• Last Chance to Register for June’s Public Works Academy

    May 5, 2016

    The registration deadline for the Authority’s three-day Public Works Academy is Monday, May 16th. This academy, which will be held from Tuesday, June 7th through Thursday, June 9th at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, is geared towards experienced public works supervisors and managers. Topics that will be covered during the academy include traffic control for construction zones, workers’ compensation, and an introduction to Cal-OSHA. Registration is free of charge for members and includes breakfast, lunch, all training materials, and a three-night stay at the hotel during the academy. For more details, visit the Public Works Academy page on the Authority’s website. For questions or further information, please contact Michelle Aguayo by email or at 562-467-8777.
  • Board of Directors Certification

    April 28, 2016

    On an annual basis, the California JPIA asks members to certify a designated California JPIA Director and Alternate(s) prior to the Board of Directors meeting, which is held each year in July. The Authority has an automated process that is efficient and paperless. An email containing specific directions, as well as login credentials, was sent last week to the clerk at each member agency. Note that the deadline to complete all updates is 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Members can contact Jennifer Fullerton by email or at (562) 467-8774 with any questions.

    The Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Authority’s campus in La Palma on Wednesday, July 20th.

  • Register for the May Risk Managers Roundtable

    April 27, 2016

    “Management’s Guide to Safety” is the topic for the May Risk Managers Roundtable, which will be presented live at three locations: La Palma, Pismo Beach, and Palm Desert. All risk managers, city managers/chief executives, department directors, and front-line managers and supervisors are encouraged to attend one of the presentations. This roundtable will help participants understand how accidents impact organizations and how they can be reduced. Participants will also learn the importance and significance of having an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Marco Guardi of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will present the roundtables. With over 20 years' of risk experience, primarily in the public sector, Marco has led and performed risk control activities for a variety of public entity property and liability pools.

    The schedule for the roundtables is listed below:

    • May 10, 2016 - La Palma
    • May 17, 2016 - Pismo Beach
    • May 24, 2016 - Palm Desert  

    For more information on this event, please click here. To register for one of the three roundtables, visit cjpia.org and log into myJPIA. Once logged in, locate the roundtable name and selected date on the training calendar. For questions, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, at 562-467-8777 or by email.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: BMX Parks on City Property

    April 27, 2016

    Some cities are receiving pressure from BMX enthusiasts to provide space for their biking activities, with some in the BMX community taking matters into their own hands and building impromptu BMX parks on city-owned property. However, when a city discovers one of these makeshift BMX parks on its property, a decision must be made: If the agency allows the park to stay, there is the potential for the city to be liable if a park user becomes injured, but if the city destroys the park, they take away a popular youth activity and risk a public relations crisis. Members can post their comments and questions regarding this topic on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page for ideas and insights into how agencies are responding to this issue.

  • The Authority’s 2016 Educational Forum Theme Announced

    April 14, 2016

    Weathering the Storm is the theme for the California JPIA’s 21st Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa from October 12 – 14, 2016. The theme highlights the Authority’s efforts to shield and protect member agencies from the difficulties and hardships encountered as storms rage in the world of risk. There is no registration cost for members, so be looking for an email in May with instructions on how to register.

  • Authority’s E-Learning Library Now Contains over 700 Courses

    April 13, 2016

    The California JPIA recently expanded its e-learning library to include over 700 courses that can be viewed individually or in a group setting. Group e-learning is a new feature that was rolled out with the newly expanded library. After logging into myJPIA, members can access the Course Catalog, which is where e-learning courses are listed. The Authority classifies e-learning training opportunities as follows:

    • Regulatory—those that Cal-OSHA or other regulatory agencies require for members to be in legal compliance with the law,
    • Loss Driven—those that address pool losses,
    • Best Practices—those that are considered best risk management practices, and
    • Professional Development—those that enhance individual skills and better the member organization.

    To begin any e-learning, members must have their username and password to log into myJPIA. To access a forgotten username and password, or to register for a myJPIA account, members should click on “myJPIA Login” in the upper right corner of the California JPIA home page, then click the appropriate button on the resulting page. Once the required information is provided, a username and password will be emailed in one business day.  

    For questions involving e-learning, contact Joe Eynon by email or by phone at (562) 467-8785.

  • Annual Contribution Invoice Summary 2016-17

    April 11, 2016

    The Annual Contribution and Retrospective Computation calculations provide the Authority with necessary resources for the defense and payment of claims, funding for excess and reinsurance premiums, claims administrations fees, broker fees, operating expenses, and all other costs associated with the coverage programs. Detailed support for the AC and RC calculations can be found in the 2016-17 Annual Contribution (AC) workbooks and the October 2015 Retrospective Computation (RC) workbooks, which can be accessed by visiting the cost allocation page on the Authority’s website. For budgeting purposes, included is an AC invoice summary for the upcoming 2016-17 coverage year. The summary of an agency’s cost of coverage for the upcoming coverage year includes:

    • 2016-17 AC
    • October 2015 RC (if applicable)
    • Active Payment Plans (if applicable)

    Note that the summary is password-protected. Members needing assistance with their username and/or password should visit the myJPIA Login page, and click on the appropriate button to retrieve the needed information. For questions regarding the AC invoice summary, contact Lam Le via email or at (562) 467-8729.

  • February Parks and Recreation Academy Held in Huntington Beach

    April 4, 2016

    The Parks and Recreation Academy was held February 9-11, 2016 at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. Thirty-two participants representing twenty-one agencies attended the annual academy and heard from subject-matter experts, including Butch DeFillippo, Nancy B. White, Scott Grossberg, Nick Fazio and others. Academy attendees were provided with strategies geared towards parks and recreation directors, managers, and supervisors to develop new programs and evaluate existing ones. Click here to learn more about the topics presented at this academy. For questions and information about this and other academies, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or phone at (562) 467-8777.

  • National Walk to Work Day

    March 31, 2016

    National Walk-to-Work Day is April 1, 2016, and agencies should be prepared for an increase in foot traffic on this day, as employees look to reap the health benefits of walking. On a day such as this one, agencies are reminded of the importance of having a comprehensive sidewalk maintenance plan. The California JPIA offers a number of resources to assist members with their sidewalk maintenance efforts. These include a master service agreement between the Authority and Precision Concrete Cutting allowing members to take advantage of favorable pricing related to sidewalk inspection and maintenance; a “Slip and Trip” white paper, which illustrates the importance of an effective sidewalk maintenance program; and a sidewalk inspection program template used to report and schedule sidewalk repairs. All of this information can be found in the Resources and Documents library on the Authority’s website. 

  • The Authority Awarded Accreditation with Excellence

    March 31, 2016

    The California JPIA has been awarded Accreditation with Excellence by the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) for a three-year term beginning January 12, 2016.  CAJPA was created in 1981 as an association of risk-pooling Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs) to meet the need for communication and cooperation among JPAs at a time when the pooling concept for insurance purposes was relatively new and fairly obscure.  In 1988, CAJPA introduced an accreditation program that is considered the nation's first such program. 

    The foundation of the accreditation program is:

    • To promote professional management and fiscally sound practices of risk-sharing JPAs
    • To provide industry standards that can be used by member entities, board members, and the public in evaluating levels of performance and compliance with State-required and commonly accepted practices
    • To develop a self-regulating process that is more thorough, responsive and less expensive to the taxpaying public than State or Federal regulations
    • To assist managers in achieving high standards and assure governing boards of professionalism and meeting industry standards
    • To provide an opportunity to compare certain policies and procedures to the accreditation standards and other pools in the industry

    More information on CAJPA’s Accreditation program can be found on their website at www.cajpa.org.


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