2016-2017 Issue 2

January 2017


CALI Member Profile

Golden Valley District Report

North Bay District Report

San Francisco District Report

San Jose District Report

South Bay-Long Beach District Report


Refer CALI & Earn!


Government Affairs Committee Report

2017 Legislative Day

2017 Annual Conference

CALI Online Exam Prep

Unlicensed Committee Report



Event List

ELITE 2017

NLITE 2017

CALI Legislative Day

CALI 2017 Annual Conference

Certified Professional Investigator


Platinum Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors

CALI Social Networks






CALI Executive Director

I'd like to wish all of the CALI members, governors, directors, and officers a very Happy New Year! 2017 is shaping up to be a year of change, nationally as well as with CALI.  As previously mentioned in an email to membership, Joseph Travers is no longer president of CALI.  The CALI board is meeting this Sunday, January 22nd to choose a president for the remainder of the year.

There has been much speculation regarding this change as well as the health of CALI in both membership and finances.  Let me state publicly that CALI membership is strong.  Our total membership is just shy of 1,200 and we have had 75 new members join in the last six months.  CALI's total assets are up 4.6% over this same time last year and on a comparative basis, factoring in that we no longer have State Fund income, our income is ahead of last year and expenses are down.  As a reminder, CALI's federal tax returns (Form 990) are placed on the member landing page of CALI website.

The 2016-2017 fiscal year began with three goals: to increase membership, participation at the district meetings, and attendance at the conference. The Board of Directors approved by recommendation of the membership committee, a Member-get-a-Member campaign. This campaign awards a member a $25 credit towards annual dues for each new active member he/she refers and who joins CALI with no limitation. The new member need only indicate the member's name in the appropriate space that made the referral on the application form.  Since the campaign launch in July, there have been 20 new members through this program.

I would like to thank CALI VP of Administrative Services, Maki Kudaka for her continued support of the CALI districts.  She has done an amazing job.

The CALI office continues to address the needs of the districts by posting district meetings, online registration, and reconciling events. We hope to work with districts to see how we may support them to increase district meeting participation.

We will be heading back to the beautiful Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada for the 2017 Annual Conference. It's an absolutely fantastic venue. The Conference Committee has once again worked in collaboration with the office to create remarkable programming with outstanding presenters; offer more networking opportunities; and even add a little fun to the President's Banquet and Awards Dinner.

The ELITE Faculty, Advisors, and staff have been working hard to ensure a successful CALI-CDITC Criminal Defense Investigation Academy, which is the first ever on the West Coast. This 40-hour Academy will involve participant investigative teams with designated team leaders and faculty advisors to facilitate and lead follow-up discussions. Academy Instructors will provide lecture and media based training in general sessions and lead breakout teams in hands-on training. I wish to thank  Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER - Academy Director & Instructor; Francie Koehler, CCDI - Deputy Academy Director & Instructor; Brad Perron, CCDI, CFSI - Forensic Training Coordinator & Instructor; C.W. Sellers, CALI - CDITC Training Coordinator; William Anthony Monroe, CCDI - Investigative Instructor/Advisor; Dan O'Malley (Judge Ret.) - Special Guest; Ann Fields, CCDI - Investigative Advisor; and Stacey Scheirer, CALI Events and Marketing Director for their tireless efforts on ensuring what we expect to be a great event.

In addition to the events mentioned above, March will bring the Newly Licensed Investigator Training and Education (NLITE), CALI Legislative Day, and a board meeting to Sacramento. We hope to see record numbers, as the NLITE program and Legislative Day are both highly regarded events.

Since the launch of HotelStorm, we have received a number of favorable comments about just how much members are saving with discounted hotel rooms (typically up to 55%), proving it to be a well-worth endeavor. The HotelStorm information is now housed on the member-landing page after login.

PI Prep Course continues to produce significant income and gain traction. We have recently created an evaluation system for the course and will report the findings in the near future. We will soon be offering additional courses through ZipEdTech.

We will soon be embarking on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors nomination and elections process as well as the CALI awards nominations. Stay tuned for those announcements.

I am proud of the work our volunteers and staff have been accomplishing in an effort to protect the profession of private investigation and add value to CALI membership!

Jerry S. Packer


CALI Member Profile

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If you need assistance please contact the CALI staff at 949-715-5401 or [email protected].

Golden Valley District Report

Overall, it appears as though the first quarter of the 2017 Fiscal Year for the Golden Valley District has been successful. Although attendance was down for the second meeting of the fiscal year, we were able to determine it was much in part to illness and game 7 of the World Series. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, we have increased the balance of the Golden Valley District Funds by 22 percent. We project that balance will be doubled by the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year.

On August 31, 2016 we held our first district meeting of the 2017 Fiscal Year at Mimi's Cafe in Modesto. Our guest speaker was Expert Latent Print Examiner, Dan Kron. Dan Kron. Dan was able to spread awareness to our members as to the importance of proper education for latent print examiners, along with the lack of certified examiners in today's law enforcement field. Attendance was up and the meeting was an overall success.

On November 2, 2016 we were able to hold our second district meeting of the 2017 Fiscal Year at the home of longtime CALI member, Gary Ermoian. Although attendance was below average, we were able to be joined by new CALI member, Matthew Andrews of CalStar Unlimited. Our guest speaker was Dan Tirapelli of Faro Technologies. Dan was able to demonstrate his company's 3D scanners for use at crime scenes, accident scenes, or any location where image documentation would be beneficial. Dan was able to demonstrate the extreme superiority of his product in comparison to the general use of photographs alone. Since this meeting, other districts have shown interest in having Dan as their guest speaker.

We have been in talks with Maki Kudaka and Oleg Flaksman about a possible joint district training day in the Spring of 2017. We are looking forward to the continued success and growth of our district.

Bradley A Pfanner
Golden Valley District Director

North Bay District Report

The North Bay District held their meeting in Santa Rosa, CA on 8/25/16. Dr. Terri Haddix of Forensic Analytical Sciences, Inc. in Hayward, CA did an informative presentation on the Basics of Forensic Neuropathology for Investigators and Attorneys. Dr. Haddix has performed forensic autopsies in several counties throughout California and has testified as an expert in forensic pathology in both criminal and civil cases. We learned a great deal about how death investigation-related documentation (autopsy report and photographs, police reports, medical records, scene photographs, toxicology report, etc.) are vital to investigations. Dr. Haddix also provided many visual examples of different types of head trauma examinations, which provide clues to the cause of death.

Coming soon...
The North Bay, Eastbay and San Francisco Districts are sponsoring a joint 4-hour Surveillance Investigation Training presented by Oleg Flaksman, CPI on a Saturday in late February 2016. The specific time and location is yet to be announced. We are excited about this opportunity to hold a joint district training in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of course, all are welcome.

Anthony Hopkins, CPI
District Director, North Bay

San Francisco District Report

The San Francisco District makes it way towards the New Year and an exciting time after holding a reasonably well attended, average preforming September meeting. From here I look forward towards a few things I've never participated in as a leader in CALI. Not only do I look forward to holding an upcoming meeting with two other, but we will collectively import a speaker.

Partnering with the North Bay and East Bay districts we will host a Southern California visitor in Oleg Flaskman. I know several of members up here are eager to hear the insight he'll offer into Background Investigation. Although not all the details have been worked out, the session is tentatively scheduled for February 25 and will most likely take place in the wine friendly North Bay.

As always, I remain open to speaker and venue ideas. With any questions or concerns, please contact me: [email protected]

Jared S. Rowe
CALI San Francisco District Governor & Director

San Jose District Report

Facebook: We've updated our San Jose district profile on Facebook to see if it's easier for you to stay informed and be able to come to our meetings. This is a public group so anyone can join.

Please join us right now at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SJCALI/members/

On our profile we will be

  1. posting our events on Facebook (everyone is welcome to join by the way) 
  2. posting our district event pictures
  3. posting handouts of meetings
  4. posting an easy to read district calendar of events schedule
  5. and we may even be poling everyone every once in a while.

If you like what we're doing and especially if you went to a meeting and wanted to share your thoughts, I'd really appreciate if you LIKE us on Facebook so the word gets out.  

Volunteers Needed: Can you help us take pictures at our meetings?  Are you an expert using Google Docs and Spreadsheets?  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please contact me if you can lend a hand.

CA Investigators Magazine:  Get recognized as an expert by publishing an article in a magazine.  The topic can be for anything a CA PI would be interested in and it can be any length.  Submit your articles to me for publishing.

2015-16 Recap: The San Jose District had another great year thanks to our district board!  We had an especially great turn-out for School Residency Investigations given by Roberto Rivera and Workers Comp Investigations given by Jim Glancey.  Other meetings included our Annual Retreat, a food drive for Sacred Heart, Proposal Writing district meeting by Josaf Rodriguez and a day with the San Jose Giants.

 South Bay-Long Beach District Report

On Saturday, September 9, 2016, the South Bay/Long Beach District presented a Training Meeting with Private Investigator and CALI Member Jan Tucker, with the subject of "Public Records and How to get Them".  The Saturday morning training was held at the Torrance Moose Lodge.   

Mr. Tucker gave in-depth information, detailed citations of authority, provided  forms and "go-by" examples for various inquiries and requests for public records.  Because of his extensive experience, Mr. Tucker provided informative illustrations
on how investigators could use the following tools:

¿    The federal  Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),
¿    The California Public Records Act,
¿    The California Legislature Open Records Act
¿    Touhy Requests
¿    California Information Practices Act.

After the presentation, Mr. Tucker had a question and answer session.  A number of attendees remarked that they were anxious to apply the newly acquired tools to their investigations.  

During lunch, attendees had an informal information sharing session.  The South Bay/Long Beach District owes Mr. Tucker thanks for a great and very informative presentation.  

Also, CALI Vice President Maki Kudaka and Orange County District Co-Governor Cynthia Cavalie got up early and provide extensive support for the logistics of the meeting!  Thank you!

South Bay / Long Beach 2nd Quarter Meeting
The South Bay / Long Beach District will be presenting the next Meeting/Training session on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Peris Restaurant, 12155 E Carson St, Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716.

The meeting portion will be held at 8:30 AM-9:00 AM.  Expenditures by the District for Legislator's Day and other fiscal matters will be proposed and put to a vote by district members.  District members are encouraged to attend to make your voice heard.

The training will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Private Investigator and CALI member Chris Woodward will be holding a Seminar on "Marketing your PI Business".  Chris will show us how to expand our customer base and income flow.  More details will be forthcoming on the CALI Listserv and CALI Event Calendar. 


ELITE: 2017

Monday, January 23 through Friday, January 27, 2017

Dolce Hayes Mansion
200 Edenvale Avenue 
San Jose, CA 95138 


The California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI)
Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC)

This 40-hour Criminal Defense Investigation Academy to be held on January 23, 2017, at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California.

Participants will be divided into investigative teams and assigned a faculty advisor to facilitate the scenario-based training. The general session will operate in concert with a hands-on mock investigation that allows participants to engage in each component of the investigative process through hands-on learning.  A scenario-based learning practicum will include both day and night staged crime scene processing and role play. Team participants will be provided with simulated case discovery to facilitate application of the skill set taught in the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation. This is a nationally recognized systematic approach to conducting investigations.   

Advanced classes in homicide and sex crimes investigation will be provided for those who have completed the CDITC Component Method Training. Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigators Brandon A. Perron and Francie Koehler will lead the highly qualified faculty and advisors.

Instructors and Advisors will be drawn from California-based CDITC and CALI members. Instructors will present the training and advisors will lead the investigative teams or and provide support where needed. All are experienced investigators and/or crime scene evidence processors.
Instructors are as follows (as of 6-22-16):

  • Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER - Academy Director & Instructor
  • Francie Koehler, CCDI - Deputy Academy Director & Instructor
  • Brad Perron, CCDI, CFSI - Forensic Training Coordinator & Instructor
  • C.W. Sellers, CALI - CDITC Training Coordinator
  • William Anthony Monroe, CCDI - Investigative Instructor/Advisor
  • Dan O'Malley (Judge Ret.) - Special Guest
  • Ann Fields, CCDI - Investigative Advisor

This is an all-inclusive event!  Registration includes:

  • Academy Training - 40 hours
  • Training Materials - All text, handouts
  • Meals
  • Accommodations for 5 nights (Sunday -Thursday evenings) at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose.
    Please note: Transportation is not included.

Member: $2495.00
Non-member: $2795.00
Register and Join CALI: $2650.00

No refunds of any kind at this time.

Upon completion, all participants will be Certified in the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation and recognized by the CDITC as a Criminal Defense Specialist.

The advanced expert designation as a Board Certified Criminal Defense investigator (CCDI) will also be available to those who are qualified.  Additional fees will apply to those seeking the CCDI expert designation.

CCDI designation requirements:

The graduates of the Academy who choose to seek the CCDI designation must complete the application and meet the 2 years of experience requirement, completion of 25 comprehensive criminal defense cases, provide written recommendations from two criminal defense attorneys, and pass a written test.  
Membership in the CDITC is required. The first year's annual dues of $ 50.00 required to maintain certification is waived.

The initial fee for designation as a nationally recognized Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) is $175.00 per investigator reduced to $125.00 for CALI-CDITC Academy graduates.

Refer an Active Member and Earn Credit!

Earn up to $25 for EACH NEW ACTIVE MEMBER YOU REFER AND WHO JOINS CALI.  There is no limitation to the number of new active members you refer.

When your referral joins CALI, we automatically give you a credit on dues for the next year.  Your referral only needs to add your name to the referral box on the CALI application form.  

You can pay for your dues for years to come!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Embassy Suites Anaheim-Orange
400 N. State College Blvd.
Orange, CA  92868


Newly Licensed Investigators Training & Education (NLITE) is an introductory course that is the foundation of CALI's Professional Development Program. The course covers the basics that every new licensee needs to know in order to begin a career as a Private Investigator in the State of California. NLITE provides an overview of the profession, the must haves when starting and operating a business, the laws that new PI's must be familiar with, ethical issues and professional responsibilities. Each attendee will leave with the practical knowledge and tools needed to be a successful Private Investigator and business owner.

NLITE is an introductory program for newly licensed investigators. We welcome all CALI members and nonmembers.


  • C.W. Sellers, CALI - Director of Investigator Education and Training
  • Chris Reynolds, Past President
  • Francie Koehler, Government Affairs Chair
  • David Queen, Esq. - Attorney and Private Investigator


  • Owning and Operating a Private Investigations Business
  • Private Investigation and the Law
  • Report Writing for PI's
  • Preparing for Business
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • PI Legislation

$50.00 - Newly licensed Members or Nonmembers who are yet to be licensed or have been licensed within one to two years from the date of the event.
$75.00 - CALI Members who have been licensed for greater than two years from the date of the event.
$125.00 -  Nonmembers of CALI who have been licensed for greater than one year from the date of the event.

A continental breakfast and light lunch are included with your registration fee. The registration fee is non-refundable. 

Each attendee will receive the following:

  • NLITE Special CALI Membership price of $99.00 for the first year
  • CALI's logo padfolio
  • Certificate of Attendance

Government Affairs Committee Report

California Politics in 2017 - A Preview
Jerry Desmond, CALI Legislative Advocate
Desmond & Desmond LLC
December 12, 2016

The November 8 presidential election confirmed California's status as a bastion of the Democratic party, with elected officeholders in the US Senate, Congress, statewide office as well as Senate and Assembly positioned and preparing to defend key policy issues in anticipation of the threats posed by the Republican party victories at the national level.

Republicans won the Presidency, together with control of the US Senate and House of Representatives.  However, in California the Democrats enhanced their power position by picking up sufficient seats to have two-thirds of the members in the state Senate and Assembly. This is in addition to the party holding each of the seven statewide offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Controller, Insurance Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction.

If Democrats in the state legislature vote as a block, they have the necessary votes to take several actions without any Republican votes including the passage of urgency measures which take effect immediately upon enactment, as well as the passage of new taxes. The ability to do so will be tested by the presence of a number of business-minded Democratic legislators in each house.

With the inception of the two-year, 2016-2017 legislative session on December 5, the Democratic leadership quickly established its intention to "firewall" the state and to fight for critical progressive issues starting with the protection of immigrants.  Other issues include environmental stewardship and the fight against climate change, the provision of healthcare to the poor and expansion of access as the federal Affordable Care Act faces possible elimination, the enhancement of worker's rights including the enacted phase-in of a $15 per hour minimum wage, as well as maintenance of the K-12 public education system.

Key upcoming dates include: the January 4 return of the Legislature from the holiday break; the January 10 announcement of the Governor's proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and the February 17 deadline for the introduction of new pieces of legislation, which will result in the promulgation of approximately 2,500 measures. 


CALI 2017 Legislative Day

Monday, March 13, 2017

Registration is now open!

One of CALI's paramount goals is to serve as a legislative force for our industry. We complete this through a number of avenues, but one of our most significant is our annual Legislative Day - Campaign for CALI!!

Don't pass up this event! You will be glad that you participated!


On Legislative Day we gather in Sacramento and meet with our state representatives and/or their staff to present CALI's position on pending and/or future pertinent legislative issues. This day also helps to build and foster our relationships as constituents, and help our cause for future issues and concerns.

We hold a briefing session prior to the meetings and then a post discussion to summarize our experience. If you have never participated-don't worry! We provide you with the necessary tools and a seasoned member to accompany and guide you.

If you are still unsure, we urge you to talk with a fellow CALI member who has participated in this significant day. We guarantee they will have nothing but positive feedback to provide for you.

Please remember that Legislative Day is FREE to CALI members. We can keep it this way through the generosity of our sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. (Registration for non-members is only $50.00). Don't delay!! Register now and make a difference!  Please click here.

For further information about Legislative Day and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Frank Huntington, Legislative Day Chair, at: [email protected]. We look forward to having you participate in this significant day!

Remember, your support is crucial to CALI's continued efforts to make a difference with our profession! 

Monday, March 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Event Center at the MAY Building
1020 11th Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Click here for directions
Click here for parking information

Registration Fees:
CALI Members: Complimentary
Non-members: $50
Register today!

The day includes continental breakfast and lunch. There will also be presentations from key legislators.

Important Notes:
To be admitted to CALI's Legislative Day, you must provide your home and business address with your registration, in order to identify your Senator and Assembly member.

A P.O. box address will not be accepted.

In an effort to be courteous to our legislators, cancellations MUST be made no later than March 3, 2017. Registrations submitted after March 3, 2017, will not be guaranteed a legislative appointment.

Maki Kudaka and Senator Hall

 June Events

Join the California Association of Licensed Investigators for its 2017 Annual Conference: Your Sure Bet! To be held June 8-10, 2017 back by popular demand to the beautiful Peppermill Resort, Spa, & Casino in Reno, Nevada, "The Biggest Little City in the World!" The CALI Conference boasts high profile keynote presenters and sessions as well as an absolutely wonderful venue - a not to miss event!

Conference Highlights

  • Thursday night's Welcome Reception will feature a fully hosted bar service, hors d'oeuvres, putting contest, and cigar night 
  • Friday Morning Keynote Presentation with Donald "Max" Noel, The Unabomber: The Hunt & The Capture
  • New this year! Friday Lunch Keynote Presentation featuring FBI Special Agent Frederick Bradford on the topic of Cyber Attacks
  • Friday night's festivities will include Cocktail Hour with Exhibitors with a fully hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • Annual Conference Golf Tournament (separate fee applies)
  • Exhibitor Showcase ~ view the latest products and services offered by the many vendors that will be present         
  • Several opportunities for networking with your peers
  • Saturday's Keynote Presentation and Lunch with Kelly Riddle, Cases that Land You in Jail
  • Opportunity to sit for the CPI Examination (separate fee applies)
  • The Great Gatsby President's Banquet and Awards Ceremony ~ this semi-formal event will honor CALI Officers and Directors for their contribution throughout the year.  The 2017 President's Award will be presented in addition to the Distinguished Achievement Award (separate fee applies)

Don't miss the PI event of the year!  

Reserve Your Guest Room:
Peppermill Resort & Spa
2720 S. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502

A discounted guest room rate of $99 is available until May 16, 2017 and subject to availability.  For room reservations, click here to use the convenient on-line reservation link or call (775) 826-2121 and ask for the "CALI discounted rate."

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino offers extensive amenities to make your stay comfortable and convenient. Indulge in the opulence of Reno's Best Casino Spa or enjoy swimming pools, free wi-fi, a fitness center, business center, casino shopping, arcade and more at Peppermill resort casino in Reno, NV.


CALI's Online PI Exam Prep Course

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.

For more information about CALI'S ONLINE PI TEST PREP course, please click here.

Unlicensed Committee Report

The CALI 2016-2017 Unlicensed Practices Committee consists of:

Dave Walker; Chair, San Diego District Governor
Robert Rice; VP of Investigative Services
Frank Huntington; Sacramento District Director
Rob Hessee; BSIS Disciplinary Review Board

The committee is tasked with conducting cursory investigations of complaints of unlicensed activity.  The committee does not have authority over "bad business practices" such as non-payment or providing poor service.

Twenty complaints were received by the ULP committee this quarter.  Five complaints were referred to BSIS for further investigation and possible enforcement.

When BSIS dropped the ability to search for a license by personal name the number of complaints increased.  The inability to verify a license is the number reason for ULP referrals.  BSIS does allow for a search by business name.  Members should attempt to locate a license in question by entering the personal name in the business name section.  This can resolve a small number of inquiries in which the investigator is not operating his/her business with a Fictitious Business Name.

Two complaints were received when members saw news stories related to investigations involving school districts and municipalities.  The named investigators could not be found in BSIS.  One complaint was resolved by submitting a CPRA request to the city in question.  Invoices submitted to the city included a valid private investigator license number.

Complaints are often referred after members observe a Craigslist or other web-based advertising for PI services with no license noted.  When submitting a complaint originating from the Internet, please provide links or URL's.

A CALI Member recently inquired whether an expired Fictitious Business Name (FBN) could cause a problem for your PI license.  The BSIS Director provided the following answer:  When operating with a FBN, Section 7532 of the PI Act requires you comply with Section 17900 B&P (defines fictitious business names).  An expired FBN would not immediately cause your PI license to be invalid, but could result in an administrative penalty.

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