Date:               Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time:              12:15 p.m.

Location:       Employee Relations Board Room, 11th Floor CHE

Present:          Oscar Winslow, President
                        Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
                        Mark Lambert, 2nd Vice President
                        Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
                        Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
                        Chris Bobo, Proprietary Director
                        Marie McTeague, Civil Director
                        Amy Brothers, Civil Director
                        Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
                        Onica Cole, Criminal Director

1.         Webmaster
            LACAA inquired as to the most economical way to pay for maintenance of the LACAA website  The Webmaster sent two options, which LACAA will review.  In addition, the domain name, lacaa.org, is up for renewal shortly; there is little difference in price for renewing for one year and renewing for three. 

2.         Challenging the Fiscal Emergency

            LACAA received a presentation on the feasibility of challenging the City’s Declaration of Fiscal Emergency.  The Board will be reviewing all legal options in this regard.

3.         CAO and Budget Documents

            The Board is requesting member comments regarding the City’s currently publicized fiscal condition and any proposed response by the LACAA Board.

4.         PAC Account

            The current PAC Contribution is $1,250 / month, reduced by any member who has expressed a desire to opt-out. 

            Motion:  By Lambert:  To increase the PAC contribution to a net $2,000 / month, after adjusting for those who have opted out.  Second:  Hiscocks.

            In favor:  Winslow, Fuchs, Lambert, Embry, Rosenthal, Bobo, McTeague, Brothers, Hiscocks, Cole

            Opposed:  None.                                          Motion passed.

5.         Vacant Criminal Director Position

            Candidates Brad Rothenberg, Carlos Ramirez, Rosemary Chavez and Josh Geller were present and addressed the Board and Membership regarding their desire to fill the vacant Criminal Director position.

            The Board then went into Executive Session.

            During Executive Session, two votes were taken, but no majority was reached as to any candidate.  The matter has been tabled until the next Board meeting.





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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