At-home security OK’d for workers

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Members of the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for a smoke bomb released recently in the downtown apartment building where Animal Services Director Guerdon Stuckey lives. “There is a point where it crosses the line,” LaBonge said. “We welcome people coming to our council meetings and to protest peacefully. But when it goes beyond that and city workers feel threatened or there is a danger to their families or neighbors, we have to protect our workers.” The Los Angeles Police Department will work with the Department of Animal Services to determine how to provide surveillance equipment and for which employees. LaBonge said there was no estimate available on the cost. Pam Ferdin of the Animal Defense League said she thinks the city could end its problem of threats against workers by changing its policies. “They should spend this money on improving the shelters and adopting a no-kill policy,” Ferdin said. “It isn’t the workers who live in fear. It’s the poor animals who are kept in these shelters and killed without cause.” Fearing escalating violence by animal-rights activists, the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Wednesday to provide surveillance equipment at the homes of Animal Services Department employees. The action came as the Animal Defense League announced it plans to demonstrate Saturday in front of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s home to protest what it says is his failed promise to hire a new director of Animal Services and push ahead with a no-kill policy at city animal shelters. Aides to the mayor said he respects the activists’ right to protest but hopes to meet with them in coming days to work out a mutual policy on how animals should be treated by the city. Councilman Tom LaBonge said his proposal to provide surveillance equipment for the workers was prompted by employees’ concerns about possible attacks at their homes. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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