Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Time:
5:00 p.m.
Location:
Employee Relations Board Room CHE, 11th Floor
Present:
Oscar Winslow, President Mary Dennis, 1st Vice President Mark Lambert, 2nd Vice President Garcelle Embry, Treasurer Ann Rosenthal, Secretary Chris Bobo, Proprietary Marie McTeague, Civil Director Amy Brothers, Civil Director Josh Geller, Criminal Director Onica Cole, Criminal Director Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director

1. Funding of City Attorneys

Discussion regarding funding of City Attorneys (other than General Fund – HACLA, Grant Funded, Proprietary) and informational meetings with members of City Council and staff.

2. Committee Formation

Motion:
Dennis: Committees to be formed by Board Action.
Second:
Brothers (Withdrawn)
Motion:
When a working group is being planned or committee formed, the President will solicit all Board Members for any working groups or committees.
In favor:
Winslow, Dennis, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Bobo, Brothers, Hiscocks, Geller, Cole
Opposed:
None
Abstain:
None   Motion Passed
Motion:
Cole: Committees should be posted on the website with chairpersons and statement of purpose of committee by January 31, 2013.
Second:
Brothers
In favor:
Winslow, Dennis, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Bobo, Brothers, Hiscocks, Geller, Cole
Opposed:
None
Abstain:
None   Motion Passed
For next meeting:
Committee Reports

3. 16th Annual American Diabetes Association Roast

Motion:
McTeague – to spend $5,000 on a table.
Second:
Bobo
In favor:
Bobo, Rosenthal, Geller
Opposed:
Brothers, Lambert, Cole, Embry, Hiscocks, Dennis
Abstain:
McTeague, Winslow   Motion Did Not Pass

4. Proposition A.

Discussion regarding structure of Prop. A. campaign and possible involvement by LACAA.

Motion:
Winslow: Move to support Prop. A.
Second:
Bobo
In favor:
Winslow, Dennis, Bobo, Cole, Geller, Brothers, McTeague, Hiscocks
Opposed:
None
Abstain:
None   Motion Passed

An e-mail will be generated (and circulated to the Board) to request members to speak at Neighborhood Council Meetings in support of Prop. A.

(*Embry left before discussion)

5. City Attorney Debate

All three main candidates have indicated that they are interested in attending a debate.

A committee will be formed to investigate sponsoring a debate.

6. Salary Adjustment issue

Motion:
By Cole: Authorize Lewis Levy to prepare and send an information request to the City regarding members receiving the 2.75% salary adjustments for purposes of compounding
In favor:
Winslow, Dennis, Lambert, Rosenthal, McTeague, Bobo, Brothers, Hiscocks, Geller, Cole
Opposed:
None
Abstain:
None   Motion Passed

7. CPRA Request

Regarding managed hiring; information requests have been made and some information has been provided by the City and will be evaluated.

8. Lawsuits

Federal lawsuit: Attorneys for both sides have been in contact. The City filed a FRCP 12(b)(6) motion on the 2nd Amended Complaint. LACAA’s attorneys are responding.

State Lawsuit:
Depositions are scheduled for end of January.
 

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.