Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:               Thursday, March 15, 2012

Time:              12:30 p.m.

Location:       Telephone Conference

Present:          Oscar Winslow, President
                        Mark Lambert, 2nd Vice President
                        Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
                        Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
                        Chris Bobo, Proprietary Director
                        Marie McTeague, Civil Director
                        Amy Brothers, Civil Director
                        Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
                        Onica Cole, Criminal Director


              
1)         TREASURER'S REPORT

            Motion:  by Rosenthal:  To withdraw $25,000 from each Wells Fargo account that is near the FDIC limits, and transfer those funds into the third Wells Fargo account that was set up for that purpose.  Second: Cole.

In Favor:  Winslow, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Brothers, Hiscocks, Cole

Opposed:  None.                              Motion passed

2)         APPROVE MINUTES FROM MARCH 7, 2012, MEETING

            Motion:  by Winslow:  To approve the minutes from March 7, 2012. 
                        Second: Cole. 

In Favor:  Winslow, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Brothers, Hiscocks, Cole
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstain:  Bobo                                 Motion passed

3)         BUSCAINO'S BREAKFAST

            Councilmember Buscaino is running again for his City Council seat.  He is having a fundraising breakfast Tuesday, March 20, 2012.  There is no cost to attend, but the Busciano election committee is requesting political contributions of $500.00.   Kuba has asked how many Board members wish to attend. 

            Motion:  by Winslow:  To contribute $500 to Buscaino's current campaign for his Council seat and deliver it at the breakfast on the 20th.  Second:  Bobo 

            In favor:  Winslow, Hiscocks, Bobo, Rosenthal,

            Opposed:  Lambert, McTeague, Brothers, Cole

            Abstain:  Embry                               Motion did not pass

4)         CONTRIBUTION TO ZINE'S CONTROLLER'S CAMPAIGN.

            Motion:  By Lambert: To have Kuba at the next Board meeting or set up a conference call and withhold any political contributions until we hear her strategies.  Brothers:  Second.

            In favor:  McTeague, Cole, Lambert

            Opposed:  Hiscocks, Brothers, Winslow, Rosenthal, Embry

                                                                        Motion did not pass

            Motion:  By Winslow:  To give $1,000 to Zine's controller campaign.  Second:  Hiscocks.

            In favor:  Winslow, Hiscocks, Rosenthal, Embry

            Opposed: Cole, McTeague, Lambert, Brothers

                                                                        Motion did not pass

5.         COMMITTEE UPDATES (Volunteers and Bylaws)

            Volunteer Committee

            Brothers will be joining the Volunteer Committee.  It has come to the Board's attention that the City Attorney's Office has hired contract attorneys (members of the Cal. State Bar) to perform legal work in the Complex and Special Litigation Division of the Office.  The Board will be requesting and compiling information relating to these hirings and will be making a determination of what action should be taken.  The Committee consists of:  Rosenthal, Brothers.

            Bylaws Committee

            Cole will be joining the Bylaws Committee.  Working copies of documents created by the Committee have been given to Cole.  A meeting will be set to finalize amendments to the Bylaws, to be submitted to the Members for a vote at the next election.  The Committee consists of:  Rosenthal, Lambert, Cole & Jane Lee

6.         REQUEST FOR CONTRIBUTION
           
            A request was made by Members to purchase a table at the annual Irish American Bar Association St. Patrick's Day luncheon on Friday, March 16th.  Steve Cooley is the guest speaker.  Members are seeking a contribution to purchase a table.

            The request was not considered, and no motion was made, before the Board lost its quorum. 

 

 

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.