourPresident Kevin Illingworth (center right) at the LAX Airport Police station with Officer Mike Dear (center left) who is participating in the race along with Police Chief Patrick Gannon (second from right).

Los Angeles, Calif. — The Greater California Livery Association  (GCLA) donated $500 this week to the “Police Unity Tour,”  a bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. that covers more than 400 miles to support the families of fallen police officers. 

The ride started in 1997 with 18 participating riders, and has since grown to include over 1,800 people making the ride, coming from all over the U.S.

GCLA President Kevin Illingworth said the donation was also a way to thank the Los Angeles International Airport Police for their enforcement efforts. “With the hard work and dedication from GCLA board member Matt Strack, we feel that the officers have been instrumental in enforcing illegal activity by the TNCs while coordinating a level playing field for TCP operators within the LAX Airport," Illingworth said. "The GCLA felt it was a great way to show our appreciation by supporting the fallen officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, which the Police Unity Tour supports."  

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Reduce Risk and Manage Liability

on Monday, 11 May 2015.

In the Tuesday, May 12, 2015, GCLA Membership Meeting in Glendale, Special Guest Patrick O'Brien mentioned various things Operators could do to reduce risk and manage liability.  

Log in to download these forms and his article from Chauffeur Driven.

Please consult with your Legal Departments to ensure that this is an accurate and safe form to protect your company.

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UBER X Vehicles on the Road in California

on Thursday, 30 April 2015.

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In order to help defeat AB 828 [Low and Chang], GCLA is seeking accurate information on how many Uber X drivers there are in California so we may show how much revenue California will lose if the bill passes.

As a reminder, if this bill is passed, it will allow TNCs to avoid commercial insurance and we must stop it now. 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with accurate information and a source, if possible.

We appreciate your attention to help preserve the California Livery Industry.

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Police: Uber driver purposefully ran down S.F. cyclist near wharf

on Wednesday, 22 April 2015.

By Evan Sernoffsky
Updated 12:01 pm, Monday, April 20, 2015

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Emerson Decarvalho, 38, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly ran down a cyclist in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf on Sunday afternoon.

A bicyclist has a punctured lung, broken ribs and a broken collar bone after he was mowed down by an Uber driver Sunday afternoon near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, police said.

The driver, 38-year-old Emerson Decarvalho of Daly City, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, said Officer Albie Esparza, a San Francisco police spokesman.

The trouble started around 1 p.m. Sunday at North Point and Taylor streets when the 45-year-old cyclist, who was not identified, rode up to the passenger side of the Uber car, a black Toyota Camry, and “began yelling at the driver and banging on his window,” Esparza said.

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Los Angeles General Membership Meeting

on Wednesday, 15 April 2015.

GCLA general meeting, los angeles
May 12, 2015, 5:30pm - 9:30pm

join us for middle eastern fare at

Glenoaks Ballroom
1320 West Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201
818-338-2471

Catered by: Anoush Catering
Valet parking generously sponsored by 777 Limousine

 

Agenda

Agenda

5:30 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
6:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
6:45 pm – 9:30pm: GCLA and Vendor Updates Followed by Speaker Presentation

Presentation Topics

Presentation & Discussion Topics:

speaker presentation: increase competitiveness with access an app

united software2Access an App by Unified Software is a state of the art ground transportation operations support system, by Unified Software. Learn how you can manage the complex and dynamic operating conditions of today's Black Car and Luxury Limousine enterprises with this end to end platform which was built from the ground up and tested for over 5 years in one of the toughest transportation markets in the US: New York City. It's dependable, it's reliable, and it's ready to power the most demanding limousine operations.

Access An App is a fully integrated system combining a White Label Passenger Booking App, Web Site with fully integrated web reservation module, Manual and Automated Dispatching Support, Customer Billing and Driver Payments, IOS and Android OS based driver applications, Real Time Passenger Notifications via text messages or VOIP calls, Real Time GPS Tracking and Extensive reporting and management dashboards into a seamless, dependable and turn-key solution. 

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Sevada Badalian
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Unified Software

As Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Unified Software Sevada Badalian has devoted most of the last decade exclusively to the advancement of management technologies for the ground transportation industry. Mr. Badalian predicts that with millions of cars connected into software managed transportation grids, existing ground transportation companies all have to adopt a new state-of-the-art software platform to manage their day to day operations and compete with Transportation Network Companies (TNC.)

speaker presentation: reduce risk & manage liability

REDUCE risk and manage liability in this informative presentation by Patrick O’Brein, attorney at Daniel Crowley & Associates and owner of Panama Luxury Limousine in Panama City, Panama.  O’Brien will share some tricks of the trade, present forms you may utilize and discuss ways to reduce your risk & liability while ensuring passenger safety. 

patrickobrienPatrick K. O'Brien
Attorney, Daniel Crowley & Associates
Founder & Consulting Partner, Panama Luxury Limousine

Patrick O'Brien specializes in providing superior litigation representation to the Construction, Transportation and Amusement Industries. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University and his law degree from Gonzaga Law School where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Mr. O’Brien has previously worked at major law firms in California and has served as CEO, General Counsel and Board Member for companies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Central America. 

SUPPORT AB24
Join us in Welcoming Special Guest 
ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADRIN NAZARIAN

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Adrin Nazarian
Assemblymember, 46th District
California State
Assembly

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian is a supporter of public safety. His Assembly Bill (AB) 24 is a consumer protection and public safety bill that will establish basic public safety standards for drivers of charter party carriers. The three basic safety standards include DMV Pull Notices, Random Drug Testing and Identifying Decals

GCLA Supports AB 24.  The bill recently passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 11 to 5, and passed the Utilities and Commerce Committee on March 22nd with 8 votes out of 15 votes.  It is now in Assembly Appropriations Committee, no hearing date set as of yet. 

Assemblymember Adrian Nazarian represents the 46th Assembly District, serving the San Fernando Valley communities of Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village. He is a product of the San Fernando Valley; having grown up and graduated in the valley.  He served as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Paul Krekorian, before being elected to the State Assembly.

Sponsors

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777 BG min      tiffany

Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before May 11, 2015.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

Registration lines can be long if you wait until the event so register online today. 

 

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Another WIN for GCLA

on Tuesday, 07 April 2015.

Monday afternoon, the Assembly Transportation Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill 863 that clarifies (eliminates) the 5th door requirement on vehicles modified prior to July 1, 2015 to increase capacity from 6 to 8 passengers and extends the compliance period for push-out windows till January 1, 2017.  David Kinney testified on behalf of GCLA.  His testimony was greatly received by the bill’s author, Assemblyman Dodd, who requested that David be available to testify when the bill is considered in the State Senate Transportation Committee later this Spring.

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San Francisco General Membership Meeting

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

GCLA general meeting, san francisco
April 14, 2015, 5:30pm - 9:30pm

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Location:

Embassy Suites
San Francisco Airport - Waterfront
150 Anza Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010

650-342-4600

 

Agenda

Agenda

5:30 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
6:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
6:45 pm – 9:30 pm: GCLA and Vendor Updates Followed by Speaker Presentation

Presentation Topics

Presentation & Discussion Topics:

 speaker presentation

Joseph Lordan
Partner
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

California Labor Laws continue to change and affect the Transportation Industry.  Learn some of the new developments in California labor law with Joseph Lordan of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

speaker presentation

Chris Weiss
President & Publisher
Chauffeur Driven Magazine

Magazine President, Publisher and Industry Veteran, Chris Weiss will discuss the State of the Industry and share his insights for the future of the biz.  Chris will also raffle off passes for the Chauffeur Driven Show, Miami, FL, October 11-14 2015 

Speaker Presentation

Kevin Solon
Director of Transportation
San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Kevin Solon, Director of Transportation from the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee will share the ins & outs of transportation for the Super Bowl 50.

  • Where to find communication regarding transportation during Super Bowl
  • Key dates to prepare for regarding permitting, parking passes, etc.
  • Opportunities for partnership with the host committee
  • General information around Super Bowl

Want more information?
Send a question to be answered in the Q&A session following his presentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before April 13, 2015.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

Registration lines can be long if you wait until the event so register online today. 

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San Diego Meeting Faces TNC Discussion Head On

on Monday, 16 March 2015.

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Support AB 24

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015.

The Board of Directors of the GCLA and our lobbyists strongly urge that you sign the below petition and encourage employees, friends, and customers to sign as well. This is a critical piece of the “grassroots” program necessary to gain passage of Mr. Nazarian’s Bill, AB 24, ensuring Safety Standards for the Charter-Carrier drivers (Uber/Lyft, etc).

Petition - i support ab 24

Please sign our petition supporting basic public safety standards for all charter-carrier drivers (Uber/Lyft) and ensuring requested drivers do not have a violent history, are responsible and safe drivers, and do not have DUIs. 

AB 24 requires three basic safety checks:

  • Enrollment in a DMV Employer Pull Notice Program - which is a continuous driver's record check.
  • Participation in fingerprint-based background check done by the California Department of Justice.
  • Participation in a drug testing program.

In addition, all ridesharing drivers must register their car and display an identifying decal to ensure greater transparency and accountability. Please stand up and fight for our safety. Sign Our Petition at This Location 

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Sincerely,
Adrin Nazarian
Assemblymember, 46th District

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GCLA General Meeting - San Diego

on Tuesday, 17 February 2015.

GCLA general meeting, san diego
March 10, 2015, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

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Location:

Phil's BBQ Restaurant
3750 Sports Arena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-226-6333

 

Agenda

Agenda

5:30 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
6:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
6:45 pm – 9:00pm: GCLA and Vendor Updates Followed by Speaker Presentation

Presentation Topics

Presentation & Discussion Topics:

SPEAKER PRESENTATION

David Boenitz
Director, Business Planning
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

David Boenitz will join GCLA members and address participant driven topics of interest for the San Diego Airport including Transponders, Permits, and TNCs 

David Boenitz is the San Diego International Airport’s Ground Transportation Director.  In this capacity he oversees the commercial vehicle administration, permitting, regulations and enforcement. He has worked closely with the taxicab and shuttle operators to improve cab and shuttle availability, customer satisfaction and commercial vehicle operations.  He has lead the effort to permit the newest form of commercial transportation, the Transportation Network Companies or TNCs. In the near future, the Airport will begin operations with the new Rental Car facility where the Airport will have oversight of the facility and the bus operation. David is also working closely with the airport’s parking consultants to erect a new 3000 space parking plaza in front of Terminal 2.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION

tag san diegoTAG San Diego
Adrian Kwiatkowski / Carelyn Reynolds

Members from TAG San Diego will present information on their organization and what they are doing at the San Diego Airport and how GCLA and TAG can work together to make improvements at the Airport. 

Sponsors

 MB Sprinter of San Diego REVISED

Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before March 9, 2015.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

Registration lines can be long if you wait until the event so register online today.

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GCLA Presents Three Key Issues to State Legislators

on Monday, 16 February 2015.

Originally published in Chauffeur Driven, January 2015

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Sacramento, Calif. — Nearly 30 members of the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) took to the state capitol on January 15 to speak to roughly two-dozen California assembly members, senators, and consultants for its second annual Day on the Hill. The association addressed several industry concerns, specifically two bills proposed for 2015—SB 109, which mandates that there be more egress points on vehicles stretched to accommodate up to 10 people, and AB 612, which requires TNC operators to be insured at $1 million per vehicle—as well as the now-final state audit on the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). 

While the GCLA adamantly supports safety measures, which SB 109 addresses in the wake of last year’s limousine fire that killed five people, the bill was pushed through without allowing vehicles to be either grandfathered in or adequately modified before the bill’s July 1 effective date. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s operators have vehicles that require retrofitting—costing them an estimated $30,000 per vehicle—leading the association to ask for either a delay in implementation or a grandfather clause.  

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Sample Time Card

on Thursday, 12 February 2015.

In the Tuesday, February 10, 2015, GCLA Membership Meeting in Los Angeles, GCLA President Kevin Illingworth mentioned a sample Time Card that companies may use to protect themselves in light of break and mealtime periods.

Log in to download the Sample Time Card.

Please consult with your Legal Departments to ensure that this is an accurate and safe form to protect your company.

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GCLA General Meeting, Los Angeles

on Sunday, 01 February 2015.

NEW BOARD - NEW TIME - NEW INFORMATION

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GCLA General Meeting, Los Angeles
February 10, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Location:

Proud Bird Restaurant
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310-670-3093

 

Agenda

Agenda

*** BRING YOUR PHONE ***
for a GCLA Survey taking place throughout the night.

5:00 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
6:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
6:45 pm – 9:00pm: Presentations and Raffle Drawing 

Presentation Topics

Presentation & Discussion Topics:

GCLA Membership Drive Continues
Refer a Member to the GCLA and you could win a 60" HDTV

There is still time to get in on the GCLA Membership Drive - NOW through Feb 10th, 6:30pm! Each time you refer a new member or get a previous member (over 240 days expired), your name will be entered into the drawing. Winner does not need to be present and will be announced at the GCLA Membership Meeting in Los Angeles on February 10th. To have your name entered, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.

RAFFLE PRIZES - WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN RAFFLE PRIZES!

Have an extra Holiday present that you would rather pass on?  What about some hockey tickets that you can’t use?  Or do you want to help promote your friend’s restaurant?  Bring your Raffle Donation to the GCLA Meeting and get an extra ticket to win!  Tickets on sale at the meeting.

EMPLOYMENT LAW PRESENTATION

  • What's up with lunches & breaks?
  • How do I track my employee time properly?
  • What do I need to know to grow my business from a single operator to a mid-size operator?
  • How do I become compliant with California state and federal law to avoid potential lawsuits from employees?

colleenmccarthyColleen McCarthy, Partner
Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP
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www.ferruzzo.com

Colleen McCarthy, Partner and the Practice Group Leader of Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP’s Employment Practices Group, will answer these types of questions and share, educate and ensure that employers are in compliance with current employment law practices.  

Don’t have employees? Come learn some tips on what you need to know as you grow from a single operator to multi-vehicle business.

Colleen McCarthy Bio

Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP

UNITED WE STAND - DIVIDED THEY WILL FALL!

Now is the time to take a united offensive approach in legislature against TNCs. Come learn what you can do and be prepared to take action!

Legislative update from GCLA’s Day on the Hill, followed by a presentation and Q&A Session with Cheryl Berkman, of Music Express and AFT, GCLA Consultant Paul Haney and Kevin Illingworth, who share insights into the livery industry’s current position against TNC’s and update members on what you can do to stop TNCs, gain business back and put more money into your pockets.

Sponsors

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Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before February 10, 2015.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

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