Councilmembers. My name is Dr. Charlotte Laws, member of the Greater Valley Glen
Council and president of the Directors of Animal Welfare Program.
In November 2000, the voters approved a $154 million bond, which was in part designed to pay for a new animal shelter in South Los Angeles on a property belonging to a furniture company. The city took the property via eminent domain, has stalled construction, and now wants to bypass the votersí wishes by selling this site to different furniture company. This is an improper manipulation of eminent domain law.
beneficiaries of this sweetheart deal have contributed to the campaigns of Rocky
Delgadillo and others. Not only does this transaction present an appearance of
impropriety, but it ignores the votersí wishes, and more importantly, costs
animals their lives.
construction prices rise, this stall means more money will be needed to build
the shelter. This amounts to an injustice against the defenseless animals, who
are housed in the highest volume kill shelter in Los Angeles. This facility
needs space more than any other. The people and the animals of South Los Angeles
should not be short-changed.
proposed new location is inferior to the original site. It is not on a major
street; therefore does not encourage community participation; successful
shelters need to be located where people live, work and congregate. They must be
highly visible and accessible to encourage spay/neuter, adoptions, microchipping
and volunteer work. Community participation is of paramount importance in
transforming Los Angeles into a no-kill city.
addition, Councilmember Parks acknowledges that the animal shelter fund may not
be fully compensated in the end. This blatantly disregards the votersí wishes
when they supported the bond.
immediately build the animal shelter at the original site. Time is of the
essence. Animals are suffering and dying every day. Thank you.