Email sent to me as a CC:
Dear Supervisor Molina, et al:
I'm afraid the information contained in your response is incorrect, and represents yet another instance of Director Mayeda's office giving inconsistent, and demonstrably false information, both to the public and the Supervisors to whom she should be accountable.
It has been reported for months, at least, that there is no proper heating system for the County shelters. And until now, the Supervisors were so far from disputing this that after Zephyr's death, when a constituent called (I believe) Supervisor Burke's office about the issue they were reportedly told that they could bring heaters, but that the County would not be paying for them.
In my conversation with Mr. Aaron Nevarez at Supervisor Knabe's office on December 13th, he told me that Director Mayeda's office had informed him that they were 'in process' to purchase heaters. Leaving aside for the moment the fact that December is not the time to be 'in process' buying heaters, why did Director Mayeda apparently tell your office that there is in fact a heating system already in place? This is not a case of misunderstanding, the two stories directly contradict each other.
In addition, if there was a heating system in place, why weren't any of the people who donated blankets told about it? Have any of the Supervisors ever gone to a shelter, unannounced, and actually verified anything that is being told to them by Director Mayeda? And, as I pointed out to Mr. Nevarez last week, why would anyone fold soiled blankets?
I volunteer at a private rescue fourteen hours a week and can inform you from the front lines that that is not what happens to soiled blankets. The should be placed in a container until they're washed, so as not to present a health hazard. No one in their right mind would fold them and place them on the ground, in the rain.
In addition, if Zephyr was in fact suffering from a second upper respiratory infection, this underlines the seriousness of the pictures in which medication is strewn on the ground, rather than being given to the dogs. It also emphasizes the need for clean, dry, habitable dog runs, which Director Mayeda and County employees are not providing, according to the photographic evidence.
If the County is paying this woman $170,000 every year, don't you think she should have had the foresight to purchase industrial washing equipment quite some time ago? Have any of you ever tried to wash a load of full-sized, dog-soiled blankets in a household washing machine? Why are we paying six figures annually to a woman who authorized the purchase of equipment that any minimally qualified person could have foreseen would be completely inadequate for the needs of a County animal shelter?
I hope that before your meeting tomorrow you discuss among yourselves the various and contradictory pieces of information being given to you by Director Mayeda, so that you will be clear on the extent of what will need to be covered by your requested report. The varying accounts Director Mayeda's office is giving you are directly contradicted by the evidence contained in the photos.
So as this is investigated, I'm hoping that all the Supervisors are assiduous about getting your information from multiple sources, including volunteers, former volunteers, the people who took these pictures, and former employees; in addition to Director Mayeda, her records, and her current employees. As you have seen, they have a strong imperative to make themselves look as good as possible, with 6-figure county salaries on the line.