Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEYS' ASSOCIATION

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Marvin Braude Constituent Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
Present: Oscar Winslow (President), Howard M. Fuchs (1st Vice President), Mark Lambert (2nd Vice President), Garcelle Embry (Treasurer), Ann Rosenthal (Secretary), Marie McTeague (Civil Director), Amy Brothers (Criminal Director), Patrick Hiscocks (Criminal Director), Onica Cole (Criminal Director)

1) DISCUSSION ON HIRING A LOBBYIST

Darlene Kuba gave a presentation to the Board and Membership, seeking to be hired as LACAA's Lobbyist.  Ms. Kuba has a long history of working in the City of Los Angeles as a Lobbyist and has worked for LACAA in the past.  It appears she has no conflicts representing LACAA.

MOTION:  By Cole.  To hire Darlene Kuba & Associates, provided LACAA can reach an agreement on compensation.  SECOND:  Embry.

In Favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Brothers, Hiscocks, Cole (*McTeague not present)

Motion passed.

MOTION:  By Winslow:  To offer $3,000 to Kuba & Associates as compensation for Lobbying.  SECOND:  Hiscocks

In Favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Brothers, Hiscocks

Opposed:  Cole.           

Motion passed

MOTION:  By Lambert:  To give Winslow flexibility when negotiating with Kuba & Associates.  SECOND:  Embry

In Favor:  Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Brothers, Cole, Hiscocks

Opposed:  Winslow

Motion passed
        

2)  DISCUSSION OF WRIT OF MANDATE TO BE FILED AGAINST THE CITY

The Writ is ready for filing.  A discussion was held regarding the possible effects the filing of this Writ could have on future negotiations with the City.   

The City has retained the law firm of Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson to handle all legal actions related to the freeze ordinance and has authorized legal fees up to $430,000.  (See Council File 12-0301)   With regard to the EAA lawsuit that has been filed, reported to the membership at a previous meeting, the City has not yet filed their Answer.

MOTION:  By Fuchs:  To file the Writ as soon as possible.  Second:  Hiscocks.

In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Hiscosks, Cole
(*McTeague not present)

Abstain:  Brothers

Motion passed.

3)  CANDIDATES FOR CITY ATTORNEY ADDRESSING THE MEMBERSHIP

The Board will be holding at least one Membership Meeting so that candidates for City Attorney can address the membership.  The evenings of Thursday May 10, May 17 or May 24 are possible dates for this meeting; Winslow and Cole will contact the candidates to see if any of these dates work for them.

4) CONTRIBUTION TO DENNIS ZINE'S CONTROLLER CAMPAIGN
           
City Councilman Dennis Zine (CD3, and on the Public Safety Commission) has announced he is running for City Controller.  Maximum contribution for city-wide office is $1,000.

Motion:  By Winslow.  To donate $1,000 to Zine’s campaign for Controller.  Second:  Hiscocks.   After a discussion, the motion was tabled.

5) REQUEST FOR CONTRIBUTION            : 

The Asian Pacific City Attorneys Association is holding an event in May to commemorate Asian pacific Heritage Month.  This event will be open to all members. 

Motion:  By Embry.  To contribute $500.00 to the Asian Pacific City Attorneys’ Association event, with a contingency that LACAA be acknowledge in the invitation and other event materials for their contribution.  Second:  McTeague. 

In favor:  Winslow, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Hiscocks

Opposed:  Cole     

Abstain:  Fuchs, Brothers.                                   

Motion passed.

6) APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES            .

The following minutes from previous meetings was presented to the Board for approval: 
                        November 29, 2011
                        November 29, 2011 (closed session)
                        December 7, 2011
                        January 2, 2012
                        January 26, 2012
                        February 1, 2012
                        February 1, 2012 (closed session)
                        February 23, 2012

Cole:  To approve the minutes.  Embry:  Second.

In favor:  Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Brothers, Hiscocks, Cole (*Winslow & Fuchs not present)

 

7) NEXT MEETING

Board Members Cole, Lambert, Brothers and McTeague called for a Board Meeting by telephone conference on March 15, 2012 at 12:30.  All LACAA members are welcome to call in to listen to the meeting.

Next in-person Board Meeting will be Thursday, March 29, 2012, downtown.

8) CLOSED SESSION (Grievances)

 

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.