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A Note From Our President
Dear CAG Members and Friends,

It is with a very heavy heart I share the sad news that our most recent CAG Board President Chris Thomas, PGA, has passed away suddenly.

It seems like, he was here with all of us one day...then, gone the next. Chris and I sat next to each other on our flight back home from our recent CAG meeting in So Cal. We laughed a lot on that flight home, reminiscing old times. We also talked about work and the CAG meeting we had just attended, where he wrapped up his dedicated tenure as president. I thanked him for his leadership and for overseeing CAG through its recent Strategic Planning Session, where a blueprint for our future was developed.
Chris loved every aspect of golf. He was looking forward to the upcoming week with the NCGA-NCPGA Cup Matches, the California Golf Writers dinner and with plans to finish his week at the NCGA meeting in Pebble Beach. He was also looking forward to the upcoming PGA Meeting in Austin, Texas. 

On that flight we also talked about our families, and the minute I asked how his wife, Selena, and the girls were doing, his eyes lit up. Happy and proud, that he was. While he enjoyed golf and the business thereof, family was always first for Chris.
A memorial service for Chris will be held on Wed. November 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at El Macero Country Club, El Macero, CA, 95618. 

If you would like to join me in making a donation to a special college fund for his daughters Taylor and Tara, you can do so through the "Chris Thomas Memorial Fund" online  here.

Yours in Golf,

Emmy Moore Minister
California Alliance for Golf

Membership Updates
CAG Updates

2018 National Golf Day

The World Golf Foundation is working to incorporate a major municipal presence in next April's National Golf Day festivities. Municipal golf managers have been included in the meetings WGF and GCSAA schedule for golf course superintendents, golf professionals, course owners, course managers, association representatives, and business interests with the Congressmen in whose Districts they labor.  It also means inclusion in the larger meetings scheduled with Committee Chairs and key Senators to discuss specific pieces of pending legislation, specific pieces of proposed legislation, and general subject matter of interest to the golf industry. This also means inclusion in many of the staged and/or promotional events that are routine parts of the 2-day show the United States golf community puts on for the national legislature.  

WGF is working to get municipal managers from all over the country. Given that the energy for all of this comes from right here in Southern California, we hope that many of you will make the 2,500 mile trek to participate. 

Sacramento Updates
As provided by Craig Kessler, SCPGA

At about 2:30 am on Saturday, September 16, the Legislature recessed for the remainder of the year.

Fortunately for CAG and the California golfing industry, we remained off the radar for any nefarious activities. Several hundred pieces of legislation passed to the governor, with lion’s share coming in the final few days. The governor had until October 15 to sign or veto all the measures before him for consideration. 

Last month was the season when the Governor signs those bills that the legislature has put on his desk.  The vetoes will come a little later. Two (2) bills of some interest were signed last month include:

SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) extends 12 weeks of "protected" job leave to mothers and fathers of newborns -- "protected" meaning that they are entitled to their jobs upon completion of the leave.  The law extends Federal protections that already apply to those who work for firms with 50 or more employees to state firms that employ 20 to 49 workers, which entails roughly 16% of California's workforce.  The law does not apply to those who work for firms employing fewer than 20 persons.  Such firms represent 90% of California's businesses; however considerably less than 90% of the workforce.

AB 168 bars California employers from seeking information on the prior salaries and benefits of job applicants for the express purpose of discontinuing a practice that locks women into an established pattern of pay inequity as they move from job to job.

Both bills (soon to be laws) are an indicator of a pattern in employer law we should expect to continue -- a perspective that puts the needs of labor in general and employees in specific before the other equities that all taken together constitute the body economic.

A Gift for Women's Golf: An Open at Pebble Beach

By: Larry Bohannan, The Desert Sun

For all the supporters of women’s golf in the world, and there are plenty, the truth remains that the women’s game still struggles in the corporate and television world compared to the men’s game.

So when a victory does come along for women’s golf, it’s worth celebrating. One of those victories came earlier this week when the United States Golf Association delivered Pebble Beach to the women’s game, wrapped up in a bow that said “2023 U.S. Women’s Open.”

In its latest round of announcements for future national championships, the USGA named Pebble Beach the host of the Women’s Open in 2023 while also announcing the men’s Open will return to the Monterey Peninsula course in 2027 (Pebble Beach will host the men’s Open in 2019 as well).

Read the full article here.

Additional golf news:
Northern California Golf Courses Battle Back After Wildfires

By: Dan Kilbridge, Golfweek

The Atlas fire started around 9:20 p.m. PT Oct. 8, roughly three hours after Brendan Steele finished two shots ahead of Tony Finau to win the Safeway Open at 15 under at Silverado Resort’s North Course.

By morning, the fire had burned an estimated 25,000 acres amid the beautiful homes, wineries and ranches in Northern California’s Napa Valley region.

Most of the 15,000 fans in attendance for the PGA Tour event were long gone, and those staying on Silverado’s 370-room property were able to leave safely.

CNN’s Breaking News Twitter account posted a photo of the blaze at Silverado the day after the Safeway Open, and the dramatic image appeared to show an entire grandstand area engulfed in flames.

Read the full article here.

Additional environmental news: 

Nor Cal PGA Annual Meeting
Northridge G&CC
Fair Oaks, CA
December 4
So Cal PGA Annual Meeting
Newport CC
Newport, CA
December 4
2018 PGA Merchandise Show
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
January 23-26
PGA TOUR Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines GC
La Jolla, CA
Jan 25-28
2018 Golf Industry Show
Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
February 3-8
PGA TOUR AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM
Pebble Beach, CA
February 5-11
PGA TOUR Genesis
Riviera CC
Pacific Palisades, CA
February 15-18
37th Annual Nor Cal Golf Rep Industry Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Lincoln, CA
February 26-27
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