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CRA’s 4th Wednesday Rental Workshop will take return via Zoom on Feb. 22, 2023, from 2:30-4 p.m.
CYRP will be hosting this month’s workshop, titled “Women in Rental ... Where we were … Where we are … Where we are going …"
Please join us for an open discussion on women in rental. We are excited to have a panel of women representing all parts of the rental industry. We encourage all — both men and women — to take part in this inspiring workshop.
Training for this FREE MEMBER BENEFIT runs an hour. Participants have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card during the raffle held at the end of the workshop.
EPIC Brokers
Rental Center News
E-Rentals & Tents, Inc.
Erik Betancourt
709 E. Hueneme Road
Oxnard, CA 93033
(805) 205-0535
Trinity Equipment, Inc.
Horacio Rivera
2650 S. La Cadena Drive
Colton, CA 92324
Congratulations to Glenn Phares, winner of the Gartland/Blackwell Award, and Carol Murphy, winner of the W.E. "Bud" Loeber Award. The awards were presented at the January Rental Rally Tradeshow, during the Rental Palooza Party.
Congratulations to past officers and board members, also awarded with plaques at the event: 
• Rusty Parr, who served as President from 2018 to 2022.
• Ryan Leis, who served as Vice President from 2018 to 2022.
• Kathryn Mitchell, who served as Treasurer from 2018 to 2022.
• Paul Peterson, who served on the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2022.
• Kali Sarris, who served on the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2022.
• Dennis Wells, who served on the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2022.
Thank you to these officers for their service!
In November, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released revised guidelines for opioid prescribing with new recommendations for providers that emphasize greater communication with patients and states that opioids should not be on the front line for managing pain. The CDC’s previous guidelines, released in 2016, recommended what many considered harsh reductions in pain medication prescribing that led to a host of laws and other regulations that left pain undertreated and often unmanaged, according to experts.
Shelter Structures America
Vendor News
Cal-Line Equipment, Inc.
Stephen Marmon
1616 West Ave.
National City, CA 91950
(619) 301-1413
CRA’s 2023 Equipment and Party Rental Tradeshow was held Jan. 22-23, 2023, at the South Point Casino Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. CRA would like to thank all the Show and Rental Palooza Party Sponsors! And a thank you also to our exhibitors! (Click on “Learn more” below to see the full list of exhibitors) In addition, CRA thanks all those who attended as well as all the members and staff who worked together to put on a great show!
The construction equipment brand Doosan has rebranded and will now be known as DEVELON, effective immediately. The company will continue to produce equipment and other products as it has in the past. According to the company, work began to identify a new brand name to replace Doosan following the August 2021 sale of Doosan Infracore to HD Hyundai (formerly Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co. HHIH). The name DEVELON was chosen to “convey the company’s drive to develop onward to bring innovative solutions to the construction equipment industry through technological transformation and the development of exceptional equipment and services.” DEVELON will continue as a subsidiary in the Hyundai Genuine group alongside Hyundai Construction Equipment. These two subsidiaries will remain independent construction equipment companies under HD Hyundai.
Yanmar Compact Equipment North America has announced it has plans to expand its Minnesota facility by 32,000 square feet and to hire hundreds more workers in the future. According to Yanmar, which owns Yanmar Compact Equipment and ASV, the Grand Rapids, Minnesota, expansion and a subsequent paint system will increase paint capacity by up to three times with maximum automation and allow a parts manufacturing capacity increase of up to two times in the previously occupied space. This project sets the stage for future capacity increases with company officials projecting the addition of hundreds of full-time positions over the next five years.
Virginia Abrasives Corp.
Alliance North America
Business News
The Center for Jobs and the Economy has released their full analysis of the December Employment Report from the California Employment Development Department. As discussed in our preliminary reports, the December data shows the same trend as in recent months. Nonfarm jobs, at a gain of 16,200, remained positive but slowing. However, the employment numbers posted a loss for the fifth month in a row, for a cumulative drop of 128,000 since July. Using the unadjusted data, job numbers remained above the pre-pandemic peak in each of the three groupings of industries by wage level. Growth beyond that peak remains stronger, stalling out in the higher and middle-wage industries. Recovery under this definition remains the weakest in the lower-wage industries. Continued jobs growth in the state also remains severely limited by labor shortages. Unfilled job openings at the end of November were little changed at 1.207 million.
The California Trucking Association (CTA) filed a renewed preliminary injunction request against the state of California's Assembly Bill 5, an independent-contractor law with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The request follows a similar request by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) that was filed last month. OOIDA, which is an intervenor in the case, has since withdrawn and resubmitted that request to reflect a new briefing schedule in the case. In its new request filed Jan. 11, CTA claimed that the state “never articulated how a motor carrier can possibly satisfy” the law, particularly the B prong of the now-codified ABC test for independent contractor status, which requires that a worker performs work outside the usual course of the hiring company’s business.
The statewide and regional business community has united once again to oppose Senate Bill 253 (Wiener), which will hurt businesses of all sizes, reduce investments in California and stifle well-paying job creation. Below is a statement signed by many business councils and associations.
“The business community remains committed to reducing carbon emissions and continues to lead in investing in and building the technologies that will help the state meet its climate goals. However, if this year’s proposal is similar to last year’s, as Sen. Wiener indicated today, the business community will be unified in our opposition, particularly if it includes Scope 3 emissions, which places an undue burden on small- and medium-sized businesses.
“There is no public database of emission factors used by companies to estimate GHG emissions. In fact, there are hundreds of possible sources, not all agreed-upon by business and academic leaders, and many have different levels of granularity and accuracy. As such, emissions disclosure, especially in Scope 3, will likely be incomplete, inaccurate and inconsistent, possibly leading to misleading results. This is counterproductive and will not contribute to meeting climate goals. At the same time, a proposal similar to last year’s S.B. 260 would cost the state millions each year to implement at a time when California is warning of ongoing revenue reductions. If S.B. 253 — the proposal announced today — is virtually the same as last year’s S.B. 260, it will create a new and significant cost burden to businesses. As such, the business community will remain united in its opposition to such a measure.”
On Dec. 30, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army issued the final rule on Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The Revised Definition rule comes even though a significant WOTUS case is pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We are disappointed that the EPA ignored NFIB’s call for the agency to wait while Sackett v. EPA is pending at the U.S. Supreme Court,” said the National Federation of Independent Businesses Inc. President Brad Close. “America’s small farmers, ranchers, developers, contractors and other small businesses with water on their property have been affected greatly by the ongoing changes to WOTUS standards. This final rule further complicates compliance standards and increases uncertainty for small businesses as they wait to hear from the Supreme Court.”
As freezing winter temperatures grip Eastern Europe, the humanitarian need in Ukraine is more urgent than ever. In response, following several highly successful campaigns in 2022, the Plant & Hire Aid Alliance have launched their latest appeal, Power to Ukraine, in association with Rotary International. The ambitious appeal aims to send no less than 10,000 desperately needed generators to Ukraine.
Feb. 22, 2023 – Zoom
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May 12-14, 2023 – Kern River, CA
CRA / RSIF Phil Maxwell Memorial Manly Man Fishing Tournament
July 15-23, 2023 – Pismo Beach, CA
CRA RV Campout
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CRA Rental Rally Tradeshow
Survey Results
This month, we asked members to take a survey about the 2023 Rental Rally Tradeshow, which was held last month. If you have additional ideas for surveys for CRA members, please send your request to CRA at 
Rental Rally attendee Israel Butts, of PRB Feed and Rental in Blackfoot, Idaho, is the winner of the February Survey Raffle. Congratulations Israel!