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WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
SOUTHERN CHAPTER

The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Long Beach...RSVPs are requested for this meeting's luncheon...
Tentative Schedule of Training Meetings / Luncheons
for Calendar Year 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Cerritos Thursday, July 20, 2017 Garden Grove
Thursday, March 16, 2017 South Pasadena Thursday, September 21, 2017 Ontario
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Long Beach Thursday, November 16, 2017
Logo  2007 - 2014 WSATI Southern ChapterThe Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Association, Southern Chapter, meets on the third Thursday of each odd month at 10:00 a.m. at various locations throughout Southern California.  The Southern Chapter is a non-profit organization that is comprised of professionals representing law enforcement, rental car and insurance companies, and other individuals whose goal is to reduce vehicle theft. 

The meetings are for auto theft investigators, insurance company special investigation agents, vehicle leasing loss prevention agents, and other individuals involved in the investigation, recovery and prevention of vehicle thefts.  Investigators from in and out of Southern California attend the meetings to share information about current cases, suspects and auto theft trends.  The meetings also feature a guest speaker who gives training during the course of the training meeting / luncheon format.

The Training Meetings / Luncheons begin at 10 a.m. and go until about 1 p.m. Lunch is served about 11:30 a.m.  We would recommend coming about 9:30 a.m. to meet your peers and share coffee or tea. 

The cost is:
Training Meeting / Luncheon   $25.00 Training Meeting / No Luncheon  $10.00
(includes one raffle ticket) (morning coffee/tea included)

Next Training Meeting / Luncheon

The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be held on May 18, 2017 10:00 am at the Long Beach POA Park, 7290 Carson Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808 (562-570-5890). 

The Guest Speaker has yet to be confirmed.  Please check back here for Speaker information.

A Santa Maria style Bar-B-Que will be served to those attendees who plan to have lunch.  RSVPs are requested for those who plan to stay for the luncheon.  Please RSVP at rsvp@wsati.org by Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:00 pm (noon).  If you are not going to stay for the luncheon, you do not need to RSVP, only if you are staying for the luncheon.

Directions:

from Los Angeles:

US-101 S/Santa Ana Fwy S toward I-5 S/CA-60 E.  US-101 S/Santa Ana Fwy S becomes I-5 S/Santa Ana Fwy S. Merge onto I-605 S/San Gabriel River Fwy S via EXIT 124.  Take the Carson St exit, EXIT 3, toward Lincoln Ave. Turn right onto Carson St.  Denny's is on the right. From Carson Street, enter southbound on Liberty Ct / Town Center Drive.  After Wal-Mart, make a right at the stop sign just before the Lowe's Home Improvement Store (blue building).  Continue to the PPOA Park located behind Lowe's.

from Orange County:

Merge onto I-5 N/Santa Ana Fwy N.  Merge onto CA-22 W via EXIT 106 toward Long Beach.  Stay straight to go onto I-405 N/San Diego Fwy N.  Merge onto I-605 N/San Gabriel River Fwy N via EXIT 24.  Take the Carson St exit, EXIT 3, toward Lincoln Ave.  Keep left to take the ramp toward Long Beach/Lakewood.  Turn left onto Carson St.  From Carson Street, enter southbound on Liberty Ct / Town Center Drive.  After Wal-Mart, make a right at the stop sign just before the Lowe's Home Improvement Store (blue building).  Continue to the PPOA Park located behind Lowe's.

from Riverside County and San Bernardino County:

Merge onto I-215 S via the ramp on the left.  Merge onto CA-91 W via EXIT 34B on the left toward CA-91 W/Riverside/Beach Cities.  Merge onto I-605 S/San Gabriel River Fwy S via EXIT 17B.  Take the Carson St exit, EXIT 3, toward Lincoln Ave.  Turn right onto Carson St.  Denny's is on the right.  From Carson Street, enter southbound on Liberty Ct / Town Center Drive.  After Wal-Mart, make a right at the stop sign just before the Lowe's Home Improvement Store (blue building).  Continue to the PPOA Park located behind Lowe's.

from San Diego County:

Merge onto I-5 N.  Take I-5 N/San Diego Fwy N toward Santa Ana.  Merge onto I-405 N/San Diego Fwy N via EXIT 94A toward Long Beach.  Merge onto I-605 N/San Gabriel River Fwy N via EXIT 24.  Take the Carson St exit, EXIT 3, toward Lincoln Ave.  Keep left to take the ramp toward Long Beach/Lakewood.  From Carson Street, enter southbound on Liberty Ct / Town Center Drive.  After Wal-Mart, make a right at the stop sign just before the Lowe's Home Improvement Store (blue building).  Continue to the PPOA Park located behind Lowe's.

For a map to this location, please click here.

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Last WSATI Training Meeting/Luncheon
March 16, 2017 WSATI Training Meeting / Luncheon
War Memorial Building - South Pasadena

2017 WSATI Southern Chapter President Heather Roberts (Liberty Mutual SIU) welcomed everyone to the meeting at the newest WSATI Southern Chapter venue, the War Memorial Building in South Pasadena. 

Heather asked Jerry Adamo (Safeway Insurance SIU) to lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. 

Other Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Vice President Jeff Enfield (LASD/TRAP)
Secretary Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU)
Sergeant at Arms Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD/TRAP)
Associate Director Melissa Somers (CPP of SoCal)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) 

Treasurer Mike Stefanoff (CHP/OCATT) and Associate Director Rob Midzuno (Nationwide Insurance SIU) were unable to attend the Meeting. 

WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance were:

Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), and Tim Jackson (2014)

Heather then introduced Guest Speaker Doug Garrett, President of Garrett Engineers, Inc.  Doug gave a presentation on Black Box / EDR technologies and data retrieval / interpretation.  Doug provided information that is currently available to law enforcement and SIU personnel. 

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Heather then announced that the Santa Maria Style Bar-B-Que was ready for everyone to enjoy.  Everyone helped themselves to the tri-tip, chicken, hot links, salad, potato salad, beans, rolls, and cookies.  Everyone appeared to enjoy and some took a trip back for seconds....  A big thank you to the "Iron Chefs," Johnny Miyasaki, Mick O'Neill, Jeff Enfield, Melissa Somers, Keith Jackson, and Gary Labb, for helping to prepare the meal. 

Following the luncheon, the raffle was conducted by Mick O'Neill, Melissa Somers, and Johnny Miyasaki.  The raffle helps raise money for WSATI funds that assist in putting on future seminars, as well as supporting events such as the San Diego and Orange County ATAC Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year programs. 

There were several new faces that came to the meeting (about eight), as well as several "old" members who had not been to the meetings in some time.  Thank you all for your attendance.

The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be on May 18, 2017 in Long Beach.

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