2016-2017 Issue 1

September 2016


 CALI President

 VP of Administrative Services Report

 CALI Listserv New Rules

 CALI Store

 Director-at-Large Report,
John Proveaux

 NLITE-ELITE Q4 Committee Report

 Central Coast District Report

Golden Valley District Newsletter

 Los Angeles District Update

 Orange District Update

 North Bay District Report

 Golf Tournament and Scholarship Committee Report

 Membership Committee Report

 Noteworthy Articles

 Sacramento District Report

 San Diego District Report

 San Francisco District Report

 WorkCompAcademy News

 South Bay/Long Beach District Director/Governor Report

 Unlicensed Practices Committee Report






CALI Store: Get CALI!


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors



CALI's PI Exam Prep Course

September 10, 2016
Orange District Meeting

September 15, 2016
Redding District Meeting

September 16, 2016
San Diego District Meeting

September 17, 2016

September 21, 2016
San Jose District Meeting

October 8, 2016
2nd Annual BBQ Bash
(OC, IE, SB/LB, SB, and LA Districts)

November 10, 2016
Redding Distrct Meeting

January 19, 2017
Redding District Meeting

January 23-27, 2017
CDITC: Criminal Defense Investigation Academy

June 8-10, 2017
CALI Annual Conference
Reno, NV

Event Calendar

CALI Social Networks






CALI President

Thank you CALI Members for the opportunity to represent you as your President for 2016/2017.

In my 3rd term last year as your VP of Administrative Services, I focused the active involvement and enthusiasm of all fourteen (14) CALI Districts- The Foundation of CALI. As President I will continue to use same enthusiasm in all 3 of my agenda goals:

First is membership! Your membership committee and I have put together 2 programs that I hope will attract new members with incentives for all members. For every new member an existing member refers, the existing member will receive $25.00 toward their membership dues without limit. Furthermore, VP of Administration Maki Kudaka and myself will actively recruit new members at all district meetings throughout the year. In addition, we will expand the 'Big 3' membership drive to include the other states into 5 regional alliances. With your help we can move toward the goal of 2,000 CALI members!

Secondly, I encouraged VP of Administration Maki Kudaka with the assistance of the Directors at Large and 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, and encourage the recruitment of new members at the district level. The CALI Districts are the backbone of our association.

Thirdly, with the assistance of the Conference Committee and Chair Chad Ragan we plan to line up the best and brightest speakers in Reno, June 2017. Our goal is to double conference attendance!

Additionally, CALI members will notice four of the six eNews editions will now be Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer CALI Newsletters. Each Newsletter will feature information for the membership from all CALI Officers, the 14 CALI Districts and the 21 Committees.

This year we have four (4) new committees: First, the Public Relations Committee and Chair Francie Koehler will assist CALI staff promoting important CALI events in the media. Secondly, an Ad Hoc Committee and Chair VP of Security Services Dave Williams was added to the Membership Committee to lead an effort to recruit active and affiliate membership in the PPO, Security and Legal professions. Thirdly, an 'In Memoriam' Committee lead by Oleg Flaksman will establish a Memorial Webpage for all those who have passed while members of CALI. And finally, a conference Ad Hoc Committee with Chair Treasurer Anne Fields will explore a possible 'Big 3" Conference with our friends from Texas and Florida in 2019.

In addition to the new committees, the Unlicensed Practices Committee with Chair San Diego District Governor and last years Governor of the Year Dave Walker will now meet quarterly with the Unlicensed Practices Manager at BSIS. Also, CALI staff and President's Award winner Michele Hyson will assist the History Committee and Chair Treasurer Anne Fields to ensure past CALI events and activities are memorialized on the CALI Website.

 NLITE-ELITE Q4 Committee Report

CW Sellers

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

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)

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. 

The program 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. This is a premier Criminal Defense Training Program and will consist of (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Philosophy and Methodology of Investigation
  • Law - Legal Defenses - Defense Theories
  • Uncovering Reasonable Doubt Component Methods 1-6
  • Forensic Case Review & Analysis
    • The Defendant Interview
    • Crime Scene Examination
    • Impeachment/Background Inquiries
    • Witness Interviews
    • Report Writing & Testifying
  • Forensic & Specialized Training
  • Blood Spatter Analysis & Blood Detection
  • Death Investigation - Theory and Practice

An advanced track will be provided on Days 1 and 2 for those who previously completed the two-day (16 hours) Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council's Certified Course in the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation Case Management.

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
  • George Michael Newman, CCDI - Consultant / Advisor
  • William Anthony Monroe, CCDI - Investigative Instructor/Advisor
  • 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
PAYMENT PLAN: Your Registration is automatically broken up into three (3) payments!  A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required at time of registration.  The balance of your registration will be paid in two separate, equal payments, 30 days apart.

CANCELLATION POLICY: $1,000 deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations must be received in writing (fax or e-mail accepted) by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2017. No refunds of any kind after Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

The general session training includes a simulated investigation and staged crime scene to allow participants to engage in each component of the investigative process in instructor-led teams.

DAY 1 - Component Method of Investigation and Case Management  
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Welcome and Introductions
Team Assignments

  • Criminal Defense Investigation - Fundamentals - Certification (CCDI) - Requirement
  • Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Component Method
  • Philosophy & Methodology of Investigation
  • Agents of Counsel and Work Product Doctrine
  • Rules of Criminal Procedure for Investigators, The Law - Development of Legal Defense Theories and Strategic Applications
  • Forensic Case Review, & Analysis, & Lead Development
  • The Defendant Interview
  • Distribution of scenario based training packets

Advanced Track - Prerequisite for attendance: Prior Completion of Component Method 16-hour course, certified by CDITC.

  • Homicide Investigation  

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

  • Team Meetings
  • Case Review
  • Lead Development
  • Fact Management

DAY 2 - The Component Method of Investigation and Case Management  - continued
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Introductions and Announcements

  • Criminal Defense Investigation Fundamentals - (Certification - CCDI Requirement)
  • Crime Scene Inspection
  • Photography, Video, Evidence Collection
  • Diagrams, Measurements, Time Relationship Testing
  • Impeachment Investigations
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Witness Locates
  • Witness Interviews and Statements v. Work-Product Reports
  • Report Writing & Testifying

Advanced Track - Prerequisite for attendance: Prior Completion of Component Method 16-hour course, certified by CDITC.

  • Sex Crimes & Child Pornography Investigations 

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Team Meetings
  • Interview Defendant

DAY 3 - Forensic Science Applications -  Brad Perron CCDI, CFSI
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Introductions and Announcements

  • Working with a Forensic Expert
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Evidence collection
  • Blood Spatter & Analysis
  • Fingerprints & Impressions
  • Forensic Firearms Examination

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Movie: Twelve Angry Men (includes moderated discussion)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Defense Theory Development

DAY 4 - Scenario Investigation Practicum
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Introductions and Announcements 
Faculty-led teams will engage in a scenario-based mock investigation to include the following:

  • Case Review & Analysis
  • Defense Theory Development
  • Defendant Interview
  • Crime Scene Examination
  • Impeachment/Background Investigation
  • Witness Location and Interviews
  • Post Investigation Analysis and Reporting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Continue Case Development and Investigation
    Finalize Investigation Results
    Final Team Meetings

DAY 5 - Capital Case Mitigation
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Introductions and Announcement

  • Capital Case Investigation
  • Mitigation Protocols
  • Records Recovery
  • Interviewing
  • Post-Conviction Relief
  • Closing Remarks, Graduation, and Award of Certificates

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.

 VP of Administrative Services Report

Thank you CALI, for the opportunity to serve as your new VP of Administrative Services!  I have truly enjoyed my role as the OC District Governor and District Director (2014-2016).  I am thrilled to bring my energy and enthusiasm on a broader scale, working with all 14 Districts.

The Districts and its members are the forefront of CALI and what it represents.  We need to continue to enrich the quality of District meetings with quality speakers, education and training, advocacy and strong leadership.   With that said, I am proud to announce the new "Pay It Forward" District Forum!   I have asked the support of all 14 Districts to work together as a team and have a conference call once a month to ask questions, give feedback, tips, pointers to build stronger Districts - stronger CALI as a whole.  I will hold a conference call with all 14 District Directors and Governors with the help of Senior Governors Sandra Copas and Dave Walker, and Director-At-Large Roberto Rivera and John Proveaux.  Seasoned Leaders' tips and fresh ideas from the Rookies - ingredients for success!

This term I am fortunate to Chair CALI's Membership Committee along with incredible mentors, colleagues and friends - Immediate Past President Chris Reynolds, President Joseph Travers, SB/LB District Director Cary Cavalieri, OC District Asst. Governor Cynthia Cavalie-Gonzalez and North Bay District Governor Mayra Mira.  We have a number of incredible ideas for the Membership Drive to implement on both short and long-term plans, with many more to come!  We need to work as a team to increase the number of CALI membership with qualified, well-trained investigators to continue our efforts in enhancing our "Association of Excellence" that we are so proud of!!

I will continue to promote CALI, assist members and serve as your VP of Admin to the best of my abilities.  I now ask you, members and Leaders for your support, participation and contribution.


Maki Kudaka, CPI
VP of Administrative Services

CALI Listserv New Rules

Please click here to review the CALI Listserv rules.

CALI Store

The Online CALI Store program was launched in November of 2014 through the efforts of what became known as the Branding & Promotions Committee.  The members of the committee were Frank Huntington III, Barbara Burr, and myself Ryan Clock who chaired the committee.  Later CALI branded products became available at CALI events beginning with NLITE and Legislative Day in Sacramento beginning in March of 2015. 

Our goals for the CALI Store program were three fold:

  • To promote camaraderie and community amongst the members.
  • To promote the association brand and benefits to prospective members.
  • To promote the good will of the association and its members to the public.

I believe that we are well on our way to accomplishing those goals.  Since the program's inception I have observed more and more of our members show their support, spirit, and their association with the largest private investigation professional association in the world by wearing and using CALI branded products that we offer in our store.  Since the store's beginnings we have had a more than 260 individual sales of merchandise of both online and onsite sales that resulted in a net profit to the program after expenses.

Currently at the CALI Store you can choose from thirty-five different CALI Branded items and apparel with new items being added regularly.   We have offerings from several different categories: Men's Apparel, Women's Apparel, Children/Toddler/Infant Apparel, Outerwear, Caps & Hats, Sports Accessories, and Home & Office.  If you can't decide what to get or do not know what size to get for that gift, you can purchase a Gift Certificate in any amount.

Our apparel offerings come in various colors and are available in a wide breadth of sizes.  Below are some sample pictures of what the store has to offer.

Most items ship out within 5-7 business days.  You also have the option of co-branding your company's logo with the CALI Logo (available for members only) on select items.  A minimum purchase of 12 items is necessary for complimentary setup for the co-branded items.

Look out for our items at CALI events at NLITE, ELITE, Legislative Day, and the Annual Conference.  You also may find them at your local District Meeting as opportunity prizes.  A purchase at the CALI store whether an item or a gift certificate can be used as a donation to your local district that will go to support local programs that promote association, education/training, and government advocacy.

Do not wait so get your CALI merchandise today.  We have great products, great prices, and great customer service from our vendor partner Team World Corporate Programs.

Click the following link to be directed to the CALI Store Website.

I would to take this time to thank former CALI President Michael Julian who initially appointed me to chair this committee and for former CALI President Chris Reynolds for appointing me to subsequent terms.  I would like to thank my committee members Frank Huntington, III and Barbara Burr for all their support, input, inquiry, and assistance during my groundbreaking service as Chairperson of the Branding and Promotions Committee.  I would also like to thank our members for all of their feedback and ideas that have furthered the CALI Store Program.

I leave the Committee and this store program joyfully into the capable hands and vision of appointed Chairperson Dana Griffith and his team Frank Huntington, III, Barbara Burr, and Fred Moreno.  I am sure they will take the program to the next level and introduce new initiatives that will develop and promote the CALI brand.

Get CALI!  As a final act, I would like to offer a 10% discount from the Online CALI Store only with a minimum purchase value of $10.00.  Enter the code GetCALI! at checkout.

Yours truly,

Ryan D. Clock
Outgoing CALI Store Administrator/Branding & Promotions Committee Chair

Director-at-Large Report, John Proveaux

Just in case you have forgotten or have never had the chance to visit CALI's Northern California Districts, they are undeniably varied. From the farms of the Central Valley, the tree lined streets of our state capital to the sophisticated streets of the Bay Area. And let's not forget the wide-open spaces of the far northern region painted by a beautiful coastline, volcanoes and high mountain peaks that open up to vast cattle range that highlight our Western heritage. Oh yes, It's all here.

Our private investigators and security professionals in these areas are a skilled bunch whose expertise run from homicide investigation, missing persons, accident reconstruction, corporate security and to even tracking cattle thieves. One thing is certain, all CALI members are interested in maintaining proficiency and learning new skills.... then marketing those skills.

The best place to do both is at your local district meeting where you will find like-minded investigators, interesting training topics, legislation updates and opportunities to serve your community through programs like Toys for Tots. All of our district governors and directors are always on the lookout for suggestions on meeting topics or guest speakers. If I can be of help do not hesitate to call or email. I can be reached at 530-549-4439 or via email [email protected]

John Proveaux
Director At Large
Northern California

Central Coast District Report

For the 2016/2017 CALI Year, Chad Ragan will be the Central Coast District Director and Carl Daughtry will be the Central Coast District Director.

The Central Coast District has some exciting things going on this next year and we are encouraging all our Central Coast District Members to join us at our meetings for great presentations and networking opportunities. We will continue to schedule our meeting between Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties.

This year. We are going institute our Perfect Attendance Program, designed to award members who attend each of our four scheduled district meetings. All perfect attendees will get a very elegant and professional certificate from the district, as well as a raffle ticket that will be drawn on our last scheduled meeting. The Prize: a fully paid registration to CALI's 2017 Conference in Reno, Nevada will be given to the winning ticket holder. (Does not include room and transportation or other costs).

The Central Coast District is also looking to conduct some training classes this year, so stay tuned for some upcoming announcements on this as it will be open to all CALI members who wish to attend.

Our first meeting of the year will be the end of September, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, California. Exact date and location TBD.

We will schedule our annual Toys for Tots meeting the first of December in Ventura, CA at the Sportsman's Restaurant. Guest speaker to be announced shortly.

We look to grow our district this next year and encourage to have participation from all our Central Coast District Members in the upcoming meetings.

Please put these dates and times into your calendar so you can be one of the perfect attendance winners!

Respectfully Submitted,
Chad Ragan
CALI Golf Tournament and Scholarship fund Chair

Golden Valley District Update

Click here to read the Golden Valley District Newsletter!

Los Angeles District Update

I would like to announce some interesting things from the Los Angeles District for the upcoming year.

First, we will institute our Perfect Attendance Program, designed to award members who attend each of our four scheduled district meetings. All perfect attendees will get a very elegant and professional certificate from the district, as well as a golden raffle ticket that will be drawn on our last scheduled meeting. A first prize of a fully paid registration to CALI's 2017 Conference In Reno, Nevada will be given to the winning ticket holder. (less rooms and transportation).

Next, our schedule of Los Angeles District Meetings for the year is as follows:
Our first meeting of the year will be a joint meeting with other Southern California Districts in September 2016. Stay tuned for updated information!
This November 12, 2016 at noon we will meet again at Luminarias Restaurant, and our Very Special Guest will be LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. This is our annual Toys4Tots meeting held jointly with the Long Beach/ South Bay District so we will have USMC representatives with us to collect the toys CALI Members so generously donate.

In February 2017 we will meet at the El Torito Restaurant in Pasadena, Our Educational Guest and Very Special guest and the exact date will be announced very soon.

In May 2017, we will have our election meeting again at the beautiful Tamayo Restaurant in East Los Angeles. This is our "Cinco de Mayo" meeting and will be on May 5th.

I would like to thank the members of the Los Angeles District of CALI for their support of Fred Moreno and myself during the last year, and I look forward to working with all members in the coming year.

Dana Griffith CPI
Los Angeles District Director CALI
303 725 9556
[email protected]
Los Angeles, a District of CALI Excellence

Orange District Update

OC District Report 2016

The OC District has had another fantastic year!  CALI's own Mr. Dave Queen, Esq. always draws a crowd with his knowledge and humor as he did in August.  CALI members rocked the summer at the 1st Annual CALI Summer BBQ graciously hosted by Mr. Allen Cardoza.  In November CALI's Mr. Ian Tausig tested our skills in his famous (or infamous?) social media presentation.  In March CPA Ms. Paula Simeone and CALI's Chris Woodson showed us some effective tools in running our PI business.  Last but certainly not least, CALI's Cameron Jackson, CPI taught us his strategies and methods to help market and grow our PI business!  And, of course, we welcomed Honorable Assemblyman Don Wagner of the 68th District who presented a general update and recap of the latest in Sacramento!!

Thanks to all the members, CALI leaders AND to outgoing OC District Governor Cameron Jackson, CPI who did an outstanding job in leading the OC District to success!  I had such a great time serving as your District Governor and Director, and will continue to do my best as your VP of Admin!

Congratulations to Martin Rosales, CPI, from the IE District who won the raffle for a complimentary entrance to the 2016 CALI Conference in beautiful Rancho Mirage!  Martin and about ten other members attended ALL four (4) OC District meetings and qualified to enter the drawing.  I am pleased to announce our District unanimously voted to bring it back again this year!!  Attend all four (4) OC District meetings for a chance to win the incredible prize (open to all members from any District!)!!

Please welcome our incoming 2016-2017 OC District Leaders:  Director Bob Radus, CPA, CFE, Governor Mark Eskridge, CFCE, DFCP, EnCE, CBE, CCME and Assistant Governor Cynthia Cavalie-Gonzalez!  OC District is in good hands... They mean business and ready to move!!

OC District Forecast Report

Aug. 2016 - 2nd Annual CALI Summer Party

  • Presented by OC, IE, SB/LB & LA Districts
  • Hosted by Mr. Allen Cardoza

Sept. 2016 - 4 Hour Background Investigation Training by Oleg Flaksman, CPI

  • Back by popular demand, Background Investigation training course presented by Mr. Flaksman

Nov. 2016 - Mr. David Queen, Esq.

  • Also back by popular demand, Mr. Queen will talk about the Legal Aspects of Pre-texting and Other Investigative Techniques

Feb. 2017 - Speaker/topic TBD

May 2017 - District Election & Speaker/topicTBD

This is going to be a fantastic year!!

Maki Kudaka, CPI
VP of Administrative Services

North Bay District Report

The North Bay District and the San Francisco District decided to hold a historic joint luncheon meeting at a "mid-way point" in beautiful Marin County on May 26 2016.   This was a first joint venture to enable the two adjacent district members a chance to mingle, and also to give our Marin County members a chance to attend a meeting in their back yard.   Thanks to District Governor Jared Rowe for his help in putting the meeting together and bringing his crew over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County.

Our speaker was our own former CALI President Sean Walsh of Walsh and Associates, Intelligence Agency, who gave an interesting talk on the current state of electronic counter-espionage, electronic sweeps, and new methods of preventative measures against electronic eavesdropping.   Shawn brought his showcase of electronic "bugs" to show and tell.   It was great to mingle with members of both districts.  This was also an election meeting, and Anthony Hopkins was elected to a fourth term as District Director and Mayra Mira was elected to a second term as District Governor.

The North Bay District will be meeting on August 25, 2016, and has invited a speaker from Forensic Analytics to speak about crime scene analysis, and forensic testing services for Private investigation.

Golf Tournament and Scholarship Committee Report

The Scholarship Committee is made up of the following CALI members this year;

  • Chad Ragan - Chair
  • Roberto Rivera
  • Maki Kudaka
  • Robert Estes
  • Mayra Mira

We had a very successful 2015/2016 year. We had 16 golfers participate in this year's CALI Tournament and (18) Tee and Green Sponsors.

The Scholarship Committee was able to award five scholarships this past year for a total of $3,000.00 being awarded out. The scholarship recipients this past year were;

  • Eve Hauptman
  • Regan Lough
  • Caitlyn Oliveras
  • Madison Oliveras
  • Samir Sandu

The committee will be meeting in the next couple of weeks of and discuss ideas for fundraisers for the coming year to support the scholarship fund besides just the annual golf tournament and conference raffle. If anyone has any ideas please contact one of the committee members and share your idea. Again thank you everyone for your support and donations for this great cause.

Respectfully Submitted,
Chad Ragan
CALI Golf Tournament and Scholarship fund Chair

Membership Committee Report

The Membership Committee had its first meeting of the year on Monday, July 25, 2016. The new committee consists of members Maki Kudaka, Chris Reynolds, Joseph Travers, Cary Cavalieri, Cynthia Cavalie-Gonzalez and Mayra Mira. The goal of the committee this year is to increase the membership in CALI and retain the members we currently serve.  In order to accomplish these goals, the committee members each presented their best idea for increasing and retaining members. Of the proposed ideas, the following will be recommended to the BOD at its first meeting on August 6, 2016:

  1. $25 off renewal for member who referred a new member (excluding members referred during NLITE $99 promo). The member receives a $25 discount for each member that joins CALI, with no limit on how many members join CALI.
  2. Access BSIS newly licensed investigators in CA within 30 days of licensing (TLO) to reach out to those new licensees about joining CALI and/or attending a District meeting.
  3. CALI mailers to the newly licensed PIs

There will be future efforts of the committee to implement ideas including:

  1. CALI members discount for cell phones
  2. Promote and offer other training to our members to add value to our membership (i.e. service of process, backgrounds/locates, marketing your business, how to take statements, etc.)
  3. Identify and contact PI training schools (colleges/universities) with certification/degrees in Admin of Justice/Criminal Justice and related fields to recruit students in program
  4. Continue to enlist great speakers, topics and venues at our District meetings to engage CALI members to participate/become active
  5. Encourage and promote networking opportunities
  6. Promote CALI and its benefits/get word out - social media, various PI associations, post fliers at local sheriff/police stations, etc.
  7. Invite guests from other fields to attend District meetings

I want to thank Committee members for their time, effort and participation; and look forward to working with all of you this upcoming year!  Let's make 2016-2017 the BEST YEAR YET!! 

Maki Kudaka, CPI
VP of Administrative Services

Noteworthy Articles

Background: New laws and several convictions, but private eyes still loom large:

Personnel Investigation by Outside Attorney Protected from Disclosure in Discovery:

Sacramento District Report

The Sacramento District had yet another banner year!   On April 13, we were honored to have as our guest Sam Paredes, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of California.  Sam briefed the group on the current gun legislation making its way through the California Legislature.

On May 19, we were joined by John Walton, author of "The Legendary Detective; The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction."   John spoke of the research he did in writing the book and signed copies for those who bought or brought one.  The book is available on Amazon, or you can click here.

I want to personal thank outgoing Sacramento Governor Mary Ann Carmazzi for her hard work over the last few years in keeping the Sacramento district going.  I also want to introduce incoming governor Terry Gilbeau, Esq.  Terry has been a long time member of CALI and rarely has he missed a district meeting.  Under Terry's leadership, we are looking forward to another great year in the Sacramento District.

Lastly, I'd like to thank the members of the Sacramento District for once again electing me as the Sacramento District director.  I will strive to serve the interests of the association to the best of my ability.

Frank W. Huntington, III

San Diego District Report

CALI Board Members:

The San Diego District plans on having the following meetings during 2016/2017;

August/ September 2016
Special Guest- SD Sheriff
Admiral Baker Golf Club
Educational Guest TBA

2. November/ December (Toys for Tots) 2016
Special Guest- Assembly member Rocky Chavez
MCAS Miramar Officer's Club
Educational Guest TBA

3. February/ March 2017
Special Guest- Assembly member Brian Mahenscheim
Hard Rock Cafe Downtown
Educational Guest TBA

4. May 2017
Special Guest - Assembly member Brian Jones
Green Dragon
Educational Guest TBA

We had a very successful 2015/2016-year. San Diego District Governor Dave Walker was named the CALI Governor of the year! We had a great attendance average and plan to increase our attendance and promote membership throughout the San Diego County

Richard Rivero, CPI
San Diego District Director

San Francisco District Report

In preparation for the upcoming 2016/2017 season, the San Francisco district looks forward to an educational year.

Although nothing is set in stone, having dinner meetings on September 28, January 11, March 8 and May 17 are on my calendar and should be on yours.

I've been in touch with several people about meetings and look forward to the possibility of learning about forensic investigations from Scott and Bryan of Manning Buske Forensics possibly in January. Other topics I aim to find speakers for include background investigations, fraud investigation, and interrogation techniques.

With questions or venue suggestions please email me. Keep your eye out for details.

Jared S. Rowe

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Costs of Sub-Rosa Leading to Fraud Conviction Was "Wasteful" and "Unnecessary"

In May 2012, an SCIF claims adjuster became suspicious that claimant Sparkle Sky Bivens was submitting fraudulent disability claims after Bivens failed to document attending certain required medical appointments. The SIU determined it needed to surveil Bivens, but because it has no internal surveilling resources, it hired Paul Chance Investigations, a third party investigator, to surveil Bivens and obtain evidence she was engaging in activities she claimed she could not perform.

Chance deployed a team of four investigators to surveil and videotape Bivens's activities over several days. SCIF testified that although normally investigations require only one investigator, occasionally circumstances warrant a team of investigators. Chance recommended it surveil Bivens with a team, rather than an individual investigator, because Bivens lived in a crowded area of Los Angeles, heavy with traffic, and Bivens was a fast driver, conditions which would make Bivens a difficult target to follow.

Chance's investigators eventually caught Bivens on film engaging in activities she alleged she could not do. SCIF submitted the film to a doctor who determined Bivens's disability claims were unjustified. SCIF consequently terminated Bivens's disability payments.

After SCIF terminated Bivens's disability payments, Bivens's attorney requested SCIF reinstate her disability payments. SCIF spent at least an additional $11,000 looking into reinstating the payments, but concluded its original decision to terminate the payments was correct. At the conclusion of the investigation, SCIF determined Bivens had defrauded SCIF in the amount of $4,000.

On July 10, 2013, the People filed a complaint for three counts of insurance fraud and one count of grand theft of personal property. Bivens reached a plea agreement whereby Bivens pleaded guilty to one count of felony insurance fraud in exchange for reducing her felony to a misdemeanor if she completed 250 community service hours and repaid SCIF the $4,000 she stole. Bivens completed her community service and paid SCIF $4,000, and the court reduced her conviction to a misdemeanor.

At the scheduled restitution hearing, SCIF argued it was entitled to $34,154.70 in restitution, in addition to the $4,000 Bivens already paid, due to the investigative costs it incurred determining the falsity of Bivens's claims. After hearing argument, the court reducing SCIF's requested restitution amount to $4,000. The People appealed.and the court of appeal sustained the reduction in the unpublished case of People v Bivens.

"Trial courts have broad discretion to order victim restitution and such an order will not be reversed if there is a 'factual and rational basis for the amount of restitution.' "

The trial court had "compelling and extraordinary reasons" for not granting SCIF's full restitution request because the amount was unreasonably high. SCIF incurred $34,154.70 in investigative expenses, more than 8.5 times the $4,000 Bivens stole. Although SCIF presented some testimony supporting that documenting the necessary evidence to discredit Bivens required a team of investigators tailing Bivens over multiple days, as the trial court noted, this type of expensive, extensive "counter-surveillance" is more appropriate for the likes of the "Medellin Cartel."

The court of appeal concluded "SCIF makes no compelling argument this amount was "necessary" to uncover the fraud or to more significantly substantiate it. As a quasi-state agency, SCIF has a duty not to create waste, and further investigating a case it already determined to be fraud and had turned over to law enforcement is wasteful.      

Reprinted by permission of the Law Offices of Floyd, Skren & Kelly, LLP

South Bay/Long Beach District Director/Governor Report

South Bay/Long Beach District Director/Governor Report
4th Quarter Fiscal 2015-2016 South Bay/Long Beach Meeting:
On Saturday morning, May 14th, the South Bay/Long Beach District held a District meeting that included a 4 hour class.  Inland Empire Director Oleg Flaksman gave a very well received 4 hour class on conducting a general background investigation.   Oleg shared special tips, outlooks, sources and an outline to help investigators who want to do backgrounds where the commercial databases are only a starting point!  Thanks again to Oleg and his very qualified assistant (who declines ID) for very informative and enjoyable training. 

51 people attended the standing room only class (we apologize to the 15 plus people we had to turn away!) at the Peris Mediterranean Restaurant in Hawaiian Gardens.  The buffet also received rave reviews and we are thinking have some future meetings at the same venue.

In the business part of the meeting, the District membership voted to give $200 to the CALI Scholarship Fund and $100 to sponsor a hole at the 2016 CALI Conference Golf Tournament.

Instructor Oleg Flaksman                                                         

The class                                                  

Sharing techniques

Upcoming Summer Party!!!
There will be the second annual joint Orange County, Inland Empire, LA and South Bay/Long Beach District Summer Party in Huntington Beach in August, 2016!  Vice President of Administration, Maki Kudaka will be putting out the details in the near future.

1st Quarter Fiscal 2016-2017 South Bay/Long Beach Meeting:
We are still confirming Dates/location/Subject etc.  Looks like it will be in September.  Stay tuned to the CALI list serve or future announcements.  Everyone is invited.  While we encourage South Bay/Long Beach members to join us at every meeting, we also invite CALI members from other Districts and any prospective members to share the fun with us.

2st Quarter Fiscal 2016-2017 South Bay/Long Beach Meeting:
The South Bay/Long Beach District will again partner with the Los Angeles District and possible other CALI Districts to hold a Toys for Tots Collection in November.  Details are to follow.

3rd & 4th Quarter Fiscal 2016-2017 South Bay/Long Beach Meetings:
We are still processing the plans for these meetings. 

If you don't want to monitor the list serve but want to receive notices of upcoming meetings, please email the District Director that you wish to receive a notice of upcoming meeting by email.

If you have suggestions for a speaker, training subject and venue in the South Bay/Long Beach District you would recommend or would enjoy, please contact the District Director or Governor below:

District South Bay/Long Beach Director:
Cary Cavalieri
[email protected]
(714) 721-8549

District South Bay/Long Beach Governor:
Alfonso C. Lozano
[email protected]
(562) 400-7917

Unlicensed Practices Committee Report

The CALI 2016-2017 Unlicensed Practices Committee consists of:

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

The ULP Committee is tasked with conducting cursory investigations of complaints of unlicensed practices.  If we determine an apparent violation, we forward our information to BSIS for evaluation and/or enforcement.

The committee does not have authority over "bad business practices" such as non-payment or providing poor service.  When receiving a complaint that involves "bad business practices" we only investigate the status of the license of the subject agency.  We do not investigate the relationship between the reporting party and the subject agency.  This would be take an extensive amount of time, go beyond the scope of our function and cross into potential confidentiality and legal issues.  For this reason, the ULP Committee will not identify the parties of the complaints in the newsletter.

With the BSIS conversion to BreEZe consumers are no longer able to verify a private investigator license (any many other regulated licenses) by an individual's name.  To search for a PI license, you must search by company name or license number.  When searching by company name you must enter at least four characters.  This is creating problems for consumers and our own members who may need to verify a license.

Using my business as an example, you will not find BCD INVESTIGATIONS if you search for David Walker.  You will also receive an error message in you only enter BCD in the search for my company name.  The minimum entry for a successful search would be BCD[space]I.

The CALI Board is working with BSIS and the Department of Consumer Affairs on these issues.

Several complaints were received this quarter from a variety of sources.  A brief synopsis of each complaint is detailed below. 

  1. A Los Angeles county agency hired an out-of-state investigator to conduct subcontract work.  The subcontract investigator was not paid for their services.

    The ULP Committee verified the subject agency is currently licensed and reported our findings to the reporting party.
  2. A CALI member reported a Registered Process Server did not post their RPS number on their web site and offered "skip tracing" and "stakeout" services on their web site.

    In California, process servers are registered by the county in which they offer services which equates to 58 sets of rules.  We did not find a CA law requiring RPSs to post a number on advertising.  "Skip tracing" and "stakeout" are natural and normal tasks performed by process servers while in the act of serving process.  Registered process servers are exempt from the California PI Act (per Business & Professions Code section 7522(m)) while in the act of serving process.
  3. A CALI member reported a San Diego county agency took cash from a client and provided no services.

    The license for the subject agency shows recently expired on the BSIS web site.  This could be due to a delay in BSIS license renewal processing.  The ULP Committee will monitor the license status and report a violation to BSIS if needed.

If you wish to report unlicensed practices in California, please submit your complaint through the link on the CALI home page.  You may also send questions or inquiries to [email protected].

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