CHARLOTTE LAWS - DREAM AND ACHIEVE TOGETHER
California State Senator Richard Alarcon
The Honorable Robert Hertzberg, Former Speaker of the California State Assembly
Mr. Walter Moore, Animal Advocate and practicing attorney
Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa
Invitees not yet confirmed:
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks
The Honorable Mayor of Los Angeles James Hahn
The above candidates for the office of Mayor of Los Angeles have committed to be at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in Studio City on January 9 to appeal to the humane community for their support in the March 8 2005 Los Angeles city election. Each attendee will have 30 minutes to address the convention and/or answer questions submitted beforehand by those wishing to do so. Questions can be submitted by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) from this date forward or deposited in a Question Box available at the convention itself. All questions must be submitted by the time the first candidate begins to address the convention.
As mayor, one of the above listed individuals will determine city policy as regards abandoned companion animals, impounded wildlife, feral cats and the prosecution of animal cruelty for the next four years. If you care about the policies this city will adopt regarding animals in the years ahead, you owe it to them to be there, to listen to what these decision makers have to say and to cast your vote for the candidate you believe the humane community should endorse.
Our community, united behind one candidate, has the power to determine the course of this election, but only if we all unite with a common voice behind one candidate and actively support him with our vote, our participation in his campaign and what ever donations we can afford. Should we fail to come together and make a maximum effort, we will continue to be ignored by those who make public policy, but if we succeed, we may change the history of how politicians across the country view the humane community.
You who live here in the city of Los Angeles have been given this opportunity for the first time ever. The convention has aroused the interest and support of politically active animal advocates around the country. Their eyes are upon us. Will you be there to assure its success?
10:00 a.m. Convention opens. Attendees will be given an orientation form with the agenda, procedural rules and their official ballot. Coffee, tea and vegan bagels will be served with jam. Questions for candidates will be accepted into a question box until 10:30 am. Ballots can be placed in the ballot box at any time during the convention.
A table to the right of the entrance will be available for attendees to signup to volunteer to work in the campaign of the candidate endorsed by the convention. There will also be a sign up sheet for any one wishing to make a donation to the convention’s candidate choice.
A table to the right of the entrance will be available for campaign literature that any supporter may leave for the assembled members.
A table to the right of the entrance will have the endorsements of the Animal Legislative Action Network (A.L.A.N.) in the eight city council races which will also be decided on March 8 (unless there is a May 2005 runoff).
Sorry, non-human companions cannot be admitted.
10:20 a.m. The moderator will gavel the convention to order. Procedural comments will be made and questions answered until 10:29 am
10:30 a.m. Introduction of Walter Moore.
10:59 a.m. Expression of gratitude to Mr. Moore and a wish for the best of luck in his political pursuits.
11:00 a.m. Introduction of Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks (Councilman Parks has not yet committed to attend. Should he be unable to attend, there will be a one half-hour break.)
11: 29 a.m. Expression of gratitude to Councilman Parks and a wish for the best of luck in his political pursuits.
11:30 a.m. Introduction of Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa.
11:59 a.m. Expression of gratitude to Councilman Villaraigosa and a wish for the best of luck in his political pursuits.
12:00 noon Introduction of Robert Hertzberg
12:29 p.m. Expression of gratitude to Mr. Hertzberg and a wish for the best of luck in his political pursuits.
12:30 p.m. Introduction of California State Senator Richard Alarcon.
12:59 p.m. Expression of gratitude to Senator Alarcon and a wish for the best of luck in his political pursuits.
1:00 p.m. Introduction of the Mayor of Los Angeles, James Hahn. (the mayor has yet to commit to attending. Should he be unable to attend, the assembly will be adjourned for lunch to reconvene at 2:00 pm.)
1:29 p.m. Expression of gratitude to Mayor Hahn and a wish for the best of luck in his political pursuits.
Break for lunch: (Hotel has a dining room. The assembly will be notified if vegan or vegetarian items appear on the menu. The back of your orientation form will have the address and maps to three local restaurants with vegetarian and vegan options. If you bring food, you will be asked to eat it outside the ballroom.)
Re-convene: 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
The podium and microphone will be made available for three minutes to every attendee on a first come first serve basis. There will be no comments recognized from the floor. Once one has spoken, one may speak again, but one must file to the end of the line. There will be a limit of three opportunities for any single individual to address the assembly.
4:00 p.m. Final call for ballots. Ballots may be submitted at any time prior.
4:15 p.m. Voting will be closed and counting of ballots will begin. The ballot box will be opened. A member of the organizing committee for Citizens for a Humane Los Angeles will remove each ballot from the box, one at a time, read it aloud and pass it to a second member of the organizing committee who will read it aloud and pass it to a third member who will read it aloud and record the vote on his laptop. The entire process may be observed by any attendee. If the name on a ballot can not be read by any of the three members counting the ballots, it will be discarded and not counted. When all ballots have been counted, the winner will be announced.
Adjournment will follow the announcement of the candidate who received a plurality of the votes cast. (The moderator will not speak in support of a candidate or vote unless it is necessary to break a tie in which case he will cast the deciding vote.)
1. No questions will be recognized from the floor of the convention
2. No interruptions will be recognized from the floor of the convention
3. All scheduled times will be strictly followed.
4. No outside food or pets will be allowed in the ballroom
5. No organizational promotions will be recognized
6. We are negotiating for free parking at the Hotel but there may be a fee of $2.00 for the event if you can not find a place on the street. We are sorry if this causes any hardship or inconvenience. It is not recommended that non-human companions be left in cars.
7. The success and impact of this convention will depend upon all participants respecting all candidates and one another. This is a time to express ones views in a mature and dignified way. There will be media at the event and therefore an opportunity to demonstrate to the community at large that we are able to function as maturely and respectfully as any other interest group in the country. This is an opportunity to prove to the people of Los Angeles that the issues are worthy of there attention and support. Any disruption will only alienate those who expect people to voice their concerns and beliefs in a fair and disciplined manner. We want you there, we want you to learn, to be heard and to have fun but we want you to understand that it will also be an opportunity to win or lose in the court of public opinion.
It is hoped that the convention and election will usher in a new era in relations between city government, the Los Angeles City Department of Animal Services, the Mayor and the humane community. We have the knowledge, the energy and the resources to be the first major city in the country to stop the use of killing as a form of animal control. We can not reform the current system if we are not going to take part in electoral process by which it transforms and reforms. This convention is the first step on the path to a cooperative affirmation that those who care and those who serve can work together to overcome whatever obstacles are in our way to make Los Angeles, the city of the angels, the most humane city outside of Heaven. Join us. Play a part.
Richard G. McLellan MD
Director, Citizens for a Humane Los Angeles