A couple of years ago, Don Cocek who prosecutes animal cases for for the City Attorney, moved that the court remove the permit to perform humane services such as Bernstein's SPCA. One such organization was BHLE. I don't know the outcome. Cocek was on the Board of Director's of Berstein's SPCALA at the time. He not only prosecuted cases for Bernstein, but also brokered deals where her SPCA would be paid restitution fees by the convicted hoarder or whomever.
Now it appears that the City Attorney himself, Rocky Delgadillo is using his office to shut down another of Bernstein's competitors. Bernstein is well-connected with the powers that be in the City as well as with a lot of celebrities.
Delgadillo is stating the organization, Animal Cruelty Investigations, is headed by a "militant" animal activist, and there are already enough humane society organizations in the City. Notice Boks' ACTF is mentioned with regard to getting the organziation's court endorsement removed.
What is the connection between Bernstein and the CA? Anyone know more details?
A press release by the City Attorney a few days ago. Notice the operation they were trying to shut down was run by an alleged "militant animal rights" activist.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Frank Mateljan
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2008 (213) 978-8340 (O)
L.A. CITY ATTORNEY ROCKY DELGADILLO
SEEKS REVOCATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS
GROUP’S STATUS AS HUMANE SOCIETY
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo today announced
his office has filed a motion asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to revoke the
endorsement of Animal Cruelty Investigations (ACI) as a humane society
organization based on new evidence of prior militant animal rights behavior by a
high ranking organization member and the lack of necessity for an additional
humane society of this type in Los Angeles County.
In February 2007, ACI submitted a Petition for Incorporation along with 20
signatures from organization members seeking endorsement from the Los
Angeles Superior Court as a humane society without notice to the City Attorney’s
Office. On April 10, the Court issued its order endorsing ACI’s articles of
Incorporation. Under the Corporations Code, ACI is now eligible to request
confirmation of the appointment of humane officers who would have authority
similar to that of police officers, such as authority to carry firearms, serve
warrants and make arrests.
As part of its opposition, the City Attorney’s office noted that ACI’s chief
executive officer Frank Allen was previously convicted of, and served a one year
jail sentence for, felony attempted arson arising from a 1997 incident involving
illegal animal-rights related activities. Allen was arrested by Orange County
Sheriff’s Deputies after attempting to ignite bales of hay next to a Mission Viejo
High School agriculture classroom. He failed to disclose this conviction in his
declaration in support of ACI’s petition.
In July and September 2007, Allen on behalf of ACI, reported alleged violations
at a quail farm in Sun Valley. After a thorough investigation by the Animal Cruelty
Task Force and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, investigators
concluded the reports were unfounded and no violations of animal-welfare laws
were being violated.
The City Attorney’s office is requesting the court either void its Order endorsing
ACI’s Articles of Incorporation or conduct an evidentiary hearing to allow
development of a complete and accurate factual record on which to evaluate the
merits of issuing the order.
A hearing for the motion has been scheduled for February 4 in Division 100 of Los Angeles Superior Court.