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CAJPA Journal

Summer 2012 Edition


In This Issue
President's Letter
Legislative Update
CAJPA Fall Conference
Master Your Meetings: Robert's Rules in Real Life
Accreditation Corner

Upcoming Events

September 18-21, 2012

Northern California LITL Roundtable
November 7, 2012


November 14, 2012

CAJPA President Sworn into Commission on Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation  


Martin Swearing In
On July 19, CAJPA President Martin Brady was sworn in as a Member to the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation by Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, Christine Baker.  


Not only is his appointment to  CHSWC an honor, it is also a benefit to CAJPA members as Martin will be the voice of public agencies through the work done by CHSWC, which affects policy making decisions.    

Recently Accredited JPAs

NCSIG: Northern California Schools Insurance Group


NCCCSIA: Northern California Community Colleges SIA


CJPRMA: California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority  


VCJPA: Vector Control Joint Powers Agency


PERMA: Public Entity Risk Management Authority  


SIA: Schools Insurance Authority


Find out why YOUR JPA should get accredited!  

Beth Lyons Named BRS Administrator

Beth Lyons, ARM, ARM-P, a risk manager known for her city and special district public entity expertise, joins Bickmore Risk Services' (BRS) administration and risk management consulting practice.   


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

Martin Brady
What Lies Within Us
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

These are words that evoke courage in me as many of us who serve in public entities throughout our state struggle with intense challenges and budget short falls.  Working differently and creatively are essential criteria in meeting today's challenges head on.  As each week passes there are reports of potential insolvencies: the City of Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, San Bernardino and now Compton.  To use a "Tour de France" metaphor, although these cities listed are 'out front' in the public bankruptcy arena and serve as a "breakaway group," there is little doubt that a peloton of other entities may not be far behind.  

As we strive to meet the immediate needs of our day to day operations, we also need to reflect on the longer term solutions that can lead us collectively to a more predictable and balanced "ecosystem." This new reality will be different, but it can also result in profound innovation and opportunity. Let's use these difficult times to encourage one another, share best practices and be solution oriented. After all, JPAs were formed in a time of economic crisis in the mid 1970s and stand today as a testament to the power of individuals and their collective spirit. 
Legislative Update
By Julianne Broyles, CAJPA Legislative Advocate, California Advocates

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California Passes Budget, CAJPA Helps Catch Problem Trailer Bill

Every year under the California Constitution, the state Legislature must pass a balanced budget by June 15.  That is a rare occurrence in California, including this year.  According to the Department of Finance data, only four budgets have been passed on time since 1978.  

This year, however, the Legislature passed a budget the Governor would sign before the new fiscal year began on July 1 - although based on a risky assumption of voter approval of a $5.6 billion tax increase initiative, Proposition 39, set for the November 2012 ballot. If the ballot initiative is not approved, scheduled trigger cuts to many critical programs will occur.  The good news, however, is that state revenues continue to perform slightly better than projected - now over $600 million higher than projected in May.  

2012 Session Continues to Grind Forward

It's hard to believe, but when the California Legislature returns from its summer break, there are only 20 working days left before the two-year session ends.  

The last few policy and fiscal hearings will occur the week of August 6 and then both the Assembly and the Senate will start daily floor sessions as they grind toward the constitutionally required close of session on August 30.

In that time, many issues of interest and importance to CAJPA members will be debated. At the same time, CAJPA must stay alert for either new bills or hostile amendments inserted into existing bills in the final churning of the closing days of session. 

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Brand New Sessions, a Great New Schedule & New Ideas for You and Your Organization!

New This Year - "Words of Wisdom"

Learn the secrets to success from industry leaders who will share advice and lessons they have learned from their many years of experience.  Presented in a small, informal setting at the Embassy Suites on both Wednesday and Thursday, these short, half an hour sessions are designed to be interactive and informational. We hope you will take advantage of this new opportunity to learn from seasoned and experienced experts in the industry who have a wealth of knowledge to impart.

Quality Education Sessions

In keeping with CAJPA's mission to provide quality education and promote professionalism and best practices in the public risk industry, we are offering 30 specialized educational sessions covering all areas of interest: workers' compensation, health care, loss control, finance, litigation and liability, technology, human resources and legislative updates. Topics include Medicare compliance, creating a school Community that is bully free, estimating future earnings today, federal health care reform, cloud services, alternative dispute resolutions, on-site wellness programs, the future of workers' compensation and many, many more. All sessions are presented by professionals who are noted for their extensive knowledge in their respective field.  Please visit for a full conference schedule and a complete description of all sessions.

Both conference and golf tournament registration are available online at as well as information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.
Master Your Meetings: Robert's Rules in Real Life
By Ann G. Macfarlane, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Jurassic Parliament

Ann Macfarlane
Do you have folks at your meetings who engage in arguments with one another? Are there members who ramble on, carrying their point way beyond the topic under discussion? Do directors on your board insist on revisiting previous decisions, pointing out how mistaken they were? None of this is permissible conduct at board meetings - unless you as a member permit it.

At Jurassic Parliament we hear sad stories of evenings wasted, hours dribbled away, time spent without much return, from colleagues in the nonprofit trenches. Yet a lot of this waste is unnecessary. Every board of directors can have efficient, fair and pleasant meetings, if a few members are willing to apply the hard-won wisdom of Robert's Rules.

Accreditation Corner
By James Marta, Accreditation Manager

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Notice of Changes to Accreditation Standards

At the June meeting of the CAJPA Accreditation Committee, the Committee proposed the following changes that were subsequently approved by the Board.

How is Your JPA Facing Tough Times?
By James Marta, Principal, James Marta & Company

Is it a recession or a depression? I don't know what you call it but California governments have faced unprecedented reductions in revenues. As the new fiscal year begins, state and local governments have been hobbled by slow economic growth.  There has been a collapse in tax revenue collections since 2007, which bottomed out in 2010. Although the revenue outlook has been trending up, state and local governments do not have the one-time federal aid and other stop gap funding that helped them during the most difficult times.  According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, continued growth of 8.3 percent would not restore losses from the recession until fiscal year 2019.  Recently, two California Cities have sought Chapter 9 protection (bankruptcy) and many are on the brink. CalPERS is assuming it will earn 7.5 percent? Cities have cut services, schools have trimmed to bare essentials and the University of California and the Community Colleges are limiting instate enrollment while courting full out-of-state tuition students.

We know it is tough out there but what pressures are facing JPAs? JPAs have been responding to the pressures members are facing.

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
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