Former PM’s son slapped with assault/disorderly behaviour charges

first_imgSamuel Hinds Jr, the son of former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday, slapped with several traffic and disorderly behaviour charges.Sam Hinds JrThe 38-year-old who resides at Agricola, Greater Georgetown man is accused of assaulting a peace officer and refusing to take a breathalyser test.The first charge stated that on May 9, 2019, at Main Street, Georgetown, he resisted arrest by Police Constable Canterbury, who was executing his duties.The second charge alleged that on the same day and location, he behaved disorderly. The third charge stated on the same day and location, Hinds drove motor vehicle PMM 4446 when the identification mark on the vehicle was not visible. He was also accused of assaulted Constable Canterbury and more so, refused to take a breathalyser test.Hinds plead not guilty to the charges when it was read to him by Magistrate Clive Nurse.The court heard that on the day in question, Police ranks stopped Hinds who was the driver of the said motor vehicle, to conduct a search and administer a breathalyser test, to which Hinds Jr refused.He was asked to step out of the vehicle but again refused. The ranks then made efforts to detain and escort him to the Brickdam Police Station, but Hinds reported whipped out a firearm and pointed it at the ranks.The ranks then called for back-up and Hinds was later arrested and escorted to the Brickdam Police Station, where his firearm was confiscated and lodged.The breathalyser test was administered and the man was found to be under the influence of alcohol.Attorney Latchmi Rahamat who presented Hinds, told the court that her client is a businessman and requested bail to be granted since her client is not a flight risk.As such, Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore did not object to bail and the accused was released on $50,000 bail. Hinds Jr is slated to make his next court appearance on June 12.last_img read more

Mayor threatens to shut down city businesses over outstanding taxes

first_imgGeorgetown Mayor: Ubraj NarineCity Hall will be exploring the introduction of by-laws to deal with delinquent taxpayers and sanctions being explored range from shutting down of businesses to the auctioning of properties.This is according to Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine, who told the media on Wednesday that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) continues to be cash strapped as a result of taxpayers refusing to pay taxes despite the amnesty policy that it had introduced for delinquent taxpayers.He pointed out that the amnesty initiative is still ongoing but more needs to be done by City Hall to obtain the monies owed.“There are people who owe taxes way 20 and 23 years back, millions of dollars, there are people who owe the city in total of eight point something billion dollars. You know if we get that money we can transform the city…I am not bashing anyone. It is that we have to work together and if we don’t work together we will continue to blame city hall but don’t blame city hall you have to blame yourself as well,” Narine said.He further explained that City Hall will have to commence utilising the law and formulate a policy or by-law that will cater for matters involving delinquent taxpayers from all categories.The Mayor noted that although there is the option to move to the courts, it will prove to be too time-consuming and costly so other alternatives will have to be implemented.“I believe it is wasting of time when you have to pay a lawyer, maybe a sum of money, and you go to the court and you have to enter into agreement and the agreement break, and it is something a long process. And the only way I can see a way forward on that without the court’s involvement is to shut the businesses them down, don’t open at all, and even the residents, we have to start put some place on auctions and so forth. But bear in mind these things cannot happen overnight.”According to Narine, such initiatives can only be implemented once there is a proper system put in place by the M&CC and this will have to be through the introduction of a by-law in this regard.“We are elected Directors and Councillors of the city and we have to start making those moves.”Narine added that although City Hall is willing to work with the public, the delinquent taxpayers must understand the situation they have put City Hall in, and, therefore, to avoid having their businesses shut down or their properties auctioned off, they need to pay their taxes urgently.In December last, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the M&CC had recommended, among other things, that the Council review its tax collection method to garner monies to help offset expenses the Council is currently facing.In the report prepared by retired Justice Cecil Kennard, the city is encouraged to review tax collection methods such as the granting of amnesty to defaulting ratepayers.In fact, the report said that granting of amnesty opens the floodgates for corruption.“This CoI is of the view that little or nothing is being done to reduce the prevalence of defaulting ratepayers. It is my respectful opinion that the officers were not honest, they tried to cover up for each other, and this type of behaviour begs the question of what is happening. Is it incompetence? Is it corruption or is it a combination of both?” the Chairman had stated in the report.The Commission of Inquiry into the affairs of the M&CC was to examine, advise and report on irregularities of the administration, its operations, and the management of its financial affairs.last_img read more

Bellflower falls to Saddleback

first_imgBut the Roadrunners (12-7-5) were unimpressed and moments into the game, they took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Beto Godinez. Saddleback however came right back to tie the score at 2-2 on a goal by Erich Zuriga as the two teams went into halftime deadlocked. The Roadrunners wasted little time getting the lead back as Carballo scored the first of his two goals just two minutes into the second half. With the score tied 3-3 and with 10 minutes remaing, Caraballo scored the game’s decisive goal. “Our goalkeeper and one of our defenders were there but when our goalie came out, he stopped and so did our other player and the ball got past them,” Bellflower coach Brad Norman said. “There was miscommunication on the play and it was a bad time for it to happen. “I’m disappointed but these are the playoffs and once you get here, every team you play is great. Saddleback is a very good team and I think they showed that today.” Ben Villa can be reached at ben.villa@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BELLFLOWER – After winning the Suburban League this season, the Bellflower High boys soccer team christened its new field Saturday against Saddleback. Unfortunately, the Buccaneers will have until next season for a win at their new home. Julio Carballo scored two goals in the second half, including the go-ahead score with 10 minutes left in regulation as the Roadrunners upset the second-seeded Buccaneers, 4-3, in a CIF Southern Section Division III first-round game at Bellflower High. center_img “We had a lot of confidence coming in here because in our last five games, we basically had to win them all just to make the playoffs so we were already used to a do or die situation,” Saddleback coach Mel Silva said. “I knew we would give a good effort today but I didn’t know if we were going to win.” The Buccaneers had a tremendous regular season with 22 wins, while winning the Suburban League title with a 10-2 record. last_img read more

Stunned students gather for comfort

first_img“I think a lot of parents want them home,” said Cathy Ritter. “It’s a matter of being able to touch them and to put your arms around them.” She said she hugged her younger son’s friends, too, telling them: “This is from your mother. And they didn’t pull away,” she added. Brittany Jo Meade was explaining that of the 10 women who lived in a cluster on her dorm floor, “two didn’t come back last night. One was killed and one was in surgery.” Meade, 19, then dissolved in tears as she was comforted by her mother, Trish. As details emerged about the loner who unleashed hours of terror a day earlier, students walked quietly around the sprawling campus and greeted one another with hugs. Their classes canceled for the week, many packed their things to head for the security of home. They checked Facebook, the social-networking Web site, where they searched for news of who was safe and who was missing. They entered their names on group lists such as “I’m OK at VT.” Lauren Watkins, 19, like many of the young people here, seemed to be teetering on the verge of shock as she talked about lending clothes to a friend barred from her room because it was still part of the crime scene from the first shooting. Watkins had also found that another friend, with whom she’d shared three classes, was killed in the second round of gunfire. She got the information by checking the woman’s My- Space Internet page and seeing the abbreviation for “rest in peace.” “I just saw her on Friday,” Lauren said of the slain classmate. “It just seems so unreal. I’d say it hasn’t sunk in yet.” Emotions were raw among the 10,000 who gathered for a nationally televised midday memorial service and then later, during a candlelight vigil. An overflow crowd packed the football stadium for the service. “Today, the world shares our sorrow,” said Zenobia Hikes, the vice president of student affairs. Outside, faculty members described the gunman – whom authorities identified as 23-year-old senior Cho Seung-Hui – as troubled, and students said they barely knew him. Senseless violence Inside the service, President George W. Bush symbolized the nation’s anguish. “It’s impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering,” Bush said in nine-minute remarks. “Those whose lives were taken did nothing to deserve their fate. They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they’re gone, and they leave behind grieving families and grieving classmates and a grieving nation.” Before flying to the tragedy-stricken university in southwestern Virginia, Bush ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff and issued a written proclamation in honor of those killed and wounded. He told the students and families that “people who have never met you are praying for you. … In times like these, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God. As the Scriptures tell us, `Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”‘ Virginia Tech President Charles Steger received a 30-second standing ovation, despite bitter complaints from parents and students that the university should have locked down the campus immediately after the first burst of gunfire. Steger expressed hope that “we will awaken from this horrible nightmare.” Listeners wiped away tears throughout the service, and many hugged each other. Later, as religious leaders spoke, Bush reached back to comfort a grief-stricken young man behind him. Later, the president met with about 15 families of shooting victims. The service ended on an upbeat tone as professor and poet Nikki Giovanni stirred her listeners’ spirits with a poem. “We are sad today and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on. We are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech. We are strong enough to stand tall fearlessly, we are brave enough to bend and cry, and sad enough to know we must laugh again,” Giovanni told the audience. “We will prevail! We will prevail! We will prevail! We are Virginia Tech!” Giovanni said, to thunderous applause. At the football stadium, her words inspired a standing ovation. Students cheered and clapped, then started a football chant from better days. Fists rose into the air. In time, the chant sounded in both the basketball arena and the stadium: “Let’s go, Hokies! Let’s go!” But cheers and chants were exceptions on a day when shock gave way to grief. Counselors available School officials told students that counselors will be available as long as they are needed, and cautioned that deeper emotional reactions might not appear for days or weeks. At noon, the university’s Corps of Cadets marched across the drill field to a slow, haunting drumbeat. “I’m shaken,” said Ammar Poonawala, a junior industrial-engineering major. “When it first happened, it didn’t sink in, but it struck me later, and I just broke down from the enormity of the tragedy.” In one bit of good news, medical authorities said all the wounded victims in area hospitals are recovering well and none remains in danger. Killer from S. Korea Cho, an English major and native of South Korea, came with his family to the United States in 1992 as a resident alien, according to Col. Steve Flaherty of the Virginia State Police. He listed his home address as Centreville, Va., about 25 miles west of Washington. Neighbor Marshall Main said he was taking out trash about 11 p.m. Monday when he saw six police cars, two unmarked, pull up in front of Cho’s house. Two officers ran to the back of the home as others went to the front door. Shortly, he said, “a lot of people streamed out of the house in the dark.” Tim Johnson, 19, a business finance major from Annandale, Va., said he’d seen Cho in the hallways of Harper Hall but didn’t know him. Young-Hwan Kim, the president of the Korean Campus Crusade for Christ on campus, said his group had tried repeatedly to get Cho involved in its activities. Cho rebuffed the invitations and declined to provide contact information, said Kim, 24, a graduate student in civil engineering. “No one knew him,” Kim said. “We had no contact throughout four years. It’s amazing. We could not reach out to him.” Affidavits for search warrants filed with Montgomery County Circuit Court said police thought Cho also had written a bomb threat against Virginia Tech’s engineering-school classes, which they found at the scene of the shootings. The school had been troubled in recent weeks by bomb threats, but police didn’t say whether they thought Cho was behind them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BLACKSBURG, Va. – Dazed and stricken, the Virginia Tech community struggled Tuesday to come to grips with the deaths of 32 friends and colleagues. Hundreds of emotional parent-and-child reunions occurred across the grieving campus as moms and dads descended on Blacksburg to console – and in some cases, retrieve – sons and daughters in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Tom and Cathy Ritter drove more than four hours to Virginia Tech from their home in Reisterstown, Md., to be with their two sons, a senior and a freshman. For the Ritters, it was a relief to know their children were all right. But seeing them was important even after they’d gotten text messages and phone calls telling them their sons weren’t hurt. last_img

Emergency is declared for landslide site

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Monday for the city of San Diego, five days after a landslide in the La Jolla neighborhood destroyed a busy road and sent houses sinking into the crevasse. The declaration clears the way for the state transportation agency to request federal assistance for cleanup and reconstruction. City officials said the slide caused more than $25 million in damage to roads and public utilities. Private property losses were estimated at $22 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPersonnel from the state Office of Emergency Services will deploy to San Diego to provide assistance under state disaster relief statutes. Last week’s landslide shut residents out of 111 homes overnight. Six homes that were destroyed or severely damaged remain off-limits to residents. People living in a seventh home were allowed back in with public-safety escorts but will not be allowed to stay overnight. Five houses at the toe of the landslide that went unscathed are still blocked by tons of dirt and debris. Officials said the street may not be cleared for several weeks.last_img read more


first_imgSome of the musicians and writers for Sunday Miscellany, Alan Mc Monagle , Marie Hannigan, Brian O’Sullivan, Martin McGinley, Moya Cannon, Pat Boran, Traolach O’Fionnain Arts Officer, Siobhan McNamara, Winifred McNulty ,Denise Blake, Cliodhna Ní Anluain producer, Geralyn Aspil broadcast co-ordinatorSunday Miscellany, the hugely popular RTE Radio 1 program, recently held another very successful recording during the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks festival. This recording was will be broadcast now as two programs on Sunday Oct 12th and Oct.19th.This Donegal themed show created a wonderful weave of writers and musicians under the guidance of producer, Cliodhna Ni Anluain.The writers for the event were; Moya Cannon, Pat Boran, Anthony Glavin, Marie Hannigan, Denise Blake, Winifred McNulty, Alan McMonagle, Siobhan McNamara, Kieran Kelly and Guy Le Jeune. The Donegal team for the RTE show.The wonderful music was performed by; Donegal Camerata String Ensemble, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, Martin McGinley, Brian O’Sullivan and Marie Askin.Sound engineer for the show was well-known local man Jimmy Breslin.Recent figures for Sunday Miscellany were 230,000 listeners which shows the unique opportunity it is for the broadcast to be made in County Donegal.For over four decades RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Miscellany has been at the heart of Sunday morning. This wonderful radio experience captures our ever-shifting moods, our obsessions and distractions, our dreams and fears and the intimate details of our lives. Its distinctive mix of brand new short essays and poetry presented on air by their authors and interspersed with music. Tune into RTE Radio one to hear the terrific selection of writers and musicians hosted by the programmes’s producer and editor, Clíodhna Ní Anluain. With thanks to The Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh. WAKE UP TO DONEGAL ON RTE RADIO THIS SUNDAY MORNING was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalradioRTESunday Miscellanylast_img read more


first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NotesThe seniors got back to winning ways on Saturday evening. The reserves had no fixture this week.Ticket requests for the Donegal v Dublin All-Ireland final must be received in writing or by email (secretary.naomhcolmcille.donegal@gaa.ie by Monday (8th) at 8:00 pm. The seniors recorded a vital win at Carndonagh on Saturday evening. Full time score Carndonagh 0-5 3-11 Naomh Colmcille. The result, combined with Aodh Ruadh’s loss at Urris, means the lads are well in contention towards the top of the Division 3 table.The U16s had a great win at Red Hughs in the Championship on Monday evening. Full time score Red Hughs 0-5 5-10 Naomh Colmcille.There will be a meeting for players and parents of the girls team next Wednesday (10th) at 6:30 pm. Training afterwards at 7:00 pmThere was no correct prediction in the Guess the Score competition for the Donegal v Dublin match . The club will be running another guess the score competition for the final against Kerry; further details to follow. The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished. Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of future promotions. Thanks.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Congrats to Kelvin, Amanda and Eoin Callaghan on the birth of baby Ava.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink).Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. Players to be down for 6:45 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week. U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U10. Training continues Friday 12th September at 6:30 pm.U10. Training continues Friday 12th September at 6:30 pm.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. Training Wednesday (10th) at 7:00 pm (following players/parents meeting)See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 16, 11, 13, 8, 2 and the most correct winners are Richard McFadden, Frankie Callaghan and Marian McHugh who win €25 each.Next week’s jackpot €6,150.Last week’s results will be included in next week’s notes.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated.Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE EARN CRUCIAL LEAGUE WIN OVER CARNDONAGH was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

Celtic outclassed by Salzburg in Europa League

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED RANKED Celtic were outclassed MONEY The Austrian champions, who reached the semi-final of the tournament last season, found Brendan Rodgers’ side resolute in defence until the 55th minute when Israel international Munas Dabbur levelled.Takumi Minamino put the home side ahead six minutes later before Celtic winger James Forrest was sent off by referee Serhiy Boiko in the 72nd minute for denying Salzburg skipper Andreas Ulmer an obvious goalscoring opportunity. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Salzburg proved simply too good for Celtic as they came back from an early deficit to beat the Hoops 3-1 in their Europa League clash.French striker Odsonne Edouard gave the visitors a stunning lead in the Red Bull Arena after less than two minutes when he used his strength to fire in from 12 yards.center_img BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow 1 Dabbur slotted home the resulting penalty to take Salzburg to the top of Group B with six points from two fixtures.Celtic’s next game is away to German side RB Leipzig on October 25 and, while they will travel with three points from their match day one win over Rosenborg, will surely do so with some trepidation after their second-half display here.last_img read more

Texas is off the hook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Young redeemed himself for last year’s shutout and continued a winning streak he’s been building ever since. Although that 12-game run includes beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl and winning at Ohio State, this one means the most to coach Mack Brown because it ends the year-round question of when he’ll beat Oklahoma. “We’ve had a tough time in this series. I’m not proud of that and I feel responsible for that,” Brown said. “To see the kids out on the field with the fans, the interaction after the game, is something you feel really good about.” The Sooners (2-3, 1-1) looked nothing like the clubs that drummed the Longhorns by a combined scored of 189-54 the past five years. Oklahoma has only six starters back and came into this game unranked for the first time since its last loss to Texas, in 1999. Young finished 14 of 27 for 241 yards with no interceptions and ran for 45 yards. Freshman running back Jamaal Charles had 116 yards on nine carries, then left with an injury in the third quarter, and Billy Pittman caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. DALLAS – The game was over, the “Eyes of Texas” had been sung and Vince Young was still on the run. The Texas Longhorns had finally beaten the Oklahoma Sooners – stuck it to ’em, 45-12 – and more than 30,000 people wearing burnt orange were on their feet turning five years of frustration into sheer joy. Young had as much to celebrate as anyone, so he whipped up a few more cheers by going along the stands slapping hands and posing for pictures. Young showed the Sooners how much he’s developed since their last meeting, throwing three touchdown passes and guiding the No. 2 Longhorns to a very meaningful victory. Texas (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) shattered its longest losing streak in this 100-game series since the 1950s, and the Longhorns have now cleared a huge hurdle in pursuit of their first national championship since 1969. center_img Young led the Longhorns 82 yards on the opening drive for a 7-0 lead, their first against the Sooners since 2002 and one they would never relinquish. Young was 5 for 5 for 60 of those yards, including the last 15 on a lob to Ramonce Taylor in the end zone. Oklahoma used two field goals to get within 7-6, then Charles answered with an 80-yard touchdown run on Texas’ next snap – and the rout was on, especially after an interception by Oklahoma was erased because of a questionable pass-interference penalty. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

No pussyfooting around when it comes to change

first_imgIn recent days, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made two stellar moves. The first one was living up to his campaign promise to terminate Guerdon Stuckey, the controversial general manager of the city’s Animal Services Department. Stuckey failed to attend major conferences on how to reduce euthanasia; he failed to investigate documented animal-abuse cases; and he consistently failed to implement the life-enhancing recommendations provided by the department’s civilian commissioners. While Villaraigosa took 161 days to make the move that most people, including many city leaders, feel he should have made on Day 1 of his administration, he ultimately did what he promised, and that’s what counts. Villaraigosa made another great move in appointing Ed Boks, a noted humane leader from New York, to step in as Interim GM, and quite likely as Stuckey’s permanent successor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Boks is considered to be the best available person from a very small pool of qualified candidates, and brings three qualities that Stuckey comprehensively lacked: major city shelter experience, a passion for the “no kill” philosophy and – possibly most importantly – an understanding of how to rid shelter systems of employees who lack the passion to work there. Let’s hope that Villaraigosa now makes a third great move, by heeding three key lessons of Stuckey’s tumultuous tenure as Villaraigosa’s GM: 1. A great idea is a great idea, regardless of who supports it. Villaraigosa hesitated to terminate Stuckey because it was an idea supported by the Animal Liberation Front, a group that allegedly set off a smoke bomb in Stuckey’s apartment complex. But Stuckey’s termination was an idea that the vast majority of L.A.’s humane community demanded, including Stuckey’s early supporters. This was a case of the mayor allowing fringe groups to prevent him from doing what was widely agreed to be the right thing. 2. Being an animal-lover doesn’t mean you’re a terrorist. Prior to Villaraigosa’s election, Mayor James Hahn’s administration ignorantly labeled the city’s humane community as “crazy animal people” and “terrorists” simply because they want to do good things for animals living lives of torture, abuse and neglect. Passion to help the underprivileged should never again be labeled so unfairly. 3. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars on can’t-be-won prosecutions of the Animal Defense League. The mayor should tell City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to knock it off. Doing this will show the mayor to be a leader and a thinker, and not one who tolerates vindictive, politically motivated prosecutors to run roughshod over those making the world better. What appears to be the turning point in the tumultuous history of L.A. Animal Services can serve as a template for all other major cities that say “our city is too big to find homes for all of the animals, so we just have to kill the extras.” If Boks can succeed in drastically reducing the euthanasia rate in Los Angeles while increasing the number of high-quality adoptions, Los Angeles will be the template that other cities can follow. The key is to fund the spay or neuter surgery for dogs and cats, so the city won’t have to kill countless of their puppies or kittens in the future. In addition to striking down the euthanasia rate, the mayor must also remember that the shelters should not be the last resort for animals; they should be elevated as the people’s first choice when they’re seeking to adopt a dog or cat, rather than going to a breeder or pet store, which are relics of ignorance. Doing so will prove that Los Angeles will be a city where a dog doesn’t have to be an underdog, just because it’s in the shelter. — Daniel Guss is a Sherman Oaks-based writer who founded Stop Torture Abuse & Neglect of Dogs, www.STANDFoundation.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more