Under the failed leadership of Marcia Mayeda the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) frequently acts so ineptly that one wonders if they have any written regulations which they are supposed to adhere to. Surprisingly enough the DACC has an “Administrative Policy and Procedure” manual – and its Police Number HR 131 states
…disciplinary action is appropriate when the following occurs: The failure of an employee to perform his/her assigned duties as to meet fully explicitly stated or implied standards of performance may constitute adequate ground for discharge, reduction or suspension. Where appropriate, such grounds may include, but are not limited to, qualitative as well as quantitative elements of performance, such as failure to exercise sound judgment, failure to report information accurately and completely, failure to deal with the public, and failure to make productive use of human, financial and other assigned resources. Grounds for discharge, reduction or suspension may also include any behavior or pattern of behavior which negatively affects an employee’s productivity, or which is unbecoming a county employee or any behavior or condition which impairs an employee’s qualification for his or her position or for continues county employment.
Allegedly after Marcia Mayeda began leaving early from work several years ago, claiming she was suffering from vertigo, she was observed riding her American Shire horse. Horseback riding is not on the American Medical Association’s recommended therapies for people suffering from vertigo. If true, this would fall constitute a pattern of behavior which negatively affects an employee’s productivity and would be grounds for dismissal.
For the last two years there have been a spate of emergency calls that were not responded to because there were not enough employees on duty. Both animals and people have been hurt by the DACC’s failure to respond. At this writing there are seven staff positions that are unfilled, including four field officers. Allegedly Mayeda has been receiving a bonus for failing to fill these positions. This certainly would fall under the category of failure to use sound judgment and would be grounds for her dismissal.
Four days after jogger Pamela DeVitt was killed by a pack of marauding dogs in Littlerock Mayeda was called in front of the Board of Supervisors to testify. According to Mayeda:
We received two reports about these dogs, one in January of this year and one in April of this year. We responded to the January report. We did not locate any of the dogs that had been reported. The owner was cited for violations of animal control ordinances regarding rabies vaccination, licensing, spay and neuter and microchip.
Mayeda was never asked by the Board of Supervisors to explain how the DACC could issue tickets for these dogs if they were never seen. A reasonable person would think that Mayeda failed to report information accurately and completely – which is again another reason for her to be discharged.
Mayeda’s hiring of Pat “Google Me” Claerbout, would certainly fall under failure to again use sound judgment. Mayeda’s attempt to fire Lt. Eileen Hill for pointing out Mayeda’s policies breaking California and Federal Law, certainly would violate her duty to meet fully explicitly stated or implied standards of performance. The list goes on and on… yet for some inexplicable reason Marcia Mayeda still is taking home $238,000 a year plus benefits from the gravy train provided by Los Angeles County taxpayers.
Why? The reason Marcia Mayeda still has a job despite his colossal failure as both a human being and a leader of the DACC, is she is being protected by the Board of Supervisors. Evidence in the ongoing DeVitt case against the DACC and Marcia Mayeda show that Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s office knew full well that Mayeda was not telling the complete truth, and that the DACC had routinely failed to respond to complaints about the dogs that eventually killed Ms. DeVitt.
Like Marcia Mayeda, had Mike Antonovich done his job and responded to complaints made to his office prior to the DeVitt mauling, Pamela DeVitt would be alive today. Mayeda’s continued employment as head of the DACC despite all her misdeeds is entirely offensive, and if Mike Antonovich and the Board of Supervisors do not act to ameliorate the situation by removing their failed department head, it would not be unreasonable for the DeVitt family to add Mr. Antonovich as a co-defendant in their lawsuit, Benjamin Devitt, Tad DeVitt, and April DeVitt, vs Count of Los Angeles (Cola), Cola Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) Marcia Mayeda and Does 1 through 10.
It would be a shame, but totally understandable, if after 35 years as a County Supervisor, Antonovich’s legacy was that he was just another corrupt, venal and unethical politician whose refusal to investigate his handpicked deputy for corruption, caused Pamela DeVitt to die.