LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
MINUTES - BOARD MEETING
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: LAPD CompStat Room
100 W. 1st St.
Present: Oscar Winslow, President
Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
Mark Lambert, 2nd Vice President
Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
Chris Bobo, Proprietary Director
Marie McTeague, Civil Director
Amy Brothers, Civil Director
Onica Cole, Criminal Director
Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
Josh Geller, Criminal Director
General Counsel: Lewis Levy
1) Presentation by Attorney Steven Kaplan
Attorney Kaplan addressed the Board to offer representation in labor matters.
2) Political Donations
Political donations to City-wide races are limited to $1,300 per year; political donations to Councilmember races are limited to $700 per year. The PAC / Lobbying Committee consists of: Winslow, Fuchs, Hiscocks, Carmen Hawkins, and Capri Maddox. The Committee was designed to meet with Council members and conduct a search for a professional Lobbyist. The Committee has not met since Lobbyist Kuba was hired.
Motion: By Lambert: To expand the PAC / Lobbying Committee to add Cole.
In favor: Lambert, Brothers
Opposed: Winslow, Fuchs, Rosenthal, Bobo, Hiscocks,
Abstain: McTeague, Geller, Cole
3) Revenue Ideas
Presentation was made regarding possible ways for the City to bring money into the General Fund. Discussion included limitations of the L.A. City Charter, FAA Regulations, Department of Water and Power, the City's power of taxation, and availability of Federal forfeitures.
4. Strengthening Relationships with Partners
A discussion was held regarding the importance of our continued efforts to be recognized by public safety partners, namely LAPPL and LAFD.
5. Volunteer Grievance
Presentation regarding investigation and research done regarding the status of Volunteer and Contract attorneys in the City Attorney's Office. The basis of the Grievance would be Breach of Contract (MOU): (1) Management shifted work to non-bargaining unit personnel; (2) harm to the bargaining unit; (3) continuing violation.
Motion: By Brothers: To file a Grievance regarding the reduction in authorized positions in the Bargaining Unit (MOU 29) as a result of contracting out bargaining positions. The remedy would be for the Office to cease the use of Volunteer attorneys, Contract attorneys and outside counsel until the authorized positions from July 2009 and the City Attorney's budget is restored. Second: Winslow.
In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Rosenthal, McTeague, Brothers, Cole, Hiscocks, Geller
Abstain: None. Motion Passed.
(Bobo left prior to discussion)
6. Dis-affiliation with SEIU
LACAA's General Counsel has heard nothing new from either Bob Schoonover or SEIU's counsel.
7. Lawsuit re Impairment of LACAA's Contract
LACAA's lawsuit in Federal Court against the City of Los Angeles for impairment of its contractual rights has been filed and served.
8. Next Membership Meeting
Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 16, 2012.