Mr. Garcetti is obviously unfazed by Barnette's smear campaign against her own employees, nor by the multitude of lies she's spun about them in her ongoing
attempts to besmirch their excellent reputation as a top notch dep't.
When it comes to L.A.'s Animal Shelters, the majority of Angelenos spoke their collective minds back in 2001 by voting to build the 6 beautiful new state-of-the-art animal shelter properties that now exist & to support them and their employees.
And the new mayor has obviously chosen not to listen to the people nor their vote.
But the Barnette campaign to shut down even more of L.A.'s animal shelters
has won her no friends with L.A.'s rescue community, nor with the average citizen.
This mayor should at least have the common decency to demand that as a condition of her continuing employment with this city, she be required to publically apologize to her own employees.
She should also be required to cease & desist from her relentless campaign to shut down even more of our precious animals shelters.
If you were to turn on the news one day only to find that the City of L.A. no longer operated any animal shelters, would you be alarmed?
If you were suddenly to discover that there is no longer any safe-haven where you could take a lost or injured pet should you find one on the street, would you be outraged?
If so then you need to know that just such a day is fast approaching unless you do your part to stop it!
That’s because L.A. Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette's marching orders first issued by ex-mayor Villaraigosa to start shutting down L.A.'s Animal Shelters, one shelter at a time, has now been re-sanctioned by new mayor Eric Garcetti.
She's already closed down 1 of our busiest animal shelters forever & stopped 1 brand new shelter from ever opening in the first place.
And she recently attempted to eliminate the entire grave-yard shift at all 6 of our city shelters which would have resulted in these poor animals being left completely alone & unmonitored all night long! Thankfully the city council stepped in and stopped her.
Does that sound to you like a General Manager that's concerned about the welfare of animals in this city?
If Mr. Garcetti's decision to continue the destruction of L.A.'s animal shelters distresses you then please do the following:
You can email the new mayor's transition office at: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet you can call city hall and leave a message voicing your opposition to Barnette's reappointment at: (213) 978-0600.
Barnette now speaks openly within dep't. circles of her intentions to close down 2 MORE animal shelters.
IF BARNETTE IS SUCCESSFUL, WE WILL LOSE MORE THAN HALF OF L.A.'S ANIMAL SHELTERS VERY SOON!
Barnette claims that her only goal is to lower euthanasia rates and that she is "not happy" that L.A. will eventually lose
4 of its' 6 animal shelters in the very near future. Only problem is -- She's the one leading the charge to close them down!
The truth is that Barnette and the mayor who hired her are just using the economy as a smoke screen to dismantle the dep't.
If the economy were the actual reason for their actions, then why has Barnette filed nothing short of a laundry list of serious criminal charges against her own workforce?
And while those charges have all been thoroughly investigated and adjudicated by no less than the Los Angeles Police Dep’t. and the L.A. District Attorney’s Office and proven to be COMPLETELY FALSE ( see page 3 for documentation), you have to ask yourself…
How can attacking your own employees and shutting down your own animal shelters ever help to further the cause of lowering euthanasia rates?
The answer of course is that it can't.
Shutting down more animal shelters is foolish and only serves to decrease available kennel/cage space, therefore INCREASING THE EUTHANASIA RATES instead of lowering them.
And harassing her own workforce only serves to wear them down and to detract them from fully focusing on their intended goal of providing the highest level of care to the animals they are charged with looking after.
Barnette's history of terrorizing and intimidating her own employees dates back many decades before her arrival here in L.A
See for yourself by visiting this website documenting her days up in Seattle and whereby the author refers to her operation as a
"sweat shop" and how her ruthless "iron-handed" management style resulted in the firing of about two dozen employees in one year!
(The "KCACC" abbreviation used in the article in the above link stands for the: King County Animal Care & Control agency.)
Barnette is now EXACTLY 3 years into her "7- year plan" to eliminate all of L.A.'s remaining animal shelters by 2017.
That date coincides EXACTLY with the date that her Best Friends Animal Society promised to make L.A. a true "No-Kill" city!
But once she closes down the last L.A. Animal Shelter, we'll all be left to wonder: Where will all of the 65,000-plus stray or owner-surrendered animals showing up at the front door of our animal shelters every year go instead?
Is Barnette really so foolish and unrealistic as to promise our city leaders that Best Friends can deliver this "pipe dream" by 2017?
When asked this extremely critical question--the usually loquacious "media darling" Barnette, suddenly turns silent!
With each additional shelter Barnette shuts down (2 so far) comes even more over-crowding of animals at all of the remaining shelters.
Out-going Mayor Villaraigosa has consistently ignored the best interests of ALL his constituents, choosing instead to cater to
Barnettes' totally rich and influential Hollywood friends. Now new Mayor Eric Garcetti has decided to continue down that same road.
Villagaigosa (and his ex-girlfriend newscaster Lu-Parker) are the ones who are single-handedly responsible for bringing Barnette to
L.A. and issuing her the nefarious marching orders to get rid of our animal shelters and their employees any way she can.
That's why despite all of her outrageous behavior, Barnette not only retains her job through 2 administrations but has actually never even once been reprimanded or even warned!
New Mayor Eric Garcetti has decided to capitulate to Barnette and her rich Hollywood special-interest celebrity buddies.
These folks couldn't care any less if our public animal shelters are all closed down and all the shelter properties sold since they have no stake in them.
Unlike ordinary Angelenos, their money and celebrity status ensures that they will never need any of the services offered there.
That's why the new mayor's office (just like the old mayor's office) only offer "lip service" to the cause of protecting animals
in the form of 30-second sound bites on public service T.V. commercials.
If Mr. Garcetti really championed the cause of shelter animals, his hero wouldn't be Barnette, it would be all the totally
sincere, compassionate and hard-working Dept. of Animal Services Employees who care for literally 1000's of shelter
animals 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. That 's why their job title is called: Animal Care Technicians, or ACT's!
Animal Care Technicians do their jobs every day with pride, compassion and total commitment.
Click here to find out the truth about these fine employees that Barnette would rather you didn't see
And concerning General Manager Brenda Barnette, L.A.'s new mayor needs to understand that The City of Los Angeles wasn't supposed to be paying Ms. Barnette $220,000.00 a year to d-e-s-t-r-o-y the Dept. of Animal Services.
Mayor Villaraigosa told the us that we were paying Ms. Barnette to m-a-n-a-g-e the Dept. of Animal Services!
Mayor Villaraigosa lied to all of us and the new mayor appears ready to do more of the same!