Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEYS' ASSOCIATION

MINUTES - MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: LAPD Compstat Room, 100 W. First St., L.A.
Present: Oscar Winslow (President), Howard M. Fuchs (1st Vice President), Mark Lambert (2nd Vice President), Garcelle Embry (Treasurer), Ann Rosenthal (Secretary), Chris Bobo (Proprietary Director), Marie McTeague (Civil Director), Patrick Hiscocks (Criminal Director), Nick Karno (Criminal Director), Lewis Levy (Attorney)

1)  LITIGATION REPORT FROM GENERAL COUNSEL

LACAA has filed four UERPs

(1) Alleges failure to meet and discuss closure and movement of branch offices (may be moving towards settlement) (UERP # 1856)

(2) Alleges discrimination in application of e-mail use policy in pre-determination process. Moving towards Rule 8 meeting.

(3) Filed in April / May 2011.  Alleged improper threats of coercion re ratification process of 2 LOAs. ERB considered this UERP on Nov. 28, 2011 and found that City did not coerce employees in the exercise of their collective bargaining rights.  According to ERB, City merely did what it said it would do under a declaration of emergency. (UERP # 1838)

(4) Alleges failure to meet and discuss decision to exempt certain employees from furloughs. The ERB voted that this matter should go to a hearing. Hearing schedule is pending.; (UERP # 1855)

Litigation

Petition to Compel Arbitration regarding the imposition of 26 furlough days in FY 2010-11 has been filed, and is stayed, pending resolution of EAA's case before the CA Supreme Court.

Preparing a legal action regarding the permanent freeze of the Retiree Medical Subsidy.

2) TREASURER'S REPORT / SPENDING DISCUSSION

The Treasurer's Report will be posted on the LACAA Website.

The Treasurer is in the process of shifting funds between accounts to gain the benefit of the FDIC protections.

The Treasurer found a Safe Deposit Box in Redondo Beach.  The only person on the account is the former Treasurer, who will be contacted to close the box to avoid unnecessary expenditure of funds.

3) 1.75 % CASH BONUS DISCUSSION(11/01/2012)

The 2009 MOU stated that the 11/01/2011 cash payment would be eliminated if salaries advanced. There is a question regarding whether the cash payout is part of the "salary structure."

In 2011, the Coalition's LOA (which LACAA rejected), refer to the cash payout as a bonus which was scheduled to be paid in November 2012.. 

There was a discussion regarding the pros and cons of challenging the payment's due date in 2012 - whether it should have advanced with the rest of the "salary structure."  Board members expressed the view that it would not be cost/resource effective to challenge the ostensible delay in the payment, as the CAO has confirmed that the payment is scheduled to be made in November 2012.

4) DISCUSSION OF PROCEDURES FOR REVIEWING CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

There should be a process by which Unions and Candidates make contact for endorsement purposes. Unions generally decide which are viable candidates. Questions can be sent to candidates, and can range from 2 to 20 pages: Where do they stand on the issues; do you know what we do; how would they be of value to our office?

In 2011, LACAA gave PAC funds to two candidates in the CD 15 race. Both candidates entered the run-off. The candidates met with the Board members at an open Board meeting.

There was a brief discussion regarding contribution rates and methods by which the Board could solicit the opinion of Members regarding endorsements.

There was a suggestion made by a member to establish a committee to reach out to Council.  Anyone willing to help with Lobbying or the PAC Committee is welcome.

5) CONTRIBUTING TO CONDIDATES FOR CD 15 RUN-OFF

MOTION:  To donate the maximum amount, $500, to each Candidate running in the CD 15 run-off election (Busciano and Furutani). The CD 15 runoff election is January 17, 2012

In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Embry, Rosenthal Bobo, McTeague,
Hiscocks,

Opposed: Lambert, Karno

MOTION PASSED.

6) CONDUCTING BUSINESS VIA E-MAIL / TELEPHONE

Research is being conducted regarding any appropriate methods by which Board business can be accomplished without an in-person meeting.  There was a suggestion to divide matters into different categories - those acceptable for e-mail voting, those not.

The discussion was tabled.

7) STATUS OF BYLAWS REVISION

The Bylaws Committee is in the process of finalizing their amendments to the Bylaws and hope to get them to the Board, and then to the Membership for a vote shortly.

8) CLOSED SESSION (Grievances, etc.)

 

 

 

 

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.