• Capstone Award Nomination Deadline Is June 19

    June 13, 2019

    The deadline is Wednesday, June 19, to submit a nomination for the Authority’s 7th Annual Capstone Award. The Capstone Award is presented each year at the Authority’s Risk Management Educational Forum, and is given to an individual at a member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. To nominate someone or to nominate yourself, click on this survey link to complete the nomination form. For more information on the award, including qualifications for nominees, visit the Capstone Award page on the Authority’s website For questions, contact Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst, by email or at 562-467-8778.

    The 2019 Risk Management Educational Forum will be held on October 9 – 11 in Indian Wells.

  • Marshall Goodman Joins Authority Executive Committee

    June 13, 2019

    Marshall Goodman, mayor of the City of La Palma, was appointed to the Authority’s Executive Committee in April, filling the vacant seat of committee member Jennifer King, whose term on the Palos Verdes Estates City Council expired in March 2019. Goodman, elected to the La Palma City Council in 2016, began his service as a member of the Community Activity and Beautification Committee. 

    “The California JPIA is pleased to welcome Marshall Goodman—our neighbor—to serve on the Executive Committee,” said Authority Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull. “We look forward to the Authority’s benefiting from the reasoning, analytical ability, and consensus-building acumen that he has demonstrated as a leader here in La Palma.” 

    Learn more about Goodman in the California JPIA’s May newsletter.

  • Registration Now Open for the 2019 Risk Management Educational Forum

    June 12, 2019

    Registration has opened for the Authority’s 2019 Risk Management Educational Forum, titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Risk Management.” The Forum will be held on October 9-11, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells. 

    This year's keynote speaker, Mac Anderson, is the founder of Simple Truths and Successories, Inc., the leader in designing and marketing products for motivation and recognition. Mac is also the founder and CEO of McCord Travel, the largest travel company in the Midwest, and part owner/VP of sales and marketing for Orval Kent Food Company, the country's largest manufacturer of prepared salads. His accomplishments in these unrelated industries provide insight into his passion and leadership skills. 

    Note that registration is limited to public agency officials and employees, and the Authority’s business partners. There is no registration fee for members of the California JPIA. 

    For more information and to register, visit the Forum website. For questions, send an email to our Forum team or call the Authority at (562) 467-8700.

  • May Risk Managers Roundtables: Handling Workplace Investigations

    May 2, 2019

    Registration is currently open for the second quarter series of the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtables, which will take place in May and feature the topic, “Handling Workplace Investigations.” Attendees of this event will learn when to use an external vs. an internal investigator, the importance of documentation of investigations, and documenting employee misconduct. Speaker/facilitator Kelly Trainer, Partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, will lead an interactive discussion during the roundtable.  

    The schedule of sessions is listed below.  

    • May 7 in La Palma
    • May 14 in Palm Desert
    • May 21 in San Luis Obispo  

    For more information or to register, members can log into myJPIA. For questions, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • National Volunteer Month

    April 25, 2019

    April is National Volunteer Month, a month that recognizes the importance of volunteers and the valuable work they do in communities throughout the year. Since many public agencies use volunteers for recreation programs and beneficial community service projects, the Authority offers numerous resources to assist agencies with the use of volunteers. 

    A Volunteer Manual provides guidelines for agencies and includes a letter to prospective volunteers, a volunteer bill of rights, workers’ compensation information, and more. For agencies using volunteers who are minors, a background Parental Consent Release form is available. Authority members are encouraged to browse through the Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org to find other useful documents and forms. Archived newsletter articles are another source of information, including articles on managing volunteer risks, minor volunteers and interns, and effective screening procedures. 

    For questions about using volunteers, contact your regional Risk Manager.

  • Authority Staff Advocate for Agencies at Legislative Action Day

    April 16, 2019

    In March, California JPIA staff attended the California Association of Joint Power Authorities’ (CAJPA) Legislative Action Day in Sacramento to meet one-on-one with California legislators in order to educate them on proposed legislation that would affect Authority members. In attendance were Risk Manager Maria Galvan, Administrative Analyst Abe Han, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager Jeff Rush, and Assistant Executive Officer Norm Lefmann. “CAJPA’s annual Legislative Action Day provides an important opportunity for us to advocate for or against legislation that will impact our members,” says Lefmann, who chairs CAJPA’s Legislative Committee. 

    Visit the Authority’s March newsletter for more information about Legislative Action Day and upcoming legislation of particular interest to Authority members.

  • 2019 Capstone Award – Call for Nominations

    April 16, 2019

    Nominations for the 7th Annual Capstone Award are currently being accepted through June 19, 2019. The Authority presents the Capstone Award each year at its Risk Management Educational Forum to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. The Authority is enlisting the help of its members to identify those hardworking individuals who work behind the scenes to manage risk and ensure that their agency runs smoothly. 

    To learn more about the Capstone Award, visit the Capstone Award page on the Authority’s website, cjpia.org. To submit a nomination, use the online nomination form.

  • The Latest Trend in Performance Assessments

    April 10, 2019

    A recent article in HR Dive, an online Human Resources publication, highlighted the trend of employee performance assessments taking less time and being held more frequently than in the past. A survey of HR professionals found that many of them believed that a more frequent assessment or “check in” process led to a greater focus on goals and achievements. Some of the change in the way employers conduct assessments is being driven by employees, including millennials, who increasingly favor more frequent feedback. To learn more about this trend, visit the HR Dive website.  

    For members looking for guidance on their agency’s employee review process, the Authority offers training in Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals. Contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or phone at (562) 467-8777 for more information on this or other Authority trainings.

  • Board of Directors Meeting, July 17, 2019: Save the Date

    March 27, 2019

    The Board of Directors annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 pm at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. Topics presented at the meeting typically include the annual report and the strategic plan and operational update. In addition, the Authority’s Risk Management Awards are presented and an election of Executive Committee members is conducted. 

    Certification information was sent to member agency clerks in February. Members who have not yet certified their primary delegate and alternate to the California JPIA Board of Directors should do so by Tuesday, April 2, 2019. For more information regarding the Board of Directors meeting, contact Veronica Ruiz, Agency Clerk, by email or at (562) 467-8736.

  • 2019 Parks and Recreation Academy

    March 20, 2019

    Twenty-four attendees from 16 agencies gathered to participate in the Authority’s annual Parks and Recreation Academy, which was held in February in Westlake Village. Instructors Butch De Fillippo and Dr. Nancy White kicked off the Academy with sessions on risk management, workers’ compensation, and playground safety, while attorney Scott Grossberg conducted a full day of sessions on aquatics centers, participant waivers, and background checks. 

    The Parks and Recreation Academy is an annual, three-day academy in which attendees learn about and discuss the risks and hazards unique to parks and recreation. With best practices in mind, attendees are presented with strategies for effective and creative solutions. 

    The next Parks and Recreation Academy will be held February 4 – 6, 2020 in Indian Wells. For more information on this and other Authority academies, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or phone at (562) 467-8777.

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