The Board Of Animal Services

Board of Animal Services Commissioners

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2024 Board Meeting Schedule

View the Board Meeting Schedule for the Calendar Year of 2024.

Meeting Agendas, Documents And Audio

View meeting agendas, electronic copies of approved meetings and other documents (General Manager and Commissioners' reports, future agenda items, etc.), and access Commission meeting audio that are available online

Meeting Archives

The Board of Animal Services Commissioners meetings are archived and available to review. 

Commission Meetings

Join a meeting in-person or via zoom. The link to virtually join may be found by clicking on the agenda & various documents link of the meeting you would like to attend. 

Commission meetings occur every second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Tuesday of each month at 9:30 A.M., at:

Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1060
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

A few meetings in the year will be held at field locations during the early evening (please see meeting schedule). Meetings are open to the public and public comment will be taken both in-person and remotely via teleconference. 

Management of the Department of Animal Services

Pursuant to the Los Angeles City Charter and the Los Angeles Administrative Code, the Board of Animal Services Commissioners serves as the head of the Department of Animal Services. The Board is authorized to supervise, control, regulate, and manage the Department; make and enforce all rules and regulations necessary to exercise the powers conferred upon the Department by the Los Angeles City Charter; and provide instructions to the Department’s General Manager. The Board also must review and approve contracts with a duration exceeding one year and a value greater than $20,000.

As provided in the City Charter, the Board’s ability to direct staff is limited to providing direction to the General Manager. Commissioners only have authority when they act as a Board and not when they act individually. Accordingly, the Board is primarily concerned with making policy decisions, and the General Manager, as the chief administrative officer of the Department, manages the day-to-day department activities and makes and enforces rules and regulations necessary to exercise the powers conferred upon the Department.

Commissioners to the Board of Animal Services
Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor for terms of five years, and are confirmed by the City Council.
JAMES JOHNSON, President  

James has been inspired and amazed by the natural beauty of Los Angeles since he was a little boy. He also was very curious about how political decisions get made that impact us all. In that quest, he’s participated for more than 40 years in the Civic life of Los Angeles. James was the first person of color to serve as Political Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, and Chief Political Coordinator of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, Los Angeles County’s Largest Union. He’s also a Board Member of the Arroyo Foothills Conservancy. He currently serves on the staff of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond. He lives in Northeast Los Angeles with his partner, Valerie, his son, Gabriel, family dog, Buddy, and his cats Clawdia and Carlos.


Alison's journey as a community advocate began many years ago when she became actively involved in the South Los Angeles community, as a business and property owner. As Business Representative, and Vice President of the Park Mesa Heights Neighborhood Council, she demonstrated her commitment to improving the lives of those around her. It was during this time that she collaborated with her father, Jim McBeth, to organize small business owners affected by the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail project along Crenshaw Boulevard. Together with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, other community advocates, the business interruption fund was established.

A significant aspect of Alison's life is her dedication to animal advocacy. For over a decade, she has worked alongside pet owners and community members to raise awareness about the needs of animals, particularly those in the shelter system. Her volunteer experience with animal rescues, including Take Me Home Rescue, GRFF Rescue, and collaborations with organizations like PMHCC, Watts Project, speaks to her commitment to this cause.

Alison has also been involved in organizing pop-up dog food giveaways and microchipping clinics to constituents in South Los Angeles. She strongly believes in the interconnectedness of community development, economic growth, and the well-being of animals as members of shared communities.


Board Commissioner

Olivia E. Garcia is a partner at AVjustice Law Firm in downtown Los Angeles where she focuses on employment and family law matters. Ms. Garcia’s pro bono work includes representing unaccompanied minors in immigration court for Kids In Need of Defense. In addition, Ms. Garcia sits on the Board of Directors for Eastmont Community Center located in the heart of East Los Angeles.  Ms. Garcia has been an animal welfare advocate working with underserved communities where the need for access to services for people and pets is considerable.  Her work has involved volunteering with animal advocacy organizations at pet adoptions events, community fairs, spay & neuter events, and door to door canvasing.


Board Commissioner

Jim has been involved in animal protection issues in the Los Angeles region for 30 years. He is currently the Assistant Director of Paw Project, a non-profit organization founded by Jennifer Conrad, DVM. He is the founding and current President of Democrats for the Protection of Animals, a chartered organization within the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. Jim helped craft legislation to prohibit declawing in Los Angeles and in several other jurisdictions. Jim was a Commissioner on the LA Animal Service Board of Commissioners between 2012 and 2014. He practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Woodland Hills and lives in Los Angeles along with his beloved cats.

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