Northern California People & Places - March 2019
Legislation has been introduced to repeal 2018 California Exhaust Noise Law. California Assembly members Jim Frazier and Tim Grayson introduced SEMA-supported legislation (A.B. 390) to repeal a 2018 law (A.B. 1824) that amended how California law enforcement officials issue citations for exhaust noise violations. Signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in June of 2018, A.B. 1824 amended how excess exhaust noise violations are treated by law enforcement. Pursuant to the law, a vehicle cited for violating exhaust noise laws no longer receive what is known as a “fix-it” ticket. Instead, violations now result in an immediate fine. A.B. 390 would re-institute law enforcement’s discretion to issue “fix-it” tickets.
CARSTAR has announced its 2019 advisory council members for the U.S. and Canada. The franchise partners meet throughout the year to review operations, explore growth initiatives and provide guidance on key issues or opportunities. Gary Boesel, of CARSTAR Alpine and CARSTAR Jordan Road, will represent Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, California and Nevada.
California has the most auto-repair shops (per square root of the population), 1.4836, which is 7.1 times more than in Hawaii, the state with the fewest at 0.2088, reported WalletHub. The state was also ranked the 47th “Worst State for Driving,” after evaluating average gas prices, rush-hour traffic and road quality.
NADA donated a new commercial truck to San Francisco-Marin Food Bank prior to the NADA Show on Jan. 22. In support of cities that host its annual show, NADA has donated $50,000 to help pay for a new refrigerated commercial truck. Officials from the food bank, NADA and the American Truck Dealers held a presentation ceremony, unveiling the new truck. The 2019 Kenworth T370 is a 24-foot box truck, fully refrigerated to keep food items fresh while deliveries are made within the food bank’s 270 pantry network. That network includes participants picking up fresh groceries every day at schools, churches, senior centers and community rooms.
Sonoma Raceway will host more than 45 days of racing action on its drag strip during the 2019 season, as the Sonoma Valley facility celebrates 50 years of racing. The NHRA Sonoma Nationals will highlight the schedule for the 32nd consecutive year, as the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns for its only stop in Northern California. The NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel, Summit ET Bracket drag racing and the popular Wednesday Night Drags program also return to the drag strip.
George Hritz, of the California Automotive Teachers, and Heather Williamson, of CARQUEST, have been appointed to the CAWA Board of Directors. Hritz currently serves as the executive director of the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) where he also served as a past president. He is a board member of ASCCA and the California Automotive Business Coalition. Williamson has held various poisitions in the aftermarket and her current position is with CARQUEST on the independent store team as a market development manager.