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CAJPA Journal

Spring 2013 Edition


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

Upcoming Events

Recently Accredited JPAs

Trindel Insurance Fund

CSAC Excess Insurance Authority

Riverside Schools Risk Management Authority

Schools Excess Liability Fund
California Fair Services Authority

Bay Cities Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Valley Insurance Program JPA

Southbay Area Schools Insurance Authority

Municipal Pooling Authority

Find out why YOUR JPA should get accredited!  
President's Letter
By Martin Brady, Executive Director, Schools Insurance Authority

Martin Brady

Mentoring: Confessions of an Aging Executive Director 


Recently I was reminded that I am aging.  While sitting at the kitchen counter, my wife commented that I was really starting to get gray and she thought I should dye my hair.  I quickly reminded her that, as suggested by the "Allegory of the Cave" from Plato's Republic, Plato would call this a false art and I would have nothing to do with it.  My wife retorted that Plato was dead, the Greek economy was in shambles, and I had better get with it!


Like dogs, executive directors age at a disproportionately faster pace.  Gray hair or not, all of us should be thinking about the next generation of pool leaders and administrators.  The time is now to strengthen strategic leadership development within each pool and the pooling community at large so we can identify, recruit and mentor talented people to serve and sustain our JPA community for years to come.  


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

Juli Broyles photo
Things May be Looking Up

Over the past few weeks, the Legislature has settled into the annual rhythms of budget and policy hearings.


Revenues are better this year over last year due to Prop 30 - Governor Brown's tax increase initiative passed by voters. Economic forecasts still indicate a fragile recovery, but at least California is not facing another year of huge budget deficits.


A change that Capitol insiders are watching closely is the actions of the 39 new members of the Legislature -one of the largest freshman classes in state history.   With the recent change in term limits, these new legislators may serve up to 12 years in one house. This gives this class, hopefully, the ability to be more thoughtful and less rushed in setting out their legislative priorities.


Prior to the change in term limits, legislators served an average of 3.7 years before moving to a new job creating a constant effort to outdo one another in legislative actions order to show voters their accomplishments.   Now these new elected will have the ability to become issue experts on committees they chair or serve as a member. The change in term limits also permits CAJPA to establish long-term relationships with members who will be in office for more than a decade. 

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

Ann Macfarlane

Recently a colleague sent me a "portrait of an ideal board member." Reviewing his list inspired me to develop my own. My ideal board director would be:





  • Connects with people and enjoys group work
  • Does not speak in terms of "us" versus "them"
  • Does not use anger to dominate
  • Does not enjoy stirring up trouble


  • Can subordinate personal ego interest to good of the group
  • Does not identify self with the organization or own viewpoints
  • Does not whine
  • Is willing to make a decision in face of uncertainty
Ethics Training and Certification - Are You in Compliance?
By James Marta, Accreditation Manager


Under AB 1234 Government Code Section 53235 requires ethics training for specified local government officials.


A local agency official who serves more than one local agency

shall satisfy the requirements of this article once every two years

without regard to the number of local agencies with which he or she



53235.2. (a) A local agency that requires its local agency

officials to complete the ethical training prescribed by this article shall maintain records indicating both of the following:

(1) The dates that local officials satisfied the requirements of

this article.

(2) The entity that provided the training.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local agency

shall maintain these records for at least five years after local

officials receive the training. These records are public records

subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act

(Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1).


John Wilson is Retiring Again


CAJPA is losing a long-time supporter as John Wilson announced his retirement...again. John started in the risk sharing pool business as the Executive Director of the Schools Excess Liability Fund (SELF). He also served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation (CHSWC) and was the chair of the CAJPA Legislative Committee. When he retired as SELF Executive Director, he joined CAJPA as an Accreditation Consultant where he reviewed pool activities. John returned to SELF as an interim Executive Director and continued be involved in CAJPA and other statewide activities. John is now taking a well-deserved break and has announced his retirement as a CAJPA Accreditation Consultant.


CAJPA would like to thank John for his many years of service and contributions to the risk sharing community and our organization.

  2013 CAJPA Fall Conference Logo

CAJPA Fall Conference & Training Seminar
September 10-13,2013

With the conference this year focusing on "innovation," the perfect choice as our opening keynote speaker was Josh Linkner. Josh Linkner is the NY Times best-selling author of Disciplined Dreaming - A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity. In a world that is changing at a fast pace, innovation and creativity are extremely important. Linkner teaches and inspires us to think outside-the-box and unleash new ideas. He will show you how to unlock this in yourself and in the workplace. Through this, you can learn how to apply creative answers to bad situations and cultivate leadership and innovation. With this kind of thinking, the future has many possibilities!


Learn more about Josh Linkner at


Also please note: The Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe has now become the independent, all-suite resort, the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly. They will continue to offer the same exceptional service and immerse you in the Tahoe experience. Under its new management, the Lake Tahoe Resort will honor its contract with CAJPA and will have some surprises in store as they have planned a renovation on the hotel's sleeping rooms and meeting space this summer. Room reservations continue to be open at our contracted rate. Feel free to make your reservation with the information on the CAJPA website. 

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 Administrator:
Catherine Smith, CAE
California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA)
1215 K Street, Suite 940 Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: 916-231-2139
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