Version 2015-16/Issue 4

March 2016


 CALI President

CALI Annual Conference

Introducing CALI's Online PI Test Prep Course

Legislative Day - A not to miss event


2016 CALI Awards

CALI Long Term Care/Disability Insurance Program

Car Discount Program

CALI Elections

District News



CALI Store: Get CALI!


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors



March 12, 2016
NLITE, Sacramento, CA

March 13, 2016
CALI Board of Dirctors Meeting
Sacramento, CA

March 14, 2016
CALI Legislative Day

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

Event Calendar

CALI Social Networks






CALI President: Chris Reynolds

Hello CALI Members!

I'm happy to report that CALI is on the move with education and events!  We have various options from which members can choose.

If you are preparing to sit for the California Private Investigator (PI) exam, CALI's Online Learning Committee designed a course to build a foundation of investigational knowledge to prepare students for the examination. Click here to register for the CALI online PI TEST PREP course. For more information about this course, click here to be directed to the information on the CALI Website.  The cost of this course is $199 for CALI Members and $249.00 for nonmembers.

The Newly Licensed Investigators Training & Education (NLITE) program continues to see a good number of attendees each time it is offered. The NLITE courses covers such topics as Owning and Operating a Private Investigations Business; Private Investigation and the Law; Report Writing for PIs; Preparing for Business; Professionalism and Ethics; and PI Legislation. If you are newly licensed or need a refresher, this is for you! Click here for information about the upcoming NLITE course.

While in Sacramento...attend CALI's Legislative Day! On Legislative Day we gather in Sacramento and meet with our state representatives and/or their staff to present CALIs position on pending and/or future pertinent legislative issues. This day also helps to build and foster our relationships with legislators, and help our cause for future issues and concerns. If you have never attended Legislative Day, please consider it -- you will enjoy the experience.  Click here  for more information about Legislative Day.

The CALI Annual Conference Committee is pleased to announce that the agenda is just about complete. Please click here  to view the agenda. We have a great line-up of speakers and topics again this year! Please see the Annual Conference section below for more details.

Planning is underway now for this year's ELITE XIV CCDI Academy: 40 hours of intense and in depth training taught by the nationally acclaimed CCDI Academy Instructors and experts in the skillsets of the Component Method of Investigation, report writing, crime scene analysis, sketching a crime scene, crime scene photography, courtroom testimony, interviews, interrogation, neighborhood canvassing, Identifying yourself as a criminal defense investigator, do's and don'ts of liaison work and more. Stay tuned for announcements regarding dates and details for this event!

Last but not least, keep an eye on CALI's event listing for District Meetings and Webinars.

It's CALI Awards and Elections season! Please review the criteria and due dates for CALI Awards and Elections below.

Chris Reynolds
President 2015-16

CALI Annual Conference
Shining Light on Investigations

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.

CALI's Legislative Day 2016

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

One of CALIs 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!!

We hold a briefing session prior to the scheduled meetings with legislators and staff and then a post discussion to summarize our experience.  If you have never participated, please dont 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 event.  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).  Dont delay!!  Register now and make a difference!!

Monday, March 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 264-2800
East Room

CALI Members: Complimentary
Non-members: $50.00

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 will not be accepted.

(This information will only be used for making appointments with the appropriate representative(s) and for no other purposes. The information is kept secure.)

In an effort to be courteous to our legislators, cancellations MUST be made no later than March 4, 2016. Registrations submitted after March 4, 2016, will not be guaranteed a legislative appointment (however, you will still be able to participate and join a lobbying team to Campaign for CALI).

Click here to REGISTER TODAY!

Click here for more information on the CALI Website.

NLITE - Saturday, March 12, 2016

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.

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast)
Location: Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814. Click here for a map.

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

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 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 CALI Members who have been licensed for greater than two years from the date of the event.
$125 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

Click here to register!

Click here for more information on the CALI Website.

 2016 CALI Awards

Distinguished Achievement Award
Call for Nominations
April 15, 2016 Deadline
CALI's Most Prestigious and Honored Award

Nominations are currently being accepted for CALI's most prestigious and honored award the Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA). Recipients of this award have over an extended period of time contributed an extraordinary amount of time and effort to CALI and to the betterment of the professions in the investigation or security industries in general.


The Distinguished Achievement Award is not an annual award and is not intended to be awarded every year. It is an honor bestowed on those individuals who have made their contributions over an extended period of time. Past DAA recipients and the current sitting President of CALI are not eligible for nomination.

Award Criteria

Recipients of the DAA are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Length of continuous membership in CALI
  • Contributions to CALI and the industry
  • Examples of leadership skills and their results
  • Examples of demonstrated ability to work with others
  • Focus on training, education and enhanced professionalism
  • Evidence of sustained support of this association
  • Why the nominator feels their nominee will enhance the continued integrity of this award

The Selection Committee for this award is made up of three outstanding members of the business, government or legal community with no ties to any investigation or security businesses. This committee must arrive, independently, at the same selection, or no award is presented. Neither the nominees nor the members of the Selection Committee are revealed prior to the final announcement.

Nomination Procedure

Any current member of CALI may submit nominations. All nominations should be written in a complete and comprehensive form. Self nominations will not be considered. Letter(s) of  recommendation and other documentation must be included and should highlight achievements and address the award criteria. Nominations must be received no later than Friday, April 15, 2016. All nominations must be submitted in writing and forwarded through the U.S. mail to:

Chris Reynolds
President, CALI
Chair, DAA Committee
65 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

The DAA award will be presented at the CALI Annual Conference, which will be held June 9-11, 2016 at the Omni Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

Previous Recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award:
Chris Reynolds 2014
Jim Zimmer 2011
Walt Zwonitzer 2010
Barbara R. Burr 2008
Anthony W. Perrin 2006
Clarick G. Brown 2005
Mark A. McClain 2004
Francie Koehler 2003
Raymond E. Smothers 2001
John G. Talaganis 2000
Joseph S. Memolo 1999
Daniel Y. Jones 1998
William E. Weller* 1996
Steve Butin* 1995
Robert J. Frasco* 1994
Robert C. Wallace 1993
Eddy L. McClain 1992
Jack H. Reed 1991
John H. Eppick 1990

Investigator of the Year Award & Security Professional of the Year Award
Call for Nominations
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Deadline

The Investigator of the Year and Security Professional of the Year Awards are presented to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional service in the calendar year. The nominees and recipients will be announced during the Presidents Banquet at the 2016 Annual Conference to be held June 11, 2016 at the Omni Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.


Any Active, Associate, or Affiliate member of CALI is eligible for these awards.

  • Nominees for the Investigator of the Year award must be a licensed private investigator (or equivalent)
  • Nominees for the Security Professional of the Year award must be a licensed private patrol operator (or equivalent)
  • Affiliate member nominees must be working as an employee of a licensee or an agency who is exempt from licensure

Award Criteria

Judging will be based on the following achievements and contributions made during the past year, using the following criteria:

  • Outstanding professional achievement (information on a significant case or service).
  • Special contribution to the profession (how the nominee has assisted their profession).
  • Exceptional service to the public (charities or community services the nominee has performed).

The Awards Committee bases its selection on the supporting documentation received showing how the nominee meets the criteria. Letters in support of your nomination from clients, fellow investigators, security professionals or others, who can attest to what you state in your nomination, are very helpful to the committee and the process.

Nomination Procedures

All nominations must be made by CALI members. Each member may nominate only one candidate for each award. To nominate:

  • Complete the online nomination form to be directed to the Awards Committee by Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
  • Include a letter, or letters of recommendation in support of your nomination that addresses the criteria listed above. Nominations without a letter(s) of recommendation will not be accepted.

Click here to complete the online nomination form.

Previous Recipients of the Investigator of the Year Award:
Joseph A. Travers, CPI, CCDI
CW Sellers
Jean Kyles, CPI
Andrew Hanson, CPI
Joe M. Serrano, CPI
Daniel Goldsmith
Chris Reynolds
Jesus Castillo*
Sheila J. Klopper
Samuel F. Brown, CPI
Anne Fields
Mike M. Pirouzian, CPI, CSP
Walt Zwonitzer
Mark A. McClain, CPI
Ann Archer
Francie Koehler, CPI
Allen P. Cardoza
Jay H. Rosenzweig, CPI
John P. Henebry*, CPI
William E. Weller*
Samuel H. Webster*
Cynthia H. Erdelyi, CPI
Roger L. Smith, CPI
John G. Talganis, CPI
John Hart
Hal Lipset*
Robert C. Wallace, CPI, CSP
Joseph S. Memolo, CPI
Terry Finn, CPI
Steve Mendenhall
Jack H. Reed, CPI
Arnold L. Harris
Joseph B. Laski, CPI
Daniel Y. Jones
Daniel A. Cruzz

Previous Recipients of the Security Professional of the Year Award:
Frank Donahue
Mike M. Pirouzian, CPI, CSP
Brenda M. Knox
Minot B. Dodson*
James C. Cawood, CPI, CSP
Frank Costa
Alan G. Knox
Darryl Le Doux
George M. Gibbs*
Ray Karle
Catherine D. Rogers*
Vicky Emero
Michael Bruce

CALI Scholarship Awards

The Scholarship Program Awards are for the purpose of promoting the professional standing of the investigation and security professions and those committed to continuing education.

Applications accepted on or before May 5, 2016.

Qualification Criteria:

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • A licensed private investigator or private patrol operator
  • The son or daughter of a licensee
  • An employee of a licensee   
  • Sponsored by a CALI member

Application Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Meet one of the 'Qualification Criteria'  
  • Complete the CALI Scholarship Application form
  • Submit an essay, on or before May 5, 2016

Essay Requirements:
Applications must be submitted with a typed essay ranging from 350-500 words, authored by the applicant. The essay should portray what distinguishes the applicant as deserving of the scholarship in addition to his or her educational pursuits relating to the investigation and/or security industries. All essays shall become the property of CALI and may be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and/or its designee(s). The applicant authorizes the publication of the essay, in whole or in part.

Selection Criteria:
The Scholarship Committee will review all applications received by the deadline. The basis for selection by the committee will be the quality of the applicant's essay and what distinguishes the applicant as deserving of the award. The committee may also take into consideration the financial need for the award and the applicant's educational pursuits as they relate to the investigation or security industry.

Deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2016
All applications must be received at the office via USPS/regular mail or email on or before May 5, 2016 to:

California Association of Licensed Investigators
Attention: Scholarship Committee
65 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656  
Or email: i[email protected]

The selected recipient(s) will be notified after May 5th, and the Scholarship Award(s) will be presented during the CALI Annual Conference on June 9-11, 2016, at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, California.

We encourage you to apply for a CALI scholarship, click here to complete the application.

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

CALI 2016-2017 Board of Directors Elections

Announcing CALI's  2016-2017 Board Elections Schedule. Members interested in running for office should note the following deadlines:

Wednesday, March 9: Deadline for members to notify the Executive Director in writing (via email, fax, or USPS - contact information below) of their desire to run for the position of:

Vice President - Administrative Services
Vice President - Investigative Services
Vice President - Security Services
Director at Large (two year term)

Excerpts from the Bylaws:
9.05 Eligibility for Office. To be eligible for the office of President, the candidate must have been an active member for no less than three years immediately preceding commencement of the term of office and have served on the Board of Directors no less than two years. Candidates for Vice President of Administrative Services, Vice President of Investigative Services, Vice President of Security Services or Secretary-Treasurer must have been an active member for no less than two years immediately preceding commencement of the term of office and have served on the Board of Directors no less than one year. Candidates for Director-at-Large, District Director or District Governor must have been an active member for one full year immediately preceding commencement of the term of office. No two members of the Board of Directors may be from the same agency.

Any member elected or appointed to a position as an Officer, District Director or District Governor cannot simultaneously serve in an elected or appointed leadership position for a competing organization. A competing organization is defined as a California state private investigator or private patrol association that provides similar services as CALI and seeks members with similar qualifications.

Monday, March 14, 2016: Candidates will be granted 3 minutes to address attendees at CALI Legislative Day, if they choose.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016: Candidate's statements (no more than 300 words) and picture (optional) must be received.  Candidate's statements and photos may be placed on the CALI website and on the Listserve.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016: CALI HQ will email the slate of candidates to Elections Committee members; Elections Committee Chair will distribute the slate of candidates to the membership via ListServ.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Deadline for CALI HQ to have candidate statements and ballot formatted and sent to Elections Committee for proofing.

Monday, April 25, 2016: Deadline for CALI HQ to email ballots to all members.

Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:00 pm: Deadline for ballots to be received by CALI HQ in order to be valid.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016:  Ballots to be reviewed by ED and Elections Committee, candidates may participate in review of results. Tabulations will be examined.  Votes will be verified and certified.

District News

The OC District had yet another successful meeting today in Fullerton!  Our first speaker Paula Simeone, CPA covered how to effectively utilize Quickbooks to manage one of the most important thing in our business¿ MONEY!   Our main speaker Chris Woodson from Paperless PI taught us tips and tricks on the most cost effective tools necessary to automate and streamline your agency.  No doubt that paperless is a way to go!!  We sure learned a lot from them both in a short period of time.  Thank you, Paula and Chris!!  You did a fantastic job!

We passed all three agenda items up for District vote with flying colors:

1. Leg Day -  District sponsorship
2. Annual Conference Golf/Scholarship Fund - District sponsorship for golf tee/green sign, proceeds going towards CALI scholarship fund
3. PAC -  District contribution

I am sad to inform you that our Lifetime CALI Member and former District Director and Governor Gene Cella is relocating to North Carolina.  He has been a huge asset and a legacy in CALI and in our industry.  One of the most dedicated, passionate and generous person I have had the pleasure to meet since being a part of CALI.  Thank you, Gene, for always encouraging and motivating me to help grow our amazing District!  I appreciate your support and guidance.  We will miss you very much!!

Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedule and attending our meeting.  Special thanks to our District Governor Cameron Jackson for holding an outstanding meeting as usual; and to Bob Radus and South Bay / Long Beach District Director Cary Cavalieri and Governor Al Lozano for helping to set up and greet the attendees!  It is always great to see our friends and colleagues¿  

We will have our last District meeting in May.  We will also be planning a CALI party sometime in April.  STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!

Again, thank you all for a successful meeting.  Looking forward to seeing you soon.  


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