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Friday, March 17, 2006

Friday late

Tune in tomorrow to learn how it's done---and then, don't do it: the second hour of Weekend America tomorrow features a segment on Fred Brito (scroll down for synopsis). Locally, Weekend America plays at 1:00 on KPCC.


Word comes that City vet Dr. Shargani has been given walking papers by LAAS head Ed Boks. LAAS is becoming an increasingly politicized department, as animal rights groups, sometimes using extremist rhetoric, zero in on its operations. Some in these groups have already applauded the move, charging that Shargani was "negligent and apathetic" in certain situations.

One fairly moderate group that works with NCs a lot is the Directors of Animal Welfare. More than you ever need to know about them can be found here at LAVoice.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alex Padilla has quickly become the Car-Dealer whore. He's en route to surpass Arnold in money collected from Car-Dealers.

Not a popular interest.

March 17, 2006 9:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dr. Shargani should not be facing discharge. The animal rights extremist and the Mayor have over politicized the Animal Services Department, and in turn have corrupted the integrity and fairness of the administrative process. Stay tuned for a what promises to be a long fight. Dr. Shargani is a civil service employee and the facts will show that he is hard working city employee in another poorly managed department.

March 18, 2006 6:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous at 6:25 a.m. doesn't know his stuff. Animal Services vets are not civil service and can be dismissed without all the rigamarole. Shargani was a disciple of the old department ethic of "medical care by euthanasia" which is no longer welcome here. He also ignored the administrative status of animals he "treated" that way - several times in the last few months, he put down dogs who had already entered the adoption process simply because he couldn't be bothered to check it out before taking precipitous action. Arguably he got what he deserved, which is more than can be said for the animals he killed with his bad attitude.

March 18, 2006 7:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed Boks recently made a GREAT move for the animals -- and people -- involved with LA Animal Services:

He dumped Dr. Shargani.

I -- and others -- have long made it clear: the primary problem at LAAS is PERSONNEL.

Unmotivated in some instances;
Just plain bad, in others.

Yes, there are good LAAS staffers, too. But the bad ones make it tough for the good ones to become great. In school, it's called peer pressure. It could be due to bad management, bad training or bad lives that lead to bad attitudes toward the animals.

If Boks continues to rid LAAS of unmotivated and bad employees -- and simultaneously give the GREAT ones an environment in which they (and compassion) can thrive -- animal-focused programs will boom.

As of tonight, the LAAS roster has one less bad one.

Yes, there are still plenty of problems at LA Animals Services; that's for sure.

But in this instance, Ed deserves a pat on the back for getting rid of Shargani, and sending a loud message to everyone else: The only room at LAAS is reserved for compassionate, creative, comforting, and life-focused animal people.

Otherwise, you're out!

Daniel Guss

March 18, 2006 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have heard that Dario Frommer got out of the Controllers race because he failed to get enough signatures?

has any one else heard this?

March 18, 2006 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:43 a.m. should read the city charter before accusing someone of not knowing their stuff. Shargani is still very much a city employee. He is an exempt employee, but he is afforded due process rights like civil service employees. So ya might want to keep the cork in that campaign bottle. Dr. Kervorkian of the Animal Services is still in the game smart guy.

March 18, 2006 5:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just finished watching the HBO Movie "Walkout". This movement ocurred during the time that our esteemed Mayor was in high school. But he was nowhere to be found. David Sanchez, Sal Castro, Carlos Montes, even Vickie Castro were there. But where was Tony? While students were getting there heads bashed in at East L.A. high schools by the L.A.P.D., Tony was out getting high and getting expelled for that reason from Cathedral High.

We sure know how to pick them!

March 18, 2006 10:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Stuckey could dismiss a non-civil service veterinarian for what he considered to be good cause (and he did), then so can Boks. Shargani can complain to whoever he wants all he wants but then he'll have to explain his sorry performance on the job that got him fired in the first place. Maybe he'll think twice before he objects.

All those whose hearts bleed so profusely for allegedly put-upon city employees should keep that in mind before they go knee-jerk on this blog.

March 19, 2006 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Review the city charter, then let us know who the knee jerk is.

March 20, 2006 7:28 AM  

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