SPJ/LA Board of Directors March Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 4, 2019
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Present: Penny Arevalo, Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, Stephanie Bluestein, Jason Lewis,
Kathryn Mora, Frank Mottek, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton,David Zahniser, Joel
Bellman, Elizabeth Marcellino, Richard Saxton, Tom Bray, Lori Streifler, Natalie
Windsor, Navid Nonahal, Sarah Favot
Meeting called to order at 7:12 p.m.
I. Approval of minutes –
II. President’s report – Bluestein is making progress on reaching out to other
journalism organizations. Has been in contact with the NABJ for an event in
III. Treasurer’s report – Marcellino – Beginning balance- $ 49,104.92, ending
balance- $ 47,395.04.
Blaize-Hopkins moved to receive the treasurer’s report. Saxton seconded. Approved.
IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees
a. Awards – Streifler and Wick
b. Banquet – Walton Banquet- Wednesday March 20th at the Omni Hotel in
downtown. Tom putting together the program. Walton encouraged board members to sell program ads. She will circulate ad rates.
c. Courts – Marcellino
d. Diversity – Lewis- Nathan Solis is leading the way on a panel discussion
about how newsrooms should cover Donald Trump’s presidency. Julia
Wick has also been involved in planning. The NABJ has agreed to
partner for this discussion. Date and location is still being worked out.
e. Ethics – Bellman
f. FOI – Zahniser- Still working with the San Diego Chapter on the
statement on SB 615 regarding the police record. San Diego Chapter
still hasn’t done it. Their board meeting is March 5. It looks like it’s
going to go forward.
g. Generation J – Blaize-Hopkins – KCRW newsroom tour on Friday April
26, 11 a.m. Meet and greet with journalist. April 17 SMC’s Bundy
campus, co-sponsoring with ONA-LA. Discussion about online bullying.
h. Membership – Nonahal
i. Nominations – Bray
j. Scholarships – Saxton- Release goes out in May, deadline is in June.
Bluestein proposes that we do a reception.
V. Old Business
a. Possible response from chapter regarding UCLA’s continued delay of our CPRA requests. Motion by Bellman that we write a letter to UC board of Regents. Second by Nonahal. Approved.
b. Update on proposed scholarship funding from non-profit organization.
We’re a 501c6, not a 501c3. They’re a 501c3. According to a tax attorney, we can
accept a grant, but it will not be tax deductible. So there will be tax
implications. Bluestein does not want us to pay the expenses. She will speak to a non-profit attorney.
VI. New Business-
Approval of travel expenses for chapter president to attend
SPJ region 11 conference March 29-31. $65 for the admission, airfare is $373.96.
Bluestein has offered to pay half of the flight. Golden Nugget is $268.94.
$520.92 total. Bellman moved to approve the expenses., seconded by Favot. Motion passes.
VII. Adjournment at 8:12 p.m. in memory of Jeanne Lisker Bellman, David
Horowitz, Irwin Tallerico
Zahniser moved to adjourn. Favot seconded. Approved.
Next meeting: Monday, April 1 at Louise’s Trattoria