• Management Academy 2018 Wraps Up

    November 5, 2018

    The 2018 Management Academy was held over four days last month and drew in 29 attendees from Authority member agencies. Participants gathered at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad to hear instructor Forrest Story discuss the role of a manager, how values and ethics impact decisions, elements of effective performance appraisals, and other topics designed to assist managers and supervisors. Attendees also participated in group activities and team building exercises. A highlight of the Academy was John Perry, President of Human Productivity Systems, discussing the Job/Person/Environment Assessment (JPEA), which allows participants to explore their perceptions about their work environment and the behavioral requirements of their jobs. 

    The next Management Academy will be held in Indian Wells on September 23-26, 2019. For more information on Authority academies, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or by phone at (562) 467-8777.

  • Risk Management Educational Forum 2019 – Save the Date

    October 29, 2018

    The 23rd annual Risk Management Educational Forum wrapped up on Friday, September 21 at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, with over 300 attendees making this the most well-attended Forum ever. Plans are already underway for the 2019 Forum, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa from October 9-11, 2019. For information on the 2018 Forum, visit the Forum website, from which users can access the agenda, speaker biographies, presentations for download, and more. For more information about the 2019 Forum, contact Authority staff by email or at (562) 467-8700.

  • Registration Open for Q4 Risk Managers Roundtable

    October 22, 2018

    Registration is now open for the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtable for the fourth quarter. The topic for this roundtable is Sexual Abuse Awareness Training, which will be presented by attorney Kimberlee Norris. Ms. Norris is also director of MinistrySafe, an organization founded to protect children and those who serve them, and staffed by attorneys who have expertise in sexual abuse cases. Kimberlee’s presentation will cover legal reporting requirements, what all staff should know about child sexual abuse, and common characteristics of sex offenders. Following Kimberlee’s presentation, there will be a roundtable discussion led by one of the Authority’s risk managers.

    Members can register for this roundtable through myJPIA. Note that there will only be one roundtable date scheduled for the fourth quarter.

    More information can be found on the Authority’s website. For questions, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, at 562-467-8777 or by email.

  • 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.

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