HMC Sales Rep Joe Ramos (left) and Mevotech Prize Pack winner Adan Castaneda of Castenada Brake Masters.Travis Guy of Chapter 48 is ASCCA Member of the Month for February. Ron Haugen (left) and Linc Lewis have joined Elite as business development coaches.The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District has ordered an all-electric Synapse Type D school bus.

Southern California People & Places - March 2019

Mevotech has announced the winners of the drone prize pack at the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance (AAPA) Jackpot Convention in Las Vegas, including Adan Castenada, owner of Castaneda Brake Masters, in Lake Elsinore, serviced by Hanson Distributing, in Pomona. Alliance customers who visited the Mevotech booth at AAPEX were entered for the chance to win one of two Mavic Pro Drone prize packs with iPad, valued at over $3,000. “The Mevotech team enjoyed interacting with all the Alliance members who stopped by our booth. We hope Adan is having fun with his high-tech toys,” said Cathy Gallagher, director of group sales for Mevotech.

The ASCCA Membership Committee has chosen Travis Guy of Yorba Linda Auto Service as ASCCA member of the month for February 2019 for going above and beyond in demonstrating ASCCA’s core values of integrity, compassion, professionalism, and unity. When asked how being an ASCCA member has benefited his business, Guy, a Chapter 48 board member and state rep, said he takes advantage of the member discounts, also notes ASCCA’s legislative efforts.

Elite has announced that Ron Haugen and Linc Lewis have joined the company as its newest business development coaches, and will use their combined 50 years of experience as successful shop owners to provide one-on-one business-building guidance to current shop owners throughout the U.S. “It’s always challenging to find business development coaches who meet Elite’s criteria,” said Bob Cooper, president of Elite. “So I’m thrilled to be able to kick off 2019 by adding two coaches of Ron and Linc’s caliber to the Elite family.”

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a $483 million plan to fund clean car rebates, zero-emission transit and school buses, clean trucks, and other clean transportation and mobility pilot projects. The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives is part of California’s comprehensive strategy for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of air pollution and climate-changing gases, according to CARB.

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District has ordered a Synapse Type-D all-electric school bus from GreenPower Motor Co.

The district, which operates a fleet of more than 30 school buses across the central coast, is funding the acquisition, in part, through $220,000 HVIP voucher from the CARB. The remainder will be covered by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District’s school bus grant program.

Applications are now being accepted for the Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation (ASCEF) 2019 scholarships. Each year, the ASCEF awards 18 scholarships ranging from $500-$1,000. The scholarships provide assistance to current undergraduates who are in the automotive service field. To be eligible, an applicant must be a California high school senior who plans to enroll in post high school technical and academic training or California college under-graduate in the automotive service field. Applications must be submitted by March 31. Apply at






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