Attorney Oscar Winslow asked me if I would share his LACER’s Candidate Statement and I did so without hesitation.
Incidentally, as a matter of record, I would not hesitate to share any other candidates statement either.
However, the difference with most of the other candidates is that I will probably not be familiar with them.
I met “Licensiado” Oscar Winslow during the next to last Labor Contract negotiations between the City of Los Angeles and the Coalition of L.A. City Unions.
(NOTE: not the most recent contract negotiations, negotiated and agreed upon by Labor and Management in November of 2015. But rather the contract before that one).
At that time, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) was part of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions.
Oscar Winslow was president of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) at that time and it was at that point in time that I made Oscar Winslow’s acquaintance.
It was a contentious period in time because the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) was a member of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions and Oscar Winslow, President of Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) was a contrarian.
Oscar Winslow, President of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) was going against the grain.
Oscar Winslow felt that the proposed contract that was being proposed to the Coalition of L.A. City Unions by the City of Los Angeles was less than agreeable to himself and many other members of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association’s (LACAA) liking.
This was a big hullaballoo at the time because it caused the Coalition of L.A. City Unions to start backfiring and attribute to dissension.
President Oscar Winslow, as president of his Union, did not feel that the “deal” being offered was a good one, for one thing.
The other thing, as I recall, is that the entirety of the contract was not being proposed forthright, outright.
In other words, the exact proposed contract was not being shown in its entirety to the Bargaining Team units leaders, let alone its Rank and File members.
There was no transparency.
Not only did Mr. Winslow have to argue and go against the “Establishment” Coalition of L.A. City Union’s with the stand that he was taking but he also had to argue and defend his position against those within his own Union who wanted to accept the “deal” that was being proposed to the Coalition of L.A. City Unions by City of Los Angeles management.
Mr. Winslow’s position was that the Union, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) could negotiate a better contract for it’s members versus what the Coalition of L.A. City Unions were willing to settle for.
As President of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA), Mr. Winslow chose to remove the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) from the Coalition of L.A. City Unions and negotiate a better contract on their own rather than accept what the rest of the Coalition of L.A. City Union’s were settling for.
Attorney’s read and write contracts.
It’s what they do.
I’m no rocket scientist but I would have to think that if Mr. Winslow’s decision to go against conventional wisdom and accept to “go along” with the masses like sheep was wrong – Mr. Winslow would not be President of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) today.
But, this is conjecture.
Ask any of the members of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) for yourself.
Did the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) get a better deal by leaving the Coalition of L.A. City Unions?
Did the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Association (LACAA) short change it’s members by following Mr. Oscar Winslow’s leadership?
Based on these measures distinction, I think it would be safe to say whether or not Mr. Oscar Winslow is a strong contender to represent my best interests in the City of Los Angeles Retirement System, LACERS.
Please study all of the candidates and issues regarding this election.
OSCAR WINSLOW For LACERS BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION
I am running to fill the open Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System (LACERS) Board of Administration seat, and I am asking you to vote for me on June 10th. (Ballots go out in the mail June 10, 2016 and must be received by June 24, 2016).
I am a retired LAPD supervisor and current Deputy City Attorney.
I am known for my zealous advocacy and high success rate in prosecuting crimes, prosecuting gang members, as well as defending the City’s general fund.
However, my work at LAPD and at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office also require balancing budgets, auditing procedures, and assisting clients with hiring the right consultants.
As an LAPD jail manager, among other duties, I developed and balanced the jail budget for the facilities I managed; and as a Deputy City Attorney, among other duties, I regularly review the preparation of, and the responses to, requests for proposals (RFP’s).
I am also the President of the Los Angeles City Attorneys’ Association (LACAA).
During my many years as President of LACAA, I have reviewed and analyzed City budgets, City Attorney budgets, and other budgets as well as other financial documents generated by LACERS and the City which affect the employees and employee organizations of this City.
When you review the candidates who are running for the LACERS position, I hope that you scrutinize each candidate with the following questions in mind:
“How does each candidate’s experience benefit me?
How does it protect my pension? How does it protect my future?”
LACERS Board members must understand financial reports and processes; assess potential investments; review proposals and bids (RFP’s, etc.) from investment consultants and private equity groups; examine risks associated with investing our pension dollars; and adopt rules and regulations (including audits) ensuring that our pension fund is healthy and strong.
My education and background encompasses an accounting education; 30+ years with the City including a career with LAPD and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office; practicing law privately; teaching legal and financial topics; and private investing.
I am detail-oriented and have extensive experience assessing proposals from consultants, and extensive experience reviewing contracts and financial documents.
Most of all, I am determined to ensure that LACERS’ investment strategy is prudent and that a strong pension fund is waiting when we retire.
As a Board member I would have the courage to ask the tough questions about how our money is being managed and protected, and I have the ability to understand all documents and transactions relating to investment strategies and the mechanics of investing.
Not only have I been in charge of preparing budgets, but I have an in-depth understanding of the relationship between City budgets, City contributions to LACERS, and investment performance.
I am a strong leader who is straight-forward and not afraid to fight for what is right.
I will fight hard to protect our pension fund and our future.
Please vote for me and I will ensure that our pension fund is sound.