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The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Ontario... no September meeting due to the Seminar...
Schedule of Training Meetings / Luncheons
for Calendar Year 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Long Beach Thursday, July 18, 2019 El Monte
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Westchester No September Meeting Due to Seminar in October
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Irwindale Thursday, November 21, 2019 Ontario
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

Due to the training seminar in October, there will not be a WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon in September.

The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 10:00 am at the Ontario Police Department, 2500 S. Archibald Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761 (909) 395-2001.

The Guest Speaker for the November 21, 2019 Meeting has yet to be confirmed.  Please check back here in September for the Speaker information.

For a map to this location, please click here.

RSVPs will be necessary for this meeting's luncheon portion of the meeting. Only RSVP if you will be attending the luncheon portion of this meeting.  Please RSVP via rsvp@wsati.org by Thursday, November 14, 2019, noon (12:00 pm).   The WSATI Southern Chapter Officers are also seeking your thoughts about future training at the meetings.  Please include your ideas of what you'd like to see when you make your RSVP for this meeting.

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Last WSATI Training Meeting / Luncheon
July 18, 2019 WSATI Training Meeting / Luncheon
El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant - El Monte

2019 WSATI Southern Chapter President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU) welcomed everyone to the meeting at the newest WSATI venue, the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant in El Monte.  Mick thanked everyone for making it to the meeting in all the traffic.

Mick introduced the other 2019 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Vice President Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Secretary Melissa Somers (CPP of SoCal)
Treasurer Joe Starbird (Long Beach Police)
Sergeant-At-Arms Jesse Bravo (Irwindale PD / TRAP)
Associate Director Melissa Castaneda (Automotive Collision Consultants)
Associate Director Jess Corral (
National Insurance Crime Bureau)
Associate Director Rob Midzuno (Nationwide Insurance SIU)
Associate Director Michael Octave (LASD / TRAP)
Associate Director Richard Spallinger (NICB)

Associate Director Luis Alvarez (Viper Group), Associate Director George Molina (LAPD / TRAP), Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD / TRAP), Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP), and 2018 Past President Jeff Enfield (LASD / TRAP) could not make it to the meeting.

WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents who were in attendance:

Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), and Gary Labb (2000).

Logo  2007 - 2014 WSATI Southern Chapter

Mick then introduced the Guest Speakers, California Department of Insurance Detective Sergeant Rick Edmonson, currently assigned to the L.A. AIFTF and California Department of Insurance Technician Natalie Chandler, currently assigned to the Complaince section in Sacramento  Rick made a presentation on "Updated SFC / FD1 Information and the newly re-formed Los Angeles County Automobile Insurance Fraud Task Force."  Natalie gave a presentation on "compliance requirements."

Following Rick and Natalie's presentation, Mick opened up the Roundtable Discussion.  Webmaster Gary Labb (Santa Ana Police / OCATT [retired]) advised the attendees of the encrypted online networking roster and gave the attendees the password to allow them access to the roster.

Mick O'Neill spoke about the 2019 WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the Southern Chapter, which will take place October 13-17, 2018, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.  The preliminary information is posted on the WSATI website.  WSATI Southern Chapter is seeking manpower assistance and sponsorship support.  Online registration is available on the website.

Mick then invited those who purchased luncheon tickets to enjoy their lunch while networking with the others in the room.  A buffet style lunch was provided by the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant.

Following the luncheon, the raffle was conducted by Mick O'Neill, with the help of Melissa SomersRob Midzuno, Johnny Miyasaki, and Jesse Bravo.  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, as well as several "old" members who had not been to the meetings in some time.  Thank you all for your attendance.

Mick announced that due to the seminar in October, there would not be a Training Meeting / Luncheon held in September.  He said the next meeting / luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at a venue to be determined.  

The meeting was adjourned.

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