Smith here from the Police Department. I saw your piece today and I
wish you had called me first. While I would never suggest to you on how
to write your editorial pieces, I think it is important that you had
the facts about my attendance.
may not be aware that I frequently attend the Animal Services meetings
because I am involved in many issues surrounding animals here in LA. My
main reason for being there yesterday was to give out copies of the
Voice for the Animals-Rescued by the LAPD Calendars featuring animals
rescued by LAPD officers. I am featured on the calendar with two of my
rescued cats (March, and the cover) and I wanted to give copies to the
Commissioners and Director. You can see one of the calendars on the
seat next to me in the nice photo you posted.
should also be aware that I am also working with Jim Bickhart, the
Commission, and several animal advocacy groups on animal issues
including posting signs about illegal animal sales, animals on Venice
Beach Boardwalk, and shutting down a pet store that may be selling
illegal animals in the Fashion District. I have been working on these
and many other animal related issues for decades, because, frankly I
care about animals here in LA.
were two General Services police officers in the meeting, and until I
watched Mr. Guss at that meeting and then read you blog, I was only
vaguely aware of the concerns about Mr. Guss and his safety.
say I was sent there by the Chief or anyone else, or that I was trying
to intimidate someone or infringe on anyone’s 1st amendment rights is
just plain wrong. I know that you care about being accurate in your
reporting, and that is the reason for my note. I hope you can correct
your story to reflect the reason for my attendance. With regard to my
use of the Blackberry, I was responding to work related issues and not
“playing” on my phone.