California JPIA welcomes new member, City of Santa Clarita

The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) welcomes the City of Santa Clarita, a new member and participant in the Authority’s Excess Liability, Excess Workers’ Compensation, and Property Insurance Programs as of July 1, 2021.

“The City of Santa Clarita is proud to be a new member of the California JPIA,” said Santa Clarita Director of Administrative Services Carmen Magana. “The city has always valued safety for both patrons and city staff and looks forward to collaborating with the California JPIA to strengthen risk management policies and protocols further. From day one of the application process, the California JPIA demonstrated a passion, proficiency, and eagerness in all areas of liability, claims management, contract administration, and employee safety. As a result, when it came time to recommend an action to Santa Clarita’s City Council, it was clear that the California JPIA was the city’s top candidate.”

Santa Clarita, home to a population of approximately 213,000 residents, is the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. The city, which occupies just over 70 square miles, is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley. Incorporated in December 1987, Santa Clarita encompasses the communities of Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia.

Santa Clarita provides services to the community including parks, recreation trails, and open spaces, as well as an aquatics center, community center, and ice-skating rink. The city also hosts the California Institute of the Arts and supports robust art and cultural resources including gallery spaces, public art projects, artist development workshops, and youth art education programs.

“The California JPIA is proud to support the City of Santa Clarita staff’s mission to deliver the best and most cost-efficient municipal service to the citizens and City Council of Santa Clarita,” said California JPIA Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull. “It is clear that they understand the risk management issues related to the services that they provide and will benefit from the Authority’s reliable and economical coverage and services.”

Credited with one of the lowest crime rates of any city in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for police services, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department provides fire protection services.

“The California JPIA is very excited to have the City of Santa Clarita join its growing membership,” said Senior Risk Manager Tim Karcz, who will work directly with the city. “From the outset of the application process, it was obvious that city management understands and adheres to proper risk management practices. We look forward to a continued partnership.”

Welcome, City of Santa Clarita, to the California JPIA!

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 120 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 training and loss control services. For more information, please visit the California JPIA’s website at