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L.A. Charter Amendments

April 18, 1993

I must take issue with your "no" recommendation on Amendment 5. After observing the Department of Animal Regulation for nearly two years and working with both the department and animal activists trying to sort out its problems, the most fundamental thing I've concluded is that the involvement of a wider public in the policy- and decision-making of this department would be a big step forward.

This department, more than most, has a human constituency that is uniquely positioned to help solve the problems peculiar to animal control and welfare in Los Angeles. But, as run by bureaucrats for nearly three decades, it has frittered away the public's confidence and undercut The Times' theory that quick decision-making is what counts most.

As the author of Amendment 5, I'm not predicting that an empowered commission will work immediate miracles. But I do predict that an Animal Regulation Department managed by a commission will make marked changes that will save money, save animals' lives and put this department back in touch with its constituency. That's why I recommend a "yes" vote.

RUTH GALANTER

Councilwoman, 6th District

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