• April’s Authority Live Webcast: Active Shooter

    April 18, 2018

    The California’s JIPA’s webcast series, Authority Live!, is back on April 23, 2018 at 10:00 am with an episode regarding active shooter scenarios. The possibility of someone coming into a facility with a gun and shooting people is rare, but nonetheless catastrophic. Recent shootings in Florida and Las Vegas have stirred the debate on what should be done to lessen or prevent such horrific events. While these issues are complex and span all aspects of life, regardless of social or economic status, there are steps that can be taken to prepare for an active shooter incident. 

    The Authority Live! Active Shooter webcast will focus primarily on threats in the workplace. Topics covered include identifying workplace warning and violence indicators, preparing your organization for an active shooter, and actions to take when such an incident occurs. 

    Authority members interested in registering to view the webcast can contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Career Opportunity: Agency Clerk

    April 4, 2018

    The Authority is currently recruiting for an Agency Clerk. The individual in this position would perform professional, technical, and administrative functions that require a high degree of discretion and independent judgment in support of the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Programs Manager. Specific tasks and responsibilities include managing the Authority’s document and records management program, analyzing legislation, and preparing correspondence and committee reports.

    The deadline to submit application materials is 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2018. For additional information on this position, including required experience and education, visit our Career Opportunities page.

  • California JPIA Now Accepting Nominations for the Capstone Award

    April 3, 2018

    The nomination period is open for the 6th Annual California JPIA Capstone Award. This award is presented annually by the California JPIA to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management among its member agencies. Again, this year, this important recognition will be awarded to an outstanding individual during a ceremony at the Authority’s Risk Management Educational Forum in September. An individual nominated for the Capstone Award is a person who works at any level within a member agency and ideally is someone who:

    • Works to support traditional or enterprise risk management efforts for the member agency.
    • Develops, implements, and administers loss prevention and loss control programs to mitigate risk exposures for the member agency.
    • Coordinates support systems that serve the member's risk management goals and needs.
    • Influences others in developing quality risk management programs for the member agency.

    To submit someone for consideration, complete this brief Capstone Award nomination form. The success of the Capstone Award depends on staff at member agencies identifying worthy colleagues who work tirelessly behind the scenes to promote excellence in risk management. For questions about the Capstone Award, contact Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst, by email or at (562) 467-8778.

  • Board of Directors Meeting July 18, 2018: Save the Date

    April 2, 2018

    Each July, the Authority’s Board of Directors conducts its annual meeting. Topics presented at the meeting include the annual report, and strategic plan and operational update. In addition, risk management awards are presented, and an election of Executive Committee members is conducted. The 2018 Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Authority’s campus in La Palma on Wednesday, July 18. Certification information will be sent to member agency clerks in April. For more information regarding the Board of Directors meeting, contact Denise Covell, Administrative Assistant, by email or at (562) 467-8771.

  • Academy Schedule for 2018-2020

    March 22, 2018

    The Authority’s 2018-2020 Academy schedule is now available to California JPIA members. Academies are limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis, and wait lists are established once the attendee list is full. Note that not all academies have the same registration process: certain academies will be by invitation only, and select members will be sent an email containing specific registration details. 

    Academies are training events that primarily focus on a specific public sector discipline. Each program is a multi-day training that presents essential theories and techniques in order to provide pragmatic solutions to solving everyday problems. To receive the academy schedule or for questions, please contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, via email or phone at (562) 467-8777.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Sidewalk Maintenance and Streets and Highways Code Sec. 5610

    March 22, 2018

    Many agencies are unaware of California Streets & Highways (S&H) Code Section 5610, a statute that allows members with sidewalks to transfer the risk and expense of sidewalk repairs and maintenance to adjacent private property owners. However, the statute doesn’t absolve agencies of all responsibility for inspecting and maintaining sidewalks. Authority members can share their thoughts on implementing and enforcing a program consistent with Section 5610 on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • Educational Forum 2018 Theme Announced

    March 21, 2018

    The Authority’s 23rd annual Risk Management Educational Forum has as its theme “The Amazing Race to Risk Management Success,” highlighting the importance of goals and preparation for challenges when contemplating risk management issues. The annual Forum is a two-and-a-half-day educational event that allows Authority members to study topics and issues relevant to local government, and come together to share information on agency challenges and solutions. The 2018 Forum will be held at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad from September 19-21. Registration and general Forum information, including sessions and speakers, will be available in May. For more information on the Forum, including highlights from the 2017 Forum, visit the Authority’s Educational Forum page or contact the Authority via email.

  • March is National Ladder Safety Month

    March 15, 2018

    March is National Ladder Safety Month, an opportunity to promote awareness, training, and education to prevent ladder-related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, more than 500 thousand people are treated for and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries. The Authority has ladder safety resources available from our Training Department, while the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a program to address falls in the workplace.

    For more information on National Ladder Safety Month, and to find out how agencies can promote responsible use of ladders, both in the workplace and at home, visit the American Ladder Institute’s website dedicated to this issue.

  • Executive Academy 2018 Registration Open

    March 15, 2018

    The Authority’s Executive Academy for 2018 is now open for registration. The academy, which is designed for current or soon-to-be city managers and chief executives, will be held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. The Executive Academy offers a unique opportunity for the chief executives of the Authority’s member agencies to network with each other while exchanging information on current challenges and practical solutions. Topics covered at this academy include key steps to effective succession planning, public relations and dealing with the media, and how the California JPIA can assist in protecting member agencies. Note that the academy is limited to 25 participants and the registration deadline is March 22, 2018. To register, visit the Executive Academy website. For more information, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, via email or at (562) 467-8777.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Encroachment Permits and Insurance

    March 8, 2018

    When dealing with the issue of encroachment on agency property, the Authority has specific recommendations regarding risk transfer. However, Authority members sometimes struggle to obtain appropriate insurance from individuals (particularly homeowners) or entities who want to encroach on agency property. Members can share their thoughts on how to effectively transfer risk associated with encroachment on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

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