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CAJPA Journal

Spring 2012 Edition


In This Issue
President's Letter
Legislative Update
CAJPA Fall Conference: The Future is Now
Master Your Meetings: Robert's Rules in Real Life

Upcoming Events

Southern California LITL Roundtable:
May 1, 2012

May 2 & 3, 2012 
2012 CAJPA Fall Conference: September 18 - 21, 2012 
Spring Finance & Technology Workshop

May 2-3, 2012
2100 Professional Drive
Roseville, CA 95661

Have you registered for the Finance & Technology Spring Workshop? This day and a half workshop was designed for finance and technology professionals, pool managers and executive directors.

Sessions topics include:

* Staying a Step Ahead of Technology
* Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine: Finding the Silver in the Lining
* Technology to the Rescue: The Role of Technology in Addressing Pool Management Challenges
* Estimating Interest Earnings for Budgeting
* Discounting Your Claims: Is Your Rate Too High?
* Legislative Update
* Economic Update
* Plus much, much more!

Download the complete workshop program or visit

Learn more!  

New CAJPA Website and Database  

Have you visited the CAJPA website lately? You may have noticed that it has been completely redesigned with accessibility in mind. Members can now access a wealth of knowledge on the comprehensive site.

In addition to a new website, CAJPA has  transitioned its membership data to a new membership database. The new database allows members to log in and update or track their information at any time. Members can check the status of invoices or payments, register for events, subscribe to certain program email lists, or update staff information. All of your information is just a click away. To help maintain an accurate and robust database, please log in and review/update your agency and staff information if you haven't already done so. The information you provide in the database is confidential and crucial to achieving CAJPA's mission.

If you have trouble logging in or updating your profile, please feel free to contact the CAJPA office. 
President's Letter
By Martin Brady, Executive Director, Schools Insurance Authority

Martin Brady
You Can Bank On It!
Imagine you had a bank that each morning credited your account with $1,440 - with one condition:  Whatever part of the $1,440 you failed to use during the day would be erased from your account, and no balance would be carried over.  What would you do?  You'd draw out every cent every day and use it to your best advantage.

Well, you do have such a bank, and its name is time.  Every morning, this bank credits you with 1,440 minutes.  And it writes off as forever lost whatever portion you have failed to invest to good purpose.

Time is a universal quality.  As the above expression illustrates, each of us is given a set amount of time each day, no more, no less.  The goal of those of us who serve the public is to assure that we use this given amount of time wisely and to the best advantage for those we serve. 

In these uncertain and challenging times, may you approach each new day with renewed optimism and determination to use your allotted minutes to their greatest effect and achievement.
Legislative Update
By Julianne Broyles, CAJPA Legislative Advocate, California Advocates

Juli Broyles photo
California legislators have heaping platters of controversial issues to deal with as the 2012 hearings really take off in April.  With more than 2,000 bills introduced in the past several weeks, nearly everyone with an issue seems to have a bill to fix, repeal, or mandate their view of the world on Californians.

2012 may end up as a unique year due to implementation of several voter enacted initiatives such as redistricting and open primary.  This is compounded by the fact that 2012 is also an election year, which pushes special interest legislation into high gear.

Keep in mind that many current legislators will be running in districts that have been created by the Redistricting Commission.  The Commission's new lines force several sitting legislators from the same political party into contests for an Assembly or Senate district.  The Commission also provided for few seats that are more competitive. 


CAJPA Fall Conference: The Future is Now

Featuring a Not-to-be-Missed Opening Session!

CAJPA has secured Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais, authors of the Millennial Momentum and Millennial Makeover as the opening speakers for the 2012 CAJPA Fall Conference & Training Seminar. Millennial Makeover was selected as one of The New York Times' favorite 10 books for 2008, and Millennial Momentum, just published in September 2011, is receiving the same positive buzz.

Morley and Michael's session, "Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America,"  will focus on and explore how the Millennial generation will change the way America lives, learns, works, plays, votes and governs itself.

Morley and Michael will also present an additional education session following their opening keynote titled, "Millennials in the Workplace," which will discuss how Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers and now, Millennials, must not only co-exist, but thrive in successful organizations. They will give attendees tips and tools to harness the power of these three different generations as well as perspectives for your workplace.

We know that you will not want to miss these insightful sessions or the more than 30 other educational sessions offered with over 60 speakers in topics of interest to you and your organization.

Mark your calendars for 2012!
September 18-21, 2012
Embassy Suites, South Lake Tahoe
Master Your Meetings: Robert's Rules in Real Life
By Ann G. Macfarlane, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Jurassic Parliament

Ann Macfarlane
When the nine justices of the Supreme Court met in March to discuss their ruling on health care, they followed the most important rule in all of Robert's Rules of Order.

Each justice presented his or her opinion, and no one could speak twice until everyone had spoken once.

This simple rule is vital to good meetings. Too many times, when boards of directors or elected officials meet, the discussion is run like a conversation. One person speaks, another answers, the first one answers back, and others sit around waiting. This violates the fundamental principle of fairness in discussion.

Groups that adopt and follow the rule that no one may speak twice until everyone who wishes to do so has spoken will find that they get a clear and complete picture of the group's separate views. It is then easy to see where there is agreement, where the sticking points lie, and what issues should be taken up next.

This method also forestalls our natural tendency toward "groupthink" - going along with what everyone else seems to think. Learning the independent views of each individual first, rather than allowing folks to trim their sails to the prevailing winds, will result in much better decisions.

Introverts and minority members often have important insights for the group's work as a whole. Let them speak! If it's good enough for the Supreme Court, it ought to be good enough for us.

Ann Macfarlane is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian who blogs on meetings, leadership and procedure at

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)
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