Meeting Minutes: Dec. 3, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Tom Bray, Natalie Windsor, Stephanie Bluestein, Elizabeth Marcellino, Roberta Wax, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Kathryn Mora, Richard Saxton, Frank Mottek, Julia Wick, Sarah Favot, Kathryn Mora, David Zahniser

I. Approval of minutes from Nov. 5 meeting: Wax moved to approve the minutes, Favot seconded. Nonahal, Bellman abstained; all others voted in favor.

II. President’s report – Bluestein delivered the President’s report.

III. Treasurer’s report – Marcellino reported on the bank balance as of Nov. 1. Bluestein suggested that at the retreat we decide how to distribute the scholarship in honor of former board member Dick Hendrickson.
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IV. Standing Committees – a. Awards –No update.
b. Banquet – Walton was not present.
c. Courts – Marcellino said that nothing was new on courts.
d. Diversity – Lopez no longer on the board.
e. Ethics – Bellman said that they were still having trouble with UCLA about public records request. We can either do nothing and wait or try and be proactive and potentially write to the UC Board of Regents. Bellman will draft the letter and bring it to the board for approval.
f. FOI – Zahniser had no update.
g. Generation J – Blaize-Hopkins was not present.
h. Membership – Nonahal said that it has been a challenge to come up with an active list of L.A. members.
i. Nominations – Bray said that we have seven positions that will be up for election this year, five of which are currently filled by incumbents.
j. Scholarships – Saxton

V. Old Business
a. Gender Gap Panel on Nov. 13 – Bluestein said that attendance was sparse and no USC students attended despite there being a USC faculty member on the panel. Bluestein said that in the future if we hold a panel at an academic institution we should make sure they help with attendance.
b. Holiday Party– Mottek said that we will likely have the restaurant to ourselves and he also put it up on LinkedIn and Facebook today. The event is also on Twitter. Larry King may attend.
c. Bellman moved that the chapter cover the cost of dinner for the band, Wick seconded, all voted in favor.
d. CA//MEDIA//JOBS newsletter fund-raising effort – Bluestein spoke with Luis Gomez and they came up with $50 as a sponsor of the week.

VI. New Business
a. GoDaddy renewal – Marcellino

VII. Adjournment
VIII. Zahniser motioned to adjourn, Windsor seconded, meeting adjourned at 9:31 p.m.

Next meeting: Retreat on Saturday, Jan. 26 at a board member’s home

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