Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

 
MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:              Thursday, May 29, 2014

Time:              12:00 p.m.

Location:        Public Works Session Room
                       Room 350, City Hall

Present:          Oscar Winslow, President
                        Mary Dennis, 1st Vice President
                        Josh Geller, 2nd Vice President
                        Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
                        Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
                        Marie McTeague, Civil Director  
                        Matt Schonbrun, Criminal Director

Legal Counsel: David Mastagni
                       Kevin Flautt



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1) Merit & Promotion Process

Notice went out to the membership by Leela Kapur regarding the process. The Committee met with Ms. Kapur on two occasions, and made many suggestions regarding the process. One aspect that was not implemented at this time was a peer-review process (similar to the Burt Pines era).

15 promotions for this cycle, 15 promotions for next February 2015, and 10 promotions for February 2016. These are the contractual promotions, and the City has guaranteed funding for these promotions. The Office is also open to the idea of merit steps, if the budget will allow.

LACAA will look into whether any other DCAs or ACAs have been promoted, out of the M & P Process.

2) Member Dues

Should we reduce the amount of dues? The Board has not discussed this matter up to this time. The Board will continue to discuss this matter, considering possible litigation and other issues facing the membership.

3) PAC

Councilmember Englander is running for re-election and has requested a donation. Councilmembers have an Office Holder account (Max $500 per fiscal year), and also have a political account. The Board is considering donating to the Office Holder accounts of those who are currently in office and /or running for re-election.

Mayor, Controller and City Attorney all have an Office Holder account (Max $1000 per fiscal year). The Office Holder account is different from the election contribution account.

Exposure with Office holders will help LACAA.

Motion: By Schonbrun: That LACAA make a contribution to all currently sitting, elected L.A. City Office holders, to their Office Holder account, of up to the maximum amount. McTeague: Second.
In favor: Dennis, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Schonbrun.
Against: None
Abstain: None (Winslow recused himself from this discussion/vote)
Motion Passed.

Further discussion will be had on whether to make a contribution to Councilmember Englander's election account.

4) Reimbursement
Schonbrun expended $138.53 for a pizza lunch for new hires on May 15.

Motion: By Winslow, to reimburse Schonbrun. Second: Dennis.

In favor: Winslow, Dennis, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Schonbrun.
Against: None
Abstain: None Motion Passed

5) Elections
Discussion was had regarding moving from paper ballots to an electronic ballot system. The Board will look into this option further. The Board wants to ensure that every Member have the ability to vote in an election, and there is concern that some members have inconsistent access (or aversions) to computers.

6) Bylaws
Copies of proposed amendments were sent to Board members. The Board will have e-mail discussions regarding suggestions for possible further revisions.

 

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.