Date:              Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time:              5:00 p.m.

Location:         Marvin Braude Constituent Center
                        Van Nuys, Conf. Room 1B

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

Counsel:          David Mastagni


1. Bylaws

Proposed additional modifications to the Bylaws were provided to the Board Members and Members present in the audience. The Board Members will review the proposed modifications for future discussion.

2. Constant Contact Web Hosting

Constant Contact is through our Web host 911 media, and we pay an additional approx.. $ 350 / year for the service.
Motion: By Winslow: To cancel Constant Contact for the time being, since no blasts to the members are expected to be made during this year of no contract negotiations. Second: Hiscocks
In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, Hiscocks, Philips Opposed: None
Abstain: None Motion passed.

3. City Attorney Hiring
There are currently 453 MOU 29 members. The Board is going to look into past position authorities and strategies for keeping the budget healthy for the future.

4. PAC / Lobbying Committee
Mayor's fund for Community Service initiatives. Would LACAA be limited in its contribution amount? The Board will put together a committee to research this.

5. Signatory authority for checking
Motion: By Fuchs: Geller to be added as a signatory for the LACAA financial institutions. Second: Philips
In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, Hiscocks, Philips
Opposed: None
Abstain: Geller Motion passed.


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.