• Public Works Professionals Attend 2019 Academy 

    August 5, 2019

    The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the Hyatt Regency in Westlake Village. Twenty-four attendees from 19 member agencies took part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as design immunity, contractual risk transfer, and driver safety. “Overall, this Public Works Academy captured and maintained our attention through enthusiastic, simple to understand, highly educated speakers. My perception and understanding have definitely been broadened,” remarked one attendee.  

    The next Public Works Academy will be held on June 16 – 18, 2020, in Indian Wells. Click here to learn more about the topics that are presented at this Academy. 

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

  • Registration Open for 2019 Q3 Risk Managers Roundtables

    August 5, 2019

    Registration is open for the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtables for the third quarter. The topic for this roundtable is “Understanding and Preserving Governmental Immunity Defenses,” which will be presented by Christie Swiss and Mike Wroniak of Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP. In certain types of litigation, government agencies may invoke immunity defenses that prevail with near absolute certainty. Knowledge of these governmental immunities is a key component of public agency liability defense. The roundtable presentation will cover how to establish and preserve design, trail, and other immunities, and will be followed by a discussion led by one of the Authority’s risk managers. 

    Members can register for this roundtable through myJPIA. The schedule for the roundtables is listed below: 

    ·        Tuesday, August 6 – La Palma
    ·        Tuesday, August 20 – Palm Desert
    ·        Tuesday, August 27 – Pismo Beach

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

  • Registration for 2019 Workers’ Compensation Symposium

    July 29, 2019

    The 11th annual Workers' Compensation Symposium will be taking place on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Authority's campus in La Palma. The day will provide an opportunity for members to meet with the York claims team and the Authority's panel attorneys, and to learn more current issues regarding workers' compensation. Topics being presented at this year’s symposium include an introduction to Telehealth, a 2019 legislative update, and a look at new strategies being utilized by applicant attorneys. 

    Visit the symposium’s event page to register. Note that the deadline to register is Monday, August 5, 2019. For registration questions, contact Denise Covell, Administrative Assistant by email or at (562) 467-8771. 

    For other questions about the event, contact Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8707.

  • Website Accessibility Guidelines and AB 434

    July 2, 2019

    Some Authority members have recently expressed concern about Assembly Bill 434 (Baker), which deals with website accessibility guidelines. It is important to note that this bill, effective July 1, 2019, applies only to state agencies, not local government agencies. However, the Department of Justice has consistently maintained that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites, so public agencies should ensure that their websites are accessible to those with disabilities. Los Angeles and Orange Counties have both experienced an increase in lawsuits based on websites that are not in compliance with the ADA. For more information on these lawsuits, as well as steps public agencies can take to make their websites accessible, see the article, “ADA Web Accessibility Litigation Is on the Rise,” in the Authority’s February 2019 newsletter.

  • New Wildfire White Paper Available to Authority Members

    July 2, 2019

    The Authority has released a white paper on wildfire risk management, available to members of the California JPIA. This white paper encourages specific recommendations and resources to aid in understanding and managing wildfire risks. Included is information on planning for wildfires, coordinating resources, establishing ongoing and accurate communication with the community, enforcing sound loss prevention and defensible space practices, and understanding communties’ specific vulnerabilities that result from historical design or geographic location. The paper concludes with a list of available resources that are referenced throughout. 

    The wildfire white paper is available to members in the online Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. For questions about this and other resources, members can contact their regional Risk Manager.

  • 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.

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