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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

UPDATE: Blogs Chime In ("Villaraigosa backed into corner")



Strong-arming the City Council backs Villaraigosa into a Corner

Did Mayor Villaraigosa try to strong-arm Councilmembers Tony Cardenas, Bernard Parks and Dennis Zine into not holding a meeting of hundreds of city employees and animal rescuers last night?

You betcha, but did it work? No sir!

According to those in attendance, nearly 200 people composed of animal shelter employees, union officials, rescuers, and media attended the special evening Personnel Committee meeting at Van Nuys City Hall to demand the termination of Edwin M. Boks, the Animal Services general manager and Linda Barth, his hand-picked assistant general manager.

Villaraigosa’s office also ordered Boks’ Animal Services commissioners to not attend the event, although two (Archibald J. Quincey and president Glen Brown) disregarded those directives.The Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News have stories about this today, but both missed the most shocking testimony of the evening, which was confirmed by several people in attendance.

Former chief veterinarian of the Department of Animal Services, Kathy Rainey, said Mr. Boks ordered her to “conduct certain veterinary practices with infectious diseases without regard for public safety, including allowing public access to a rabies isolation area, even though such jurisdiction is a county function once rabies is diagnosed."

Mr. Boks, she said, told her that the worst that could happen is that she would receive "just a slap on the wrist and that the California Veterinary Board should not be in our business."

The vet also said that Mr. Boks allowed other medical decisions to be made by another Assistant GM, even though she has no background in veterinary medicine, causing six other veterinarians to leave the city to practice elsewhere.After detailing other shocking behavior from Mr. Boks and/or Ms. Barth, Dr. Rainey said that as a public health official, she resigned because if she acted as Mr. Boks directed her to, the California Veterinary Board could have revoked her license.

The veterinarian advised that if such practices were ever reported to the state, and proven to be true, it could cost the city its own state license to run animal shelters.

A 29 year department employee, Kathy Mooney, said she is retiring early due to Mr. Boks' intimidation, said she felt like she is "hanging herself" by coming to the meeting, told how in her job as the keeper-of-department-kill-statistics, Mr. Boks creates ever-vaguer statistics so that Mr. Boks can make false claims that the city is "95% No Kill," even though it kills tens of thousands of animals per year.Victor Gordo, a union representative, told of the threats, intimidation and unfair labor practices employed by Mr. Boks and Ms. Barth.

Mr. Brown (the Animal Services commission president) publicly denied that these wide-scale employee concerns were ever brought to the commission’s attention. That could be because Mr. Brown appears to have missed at least 10 commission meetings during his two year tenure. (Mr. Brown's claim were publicly disputed by Maria Atake, another former commissioner who told about her experiences with Mr. Boks. She said that the commission is a "rubber stamp for Ed Bok.")

Other problems addressed include a complete lack of training, policies & procedures, and emergency preparedness.

At one point, Dennis Zine asked, "Is there anyone in the room who has anything positive to say about Mr. Boks or Ms. Barth?" Only one employee got up, but it was to say, "Yes, they have united everyone in this room against them!"

The meeting ran so long that, after a full 4 hours of testimony, the Councilmembers still had dozens of speaker cards that had yet to be called, so the Council members told the crowd that the meeting would be reconvened within a few days.

Going back to the original point: Why did Mayor Villaraigosa try to strong-arm the City Councilmembers into not having the meeting? In a word: embarrassment. For years, the Mayor has stayed with Mr. Boks because, to admit that he made yet another hiring mistake would be to arm future political opponents with proof of Villaraigosa’s incompetence.

But now, with numerous TV and video cameras recording last night’s meeting, the Mayor can no longer claim he didn’t know.All the Mayor can do is try to strong-arm the City Council, again, which, this time, it appears won’t be enough.The Mayor is meeting on Thursday with Union officials to discuss the future of Mr. Boks’ and Ms. Barth's employment with the city.
Paul Harvey says there’s “the other side of the story.” There is a money trail to someone who has been influencing the mayor to keep Mr. Boks. If anyone has more information about this, please write to us. Be prepared to help us name names.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeay, other blogs read mayor sam, too!

They ARE just like the LA Times and Daily News. We know that they get most of their news from mayor sam!

I love reading the top blog!

October 08, 2008 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

America's favorite journalists:

Ben Bradlee
Mike "The Spike" Higby
Red "Don't call me 'Sport'" Spot
Mike Wallace

Luv YUH!
Luv YUH!

Valley Dink

October 08, 2008 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The midget mayor has to go.

Jimmy Blackman can do what he normally does: wash the semen stains out of Antonio's underwear.

There will always be THAT job for him.

October 08, 2008 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who knew that mayor villaraigosa would hurt animals, not to mention people, to quench his thirst for power. What a scumbag.

October 08, 2008 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

God, do I hate Villaraigosa. He is almost as loathesome s Jimmy Blackman.

That would be a great poll to do someday.

October 08, 2008 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

believe me the newspapers all read blogs like MS, laobserved, etc. go higby!

October 08, 2008 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

blackman is a bigger asshole than even the Midget Mejista Mayor who at least fakes his interest in you.

October 08, 2008 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So what, another blog reposted what you posted, or actually what someone else gave you to post. Who is giving this information to Haikula anyway? Is it JDLR? He has an agenda, revenge. That aside, what he is saying is mostly true

October 08, 2008 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's up with the French chick?

October 08, 2008 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


This is the guy responsible for the whole mess.


October 08, 2008 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Full minutes of meeting available soon at laanimalwatch.

October 08, 2008 2:58 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

Hello 1:49,

Thanks for pointing out that one of those blogs reposted our article today.

I didn't scroll down far enough to see that, but am glad you mentioned this.

What or who is jdlf? That's too insider for me.

October 08, 2008 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares about Boks and dogs?

I want to know how Mccain and Palin will keep me safe from the muslim terrorists.

October 08, 2008 3:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Haikula a real person or is it just Higby pretending to be a stupid girl? or is english, politics not her first language?

October 08, 2008 3:34 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

Hello and yes I am a real person. I am most certainly not Mr. Higby. With all candor, having never met Mr. Higby, I am not certain that HE is a real person! Actually I've never met any of you and don't have a desire to.

Can anyone tell me who the man is that 2:47pm posted, or if you are still with us 2:47pm, let us know? Jimmy Blackman?

October 08, 2008 4:02 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

But that is a good guess 3:34pm, English was not my first language.

But it is now, SUCKA!

Love, Haikula

October 08, 2008 4:04 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

P.S. I have a spot here and you don't, so even coming from behind you on the language, I am still ahead of you on having a place to lead the discussion.

Check out my English now, Dumbass.

October 08, 2008 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am mad as hell and won't take it anymore !!!!!

Did you see what Newsweek did to our lovely Sarah Palin !!!!



October 08, 2008 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Without reading the content of this blog I just want to say that this mentality practiced by the Mayor's office is happening in other departments. There is a disregard for city employees and their experience. The fact that this outsider couldn't not manage is consistent with some of his other appointees. The Mayor may have appointed those with an education and several degrees but it doesn't mean squat when they cannot communicate directly with their staff and try to get others (civil servants) to do their dirty work. This mayor sucks big time. He is self serving and has only been thinking about his future. It's sad because I used to like to go to work now I dread it. I work in public works.

October 08, 2008 5:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Haikula, or Higby getting off pretending to be a girl, what is so great about blogging for free on mayor sam's blog? He may get a little traffic by starting blog flame wars but he is not respected at all. You adding comments like "SUCKA!" "dumbass" and other juvenile attacks aren't helping his reputation. Perhaps Higby created you just to get more crappy hits.

October 08, 2008 5:53 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

Hello 5:53pm (a/k/a Edwin Boks or a Villaraigosa apologist)

It took me, and just about anyone else other than you, to figure out what the lingo of this blog is, such as the phrase Dum Dum. I've got my own lingo which, if you have read any of my entries, you'd know.

If you don't like our style, you're formally welcome to get all your information from the LA Weekly.

I don't think Higby would say that, but I would.

I'm not going to spend the rest of my day trying to prove a negative. Next thing I know, you'll say I'm Red Spot. Or Petrafied. Or Valley Doll which, at least in that instance, you'll have the gender right.

Got that Swizzlestick? THAT, my friend, is MY own lingo.

Dum Dum.

October 08, 2008 6:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Haikula, your "lingo" is childish and petty. Do you think it's "cool" or something? Plus, all you ever do is repost items which animal activists send to you. You even claimed to be "first!" with an article when it was actually posted somewhere else days earlier. The only original content you write are your infantile insults. You haven't the feintist idea what is happening in Los Angeles politics. Making ditsy remarks is not cute.

October 08, 2008 6:33 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:


Mayor Sam will be four years old in two weeks.

One thing has never changed - we always have dum dums posting how the blog sucks, they hate the writers, we're always wrong, how they aren't going to read anymore.

Yet, they keep coming back.

I don't mind at all if you tell them to go read the LA Weekly since I personally know that LA Weekly readers read this blog and often correspond with me.

A better place however for these dum dums is the freeway, where they should play a nice game of swizzlestickball.

Have a good day.

October 08, 2008 8:05 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

Hmmm, just a minute ago, you accused me of being Higby.

Now you're acusing me of not creating original content, like TODAY's post?

Where else are you finding my article from TODAY? Hmmm?

Go ahead and show us all how smart you are, and post the link to where else my article appears? For example, where is the part about the employees who spoke yesterday?

Until you come up with such a link and post it here, you are banned from the blog for one year. Dumbass.

October 08, 2008 8:08 PM  

Blogger haikula said:

Just saw your post, Boss. Thanks for affirming that the dum dum a do-do.

I think it's a RIOT how they just can't stay away. I guess they don't realize that we get a kick out of that.

Thanks again for shopping at Mayor Sam, dum dum! We're the Home of LA Politics, the smartest people in L.A., and a few dum dums!

October 08, 2008 8:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MAV slithers out of corners all the time and he'll do it again this time too!

October 08, 2008 10:35 PM  

Anonymous g said:


October 09, 2008 2:36 PM  

Blogger Jeff de la Rosa said:


I guess maybe I'm "JDLR."

I love how people think I'm privy to inside information. I was at the Zine meeting, that's where I got my info, straight from Dr. Rainey's mouth.

My motive is not "revenge, " its justice for my dogs and me; and apparently the Court agrees with me. This morning, a Judge ruled in my favor and found that LAAS violated my rights to due process of law (that's the 14th amendment, folks and therefore a fundamental right).

And no, I didn't have a lawyer for this one.

October 09, 2008 4:22 PM  

Blogger Marie said:

I went to one of the Committee Meetings and to my face Ed Boks said my issue was a Vet Board issue, yet when I spoke to the Committee voted it onto the agenda, what a liar he is, I guess he thought I would leave when he said they didn't handle it. Not only did this happen, but after the vote to add it to the agenda, it never ended up on the agenda which I thought was illegal? Boks doesn't care about the animals, or the people who pay taxes to pay his paycheck, that guy needs to be fired and I hope I can help in getting the information needed to have this happen.

October 20, 2008 10:52 AM  

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