Meeting Date:   November 20, 2008

Board Members Present: Shelley Smith (President), Michael Duran (Vice-President), Matt St. George (Vice-President), Jule Bishop (Treasurer), Judith Reel (Secretary), Nick Karno (Criminal Director), Rebecca Gardner (Criminal Director), Eugene Hall (Criminal Director)

SEIU Local 721 Representative Present:  Bob Hunt (General Counsel)

I. Old Business

A. LACAA Endorsement Procedures
The Board discussed procedures to adopt for candidate endorsement for the 2009 City Attorney election. There was considerable discussion about the merits of an Association endorsement of a candidate for City Attorney. The Board members recognized and discussed the desire expressed by some non-Board members not to endorse, but unanimously favors Association endorsement. Board members expressed the belief that it benefits the membership to have the Association play a meaningful role in the election, and that endorsement of a candidate is the best way to accomplish that.
The Board voted unanimously to mail a ballot to members, asking whether they want the Association to endorse a candidate for City Attorney. If the membership wants the Association to make an endorsement, the Board will schedule a candidates’ forum and arrange for a vote as to whom to endorse; if the membership does not want the Association to endorse a candidate, the Board will schedule a candidates’ forum for the sole purpose of allowing candidates to speak to issues addressing the office.

II. New Business

A. Board Elections
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 First Vice-President (currently held by Matt St. George), Treasurer (currently held by Jule Bishop), Civil Director (currently held by Phil Sugar), Criminal Director (currently held by Nick Karno), and Criminal Director (currently held by Eugene Hall).

B. Memorial Contribution
The Board voted unanimously to contribute $250 in the memory of Deputy City Attorney Richard Bobb. The contribution will be made to a non-profit organization selected by Richard’s family.



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.