The Los Angeles County Shelter system has a mission statement posted on its website. According to the DACC, “our mission is achieved through shared County values including professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, accountability and community partnerships.” If truth in advertising laws were enforced, Marcia Mayeda would be rotting in a jail cell.
Let’s examine it one value at a time:
Professionalism – If Professionalism is the opposite of “Amateurism” and means that you are being paid for your “work” the $209,100 (before benefits) Marcia Mayeda sucks out of the taxpayer’s wallet each year, she is indeed highly professional. If “professionalism” means handling your job to your best possible ability, this bureaucrat fails spectacularly – like the Titanic failed the float test.
Responsibility – Mayeda avoids all responsibility altogether. Mayeda is so paranoid that anyone finds out what she is doing (or often not doing) that she has demanded that no minutes be taken in meetings, so that she can minimize her fingerprints on the arsenal of smoking guns pointing to her culpability and futility. As one DACC insider put it, “Mayeda apparently only makes good decisions, it’s all of us peons who make the bad ones and get thrown under the bus.”
Compassion – Mayeda has killed over 600,000 pets in her reign of error as head of the DACC. She hired Pat “Google Me” Claerbout as Baldwin Park’s manager knowing her disastrous employment record. Mayeda has violated the Hayden Act repeatedly and prevented pets from being rescued by qualified rescues. She has a history of failing to provide medical care to pets in her shelters not just to celebrated cases like the recently euthanized horse Ballo Ballo from Baldwin Park, but to all shelter pets. Mayeda has staunchly refused to have licensed veterinarians on duty on weekends and any pet impounded after two o’clock on a Friday fails to receive quality medical care.
Commitment – Here the argument could be made that Mayeda has lived up to her goal – she has been committed to inertia. She has done nothing to improve the welfare of the animals in her department’s care and if she argues to the contrary – well, ironically, she could finally secure a real commitment – to a mental hospital.
Integrity – The old joke, how can you tell when Marcia Mayeda is lying (When her lips are moving) is applicable. On May 13th, four days after jogger Pamela DeVitt was killed by a pack of pit bulls in Little Rock, Mayeda knowingly lied to the Board of Supervisors when she stated, “We received two reports about (the dogs that killed DeVitt) one in January of this year and one of April this year. We responded to the January report. We did not locate any of the dogs that had been reported.” Then in the very next serntence she says “the owner was cited for violations of animal control ordinances regarding rabies vaccination, licensing, spay and neuter and microchip.” Notice the contradiction, if you are to believe Mayeda’s testimony, she says no dogs were seen, but the owner was cited for having unaltered, unlicensed and unvaccinated non-existent dogs! However to compound Mayeda’s lies – nowhere in the DACC’s records entered in their Chameleon tracking program nor in the testimony of the two officers Daniel Dibene and Cornelius Chisom Jr. is there any mention of citations being issued. Mayeda showed a complete lack of integrity when she boldfaced lied in front of her bosses, the Board of Supervisors. Mayeda has a long history of lying about her actions, inactions, and her vendettas against her staff and volunteers.
Accountability – Rather than fix problems when they are brought up, Mayeda’s tactic is to blame and vilify the bearer of the bad news. When staff members recently brought up Mayeda’s expensive purchase of trailers which required employees driving these trailers to have special driver licenses to operate them – she retaliated against the whistle blower rather than admit she was endangering the safety of not only the pets and employees in her vehicles but the safety of anyone else sharing the road. Mayeda has tried to run the whistleblower out of the DACC and is now wasting the taxpayer’s money trying to defend a lawsuit against her and the department for so doing.
Community Partnerships – The City of El Monte is now considering passing spay/neuter legislation which is monumental considering this city contributes approximately 20 percent of all strays to the Baldwin Park Shelter. Was it Marcia Mayeda who opened the door and called the mayor or city council to put this on their agenda? No. It was a school teacher from El Monte, an avid reader of my blog, and me who managed to get this measure on the city’s agenda. Mayeda is famous for eschewing any contact with the public. Where are her valued community partnerships?
It amazes me that the Board of Supervisors continues to employ a morally bankrupt bureaucrat who consistently lies to them. It causes one to wonder about their integrity as well.