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Vote of No Confidence Sought for Animal Services Boss

Ed Boks
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Richard Alarcon and others on the Los Angeles City Council are fed up with Ed Boks, the General Manager of the Animal Services Department. This month's drop of coupons for city mandated spaying and neutering apparently was the last straw. "[The city] faces a continuing crisis in the management of the Department of Animal Services," began Alarcon in a motion he introduced today. "These problems range across a gamut of issues: facilities, management and operations, and priority setting and follow up. These problems have caused a severe problem for the City in implementing its laws, policies and procedures." Alarcon goes on to cite other issues like the "Hooters for Neuters" fundraiser and a pit bull training academy run by ex-convicts. All three problems listed were done unilaterally, without consulting the public or council, he says.

The Animal Services General Manager has always been a controversial one with many ousted before him--to his credit, Boks has dealt well many of the issues. We're sensing more outrage from the politicians than the public on this one.