Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Time:
12:00 p.m.
Location:
Philippe’s Restaurant
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 Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director

1. Committee Updates

Litigation Committee ( Directing legal counsel, reviewing legal bills, monitoring costs to ensure we stay in budget, etc.)
Retiree Healthcare subsidy Writ – Hearing set for April 25th; opening brief should be filed by the end of Feb.
Federal Case – Stipulation to extend time for trial about 9 months. Feb. 25th – Motion to Amend hearing, Rm. 780, Federal Court
Bylaws Committee (Establishing rules and regulations for the Board that meet our current challenges)
Preparing to provide amendments to the Board for evaluation for holding Special Election for membership to approve amendments.
PAC / Lobbying (Developing and maintaining relationships with elected City officials)
Volunteer Grievance Commitee
Arbitration set April 29 – 30.
Time Bank Representatives
LACAA has two Board members who are representatives for MOU 29.
Bargaining Committee
Currently working in conjunction with the Litigation Committee.
Member Outreach Committee (To determine priorities of the membership)
Currently working on creating surveys to be sent to the membership.
Prop. A Committee –
A Press Release was issued regarding LACAA’s support. An e-mail went out to membership for input and assistance.
Motion:
By Brothers: Committee updates should be compiled and sent to Arturo Martinez upon the President calling a meeting to be added to the agenda.
Second:
Dennis
In favor:
Dennis, Lambert, McTeague, Embry, Brothers, Geller, Hiscocks, Rosenthal
Opposed:
Winslow, Bobo
Abstain:
None   Motion Passed.

2. Campaign Endorsements / Donations

Tina Hess is running for City Council (CD 11) and Terry Hara (husband of LACAA Member, former LAPD) is running for CD 9.
Motion:
By Winslow: To endorse Tina Hess for CD 11.
Second:
Brothers.
In favor:
Winslow, Brothers
Opposed:
McTeague, Embry, Bobo, Dennis, Hiscocks, Rosenthal
Abstain:
Lambert, Geller   Motion Did Not Pass
Motion:
By Winslow: To endorse Terry Hara for CD 9.
Second:
Brothers
In favor:
Winslow
Opposed:
McTeague, Embry, Dennis, Bobo, Hiscocks, Rosenthal
Abstain:
Brothers, Geller, Lambert   Motion Did Not Pass
Motion:
By Winslow: To donate $500 PAC funds to Tina Hess’ campaign for CD 11.
In favor:
Winslow, McTeague, Embry, Bobo, Brothers, Geller, Rosenthal
Opposed:
Hiscocks
Abstain:
Lambert, Dennis   Motion passed
Motion:
By Winslow: To donate $500 PAC funds to Terry Hara’s campaign for CD 9.
In favor:
Winslow, McTeague, Embry, Bobo, Brothers, Geller, Rosenthal
Opposed:
Hiscocks
Abstain:
Lambert, Dennis   Motion passed.

3. Discussion of LACAA’s support for Proposition A

All members should encourage their colleagues, friends and family to participate in LABudgetChallenge.org

4. Legal Strategy (CLOSED SESSION)

(None)

5. Additional CLOSED SESSION (if necessary)

(None)
 

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.