I am kind of wearing out pointing to all the stuff Boks is doing and having the Mayor standing steadfastly behind him.
I understand there has been a lot of internal criticism about Boks regarding his management style, animal cruelty and neglect in the shelters, his apparent inability to speak the truth, and his failure to perform in a leadership role at LAAS, but there are not even rumors that he would be going as there were two or three months before Stuckey left.
The LA animal community has made no effort to begin a search for a replacement as we did after Greenwalt resigned. Should Ed be fired or resign, the choice of a successor will be left entirely up to the mayor again and look what it got us last time.
There has been a constant internal criticism of us with Blackman, the mayor and Robin Kramer holding the view that no matter who they select as GM, they will be attacked. They believe they gave us who we want when they gave us Boks--an advocate of No-Kill.
We did not select Boks, the mayor did. Boks was not our choice.
When Greenwalt resigned three years ago, a sample of the animal community set up or own search committee to replace him. Mike Bell, Scott Sorentino, Tamie Bryant, Christy Metropole, David Casselman, Rich Mclellen and I along with several others whose names I caanot remember, were on it.
As part of our research I rejected Boks as a candidate because of his poor performance in Phoenix. The Bernstein Committee sent a short list to Hahn and he picked the last person on earth who should have had the job, Stukey. Then a year later Villaraigosa selected someone our committee felt could not do the job and wondering why Boks Maricopa County website statistics talked about what a huge no-kill guru he was when there was little improvement in their euth rate at all.
The LA animal community has never had a say in who was selected as GM--never. Yet the mayor and his henchmen think we are all ADL, all nutty radicals, and therefore should not be given a place at the table of choice.
I admit to being a quasi-nutty radical, if that means my life is devoted to helping animals, but my facts are right on, and I also think I am voicing the consensus viewpoint of the wider LA animal community in their desire to get rid of Boks.
But man, it is up to us to convince the mayor and henchmen that ignoring our combined will and sentiment will not bring to rest the opposition to any Bozo he might select. It is also up to us to find viable candidates to present to him an an option. We are failing miserably at this task.