Meeting Date: March 6, 2004

Board Members Present: Shelley Smith (President), Mary Dennis (Vice President), Judith Reel (Secretary), Marsha Berkowitz (Civil Director), Rosemary Chavez (Criminal Director), Terri Siegel (Criminal Director).

SEIU Local 347 Representative Present: Robert Hunt (General Counsel)

I. Old Business

A. FMLA and Use of Comp and Vacation Time

We believe that Family Leave questions have been clarified and that attorneys may use comp and vacation time as they have in the past, regardless of whether the purpose for the requested time off would entitle an attorney to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. If any questions arise in this area when requesting comp or vacation time, you or your supervisor should contact the Office’s Personnel Section, and if still unresolved you should contact Robert Hunt (SEIU Local 347 General Counsel) or a Board member.

B. Bargaining Update

Board members discussed proposals for the negotiations over a successor MOU. The members reviewed a summary of a survey sent to members soliciting proposal suggestions. Most of the suggestions pertained to securing meaningful promotional and transfer opportunities, and enhanced retirement benefits. The Board will meet again to finalize a list of proposals and will be prepared to begin negotiations by the March 31 deadline established by our current Memorandum of Understanding.

II. Executive Session

The Board met in Executive Session to discuss various matters.

III. Next Meeting

The Board’s next meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2004.


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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