Date:              Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time:              12:00 p.m.

Location:        ERB Board Room
                       11th Floor CHE

Present:          Oscar Winslow, President
                        Josh Geller, 2nd Vice President
                        Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
                        Marie McTeague, Civil Director  
                        Matt Schonbrun, Criminal Director

1) Campaign Endorsements

Tom Griego and Songhai Armstead are running for Judge

County Federation of Labor endorses Judicial candidates.

DAs have been endorsing recently, but there was a lot of controversy about it.

The Board needs to be more fully assembled to discuss this issue in front of the membership. We will also discuss endorsing for other City offices.

2) Merit & Promotion Committee

The Committee met with Leela Kapur, and the process is very similar to that under Jim Hahn. The Office will request the same type of memo as before, with supervisors adding comments up the ladder. Ms. Kapur was receptive to many of LACAA's suggestions, although not many changes could be instituted with this process since there is such a short timeline (June 30th).

A suggestion was made for merit steps in addition to Promotions and that was received well by Ms. Kapur.


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.