Any state agency in California can be sued by private citizens by filing a claim:
Link to state website:
I’m thinking about starting some kind of union or industry association to represent the interests and rights of smog shops in California. Smog shops or techs who want to join can pay a monthly fee. Fees will help pay for legal advice and representation for actions against these abuses. All funds collected and how they are spent would be completely open and transparent.
The state can screw us over because they know as individuals we don’t have the resources or collective ability to fight back. That is why we need some kind of group to represent us.