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EPIC Brokers
EDCO, Inc.
Rental Center News
Summit Equipment Rentals LLC
Robert Kushner
26105 Sherman Rd
Menifee, CA 92585
(951) 246-3313
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bob Shipley, a Rental Pioneer and the founder of F&B Rentals. He is the father of current CRA Board Member Rob Shipley. Born James Robert Shipley on August 19th, 1934, Bob passed peacefully with his family at his side on Feb. 24th, 2019, in Riverside, CA.
Bob opened F&B Rentals—the “F” for Fran and “B” for Bob—in 1975. He eventually sold the business to his son Rob in 1988. Rob and his wife Jessica, along with  Bob’s grandchildren, Alberto Pianelli, Carisa Pianelli, and Jacob Shipley, continue to make sure that F&B Rentals will always be Family Owned & Operated.
Condolences may be sent to:
The Shipley Family
F & B Rentals
1602 N. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92703-1346
He will be missed.
Alliance North America
Allied Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems from theft or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. CRA thanks Gabe Marquez from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) for his contribution of a series of articles on Cybersecurity. He received the articles from a presentation given by FBI Agent Scott Augenbaum during the 2018 National Cargo Theft Summit. All articles are available to view at in the Cybersecurity section on the Public Resources tab. Over the next several months we will be presenting a different article. This month we have an article about How to Protect Your Networks From Ransomware.
Odds are workplace injuries won’t happen — yet they do. The odds can be lowered considerably by taking control of the work environment and ensuring employees perform the job the right way. Do you know that your odds of winning the lottery do not change based on the number of tickets purchased? You are playing the odds based on your number selection, not on the number of players participating. Safety works in somewhat the same way. It doesn’t matter how many employees might “forget” to use safety equipment without suffering consequences. All it takes is one employee to forget at the wrong time.
Vendor News
Artisan Tableware Company
Jason Brown
72 Wilson Rd.
Eighty Four, PA 15330
(724) 743-5900
Register for Rainier Tent School 2019! Tent school is in session Tuesday, March 26, 8:30am - 5:00pm and Wednesday, March 27, 8:30am to 2:30pm, at Rainier's east coast location at 1801 Salisbury Hwy, Statesville, NC 28677. The sessions are targeted towards install leads, install crew, and anyone in your organization interested in learning everything you need to know regarding safe, efficient frame tent set up and use of tent accessories.
Business News
The first job killer bill identified by the California Chamber of Commerce this year passed an Assembly committee this week. AB 51 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) prohibits arbitration of labor and employment claims as a condition of employment. The bill is virtually identical to 2018 legislation, AB 3080 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego), which was vetoed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. because he recognized that the measure plainly violated federal law. The bill also is similar to AB 465 (R. Hernández; D-West Covina), which was vetoed in 2015. AB 51 is a job killer due to the significant increased costs employers will face as a result of more litigation and the expense of delayed dispute resolutions.
“We are excited to offer Ami directly to our members as a regular contributor and counselor on all things Balance Sheet,” said Dan Crowley, President of Peer Executive Groups. Ami Kassar, author of The Growth Dilemma, speaks to entrepreneurs and C-level executives who want money to grow their companies, improve cash flow and/or restructure debt. He is the founder and chief executive officer of MultiFunding LLC, a Philadelphia based consulting firm that specializes in helping business owners across the United States develop creative, cost-saving alternatives for their business debt needs and structure. For over twenty years he has challenged people to think differently about their businesses and educated them on how to responsibly use leverage to create wealth. As the “go-to” thought leader in business financing, Ami is frequently quoted in national media and is a sought-after speaker at business and industry events across the country. He writes a weekly column for Inc. Magazine and has advised the White House, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Bank.
Joel Fox, Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily, recently discussed tax increase proposals aimed at increasing revenues to pay for the Los Angeles school strike settlement. According to Fox, the plan apparently is to largely target business, which will add to the perception that Los Angeles and California are not business friendly. Two types of property taxes are aimed at raising school revenue, one weighted toward business, the second aimed exclusively at business.
The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline on March 4, 2019, was $2.42 per gallon (gal), an increase of 11 cents/gal from the February average of $2.31/gal and 14 cents/gal lower than the price at the same time last year. Most of the fluctuation is the result of changes in crude oil price. 
April 11, 2019
CPP’s 3rd Annual BBQ & Brews more…
April 15, 2019, San Diego, CA
Associate Member Liaison Committee Meeting
April 16-17, 2019, San Diego, CA
CRA Board & Committee Meetings
April 30, 2019 – Torrance, CA
GLAO Territory Meeting Hosted by Makinex more…
June 5, 2019 – Fairfield, CA
Vintage Territory Meeting Hosted by All Star Rents
July 14 - 23, 2019 – Oceano, CA
CRA Summer RV Campout more…
Survey Results
Thank you to all who take time to participate in our surveys. CRA uses the information we gather to better serve you. If you have an idea for a survey for CRA members, please send your request to CRA at This month, we surveyed members about OSHA inspections.
Rob Dickey from All Valley Rentals in North Hills winner of the March Survey Raffle. Congratulations Rob!