For release April 30, 2013
CFSA's Department Flyers
Staying up to date on CFSA's programs and services is as easy as a quick click of your mouse. From our primary risk-sharing pool programs to our growing list of services - all developed in response to the needs of California's fairs, exclusively for California's fairs - we've posted a series of 10 informative flyers you can read online or print out for your files.
As always, if you have any questions about our pool programs or services, just give us a call, (916) 263-6163 or send an email. We're here for you!
Group Purchasing Services
California Fairs Financing Authority (CFFA)
Safety Services (Loss Control)
Special Events Program
General Liability Program
Workers' Compensation Program
For release January 14, 2013
To: All Fair CEOs
Date: March 4, 2013
Re: Change Patches for Mandatory Updates to the 2013 Employee Right to Know Posters (FMLA Notice C)
If you already purchased your fair's 2013 Right to Know (RTK) employee posters from CFSA, chances are the posters don't include several new laws ratified in February affecting private and public sector employees. The good news is, you don't need to purchase new posters to be in compliance!
Cailee DeFoe, CFSA's buyer, worked with the CalChamber to develop "patches" for your posters. The patches (above), designed by CalChamber, match the CalChamber's 2013 RTK posters so all you have to do is to print them out, cut them out (along the handy cut lines) and paste them OVER the outdated FMLA information located on the lower right hand side of the poster.
If you purchased your fair's posters some place other than through CFSA/CalChamber, Cailee suggests that you black out the old information, print out the patches and post them next to your posters.
The deadline for posting the new information is March 8, 2013, otherwise your fair could be subject to potential fines for not informing employees of the federally-mandated FMLA changes. Questions? Contact Cailee.
For release January 14, 2013
CFSA Job Posting
Date posted: 2/28/13
Date notification period closed: 3/15/13
Position: Safety Specialist Trainee
Reports to: Safety Manager
O Non Exempt, O Full Time
Date needed: ASAP
SG-6 Min $39,790 / Mid $46,134 / Max $53,810
California Fair Services Authority (CFSA) is a Joint Powers Authority serving the California Fair Industry. CFSA administers general liability and workers’ compensation self-insurance pool programs, as well as a multitude of business support programs and services exclusively for California’s fair network. We are currently seeking a Safety Specialist Trainee to join our team.
Brief description of duties and responsibilities:
The Safety Specialist Trainee conducts risk-control and workplace safety activities with our clients, including training, training presentations, consultations and inspections. This position involves direct contact with all levels of fair management and staff. General duties revolve around limiting our clients’ workers’ compensation and general liability exposure. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing and presenting workplace safety training modules; safety consultations; development and implementation of Cal/OSHA mandated safety programs; site risk control audits; and event safety inspections.
Special characteristics, knowledge, skills and experience requirements:
A high degree of personal integrity is required of the successful candidate, as field work is often done individually and without direct supervision. Strong interpersonal skills are required, as are strong communication skills – in both oral and written forms. Candidates must also possess good time- management skills, along with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and co-workers.
A strong working knowledge of Cal/OSHA and California State Fire Marshal regulations is required. Candidates must also have the ability to prepare and to give presentations to diverse audiences.
The ideal candidate will have the knowledge and ability to instruct and certify equipment operators (lift truck and aerial boom lift); having a CPR instructor certification is a plus. A general level of mechanical aptitude and basic understanding of electrical, building construction and mechanical concepts is required to conduct site inspections.
Eligible candidates must have two - five years of relevant workplace safety experience.
Education and licenses required:
A minimum of two years of college with coursework in Safety Management, Industrial Hygiene or Fire Safety is preferred, but relevant work experience may compensate for education. A bearer of CSMS (Certified Safety Management Specialist) or similar designations may be given strong consideration. A valid California driver’s license, along with a clean DMV record is also required.
This is a career track position with potential for advancement in the safety profession. Position requires 50 - 60% travel within the state of California. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.
Resumes will be accepted via email until end-of-business on closing date at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact CFSA’s Manager of Business Services to review the Position Description or for further information.
For release January 14, 2013
To: All California Fair CEOs
Date: January 14, 2013
Re: CFSA Meeting opportunities at the WFA Convention
We wanted to let you know that CFSA staff will be on hand at the 2013 WFA Convention in Reno, January 20-23, and everyone is “energized!” to answer any and all questions you may have regarding our self-insurance pools and other business services.
Be sure to stop by our trade show booth (#519) across from the Coke Lounge on Monday and Tuesday to say hi! A representative from each of CFSA’s departments will be available to answer your questions.
We also have arranged for a separate meeting room (Ruby 1 on the Mezzanine floor) for more one-on-one conversations throughout the Convention. There’s no need to set up an appointment, just drop on by. Here’s a schedule of who will be available and when:
Tuesday, January 22
9:00 – 11 a.m.
Raechelle Gibbons, CFSA controller, and Amy Casias, CFFA accounting administrator.
Have questions regarding the accounting and payroll software conversions taking place between now and September of this year? These are the people to talk to!
9:00 – 11 a.m. & 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Bryan Eubanks and Michael Sellens from CFSA’s Construction Department will be available discuss any construction, CEQA or water quality issues.
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
CFSA safety staff Tom Amberson, Charlie Wiglesworth and Lesly Wade will be available to discuss specifics about your fair’s facility inspections and/or training needs.
Wednesday, January 23
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Charlie Mitchell, Lianne Lewellen and Steve Kushida from the Risk Management team will be on hand to answer any insurance pool questions you may have.
In addition, if you would like to meet with Executive Director Becky Bailey-Findley or Deputy Executive Director Rebecca Desmond at any time throughout the Convention, please contact them directly to set up an appointment. Contact Becky at email@example.com or Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find them in CFSA’s trade show booth at various times as well.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
For release November 9, 2012
CFSA's CFA Fall Managers' Conference Barbecue & Yard Sale Was a Success!
A sampling of the Yard Sale furniture up for bid
After an informative Managers' Conference session at the Cal Expo Turf Club on Monday afternoon, November 5, Conference attendees joined friends and colleagues at CFSA's first ever Fall Managers' Conference Barbecue & Yard Sale.
CFSA staff worked long hours to set up the giant Yard Sale that spanned empty offices and hallways upstairs and down at the Fair Services Building. Solid oak furniture including desks, credenzas and bookshelves were up for sale to the highest (silent auction) bidder, along with metal filing cabinets and shelves; cubicle partitions; lightweight CAD desks; chairs of most every style, shape and color; adding machines, and lots of other office essentials. In addition, there were boxes and boxes of free items, from computer and phone cables to posters, binders, desk organizers, staplers and hole punches.
The "barbecue" portion of the evening was deftly handled by CFSA Safety Manager Tom Amberson. He spent most of the evening on the back patio barbecuing more than 25 pounds of blue fin tuna he'd caught on recent fishing trips.
Along with the tuna, diners enjoyed chicken skewers, fancy potatoes, fresh fruit and antipasto. Cookies, including CFSA signature fair-themed cookies, and freshly brewed coffee could be found in WFA's office across the hall from where dinner was served.
The party was scheduled for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and by 7:30 or so, most folks had tallied up their purchases, grabbed a cookie to go and were heading across the parking lot to their hotel in anticipation of the next day's Conference.
A full truck bed is proof of some successful Yard Sale shopping!
For release October 29, 2012
CFSA has posted a "Notice of Intention to Amend Conflict of Interest Code" pursuant to Government Code Sections 87300-87302. The document includes a copy of the current Conflict of Interest Code with proposed changes indicated. If you have any comments about the amendments, the deadline for written comments is November 29, 2012.
For release September 28, 2012
Have you heard?
The Department of General Services has
cancelled the mandatory state purchasing
office supply contract, effective September 28*
What's this mean? It means that district agricultural fairs are no longer limited to using the Department of General Services (DGS) when ordering office supplies.
(Purchases must be under $5,000.)
Where to start? CFSA, of course! Whether you're in need of a box of paper clips or a pallet of paper, our buyer is ready to help. She can also supply you with the names of well-qualified small business office supply vendors she's already vetted for reliability and competitive prices.
If you would like a copy of the "Notice of Contract
Termination" and/or "How to Determine Fair and
Reasonable Pricing," or if you'd like to get a bid on office supplies, please email Cailee DeFoe at email@example.com.
* This may be a temporary cancellation; CFSA will keep you posted.
Take a look at the colorful Announcement emailed to all DAA fairs on September 28, 2012.
For release September 25, 2012
October 3, 2012, Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
NOTICE OF REGULAR TELECONFERENCE MEETING
CALIFORNIA FAIR SERVICES AUTHORITY
Notice is hereby given of a Regular Teleconference Meeting of the California Fair Services Authority Board of Directors at 1776 Tribute Road, Suite 200, Sacramento, California, on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.
Members of the Board of Directors will participate by teleconference at the following locations:
San Mateo County Fair
2495 South Delaware Street,
San Mateo, California 94403
This regular meeting is hereby noticed pursuant to California Government Code Section 54950 et seq., Section X of the Agreement creating the Authority, and Article III of the Bylaws of the Authority.
It is the policy of the Board of Directors of the California Fair Services Authority (CFSA) to encourage public participation in the meetings of the Board of Directors. At each open meeting, members of the public shall be provided with an opportunity to directly address the Board on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of CFSA.
(Government Code Section 54956.95)
Claimants: Angela Malos, Maliyah Martin, & Cody Robinson
Agency Claimed Against: 21st DAA, et al.
Claimants: Kenneth Gong & City of Fresno
Agency Claimed Against: 21st DAA, et al.
Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation
Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to Subdivision (b) of
Government Code Section 54956.9: Two potential matters.
Public Employee Performance Evaluation (Government Code Section 54957)
Title: Executive Director
Note: The Board may take action on any matter, however listed on this Agenda, and whether or not listed on this Agenda, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Staff Reports are subject to change without prior notice. If requested, this agenda can be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, as required by Section 202 of the Americans Disabilities Act of 1900 and the Federal Rules and Regulations adopted in implementation thereof. Persons seeking an alternative format should contact the Board Secretary for further information. In addition, a person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, in order to participate in a public meeting, should telephone or otherwise contact the Board Secretary as soon as possible. The Board Secretary may be reached at 1776 Tribute Road, Suite 100, Sacramento, California 95815, or by telephone at (916)921-2213.
For release April 25, 2012
Fair Industry Veteran Rebecca Desmond
Set to Join CFSA's Management Team in May and Two CFSA Supervisors Take on New Leadership Roles Effective . . . Now!
On Wednesday, April 25, Becky Bailey-Findley announced three changes in CFSA leadership that she believes will enhance the expertise, experience and talent at CFSA to both our members' and the California Network of Fairs' benefit.
Rebecca Desmond joined CFSA as Deputy Executive Director beginning Monday, May 14, 2012. In this position, Rebecca will manage the day-to-day operations of CFSA and provide oversight and direction to the finance, administration and communications functions. With experience that ranges from working as a service provider to the management of a fair and finally to directing the Division of Fairs & Expositions for the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Rebecca brings valuable experience and leadership qualities that will facilitate CFSA's ability to serve and to grow with the fair industry. These qualities, combined with her commitment to the values and potential of CFSA, make Rebecca a strong addition to CFSA's executive management team and will add to the high performance culture expected of the organization.
In addition to the appointment of Rebecca Desmond, two CFSA supervisors have been promoted to new management positions. Effective immediately, Raechelle Gibbons, CFSA's Accounting Administrator, is now CFSA's Controller, managing all of CFSA's accounting functions. She's also responsible for the development and management of CFSA's financial business services. Raechelle
A contributor to the Finance Department since 1994, Raechelle recently assumed new levels of responsibility and accountability with proficiency, integrity and commitment to the organization.
In addition, Kevin Wright, CFSA's Office Administrator, is now the agency's Manager of Business Services and will oversee the administration of contracting, human resources, IT and facility management. He is also responsible for the development and management of business services, a new program of available services for fairs. Kevin recently increased his responsibilities in these areas and has served CFSA competently and with integrity. Kevin's experience as a small business owner and his talent in business operations will serve CFSA well as we strive to enhance and grow our offering of support services for California's fair network.
Becky wrapped up her memo to all fair managers and CFSA's board by saying, "I believe the internal promotions and the addition of Rebecca Desmond will position CFSA to meet present and future challenges and opportunities with a breadth of experience and competence unprecedented in CFSA's history."
Contact information for Rebecca Desmond will be available as soon as she joins CFSA. You can reach Raechelle at 916/263-6143 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Kevin at 916/263-6187 or email@example.com.
For release February 1, 2012
CFSA is on Facebook!
Be up to the minute with CFSA's current events, share ideas, ask questions, post photos! http://www.facebook.com/ home.php#!/pages/California-Fair-Services-Authority-CFSA/118039821629430
For release December 11, 2011
CFSA's Contract with CFFA Extended
On December 7, 2011, CFSA's board of directors voted unanimously to continue to provide administrative services for the California Fairs Financing Authority (CFFA), formerly known as California Construction Authority (CCA). As was announced last July, CFFA is now working from within CFSA's Construction Department.
The new contract between CFFA and CFSA's boards of directors runs from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. During this time, CFFA will continue operating under its joint powers agreement and, most importantly, to continue assisting California's fairs with planning, design, bidding, contract management, construction management and project close-out services on a fee-for-service basis.
For release November 18, 2011
The fyi Newsletter is Going Online Only
Beginning in January 2012, CFSA's fyi newsletter will be delivered by email only. Not only will this save on postage and paper, but it will enable the newsletter to include photos and other online perks. If you are a California fair manager, CFSA has your email and you'll automatically receive the newsletter. If you're not a manager, to ensure the continuation of your subscription, please email fyi's editor, Melissa Thurber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember too, if you miss an issue, all issues of the fyi newsletter are available in the fyi archive.
For release October 18, 2011
California Fair Services Authority Hires Becky Bailey-Findley as New Executive Director, Effective January 1, 2012
The Board of Directors for California Fair Services Authority (CFSA) voted unanimously today to hire Becky Bailey-Findley as its new Executive Director beginning January 1, 2012. Formerly the CEO for the OC Fair & Event Center, Bailey-Findley has worked actively in the
California fair industry since 1986, beginning with her involvement in fairs as a young 4-H member in Fullerton. In recognition of her extraordinary service to the fair industry, Bailey-Findley was inducted into the prestigious Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame in 2009. She served as CEO for the OC Fair & Event Center for 15 years and since leaving that organization in 2008 has provided strategic planning and consulting services for other fairs in California and for the California Construction Authority.
"Becky brings experience and a style of leadership to CFSA that will help the Authority and member fairs face the critical challenges and threats currently presenting in the California fair industry," said John Root, Chair of the CFSA Board of Directors. "We believe that Becky will build upon the credible services and trustworthiness of CFSA, affirming the capacity of CFSA to be a leader and decisive contributor to the health and well being of California fairs.
Bailey-Findley is taking the reins from Donna Bardaro who has served as CFSA's Executive Director for over 12 years, working in the California fair and agriculture industries for a total of 43 years. Under Donna's leadership CFSA established strong administrative and
operational systems, grew the customer base, added key services for California fairs and has generated tremendous good will and stability within the California fair industry. "Donna has positioned CFSA to meet the challenges of the fair industry. She helped pioneer the
CFSA culture of service, leading by example with innovation, responsiveness and hard work," Bailey-Findley stated. "As a fair CEO I have benefitted from her leadership and now am honored to follow her legacy."
Before Bardaro's retirement at the end of the year, she and Bailey-Findley will work together to ensure a smooth transition and to further the strategic initiatives of CFSA and the Board.
"The Board feels it is important to make our new Executive Director available to California fairs in order to learn how best to provide needed services and to participate in planning with other fair related agencies, especially in this time of restructure and building self-sustaining business models for fairs," Root concluded. "We are excited about the opportunities to serve our member fairs in strategic ways, with services and products that address your immediate and long range needs."
"The California fair industry is facing critical, defining circumstances and I believe CFSA is poised to provide crucial leadership and services to the fair industry. I look forward to advancing the vision and strategic plan of the CFSA Board of Directors," Bailey-Findley affirmed, "preparing CFSA to be the lead service provider to California fairs."
It is the mission of California Fair Services Authority to deliver efficient and cost-effective risk management, insurance and business solutions through a flexible and responsive partnership with its member fairs. Established in 1986, CFSA manages seven individual risk-sharing pools along with five CFSA service departments. CFSA also partners with the Department of Personnel Administration and the Division of Fairs & Expositions as a pass-through agency for several fair and fair employee programs. Exclusively for California's fairs, CFSA also provides a full complement of business support and fair employee benefit services including accounting and payroll services, group purchasing, computer services,
risk management and in-house claims adjusting.
CFSA is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors elected from and by CFSA's membership. Board members include: Brian Bullis, CEO - Mariposa County Fair; Patricia
Conklin, CEO-Sonoma-Marin Fair; Rebecca Desmond, Director - Division of Fairs& Expositions; Kelley Ferreira, CEO - San Benito County Fair; Vice-Chair Regina Goody,
CEO - Yuba-Sutter Fair; Rick Pickering, CEO - Alameda County Fair; and Board Chair, John Root, Public Member. Operating revenue is derived from fees assessed on provided programs and services.
For release July 26, 2011
Play It Safe: Wash Your Hands (And Watch Where You Step!)
The Consumer Protection Committee, comprised of representatives from the Division of Fairs and Expositions, the Western Fairs Association and CFSA, is hard at work on a special Toolkit designed especially for fairtime animal exhibitors. Our goal? To give animal exhibitors the scoop on poop! (And how animal waste can carry illness causing bacteria.)
In the short video, written by Melissa Thurber, CFSA's communications officer, Professor Goodfeather (the gentleman in the pith helmet, below), explains to 4-H, FFA and individual animal exhibitors how they have a responsibility outside the show ring. That responsibility? To set a good example to their friends and the public when it comes to working around and enjoying animals in a public setting.
Here we are on the "set," at the Sacramento County Fair. In this scene, we enlisted the help of a mom and dad (not shown) and their two youngsters. When the baby drops her sippy cup on the ground, Professor Goodfeather steps in to advise the dad to sterilize the cup before giving it back to his daughter.
Working in partnership with the Division of Fairs and Expositions, and Western Fairs Association, CFSA is in charge of the video portion of the Toolkit, which also includes an informative brochure and fairground signs. The kit will be delivered to all ag teachers in California with a request that the video and brochure be shared with all 4-H, FFA and Grange exhibitors.
To tape the video, we gathered up our crew and headed out to the Sacramento County Fair on Friday, May 27. We were greeted by swarms of excited children ~ it was School Day! Their teachers get an "A" for their excellent child wrangling skills.
After we unloaded our equipment at the Livestock Barn, we were off in search of our 4-H and FFA volunteer actors and actresses. With their help and that of our wacky but knowledgeable Professor Goodfeather, our goal was to produce a video that would help educate viewers on the importance of washing their hands after working with their animals, especially before eating or heading for home.
CFSA's 2010 Annual Report, CFSA Now ~ More Than Ever! is now Online!
Annual Report Archive: If you'd like to read an earlier annual report, you'll find reports from 2003 through 2008 in our archive . You can also request printed copies by contacting Melissa Thurber, 916/263-6163 or email@example.com. (Remember to include the year you're interested in.)
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