Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:               Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Time:              12:00 p.m.

Location:       CHE, Room 1500 (CAO's Large Conference Room)

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
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1)        Consulting Agreement for Actuary

            Discussion was had regarding the services to be rendered for actuarial services and the proposed Agreement.

            Motion:  By Bobo:  To approve, in substantial form, as presented, with amendments as to who would provide services and the scope of services, to provide expert services as needed.  Second:  By Hiscocks.

            In favor:  Fuchs, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Hiscocks, Geller
            Opposed: None.
            Abstain:   None.                                           Motion Passed.
            (Winslow, Brothers, Lambert and Cole were not present)
 
2)        Treasurer's Matters

            Motion:  By McTeague:  To reimburse Cole $88.06 for chairs rented for political event on May 10, 2012.  Second:  Bobo.
In favor:  Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Brothers Hiscocks, Geller
            Opposed: None.
            Abstain:   None.                                           Motion Passed.

3)        Board Elections

            Dates for the November Board elections were selected in accordance with LACAA's Bylaws.  The election consultant previously used (Gitomer Consultants) is not available for LACAA's next election.  Gitomer recommended Michael Miller.  A discussion was had regarding Miller's qualifications and fees; found to be in line with Gitomer. 

            Discussion was had regarding how to count the ballots for the two Criminal Director positions.  Each eligible member will be casting votes for two candidates.

            Motion:  By Lambert:  In the event no person running for Criminal Director gets a majority of votes, a run-off election will be held between the top three candidates.  If only one candidate gets a majority of votes, a run-off election will be held for the next two highest vote-getters.   Second:  Brothers
            In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Brothers, Hiscocks, Geller, Cole
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstain:  None.                                            Motion Passed.

            It was agreed that candidates will be listed on the ballot alphabetically, by last name.

            Motion:  By Lambert:  To hire Michael Miller to conduct the LACAA November election of Officers and Directors.  Second:  McTeague
            In favor:  Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Brothers, Hiscocks, Geller, Cole
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstain:  Winslow                                       Motion Passed.

            Motion:  By Lambert:  To adopt the timeline presented for the LACAA 2012 Board elections.  Second:  Bobo.
            In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Brothers, Hiscocks, Geller, Cole
            Opposed:  None.
            Abstain:  None.                                            Motion Passed.

 

 

 

 

 

4)        Committees

            LACAA was represented at a "meet and listen" with the CAO regarding the 2nd Tier Pension proposal.  The Coalition of Unions believes there is a right to "meet and confer" about a 2nd Tier.  There was also a meeting with an actuary provided by the City, but little was discussed at that meeting.

            There was a discussion regarding methods by which to reach members and gather information.

            Litigation Committee
                        Writ (State Court):  There was a Case Management Conference held last week; a briefing schedule has been set.

                        Contract Impairment lawsuit (Federal Court):  An opposition to the City's FRCP 12(b)(6) motion was filed September 10, 2012.

            Volunteer Committee:
                        Cole, Brad Rothenberg and LACAA Gen. Counsel have met with Bill Carter, Jennifer Handzlik and Christina Sarabia, and are continuing to gather information.

 

 

 

 

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.


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