Animal Control staffing shortage can be solved with sponsor
Animals are suffering and dying here due to neglect and abuse because Animal Control has a shortage of employees and is not able to provide the needed services to Del Norte County.
Inside, the pound has been much improved over the last several years and the euthanasia rate has been dramatically reduced; however, due to budget cuts, the services in the field have been cut back drastically. One animal control officer is trying to do the job of four people, leaving animals and people at risk. Areas of the county have had services completely eliminated, such as on the reservations.
In reality, the county is obligated to provide services on the
reservations because of a little known law (The California 280 Law) that
requires local authorities to enforce state and federal laws on
reservations. In Klamath, the Yurok Tribe pays county taxes on its
residential properties and Animal Control is still denying service to
There's a perfect solution. We need at least two "humane officers" to
help provide services and protection for animals and people. This would
also give extended hours and weekend service. Humane officers are
required to have more training than animal control officers. They know
current animal law and can more effectively enforce it since they have
to have approval of the courts.
The Humane Society of Del Norte has offered to sponsor the humane
officers, which will save the county money since it is typically less
expensive for counties to contract with Humane Societies rather than
hire additional employees for animal services.
Right now, the county is working on the budget for 2012andndash;2013. Because
of the upcoming elections, it is urgent that you let your elected
officials know how you feel about this. Please call, email, or write a
letter as soon as possible to the Board of Supervisors and City Council
asking them start protecting animals in this county by contracting with
the Humane Society for humane officers and restoring service to all of
Del Norte County, including the reservations.
Please advise your family, friends, and neighbors of this urgent call
for help. We have a voice for ourselves and for our animals - we need
to be heard on this issue and We need the Board of Supervisors to take
immediate action to change what has become an injustice to us, our
community, and the animals who live here.
McNamer has a long history of helping and appreciating county
I am writing this letter to support Leslie McNamer for re-election to
the Board of Supervisors District 1. I have known Leslie for many years
and can say without question that she has an excellent handle on the
issues that plague our county. She works hard to solve problems and cope
with the facts. She does not make promises that can't be kept. And no
matter how adverse the political climate, this woman has proven that she
will stand her ground.
I enjoy living in Del Norte County and can tell you why without a
moment's hesitation. So could any resident - diversity and all. So when
someone blows into town and finds us broken and our people with no
quality of life, I would like to ask that newcomer: "What brought you
here?" and "What did you come from?" Been there, fixed that?
It's not broken. Vote Leslie McNamer for supervisor in District 1.
Challengers don't understand rural living like incumbents do
At the candidates forum sponsored by the Triplicate, I heard Martha
McClure, Leslie McNamer and Dave Finigan, all of whom have lived here
for many years, speak knowledgeably about the issues facing our county
and how they have worked together, despite their differences, to make
good things happen.
Our supervisors clearly care about Del Norte County and value what
makes it special - independent thinkers who constantly network and
collaborate, world renowned natural resources, shared access to our
beaches and forests- and are working together to create better access
(airport, broadband Internet) to attract more jobs that will enhance,
not destroy, this beautiful county and community that we love.
I also heard two relative newcomers from large metropolitan areas,
Roger Gitlin and Bill Gray, talk about our community. Clearly neither
one has lived here long enough to understand either small-town people or
rural issues, yet Mr. Gitlin thinks Del Norte County is broken and that
he can fix it, perhaps by jumping on desks. Bill Gray said he wouldn't
sit on any committees, that he would just make decisions.
Neither seems to understand the importance of working together. Are
we electing a supervisor or a king? Although Gray and Gitlin advocate a
business model, both admit that they have no experience in government.
As a business owner, would you hire the inexperienced rookie over
someone who has shown what they can accomplish?
I intend to vote for the experienced person who acknowledges that she
or he cannot do it alone and values all the other people who together
work to continually and thoughtfully support the citizens of Del Norte
County and improve our quality of life.
Politicization destroying utility of task force; privatizing impossible
After more than 20 years of volunteer service on the Local Solid
Waste Task Force, I have decided that I am no longer willing to serve on
Thank you to the various boards and councils that have reappointed me
to the task force over the years. The biggest thanks and gratitude
however, goes to those individuals who have served on the task force for
their diverse viewpoints, ability to discuss rather than debate, solve
problems rather than create them and explore a sustainable, affordable
approach to solid waste management that will work for us in Del Norte.
The most successful advisory bodies I have served on are those that
are diverse, nonpartisan, objective, evidence-based, and
process-oriented with a willingness to accept the outcomes that emerge.
The politicizing of these types of bodies by any single group,
organization, party, ideology etc., greatly reduces their effectiveness
as the citizen advisory group they were appointed to be. The purpose is
open, free discussion, not political domination.
As to the current state of affairs: In 1990, we tried to "privatize"
our solid waste activities. We could not "privatize" the liability of
our leaking landfill, the necessary adherence to increasing state and
federal mandates, the obligation of local government to ensure public
health and safety through the proper handling of solid and hazardous
wastes and on and on.
Make no mistake about it: local government has and will continue to
have full responsibility for the solid/hazardous wastes within its
jurisdiction! Government should not and cannot contract those
obligations to the private sector. Martha, Leslie, Kelly, and Rick
understand this! You did your job by pointing out fact; thank you for
Close inspection of any successful enterprise is an essential tool in
that enterprise's continued success! However, kicking the pile just to
smell it does nobody any good whatsoever!
The public/private partnership that emerged through a very
competitive bidding process has brought us the lowest rates in our
region (most other essential public services cost more here). We are in
compliance with state and federal law, recycling is at an all-time high,
and we are able to be somewhat proactive in determining our "garbage
fate." Is it really in our best interest to eliminate an agency that is