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Commissioner Marie Atake resigns over failings of Antonio Villaraigosa’s Animal Services

Los Angeles City Animal Services Commissioner Marie Atake resigned August 31 over the failings of Director Ed Boks and Jimmy Blackman from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office.

August 31, 2007
Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor’s Office, City of Los Angeles

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,

For two years, I have worked very hard to help improve the Department of Animal Services (LAAS) and protect the integrity of the Mayor’s office as your appointed Commissioner.

However, my seeking transparency, clarity and honesty is apparently what Mr. Blackman, your Deputy Chief of Staff, does not want me to do. His consistent refusal to hold Mr. Ed Boks, the General Manager, accountable — for his actions, including making false, misleading and inflammatory comments to your office, staff, City Council, the public, and the media— has made my efforts ineffective at every level.

When I told Mr. Blackman that Mr. Boks would not shut down his city website blog, against the advice of the LAPD’s Threat Management unit, Mr. Blackman dismissed my concerns and called it merely “one of the many wrong things Boks has done” that he’s already aware of and would not take any action.

On the city website, Mr. Boks recently bashed the Director of LA County Animal Control and attacked one of the most reputable animal-welfare organizations which has provided invaluable assistance to the city’s department. Instead of allowing the Commission to keep Mr. Boks under control, it is my opinion that Mr. Blackman conceals critical facts and protects Mr. Boks’ misbehavior from your view.

As a result, one such distortion made you appear uninformed at a recent press conference about the state of the city animal shelters. Consequently, several media outlets are presently investigating your claims of LAAS success.

Mr. Blackman looked the other way on another serious problem when Mr. Boks grossly misled City Council on August 3rd, during Item #41. As a result, City Council had to table an innovative program when it was discovered that Mr. Boks failed to consult with the Commission, Personnel and SEIU.

Recently, the Commission discovered its serious procedural problems with a past appeal. I was not involved with this particular appeal, however, I felt it was the Commission’s sworn duty to right its wrongs, and restore its integrity, when the process was violated, with unfairness and prejudice appearing high and harmful.

Unfortunately I have learned that certain members of your administration, this department and the Commission are incapable of acknowledging errors, therein misleading the public. Such actions (or inactions) are resulting in the needless suffering and death of many animals, mistreatment of the public, and wasting of financial and human capital.

You are welcome to contact me if you wish to be further informed about Mr. Boks’ crises, including, but not limited to, the veterinarian shortage; unopened spay/neuter clinics; zero foreign language outreach; shelter overcrowding; delayed shelter openings; end-runs on key stakeholders; and a tidal wave of public relations disasters.

As I recall, one of your campaign platforms was to uphold the ethical standards expected by the city residents. Most recently, you stressed the importance of accountability. While these values may not matter to some of your key staff, I hope they still matter to you.

In closing, I am resigning my position as a Commissioner because I can no longer, in good conscience, be a part of such demoralization. I wish that I were allowed to apply my business skills and expertise as a nonprofit organization leader, (the reason why you appointed me), to fully serve the people and animals of Los Angeles, which is supposed to be the City of Angels.

Graciously,

Marie Atake

LEGAL UPDATE: ADL-LA’s COURT ORDER

As some of you may have heard Judge Stewart Rice appears to be working right along side city attorney Rocky Delgadillo and prostitutes Spencer Hart (aka “Hartless”) and Richard E. (“Crafty”) Kraft, to unlawfully convict the non-profit charity ADL-LA of focused picketing. They are also precluding ADL-LA’s freedom of speech by ordering ADL-LA to remove the pictures above from ADL-LA’s www.StopTheKilling.net web site by August 31st (which ADL-LA complied with, although ADL-LA is APPEALING this ludicrous attack on their free speech rights.)

In short, Judge Stewart Rice, Rocky Delgadillo, Spencer Hartless and Richard E. Kraft are intentionally and with premeditation, seizing first amendment rights from legal above ground activists. But this type of illegal, unscrupulous State repression levied against grass roots activists has throughout history simply forced others to get involved and step up to the plate to fight harder; not only for their cause, but to make a statement against those who use their political power to oppress and repress citizens. When the State came down against Civil Rights activists, it just made others want to get out and get involved, and the same with other social causes including women’s suffrage and illegal occupations of other countries.

Activists have been vigorously writing to ADL-LA for over a month (from all over the world) claiming that because the city has a “hard-on” particularly for ADL-LA, they are even more inspired to do their own pickets, and a few are interested in creating another web site regarding the Department of LA Animal Services.

ADL-LA is certainly eager to see the creativity of those who are determined to make sure that Rice, Delgadillo, Hart ‘less’ and Kraft don’t completely shred the Constitution and continue their flagrant assault upon ADL-LA in order to climb their own dirty political ladder.

While innocent, precious, healthy and treatable animals are being murdered daily against their will in LA city Death Camps, Ed Boks is cooking the books and lying in order to stay in power and keep his upwards of $200,000.00 per year salary. Other LAAS and city employees/officials like Jimmy Blackman, are not just allowing this, but perpetuating these horrors.

Judge Rice concluded that even though activists spent only 14% of a July 2nd picket walking by and/or in front of Boks’ condo, (this works out to 86% of their time away from the condo,) he still considers that a violation of the “focused” picketing ordinance! Furthermore, even though INDEPENDANT activists (who were not members of ADL-LA) went up to Boks’ public communal call box and tried to ring him on that bright, sunny July day, Rice is holding ADL-LA responsible and ordering the animal charity to pay a fine of upwards of three thousand dollars!

Judge Rice is pretty loose with animal money that ought to be spent on helping animals; but instead is forcing ADL-LA to pay money (which it does not have) into an unjust system hell bent on killing tens of thousands of homeless and lost animals every single year. But like most Judges, especially in the lower courts, they are not concerned with helping animals or protecting first amendment rights, only continuing to brown nose Rocky Delgadillo and the ‘system’ so they can move up, make more money and obtain more power.

In conclusion, ADL-LA is appealing these orders not only because they are ludicrous, but because the oppression by the State (the State in this case being the city of LA under Rocky Delgadillo) has resulted in making some activists afraid to participate in legal demonstrations!! These right wing, neo-con’s like Delgadillo, who ‘does thou protest too much’ about other’s activities, are in fact guilty themselves of violating laws much worse then using someone’s communal public phone box! But the good news is that animal rights activists are passionate and relentless; and they will win their struggle to stop the killing of innocent, sentient beings who are being killed because of Boks’ corrupt and incompetent system of “management by Death.”

YOURS IN THE STRUGGLE,
ADL-LA

ADL-LA Disclaimer: Nothing contained in this publication is intended to encourage or incite illegal acts. Many of the reports contained in our Action Alerts and on our web site at www.StopTheKilling.net have been received anonymously and the Campaign cannot make any guarantees for the accuracy of these reports. Any views or comments stated in reports, Action Alerts or on the web site are not necessarily the views of STK or ADL-LA.