Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION
BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Meeting Date:   December 4, 2006
Board Members Present: Shelley Smith (President), Jule Bishop (Treasurer), Judith Reel (Secretary), Bob Cramer (Vice-President), Michael Duran (Vice-President), Garcelle Embry (Civil Director), Phil Sugar (Civil Director), Nick Karno (Criminal Director)

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

I.         Old Business

A.         M.O.U. Negotiations

Bob Hunt reported on efforts by SEIU, Local 347, to coordinate negotiating strategy with other City unions and to train members of the bargaining teams for the four employee units it directly represents, and noted that LACAA Board Vice-President Michael Duran has attended some of the training sessions.  The Board voted to have Local 347 mail surveys to LACAA members asking them to identify issues they would like  us to negotiate during the spring M.O.U. negotiations.  We agreed that the surveys should also ask members to rank the issues in order of importance.

B.          SEIU Activities

The minutes from previous Board meetings described a general plan by the International SEIU to consolidate the SEIU California local unions into large locals, including a plan to consolidate the SEIU locals in Southern California that represent public employees.   Shelley Smith reported that the consolidation was part of a national program to re-invigorate the labor movement.  If done properly, the program could enable unions to be more effective on pressing issues such as retirement and health care. 
Bob Hunt reported that the International intends to charter a new local for Southern California public employee unions that will include Local 347, and will assign a new number to the Local at the beginning of the year.  There are planning meetings being conducted to address representation and other issues.  There will be a transitional period before members vote on a final governance structure and officers. 
Bob Hunt further explained that he did not believe that the consolidation program would affect Local 347's plans to negotiate the 2007 M.O.U.  With respect to LACAA, Bob Hunt has requested that SEIU commit to honoring the relevant provisions of the affiliation agreement.   LACAA's agreement with SEIU, Local 347, allows either party before July of 2008 to terminate the agreement without cause.  We will continue to keep our members apprised of further developments.

II.         New Business

A.         Board Election Results

The following submitted petitions to run for open seats on the Board:  Robert Cramer for Vice-President; Jule Bishop for Secretary; Phil Sugar for Civil Director, Nick Karno for Criminal Director; and Eugene Hall for Criminal Director.  There were no contested seats and accordingly the Board voted to approve the seating of those who submitted petitions without the need or expense of formal balloting.  

B.         Worksite Safety Issues

The Los Angeles Weekly reported on a virulent staph infection that appears to be concentrated in skid row, and discussed training offered by the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments to its employees working in the area to minimize the risk of infection.  The article also discussed an infection suffered by one of our attorneys caused by work on skid row. 
We  requested that management provide training to our members who work in the area and may be at risk for infection.  We requested training about how to minimize the risk of infection, and how to recognize an infection so that it can be effectively and quickly treated.  Management shared our concern and agreed to provide training.  We understand that training will start soon.

C.         Treasurer's Report

Board Treasurer Jule Bishop reported on investment of the Board's assets, and the Board discussed and approved the Treasurer's recommendation to diversify the Certificate of Deposit portfolio.  The Board's CPA firm delivered the 2005 annual financial statement and it was distributed to the Board.  Several Board members noted the relatively low level of spending on political campaigns from the separate political account during 2005.  The Board reaffirmed its commitment to meaningful involvement in political affairs.

D.         LACAA Website [www.lacaa.org]

Jule Bishop reported on the process for posting items on the LACAA website.  The Board agreed that current information should be posted on the website, including the bargaining survey.

III.         Executive Session

Bob Hunt reported on pending cases involving LACAA members and other legal matters.  No action was taken by the Board.


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.