Meeting Minutes: July 11, 2016

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 11, 2016

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Michael Fleeman, Khalil Garriott, Richard Hendrickson, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Jeff Wald, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser.


I.               Approval of minutes from June 6 board meeting

a.     Wald moved to approve, Wax seconded. Walton abstained.

II.             President’s report – Nonahal

a.     The board will need to vote on the delegates to go to the national convention. Anyone interested will notify Nonahal by the end of the month. Votes can be via email.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Hendrickson said we have not yet been billed for the chapter’s taxes. Payments from the other organizations that joined the Mega Mixer are in process. The contributing groups including SPJ/LA will each pay about $181. Two of the groups said they did not have the budget to contribute. Peschiutta paid up front for the event but the board is reimbursing her as well as collecting payments.

b.     Bank of America balance as of 6/1/16 is $38,466.26. Balance as of 7/1 is $39,956.27. Balance on books as of 7/1 is $40,396.53. Morgan Stanley balance as of 6/1 is $70,608.52. As of 7/1, balance is $71,130.61, an increase of $522.09.

c.      Windsor moved to receive the report, Zahniser seconded. The motion carried.

IV.            Standing Committees –

a.     Awards – Marcellino – No report

b.     Banquet – Walton– No report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

i.     RTNA and SPJ/LA are working together to try and insure that broadcast stations are granted appropriate access to the downtown criminal arraignments court. The court PIO has reached out to the judge who says he grants access when there is no objection raised by the defense based on issues of identification. Marcellino is hopeful that the conversation will be sufficient to prompt a change — as the stations allege there was a broader denial of access — but are monitoring the situation.

d.     Diversity – Hendrickson – No report

e.     Ethics – Bluestein/Hendrickson – No report

f.      FOI –Zahniser – No report

g.     Generation J – Bowen – No report

h.     Membership – Saxton

i.     Ad hoc membership committee – Marcellino/Nonahal – No report

ii.     Hendrickson said a new member notified him that he joined and paid local chapter dues but was not put on our correct mailing list. This has since been resolved, but he did not receive any of our releases for about six months. The board may consider extending his membership for the same amount of time at no cost. Nonahal will reach out to Linda Hall regarding this.

i.       Nominations – Bellman – No report

j.       Scholarships – Audi – No report. Audi will email an update in August.

V.              Old Businesss

a.     June 11 video editing workshop recap – Fleeman/Bluestein

i.     Fleeman and Windsor said the video editing workshop went well, and all RSVPs plus an additional two people attended. Fleeman said he had to turn away about 20 people, so the board may host another one of these workshops. The majority of attendees were SPJ/LA members.

b.     July 6 mega mixer update – Peschiutta/Walton

i.     Walton said the mixer was crowded and response was great. Hendrickson said it looked like at least 100 people came. Two attendees did not end up making it to the area we reserved because of the stairs and no elevator option at the venue.

VI.            New Business

a.     Tentative dates for upcoming mixers at the Redwood:

i.     Aug. 3

ii.     Sept. 7

iii.     Oct. 5

iv.     Nov. 2

b.     Streifler said national is offering the film “Spotlight” at no cost to chapters to show for an event, but the dates were preset by national. Nonahal reached out to check on date flexibility, and she will work on clarifying whether we can put on this event.

c.      Mottek mentioned that SAG-AFTRA is interested in possibly working together with SPJ/LA organizing a reporter safety workshop or presentation.  Nonahal suggested September. Mottek said he would check on availability.

VII.          Next board meeting: Sept. 12 at Louise’s, 7 p.m. – No board meeting in August.

VIII.        Adjournment

a.     Windsor moved to adjourn, Wald seconded. The motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,

Christina Cocca


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