LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Public Works Session Room
Present: Oscar Winslow, President
1) Merit & Promotion Process
A sub-committee formed by LACAA met with Leela Kapur on April 17th. The Office is planning to continue with M & P process that begins with an electronic submission of letter for promotion by members. The letter request would go through levels of management up to the Executive Committee (Mike Feuer, Leela Kapur, Jim Clark, and Branch Chiefs).
15 promotions are pretty much set, if there is room in the budget, then perhaps they will award merit steps
Appeal process: Not available in the past few promotional processes, and rejected again.
The Board discussed the criteria that management will consider in the process. We need a better explanation regarding members' use of overtime as a criteria. Members will be able to review comments
Ms. Kapur has provided a draft memo of the M & P criteria to the Committee for review; the Committee is going to ask to review the final criteria before the process begins.
Workload vs. "Full workload" is whether you can keep up with the work given by the supervisor, as opposed to whether your colleagues believe you have a full workload.
Flexibility: Comfortable with doing assignments as given, help others, confidence of supervisors, ability to interact with all audiences.
Performance: Positive attitude, attitude with others, ability to incorporate into workload goals of the office, approach to ethical problems and personal ethics, come to discussion with recommendations with solutions.
Management breaks the Office down into 4 branches. Management understands the need to spread the promotions around the 4 branches. Merit steps if budget allows. The 2.75% salary adjustments do not qualify as "merit steps."
Comments of supervisors will be encouraged to be specific, but because the June 30 deadline, will not be required to be very specific.
It was asked if there could be some weight given to those who have not be given a promotion before. With the limited amount of promotions available, Ms. Kapur is not certain this criteria can be weighted.
Review Boards: Because time is short, there cannot be a peer review process this go-round. She likes the Board being able to ask questions regarding comments by Supervisors as a hybrid-peer review process. A supervisor could have input again at the executive level.
Requesting the Board's input – after this process, ending June 30th, the process starts again in 4 months for next February. Management would prefer a debriefing after the 2nd process, in preparation for the 3rd, keeping the process the same for the next. The Board will discuss this further, and may be fundamentally okay with this idea, but would reserve the right to discuss any problems.
In the event the promotions cannot be finalized by June 30th, the Office has requested any promotions given after July 1 be retroactive to June 30. Waiting for the CAO to respond.
The Board requested that sufficient notice be given to members regarding the process, in the event any members are going on vacation or on leave, so they would be able to participate.
1) Campaign Endorsements
The Bylaws give the Board the power to endorse campaigns, including County seats, like Judges. There was concern about members' feelings regarding endorsing, especially considering past experiences. However, few members have brought their concerns to the Board.
Motion: Schonbrun: To vote to exercise our inherent power to endorse for candidates for judicial office. Second: Winslow
Motion: To put this matter on a future agenda to discuss the process by which to exercise that discretion.
The Board will continue to have discussions regarding endorsing particular Judges, and the process.
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.