• 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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  • The Great Fishing Trip August 4, 2018!

    Back for the 16th voyage off the coast of Dana Point, Captain Gary Quiel and 44 lucky fishermen, women & children will set sail early, early Saturday, August 4th! 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.

    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 Friday, July 6, 2018. 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 4, 2018 – 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

    Return approximately 5:00 PM.

  • In Memoriam: R. Tom Flahive

    February 26, 1934 – January 31, 2018
    Tom Flahive passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family. He was a local fixture in the sign business for over 50 years, and is the brother of CSA Executive Director Roy Flahive. After returning from the Korean War (sgt US Army), Tom went to work at Jacobson Neon as an employee, eventually becoming part owner. He then went on to work 22-years as VP/General Manager of California Neon Products (now called CNP Signs & Graphics). His last fifteen years has been spent as owner of Colonial Corner Medical Center.

    Tom is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Beth; daughter Terry (David) Ortega; daughter Susan (Stan); son Tom (Kathy); 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers Roy (Cheryl); Ralph (Carolyn); sister Bette (Roy Lee) Parris and extended family. Visitation is scheduled on Wed., Feb. 7th from 4-8pm at Featheringill Mortuary, 6322 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115. Mass will be celebrated on Thur., Feb. 8th, 10am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 4540 El Cerrito Dr, San Diego, CA 92115 with his burial following, 1:30pm at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

    He will be missed by many.
    Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
    4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Featheringill Mortuary
    1083 6322 El Cajon Blvd.
    San Diego, CA

    Funeral Mass
    Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
    10:00 AM
    Blessed Sacrament Church
    San Diego, CA

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    CSA Members Meet, Tour, & Explore in January

    Board Meeting on January 18th STEPS and More

    January 18th, the CSA Board of Directors met in Sacramento, for a regularly scheduled board meeting; in attendance were 16 of the 26 directors as well as two of our active Directors Emeritus. The subject matter addressed at the meeting included standing committees (Government Affairs, Education, Communication, Technical, Professionalism and Membership) updates to the board, the CSA Sign Training & Education Program Series (STEPS) and Crane Operator Certification program, as well as additional activities by staff.

    After the board meeting, 28 folks took a Behind the Scenes tour of Golden 1 Center, an absolutely beautiful environmentally friendly facility and home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. As an extra touch, CSA member Ryan Drury, Pacific Neon Company was able to elaborate on the six iconic neon sign exhibition in the southeast corner of the arena’s plaza level concourse; Pacific Neon refurbished the signs while preserving their historic integrity and Golden Gate Sign Company, also a CSA member, installed the signs. Golden 1 Center is the world’s first arena to be 100% solar powered and achieve the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum status. An unmatched food program sources 90% of the venues ingredients within 150 miles of the venue and Golden 1 Center has partnered with local food banks to distribute overstock food items to the community. In addition, they work with a local, innovative organics program which develops fertilizers for the farms that serve the arena.

    Following the tour, thirty people then sat down for a wonderful dinner and camaraderie at the Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown, with a presentation by CSA Legal Counsel, Jeff Aran, bringing those in attendance up to speed on recent legislation and new labor regulations affecting the sign industry and California business owners.

  • NorCal Tour, Dinner and Presentation January 18, 2018

    Tour, Network & Dinner Meeting at Holiday Inn

    Special Tour: 3:30 – 5:00 PM:

    TAKE A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK at GOLDEN 1 CENTER, Sacramento’s world class sports & entertainment facility!
    Followed by Networking & Dinner Meeting with Jeff Aran presenting Legislative Updates for 2018 at Holiday Inn

    3:30 – 5:00PM Guests will explore the technology and sustainability innovations, select areas dedicated to the Sacramento Kings, and unique elements of the arena that reflect the region on a Guided VIP tour. The tour will focus on various themes such as Farm-to-Fork, art, design and architecture. With inside looks at the Kings Locker Room and more special places throughout the area, guests will not only hear the facts about “Sports Business Journal’s Facility of the Year,” but will witness firsthand the many hidden features of the area – including historical signs from the Sacramento area, preserved and now a part of the Center.


    No Host Cocktails: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

    6:00 – 8:30 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. Join CSA Legal Counsel & Director of Government Affairs, Jeff Aran, for updates on legislation affecting the sign industry and business in general, new laws effective 2018, as well as what OSHA & CalOSHA have mandated lately that the industry needs to be aware of. Bring your legal questions to this hot ticket evening! A sign law expert serving the sign industry and its customers for over 25 years, Jeff provides legal and consulting services to sign users, installers and manufacturers. Based in Sacramento, Practice Areas include Zoning; Land Use; Constitutional Law; Employment and Business. Jeff provides free legal counsel (up to a 30 min each month) for all CSA members.

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

  • SoCal Seminar and Dinner Presentation Jan 9 2018

    Dinner / Education / Networking

    Tuesday, January 9th
    Employment Law Update: 3:30pm -5:30pm
    No Host Cocktails: 5:45pm – 6:45pm
    Dinner & Intro to STEPS: 6:45pm – 9:00pm

    Employment Law Update for 2018

    Presented by Michelle Littlewood, Esq.
    CoreHR Team, A Partnership for SUCCESS

    New year, new laws. We hope you will join us for this preview of upcoming changes to California and Federal Employment laws to learn what is on the horizon and how to make your business compliant. You will learn:
    – 2018 Regulatory Agency Trends, EDD, DLSE, OSHA & More
    – Best Practices for Complying with New Laws
    – Preventable Mistakes and How to Reduce the Risk of Lawsuits
    – The Impact of New California and Federal Laws on your Business
    – Legalized recreational marijuana use and controlling it in the work place

    After the Seminar: Enjoy Dinner & Introduction to STEPS!

    Presented by Ray Smith, STEPS Admittance & Advancement Board Chairman
    CSA’s Sign Training & Education Program Series “STEPS” is scheduled to kick off the early part of 2018 – Now is your chance to understand the program and recognize how you can educate your existing employees and train your new hires. Ray was in the sign business for over 35 years. Additionally, he served as a CSA Board member, Western States Sign Council Board member, adviser to the State Contractors License Board, and member of the L.A. Sign Advisory Task Force. He has been privileged to know and learn from many of the past giants of the California sign community and is anxious to pass on what he knows to others.


    Silica Resource Packet

    Dear CSA Member:

    We are pleased to provide you this Silica Resource Packet.

    As you are aware, both California and Federal OSHA have issued new warnings and regulatory guidelines pertaining to silica and the hazards it presents in the construction trades.

    Employer obligations under the new Respirable Crystalline Silica standard for construction, found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, section 1532.3, commenced on June 23, 2017. Effective October 23, 2017, Cal/OSHA is fully enforcing all appropriate provisions of the standard. This follows federal OSHA’s approach regarding enforcement of their corresponding standard.

    Sign contractors who engage in activities that create silica dust, such as by cutting, grinding or blasting materials like concrete, stone and brick, must meet a stricter standard for how much of that dust workers inhale. The same goes for employers of tradespeople working around such activities. The new standard also specifies what services employers must make available to workers who are exposed to high levels of silica dust and the training required of those who are at risk.

    This new standard has been under development for almost 20 years and supersedes OSHA’s first silica standard, issued in 1971. The old standard required that silica dust particles, which are 100 times smaller than sand granules, be limited to 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an average of eight hours — the hours of a typical work shift. The new standard reduces that to 50 micrograms over the same time period.

    In addition to the exposure limits, the new rules require contractors to:

    1. Develop a written silica exposure control plan.
    2. Designate someone to implement the plan.
    3. Adjust housekeeping practices to maximize control of silica dust.
    4. Provide medical exams every three years to employees who are exposed to silica to the point of having to wear a respirator for 30 days or more each year. The exams must include lung-function tests and chest X-rays.
    5. Train workers on how to limit exposure to silica.
    6. Keep records of workers’ silica exposure and related medical treatment.

    Implementing the new rules requires an initial assessment of how much silica dust a company’s operations generate.

    EXCEPTION:  If an exposure reading falls below the level of 25 micrograms, then the company is not required to provide medical tests, develop a written plan or undertake any of the suggested engineering controls (such as wearing respirators, wetting work down with tools like a wet saw, or using a vacuum device to reduce the volume of dust).

    However, workers should nonetheless be aware of and take precaution from potential jobsite exposure caused by other onsite construction activities unrelated to their trade, such as demolition work, concrete, asphalt, stucco, drywall, gunite, etc, performed by other contractors.

    Q: What about plastics or acrylics?
    A: Federal Heath recently conducted a silica audit test at one of its facilities. Dennis Lytle, Federal Heath’s Safety Manager (and current CSA president), reports, “The sample was taken for 8 hours while all variety of acrylics/plastics were cut on our router. The levels were barely detectable, much less measurable. As such the readings were well below the permissible levels outlined in the Silica Standard.”

    Nonetheless, CSA members are reminded that results will be different for each shop, depending on the methods and machinery utilized. Each contractor is responsible for making its own determination — and maintaining proper documentation is mandatory.

    THESE RESOURCES, including the California Department of Industrial Relations silica assessment online e-tools, should be consulted for further guidance:


    • Cal/OSHA “Hazards of Silica in Construction” e-tool


    • Guidance on How to Control the Hazard


    > ISA weblinks to Silica management best practices. ISA Silica Resources

    • “Silica in Construction” Training Kit – weblink from the State of Washington


    > Preparing a Silica Control Plan. This is an easy online free program:  https://plan.silica-safe.org/

    DISCLAIMER.  This information is general in nature and provided as a member service from sources believed to be reliable, including ISA and the California Dept of Industrial Relations.  However, it should not be construed as legal advice or regulatory guidance from CSA about your particular operations.  Members are encouraged to consult legal counsel with any questions.

  • Los Angeles Sign Ordinance Update

    LA Sign Ordinance Update

    Good News: On-Site Digital Now Included!

    CSA Government Affairs Committee Co-chaired by Mark Gastineau, Arrow Sign Co. and Todd Einhaus, Watchfire Signs
    Jeff Aran, CSA Government Affairs Director & Legal Counsel

    Just in time for the new year, the City of Los Angeles distributed late Friday, Dec. 8, an updated draft of the proposed sign code. After 8 long years, among many other changes a new section permitting on-site digital signage has been added. No public hearing has been scheduled for a vote, but the matter was presented at the Planning & Land Use Committee on Dec 12 in the form of a “report.” Samantha Martinez (CSA consultant), James Carpentier (ISA Director State & Local Government Affairs), and Roy Flahive (CSA Executive Director), attended the PLUM Hearing; Roy’s report related to the hearing follows below.

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  • Assembly Bill No. 1701 Affects Contractors and Subs

    Under existing law, an action may be brought for nonpayment of wages, fringe benefits, or health and welfare or pension fund contributions.

    On or after January 1, 2018, AB 1701 makes general contractors liable for the unpaid wage obligations of subcontractors. Essentially, if subs don’t pay the wages of their workers, the general is liable, regardless of the fact that the general has no contract with the worker. The bill, for all contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2018, requires a direct contractor, as defined, to assume, and be liable for, “specified debt owed to a wage claimant that is incurred by a subcontractor.”

    The bill would require a subcontractor, upon request from the direct contractor, to provide specified information regarding the subcontractor’s and third party’s work on the project and would provide that the direct contractor could withhold disputed sums upon the subcontractor’s failure to provide the requested information, as specified. The bill would provide that these obligations and remedies are in addition to any other remedy provided by law. The bill would provide that its provisions are severable.

    It’s a fairly complicated protocol and we will provide further information.

    Bottom Line: Contractors need to make sure subs pay their workers!

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    Day at the Races — Bing Crosby Season

    Thirty-seven CSA members and staff attended the races on Nov. 16 at Del Mar Racetrack, located in Del Mar, California. Entrance fee, a program, the CSA-sponsored Six Race, a picture in the winner’s circle for two and a fabulous buffet lunch all were included in the CSA Event Package. Pictured Right: The horse and jockey in the photo, are the “win” from CSA’s Race 6.
    Two from our group (CSA sponsors; Dennis Lytle, Federal Heath and Brandon Damato, N Glantz) watched the race from the “winners circle”, then had their photo taken.

    With the help of our two sponsors — one $1,300 sponsor (Federal Heath) and one $500 sponsor (N Glantz & Son) — this CSA SoCal event was a huge success. THANK YOU!

    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. After the pledge of allegiance and acknowledgement of our veterans in attendance, lunch was served at 11:30 a.m., and first post was 12:30 p.m. Betting was active, and cheering for favorite horses was lively and loud, with networking and camaraderie shared by all.


    “Let’s do it again next year!”

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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.

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