Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

 
MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:              Thursday, January 6, 2015

Time:              12:00 p.m.

Location:         Employee Relations Board Room
                       11th Floor CHE

Present:          Oscar Winslow, President
                        Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
                        Josh Geller, 2nd Vice President
                        Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
                        Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
                        Marie McTeague, Civil Director
                        Tony Koutris, Civil Director
                        Syndi Driscoll, Proprietary Director
                        Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
                        Karine Philips, Criminal Director

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1. Bylaws

The recent amendments voted on by the Membership will be incorporated and posted on the website.

There needs to be further discussion regarding additional changes that should be made. The Mastagni firm has some experts with regard to bylaws that will be consulted for additional modifications.

2. Committee Assignments

Generally, a discussion is had with regard to various committees that are or can be formed. The person selected as the chairperson choses who is on the committee.

Bargaining committee. Currently, Winslow, McTeague and Embry are the remaining members of the committee. Depending on what happens with other bargaining units, there may be a need for the bargaining committee to meet in the Spring. The re-opener clause is for increases in salary. We can trigger the reopener in anticipation of items to discuss, with no risk to the rest of the contract.

PAC / Lobbying Committee

There has been a suggestion that we split this Committee, to focus more on the PAC activities of the Board.

Grievance Committee

LACAA was informed by management of four grievances currently pending.

JLMBC Committee

Governing documents of the JLMBC specify which bargaining committees have seats at the table. LACAA had a seat through the Coalition.

Catastrophic Time Bank Committee

Bylaws Committee

Finance Committee
Signatories for signing checks may be asked to contribute additional time to assist the Treasurer in duties related to the Board's finances.

Volunteer Committee

Volunteers who had jobs and were attorneys who were not being paid. A discussion was had with regard to whether this is something that we need to keep an eye on.

Liaison Committee?

Pension Committee

Office Protocol Committee

Relationship with the Office, keeping lines of communication open.

AD HOC COMMITTEES

Survey Committee
With regard to bargaining issues.

Litigation Committee
When we have an active lawsuit going.

Strategy Committee

During bargaining. Board members are always involved in strategy discussions in terms of bargaining. However, we would need a special committee for non-members to contribute during strategy sessions.

Health Subsidy

Primarily dealing with Blue Cross.

PR Committee

We might want to look at whether our image is okay, and whether we want to do things to enhance our image. If we want to get into a fight, we need to be in good standing when it comes to PR.

MOTION: By Winslow: To approve the funding of two people to attend the Labor Law & Labor Arbitration seminar, Thursday Jan. 22nd, $350.00 per person. Marie second.
In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Koutris, Driscoll
Hiscocks, Philips
Opposed: None. Motion Passed.
Abstain: None.

Career Assistance / Career Advancement Committee

A discussion was had regarding what the Board is doing to assure that Members are in a position to promote and to protect the interests of Members. Considering the last PRP process LACAA should strengthen its plan to bring substantive things to the front office. Funding and informing members of educational opportunities would be valuable.

This Committee could be combined with the PR committee.

The Office should set forth a standardized list of what they expect from each position in the office – since there are so many different aspects to what LACAA's Members do.

Banking

Change the Wells Fargo Platinum Business account to a regular Business Account: Motion: By Embry: To allow the Treasurer to take the funds out of the Wells Fargo Platinum Premium Business Account, which no longer suits our needs, and put them in another account that better suits LACAA's needs. The Treasurer and signatory will decide on the bank and the type of account into which the funds will be deposited. Second: Winslow.
In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Koutris, Driscoll
Hiscocks, Philips
Opposed: None. Motion Passed.
Abstain: None.

 

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.


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LACAA's President, send a request to lacaapresident@gmail.com.