Culver City Observer
January 19 - 25, 2006
Letters to the Editor
On Monday night, January 9, Culver City residents concerned about public health and safety, and innocent animals unable to speak on their own behalf, were given an eloquent and impassioned voice by their champions, the Friends of Culver City Animals.
With an impressive array of facts - taken from a commissioned cost analysis report prepared by a certified public accountant, and a concise and logical line of reasoning - the speakers from Friends of Culver City Animals got the attention of the members of the City Council of Culver City, as well as the audience who crowded the hearing room in support of FCCA's goals.
At the urging of Ms. Deborah Weinrauch, the City Council agreed to form a sub-committee consisting of Mayor Albert Vera and Vice Mayor Gary Silbiger to folloW up on the issues raised by FCCA. Ms. Weinrauch made it clear that the stated goal of Friends of Culver City Animals is to implement local control of animal related issues so as to provide for prompt and compassionate animal related services - with an eye towards insuring the health and safety of Culver City residents and animals.
Ms. Weinrauch urged the members of the council to maintain a dialogue with FCCA and to revisit this important issue in 60 days. During the interim period she asked the council members to review the CPA report that was now made available to them so that they could see for themselves that this growing organization's goals are both realistic and financially sound.
It is gratifying to see that the members of the city council are now beginning to appreciate the fact that bringing animal control under local authority is as realistic and advantageous as having our police and fire services under local control. Action in that regard will serve to enhance the quality of our community and the well being of our residents.