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Cock-a-doodle-doo -- roosters can crow about the city's budget crunch

Roosters_get_a_voice_in_la_politics Lots of things are vanishing in the current budget crunch -- teachers, services, salaries, to name just a few. But someone's getting good news as a result of that same squeeze: the backyard rooster. Jessica Garrison explains:

The birds will be spared new restrictions on their cackling and cock-a-doodle-dooing because the city's overtaxed animal services department is already doing too much with too little money, according to Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

Last fall, responding to complaints about loud birds in her district, Hahn had proposed new restrictions limiting each household to one rooster and calling for noise restrictions. The council was set to vote on those rules this week, but Hahn now says the city can't afford them.

"In this tough budget year, I am uncomfortable with creating an unfunded mandate for our animal services department.  The general manager has made it clear that they cannot fund these new proposals this year, and I think we all agree that there are larger priorities in the city right now."

Let the crowing begin.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times

 
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Being a rooster owner, a roosters crow makes you feel as if you are in the country, they are letting all those LAZY people know to get up to go to work. If someone is really tired, not a roosters crow, sirens, or even blowers would bother them. my advice- spend city money where its really needed! Crime! Gangs! Rapists! Child Molesters ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC

I think that this council person needs to get on the ball and figure out how to raise the funds to mandate the city limits throughout LA County. She obviously has not slept less than 30 feet to a rooster crowing at 3am. I'm sure if she has, she would find the funds in a day. I would have to assume that neither has the rest of the councilmen as well. These councilmen make outrageous salaries and the best they can come up with is restricting an owner to one rooster?

Within the city limits, there should be (0) ZERO roosters allowed! If people want to own or hear these roosters crow, let them live in the country or on agricultual land as it was intended. Why does this not come under noise control and dealt with strict enforement?

The other above comment was from a rooster owner. Who in the world is he to say when people get up? Then we are insulted and called lazzy as well? My answer to that person is, would you like to wake up at 3am to Heavy Metal music blaring in your ears. Obviously you have shown your rudeness and have given no fair accountability towards owning your rooster. In other words, you could care less about your neighbors.

Why is it, that a cat can run freely without a license? How about creating a license for cats. Any idea what kind of revnue this could create just in Los Angeles county alone? Think about the strays you will see less of! This should also help the strained animal control people that have to feed the hundreds of thousands of strays each year and as tax payers, we pay for it all..

I have a neighbor that just got 2 roosters and I can't get a good nights sleep since. They also have a dog that barks constantly, rise an shine at 5am and all day long until about 11pm. Yet, nobody will do anything about it, which includes animal control. If animal control is so over taxed, as the council woman stated, then what do they do besides take in more animals to feed? They won't even come get the strays anymore and the job of getting rid of the strays, of course is mine.

I recently had to take (4) kittens to animal control, that somehow came into my back yard. I asked what can I do to keep the adult strays away. The person laughed and then said, you can apply for a trappers permit. Again, my job? So again, what is the responsibility of the animal control that is so taxed?

I think it's time to have this state wake up and smell the roses! Time after time we vote people into office to give us excuses, why we can't live a decent normal life within the city limits. without having to deal with NOISE.

I hate these birds, and I love animals. How can people be so inconsiderate by letting these things walk around their back yard crowing all day! I bet there will be a budget when I go over and kill the bird and they call the police. Come on people get on the ball. Let's put a rooster in their back yard or better yet next to their window where they work all day. I bet they would find a budget then. If you want a rooster live somewhere far, far away from everybody.

Government was created to protect property rights not to abolish them!
This is not a Briitish government is it? For forefathers were submitted to simular agricultural tyranny! Every founding father of this nation and I would be every signer of the Declaration of Indepentance was invovled in the husbandry of chicken farming. Life, Liberty, and the Pusuit of happyness
is an American cause, and our duty to keep America free! Do you people realize that zoning ordinances have not been in America forever, and that not all States cities have them? That there actually have been cases concerning the 14th ammendment and zoning? The local government has the right to police powers, and to make ordinances as long as they do not violate State law, and we have the right to address greivances with our appointed planning commissions to beg them to allow us to have what should be our inalible rights
to property? How can we be equally protected by the law if every city has it's own law and no harmony. If the rich can have chickens because they can afford the large lands and the poor get caged into an R-1 zone where there property rights are less than the large land owner. Los Angeles doesn't ban chickens but other cities do, and that is in my opionion Agricultural Tyranny! and abuse of power to not allow a small pet like a chicken is absured but not to the tyrants. They protect the large land owners with the Right to Farm act
and tell the poor peasants that they can only buy it at the store becuase of deseases and nuisances but the factory farm is the known breeding ground for deseases and mistreatement not the common backyard! AMERICA THE LAND OF THE FREE CREATED A GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS BECAUSE THE BRITISH WOULD NOT ALLOW OUR FOUNDING FATHERS LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS. OUR GOVERNMENT AT THE STATE LEVEL NEEDS TO MAKE A LAW THAT ALLOWS CHICKEN AND OTHER SMALL ANIMALS ON ALL PROPERTIES AS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PLAY GOD ALLOWING SOME BUT NOT ALL AMERICANS THE RIGHTS THEY ARE INDOWED WITH AM I WRONG?

Owning a rooster in the city epitomizes the selfishness that plaques our current society. As the above writer so eloquently put it “a roosters crow makes you feel as if you are in the country” NO, your rooster does not make your neighbors feel like they are in the country, it simply demonstrates that you are completely self absorbed and don’t really care about anyone but yourself. You may also want to consider that, cleaning up your dogs business on my lawn does not make me feel like I am wandering through the wilderness. Listening to your music blasting at 1 AM does not make me feel like I’m on a vacation in Mexico. Wearing earplugs each night because your 6 dogs that stay outside and bark all night does not bring back fond memories of the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians. Surprising as it may seem, the party you threw last week with 250 people, (one of which caused $4,000 in damage to my car because they were drunk when they backed out of your driveway) was not a great time for me.
Call me lazy if you insist, but please take into account the extra effort my family and I take to smile and wave hello, to take our dog in at night, mow our lawn , keep our yard clean and try to be as peaceable and as friendly as possible, after all that’s what neighbors do, at least most of them.

Sincerely, your neighbor…


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