Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEYS' ASSOCIATION
(LACAA) / SEIU LOCAL 721

BOARD MEETING MINUTES

 

Meeting Date / Time: Thursday, February 10, 2011;  12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Site: Committee Room 1050
City Hall

Board Members Present: Oscar Winslow (President), Howard Fuchs (First Vice-President), Mark Lambert (Second Vice-President), Juliann Anderson (Secretary), Nick Karno (Criminal Director), Patrick Hiscocks (Criminal Director), Garcelle Embry (Civil Director),  Marie McTeague (Civil Director), Christopher Bobo (Proprietary Director).

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

City Budget Update

--            SEIU / Coalition Update (Hunt)
- No formal bargaining happening
- Coalition of L.A. Unions holding informal discussions  (Julie Butcher (SEIU), Victor Gordo (Laborers), Cheryl Parisi (AFSCME)
- CAO projects 2011-2012 deficit  ($300 million – estimate)
- Coalition operating on several fronts: 1) Pension reform (New tier for new employees)
               2) Retirement health insurance. Currently, no ironclad guarantee of employee or spousal health insurance upon retirement. Retirement healthcare subsidy might be a target. Discussion re vesting the subsidy, so guaranteed. So while pension guaranteed, health insurance is not.
- Coalition negotiating meeting -- ideas
            --            Voluntary furlough (work less hours)
            --            Dispute resolution system (saves on worker's compensation)
            --            Pension reform
            --            City not managing – needs to manage more effectively
            --            Collections
            --            City Council sitting on it
            -            Holding council and mayor accountable
            --            Size of mayor's and council members' staffs
            --            Accountability / public visibility
            Coalition rally on February 14; noon; City Hall south lawn
            --            Reaching out to community, neighborhood councils
            --            Example:  city just opened new jail, but had to pull police off street
                       
--            Meetings with Management  (Winslow, Bobo)
Management has committed to talking to board as often as necessary. Meeting schedule with Carter on February 2.

Issue:  furloughs not necessary for some DCAs (if in proprietary / grant- funded positions). Response from management: city attorney concerned about image of people being treated differently / unequally within office. CA's goal is to get everyone off furloughs. Management agreed to look at issue.

            Issue: - Office morale – huge issue.  Goal is to have regular meetings w/ Carter, Trutanich
- Audience question: some not furloughed? Response:  DCAs in worker's compensation, public finance, elections. - Audience question: gap between time when comp time kicks in (after 80 hours) . People work, but don't get comp time until after 80 hours. Response:  no resolution

--            Meetings with Council members  (Winslow)
Lobbying / building relationship with council members. Karno:   from board retreat on 1.29.11 – message is public safety, to cut budget further would harm city. Board decided to take own initiative to talk to council. Council scheduled vote on 2.1.11 to cut another $3 million from city attorney's             office.             Karno and Anderson met w/ Alarcon, Smith, Rosendahl
            Discussion points: CA's budget cut from $117M to $77 M in 18 months, 62 volunteer attorneys, reduced outside counsel by half; now more work with fewer, attorney procurement – hard freeze.
            LACAA members w/ relationships w/ council – invited to help.

Public Relations
--            Brendan Huffman (DCA Tamar Galantzen's husband) – oral presentation re possibility of LACAA hiring his firm. Public affairs group, lobbyist for LA Chamber of Commerce, worked in the Assembly. Goal:  to tell story of how CA's office works

Upcoming Continuing Education
--            Lambert:  need continuing education for members, Embry:  LACERS  presentation

Grievance Update
--             Audience Q:  status of furlough issue.  Winslow:  coordinating with other grievances
--            Volunteers: Winslow:  agreement with City Attorney. Audience:  need to talk to Central deputies.  They have the responsibility of accompanying volunteers.

Communication
--            Motion to send out personal email solicitation. Approved

Minutes respectfully submitted,
Juliann Anderson
Board Secretary
Los Angeles City Attorneys' Association

 

 

 

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.