Version 2015-16/Issue 5

April - May 2016


 CALI President

CALI Annual Conference

Introducing CALI's Online PI Test Prep Course

Disaster Planning for Your Office

CALI Legislation Day - Event Recap

CALI Vice President of Administration, Joseph Travers

CALI Long Term Care/Disability Insurance Program

Car Discount Program

Uber vs. The World: Redefining Independent Contractors in the Modern Day



CALI Store: Get CALI!


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May 5, 2016
Los Angeles District Meeting

May 18, 2016
Golden Valley District Meeting

June 9-11, 2016
CALI Annual Conference
Rancho Mirage, CA

Event Calendar

CALI Social Networks






CALI President: Chris Reynolds

Hello CALI Members!

Our Annual Conference Committee is moving full steam ahead with plans for an excellent conference at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, CA. The conference fee and hotel rates are outstanding and this is a value you won't want to miss. Please visit the conference webpage by clicking here.

Jerry Packer and his team recently located an excellent travel benefit for our members. As a non-profit, we qualify for membership in a program "Hotel Storm."  I have used the system twice and the discounts were extraordinary. I was very pleased with the ease of use in accessing the program.  Access the site by clicking here and use the password: CALIMEMBER.  You will be very impressed with what you see! This benefit comes at no cost to CALI or our members. We will soon have a direct link to this site on our website

CALI sponsored legislation is moving forward in Sacramento.  CALI introduced one bill this session to resolve conflicts regarding how an investigative journalist can accumulate hours to sit for the PI Test. The bill appears to be moving forward with no opposition.  We will keep you updated on the status of our bill. 

The ELITE training week with Brandon Perron was delayed until next January due to some scheduling conflicts.  We expect to send out an announcement on the program after the annual conference is wrapped up in June.  The week long training will be held in San Jose, CA and it includes the cost of the training, on site meals, housing and more.  This will be the first training of this kind by Brandon in California.

Our financials are looking good as we complete our first year without State Fund income. Anne Fields continues to monitor our cash flow and "No" remains a constant when spending requests are made.

CALI Annual Conference
Shining Light on Investigations
Early bird deadline is May 9!!

The CALI Annual Conference has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most stimulating and worthwhile educational opportunities for the investigation and security profession in the western United States. This popular 2 1/2-day conference is one of the largest conferences of its kind. CALI hosted over 250 attendees at the 2014 Annual Conference in Palm Springs.

Join the California Association of Licensed Investigators for its 2016 Annual Conference, Shining Light on Investigations to be held June 9-11, 2016 returning to the beautiful Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa by popular demand! The CALI Conference boasts high profile keynote presenters and sessions as well as an absolutely wonderful venue - a not to miss event!

We are pleased to announce CALI's 2016 Annual Conference "Schedule-at-a-Glance," featuring:

Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Social Network Investigations & Monitoring Tools with Cynthia Hetherington
  • 2016 PI Business & Marketing Secrets Revealed with Jimmie Mesis

Keynote Presentations

  • Soaked in Bleach-The Kurt Cobain Case with Tom Grant
  • The Terrence Howard Case with Ian Tausig and Brian Kramer, J.D.

Breakout Topics and Presenters

  • Detecting & Investigating Employee Fraud with Eugene F. Ferraro
  • Social Media and Background Investigations with Eli Rosenblatt
  • Genealogy: Filling in the Gaps with Christopher Utley
  • Is it Suicide or Not? with Dean Beers
  • Use of Genealogy to Locate Holocaust Survivors with Frederic A.  Blum
  • Interviewing the Document with Don Ray
  • Ethics in the Age of Technology with Kitty Hailey
  • Marketing Boot Camp with Kevin McClain
  • The Technology of Surveillance with Oleg Flaksman     
  • Interview & Interrogation in the Area of Discovery with Frank L. Daley
  • Fugitive Recovery Operations with Dan Escamilla
  • PI Office Caseload Systems with Frank Huntington
  • Digital Forensics with  Mark Esckridge and S. Robert Radus
  • Threat Assessment with James Cawood

Click here for more information about this year's CALI Annual Conference!

CALI is proud to introduce its online PI TEST PREP course!

To become a private investigator in the state of California, an individual must pass the state licensing examination. This course is designed to build a foundation of investigational knowledge to prepare students for the California Private Investigator (PI) exam. It was developed by the CALI Online Learning Committee, practicing private investigators who added their expertise, experience, and knowledge to the creation of this prep course.

This 10-hour course is divided into nine lessons, each focusing on an area that is important to private investigation work. Each lesson contains lecture content, interactive review cards comprised of practice exam questions, and flashcards of vocabulary terms. At the end of the course, students will take a final test, which is a practice test to help them prepare for the California PI exam. The first seven lessons of this course are topic areas covered in the California PI exam. The last two lessons of this course, Business and Licensing, do not appear on the actual exam, but are important and vital parts of building a private investigation business. These two areas are addressed to give students additional knowledge and support as they begin their careers as private investigators.

Click here to register for the CALI online PI TEST PREP course.
The cost of this course is $199 for CALI Members and $249.00 for nonmembers. Email CALI for the discount code at [email protected].

Refund Policy: There are no refunds available for this course.

The actual California PI exam is a two-hour multiple choice examination made up of 150 questions that relate to the first seven lessons of this course. Each area makes up a certain percentage of the exam. The areas, and their percentages on the exam, are as follows:

I. Ethics (18%) - This area assesses the candidates ability to comply with ethical standards of private investigators regarding privacy rights, confidentiality, scope of practice, and management of investigative bias.

II. Planning (18%) - This area assesses the candidates ability to analyze information from the client and other sources in order to establish an investigative plan to include client objectives, plan development, and resources needed.

III. Information Gathering (26%) - This area assesses the candidates ability to lawfully collect case related information by conducting interviews, researching public and private sources, and performing surveillance.

IV. Evidentiary Evaluation (10%) - This area assesses the candidates ability to evaluate and analyze information and evidence to advance the investigative process.

V. Case Documentation (17%) - This area assesses the candidates ability to prepare and organize investigative results and methods of reporting the findings to the client.

VI. Trial Preparation (11%) - This area assesses the candidates ability to secure and review evidence, evaluate witnesses for presentation in legal proceedings, and conduct service of legal process.

For more information regarding the California PI exam and the process of becoming a licensed private investigator, visit the BSIS website. Click here for information and application to become a private investigator.

Disaster Planning for Your Office

It's Free to CALI Members and You Will Enjoy the Experience!

Emergencies happen every day. Whether natural or man-made, emergencies can wreak havoc on those involved, resulting in loss of lives and property. However, not all emergencies become disasters- the difference is in how effectively and efficiently people respond. Having a well developed and frequently practiced plan can minimize the impact of an emergency..

Begin Your Disaster Plan by Reviewing:

  • Risks: Consider geography, climate, location or unpopular organizational activities that could make your facility a target. Try to determine all vulnerabilities and consequences.
  • Inventory and Insurance: Complete a thorough inventory of property and employees, and store a duplicate copy off-site. Review your insurance policy coverage. Prioritize which items should be salvaged first.
  • Preventative Measures: Once the risks have been identified, determine what precautions can be taken. Can alarm systems be upgraded? Is important data archived regularly?
  • Other Parties: If you are in a building that houses several businesses, determine roles and communication methods.
  • Resources: These can range from police, fire, government and ambulance services to maintenance, insurance and utility companies. Review resources locally, regionally and nationally.

At Minimum, Your Plan Should Include:

  • An introduction including potential events and a chain of command.
  • Actions to take if advance warnings have occurred.
  • Emergency procedures for each event, including what to do during and after.
  • Steps that will be taken to restore normalcy.
  • An appendix of all necessary documents, such as floor plans and contact information.

Once the plan is developed, communicate it to all occupants, schedule practice drills, and create a procedure to ensure that new employees are informed. During emergencies, communications often become limited. If possible, monitor TV/radio reports for official instructions. Authorities may direct you to evacuate, shelter-in-place or seek medical treatment and your plan should include instructions for each. Encourage all occupants to keep a personal supply of essential medications on hand. Also, always stock of the following:

  • Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Food (3-day supply, non perishable)
  • Radio (battery-powered)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust or filter masks
  • Moist towelettes (for sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Can opener
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to seal a room)
  • Garbage bags

For more information on disaster planning contact the American Red Cross.

CALI Legislation Day - Event Recap

It has been my honor to serve as the Legislative Day Chair since 2009 and am even more honored and excited to report on another successful Leg Day held here in beautiful Sacramento on March 14, 2016.  As always, we had members come in from all over the state to meet with their legislators and bring to their attention the many issues facing our industry.  The morning included BSIS Chief Laura Alarcon, who presented on the current status of the Bureau and the implementation of BreEZe, the new database system being currently implemented.  We are always grateful to Chief Alarcon for her dedication to the profession and her association with CALI.

Of  particular interest was our afternoon speaker Assembly Member Brian Jones from the San Diego area.  Assembly Member Jones has always been a supporter of CALI's.

Last year Assembly Member Jones expended an immense effort to author and ensure the success of AB 921 signed by Governor Brown and chaptered on October 8, 2015. This bill that amends the Private Investigator Act to provide for a Private Investigator Disciplinary Review Committee adds an optional email to the public record and clarifies the QM supervisory process. In gratitude, Assembly Member Jones was presented with CALI's Legislative Excellence Award, which states: 

Legislative Excellence Award
Presented to
Assembly Member Brian Jones
March 14, 2016
In Gratitude and Heartfelt Appreciation for
Your Tenacity, Contribution and Dedication to
Furthering CALI's Legislative Goals
California Association of Licensed Investigators

As you know, one of the association's main primary purposes is the monitoring of legislation that may impact our profession.  Leg Day is the culmination of months of effort by our Government Affairs Committee and the Office of CALI's Legislative Advocate, Desmond, and Desmond.  If you have never had an opportunity to attended one, I urge you to come next year. You will truly enjoy yourself.  I guarantee it.  Ask any of our members who attend, and I have no doubt they will my words.

As always, thank you for your continued membership in this fine association.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions about Leg Day.

Frank W. Huntington, III
2016 Leg Day Chair

 CALI Vice President of Administration, Joseph Travers

Thank you CALI Members for the opportunity to represent you as V.P. of Administrative Services for a 3rd year.

In my 3rd term as your VP of Administrative Services, I brought active involvement and enthusiasm to all fourteen (14) CALI Districts- The Foundation of CALI. I have visited many District Meetings and enjoyed your dedication to Advocacy, Training, and Association. In addition, I have enrolled the support and appointed two Senior Governors, San Jose District Governor Sandra Copas and San Diego District Governor Dave Walker, to assist, encourage and support the Governors and Directors.

Furthermore, I encouraged all Governors and Directors to support one another to improve District attendance by selecting excellent meeting venues and inviting Special Guests and Educational Guests to all meetings.

A good leader leads by example- At the 2013/ 2014 CALI conference in Ranch Mirage the President's Banquet was represented by five Governors (out of 14), and seven Directors. Last year at the 2014/2015 Conference at the Peppermill in Reno our Director/ Governor attendance at the President's Banquet improved again from the year before. I strongly encourage and support PERFECT attendance by our elected Governors and Directors to attend this year's 2015/2016 Conference and President's Banquet in beautiful Rancho Mirage. Together we can lead our members back to the basics of making the district meetings and yearly conference the cornerstone of CALI membership. Additionally, for the first time in many years, we had a Board of Governors Meeting at the Conference in Reno. 90% of Governors attended and this year the results show a drastic improvement in meeting attendance and in the quality of our Educational/ Special Guests.

I have worked diligently with CALI staff, former Senior Governor and current Orange County Director Maki Kudaka, and Los Angeles Director Dana Griffith on the newly released CALI Directors/ Governors Powerpoint. The Powerpoint is a 'How To' for successful, well-attended meetings. I highly encourage all Directors and Governors to review the PowerPoint throughout the year.

In addition, the CALI staff and I have designed a new CALI state map; , and have updated the Directors/ Governors Handbook for 2016.

This year we already had some outstanding district meetings. One meeting I would like to highlight was the 'Toys for Tots' charity meeting in Los Angeles. On November 12th the Los Angeles District and the South Bay/ Long Beach District held a joint meeting with Very Special Guest Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Educational Guest Kris Waddell of ShadowAgent. Attendance was over 60!

In May 2015 I represented CALI and The Big 3 at the FALI Conference in Cocoa Beach, Florida and in August 2015 at the TALI Conference in San Antonio, Texas. I'll be in Tampa Florida again this May representing CALI as the Association of Excellence on behalf of the BIG 3 associations.

We, the Members of CALI, are the foremost, most educated, highest trained professionals in the Private Investigative World. It all starts at the district level with you, the members, and our success will culminate at the yearly conference. I ask you, the Members, to join me in this Pursuit of CALI Excellence.

Many Blessings to us all,

Joseph A. Travers, CPI, CCDI
VP Administrative Services 2015/2016
2015 Investigator of the Year
PI 10815, Since 1984

As Another Valuable
CALI Member Benefit...

CALI is proud to offer our members DISCOUNTED Long Term Disability and Long-Term Care Insurance.

Long Term Disability Insurance is used to help protect your future earnings and Long-Term Care Insurance pays a daily or monthly benefit towards the costs of care services from a skilled nursing home, assisted living facility, adult day care or home. Click here for more information.

CALI Car Rental Discount Programs

Enterprise Discount Code XZ32T42
National Rental Discount Code XZ32T42

Uber vs. The World: Redefining Independent Contractors in the Modern Day

Summary of Program

The risks involved in misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee have always been serious. A number of federal and state agencies regulate the proper classification of workers and have the authority to impose significant monetary and non-monetary sanctions against employers who get the classification wrong.

Program Highlights

  • This informative webinar will cover the legal landscape of independent contractor status. Topics will include:
  • A summary of the various tests applied by federal and state agencies to determine independent contractor status;
  • A summary of the enforcement authority of various federal and state agencies and the sanctions they may impose;  
  • The due diligence employers must engage in before classifying a worker as an independent contractor; and
  • California's law imposing monetary and non-monetary sanctions against employers (and other individuals) who willfully misclassify workers as independent contractors.

If you or your company is currently using independent contractors, this is a webinar you won't want to miss. Register today!

Date and Time
Thursday, May 12, 2016
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Webinar Only

Approved for one (1) hour MCLE.  This program will be submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review. Certificates will be provided upon verification of attendance for the entirety of the webcast.

There will be no cost for this webinar. 

Please RSVP by Monday, May 9, 2016 to Ramona Carrillo at [email protected]

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