Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

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
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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.
                        Second:  Brothers.
            In favor:  Lambert, Brothers
            Opposed: Winslow, Fuchs, Rosenthal, Bobo, Hiscocks,
            Abstain:  McTeague, Geller, Cole
Motion Failed

 

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
            Opposed:  None
            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.

 

 

 

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.