An unnamed City employee told me that no matter who the new GM turns out to be, budget cuts are going to kill the dpartment's performance, at least over the next 16 months.
The new numbers are out:
This is the highest kill year for dogs and cats in the past 5 years. Adoptions are down. New Hope rescues are down, and even impounds are down by almost 700. However, the decrease in impounds did not translate into any improvement in the live save rate.
New Hope rescues for cats are down about 25%, or about 500 cats, reflecting the lack of funds in the non profits.
Since this has been the worst kill year in the past five, and kill numbers are expected to increase due to staff and budget cuts, we may be heading to the highest kill year in a decade.
Most people associated with the department don't believe No Kill is possible in LA. There are too many obstacles, and most point to the employees as the number 1 obstacle.
Even Winograd has suggested the only solution may be a private takeover of the department which could lead to large scale changes in personnel.