• We Need Your Support! What Happens in LA…

    A situation arose in LA that could prove devastating to businesses of every size. We need you to join us and other industry stakeholders to save on-premise EMC signs.

    Six years ago, the City of Los Angeles proposed a very thorough rewrite of their sign ordinance that would have set a terrible precedent.

    What happens in LA often spreads to other cities and states.

    Our view from the beginning was that the City of LA does not have a sign code issue, but rather the city has a severe enforcement issue.

    In the ensuing years, CSA and various business organizations all came together to successfully halt enactment of all negative provisions put forth by the Planning Department. They finally understood the difference between off-site billboards and on-site signs.

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  • Federal Highway Study Confirms Digital Billboard Safety

    The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has released a landmark study declaring that digital billboards do not pose a safety risk to passing motorists. Within the sign industry, the results of this study come as no surprise. Numerous traffic studies and analyses performed in the last couple of decades have reached similar conclusions. 
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  • 2017 CSA Conference & Annual Meeting

    Save the Date for the big CSA Education Conference and Annual Meeting. The 4th and final board meeting of the California Sign Association will also take place. These events will be hosted in Southern California – check back for venue details.

  • The Great Fishing Trip August 12, 2017!

    Back for the 15th voyage off the coast of Dana Point, Captain Gary Quiel and 44 lucky fishermen, women & children will set sail early, early Saturday, August 12! This event sells out every year, so book early! This is an all-day cruise launching at 5:00 am (please check-in by 4:30 am) out of Dana Point Harbor and returning around 5:00 pm that afternoon.

    Reserve your spot early – limited space available! Sells out EVERY YEAR. Cost: $110 per person (license, equipment, food, drink or fish cleaning are NOT included in this fee). Payment is required to hold reservations. Registration form & payment are due by July 12, 2017. After this date, no refunds will be given for cancellations. The boat could hold 60, but Cap’n Gary limits the total number of guests to give everyone plenty of room to stretch out.

    For more information about the fishing, call Gary Quiel at (909) 885-4476. For information about registration, call CSA at (916) 932-0021 or email cflahive@calsign.org.

    License, equipment, food, drink or fish cleaning is NOT included in your registration fee.

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 – Sailing on the Clemente
    Check-in at 4:30 am, boat departs at 5:00 am sharp!
    Dana Wharf Sportfishing in Dana Point Harbor
    34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA

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    SoCal CSA Members Meet, Learn, Eat in May

    Think Lean Seminar Followed by Dinner and Presentation

    It is no wonder that SoCal CSA members thoroughly enjoyed the Seminar on May 18 at the Catch Restaurant in Anaheim. Presenter Melissa Searle took command using her progressive leadership experience, encouraging all to engage in a workshop atmosphere to build skills for developing a lean environment and way of thinking. After the terrific reviews received following Melissa’s presentation in Northern California, Oct.-2016, it was not surprising to see her “hit it out of the park” once again. Thank you Melissa!

    The seminar was followed by a great dinner and presentation, in a private dining room.

    The Dinner was attended by 32 people, all anxious to hear about the wonderful program in place within California, educating our High School Students on both college and career opportunities. The new CSA Enhanced Training Program currently being developed by the association board of directors and staff, is a prime example of where these young people can look to enter into the workforce.

    CSA staff and several of our members, have participated in school tours and organizational meetings regarding this very important issue: Where do we get the young people the industry wants to align with, and invest in, for the future? Mr. Rob Atterbury, Director, District and Regional Support of ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, provided a wonderful presentation on the answer to that very question. Thousands of high school students in California are enrolled in Public High School Academies, where they are taught that paramount to their success in life is the need to be prepared to move forward after high school. ConnectEd impresses upon each student that they will be expected to work in a team, dress professionally, speak appropriately, tackle difficult projects – including designing, planning and implementation of the plan to a successful conclusion. These young academy graduates will certainly be given serious consideration for participation in the CSA Advanced Training Program to be implemented next year.

  • SoCal Seminar and Dinner Meeting 5/18/17

    THINK LEAN!

    Embrace Lean Behaviors beyond the use of tools or manufacturing

    Meet Melissa Searle, our guest speaker for this afternoon seminar. Melissa earned multiple bachelor degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Certifications in both Health Care Compliance (CHC) and Health Care Privacy Compliance (CHPC). Melissa is an active member of the Health Care Financial Management Association, receiving the 2014-2015 Committee Leadership Award from their Northern California Chapter.
    Through Melissa’s progressive leadership roles, she has assisted numerous teams and developed leaders to embrace lean behaviors.
    On May18th, she will focus on tools to build a lean environment, creating more value for you and your customers with fewer resources.

    Following the Seminar

    Take advantage of the Networking Opportunity, starting at 5:30pm, with a fabulous dinner scheduled to begin at 6:30pm – Dinner Meeting includes our presentation; Building A Strong Workforce

    The Sign Industry in California, is not alone when trying to find a qualified workforce. It is imperative, now more than ever, that we work together to close the “skills gap”, preparing students at high school and Jr. college level with the exposure and training needed for a successful future and at the same time keep our industry safe and moving forward.

    Think Lean Seminar: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

    No Host Cocktails & Networking: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

    Dinner & Presentation: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

  • May Meeting: Solar Energy, Wine & Roses

    Neal Tibbs is Featured Speaker

    CSA held a very successful CSA Membership Luncheon and Program, May 11, 2017, at Wine & Roses in Lodi, CA. 22 people were in attendance for lunch and a seminar on Solar Lighting/Energy for signs. The seminar was presented by Neal Tibbs, V.P. – Ad Art, and 2nd V.P. of CSA. Neal shared slides on the solar products available from SimpliPhi; this is a solar company that Ad Art has worked with successfully on several grocery store locations in Northern California. Neal described the solar collection, battery storage, and power distribution method and spoke on the ability to have the solar unit being a stand alone, or connected to the grid during extended foul weather situations. All in attendance appreciated the fact that Neal was able to speak first-person about the projects, since he was actually on site during the installation and initial lighting of the systems. In addition, CSA Executive Director, Roy Flahive, informed the attendees of current CSA activities (pictured).

    Keith Wills, CSA Past President and current board member, is showcasing the Member Helping Member Program that CSA has been spearheading for the last several years. Keith indicated exciting new offers will be forthcoming in the program this summer – look for your opportunity to take advantage of these special offers. CSA: Where A MEMBER HELPS A MEMBER!

     

  • NorCal Seminar and Lunch Meeting 5/11/17

    Solar Energy:
    Sign Industry Application & Value
    Ben Widmer

    A Seminar you don’t want to miss!

    Meet our guest speaker, Ben Widmer, Applications Engineer with SimpliPhi Power, Inc.

    In late 2009, Ben joined the design and applications team with LibertyPak, now SimpliPhi Power. Since that time, Ben and his team built upon the previous 8 years of success and innovation in the professional Film and Lighting industry, to create the technology platform for SimpliPhi’s portfolio of products it offers. And when it comes to “Solar,” Ben is the “Go to Guy”!

    • Basic Understanding of Solar Energy
    • Insight into Commercial Application of Solar;
    • Tying into the Grid vs. Self Contained Product
    • Developing Whole Foods solar sign system

  • April BOD Meeting in a Shark Tank

    The California Sign Association held a meeting of its Board of Directors on Friday, April 21, in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the ISA Expo. This board meeting started at 7:30am – yes that is in the morning, in Las Vegas, and 25 of our 27 directors were in attendance – that is dedication!

    With the generous attendance, business moved rapidly during the three-hour meeting. Some outcomes included a review of healthy financial statements; regulatory and local code highlights from legal counsel Jeff Aran; discussion of continued growth in CSA membership (13 new members so far this year); update on the crane operator certification program; and dialogue on the enhanced training program CSA is developing for sign fabrication, installation, and sign related administrative skills.

    President Michelini made certain the window shades were down until most of the board’s perfunctory tasks were addressed. His request that the shades be raised enabled the Directors to see for the first time that the meeting room adjoined the actual shark tank in the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, one of the largest exhibits of its kind. To say the view was fabulous is an understatement – it was awesome.
    During a 15-minute break in the meeting, everyone got a good view of the aquarium, housing more than 1,200 species of aquatic life including sharks, exotic fish and more. Following this, the committee chairs reported on their respective committees including – the Government Affairs, Communication, Professionalism, Education, Technical and Membership Committees.

    Roy Flahive
    Executive Director
    California Sign Association

  • 2017 CSA Board Meeting at ISA Expo

    FRIDAY – April 21, 2017

    4-2015-featured-meeting-csa-resizeThird CSA Board Meeting
    (at ISA 2017 EXPO)

    CSA BOD Mtg:                     Time: TBD
    The April Board Meeting will take place at the ISA Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • EXPO Registration and WSSC Golf Events


    The International Sign Expo! The 2017 show is taking place April 19-22 (tradeshow starts April 20) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas and registration is open!

    Of course you are going to the International Sign Expo – the world’s largest tradeshow for sign professionals – and of course you know all about the Expo. You’ve been going for a while!  But with the Expo there are some “extra” special events that can make this business trip an even more fulfilling excursion!  Here is what we are especially excited about!

    GET YOUR SWAGGER ON!

    Use your power as a California Sign Association Member and receive huge discounts on education programs, plus free registration to the Expo! We’ve been given unique registration promo discount code and housing links. New this year, the promo code received gives our members 50% off education through the entire registration cycle and even onsite. In prior years, the code gave our members 50% off before the early bird deadline, and 25% off after the early bird deadline and onsite. Realizing most people register in the last few weeks leading up to the show, this is a huge new value-added benefit for our members.Click the image or here to your registration page: Register Today
    By using your powerful code, you will:

    • Receive 50% Discount on Education Programs
    • Get a Free Trade Show Pass
    • Support the work of the sign association

    More good stuff!


    Become a Sponsor – Register for this superior networking event! This golf tournament takes place on April 19th at the Las Vegas National Golf Course. Many sponsorship opportunities are available, and you can win publicity and prizes! Here is the Registration/ Sponsorship form: The Great Golf Tournament (PDF)

    With the tournament, the Elliott Crane Ball Drop event will give you more ways to support your associations, and the chance to walk away with a cash prize! Download the form here: Great Ball Drop (PDF)

    LET’S PARTY AT ISA ROCKS: THE INDUSTRY PARTY!

    THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M., HOUSE OF BLUES

    Get ready to have some fun at THE industry party of the year, ISA ROCKS. Back by popular demand, this is THE place to connect with industry professionals, while enjoying the food, music and atmosphere of the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. CSA members receive access to the upstairs VIP area at the party where you can enjoy complimentary drinks and food. Contact the California Sign Association for your VIP access pass or stop by The Hub. Space is limited!

    Young Professionals Happy Hour

    Friday, April 21, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Eye Candy, Mandalay Bay

    Come to a special happy hour to network with other young professionals in the industry! No prior registration for the happy hour is required; however, you must be registered for the trade show to attend.

    ISA Networking Reception for National and Custom Sign Companies

    Friday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Islander I
    Bring your show badge to enter; no separate registration is required.

    Custom and national sign company executives are invited to join us as ISA hosts its annual Networking Reception for National and Custom Sign Companies. This popular event brings together representatives from major U.S. national sign companies with custom sign company executives to discuss their specific installation needs. This is a great opportunity for both custom sign company and national sign company executives to meet, network and potentially develop new business relationships. There will be free beer, and a cash bar will be available. Bring your show badge to enter; no separate registration is required. National Sign Companies interested in participating should contact Alicia Auerswald at alicia.auerswald@signs.org. Free beer will be available — must be 21 to drink.

    Here’s your handy member info:

    See you Las Vegas!

    The entire crew here at CNP Signs & Graphics looks forward to our semiannual trip to Las Vegas to attend ISA International Sign Expo. It’s a tremendous learning, networking and relationship-building opportunity. In just a few days in one convenient spot, we’re able to meet with old and new friends from across the country, see suppliers from around the world showcasing the latest materials and equipment, and attend high-energy education sessions that our whole team finds valuable. ~ Bob McCarter, CNP Signs & Graphics

  • CSA at the Races in 2017

    On March 9th, as the morning fog lifted, horses and trainers could be seen preparing for the day’s races at Golden Gate Fields located in Albany. This was the beginning of a winning day for CSA members and staff who attended the NorCal Day at the Races! Valet parking, entrance fee, a program, the CSA-sponsored Fifth Race (California Sign Association noted in the program under the fifth race), a picture in the winner’s circle and a wonderful buffet lunch all were included in the CSA Event Package.

    We couldn’t have asked for a better day: The weather was perfect, the track was fast, and the beverages and conversation started flowing at 11 a.m. Lunch was served at noon, first post was 12:45 p.m., betting was active, and cheering for favorite horses was lively and loud. CSA members and guests soon gathered near the Winners Circle for the start of our “Fifth Race”, with “horse #5” finishing as the winner, and a number of CSA members racing to collect their winnings!

    Based on comments from attendees, it looks like this CSA activity will become an annual event!

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