Next Monday, Boks will bring up an item for Commission vote, which, if approved, is the first step towards cat licensing.
If passed, all adopted or redeemed cats will be assessed a new $5 fee and the cat will be "registered" with the owner and will be given a tag to be attached to a collar.
This new fee is added onto the already markedly increased adoption fee, which, of course, will reduce the number of cats adopted. The new collar I.D. tag will be in addition to the mandatory microchip. Perhaps next they will require a GPS unit for satellite tracking (I like that idea).
This is the first step towards cat licensing. If we get cat licensing, adoptions will decrease further because a lot of people will not want to get a fourth or fifth cat.
Also, if license registration becomes law, rescuers and fosters may be put in a bad position.
Also, a lot of people do not want to be on any government's lists.
Naturally, as the cost of cat licensing goes up, adoptions will go down.
Personally I am for licensing even if the rest of the animal community is not, but I think any registration should be part of the adoption process where all the information is gathered anyway.
You decide and go vote.
Boks is trying to sneak this by by having a Monday vote when many are away in Sacramento lobbying.
Also, the actual proposal and report cannot be accessed on the Internet clicking on the report URL.
Below is the meeting agenda. Look at item 3 on page 2.
Yet, if you try to click on the Cat Registration Fee report, it does not come up.
In my opinion the fee and the preceding adoption fee increases are very bad policy. Boks was pushed into doing these very stupid fee increases by Council, led by that idiot Councilmember Rosendahl.
Ed has always gone overbudget on food, medication and vet care, as well as fee forgiveness for rescuers and the general public. I applaud Boks for this and see Council and the Mayor's Office being penny wise and pound foolish here.
We need to get rid of Villaraigosa in the worst way. Hopefully Obama will send him to Washington to be a lackey there. I plan on running for Mayor as I am at least as incompetent as Tony, therefore am highly qualified to lead LA's increasingly corrupt government.