• Fire Prevention Week Features the Theme of Look, Listen, Learn

    October 10, 2018

    October 7-13, 2018 is Fire Prevention Week, a week designed to promote public awareness on how to stay safe in case of a fire. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) chooses a theme for the week. This year’s theme is “Look, Listen, Learn,” three basic steps to reduce the likelihood of having a fire. Visit the NFPA website for helpful information on fire prevention. 

    In addition, the Authority has numerous resources for members on cjpia.org. Training offerings include fire extinguisher safety, fire prevention in the office, and emergency preparedness. In the resources and documents library, there are policy templates for emergency action and fire prevention plans, and a checklist for noting and correcting fire hazards. 

    For more information on how the Authority can assist with fire safety, members can contact their assigned Risk Manager.

  • Revised Tree Inspection and Maintenance Policy Template

    October 10, 2018

    The Authority has recently revised its Tree Inspection and Maintenance Policy template. This template establishes guidelines to reduce public agency exposure to liability associated with trees. Additionally, it contains guidelines for protecting trees and maintaining their public benefit, including improved air quality, reduced storm water flow, habitat for wildlife, and a reduced heat island effect. The revised Tree Inspection and Maintenance policy template is available electronically via the Authority's website and is accessible in Microsoft Word format, so that members can make agency-specific modifications, if necessary. 

    For questions regarding this policy template, Authority members can contact their assigned Risk Manager.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: The Human Side of Cybersecurity

    October 9, 2018

    According to “Risk Management Monitor,” a recent study in the United Kingdom revealed that human error is often the root cause of a cyber breach. Organizations can minimize the risk of a breach by educating and training employees, that is, incorporating the “human element” into their cyber risk management plans. To share thoughts on cyber risks training or to pose questions regarding this topic, members can visit the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • The Authority Welcomes Its Newest Member, Alhambra

    October 2, 2018

    This summer, the City of Alhambra became the newest member of the California JPIA, joining the Authority’s other members, which include 90 cities, 19 joint powers authorities, and six special districts. “After considering the various options available to the City, we determined that the California JPIA provides the best value in terms of mitigating the City’s level of risk and liability, while delivering high quality services at an affordable rate. The City of Alhambra is excited to begin this new, mutually beneficial partnership and looks forward to being an active member that contributes positively towards the future of the organization,” stated Jessica Binnquist, City Manager. 

    Learn more about Alhambra in our September newsletter

    For information on membership, visit the Authority’s Join page or contact Tammie Haller, Administrative Programs Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8722.

  • Memoranda of Coverage for 2018-19 Available in myJPIA

    October 1, 2018

    Memoranda of coverage for 2018-19 are available for download on myJPIA. Member employees who have been granted access can find their memoranda of coverage by logging into myJPIA, then clicking on “Risk Management” and on “Memoranda and Certificates.” If the Memoranda and Certificates page is not visible as a navigation option within myJPIA, contact Edith Avina to gain access to the page.

    For questions or more information, contact Carl Sandstrom, Business Projects Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8718.

  • Authority Offices Closed During the 2018 Educational Forum

    September 18, 2018

    The Authority’s offices will be closed from Tuesday, September 18 through Friday, September 21 while staff is attending our Annual Risk Management Educational Forum. If you have an urgent request for an evidence of coverage that is needed before September 24, please call Jim Thyden, Insurance Programs Manager, at (562) 631-5449. For all other urgent matters, please call (562) 467-8700 and leave a message. The officer on duty will return your call.

  • Members Learn about Workers’ Compensation Issues at 2018 Symposium

    September 4, 2018

    The Authority’s tenth annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium was held on August 16, 2018 on the California JPIA campus for attendees that included Authority members, defense attorneys, and claims adjusters from York. 

    Symposium attendees heard from a panel of defense attorneys, including Giovanni Valencia from Hayford, Felchlin, Valencia & McWhorter; Cliff Weinberg from Ingber & Weinberg; and Steve Siegel from Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, who shared their experiences and advice on keeping claims moving toward resolution. Other topics presented included a legislative update, causation of injuries, and the components of successful return-to-work programs. 

    The Workers’ Compensation Symposium is an annual event that is designed to provide Authority members with an opportunity to hear from numerous industry experts on workers’ compensation issues and to meet with the Authority's panel attorneys and the York claims team.   

    For more information on the symposium or to submit topic suggestions for next year’s event, contact Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Manager, by email or by phone at (562) 467-8707.

  • Wait List Open for October 2018 Management Academy

    September 4, 2018

    Registration for the Authority’s October 2018 Management Academy reached capacity soon after it opened. To be placed on the wait list, members should register for the academy through myJPIA. Those on the wait list will be notified as soon as an opening becomes available. 

    The Management Academy, which will be held at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad on October 22 – 25, is designed for entry-level managers and supervisors who wish to improve the performance, motivation, and commitment of employees. Participants will explore their role as a manager/supervisor, understand how values and ethics impact decisions, and learn the four elements of effective performance appraisals. Using the Job/Person/Environment Assessment (JPEA), attendees will also be presented with the opportunity to explore their perceptions about the behavioral requirements of their jobs and their work environment. Visit the Academy’s website for more information. 

    For questions about this academy, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or at (562) 467-8777. 

  • Liability Summit 2018 Provides Legal Insights from the Past Year

    September 4, 2018

    The California JPIA’s Annual Liability Attorney Summit, which was held on July 24, 2018 at the Authority campus in La Palma, hosted 52 participants, including representatives from Carl Warren & Company, Authority staff, and the Authority’s liability defense panel firms and business partners. California JPIA CEO, Jon Shull, welcomed attendees and was followed by Paul Zeglovitch, the Authority’s Liability Program Manager, who provided a presentation on the State of the Liability Program. Other topics presented during the summit included an appellate case update by Dan Barer of the law firm of Pollack, Vida & Fisher; an overview of electronic discovery in litigation by Greg Mahoney and Alex Marjanovic of Epiq Global; and a journey into mindfulness for lawyers, presented by Robert Zeglovitch, Esq.  

    The Liability Summit is an annual event typically held in the summer in which the Authority’s defense counsel have the opportunity to gather and discuss emerging case law, litigation strategies, and liability claims trends. For more information about the Liability Summit or the Authority’s liability protection programs, contact Paul Zeglovitch by email or at (562) 467-8786.

  • Authority Website Undergoing Scheduled Maintenance During Labor Day Weekend

    August 30, 2018

    Please note that from 5:00 pm on Friday, August 31 through 10:00 pm on Monday, September 3, myJPIA and portions of cjpia.org will be offline while we perform important scheduled maintenance. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

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