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Monday, 28 November 2016 20:18

Gene Crozat, Founder of Santa Rosa-Based G&C Auto Body, Dies at 72

Written by Paul Payne, The Press Democrat

Gene Crozat, the colorful founder of a Santa Rosa-based auto body empire who waged long-running battles with state and local officials, including one over a parking ticket that spawned a popular philanthropic mission — feeding parking meters for holiday shoppers — died November 23 at the age of 72.

Years after first initiating enforcement against several San Mateo, CA auto repair shops for code violations, the City Council indicated it’s willing to reconsider the rules as a way to avoid potentially putting some out of business.

Assembly Bill 1858, environmental justice legislation authored by Assembly Majority Whip Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 19:52

1Collision Network Expands Into California

The 1Collision Network has announced its expansion into California, adding Body Best Collision Center in Sonoma, CA to its network of collision repair centers.

Monday, 07 November 2016 23:49

Car Crashes Into Auto Parts Store Near Covina

Written by Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valey Tribune

COVINA - Deputies Tased and arrested a driver who crashed into an auto parts store then tried to fight with them on October 26, officials said.

Monday, 07 November 2016 23:40

Bullock Announces $1.3M Funding to Help Expand Apprenticeship Programs

Written by Frances Lin, KTVH

(HELENA) Governor Bullock announced $1.3 million funding for Montana businesses to expand apprenticeship programs on October 27.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:43

VIDEO: Chip Foose Reveals "Madam X" at SEMA 2016

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Presented by BASF, Chip Foose revealed his custom designed and built 1939 Cadillac Coupe on Tuesday, November 1 at SEMA 2016.

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Join TV host and NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham at SEMA as he unveils his latest restoration project: the 1958 Impala from the iconic move American Graffiti.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 17:25

NABR: CDI's New Proposed Labor Rate Survey Regs Not Good for Industry

Written by Sam Valenzuela, President, NABR

We’ve all heard the phrase, “too little, too late.” But in the case of the recently revised proposed regulations for labor rate surveys from the California Department of Insurance (CDI), and the apparent pressure to get the regulations implemented quickly, this could end up as a case of “too much, too soon.”

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1046 into law on September 28, expanding a four-county pilot program that requires ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers.

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