HomeLifeHealthCovid-19Animal shelter preparing for kitten rush amid coronavirus restrictions Mar. 25, 2020 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedNewsNon ProfitsAnimal shelter preparing for kitten rush amid coronavirus restrictionseditor1 year agoanimal sheltercoronavirusCOVID-19Santa MonicasmpdCourtesy photosCourtesy photos1234Courtesy photos The Santa Monica Animal Shelter remains open and the animals are being well cared for despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis that is threatening their human caretakers.Shelter operations are continuing unchanged behind the scenes but the locals looking to adopt a new family member must now make an appointment to visit the shelter. General visitation and public walkins have been suspended during the outbreak but officials said pets are still available for adoption on a by-appointment basis.Shelter Administrator Robert Silverstein said animal control officers are still working in the city responding to calls, office staff are at the shelter and staff are working with the animals every day.“Our operation has not changed,” he said. “We have to function at the same level we did prior to the pandemic, but what we have done, because we have to follow the orders from our city leaders and county health dept to reduce COVID-19 risk, we did close our lobby and facility and are doing adoptions by appointment only.”Silverstein said there has been a steady stream of adoptions even during the stay at home order and the shelter has plenty of capacity. No animals are being moved to other facilities and the shelter has no need for community fosters at this point.“We actually have seen quite a nice turnout of people who have called to make appointments to come and adopt,” he said.He said online rumors regarding euthanizations are blatantly false.“Some people are under the impression that animals are being euthanized and that’s not true at all,” he said. “Our animals are cared for daily. We would never abandon our animals or fail to care for them given any kind of crisis. We place a high priority on making sure the animals are cared for.”The shelter continues to accept animals that are surrendered by the community and Silverstein said they are about to head into the spring kitten season so any donations to help with the anticipated glut of kittens would be helpful provided donations of food are new and unopened.“Given we’re getting into the time of year with kittens, anything related to kittens like food or bedding or things related to cats, we would greatly appreciate,” he said.For other business, such as renewing a dog license, he said residents find information online or call the shelter during business hours (310) 458-8595.SHELTER STAY AT HOME GENERAL INFOThe Shelter facility is not open to the public, however, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the administrative staff is still there. The kennel attendants are still caring for the animals seven days a week. Animal control is still working seven days a week between 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.ADOPTIONSDuring the Stay At Home Order, animals are still available for adoption. For a full list of adoptable animals, visit PetHarbor.com and search for the Santa Monica Animal Shelter. You may also call the shelter directly during normal business hours. If you are interested in meeting and/or adopting an animal, call the shelters to set up an appointment. They are setting up appointments for adoptions on a one-on-one basis, one customer at a time. Only one customer at a time is allowed be inside of the shelter. These appointments can be made Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM at 310.458.8595. Inquire with the Shelter directly regarding adoption fees.DOG LICENSINGSanta Monica Animal Shelter provides dog licensing for Santa Monica residents only. New dog licensing new must be submitted online only at https://licensepet.com/wl3/reg/snmnwl. Dog licensing renewals can be processed online me or submitted by mail to the shelter. Once you register or renew your dog license, your dog’s licensing tag will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, you may call the Shelter directly, Tuesday through Saturday, between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. 310.458.8595.VOLUNTEERSNew volunteers will not be accepted during this time.DONATIONSThe shelter is seeking donations for bedding, food, and treats. They especially need cat and dog canned food, and dog treats. All bedding donations are washed before providing them to animals. All food must be new with the original seal, and not expired. All food donation containers and wrappings are fully sanitized by staff.ANIMAL CONTROLThe animal control staff are still working seven days a week between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. They respond to all calls that are related to animals which include and are not limited to, lost-or-found animals, owner surrender of animals, loose dogs, animal noise complaints, reporting an animal in distress, dog fights, dog bites, and dead animals. Please contact the Santa Monica Animal Shelter during normal business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at. (310) 458-8595. Or if you need assistance after hours, call Santa Monica Police Department’s dispatch center (310) 458-8491.LOST OR FOUND ANIMALS & OWNER SURRENDER OF ANIMALSIf you find a stray animal, or you are a Santa Monica resident and would like to surrender your animal, you may go to the shelter. The staff is at the shelter and will help you. After hours, you may contact the police department’s dispatch directly.SPECIAL NOTEFor all animal related inquires, please first contact the shelter directly during normal business hours. After hours, please contact the Santa Monica Police Department’s nonemergency dispatch line. Please only call 911 for a true emergency.CONTACT INFORMATIONSanta Monica Animal Shelter(310) 458-8595Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.1640 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90404Santa Monica Police Department Dispatch (non emergency)(310) 458-8491Dispatch accepts calls seven days a week, 24 hours a day.If an animal, or person is an immediate danger, or for a true emergency, call 911.PetFinder.comFull list of animals available for adoption at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter.Search Santa Monica Animal ShelterDog Licensing Websitehttps://licensepet.com/wl3/reg/snmnwlSanta Monica Police Department Animal Control Section WebsitePlease note that this website does not have the most up-to-date information regarding the shelter during the Stay At Home Order.https://santamonicapd.org/[email protected] :animal sheltercoronavirusCOVID-19Santa Monicasmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLos Angeles sheriff: gun shops not essential, must close18 Santa Monica residents test positive for coronavirus as L.A. 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L.A. rapper/producer Ty Dolla $ign‘s (real name Tyrone Griffin) bus was pulled over by Wisconsin Police for supposed vehicle equipment violation early Wednesday morning. After smelling strong odors of marijuana coming from the bus, officers decided to conduct a roadside investigation of the bus. Dane County Sheriff’s K-9’s alerted officers to several suspect locations on the bus, which led to the seizure of 42.2 grams of marijuana, which included 18.2 grams of butane hash oil, and 28 pieces of paraphernalia.According to reports, twelve people were on the bus, with seven of those being arrested on various charges, including suspicion of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. We have a feeling Ty wasn’t feeling very “Irie” after this early morning encounter with police.Ty’s representative claims that the rapper was not on the bus, as he was taking the easier route by plane to his Iowa gig, maintaining that it was his band and entourage on the bus, though authorities claim they arrested someone going by the name Ty Dolla $ign. Will we ever know if it was Ty on the bus? This story is shrouded in mystery (or pot smoke).[via Channel3000]
Rep. Stephanie Clayton says “Kansas has yet to achieve complete stability. Tremendous damage was done in the past several years, and that which has been torn takes time to mend.”Each legislative session, we provide the Shawnee Mission area’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. We’re kicking off this year’s Capitol Update columns a week ahead of the start of the legislative session. Rep. Stephanie Clayton, Rep. Jarrod Ousley and Sen. Barbara Bollier are scheduled to send updates this week. Here’s Rep. Clayton’s filing:Good morning. A week from today, the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session will begin. As is always the case, the first week of the legislative session will start slowly. Monday will begin with the inauguration of the new Governor, Laura Kelly, followed by the swearing-in of the new legislators in the House, as well as a handful of new Senators. Legislators will have their first committee meetings, where committee rules, goals, and expectations will be laid out by the committee chairs. Some changes to committee structure in the House have taken place, most notably the elimination of the water and environment and technology committees, and the creation of a new Rural Revitalization committee. This term, I am pleased to continue my work on the Federal and State Affairs Committee, and to serve on two new committees: Education, and Taxation. The Governor will also present her budget to the legislature. This budget will be used as a baseline for legislators to approve, and, if necessary, amend. Past Johnson County legislator Larry Campbell has been retained as budget director by the Governor-elect; this bipartisan approach bodes well for our state, and I hope to see more positive appointments to the executive team as the legislative session progresses. The legislature has the opportunity to continue along the course of stability that was solidified with the partial repeal of the Brownback tax plan in 2017. The new plan that was put into place allowed the legislature to develop and fund a school finance plan that, with a few very minor changes, will finally put the state in compliance with our constitution after nearly a decade of chaos. Kansas has yet to achieve complete stability. Tremendous damage was done in the past several years, and that which has been torn takes time to mend. The legislature needs to establish an impenetrable funding source for transportation. Waiting lists for services for our most vulnerable citizens need to be reduced, or eliminated entirely. Legislators across all parties and factions campaigned on reducing or eliminating the sales tax on groceries, as our grocery tax burden is among the highest in the nation.The people of Kansas made it clear that they support a strong school funding system, a fully funded transportation plan, safety net programs that care for our most vulnerable Kansans, a Medicaid program that allows for hardworking Kansans to seek preventative care, and tax relief that is beneficial to all Kansans, regardless of income. I look forward to working with my colleagues and our new governor to bring these wishes of Kansans to fruition. I work for you! I enjoy hearing questions, thoughts, and ideas from constituents. For real-time updates from the House Floor, including all of the votes that I take, follow me on Twitter @sscjocoks. Find me on Facebook, or email me at [email protected] My first town hall of the session will be at Foo’s Café in Leawood at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The Ministry of Justice sweetened its long-awaited review of swingeing legal aid cuts with a pledge to spend £8m on legal support and litigants in person. But does its response go far enough?,Monidipa FouzderNearly six years after the government cut vast swaths of civil law from the scope of legal aid, the Ministry of Justice has finally unveiled the findings of its review of the controversial cuts.Lord chancellor David Gauke told journalists – who were given an hour to read the 578-page review document before a media briefing – that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act was implemented in 2013 ‘as part of the government’s response to the economic downturn and tight resources across departments’. The four objectives of the reforms were to: discourage unnecessary and adversarial litigation at public expense; target legal aid to those who need it most; make significant savings to the cost; and deliver better overall value for money. Did LASPO meet its objectives? After a fashion, as the ministry says: ‘While the reforms to legal aid were very broad and varied in their nature and intent, we think that it can be concluded that collectively, as a package, the changes made to legal aid by and under LASPO have been partially successful at meeting these objectives.’ An action plan announced alongside the review, Gauke said, ‘goes beyond’ addressing the concerns raised by over 100 organisations and individuals during the review. ‘This is a strategy to overhaul the current system, transforming the way people access support while ensuring the system remains sustainable and taxpayer funding is targeted where it is most effective. We want to ensure resources are spent on what works.’ Promises include up to £5m for ‘innovative’ forms of legal support. Justice minister Lucy Frazer QC said such support could be a Skype tool, or a system for converting lengthy written arguments into an appropriate presentation that people can automatically put into a claim form.Litigants in person will be supported with an extra £3m over two years. The ministry will also test ‘legal support hubs’ which, said Frazer, could be in a ‘GP setting’.The ministry will also:Review the legal aid means test (by summer 2020);Bring forward proposals to expand legal aid to include separated migrant children in immigration cases (by spring 2019);Bring forward proposals to expand legal aid to cover special guardianship orders in private family law (by autumn 2019);Work with the Law Society to explore an ‘alternative model’ for family legal aid;Consider introducing an emergency procedure for urgent matters to access the exceptional case funding (ECF) scheme (by the end of 2019); Remove the mandatory requirements from the telephone gateway for debt, discrimination and special educational needs, and reinstate access to immediate face-to-face advice (by spring 2020).Following a separate review on legal aid for inquests, plans include simplifying the ECF forms and enabling backdating of the legal help waiver.The current means test thresholds are preventing families in poverty from accessing justiceChristina BlacklawsWhere is the £8m coming from? Frazer said it will be a ‘mixture of internal and external funds’. Did the ministry go cap in hand to the Treasury? ‘We did ask the Treasury for extra funding for legal aid.’ She said the action plan will ‘inform future spending. We need to establish an evidence base for what works in the future’. The Bar Council said £8m is a ‘drop in the ocean’ given the extent to which LASPO has restricted access to justice. Frazer pointed out that proposals in the action plan supplement the £8m. For instance, the ministry is looking to ‘uprate the thresholds’ within the means test, which Frazer said will cost a ‘significant’ amount. She said: ‘It’s an obligation we did not have to put forward but we think it’s right to do.’Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said she hopes the changes will make it easier for ordinary people to qualify for legal aid and access essential support. ‘The government must give urgent attention to amending the means test thresholds because the current levels are preventing families in poverty from accessing justice; and remuneration rates for solicitors undertaking this vital work must be reviewed for civil as well as criminal work, to address the medium-term viability of the system. As a first step, they should be uprated in line with inflation ahead of further work to make the system sustainable’.
Ben Carpenter will appear on the Tall, Dark, & Handsome Show tomorrow (Friday October 2nd) from 5-6pm to discuss the proposed Service Area, along with Ray Southwell who opposes Ballot Prop 2. Ben Carpenter has stepped in to lead the LESA efforts after the passing of Ann Krogseng last Thursday. The proposed maximum mill rate of 1.5 would raise revenue comparable to the Seward Police Department’s funding, which includes nine officers and administrative staff and infrastructure. Officials noted last night that the Nikiski Department would initially need to use the funding for set-up and purchasing equipment, gradually increasing the number of officers on the payroll. Nikiski Assemblyman Wayne Ogle said last night’s community meeting drew roughly 60 people and a number of important state guests… Asm. Ogle(Nikiski): “There’s a lot of curiosity about the mill rate and the control the Borough has. There was one question about, ‘If you establish a service area in Nikiski, will that automatically [allow] the Mayor or the Assembly suddenly make that into an area-wide law enforcement service area, and I think that question was asked and answered well, that it does not.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The creation of a nine-member Police Department could be in the future for Nikiski, if area voters approve the creation of a Law Enforcement Service Area (LESA), which will be Borough Ballot Proposition 2 next Tuesday. Asm. Ogle(Nikiski): “I was very impressed. We had the top Alaska State Trooper, Colonel Cockerell, then we had our Detachment Commander out of Soldotna, we had a Chief of the Department of Law and also our District Attorney here and Colette Thompson, our Borough Attorney. Among all those people, there was an awful lot of good answers that came forward and came from people that [the community] can trust.” Ogle says he was encouraged to hear thoughtful questions from the community, with a strong focus on the limits of the proposed service area…