Well, Barnette blew it before the City Council today. Bill Dyer was the only person there in favor. He made a big issue of her being from an open-door shelter. Guess the ADL-LA lost their balls and didn't show. Another speaker pointed out that Barnette's claim to fame, the Seattle Humane Society, is most definitely NOT an open door shelter. It is stated on their website that you have to have an appointment to have a pet considered for admission. When Barnette later disputed it, she said that they took in 'any animal with an emergency condition" so that made them open entry. Our Council looked shocked, wonder why???
Janice Hahn asked her about her plans for enforcement and Barnette responded that she would be relying on LAPD. You should have seen their faces!!! Alarcon started off on that and told her that LAPD is "busy" and that LAAS IS a law-enforcement agency and she is expected to perform those services. She said she would set priorities. DUH!! And what might those be, Barnette, learning how thing works maybe? You ain't in Kansas, Barnette.
Reyes later asked her what ideas she had about abandoned animals left behind in low income areas when people move. She said the LAAS has a Small Animal Rescue Team and they could go in and get them. His mouth fell open. Then she added that the rescuers could also go get them. Of course LAAS can't give rescuers permission to enter private property and can you imagine the liability? This woman is beyond stupid.
The Council was a little stunned. They weren't pleased but they were polite. I don't think she'll be here long. She is not a nice person. She is not a friendly person. The staff will hate her. She will get frustrated because she will constantly be told she can't do things without Council approval, and I get the feeling she has a short fuse. I think she'll blow up. She has no experience dealing with a city council or governmental budgets, none.
At least I know that the Council did read what was sent to them, they are paying attention. And when the time comes, they have set the stage to blast the Mayor for his bevy of mistakes concerning animal control. Yep, the battle lines were drawn today and now war is declared. The Council has covered their asses and are leaving the Mayor out there to take all the blame for this mistake. Can anyone say high and dry?