Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

 
MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:              Thursday, January 14, 2016

Time:              5:00 p.m.

Location:         Employee Relations Board Room

Present:          Oscar Winslow, President
                        Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
                        Josh Geller, 2nd Vice President
                        Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
                        Carmen Hawkins, Civil Director
                        Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director


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1. Condolences.

There was a discussion about when and how the LACAA should acknowledge someone's passing, i.e., a family member of an elected official or a member of LACAA.

Motion: By Hawkins and Fuchs: That there be a standing order that in the event of the death of either an LACAA Member or an elected official (Councilmember, Controller, Mayor, City Attorney), the person or his family, that LACAA will send a condolence card (not to exceed $10 for card and postage) to the family of the person who has died. The card will be LACAA's initial response, and then on a case by case basis, the Board will consider making a contribution to a charity that the family designated.
Second: Hiscocks: Amendments: Geller.

In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, Hawkins, Hiscocks
Opposed: None.
Abstain: None. Motion passed

Motion: By Winslow: That LACAA should make a contribution in the amount of $250.00 to the foundation specified by the Feuer family in memory of the City Attorney's father $250.00. Second: Hiscocks.

In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, Hawkins, Hiscocks
Against: None. Motion passed.
Abstain: None.

2. American Diabetes Assoc. Political Roast

In the past, LACAA has sent Members to the ADA Political Roast. The cost this year has been posted:
2 Full tables is $25,000 "Heavy Hitter" in the "smoke filled back room", 2 Full tables is $12,500 "Fat Cat" "in the thick of things", 1 Full table is $7,500 "Power Broker" "in the action"

There was a discussion of whether attending this event provides a significant benefit the membership considering the cost. There was a suggestion that it may be better to join the "Eagle and Badge" Gala for its connection to law enforcement and better opportunities to interact with a larger number of politicians.

Motion: By Geller: That LACAA not buy a Table at the ADA Roast this year. Second: Fuchs.
In favor: Fuchs, Geller, Embry, Rosenthal, Hawkins, Hiscocks
Opposed: Winslow. Motion passed
Abstain: None.

3. Disciplinary procedures.

The Office is increasing its use of the disciplinary process and is actively generating more disciplinary cases around the office. There has been a huge uptick in the Office wanting to impose discipline, and the Office is building a large investigatory unit for that purpose. The Mastagni firm has attorneys locally who are available to sit down with Members at the beginning stages of a disciplinary matter.

4. Pension - Tier 2

Anyone who is a City employee prior to Feb. 21, 2016, will go from Tier 2 and be rolled into Tier 1, and the City will pay what is necessary to make up any additional cost. Anyone hired after Feb. 21, 2016, will be in Tier 3. Tier 2 has been rescinded. Tier 3 contributors will be paying 11 percent, the 1% payment for ERIP will not drop off for them in 2026. This does not change any of the salary schedules.

 

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.