GCLA Wins Major Battle in San Diego

on Tuesday, 07 October 2014.

Culminating a nearly four-year campaign, the Greater California Livery Association-GCLA on Thursday October 2, 2014 won a big victory for limousine operators serving San Diego Airport International. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board voted unanimously to exempt limousine companies from SAN's alternative fuel and clean air vehicle requirements. The decision spares limousine companies from paying higher user fees for failure to be fully compliant with the airport's alternative fuel and clean air vehicle requirements.

Through persistent lobbying by GCLA board members and consultants, the airport staff and Authority board members were convinced that viable and acceptable clean air or alternative fuel vehicles that meet our industry's requirements for purchase price, vehicle cost of ownership and customer acceptance are not available in today's vehicle market. Also, clean air vehicle fueling infrastructure continues to be non-existent, widely dispersed or operate at irregular times throughout San Diego County. This situation makes it extremely difficult for limousine operators to be assured of needed, cost effective fueling when needed.

Before the vote by the Authority board members, the staff noted that the GCLA has petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission to "adopt a regulation providing that vehicle standards for limousine operators and other charter party carriers are within the Commission's exclusive jurisdiction."

The following GCLA members were instrumental in securing this long-sought-after exemption: Mark Stewart, Past President, Steve Levin-Past Board Member, Jack Nissim-GCLA Treasurer, Anne Daniell-GCLA Secretary and Rich Azzolino-Current GCLA President.

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Another Great GCLA EXPO!

on Friday, 26 September 2014.

GCLA Expo NAME logoThank you to all the Expo Committee, Volunteers and Participants in making the GCLA Expo a wonderful show!

Advantage Funding
A-Z Bus Sales
Azuga, Inc.
BMW Group / w El Cajon displaying
BMW of El Cajon
Carmel Car & Limo Svc.
Century Business Solutions
Chauffeur Driven
Chevron / Fleetcor
Chosen Payments
CoachWest
Create-A-Card, Inc.
Creative Bus Sales
Ford Motor Company
GPD Capital Services, Inc.
Grech Motors, LLC
KLS
Lancer Insurance Company
LCT
Legal Shield
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Marron Lawyers
Maxwell Unified Networks
Mercedes Benz
Napa Ford-Lincoln
Nations Bus Sales
Quality Coach Works
Rental Limo / Book.Limo
SB Ford Lincoln Mercury
So Cal Penske / Acton Fleet Sales
STOP, LLC
Tesla Motors
TIB Transportation Insurance Brokers
Tiffany Coach Builders
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
TransWest Fleet & Financial Services, Inc.
Venbrook Insurance

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GCLA Expo And Trade Show 2014

on Monday, 14 July 2014.

We are rolling out the red carpet for you!

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location:

Promenade & Gardens
1570 Scenic Avenue
Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

An Evening Under the Stars Presented By:

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Overview

Food, Fun, Networking and Vendor Displays

Food stations, entertainment, and networking opportunities galore open the GCLA Expo and Trade Show at the Turnip Rose Promenade & Gardens on September 23, 2014. The California Expo highlights GCLA vendors and fleet & vehicle dealers who support and assist our association and members. Attendees can check out the "Next Generation" Livery vehicle display where dealers and OEM manufacturers will be providing a hands-on opportunity to evaluate these new vehicles side-by-side along with Coach Builders from Grech Motors and many more.

Next generation vehicle display

Check out the "Next Generation" Livery Vehicle Display where dealers and OEM manufacturers will be providing you with a hands on opportunity to evaluate these new vehicles side-by-side.

Coach Builders Display

Check out the new offerings from manufacturers and dealers.

Keynote speaker

Cheryl Berkman, President of Music Express, Limousine Service

Guest Speaker

Dawson Rutter, President of Commonwealth Worldwide

Admission Cost

Early registration: $65 non-member and $50 member if registered on or before 9/22/2014

Registration: $75 non-member and $60 member if registered on 9/23/2014

At the door day of event registration: $85 non-member and $70 member.

Sponsors

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Platinum

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GOLD

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SILVER/Entertainment 

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For Sponsorship Information please contact GCLA at (866)392-4252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lodging

Lodging & Hotels

marriottGCLA has arranged special EXPO rate of $169 per night at the Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel. You must make your room reservations on or before Monday, September 8, 2014 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.

BOOK GROUP RATE ONLINE

There are also many other hotels near the EXPO location which are recommended.

The best available rates we have found are on www.hotels.com or www.kayak.com

Exhibitors

Vendors Attending the EXPO

The GCLA Expo & Trade Show is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with some of the premier service providers to the livery industry. Take advantage of this opportunity now!

Sponsorship Opportunity Rate Cards must be returned no later than August 27, 2014. Exhibitor Information Sheets and Vehicle Display Sheets in the Exhibitor Information Package must be completed and returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15, 2014. Logos and Artwork must be in by September 1st or earlier for additional exposure.

pdfGCLA Expo 2014 - Exhibitor Information Package 2014.pdf

For Information on how to Exhibit at the GCLA Expo, please contact GCLA at (866)392-4252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Service Vendors

Advantage Funding
Aguza, Inc.
Century Business Solutions
Chauffeur Driven
Carmel Car Service
Chosen Payments
Create-A-Card, Inc.
Fleet Financing Resources LLC
GPD Capital Services, Inc.
KLS
Lancer Insurance Company
LCT Magazine
Legal Shield
Marron Lawyers
Maxwell Unified Networks
Rental Limo
STOP
TIB Transportation Insurance Brokers
TransWest Fleet & Financial
Venbrook Insurance

Automotive Vendors

A-Z Bus Sales
BMW Group
CoachWest
Creative Bus Sales
El Cajon BMW
Ford Motor Company Livery Fleet
Grech Motors
Hyundai
Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz
Nations Bus Sales
Quality Coach Works
So Cal Penske / Acton Fleet Sales
South Bay Ford Lincoln Mercury
Tiffany Coach Builders
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

 

Agenda

5:00pm - Expo Open to Vendor Displays

5:00pm-8:00pm - Check-in and On-Site Registration

6:30pm - Welcome

7:00pm - Sponsor Presentations

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Century Business Solutions
  • So Cal Penske
  • Chosen Payments

8:00pm - Guest Speakers and Open Forum Discussion Panel

  • GCLA President Rich Azzolino
  • Cheryl Berkman, President of Music Express, Limousine Service
  • Dawson Rutter, President of  Commonwealth Worldwide
  • David Seelinger, President of Empire CLS
  • Gregg Cook, Founder, Government Affairs Consulting California

9:30pm - 50/50 Raffle Drawing

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A Win For The GCLA in Sacramento

on Tuesday, 17 June 2014.

Today was a tremendous WIN for GCLA in Sacramento and for the entire limo industry in California.

Congratulations to Rich Azzolino, GCLA Presdient, Gregg & Rob of Government Affairs Consulting and all the members that participated at GCLA's Day on the Hill. Your hard work paid off!

Proposed Insurance Rules Could Put Uber, TNCs In Their Place

June 17, 2014 by Martin Romjue - LCT Magazine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two powerful measures that would put Transportation Network Companies such as Uber, Sidecar and Lyft on the same level as limousine services could finally deliver the long-sought solution to properly regulating TNCs.

The bills — AB612 and AB2293 — go where no state measure has before and could set a precedent for similar legislation nationwide. The bills carry the same clout as former bill AB2068, which since being reported about for the June issue of LCT Magazine, died in committee and was replaced by AB612 and AB2293.

"What these do for our industry is level the playing field for all for-hire transportation companies," Rich Azzolino, President of the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA), said Tuesday morning. "That's all we are asking for. It would put safety in front of everything else."

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GCLA Updates for June 2014

on Saturday, 07 June 2014.

MAKE SURE YOUR TCP# is SHOWING and UP TO DATE

CHP is cracking down in several areas to check TCP#'s and licensing.
As members of GCLA we like to hold ourselves to higher standards than other operators so make sure your vehicles are in top shape, fully licensed and insured to best serve the public.

CHECK YOUR TRANSPONDER BILLING!

A GCLA Member Operator in Temecula, CA just alerted the GCLA of an issue with transponder readings on the 91-Expressway

The operator has had a 91-Expressway Transponder and a LAX Airport Transponder since since approximately July 2013 and noticed the company billing had gone up tremendously for the monthly transponder charges.

The office manager audited the driver's-logs against the transponder billing and with the owner found that there were many dual charges -- to the amount of $400!!

The office manager called Cassandra, and then Sandra at 91 Express for more info and to get a credit. She was on the phone for over three hours to no avail. The owner later called and found it was reading both the LAX transponder and 91-Expressway transponder and was told they would issue a credit. They were also told to take the LAX Transponder out (but Operators cannot do that as it is glued into the cars). Their bill should have had a $400 credit next month.

The next month, however, their bill did not have the $400 credit and additional double billings were charged. To this day, the company is still getting charges for both transponders.

The GCLA appreciates member input to make all members aware of these issues and will be looking into it and will report back with findings!

In the meantime, please review your bills and contact 91 Express with your account number and duplicate charges. Information submitted by Michele Waters Executive VIP Transportation 951-304-0412.

Have important news to share with members?
Please send your emails to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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GCLA General Meeting - Los Angeles/Orange County

on Friday, 09 May 2014.

Save The Date: MAY 13, 2014, 6:00pm -10:00pm

Breaking News: TESLA will be at our meeting offering test drive/ride-a-longs. You don't want to miss this!

HotelMaya

Location:

Hotel Maya, A DoubleTree by Hilton
700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.481.3893

 

Agenda

Agenda

6:00 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
7:00 pm: Welcome & Introduction
7:00 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00pm: Presentations and Discussions 

Presentation & Discussion topics:

  1. Legislative Update 
    • Rich Azzolino, GCLA President
  2. Grech Motors
  3. Safety Presentation
    • Presented by: Leslie A. Dugan, ARM / Assistant Vice President / Western and Mid-West Territories / Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  4. STOP Program
    • Presented by: Lee Martinez / Owner / TransCap Insurance
    • See how Safety Training Operators Program (STOP) can save money. GCLA members receive a special member rate for the STOP program. 
    • pdfSTOP Program Brochure
  5. Learn Financing Tricks of the Trade
    • Andrew Aldridge, GPD Capital Finance Services, Inc.
  6. Movers and Shakers in GCLA Share Secrets on Growth
    • Learn Strategies on how to grow your company as Mid to Large-Size Operators share their Trials, Tribulations, Blood, Sweat and Growth on How they Grew from a Single Operator Status and What They are Doing Now to Build their Companies and Stay Ahead of Competition.
    • Panel Participants: Best Chauffered - Robert Vaughan, Cardif Limousine & Transpordation - Gary Cardiff, KLS, LA - Alex Darhabani, Limousine Connection - Chris Hundley
  7. Just Added: TESLA Model S Test-Drives/Ride-a-longs and LCT East Give-away.

Sponsors

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Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before May 13, 2014.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

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LCT Leadership Summit Conference Pass Raffle

on Thursday, 01 May 2014.

Drawing on Monday, May 5th at 5pm PST

iStock 000009019507SmallBuy your Raffle Tickets NOW for $50.00 and enter to win a Full Conference Show Pass (Valued at $1,499.00) to the LCT Summit at the Newly Renovated Eden-Roc Hotel in South Beach Miami.

In its 13th year, the LCT Leadership Summit continues to reign as the industry's only intimate forum that focuses exclusively on the changing trends of the limousine and chauffeured transportation industry. Designed as an intensive workshop for the sharpest and most dynamic minds, the LCT Leadership Summit promotes breakthrough ideas while providing cutting edge education from experts inside and outside the industry.

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Buy as many tickets as you would like to enter into the raffle for $50 each and wait to hear the announced winning name Monday, May 5th at 5pm PST.  Make sure to save your confirmation code for each ticket purchase as that is your claim drawing number. All proceeds will directly benefit the GCLA General Fund.

This raffle is only open to current GCLA Members Only so register as a member today.

 

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GCLA General Meeting - Sacramento

on Friday, 11 April 2014.

Save The Date: APRIL 22, 2014, 6:00pm -9:00pm

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Location:

Red Lion Woodlake
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95815
916-922-2020

Registration lines can be long if you wait until the event so register on-line today.

 

Agenda

Agenda

6:00 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
7:00 pm: Welcome & Introduction
7:00 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
7:00 pm – 9:00pm: Workshop, GCLA  and Vendor Updates and Raffle Drawing 

Presentation & Discussion topics:

  1. 7:00-9:00pm - GCLA and Vendor Updates
    • Contractor vs. Employee and Proper Pay From a California Legal Side - Chris Quinn - Northern CA Director
    • NLA Update - Review 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014 - Gary Buffo - NLA President
    • Legislative Updates - Greg Cook and Rob Grossglauser - GCLA Lobbyists
    • San Francisco Airport Updates - Rich Azzolino - GCLA President
    • Sponsor Updates - Grech Motors/Team Superstores, Cadillac, Vallejo Cadillac Escalade and XTS-L Series
    • Tesla Motors - Charles Lesson from Tesla motors will be displaying a Model S and have information about purchase and lease options.
  2.  

Sponsors

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Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before April 21, 2014.
Members: $45.00, Non-Members:$60.00

Register on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 online or at the Door:
Members: $55.00, Non-Members:$70.00

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GCLA General Meeting - San Diego

on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

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

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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 General Meeting - Los Angeles

on Tuesday, 25 February 2014.

Save The Date: march 11, 2014, 6:00pm -10:00pm

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Location:

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

 

Sponsors

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Agenda

Agenda

6:00 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
7:00 pm: Welcome & Introduction
7:00 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00pm: Presentation and discussion period led by GCLA Treasurer Jack Nissim and 1st Vice President Kevin Illingworth 

Presentation & Discussion topics:

  1. 7:40pm - LAX Land-Side and other important airport updates
    • Selena Birk, Airport Manager III, LAX
    • Lieutenant Joaquin Mendes, LAX Traffic Services
    • Sergeant Jose Lozano, Motors/Commercial Enforcement
  2. 8:00pm - Meeting Sponsors - Promotional Updates
  3. 8:15-8:35pm - Risk Management Analysis of the 20 Most Typical Claims in the Livery Industry
    • Presented by: Leslie A. Dugan, ARM / Assistant Vice President / Western and Mid-West Territories / Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  4. 8:35-8:45pm - STOP Program
    • Presented by: Lee Martinez / Owner / TransCap Insurance
    • See how Safety Training Operators Program (STOP) can save money. GCLA members receive a special member rate for the STOP program. 
    • pdfSTOP Program Brochure
  5. 8:45-9:45pm - New SEO Verses Old SEO: Where to Focus Your SEO Strategy Moving Forward
    • Presented by: Marci Rosenblum / Integrate it Media Group

Leslie Dugan

Risk Management Analysis of the 20 Most Typical Claims in the Livery Industry.

leslie duganLeslie Dugan, ARM-from the Philadelphia Insurance Companies present an risk management analysis of the 20 most typical types of claims we see for the livery industry over the past year. The analysis will include both frequency and severity information to assist GCLA members in controlling their losses. Members may utilize this information to help concentrate their training efforts.

LESLIE A. DUGAN, ARM
Assistant Vice President / Western and Mid-West Territories:
Sunbelt, Western, Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Central, Southwest, and North Central Region
27101 Puerta Real, Suite 200
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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T: 949.330.2388
C: 949.309.6390

Ms. Dugan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and has over 25 years of progressive risk management experience with Industrial Risk Insurers, Tokio Marine Management, and Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

Ms. Dugan is responsible for overseeing the Sunbelt, Western, Northwest, and Rocky Mountain Regions for Philadelphia Insurance Companies as well as internal and external strategic risk management initiatives. Her responsibilities include managing and monitoring all risk management activities, executing large account and risk improvement servicing, reviewing and monitoring all risk management recommendations, monitoring and trending losses, and developing technical and procedural risk management safety programs, policyholder training modules, and advanced technical bulletins.

Recent external strategic initiatives include a complete reorganization of the risk management website which included creation of "product" based risk management guidebooks and resources for all core products. Enterprise Risk Management Internal strategic accomplishments include development of integrated web based Risk Management Survey, Large Account, and QC Platforms which utilize internal data base systems. This effort has greatly increased department efficiency and uniformity of delivery. Leslie has an extensive background in consulting of public entities, schools, religious organizations, non-profits, hospitality, convention centers, distribution and transportation facilities, oil and chemical, warehousing, and manufacturing risks. Leslie has consulted with many Fortune 500 companies where she was responsible for preparing detailed "Highly Protected Risk" and multi-line evaluation reports utilizing applicable codes. She conducts risk management presentations and is responsible for providing annual account renewal summaries and development of NLE, PML, and MFL estimates. Leslie develops long term client relationships through proactive service and excellent communication. She holds the ARM - Associate in Risk Management designation. Ms. Dugan currently serves on the Board of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Los Angeles Chapter, and is a full voting member of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and has been an active member of the Assistance League of Saddleback Valley.

Marci Rosenblum

New SEO Verses Old SEO: Where to Focus Your SEO Strategy Moving Forward!

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Learn new tricks to getting your webpage listed on the top with Search Engine Optimization Strategies from Marci Rosenblum, GCLA Vendor and founder of Integrate IT Media Group.

marci rosenblumMarci Rosenblum is an award-winning designer, web developer, and marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience. Her extensive background branches to all areas of digital branding and promotion, including offline and online marketing, graphic design, direct response marketing, web design and development, internet marketing, SEO, video and mobile optimization, social media, sales, advertising, and more.

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Marci has a mind for marketing with an aesthetic eye. She went on to study web design under educator, and author Lynda Weinman of lynda.com; a prominent name in the industry. In 2003 Marci co-founded a successful web development company. Over the years she has helped numerous companies grow their brand and develop a presence in their field including such leading names as Samy's Camera, Surfaces USA, KLS Limousine Services, ERI Economic Research Institute, Citysearch, LiveUniverse Inc., and many others.

A dedicated professional who has the skills and experience to lead your business into the future, Marci Rosenblum is currently the President at INTEGRATE it Media Group in Southern California.

Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before March 10, 2014.
Members: $45.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 online or at the Door:
Members: $55.00, Non-Members:$65.00

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GCLA Spcial Event - A Day On The Hill

on Friday, 07 February 2014.

Save The Date

JANUARY 15, 2015 - 9:30am to 4pm

Location:

Government Affairs Consulting
1127 11th Street, Suite 700
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 552-6789

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present:

Based on the success of last year's event and in order to keep the momentum moving forward on important issues that face all Owners and Operators within the transportation Industry, GCLA will hold our second annual GCLA's Day in Sacramento on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

We urge you to make time to attend this important day and help keep the momentum rolling!

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GCLA Lobbyists, Gregg Cook and Rob Grossglauser, of Government Affairs Consulting, have arranged an incredible opportunity for GCLA to meet with the four (4) State Legislative Policy Committees that affect our Industry.

  • Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce
  • Assembly Transportation Commission
  • Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee
  • Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

This is your opportunity to have an impact on Capitol Hill and speak directly with Committee Members on issues that matter to us as operators, owners, and business entities!

Individual Members may also have the opportunity to meet with their Regional Representatives to discuss pertinent issues to your area. To do this, please send the name of the Legislator with whom you would like to meet to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, January 2, 2015.

Look up your Legislator

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GCLA GENERAL MEETING - SAN FRANCISCO

on Thursday, 30 January 2014.

Save The Date: February 11, 2014, 6:00pm -10:00pm

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Location:

Crowne Plaza San Francisco International Airport
1177 Airport Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
650-373-7050

Agenda:

6:00 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
7:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
7:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
8:30 pm – 9:30pm: Presentation and discussion period led by GCLA President Rich Azzolino and Director Gary Buffo with the

following topics:

1. PUC Updates
2. Uber
3. San Francisco Airport

Prices: $45.00 Members $55.00 Non-Members

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GCLA President Mark Stewart Signs Off On a Stellar Stint

on Tuesday, 31 December 2013.

markGCLA President Mark Stewart (2010-2013) was recognized by the GCLA on Dec. 10, 2013 for his service to the organization during its annual holiday party at The Proud Bird restaurant in Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES — The Greater California Livery Association holiday party and general meeting Tuesday December 10th had the usual fanfare and feel of an end-of-year celebration. There were plenty of food, drinks, desserts, gift giveaways, well wishes, lots of red, a big cake, and the Christmas tree in the corner.

But this year's party, attended by more than 190 members and guests, served as a graduation of sorts, and a reminder that a distinct period for the GCLA is coming to a close. It was the last party at The Proud Bird restaurant, site of Los Angeles meetings for the last eight years, and the last night President Mark Stewart ran the show.

Stewart's three years as President spans the most successful chapter in the history of the organization, founded in 1989. During his leadership, paid membership in the GCLA soared from about 135 in December 2010, when Stewart was elected President, to 306 as of Tuesday, a record high for the group. Fundraising reached new heights, propelled by the momentum of the annual GCLA Expo, the largest association gathering and vehicle and vendor event outside of a national trade show, and an annual poker night fundraiser. Stewart announced that the third-annual poker night on Nov. 9 at SoCal Penske Cadillac in Torrance raised $16,500.

 View the event image gallery in the full article. 

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