• June Public Works Academy Held in Indian Wells

    June 26, 2017

    The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Twenty-five attendees from 16 agencies took part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as Risk Management for Public Works, Contractual Risk Transfer, and Work Area Traffic Control. Participants were also treated to a presentation from Scott Grossberg, Attorney at Grossberg & Hoehn, who used magic as a team-building exercise. “The speakers, content, and delivery of information was phenomenal, as well as the level of support and resources the California JPIA provides to its members,” remarked one attendee.

    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.

  • Registration Open for Workers’ Compensation Symposium

    June 21, 2017

    Registration is open for the California JPIA’s annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium, to be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. This event provides an opportunity for members to hear from numerous 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 fraud update, return-to-work programs, and using root cause information.

    Click here to learn more and to register.

    Risk managers, human resource professionals, and any members who are associated with their agency’s workers’ compensation program are encouraged to attend. For questions about the symposium, contact Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8707.

  • 2017 Risk Management Educational Forum Registration Open

    June 12, 2017

    Registration is open for the Authority’s 22nd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, entitled Risk Management – Facing the Future Together, to be held at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara on October 11-13, 2017. The Forum will feature keynote speaker Doc Hendley, who founded Wine to Water, a charitable organization devoted to providing clean water and sanitation to people worldwide. Hendley will draw from his experiences working with people from various locations around the globe, sometimes under dangerous conditions, to provide inspiration and insight relevant to both public and private sectors. Session topics at this year’s Forum include public agency drone use, recreational marijuana concerns, crisis management, and liability case law updates.

    While Forum registration is at no cost to members of the California JPIA, registration does not include hotel accommodations. Registration is also limited to public agency officials and employees, and the Authority’s business partners. Please visit the Forum website to register and for more information. For Forum-related questions, please click here to send an email.

  • MyJPIA Unavailable on Friday, June 9 Due to Scheduled Maintenance

    June 7, 2017

    Please note that from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on Friday, June 9, the myJPIA section of the Authority’s website will be down while we perform important scheduled maintenance. During this time, members will be unable to access myJPIA for training registrations or password-protected documents. For any urgent requests, members can contact the Authority’s main line at (562) 467-8700 for assistance. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Newly Elected Officials Learn About Local Government at May Academy

    June 7, 2017

    In May, the California JPIA held the Newly Elected Officials Academy as an educational opportunity specifically geared towards newly elected local government officials at the Authority’s member agencies. The academy is a hands-on learning experience focusing on the active exchange of ideas and information through a series of sessions presented by professionals experienced in local government. Over the course of one and a half days, the 16 academy attendees were presented with valuable information ranging from the fundamentals of local government to effective council/board relations. Speakers included lawyers, public service officials, and other experts, including business etiquette expert of Etiquette Consulting, Inc., Jules Hirst; attorney with the law firm of Grossberg & Hoehn, Scott Grossberg; municipal attorneys with the law firm of Jenkins & Hogin, Michael Jenkins and Christi Hogin; and former city manager, Ken Hampian.

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

  • New Features Coming to myJPIA

    June 7, 2017

    The California JPIA website is currently undergoing an update which will include new features within myJPIA, designed to make navigation easier and to help members submit and keep track of reported claims and reimbursements for training events. More information will be provided to members in the coming days.

  • Nominations Continue for Capstone Award

    June 6, 2017

    The nomination period for the Authority’s Capstone Award is continuing. The Capstone Award is presented annually 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, please click on this survey link to complete a brief questionnaire. For more information on the award, including qualifications for nominees, click here. For questions, contact Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst, by email or at 562-467-8778.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: CPRA Requirements Regarding Private Electronic Devices

    May 30, 2017

    The California Supreme Court recently held that local agency employee and official emails or text messages about local agency business that are sent, stored, or received in a personal account or on a private electronic device are not exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). The Court also suggested that local agencies develop their own internal policies to address the disclosure requirements of the CPRA in light of privacy concerns. Members can visit the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page to share their thoughts about crafting internal policies to address the CPRA disclosure requirements. For information on joining the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group, contact Courtney Morrison, Administrative Analyst, by email or by phone at (562) 467-8779.

  • Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

    May 25, 2017
    The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  For urgent matters, please call the Authority’s main number, (562) 467-8700. You will be directed to the staff member on call. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.
  • WannaCry Ransomware Attack

    May 17, 2017

    As the recent WannaCry ransomware attack has shown, it is crucial for agencies to update their computer security systems on a regular basis and keep staff trained in detecting and avoiding malware. The virus encrypts all the files on infected computers and demands a ransom of $300 in bitcoin. New victims of the virus are still emerging, and according to the Los Angeles Times, the number of hacked computers has risen to more than 300,000. The attack needlessly renders computers unusable that have not been kept current, and only affects software that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Members are encouraged to automatically accept software updates and consider upgrading to Windows 10. For more information on protecting your servers and computers, click here: http://tinyurl.com/jvu4edg

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