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President's Note

Dear CAG Members,

It's already October.... but there's still lots of activity in golf this month, here in California. From tour events to cup matches and educational seminars, and then some, it has been a busy time for the CAG leadership team. Thus said, the California Alliance for Golf (CAG) meeting originally set for October 18, 2018 (in Ontario, CA) has been postponed. Details about a rescheduled meeting/conference call will be provided soon.
In the meantime, CAG sub-committees will continue to meet on a regular basis. Alliance focus still remains in the areas of legislative advocacy and membership development, and with support to growth of the game.
In closing, in order for us to successfully serve and protect the California Golf Industry, donations to The Alliance are still needed and warmly welcomed. They can be made conveniently online at:
Thank you for your support!

Yours in Golf,
Emmy Moore Minister
California Alliance for Golf
Legislative Updates
Provided by Tony Rice

Now that the seasons are beginning to change from summer to fall, so too are members of the Legislature changing from frenetic legislative activity to focusing on the upcoming midterm elections. Once the Legislature ceased its two-year session a little after midnight, August 31, the halls of the Capitol have been devoid of people literally running around trying to make the next meeting or important vote. Of course, that is not to say that nothing is happening in Sacramento, and CAG has several items to follow-up from the session in preparation for the renewed legislative activity in 2019, but everyone now has the opportunity to catch their breaths, reconcile what has transpired over the past several months and positively position the organization moving forward.  
Speaking of the end of the legislative session, CAG was supporting and closely monitoring two bills that the Governor recently acted upon. As a refresher, the Governor has the entire month of September to consider the bills that are passed to him during the final weeks of the session. One never knows when the Governor will act on a particular item of interest so keeping in close contact with his staff and social media is important to keep abreast of his actions and activities. The Governor has vetoed two bills supported by CAG, AB 1918 (Garcia) and AB 2614 (Carrillo). Both bills sought to increase exposure and availability to outside recreational opportunities, including golf. While we would have liked to see the bills become law, we look forward to working with both authors again and hopefully the reintroduction of the bills again in 2019, taking advantage of a new perspective from the Administration after Governor Brown is termed out of office this year.
And finally, as CAG looks forward to 2019, one of the highest priorities of the organization’s legislative committee will be to develop a cogent and rational position as it relates to the use of independent contractors. Without getting into too much detail, a recent Supreme Court decision significantly altered the definition as to who is legitimately an independent contractor and who should be considered an employee.  Both labor and business organizations have been scrambling to determine what the change means to the labor market in California. The Legislature resisted efforts to address the changes during the end of session, preferring to take some time to analyze and understand the ramifications to the labor market before making any kind of broad sweeping alterations. However, without question, this issue will be front and center when the new legislative session reconvenes in January and CAG will be working hard over the coming months to identify and address any concerns the decision means for the golfing industry.
As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Golf News

The Alondra Golf Course has a High Potential to be Repurposed as a Park
By: ABC 7 News

The Alondra Golf Course could be hitting a hazard. A Los Angeles County report says Alondra has a high potential to be repurposed as a park.

The report also identified four other county-run courses.

A decline in usage and revenue were the main reasons, as was the lack of park space in North Torrance and Lawndale where the course sits. A 2016 Los Angeles County Parks assessment say the area has a very high need for additional park space.

The number of rounds of golf at Alondra has dropped by 24 percent and net revenues have been cut in half in the last decade. Those numbers are consistent with the national average.

More than 800 golf courses nationwide have closed in the last decade.

There are two courses that make up Alondra's 214 acres.

Read the full article here.

Additional Golf News

Membership News
October CAG Board Membership Meeting Postponed

A reminder to all Board Members that our October CAG Board meeting will be postponed to a later date, which has yet to be determined.

We will notify CAG when the new meeting date has been set.

In the meantime, we look forward to continuing our discussions with both our CAG sub-committees. The Legislative Committee continues to meet and discuss CAG's legislative activities and plans for our next steps, as well as the Membership Committee, who has been working diligently to grow our membership and create a sustainable funding plan.
102nd PGA Annual Meeting 
November 5-9, 2018
Palm Springs, CA

PGA Merchandise Show
January 22-25, 2019
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
Nor Cal Golf Rep Show
February 25-26, 2019
Thunder Valley Casino
Lincoln, CA

PGA Championship
May 13-19, 2019
Bethpage Black Golf Course
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