• Registration Open for Third Quarter Risk Managers Roundtable

    July 19, 2018

    Registration is open for the Authority’s third quarter Risk Managers Roundtable, featuring the topic “Volunteer Management.” Participants at this roundtable will learn how to better manage volunteers at their agencies, with presentation topics including the appropriate age for volunteers, court-ordered community service programs, and the Authority’s Volunteer Manual Template. The roundtables will be presented at three locations: La Palma, Indian Wells, and Arroyo Grande. Risk managers, human resource professionals, and anyone who is responsible for volunteer programs at their agency are encouraged to attend one of the roundtables.

    The schedule for the roundtables is listed below:

    • Tuesday, August 14 – La Palma
    • Wednesday, August 22 – Indian Wells
    • Tuesday, August 28 - Arroyo Grande

    More information on this roundtable can be found on the Authority’s website. For questions, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, at 562-467-8777 or by email.

  • June Public Works Academy Held in Paso Robles

    July 18, 2018

    The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the La Bellasera Hotel in Paso Robles. Twenty-one attendees from 15 agencies took part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as Risk Management for Public Works, Contractual Risk Transfer, Technology, Investigating Claims, and Fleet Management and Driver Safety. The Academy concluded with an in-depth look into the lessons learned from public works exposures with Paul Zeglovitch, Scott Grossberg, and Scott Haith. Attendees commented that they were pleased with the variety of topics presented and were also glad to have the opportunity to hear real-case scenarios. 

    The Authority’s academies are multi-day training seminars which focus on a specific public-sector discipline and provide attendees with opportunities to interact with their peers and share real-world challenges and successes. Click here to learn more about the topics that are presented at the Public Works Academy. 

    For questions and information about this and other academies, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or phone at (562) 467-8777.

  • Risk Managers Roundtables Provide Interactive Learning Opportunities for Members

    July 5, 2018

    Details on the third and fourth quarter Risk Managers Roundtables, to be held in August and November of 2018, will be available in the coming weeks. The Authority’s quarterly roundtables present various topics related to risk management and provide interactive learning opportunities for members on timely and relevant topics. Typically, the two-hour roundtables are held at three locations: the California JPIA Campus in La Palma, a host member agency in the Central Coast, and a host member agency in the Coachella Valley. 

    During the first quarter roundtable in March, Carl Sandstrom, the Authority’s Business Projects Manager, presented “MyJPIA Website and Resources,” featuring an advance look at the new format and functionality of the Authority’s member portal, myJPIA. Participants were invited to bring their smartphones, tablets, or laptops to the roundtable and sign in to myJPIA to follow along and experience their unique profile and resources. The second quarter roundtable took place in May. Traci Park, Attorney at Burke Williams and Sorensen, covered the topic “Developing Quality Staff Through Effective Performance Feedback.” Attendees learned the importance of properly documenting employee performance and how evaluations can be used as a tool to forge and sustain a strong and effective workplace relationship between supervisors and their employees. 

    For more information on these roundtables, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Cool Zones

    July 5, 2018

    To assist citizens during the hottest part of the year, and in the interest of public health, some Authority members arrange for a network of cool zones or cooling centers (e.g. libraries and churches), which provide cool, air-conditioned locations for residents and other individuals who have nowhere else to go. However, it’s necessary to think strategically about where these cool zones should be located, how long they should be open, and what rules exist for those individuals who visit. What are some of the parameters used when establishing cool zones? Members can share their thoughts on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page regarding establishing cool zones.

  • Authority Offices Closed in Observance of the Fourth of July Holiday

    July 2, 2018

    The California JPIA offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. For urgent matters, please call the Authority’s main number, (562) 467-8700, and you will be directed to the staff member on call. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, July 5.

  • Registration Open for the 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

    June 27, 2018

    Registration is currently open for the Authority’s annual Board of Directors meeting, to be held on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:00 pm at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the Executive Committee and Authority staff, and network with other members of the California JPIA. The business meeting will present information about the Authority's objectives, vision, and accomplishments over the past year and will recognize winners of the 2018 Risk Management Awards. 

    In addition, voting delegates will elect four Executive Committee members, and the Board of Directors will elect one member from the Executive Committee to serve as Vice President for a two-year term. 

    All member-appointed California JPIA directors or designated voting alternates are urged to attend in order to achieve a quorum. Register online on or before July 11, 2018. For questions or assistance, please contact Denise Covell, Administrative Assistant, by email or (562) 467-8771.

  • Legislative Action Day 2018

    June 14, 2018

    The California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) annually attends a Legislative Action Day where member agencies and service providers hear about pending changes at the capitol and meet with legislators and their staff to discuss pending bills.  

    This year’s event took place on Tuesday, April 3 with five members of the California JPIA staff in attendance: 

    • Norm Lefmann, Assistant Executive Officer
    • Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager
    • Carl Sandstrom, Business Projects Manager
    • Maria Galvan, Risk Manager
    • Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst 

    Authority attendees addressed five key bills during their meetings with legislators and staff. For details on each of these bills, see the Legislative Advocacy article in the Authority’s May newsletter.

  • Revised Drug-Free Workplace Policy Available to Members

    June 14, 2018

    The Authority has recently updated its “Drug-Free Workplace” policy template to assist members with maintaining a workplace that is free of drugs and alcohol, and to discourage drug and alcohol abuse by employees. This policy governs not only the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, but also the use and abuse of legal drugs in the workplace. The template also includes references and appendices that help to provide context and a foundation for the policy. 

    The “Drug-Free Workplace” policy template is available in the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. For questions regarding this resource, please contact your assigned regional risk manager.

  • Mandated Reporter Policy Templates Added to Online Library

    June 5, 2018

    The Authority has recently created two new policy templates to assist members with the development of a policy for mandated reporter requirements. One template is specific to mandated reporter requirements as they pertain to children, and the other pertains to the elderly and dependent adults. The templates identify employees who are required to report child, elder, or dependent adult abuse under the law; set forth the timeline and procedures for making reports; and establish additional obligations of the agency and its employees and volunteers. 

    The mandated reporter policy templates are available in the “Policy Templates” section of the Resources and Documents library on the Authority’s website. For questions on these resources, members can contact their assigned regional risk manager.

  • Registration Open for the 2018 Risk Management Educational Forum

    May 29, 2018

    Registration is open for the Authority’s 23rd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, entitled The Amazing Race to Risk Management Success. The Forum will be held at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad on September 19 – 21, 2018 and will feature keynote speaker Phil Hansen, whose artistic journey has become a source of inspiration for the tens of millions who have seen his art on television and online. Hansen’s personal story of transformation provides a powerful message of embracing change and overcoming obstacles. Session topics at this year’s Forum include the homeless dilemma, employment litigation and the #MeToo impact, retaining and motivating employees, and juror perceptions and biases. 

    While there is no cost to California JPIA members for Forum registration, it does not include hotel accommodations. Registration is also limited to public agency officials and employees, and the Authority’s business partners. Please visit the Forum website to register and for more information. For Forum-related questions, please click here to send an email.

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