Meeting Date: March 6, 2004

Board Members Present: Shelley Smith (President), Mary Dennis (Vice President), Judith Reel (Secretary), Marsha Berkowitz (Civil Director), Rosemary Chavez (Criminal Director), Terri Siegel (Criminal Director).

SEIU Local 347 Representative Present: Robert Hunt (General Counsel)

I. Old Business

A. FMLA and Use of Comp and Vacation Time

We believe that Family Leave questions have been clarified and that attorneys may use comp and vacation time as they have in the past, regardless of whether the purpose for the requested time off would entitle an attorney to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. If any questions arise in this area when requesting comp or vacation time, you or your supervisor should contact the Office’s Personnel Section, and if still unresolved you should contact Robert Hunt (SEIU Local 347 General Counsel) or a Board member.

B. Bargaining Update

Board members discussed proposals for the negotiations over a successor MOU. The members reviewed a summary of a survey sent to members soliciting proposal suggestions. Most of the suggestions pertained to securing meaningful promotional and transfer opportunities, and enhanced retirement benefits. The Board will meet again to finalize a list of proposals and will be prepared to begin negotiations by the March 31 deadline established by our current Memorandum of Understanding.

II. Executive Session

The Board met in Executive Session to discuss various matters.

III. Next Meeting

The Board’s next meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2004.


At its June 9 meeting, JLMBC awarded new contracts for health insurance providers. Anthem Blue Cross has been selected to replace Blue Shield as the exclusive provider for PPO, HMO Full and Narrow Network plans, and a new alternate regional network plan, "Vivity." Anthem anticipates minimal disruption of services for members who use UCLA and Cedars facilities. Kaiser Permanente is still available for alternate HMO health insurance coverage. For more information on how this may impact your options during Open Enrollment for 2017, contact the City's Employee Benefits Division: (213) 978-1655

LACAA congratulates Civil Director Marie McTeague on her well deserved retirement. Her brilliance, fierce advocacy for LACAA members, personal sacrifices and sense of justice have been the cornerstone of LACAA's success. We will truly miss her presence in the office (but still have her cell phone number).

The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.