Date:    August 4, 2010

Time:    5:00 p.m.

Location: Employee Relations Board – boardroom
Room 1100
City Hall East, 11th Floor
200 N. Main Street
Los Angeles

Board Members Present: Oscar Winslow (President), Judith Reel (Vice President),  Jule Bishop (Treasurer), Juliann Anderson (Secretary), Nick Karno (Criminal Director), Felton Newell (Criminal Director), Marie McTeague (Civil Director), Garcelle Embry (Civil Director), Christopher Bobo (Proprietary Director).

SEIU Local 721 Representative
Present: Bob Hunt  (General Counsel)

I. New Business

A. City Budget

1. Update re Current Developments

General Counsel Bob Hunt reported that there were no new developments regarding the city budget problem.  He noted, however, that the Engineers and Architects Association (EAA) agreed for the first time to share health insurance costs; we should be cognizant that the CAO is pressing employees to contribute more to health insurance.

B. Forced Transfers

Five Central Trials deputies have been transferred to Workers' Compensation.  Per Judy Reel, management has decided that they need more attorneys in Workers' Compensation; MOU article 29 controls.  Transferred employees may meet with management and the union and discuss reasonable alternatives (e.g., medical, child care issues may necessitate a reasonable alternative).  At the end of the discussion, management may still transfer; rule of "obey now, grieve later" holds.  Employees must transfer, unless they want to be insubordinate.  Same rights apply to tenured and untenured employees.

C. LACAA / SEIU Action re Furloughs

Bob Hunt reported that a group grievance has been filed in order to enforce the MOU (no furloughs without negotiation).

D. LACAA Member Representation

Member representations were discussed generally.  Hunt noted that one is a major discipline case (Skelly case).  Outside counsel has been hired; it is one of the most significant in a few years.

Per Hunt and board members:  currently there is one active discipline case, four unresolved investigations, and six other investigations.  All but two have been handled by board members.

E. Revision of Bylaws

Board chair Oscar Winslow has appointed a committee to examine bylaws for needed revisions.  The committee consists of Lisa Berger, Michael Duran, Mark Lambert, Jane Lee, and Ann Rosenthal (chair).

F. Board Member Communication

Board members noted that all board communications (e-mails, informal newsletters) should be archived, as past audits have required production of the communications.

G. Treasurer's Report
1. July, 2010

Treasurer Jule Bishop noted that LACAA currently has approximately $1 million.  There were 452 LACAA members prior to the early retirement program  (ERIP).  LACAA pays SEIU about 80 percent of income.

H. Review of Minutes
1. Board Meeting  (July 7, 2010)

Board members noted revisions to draft minutes.

II. Next Meeting

LACAA Board meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the boardroom of the Employee Relations Board, Room 1100, 11th Floor City Hall East, 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles.  Parking is free and available to employees in the CHE underground parking after 4:30 p.m. (see below); entrance off of Los Angeles Street (show ID).  All LACAA members are invited.

If you intend to park at CHE, please RSVP to Board Secretary Anderson by August 6 and provide the following information:  your name, make and model of vehicle, and license plate number.  (The RSVP information will be forwarded to the parking security office so that you can enter the parking structure.)

Minutes respectfully submitted,

Juliann Anderson
Board Secretary
Los Angeles City Attorneys' Association


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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LACAA's President, send a request to lacaapresident@gmail.com.