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Oct 19 2021

Making Lemonade: A Message From The Board President

San Francisco, where nearly 80% have received at least one vaccine shot, has implemented vaccine requirements for meetings beginning in mid-September. We know from the actions government has taken in the past year that this may change at any time. So, when we get lemons, we make lemonade.

Oct 15 2021

Newsom Signs New Legislation

Governor Newsom just signed new legislation amending B & P Code Section 17602 dealing with “Automatic Renewals.”  The section was originally added a few years ago and provided certain conditions if the contract automatically renewed for a period in excess of thirty (30) days.  Much has previously been written about the section.    
Judge's gavel on table in office

Oct 7 2021

Infrastructure Bill Would End the Employee Retention Credit

The infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate on August 10, 2021 would end the employee retention credit (ERC) early, making wages paid after Sept. 30, 2021, ineligible for the credit (except for wages paid by an eligible recovery startup business). 

Oct 7 2021

Cultivating A Disruptor Mindset in the Security Industry

You hear it all the time — how this or that business, person or technology is a disruptor. It sounds great, but what does it really mean? Disruptors change the way something is done in a given area of industry, but on a smaller scale, a disruptor can be someone or a business that shake up how things are done in their own area or local. Change is integral to business development, however, if done right you can disrupt the established order in your area. And that is the key to a successful security business.

Oct 7 2021

Chiefs of Police Endorse Model Alarm Ordinance

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently passed a resolution that endorses the Model Alarm Ordinance as a tool for promoting “bests practices” to achieve a reduction in alarm dispatches and recommends the ordinance to its 31,000 members in 165 countries. 
irs notices

Oct 7 2021

IRS Notices, Liens, and Levies

The IRS collection division is recovering from pre-pandemic lockdowns and began sending out letters from the Automated Collection System function in June.  They also restarted the income tax levy program in July. In addition, responsible officers continue to work on non-filer cases and are sending out notices and billing notices; however, their focus is primarily on egregious cases, such as high-income non-filers.

Sep 29 2021

Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing Becomes Effective on October 24, 2021 for Multiple States/Area Codes
988 Becomes Available Nationwide on July 16, 2022

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted “988” as a new 3-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022. Wireless customers may dial either 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline now. Landline customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach…

Sep 17 2021

Governor Newsom defeated the effort to recall him resoundingly. Here’s why.

Governor Newsom defeated the effort to recall him resoundingly. The September 14 election saw 44% voter turnout, lower than the 61.2% turnout seen in the 2003 recall of Governor Davis. Ultimately, 63.8% of those who voted chose to keep Newsom in office while 36.2% voted to oust him.

Sep 8 2021

Will Governor Newsom Defeat the Recall?

The Legislature has just one week before adjourning the 2021 session on September 10. Governor Newsom will have until October 10 to act on the hundreds of bills that are making their way to his desk this week and next. As we’ve reported previously, we expect that the Governor will defer much of this work until after his September 14 recall election.

Sep 7 2021

Cultivating A Disruptor Mindset in the Security Industry

Change is integral to business development, however, if done right you can disrupt the established order in your area. And that is the key to a successful security business.

Upcoming Events

From regional networking luncheons to the major conventions, the CAA and its regional associations will host a number of exciting events this year. 

  • CAA Winter Convention 2022

    Our annual Winter conference will be live and in person at the Fairmont in San Francisco, CA. Online registration is open now! RSVP, and view and sign up for seminars. 

  • Regional Chapter Events

    Local events are being held throughout the state. Join your local chapter for fun opportunities to network and learn from your peers.

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About the CAA

The California Alarm Association develops and manages programs to benefit members and to promote the growth of professionalism in the electronic security industry throughout the state of California. Membership dues provide the foundation for funding these programs, but we rely on the financial support of individuals and companies to expand existing programs and launch new initiatives. These non-dues revenues are critical for the protection of the industry in which we all make our livelihood, and to preserve our ability to enhance public safety in our communities.


  1. Serve our members and associates by being the industry advocate and liaison with public safety agencies, government bureaus, and licensing, standards and regulation bodies.
  2. Serve the people of California by being a reliable and trusted resource for safety and security information and services.


Promote growth, professionalism and innovation in the security industry, and to make all Californians safer and more secure.


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Electronic Security Association (ESA) 
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(866) 636-1687 

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