CALI President's Report

Thursday, March 13, 2014 

Legislative Day is here so we will once again be hitting the hill on March 17th to meet with California legislators at our Capital to inform them what PI’s really do and discuss pending bills that affect our profession. All CALI members are welcome to join us for what is a great experience every year, not to mention quite an education for new participants. It’s free for members to attend and we’ll even feed you lunch. Register here.

We are only 3 months away from what will prove to be one of our greatest conferences ever.  June 5 – 7 will be our 2014 annual conference in beautiful Rancho Mirage at the famous Rancho Las Palmas Resort, Spa and Golf Club.  They have a water park for the kids and a mall right across the street for the ladies.  The full service spa is perfect for our better halves to relax while we enjoy incredible presenters, vendor exhibits, and network with our peers.  We will have our second annual Cigar Night so bring a few extra stogies to trade with your fellow aficionados.  And of course don’t forget your sticks if you want to chase that little white ball around.  I’ve played there twice and it is a beautiful course.  Check it out here.

We have another great all day NLITE class for newly licensed investigators on March 15 in Sacramento and a board meeting the next day.  I would encourage all investigators licensed in the last 18 months to attend the NLITE, visit the board meeting to see the processes used in governing your association and stay for Leg Day on Monday.  It would be a great way to learn about the business, our association and become involved in our program to educate our legislators on our professional and how their well meaning bills sometimes make it harder for us to do our jobs.  Register for NLITE here.

Our Leg Committee Chair and Lobbyist, Francie Koehler and Jerry Desmond respectively, myself and members of our SCIF RFP subcommittee will meet again with State Fund on March 27th to continue discussions about their new vendor management program.  We held a teleconference recently with SCIF to advise them of our survey and additional stories we have heard regarding issues with their vendor management companies.  They have been very verbal about needing specific examples of the issues we have faced and we believe the results of our survey, including very pointed accounts and details about the problems we are having, should satisfy their request when we present them at our next meeting.  It is our hope they will finally understand and believe our complaints about lack of adequate compensation for the job that is required, licensed professionals being treated as though they were employees, unprofessional treatment of approved vendors and unreasonable demands to get on the panel in the first place.  This has been a longer process than we had hoped but we are committed to continuing pressure on State Fund to correct the mistakes they have made with this new program.

After our March 27th meeting with State Fund, Francie, Jerry Desmond and I will be meeting with the leaders and lobbyist of CALSAGA, California’s security company state association, to discuss legislation that concerns and benefits both of our organizations.  With over 300 company members and 60,000 employee members, CALSAGA is affected by some of the same bills that affect CALI members.  We will work together and support each other for a more powerful front against bad legislation.

The new California Investigator online magazine will be out soon with lots of input and content from our own members.  Be sure if you are not on the email list for this awesome free magazine you register right away here.

I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend in Sacramento and in June at the annual conference.

Michael Julian, President