Wednesday, August 17, 2011
While perhaps more commonly seen in the health care area in recent years (see previously blog posts about Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Los Angeles), today brings a L.A. Times report about the transfer of another kind of service from a local government to a nonprofit group. According to the article, the Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to turn over management of the Northeast Valley Animal Care Center to the Best Friends Animal Society. While the Center is only three years old, it has never been fully staffed because of government budget constraints. Best Friends will not be receiving any payment for its services and said it will be spending up to $1 million to improve the facility, which originally cost $19 million. The City of Los Angeles estimated that it would have cost it $3.3 million annually to run the shelter. This may be only part of a wave of such transfers, as the city is also considering whether to turn over to nonprofits or other private entities the management of several arts facilities, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.