Meeting Date:   January 17, 2008

Board Members Present: Michael Duran (Vice-President), Judith Reel (Secretary), Garcelle Embry (Civil Director), Phil Sugar (Civil Director), Christopher Bobo (Proprietary Director)

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

I. Old Business

A. M.O.U. Negotiations
Bob Hunt reported that LACAA membership and the City Council ratified the M.O.U. and that it is now binding.  We do not know when the Controller will issue retro checks.

The Board members discussed some of the questions about how the merit steps and the additional salary notes would be implemented.  The responses can be summarized as follows:

  • Effective 1/1/10, the movement  [for DCA III, IV & ACA] from Step E to Step F and from F to G will become automatic provided attorneys have at least one year at the step.  For those attorneys who have been at the step for at least one year on 1/1/10, they will move to the next step on that date and will have a new anniversary date.  For attorneys with less than one year at the step on 1/1/10, they will move to the next step on their anniversary date.
  • Effective 1/1/10, the first salary note worth 2.75% will be implemented for attorneys who have been at Step G for at least one year.  Effective 1/1/11, the second salary note worth 2.75% will be implemented. Since the salary notes are cumulative, attorneys who have been at Step G for at least 24 months will receive 5.5% above the scheduled Step G rate.  Effective 1/1/12, the third salary note worth 2.75% will be implemented.  Given the cumulative effect, attorneys who have been at Step G for at least 36 months will receive 8.25% above the scheduled Step G rate.  The salary note program is intended to be a permanent element of the compensation package and it effects all of the civilian employees covered under the Coalition agreement.
  • Those attorneys who receive the salary notes will also receive the benefit of the scheduled cost of living increases.  Since the salary notes are calculated as a percentage of Step G, whenever the scheduled rate of Step G is increased, the salary of the those receiving the salary notes will receive the corresponding increase.

B. LACAA Endorsement Procedures
The Board discussed what procedures to adopt for candidate endorsement for the 2009 City Attorney election. The Board reaffirmed its commitment to a membership vote of an endorsement, and intends to sponsor a forum by which candidates can address our members. The Board agreed that it should arrange to videotape the candidate’s forum and make the video available over the internet. Without identifying a specific date, the Board agreed that it would wait until most or all candidates had declared their candidacy before scheduling the forum. In addition, while some members want to endorse a candidate, others have expressed an interest in a “No Endorsement” option. The Board agreed to continue to discuss this issue at future meetings.

II. New Business

A. Board Election Results
The following submitted petitions to run for open seats on the Board:  Shelley Smith for President; Matthew St. George for First Vice-President (to complete the term of retired Vice-President Robert Cramer); Michael Duran for Second Vice-President; Judith Reel for Secretary; Rebecca Gardner for Criminal Director; Garcelle Embry for Civil Director; and Christopher Bobo for Proprietary Director.  There were no contested seats and accordingly the Board voted to approve the seating of those who submitted petitions without the need or expense of formal balloting.

Here is the listing of the current LACAA Board members:
President - Shelley Smith
1st Vice President - Matt St. George
2nd Vice President - Michael Duran
Secretary - Judith Reel
Treasurer - Jule Bishop
Civil Director - Phil Sugar
Civil Director - Garcelle Embry
Proprietary Director - Christopher Bobo
Criminal Director - Eugene Hall
Criminal Director - Nick Karno
Criminal Director - Rebecca Gardner
The Board expressed its appreciation for the service of outgoing Criminal Director Rosemary Chavez.  Rosemary ably served for many years as a director, and we will miss her energy and enthusiasm.

B. Proposition S

Bob Hunt reported that SEIU, Local 721, is campaigning for the passage of Proposition S, that would preserve (and reduce) the City’s telephone users’ tax.   Passage of Proposition S is essential to the City’s economic health, and if it does not pass it is estimated that the City could lose up to $270 million annually.




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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