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Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:               Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time:              12:15 p.m.

Location:       LA World Airports
                        Tower Cab, 13th Floor, Administrative East Bldg,
                        1 World Way

 

Present:          Oscar Winslow, President
                        Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
                        Mark Lambert, 2nd Vice President
                        Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
                        Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
                        Chris Bobo, Proprietary Director
                        Marie McTeague, Civil Director
                        Onica Cole, Criminal Director
                        Josh Geller, Criminal Director
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1.         Presentation by Attorney Kevin Steinberg

            Principal at Fink, Steinberg, et al., addressed the Board to offer representation in labor matters.  Subjects discussed include:  bias claims, discrimination / ADA cases, Duty of Fair Representation.  LACAA and selected counsel will discuss developing a written policy of what matters are appropriate for representation.

2.         Writ - Consultant
           
            McTeague and Embry interviewed a consultant who is willing to assist LACAA's General Counsel on the writ in the areas of the practices of public employee pension funds, and LACERS in particular. 
           
            Motion:  By Cole:  To retain said Consultant and approve the draft Agreement presented to the Board.  Second:  Winslow

In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Cole, Geller.
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstained:  None.                                        Motion passed.

3.         Pending Actions

            There was a discussion regarding associating in another law firm to assist General Counsel with the Health Subsidy Writ.   

            Status Conference is scheduled for August 26th.  Discovery is ongoing.

            Discussion was held regarding the need to hire an actuary for the Writ. 

            Motion:  By Winslow:  To hire an attorney to assist LACAA's general counsel in prosecuting the Writ, especially in advancing the oral argument.   Second:  By McTeague.

In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Cole, Geller.
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstained:  None.                                        Motion passed.

 

4.         Associating With Another Union

            Discussion regarding the benefit of associating with a larger union.  The discussion was tabled.

5.         Action against the Volunteers

            Prior to the meeting, a proposed letter to Management was circulated to the Board. 

            Motion:  By Cole:  To approve the letter as written and deliver to Management. 
                        Second;  By McTeague.

In Favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague,  Cole, Geller.
            Opposed:  None
            Abstained:  None                                         Motion passed.

6.         Motion to approve Minutes from prior meetings:
                       
            March 15, 2012 
            In favor:  Winslow, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Cole
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstain:  Fuchs

 

            March 16, 2012
            In favor:  Fuchs, Lambert, Rosenthal, McTeague, Cole
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstain:  Winslow, Embry, Bobo

            March 22, 2012 (closed session)
            In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Cole
            Opposed: None
            Abstain:  None

            March 29, 2012 & March 29, 2012 (closed session)
In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Cole, Geller.
            Opposed: None.
            Abstain:  None.

            May 1, 2012 (closed session)
In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Cole, Geller
            Opposed: None. 
            Abstain:  None

            May 10, 2012 (closed session)
            In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, McTeague, Geller,
            Opposed: None
            Abstain:  Bobo, Cole

7.         Lobbyist

            The board is comfortable with the message Kuba is delivering.  Future efforts will be focused on her attending Council meetings.

 

 

ELECTION RESULTS

Membership Ratification of Successor MOU
and Settlement Agreement

Yes: 224
No: 112
Voter turnout: 83%

The LACAA Board thanks all Members for their participation in this election.


The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.


It has been confirmed with the Controller that the April 2, 2014 paychecks will include the Professional Development Stipend and the 1% additional employee retirement contribution retroactive to 2/9/14, as provided for in MOUs 29 and 31.


Arbitration of Volunteer / Contract Attorney Grievance
Read LACAA's post-hearing brief here.
Read Management's post-hearing brief here.

Arbitrator's Award denies Grievance.
Read decision here.