E-Communicator Article

The President's Column

by Steve Weitekamp

November 2014

In October, CMSA visited with new CPUC Program Manager Valerie Beck to discuss issues related to Household Goods Carriers enforcement and licensing. We also sent a letter to the five CPUC commissioners and the executive director regarding the need for the next permanent and effective director to oversee the Household Goods Carriers enforcement program. Highlights of that letter include:

"As the Commission reviews candidates for a permanent Director of the Safety and Enforcement Division, the California Moving and Storage Association (CMSA) asks that a permanent director with a strong enforcement background be selected. It is important that one of the primary goals of the new director be to modify the culture, ensuring that it is more proactive and aggressive in addressing the most grievous tariff and code violators. An emphasis must be placed on those who ignore the law and operate in plain sight with no fear of legal action.

The permanent director needs to understand that our industry is being assaulted by large and frequently sophisticated groups of unlicensed operators. It is essential that this individual have a plan to address the realities that unlicensed operators advertise broadly and without fear of reprisal on many platforms including the Internet and create a chaotic and damaging environment for Consumers, Regulators, and the community of Permitted Carriers."

Because of recent activities, CMSA recently issued two alert messages to members related to AB 1897 (employer and contractor liability law) and the Online HHG Auction issue. Both alerts served their purpose which was raising awareness of potential issues, getting members talking and, where appropriate, seeking professional advice. As with any association alert, the information provided is general in nature and not intended to replace the advice of your own counsel regarding the specific facts of your situation.

This Communicator issue includes the 2015 CMSA College Scholarship application. Please be sure to share this application with any qualified individuals in your organization.

On behalf of CMSA’s staff, my family and myself, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving enjoyed with family and friends.

November 2014 - CMSA Communicator

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