Saturday, July 25, 2009


To Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council:

The People and animals of the City of Los Angeles have suffered a great loss with the resignation of Archie Quincey from the Board of Animal Services Commissioners. Quincey brings 32 years experience in Los Angeles animal care and control to the Board. He is a dedicated, informed and honorable Commissioner and what this City needs and has needed.

With no real management team in place in the Department and a real mess left behind by a bumbling General Manager, we must look to the Board of Commissioners for experience, guidance and leadership. Quincey was chastised for doing his job--getting to the truth and finding a solution. The case of Stu aside, Quincey has constantly reminded the Board and Department that we must license our dogs, follow the law and make new laws that help to stem the tide of abandoned animals and killing.

Management has insulted Quincey to his face, behind his back and in public which is unacceptable, shameful and should not be tolerated. We cannot afford a vacancy on the Board and certainly cannot afford not to have Quincey in his seat advocating for the law, order and compassion. Our shelters are overflowing with animals. With intake of animals up 30% and kill numbers even worse, due to economic issues in our nation, state and city, we need all the wisdom we can get and we got that from Quincey--for free.

Mr. Mayor, you must refuse Quincey's resignation, have a personal meeting with him to address his concerns and put him back where he belongs--in his seat on the Board where he gives us a mountain of insight and experience without compensation. Please support and uphold the integrity of this Board by standing behind your personal appointment, Archie J. Quincey. You have chosen to remain in Los Angeles and do the work of the people. At this time, the people need a full Board which leads, is forthright and honorable. You have the power to give them that. Please stand up and do so.

I encourage Council to pass a resolution which recommends Quincey's reinstatement. You, as the representatives of the People, approved this man's appointment. Don't let him go. He is doing what you asked of him: serving honorably.

When was the last time you saw female rescuers hug a Commissioner? I've seen it. I'd like to see it again.


Jeff de la Rosa

I urge all readers of this letter to join with me in this campaign to return Archie Quincey to the Board of Commissioner without delay. Email addresses and other contact info which you can use to BRING QUINCEY BACK! are below.

Office of the Mayor:

Board of Commissoners
Tariq Khero
Kathleen Riordn
Archie J. Quincey
Irene Ponce (spam filter, you must do as requested when you receive the return email for your message to be delivered)
Ruthanne Secunda

City Council-Public Safety Committee

Councilmember Paul Koretz Chair, Council District 5
200 N. Spring Street, Room 440; Los Angeles, CA 90012
ph: 213-473-7005; fax: 213-978-2250

Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, Council District 8
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 460; Los Angeles, CA 90012
ph 213-473-7008; fax: 213-485-7683

Councilmember Greig Smith, Council District 12
200 North Spring St., Rm 405
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ph: 213-473-7012; fax: 213-473-6925

Councilmember Dennis Zine, Council District 3
200 N. Spring Street, Rm.450
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ph: 213-473-7003; fax: 213-485-8988

Councilmember Ed Reyes, Council District 1
200 N. Spring Street, Room 410
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ph: 213-473-7001; fax: 213-485-8907


  1. What finally happened to poor old Stu?
    Russell Warner

  2. Ken and Linda HowardSaturday, July 25, 2009

    Good people are often hard to come by, but in this case, a very good man is slipping through our hands and the City of Los Angeles needs him! Please Mayor, don't allow this to happen. Step in and keep the good people that show the type of character and integrity that Mr. Quincey has demonstrated in serving Los Angeles.

    Ken and Linda Howard

  3. Unfortunately, sometimes it's the good people who's hearts get worn down the most and they simply can't take much more. I hope Mr. Quincy decides to stay on and fight the good fight.

    Have you thought about contacting Cesar Milan for help? You know how LA loves celebrity and he has a softspot for Pitties that are called "dangerous". It might be worth a try!

  4. Yes, I talked to Milan's producer. They are too busy and it's Cesar who loves celebrity. I don't agree with Cesar's style of compulsion/dominance training.

    Besides, Stu is not a problem dog. AT least he wasn't before they locked him up for 4 years. He was injured, provoked and he bit-- Once in 9 years.

    I have also met Victoria Stilwell, whose training style I do admire. She listened to the whole story and offered assistance. I didn't have to chase her down or beg.

    What Stu needs is justice. Quincey was trying to get that for him as I believe he would for any animal or person; and he was insulted and slapped down for doing so and expected to toe the line which has been to cover-up the mistakes and intentional wrongdoing. This is unacceptable in a City that claims to be concerned about the welfare of animals. The campaign to bring Quincey back is one that we hope will bring a shred of integrity to the Department of Animals Services, whose management does a real disservice to it's hard working employees. We need to stand up against what is unfair, unjust and unacceptable in a civilized democratic society. Mustering support for him at this time is the very least I can do to show my appreciation--not for his advocacy for my dog--but for his impeccable sense of right and wrong which benefits the entire City.

    Anyone with a few minutes to spare is encouraged to do the same.


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