Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

 
MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cal Trans Building
Present: Oscar Winslow, President
Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
Josh Geller, 2nd Vice President
Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
Carmen Hawkins, Civil Director
Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
Matt Schonbrun, Criminal Director
Attorneys: Kevin Flaut, Howard Lieberman

1. Approval of the Minutes

Motion: Geller: To approve the minutes circulated by Rosenthal for approval, with the modifications sent by Winslow. Approved minutes will be posted on the website. Second: Winslow.

In favor: Unanimous (Hiscocks not present yet)
Opposed: None.
Abstain: None.

Motion passed

2. Survey Monkey

LACAA has been paying $24 per month for the Survey Monkey service. We have not used Survey Monkey in a while, opting for mailed paper surveys to be sure to reach all members.

Motion: By Rosenthal: To suspend the Survey Monkey account and stop the monthly payments. Second: Geller

In favor: Unanimous
Against: None.
Abstain: None.

Motion passed

3. Letter Head & Business Cards

For purposes of meeting with City Officials in meetings on behalf of the Union, for consistent messaging and to have a distinct identity, Board members should have LACAA business cards and letterhead, rather than using non-Union business cards or random letterhead.

911 Media has provided a bid for creation and printing of business cards and letterhead and for providing additional services:

$150 for 911 media to set up LACAA e-mail system through Google
$30 to send e-mails to 1000 members (each e-mail)
$235 for letterhead (50 top sheets and 50 bottom sheets)
$300 for business cards

Motion: By Geller: To authorize the Board to spend $150 to have 911 Media set up personal e-mail addresses for Board members. Hiscocks: Second

In favor: Unanimous

Motion passed

By Geller: To authorize the Board to spend no more than $1000 to produce union-shop business cards for Board Members, with the President and Members of the PAC Committee having personal business cards and other members of the Board having a generic business card with a space to write their name and contact information, to coordinate with 911 Media to create a logo, subject to discussion with the President and PAC Committee as to cost of producing a certain amount of business cards as required. Second: Embry.

In favor: Unanimous

Motion passed

By Geller: Move the Board to authorize spending of no more than $500 to produce approximately 100 sheets of union-shop letterhead, and as many second page sheets, subject to the $500 cap. Letterhead should have no names and have general contact information. Winslow: Second

In favor: Unanimous

Motion passed

4. Promotions and “Green Sheets”

The Office has been putting people in positions without advertising those positions; the Board needs to know when this happens. A discussion was had regarding methods by which the Board could be informed when the Office places attorneys in supervisory roles without the position being Green-Sheeted. There has also been promotions outside of the M & P process. This causes a ceiling in the M & P process when positions are not available.

5. Member Discipline Representation

The Office is ramping up their activity of discipline, as well as the range of discipline. If the Office starts asking questions about issues that could lead to discipline, the Union needs to know. The Office has been training members of management in the disciplinary process.

The Mastagni firm has opened a Los Angeles firm for ease of representation and is available to members from early on in the disciplinary process.

Motion: By Winslow: To have the lawyers of the Mastagni firm to represent the members starting at the investigation stage. Geller: Second

A discussion was had whether there should be a sub-committee to identify cases for the Mastagni firm, or whether it should be done by the Board as a whole, in accordance with the agreement with the Mastagni firm. It needs to be refined how the Board will let the members know about the process for contacting the Mastagni firm and implementing conflict counsel, etc.

In favor: Unanimous

Motion passed

6. Stipends to other Associations

Some Associations, recognized by the City Attorney’s Office, have events during the year. A discussion was held as to whether there should be an annual stipend for Associations to spend on annual events.
There is a New City Attorney group (approximately 86 lawyers) which, along with Mike Feuer, is planning a Happy Hour event July 13th at Spring (3rd & Spring) and is requesting support from LACAA for their group event.
Motion: By Geller: To authorize the expenditure of $500 to sponsor the event on July 13th, and in exchange for the $500 we be listed as a co-sponsor of the event, the money be expended on food, not alcohol, and we be provided a brief opportunity to make remarks at the event. Second: Embry.

In favor: Unanimous

 

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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