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.

 

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.