Meeting Date: November 8, 2007
Board Members Present: Michael Duran (Vice-President), Judith Reel (Secretary), Rosemary Chavez (Criminal Director), Eugene Hall (Criminal Director), Garcelle Embry (Civil Director), Phil Sugar (Civil Director),
SEIU Local 347 Representative Present: Bob Hunt (General Counsel)
I. Old Business
A. M.O.U. Negotiations
Bob Hunt reported that all of the SEIU-represented unions and affiliates ratified the tentative M.O.U. Bob believes that the coalition of city unions that negotiated the M.O.U. will formally notify the City of employee ratification next week (the week of November 12), and he anticipates that the agreement will go to Council for approval by the end of the month. We will inform our members about the results of the Council vote.
II. New Business
The Board authorized sending a notice to all members concerning the nomination and election process for Los Angeles City Attorneys’ Association Board positions. The Board seats currently up for reelection are President (currently held by Shelley Smith), 1st Vice President (vacant—1 year left in term), 2nd Vice-President (currently held by Michael Duran), Secretary (currently held by Judy Reel), Civil Director (currently held by Garcelle Embry), Criminal Director (currently held by Rosemary Chavez) and a Proprietary Director (vacant).
B. LACAA Endorsement Procedures
The Board discussed what procedures to adopt for candidate endorsement for the 2009 City Attorney election. The Board affirmed its commitment to a membership vote of an endorsement, and intends to sponsor a forum by which candidates can address our members. The Board discussed whether to sponsor a candidate forum before or after the date by which candidates must announce their candidacy, and how to conduct a membership vote. The Board did not reach a consensus about the issues, and will continue to discuss them at future meetings. In the meantime, the Board is willing to meet with people interested in running for City Attorney and discuss the issues we believe are of concern to our members.
C. Office Flyer
The Board discussed a flyer announcing a deputy city attorney's going-away party that contained an offensive racial caricature. The Office renounced and recalled the flyer shortly after it was issued, and we understand that management acted promptly once it became aware of the offensive material in the announcement.
The Association of Black City Attorneys sent a letter to the City Attorney expressing its concerns over the flyer and requesting, in addition to other actions, that the Office include sensitivity training on racial and ethnic issues in upcoming programs. The LACAA agreed to support this request for expanded training and will continue to address this issue in the future.
D. Career Opportunity
The Board decided to seek a meeting of representatives of the different attorney organizations existing in this Office to discuss issues that we may have in common regarding professional growth and opportunities for all attorneys. Rosemary Chavez volunteered to spearhead this effort and we hope that we can convene a meeting in January.