Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time:
12:00 p.m.
Location:
CompStat Room
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
Onica Cole, Criminal Director

1. Reimbursement for Expenses

Motion:
By Winslow: To reimburse McTeague for flowers sent in recognition of Trutanich’s mother’s passing.
Second:
Bobo
In favor:
Winslow, Dennis, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Brothers, Cole, Hiscocks, Geller.
Opposed:
None. Motion Passed.

2. Office Space

Request by a member for assistance with assignment of office space based on seniority (office vs. unit). A request has been made to the Office for any policies regarding assignment of office space. A verbal response by the Office is that there is no written policy; it is discretionary with Unit managers.

3. Legal Updates

Discussion regarding status of retainer agreements with General Counsel.

Motion:
To get a proposal from the Mastagni firm with respect to serving LACAA as a negotiator within the next 10 days.
Second:
Bobo
In favor:
Winslow, Dennis, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, Brothers, Hiscocks, Geller, Cole
Opposed:
None.
Abstain:
None. Motion Passed.

Conference call – litigation update with David Mastagni.

4. Campaign Endorsements / Donations

Discussion regarding benefit/risk of endorsements and donations to candidates for Mayor, Controller, City Attorney and Council races.

Motion:
By McTeague: To give $1,300 to each of the Mayoral candidates.
Second:
Dennis
In favor:
Winslow, McTeague, Dennis, Cole, Hiscocks, Geller, Rosenthal
Opposed:
Brothers, Bobo, Lambert Motion Passed.

Minutes from January 9 and February 14 Board Meetings were approved.

5. Member Survey

Discussion was held regarding subject of Member Survey and manner for disbursement and collection of survey results.

 

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.