Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: LAFD West Bureau
Present: Oscar Winslow, President
Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
Josh Geller, 2nd Vice President
Nick Lauber, Treasurer
Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
Karine Philips, Criminal Director
Garcelle Embry, Civil Director
Carmen Hawkins, Civil Director

1. Newer Attorneys Group request for funding

This group is for attorneys new to the Office, to facilitate networking across the office, for lunchtime sessions to learn about the office; and to host panels with different parts of the office. Last year there was a Happy Hour to inaugurate the group. It was a well-attended event. LACAA is linked to this group to help orient the group to the Office. One past event had a panel: MC, Dave Michalson, Thom Peters, talking about how high-level functions in the office work; what they look for when hiring; lateral transfers; etc. At another event, there were three Chiefs explaining how the proprietary system works; qualifications for lateral transfers, etc. A panel was with Jim Clark, Dave Michaelson, and Tim McWilliams, who spoke about the transfer from the public sector to the private sector.

Motion: By Winslow: for LACAA to give the New Attorneys Group a maximum donation of $500 for their Summer Reception. Second by Hiscocks

In favor: Winslow, Fuchs, Geller, Rosenthal, Hiscocks, Philips, Lauber, Schonbrun, Hawkins

Opposed: Embry
Abstain: None

Motion passed

2. Banking Operations

LACAA is working on getting online access to accounts. LACAA has cost controls with two-signature banking, etc. Bank of America has offered a personal account manager who has been responsive to LACAA’s requests. LACAA should be looking into conservative investing, mutual funds, and responsible banking (FDIC limitations; Wells Fargo, etc.). LACAA currently has accounts at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, LAFCU.

Motion: By Fuchs: To close all accounts at Wells Fargo and move all of the funds to another financial institution. Second: Philips.


Motion passed

Lauber will research new financial institutions and FDIC regulations. LACAA wants to keep the two-signatory regulations, but there may not be a way to set up online banking with that system.

3. Anticipated rate increases in health insurance costs

Premiums for the PPO plan are going up nearly 13%, which is a cap. This is exacerbated by Kaiser rates only going up around 3%. The subsidy is based on the Kaiser two-party rate. Members need to pay the difference between the Kaiser and the PPO rate. The JLMBC is looking into why people are opting for the higher PPO rate. Rates are going up because there is a higher incidence in PPO users. JLMBC members are EAA (same as ours) and Coalition (who are paying nothing). This does not affect Coalition members. If people care about the PPO, it might be time for people to organize, like when they were going to cut UCLA as a participating provider. There should also be an effort to modify the JLMBC bylaws to give us a seat. Higher rates kick in in January. The membership should be notified to educate themselves before Open Enrollment comes out. Notice should be posted on the LACAA website.

4. Discussion re: Purchasing Public Policy Law newsletter

LAW 360. The Office does not subscribe to this account. It gives a daily summary of court cases and legislative information. We get headlines but not access to the full newsletter. Some find it more helpful than the Daily Journal. LACAA will discuss access to this newsletter with the front office.

5. Discussion on Attorney Volunteers (is there an issue?)


6. City Attorney Social Groups:

There was a suggestion to create an ad-hoc committee with liaisons for each of the City Attorney’s social groups. Hawkins would be willing to chair that committee. Geller will join the group.

7. LACAA Post Office Box.

Geller paid $180.00 for rent for the P.O. Box and to replace the key.

Motion: by Winslow: To reimburse Geller for the payment. Second: Lauber.

In favor: Unanimous.

Motion passed

8. Condolences by LACAA

Fuchs updated the Board that LACAA has not needed to send any Condolence cards.

9. Grievance Training.

Rosenthal provided snacks for the Grievance Training held on June 1st.

Motion: By Winslow: to reimburse Rosenthal for snacks. Hiscocks second.

In favor: Unanimous.

Motion passed

Next Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 6th at noon at LAFD West Bureau


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.