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
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
-- 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.
-- 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
-- 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.
-- Motion to send out personal email solicitation. Approved
Minutes respectfully submitted,
Los Angeles City Attorneys' Association