• 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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    In Memoriam: Charles Barnard

    Charles Barnard, a masterful Stockton sign artist whose scintillating and spectacular creations helped turn Las Vegas into a supremely dazzling destination, died Monday, October 23, 2017. He was 89.


    Barnard, who worked for the Stockton firm Ad Art for 36 years, 23 years as executive art director, passed away peacefully at home.

    “We believe he was one of the great sign designers,” Cynthia Behr Warso of the Neon Museum of Las Vegas said. “Not just of his era. We think his work stands the test of time.”

    Charles F. “Chuck” Barnard was born in Glendale in 1928. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After serving in the U.S Army from 1948-51, working in Southern California, and marrying, Barnard moved to Stockton in 1957 to work for Scott Bros. advertising. In 1965 he joined the design staff at Ad Art, Inc.

    Ad Art then was an upstart advertising company breaking into the intense competition to create ever-larger and more brilliant signs for Las Vegas hotels and casinos. The signs, lightwork and architecture that they designed and fabricated were phenomenal. Barnard designed the concept for Vegas’ 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower; the New Orleans Superdome’s 200-foot mega-sign; and the Reno Arch.

    Barnard’s scintillating and sophisticated port cochere for The Aladdin.

    In the 1990s, Barnard cut back on his hours and stepped down as art director to author the Bible of Vegas neon, “The Magic Sign.” The book captures the excitement of the feverish competition, incendiary creativity and round-the-clock work that went into designing and fabricating Vegas signs. In the text, Barnard displays his modesty, celebrating rival designers and sometimes mentioning his work last.

    Barnard’s friend, Steve Wynn, thought that typical. In the forward to “The Magic Sign,” the casino magnate behind resorts such as The Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio, wrote in 1993:

    “His work in Las Vegas and elsewhere powerfully establishes his credentials as … the most recognized and creative man in this singular profession today.”

    Barnard fathered four children. The youngest, Kim Barnard, called his father “a great dad, a wonderful human being and a person I’ve been aspiring to be as good as all my life.” “He really did set a milestone,” Kim Barnard said. “And he did it naturally. He didn’t try. He did everything with a level of perfection, and humility.”

    Barnard retired in 2001. At the 2005 Centennial of Las Vegas, city officials presented him The Fabulous Neon Award “for illuminating Las Vegas to the World.”

    In retirement, Barnard traveled and painted. He was working on an updated edition of “The Magic Sign” when he took ill.

  • SoCal Membership Event in Del Mar 2017!

    Join us as Thoroughbred athletes and world class jockeys take to the track for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports!  Del Mar Race Tracks, Where CSA Comes to Play! Join sign industry professionals, both members and non-members, for an event to highlight camaraderie and networking! Marvel as the Thoroughbreds dance on “toes” as they are led from the paddock to the track. Watch as the trainers saddle and prepare for the race. Listen as the bugler sounds the call to post. Before you know it, the caller is heard from every corner of the park “racing” and the horses are off dashing for the finish line.

    The horses thunder down the stretch towards the finish line – CSA Members can’t help but stand up screaming encouragement. As the horses reach the wire, we erupt into victory hugs and high-fives all around. All part of the amazing fun!

    gg-fields-groupDel Mar racetrack is an American Thoroughbred horse racing track at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the seaside city of Del Mar, California, 20 mi north of San Diego. Meet us there! 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014

    • No Host Cocktails: 11:00am-12:00 Noon
    • Lunch-Network-Races: Noon – 4:00pm

    Package Includes: Entrance, Program and Lunch

    Sponsorship Packages Available! Click Here for PDF

    Book Online OR Download PDF Here

    “Great race atmosphere, nice weather, an all around great experience.” . – Google
    “Great vibe, good races. The amenities are fantastic.”
    Really nice race track with really good food and really good beer. .”
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    Inside Look: Sign Manufacturing Day 2017

    Cabrillo and Lakewood High Schools Explore Sign Manufacturing

    Sign Manufacturing Day brought together the experts at Superior Electric Advertising with the curious minds of high school students from Cabrillo and Lakewood High Schools. Two tours of 25 students each were crafted to give students a close up view of the complete sign operation. Hosted on October 5th, this was Superior Electrical Advertising’s first time participating in ISA’s (International Sign Association) annual Sign Manufacturing Day and the team at Superior really loved it. Following the first tour, four students asked for a job! Of course they had some really fun stuff on the production floor along with many brand names they recognized, giving them a true sense of the impact of this industry.  Continue Reading

  • NorCal Seminar, Dinner and Presentation Oct 12, 2017

    Education Seminar, Network & Dinner Meeting at Holiday Inn

    Education Session: 3:30 – 5:30 PM:

    Meet our guest speaker, Mike Sullaway PE, as he brings Standardized Engineering to life and outlines how it can be utilized through your departments: Design, Permits, Estimating, and Project Management!

    Michael F. Sullaway, P.E., President and CEO of Sullaway Engineering, Inc. is a 1985 graduate of the prestigious Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering. He has over 30 years’ experience in the design of international bridge projects, nuclear containment structures, steel pedestrian bridges, post-tension concrete foundations, parking structures, commercial and residential buildings, remodels and retaining walls. In 2009, Sullaway co-founded Sullaway Engineering, Inc., a nationwide structural engineering firm and recognized leader in the sign and awning industries for providing structural analysis and stamped structural engineered drawings and calculations for projects throughout the United States and Canada. Sullaway holds professional engineering licenses in 48 states, including the District of Columbia, and has affiliate engineers licensed in Alaska, Hawaii and Canadian provinces.


    No Host Cocktails: 5:45pm – 6:45pm

    6:45 – 9:00 PM: Dinner and Presentation following the Seminar:

    Sip on some-thing cold to drink, with an opportunity to network with fellow CSA Members. Then it’s time to experience some fabulous food and a presentation on Signs Americana by Heather David. Heather is the author of Motel California and is the Who’s Who historian of the sign industry in northern California! Be inspired by your Signage History!

    Register online – see link above (includes option for PDF form) 

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    CONNECT: A Conference to Remember

    The first CSA Educational Conference of the new, six-year plan was phenomenal!

    Hosted Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 23-25, at the Ontario Convention & Airport Hotel in Ontario, the emphasis was on education. From the first swing of the golf clubs, to the last enlightening seminar, the 2017 conference was memorable!  Continue Reading

  • 2017 Fourth Annual BOD Meeting

    The 4th and final board meeting of the California Sign Association will take place during the Conference in Ontario, CA.Save the Date for the big CSA Education Conference and Annual Meeting! Join CSA Members and California industry professionals for a big education event, plus Golf Tournament, bowling and more! Check back for venue details, exact date and time for this important board of directors meeting.

  • 2017 CSA Conference & Annual Meeting

    The first CSA Educational Conference of the new, six-year plan is scheduled to take place Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 23-25, at the Ontario Convention & Airport Hotel in Ontario.

    Consistent with the goals of the CSA Board, the emphasis this year will be on education. With the finishing touches being put on the enhanced training (STEPS) program, the conference provides a good opportunity to kick off this ambitious program for the 2017-18 CSA year. Participation in the 2017 conference is sure to be memorable! Continue Reading

  • 2017 CSA Golf Tournament

    Get ready for the 2017 CSA Golf Tournament!

    CSA is sponsoring a golf tournament Aug. 23, to be held in conjunction with the CSA Educational Conference & Annual Mtg. August 23-25, 2017.

    Just minutes away from the Ontario Airport, Sierra Lakes is challenging but fair for all types of golfers. Sierra Lakes was created with players of all levels in mind, with five sets of tees so everyone can have fun!

    We encourage you to use this great opportunity!

    • To make your golfing customers feel a part of YOUR team!
    • Reward your golfing employees with a day on the links giving them the chance to bring home the bacon for the company!
    • Or Both – have a couple customers and a couple of employees representing your company!


    To Register as an individual or with company staff, visit our shop here.  or complete Page 4 of the Golf Tournament Brochure (PDF) above.

    Here’s what we have in store:

    Shotgun Format – Sierra Lakes was created with players of all levels in mind, with five sets of tees so everyone can have fun!

    Added Competition – Just to add a bit more excitement, we are adding the “Corporate Challenge” —a tournament within the tournament. The only teams eligible to compete in the “Corporate Challenge” are those registering via the Birdie, Eagle, or Double Eagle sponsorship packages (see page 3).

    Great Tee Prizes – Every participant will receive a nice tee prize package!

    Golf Ball Drop – For golfers and non-golfers alike, here is a chance to be a winner! For $10, you can buy a uniquely numbered golf ball or for $20 you can buy three or for $50 you can buy ten. We’re going to put all of the balls we sell in a basket and take the basket high in the sky where we will dump ‘em out. If your ball ends up closest to the pin under the ball drop, you win one of the three prizes! We’re going to give 25% of what we take in for first place, 15% for second and 10% for third. We’re going to keep the other 50%—after all, it is a fundraiser!

    On Course Competitions – Even if your team doesn’t come up a winner, you may still walk away with a prize or two. We will be holding the traditional on-course competitions including Closest to the Pin and Long Drive. We may throw in a couple others, but you have to participate to find out!

    Location: Sierra Lakes Golf Club, 16600 Clubhouse Dr., Fontana, CA 92336

    You’re going to love this tournament and you’re going to love this golf course!

    See you in southern California!

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    CSA’s 15th voyage found first mate Joann Quiel with a new captain on board! Stalwart Captain Gary Quiel was unable to hit the water on Aug. 12, so CSA board member Randy Crossno stepped up to the plate! Forty-five anglers booked the trip, and forty actually boarded the Clemente at 5 a.m. The following is commentary from Randy Crossno:
    “We decided to take the long trip to Catalina, due to the questionable catch off the coast in the preceding two days, especially when the captain announced over the PA that “zero fish were caught yesterday.”

    On our way out, like CSA’s previous years’ fishing excursions, we were once again escorted by the friendly dolphins– but it was a short visit when they realized Captain Gary Quiel was not on board. They sent their best to the Quiel Family and headed north.

    Arriving off the Catalina Shore at 9:30 a.m., lines were dropped and our first catch that was immediately caught was a nice size yellowtail. We continued to fish until 1:30 p.m. bringing in yellowtail, bass, bonita, and barracuda, with the “Big Catch of the Day” by Jose Abundez, Team RNS!
    We arrived back to the dock at 6 p.m. It was a great group and a beautiful day on the water!

    A special shout-out goes to Richard Pando, RNS Channel Letters, Co-Captain for the day. Hope to see everyone next year!”

  • 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.

    2017 HAS SOLD OUT. Thank you all and look forward to 2018 with us! 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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