Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEYS' ASSOCIATION

BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Date: Tuesday, June28, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: L.A.P.D., CompStat Room, 100 W. First St., L.A.
Present: Oscar Winslow (President), Howard M. Fuchs (1st Vice President), Mark Lambert (2nd Vice President), Chris Bob (Proprietary Director), Marie McTeague (Civil Director), Garcelle Embry (Civil Director), Ann Rosenthal (Criminal Director), Patrick Hiscocks (Criminal Director), Nick Karno(Criminal Director)                     

1. Discussion of Illegal Ballots and Newly Proposed LOA

The Board advised members of a recent attempt by Juliann Anderson, Jule Bishop and SEIU, during ongoing negotiations by the bargaining team, to conduct an unauthorized election to ratify another LOA.   The Board made a demand on Juliann, Jule and SEIU to deliver the unauthorized ballots to President Winslow and to immediately cease the ballot counting.  Since they did not agree to do this, the Board had no choice but to seek a TRO against them.  Prior to the hearing on the TRO, SEIU's attorneys advised LACAA’s counsel that ballots had been delivered to President Winslow's office that morning and that the vote would not occur  The judge confirmed this representation on the record and, accordingly, the application for a temporary injunctive order was withdrawn.

2.Newly proposed LOA

A new proposal was made by the CAO which will be going to a vote soon - in accordance with the bylaws.  A copy of the LOA will be available on the LACAA website tomorrow.  The basic terms of the contract are: 13 days of furloughs, 4% additional contribution towards the Retiree Medical Insurance Subsidy, and 3.5% return of "bonuses" previously bargained for [1.75% cash payout in November 2012 and 1.75% increase in 2013 (It will be confirmed whether or not this is an actual COLA that would affect your base salary).]  The concessions equate to approximately 12.5%.  The 4% additional contribution to LACERS is intended to be permanent.   The language of this LOA provides that the City may negotiate additional increases to the LACERS contribution.

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.