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.



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


Proud Bird Restaurant
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045




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
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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.


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.


  • 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?

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Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP
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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.

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Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP


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.


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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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GCLA Day On The Hill

on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.

California’s newly seated house and new 2015 legislation on livery and TNC’s lured the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) to Sacramento earlier this month.  As new legislators move into their offices, some still with unpacked boxes, nearly 30 GCLA members gave a voice to the state’s industry on several matters. 

GCLA voices were heard by no fewer than two dozen California assembly members, senators, and consultants on key transportation and commerce committees.  Three primary topics were the focus, including at least two important 2105 proposed bills:  SB109, AB612 and the now-final state audit on the PUC.

Armed with new information, GCLA made headway and was asked to continue efforts in ensuring the safety of the industry and the public at large.  At some point each member’s participation will be needed to ensure that legislation moves forward in a united front.

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A Day On the Hill

on Friday, 19 December 2014.

Save The Date

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


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!


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 Annual Holiday Party - 2014

on Saturday, 15 November 2014.



Happy Holidays to all of you. Place December 10, 2014 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, Door Prizes, food buffet, plenty of networking opportunities, vehicle displays and a recap of all the issues affecting the California ground transportation industry in 2014.


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Prices: $45.00 Members $55.00 Non-Members
If you Pre-Register by December 9, 2014
Prices:$55.00 Members $65.00 Non-Members
If you register on December 10, 2014

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GCLA Annual Texas Hold'em Poker Fundraiser

on Tuesday, 28 October 2014.

Come Play Poker With The GCLA - 2014



november 15, 2014
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM


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18600 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504

Supporting Your GCLA to empower our lobbyist fund and raise money to pay to fight legislation coming down the pipe. 

Not interested in playing poker? You can still join in on the fun!! Play Black Jack and Roulette while you network with other operators. Join in on the Silent Auction and 50/50 opportunities! Prize goes to the winner with the most combines chips from the Black Jack & Roulette Tables.

1st place wins a 50" flat screen tv!
Players will be paid to the 6th position

Play Options

Player Options

  • Buy In ($100.00) - Gets you 2,500 in chips, food and 2 drink tickets
  • Re-buys and add-ons ($25.00/ea) - Purchase the night of the event
  • Party Ticket ($25.00) - Watch the action and check out the silent auction. Food and drink are included.

Sponsor Options

Table Sponsor ($250.00/per table)

Gets your name on the table, recognition at the event and promotional materials in all the goody bags. A captive audience and your company name all over the place! Cheapest advertising in town!

Purchase A Table ($1,250.00/per table)

Get 9 players, 9 buy-ins, 9 re-buys and a table sponsor package! That is a $350.00 savings!

You must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to play. GCLA reserves the right to cancel or modify an event at it's sole and absolute discretion. GCLA decisions are final. Please gamble responsibly. for help call 1-800-GAMBLER.


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Chauffeur Adamo LLC



Green Valley Limousine



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TransCap insurance Agency



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Advantage Funding


Nerad Sultan

GCLA Administrator



Classique Limousine



GCLA Board



Acton Penske

AJ Thurber, Rene Martinez


Grech Motors



Chosen Payments



Music Express



Westlake Limo


 For information and more details please contact:

Kevin Illingworth
- Program Chair: (714) 981-4131 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Silent Auction

 Sports memorabilia, spa retreats, timeshares, dinners and more.

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2015 GCLA Board of Directors Nomination Call Issued

on Saturday, 18 October 2014.

2015 GCLA Board of Directors Nominations are Due October 31, 2014


15 board seats are up for election this year. All seats have a one year term of service – from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015

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 2015 GCLA Board of Directors will be published on www.gcla.org. Nominations must be submitted on or before October 31, 2014.

Ballots for voting will be mailed and or emailed on November 1, 2014 and votes will be due for tallying, verification and reporting by December 3, 2014. Election winners will be announced at the December 10, 2014 GCLA General Meeting and Holiday Party.


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GCLA Legislative Activities Report (2014)

on Friday, 10 October 2014.

Attached is our 2014 Legislative Report. The past legislative year has been extremely active for GCLA and it's members. The California Legislature continued to focus on passenger safety in extended limousines resulting from the 2013 tragic limousine fire that caused the death of 5 passengers. The hottest legislative issue of interest to the livery industry was the activities of Transportation Network Companies; attempting to ensure public safety for customers of this service by codifying minimum insurance requirements, background checks, driver DMV 'pull notice" records and drug testing of drivers GCLA actively engaged in representing limousine operators' interests. Our sincere appreciation goes to Rich Azzolino and members of the GCLA Legislative Committee for their commitment, engagement and support.

pdfGCLA GAC Annual Report 2014

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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
Create-A-Card, Inc.
Creative Bus Sales
Ford Motor Company
GPD Capital Services, Inc.
Grech Motors, LLC
Lancer Insurance Company
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
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


Promenade & Gardens
1570 Scenic Avenue
Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

An Evening Under the Stars Presented By:


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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.




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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 & 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.


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


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.
Lancer Insurance Company
LCT Magazine
Legal Shield
Marron Lawyers
Maxwell Unified Networks
Rental Limo
TIB Transportation Insurance Brokers
TransWest Fleet & Financial
Venbrook Insurance

Automotive Vendors

A-Z Bus Sales
BMW Group
Creative Bus Sales
El Cajon BMW
Ford Motor Company Livery Fleet
Grech Motors
Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles
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.



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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