• 2018 Risk Management Awards Highlight Member Achievements

    August 2, 2018

    The California JPIA recognized six of its members for their achievements in risk management by honoring them with the 2018 Risk Management Award. The Risk Management Awards highlight dedicated efforts and accomplishments in risk management, recognizing Authority members that have demonstrated the best overall performance in the Liability Program and the Workers’ Compensation Program. 

    For the Primary Liability Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were: 

    • For non-municipal agencies: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
    • For municipal agencies without police exposure: City of Bradbury
    • For municipal agencies with police exposure: City of Signal Hill 

    For the Primary Workers’ Compensation Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were: 

    • For non-municipal agencies: Coastal Animal Services Authority
    • For municipal agencies without public safety exposure: City of Rolling Hills Estates
    • For municipal agencies with public safety exposure: City of Poway 

    The award winners were honored at the Authority’s Board of Directors meeting on July 18, 2018 at the Authority’s La Palma campus. See the Authority’s July newsletter for more information on the Risk Management Awards.

  • Annual Board of Directors Meeting Held in July

    August 2, 2018

    The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held in La Palma on July 18, 2018 with a quorum of delegates in attendance, representing 73 member agencies. Curtis Morris, President of the Executive Committee, presided over the meeting, which included Executive Committee elections, recognition of the 2018 Risk Management Award winners, and a presentation of the Authority’s recent activities and initiatives. 

    The Board of Directors unanimously elected Margaret Finlay as Vice President of the Executive Committee, while Tom Chavez, City of Temple City; Daryl Hofmeyer, City of Paramount; Mary Ann Reiss, City of Pismo Beach; and Mark Waronek, City of Lomita, were elected as members of the Executive Committee, each serving a two-year term. Chief Executive Officer, Jon Shull, presented the strategic plan, operational overview, and current initiatives of the Authority. 

    The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on July 17, 2019.

  • 2018 Capstone Award Finalists Selected

    August 1, 2018

    The finalists for the 2018 Capstone Award have been selected and will be honored in a ceremony at this September’s Risk Management Educational Forum. The Capstone Award is presented at the Forum each year to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management.

    The 2018 finalists are:

    • Karina Bañales, City of Palos Verdes Estates
    • Teri Davis, City of Moorpark
    • Sarah Siep, City of Big Bear Lake
    • Brad Stewart, City of San Dimas

    The Forum will be held on September 19 - 21 at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. For more information or to register for the Forum, members can visit the Forum’s event page.

  • Newly Elected Official Academy Covers the Fundamentals of Local Government

    July 31, 2018

    The Authority’s Newly Elected Officials Academy was held in June in Laguna Beach with 22 elected officials from 17 different public agencies attending sessions that covered the fundamentals of local government. Newly elected officials first seated between November 2016 and April 2018 were invited to attend this two-day training event. Topics included in the sessions were the council/board member’s role, dealing with the media, reducing risk for public agencies, and other legal, financial, and governmental issues. The event was well received by attendees, one of whom stated, “This is an incredible academy. It should be a ‘must’ for every new elected member.” 

    The Newly Elected Officials Academy is held annually with the next academy occurring in June 2019. For questions regarding any of the California JPIA academies, please contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or at (562) 467-8777.

  • Program Certificates for 2018-19 Now Available to Members in MyJPIA

    July 19, 2018

    Members with responsibility for their agency’s program certificates and other coverage documents are now able to use a new feature in myJPIA which allows them to easily download program certificates for each pooled program in which their agency participates. The 2018-19 program certificates are available using this feature. If already in myJPIA, the certificates can be found by clicking on the heading “Risk Management,” and then on “Memoranda and Certificates.”

    For questions about this new feature, email the Authority or call us at (562) 467-8700.

  • Workers’ Compensation Symposium 2018 Registration

    July 19, 2018

    Registration is still open for the 2018 California JPIA’s annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium, to be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. This event provides an opportunity for members to hear from industry experts and meet with the Authority’s panel attorneys and the York claims team. Topics being presented at this year’s symposium include a legislative update, return-to-work programs, and resolving claims with difficult employees. Risk managers, human resource professionals, and any members who are associated with their agency’s workers’ compensation program are encouraged to attend.

    Visit the event website to learn more and to register. For questions about this symposium, contact Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8707.

  • 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.

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