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CAJPA Journal

Spring 2011 Edition


In This Issue
President's Letter
Legislative Update
Master Your Meetings: Robert's Rules in Real Life
CAJPA Annual Fall Conference
CAJPA Finance & Technology Spring Workshop

Upcoming Events

BRS Names Former Director of CA Department of Industrial Relations to Help Lead National Regulatory Consulting Practice


The State of California's former director for the Department of Industrial Relations has joined Bickmore Risk Services (BRS) to help lead its growing national regulatory consulting practices, the company announced today.


Effective April 4, 2011, John C. Duncan, 53, will serve as Senior Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for the Sacramento-based company, which provides consulting and other risk management services to public and private sector clients in more than 30 states nationwide.

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CAJPA's New Contact Information

As of January 1, 2011, Smith Moore & Associates was hired to serve CAJPA in the capacity of association management and event planning services.


As a result of the transition, CAJPA now has new contact information. 



1215 K Street, Suite 2290

Sacramento, CA 95814


Phone: 916-231-2139

Fax: 916-231-2141


President's Letter
By Martin Brady, Executive Director, Schools Insurance Authority

Martin Brady

Greetings to my fellow CAJPA members -


We have all seen and been moved by the recent events in Japan.  The efforts of the Japanese government and citizens to deal with the immediate trauma and return to some sense of normalcy and productivity have been daunting.  While the fiscal crises facing our nation, the State of California and members of the pooling community are not of the same magnitude, the risks posed to all stakeholders by these crises cannot be overstated. 


The multitude of challenges facing all of us at this time underscore the need for prudent risk management practices and creative approaches to deal with current problems and future challenges.  Openness to new ideas and learning from each other is important as well, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities to learn and share at the CAJPA Conference on September 6-9, 2011.


As suggested by the following quotations, many of our greatest leaders have exemplified a spirit of lifelong learning during difficult times:


"Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill


"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford


"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden

Legislative Update
By Julianne Broyles, CAJPA Legislative Advocate, California Advocates

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CAJPA is sponsoring legislation in the 2011-2012 legislative session dealing with workers' compensation liens; fees paid to vocational counselors; and Cal/OSHA civil fine rebates. 



The three measures are:

SB 863 (Lieu) Workers' Compensation Lien Reform


AB 1106 (Achadijian) Cal/OSHA: Civil Fine Rebates to Public Entities


AB 1168 (Pan) Fee Schedule: Creation: Vocational Counselors


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Master Your Meetings: Robert's Rules in Real Life
Ann G. Macfarlane, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Jurassic Parliament

Ann MacfarlaneLast year's headlines about the abuses committed by the officials of the City of Bell are likely to result in greater oversight for JPA boards and other public governing bodies. The new year is always a good time to take stock and review how well we are fulfilling our mandate of public trust. In that spirit, we'd like to ask our CAJPA readers a simple question: which parliamentary authority do you use for your meetings?

Please take this 60-second survey and answer two questions for us - check your bylaws if you're not sure. Upon completing the survey you will be directed to a website where you can download these articles:

Why should we adopt a parliamentary authority for our meetings? Which parliamentary authority should we choose?

It is estimated that 90 percent of the voluntary associations in the United States - of which joint powers authorities are an example - use Robert's Rules of Order. We are curious as to what the percentage will be in CAJPA. Beyond curiosity, we also believe that CAJPA members will benefit from asking themselves this question. Perhaps you'll find that you don't have any adopted authority - a situation that presents certain risks in itself.

Take our survey, read the articles, and learn how adopting a parliamentary authority can reduce your risk in the arena of pool board meetings.

Built to Last 

30 Years of Serving Pools

Welcoming AGRiP!  

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September 6-9, 2011
South Lake Tahoe

Planning for the 2011 CAJPA Fall Conference and Training Seminar is well underway. The conference will once again be held in the beautiful South Lake Tahoe area. Host hotels include Embassy Suites, Harrah's and Harveys. The three-day event is packed with relevant, timely and educational information to take home and implement in your professional life. Registration is open so check out the CAJPA website for information regarding room rates and reservations.
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Finance & Technology Spring Workshop

CAJPA Finance & Technology Spring Workshop

Mark your calendars for the CAJPA Finance & Technology Spring Workshop! Join us for an educational and interactive forum for pools, technology and finance professionals. The full two-day registration rate is $250, and a daily rate is available at $150. Download a printable reminder so you're sure to save the date!   
Stay tuned for the complete workshop program. We look forward to your participation!
Register Today!
Are you interested in sponsoring this workshop? Download the sponsorship form.


The Journal is a publication of the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities, a nonprofit trade association formed in 1981 to serve as a communication and educational resource to California Joint Powers Authorities.

Jan DeGracia, Executive Director, North Bay Schools Insurance Authority

Executive Director:
Catherine Smith, CAE
California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA)
1215 K Street, Suite 2290 Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: 916-231-2139
Fax: 916-231-2141