• Revised Template Added to Authority Library: Automated External Defibrillator Program

    February 1, 2017

    A revised policy template, Automated External Defibrillator Program, has been added to the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. This template provides guidance to members on establishing training and standards for the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by non-licensed or non-certified personnel. The template also includes an AED maintenance log/checklist. Note that this template is for members only, and therefore, is password-protected. For assistance with website credentials, please visit the myJPIA Login page and click on the appropriate button for username, password, or registration.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Unpermitted Structures on Public Property

    February 1, 2017

    Unpermitted structures that are built by private citizens on public property, but not authorized by the member agency, should be removed as soon as possible to minimize potential risk exposure. If structures such as these are permitted to remain, agencies run the risk of eventually having to remove something that has become popular with the public or taken on historical significance. To share an experience with this type of situation or to comment on this topic, members can visit the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • New Law Affects Using Cell Phones behind the Wheel

    January 30, 2017

    In response to growing statistics supporting the dangers of cell phone use while driving, California has established a new law cracking down on drivers handling cell phones. Previous laws banned talking and texting on handheld phones while operating a motor vehicle. However, the new law, AB1785, which took effect on January 1st, 2017, makes it illegal for a driver to hold and operate a handheld device unless the driver uses some form of hands-free operation. To learn more about the risks associated with the use of mobile devices on the road and how your organization can develop a sound company policy, Authority members can sign up for the e-learning training, "Dangers of Cell Phone Use while Driving."

  • MyJPIA Unavailable on Friday, January 27th Due to Scheduled Maintenance

    January 25, 2017

    Please note that from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on Friday, January 27th, 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.

  • January Authority Live! Focuses on Legalized Marijuana Use

    January 12, 2017

    On Tuesday, January 24th, the California JPIA will present the latest installment of Authority Live!, focusing on the passage of Proposition 64 and the resulting “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA). Authority Live! is a web-based, live event designed for Authority members to receive the latest information on important and topical issues. The guest speaker at this event will be Stephen A. McEwen, Partner at Burke, Williams and Sorensen, who has advised numerous municipal clients on matters involving medical marijuana. Topics being discussed at the event include the development and enforcement of ordinances covering the regulation of marijuana businesses, personal use and private cultivation of marijuana. The webcast will run from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. If interested in viewing, members should register on the Authority Live! event page to receive a link to the live event. Contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775 for more information.

  • 2016 Risk Managers Roundtables End with Cyber Liability Discussions

    December 7, 2016

    The Authority wrapped up its series of quarterly Risk Managers Roundtables in November, with roundtable discussions on the topic of cyber liability and exposures. Attendees listened to attorney Scott Koller from Baker & Hostetler give a presentation about cyber risks, the cyber coverage that the Authority provides, and what some of the best risk management practices are to safeguard data. Following the presentations, an Authority regional Risk Manager facilitated roundtable discussions.

    The subject of the first roundtable for 2017 is the “risk management process,” that is, analyzing loss, examining risk management techniques, conducting inspections, and other processes involved with risk management. Other topics for 2017 will be announced in the coming months. For more information on the quarterly Risk Managers Roundtables, contact Michelle Aguayo by email or at (562) 467-8777.

  • Workplace Harassment Prevention Training Mandatory for Elected Officials

    November 29, 2016

    After an observed increase in the number of high-profile harassment cases against elected local government officials in California over the past few years, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) took the position that elected officials should be provided with workplace harassment training required for all supervisors throughout the State by AB 1825.  Despite the FEHC’s position, existing law did not specify that harassment training was required for elected officials or members of local legislative bodies. California Assembly Bill 1661 was designed to eliminate this confusion, in part due to the costs of litigating and settling harassment claims, which according to the Bill’s sponsors, “results in a significant loss of revenue and diverts funds from essential constituent services.”  In passing AB 1661, the Legislature declared that harassment training for local elected officials is “a matter of statewide concern, not merely a municipal affair.”  Governor Brown signed AB 1661 into law on September 29, 2016.  The California Legislature’s website has more information on this new law. 

  • The California JPIA Welcomes a New Member

    November 29, 2016

    The Authority welcomed the City of Azusa to its membership this summer, with the city becoming the first member to join the Authority’s newly created Excess Liability Program. With the addition of Azusa, the Authority’s membership is now composed of 92 cities, 18 joint powers authorities, and six special districts, which are located in 15 counties throughout the state of California. Public agencies considering membership with the California JPIA can visit the Join page on the Authority’s website, cjpia.org to find out more about the Authority and its programs and services.

  • Service Animals and the ADA – FAQ

    November 14, 2016

    A new resource is available on the Authority’s website in the Resources and Documents library for members who would like information on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals. Because many people with disabilities rely on service animals for basic functions of everyday life, members should be aware of the ADA’s policies regarding these animals in order to comply with the act. In the Authority’s online library, members will find a link to a U.S. Department of Justice website with a list of frequently asked questions about service animals and the ADA. Some of these questions involve what defines a service animal, who is responsible for the supervision of a service animal, and when service animals can be excluded. To find this website resource in the online library, members can perform a global search for keywords using the search bar located in the upper right of the page on cjpia.org, or search by keyword or category on the Resources and Documents page.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Social Media Policies

    November 8, 2016

    In order to manage online presence and protect against litigation tied to abuse of social media, public agencies are encouraged to have a comprehensive social media policy in which the types of acceptable and unacceptable content are clearly indicated. The California JPIA is currently enhancing its social media guide and templates to assist members in this endeavor. If your agency already has such a policy, what are some of the other items that are covered? Does your policy lay out terms of use for members of the public posting on any of your agency’s social media platforms? Comments and questions regarding this issue can be posted on the Authority’s members-only LinkedIn discussion group page.

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