Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time:
12:00 p.m.
Location:
CalTrans Building, Meeting Rooms 1.040A & B
Present:
Oscar Winslow, President
Mary Dennis, 1st 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
Counsel:
Lewis Levy
David Mastagni

1. JLMBC

Made up of five labor & five management representatives. The City is recommending replacing Blue Cross PPO, HMO narrow network and full network with Blue Shield. Hand-out of some of the particulars provided. Next meeting July 11th CHE. Change to Blue Shield is expected to save the City $8.6 million, reducing (or eliminating) the amount Employees should have to pay towards their healthcare.

2. Cal. Supreme Court EAA Decision

The Unions were successful in the appeal. The Court ruled against the argument regarding legislative purview. Enacting an MOU is itself an exercise of legislative discretion. Result: Enforcing the MOU is arbitrable.

3. Meeting with Feuer and Andrea Ordin, co-chair of his transition team.

Feuer indicated he wants to work with the Board and the Membership.

4. Litigation Update

Federal Impairment lawsuit:

It is suspected that the Federal Court was waiting for the EAA decision before it rules on the City’s 12(b)(6) motion. There is a new Fed. case supporting class certification.

Summary Judgment date is February 28, 2014.

Writ challenging the City's capping of the retiree medical insurance subsidy. The defense filed 140 pages of objections (about 500 total). The court questioned whether they should be sanctions for abusive tactics. New hearing date: Nov. 12, 2013.

5. Negotiations

Four meetings have been held with the CAO so far; next Bargaining sessions are scheduled for 6/24 & 7/3.

The Bargaining Committee discussed generally the process and its progress in negotiating. The Membership will be provided information related to bargaining as appropriate, and as much and as often as possible.

A brief summary of the bargaining process under the MMBA and the ERO was provided by LACAA's attorneys

6. Welcoming Reception for Feuer

Motion:
By Dennis: To donate up to $150 for a welcoming reception for City Attorney Feuer in conjunction with other Membership groups. Second: Cole.
In favor.
Winslow, Dennis, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Brothers, Geller, Cole
Opposed:
None. Motion Passed.
 

As you know, our new MOU includes annual reimbursement for MCLE-related expenses. To ensure that you receive complete and timely reimbursement, we encourage you to follow the instructions contained in the MCLE protocol provided by City Attorney Management. You must complete and submit a reimbursement form in order to receive reimbursement.

You can reimburse expenses related to attending MCLE programs that are accepted by the California State Bar, even if the program takes place in another state. Eligible expenses include the cost of the program, travel, and per diems.

Please be judicious when choosing lodging and which food/drink expenses you submit for reimbursement.


The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.