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ELECTION FOR BOARD OF DEFERRED COMPENSATION COMMISSIONERS
** BALLOTS DUE JUNE 22, 2018 **

Josh Geller, one of LACAA's VPs, is running for the LACERS member seat on the Board of Deferred Compensation Commissioners, the Board that oversees the City's Deferred Comp. program. He is the best candidate, based on his history of strong advocacy on behalf of city attorneys, his expertise in the area of retirement law, and his personal integrity. His campaign platform is LOWER FEES, MORE INVESTMENT OPTIONS, AND BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE.

In his current position with the City Attorney's Office, he provides legal advice to the City's three pension systems, including our pension system, LACERS, and he is the only in-house attorney that advises them on investments. This makes Josh perfect for the deferred comp board, because its primary responsibility is ensuring that the program offers the highest quality investment options for the lowest cost. There is no one better suited to serve on the Deferred Compensation Board.

You should have received a ballot by now if you participate in Deferred Comp. program, so contact the City Clerk if you didn't get one. If you did get one, fill it out and mail it back ASAP! If you'd like a little more detail about Josh's platform, visit his website: www.josh4ladcboard.com or send him an email: josh@lacaa.org.

VOTE!!

In accordance with Article 8 Section F
of the current MOU:

Effective January 21, 2018, any employee in the class of DCA III who has been in that classification since at least January 22, 2017, and is on Step 1 through 11 inclusive, shall be advanced one salary step regardless of his/her anniversary date.

Please make sure you receive both your advance step and your anniversary step. Your anniversary step may be accidentally overlooked if it is close in time to the January 21 date. If your anniversary step was not given to you please go ahead and contract Kellie Tran.

Health Care Committee: Several members have expressed concerns regarding their health benefits and ongoing issues with coverage. To address these and other matters, we are forming a committee to survey our members' experiences and to explore recommendations for improving our health coverage. For those interested, please contact Elise Ruden at eq11303@gmail.com for further 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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