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The animal control ordinance that nearly got away

Original post made on Jun 20, 2013

It was the animal control ordinance that nearly got away -- and caused some finger-pointing over why thousands of cat and dog owners in the city were not informed. Among the practices being blamed is the city's use of an obscure legal newspaper to post meeting agendas, a practice the City Council unanimously voted to extend Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10:52 AM


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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow, Esq.
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Once again our City Council, particularly Mike Kasperzak, ignore the residents of Mountain View. They use the mushroom approach - keep issues in the dark and feed us b-------.

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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow, Esq.
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

The intent of the Charter is to keep Mountain View residents informed at the lowest cost practicable. City Council chooses to follow the letter of the Charter and ignore the sprit whenever it suits them.

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Posted by vfree
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

There's a double sign at the Palo Alto/Mountain View border along the Bay Trail. The Palo Alto sign "Dogs on Leash Permitted". The Mountain View sign reads, "No Dogs Permitted Beyond This Point". Obviously, Mountain View officals don't like dogs or there owners, but will allow wild flea bitten, disease carrying cats to run freely among our children and natural wildlife.

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Posted by beelia
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

For heaven's sake, use some common sense and use the Voice, not the SJ Record. Isn't it worth $790 to know you are actually reaching your constituents?

I used to get the paper Voice, and now that I get it only online, I actually read it. From the number of comments on the stories, I'm sure others are having the same experience.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Is Ronit really a dual citizen? Dual citizens shouldn't serve in government at all, in either country to which they pledge their allegiance.

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Posted by Mara
a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I want to stay informed about this important animal issue--where do I find info without having to go check the City Council meeting minutes? The Voice would be the logical choice.

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Posted by CatRescuer
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Cat licenses are an attack against cat rescues like Christina Pecks. We need to keep a lot of cats at our house for many months until they can be adopted. Licensing is just a way to make what we do a misdemeanor. Yes I know we are breaking the law now, but there is no peanalty. If licenses are passed then they could put us in jail!

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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Jun 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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The following comments were moved from a duplicate thread, which has now been closed:

Posted by Cuesta Resident, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm
The city has 2 problems:

1) City Staff did a terrible job of reviewing the proposed law, including stuff about insuring animal protection from the sun at night!

2) The 5-day notice system is too short for major law/policy issues, especially when the city continues to reduce their summary info about items (e.g., the written minutes of Council and Commission meetings no longer give enough detail to understand the debate). The city should improve the minutes and the agenda summaries, and it should adopt a policy of making any item longer than 10 pages be available at least 10 days prior to the Council meeting.

Posted by 18 year Homeowner, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Clearly there is something fishy that the council voted 6-1 with only our reasonable Mayor Inks voting "no". Who is being paid by SVACA or trying to curry favor with Jac Siegel? Also, I'd expect SVACA's board member and city councilman Jac Siegel to have recused himself from voting as there is clearly a conflict of interest there. I would expect a locally elected politician to act in the interest of their constituents, not act like a big time politician (we've enough of those)

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

'The animal control ordinance they almost got away with'
Yet another example of Mountain View's mixed up city government. City staff makes recommendations that are in THEIR best interest, and our figurehead city council rubber stamps them 'approved' without looking into them any deeper. Unfortunately, what is in the best interest of our city employees is frequently contrary to the wishes of the citizens.
We need council members committed enough to research the proposals independently, instead of listening to staff say "trust us, this will be wonderful"