The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority is pleased to announce that the City of West Hollywood reestablished its membership on July 1, 2019, after a five-year hiatus. West Hollywood began its longstanding relationship with the Authority in 1994, joining the Primary Liability Program and expanding its membership in 2003 to join the Primary Workers’ Compensation Program. As the city’s operations grew in sophistication, the city took its interest in managing its claims to another pool in 2014, as the Authority’s Excess Liability Program and Excess Workers’ Compensation Program had yet to be created. 

Following a comment period by the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee unanimously approved the city’s membership at its meeting on May 26, 2019.  “We’re very pleased to return to California JPIA and take part with more than 100 participating member cities,” said West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo. “The City of West Hollywood has a strong record of fiscal leadership and organizational integrity. We hold ourselves to a high standard and partnering with the California JPIA provides our city with high quality services at an excellent value in meeting our risk and liability responsibilities.” 

The city incorporated on November 29, 1984 and is governed by a five-member city council. Council Member John Heilman is the city’s longest-serving council member (having served almost continuously since 1984). “The City of West Hollywood is excited to re-join the California JPIA,” said Heilman, who serves as the delegate to the Authority’s Board of Directors. “Our risk management staff at City Hall are always looking at ways for us to increase safety and reduce liability. We look forward to working closely with other members of the Authority to improve safety and minimize risks for residents, visitors and people working in our city.”

The city’s mission statement includes a commitment to “protect the personal safety of constituents and safeguard the community from the threats of natural, technological, and other man-made hazards.” The Authority’s proactive risk-prevention services will help the city fulfil that promise.

Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 40 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 100 member cities and other governmental agencies.  Members actively participate in shaping the organization to provide important coverage for their operations. The California JPIA provides innovative risk management solutions through a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services, including liability, workers’ compensation, pollution, property, and earthquake coverage, as well as extensive risk management training and loss control services.

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Photo: David Wilson, Deputy City Manager; Curtis Morris, President of the Executive Committee; Council Member John Heilman