The 6 parolees have been fired. Personnel decided Boks didn't have the authority to hire them.
Too bad, too bad. I think it is a good idea, but also think it to be a $280,000 a year gift to a friend. I don't think it a good idea to bring in a non-profit's existing program and make it part of the City's operation. Every other non profit in the City will feel left out unless they are Ed's friends.
Worse, no one knows how effective the program would be in terms of saving pit bull lives. Would it save 30, 50, 200, 300? If it saved an additional 200 animals, that would be at a price of $1,400 each. The program's funded amount would have bought almost 5,000 $60 spay/neuter certificates a year. But it is sexier to have a pit bull academy versus telling the press that LAAS gave out 45,000 spay/neuter vouchers in 2007 versus 40,000 in 2006.
Even then, there is little in the way to ascertain the effectiveness of any of LAAS's programs. There is no evaluation and control process that anyone has told me about.
I wish Ed would put his greatest effort into building an effective and large volunteer program and implementing it at all costs.This is what has helped all other cities greatly lower their kill rates.
If LAAS is not doing it, why not? What is the blockage?