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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.

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