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

May 7, 2008 | 12:03 pm

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