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City of La Habra Heights Raids Animal Keepers!

There are 25 comments on the www.theavocadoexpress.com story from Mar 17, 2011, titled City of La Habra Heights Raids Animal Keepers!. In it, www.theavocadoexpress.com reports that:

La Habra Heights, CA -Scanner listeners were startled by an emergency call for help.  This was not for aid from the Sheriff or Fire Department, but rather the caller was seeking help from the community as the City of La Habra Heights stepped up its war on animal keeping. Aida Lough, wife of former City Council Candidate Phil Lough, used her Fire Watch radio to summon help when La Habra Heights City prosecutors demanded access to their property.  The search warrant was executed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies. Approximately 14 individuals took part in the raid of the Lough residence.  The search warrant stated they were in violation of the city municipal code on how many animals one can have on a property, and operating without a business license.

The Loughs first appeared on the City’s radar when they invented a way to convert Llama waste into an effective fertilizer they called “Llama Brew”.  Their product brought notoriety to La Habra Heights when it was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank television show. Since that time the couple has also been accused of everything from having one too many goats to making bombs out of animal waste.  The City also wrongfully accused the Loughs of allowing rabbit droppings on the road, but it was later discovered the droppings were from a rubber tree.

City manager Shauna Clark was not present for the raid, but was in attendance at “The Park” playground equipment dedication. Ms. Clark was observed "glued" to her cell phone as the warrant was executed just before the dedication ceremony.  City officials present at the raid had no comment.

Phil Lough, a teacher at San Dimas High, was also not present for the raid on his residence. He stated that he had just finished showing Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Schindler's List to his class and compared the city’s actions to that of those depicted in the movie. The World War II era film follows Germany’s crackdown on Jews by the Nazi’s Gestapo. Lough ended his statement by saying are we living in Germany?  Some residents do refer to City Manager Shauna Clark as the Gestapo and the malicious code enforcement actions by City staff against residents as “Gestapo Tactics”  An unnamed La Habra Heights Council member stated that selective “code enforcement action is how the City keeps residents in line".

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Highlander

AOL

#1 Mar 18, 2011
Let’s see. First the city brings a code enforcement action against a resident. Then it holds an “administrative hearing”(behind closed doors) and finds the resident “guilty.”
Then the matter is taken to court.

And only now the city decides it needs to gather evidence?
FYI

AOL

#2 Mar 18, 2011
We strongly believe the Home Improvement Association and their key older people/leaders have been a part of the issues against us especially since Phil and I have been vocal about the city issues, have mentioned their uncool actions plus Phil did so well in the election. We know they have encouraged actions against us, it is very sad as today the City Prosecutors Attorney was here to LEAD the action, so now it appears this has moved from a civil action to a criminal action whereby Phil and I could lose our teaching credentials and his livelihood for our family. We have never ever been nothing but upstanding citizens and this is so stressful beyond belief and our children are crying. Phil is more determined than ever to stop the city offices control and dictatorship.
We hope the city council can put an immediate stop to this crazy madness. This precedent must stop now or it will go out of control and is completely unAmerican. It is a 3rd world county action!

I write this as a notice how the Home Improvement Association (ex city council from years ago) work to try to destroy residents who love this city so much. The LHHHIA have lost their power and control and are trying to make life miserable, but they have not nor will take our strength or drive away our strength and determination as we seek justice! Even though they lost the election they are trying to run the ship aground!

Paul and Claire Spothelfer do not live around here and never drive our roads yet they drove up this early evening to bask in their victory that we had influence on a warrant. They saw me outside and I stopped in my tracks and they made a quick left turn onto Le Flore. They looked like they shallowed a canary.

An FYI: Our neighbors support us and are happy to say our property is not a nuisance, does not smell, nothing can be seen, yet the city invaded our privacy and spent huge amounts of tax dollars as if we were Bonnie & Clyde!

Never in my 23 yr history living in this city have I heard of such an invasion of privacy because you speak out against the city and it's city mgr. The City Council of 2004 was specific and did NOT want abuse of power or to come onto properties , violating the 4th amendment. We have animals well fed, cared for and our neighbors will testify to the daily care, cleaning activities that goes on here, we have Los Angeles County blessing and documentation. This week we have focused my attention on our human brothers in Japan, the care, the prayer, building our disaster packs, food for us and the animals, the city office has paid no heed to this, yet they did search warrant at a very untimely uncaring time to humanity when we were focusing all our energy and time on the horrific disaster in Japan and care of our loved one
disgusted

Chatsworth, CA

#3 Mar 18, 2011
i dont know anything about the city violation but it is really disgusting that those spotheifers were there. how did they know
More than disgusted

Whittier, CA

#4 Mar 18, 2011
Maybe the license plates frames should say "Rural Country Gestpo Controlled Living". Do the people of Hacienda Heights know that their LASD resources are in La Habra Heights counting Llamas when they should be looking for crime in Hacienda Heights?
Meth and Mansions

Arlington, MA

#5 Mar 18, 2011
Some cities raid meth labs, grow houses, gang hangouts and chop shops.

La Habra Heights raids families who might have one too many goats.
All that was missing was the helicopter gunship and body armor.

What is the threat to the community from a goat or llama?

It interferes with the council goal to demolish older homes and replace them with pompous mansions.

Mansions breed mansions. Animal keeping breeds more families moving to the Heights with animals.

Even though animal keeping is a goal of the General Plan and mansions were written to be a threat, the current ruling crew rules by fear and terror, not law.

Anyone on board for this farce should be recalled.
Busybodies

La Habra, CA

#6 Mar 18, 2011
disgusted wrote:
i dont know anything about the city violation but it is really disgusting that those spotheifers were there. how did they know
That is amazing. Not surprising, they nose into alot of peoples business where they have no business at all. Walk into the planning department at any given time. They are always there questioning. No matter East or West side. They should get a life.
Fear Mongers

La Habra, CA

#7 Mar 18, 2011
Meth and Mansions wrote:
Some cities raid meth labs, grow houses, gang hangouts and chop shops.
La Habra Heights raids families who might have one too many goats.
All that was missing was the helicopter gunship and body armor.
What is the threat to the community from a goat or llama?
It interferes with the council goal to demolish older homes and replace them with pompous mansions.
Mansions breed mansions. Animal keeping breeds more families moving to the Heights with animals.
Even though animal keeping is a goal of the General Plan and mansions were written to be a threat, the current ruling crew rules by fear and terror, not law.
Anyone on board for this farce should be recalled.
Moral of story: Don't piss off city hall or rivalry council members. People get sued in this town, doesn't anyone remember?
WOW

La Habra, CA

#8 Mar 18, 2011
Lots of people scared. Whose next?
Lets be fair and honest

La Habra, CA

#9 Mar 18, 2011
FYI wrote:
We strongly believe the Home Improvement Association and their key older people/leaders have been a part of the issues against us especially since Phil and I have been vocal about the city issues, have mentioned their uncool actions plus Phil did so well in the election. We know they have encouraged actions against us, it is very sad as today the City Prosecutors Attorney was here to LEAD the action, so now it appears this has moved from a civil action to a criminal action whereby Phil and I could lose our teaching credentials and his livelihood for our family. We have never ever been nothing but upstanding citizens and this is so stressful beyond belief and our children are crying. Phil is more determined than ever to stop the city offices control and dictatorship.
We hope the city council can put an immediate stop to this crazy madness. This precedent must stop now or it will go out of control and is completely unAmerican. It is a 3rd world county action!
I write this as a notice how the Home Improvement Association (ex city council from years ago) work to try to destroy residents who love this city so much. The LHHHIA have lost their power and control and are trying to make life miserable, but they have not nor will take our strength or drive away our strength and determination as we seek justice! Even though they lost the election they are trying to run the ship aground!
Paul and Claire Spothelfer do not live around here and never drive our roads yet they drove up this early evening to bask in their victory that we had influence on a warrant. They saw me outside and I stopped in my tracks and they made a quick left turn onto Le Flore. They looked like they shallowed a canary.
An FYI: Our neighbors support us and are happy to say our property is not a nuisance, does not smell, nothing can be seen, yet the city invaded our privacy and spent huge amounts of tax dollars as if we were Bonnie & Clyde!
Never in my 23 yr history living in this city have I heard of such an invasion of privacy because you speak out against the city and it's city mgr. The City Council of 2004 was specific and did NOT want abuse of power or to come onto properties , violating the 4th amendment. We have animals well fed, cared for and our neighbors will testify to the daily care, cleaning activities that goes on here, we have Los Angeles County blessing and documentation. This week we have focused my attention on our human brothers in Japan, the care, the prayer, building our disaster packs, food for us and the animals, the city office has paid no heed to this, yet they did search warrant at a very untimely uncaring time to humanity when we were focusing all our energy and time on the horrific disaster in Japan and care of our loved one
YES, THE CM CAN BE DIFFICULT AND DOES NOT HANDLE THESE SITIATIONS WELL. THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU HAVE LIVED HERE 23 YEARS YOU SHOULD BE WELL AWARE OF THE ANIMAL KEEPING RULES. ARE YOU OR ARE YOU NOT EXCEEDING THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS PER YOUR PROPETY SIZE AS STATED IN THE LHHMC?
Concerened in LHHS

South El Monte, CA

#10 Mar 19, 2011
Now lets be honest you are not one goat over the limit but more like 50+ over the city limit. When LA County came to inspect your property you moved your goats to get your certification. You have continued to lye to everyone and play the wounded little soul. You are in clear violation of the law and have been planning to sue the city over the harassment when in fact they are not harassing you but have asked you over and over to comply with the city regulations. What everyone does not know is that you have many dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, goats, lamas, and a whole host of other animals on a half acre. This is not fair to the animals to live in such a crowded environment. What you have also neglected to tell people is you have been planning this little game for over a year and planned the whole thing to sue the city and get a lot of money from them. You sue anyone that does not agree with you and in the past you have won your suits but this time you have picked a fight that are going to loose. If you were not in violation of any laws you would have let the city on your property when they asked a year ago and this would have all been over. You are a dishonest person and continue to get people to feel sorry for you when in fact if everyone knew what you were up to they would be just as disgusted as us. You need to either comply with the rules of the city and county or you need to move from our beautiful city and stop making it hard on the rest of us that live here and are doing the right thing. You went around trying to get everyone else in trouble by complaining about their animals even if there was not a problem just to get the attention off of yourself. You have drug your children into this and had them lye for your and your law suit. You are not going to be able to hold your head up at the market. Maybe it is time to start being honest to everyone.
Saw It

La Habra, CA

#11 Mar 19, 2011
When folks bring problems onto themselves and fail to recognize that, problems arise. The MC allows inumerous domestic animals. One can have 30 dogs and 30 cats; no problem. The problem here is over the limit restricted animals. This really is a no brainer. Maybe these people should rethink their anger and direct it to solving the problem rather than keep fighting an uphill battle. To the person above, concerned in LHHS, you certainly seem to know all the facts so what stake do you have in this battle? You don't sound very nice either. Maybe Webster's might help you with few spelling issues.
Christians or Not

La Habra, CA

#12 Mar 20, 2011
Proverbs 28:4-5 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
Because justice is part of God's character, a person who follows God treats others justly. The beginning of justice is concern for what is happening to others. A Christian must not contribute to human suffering through SELFISH BUSINESS PRACTICES OR UNFAIR GOVERNMENT POLICIES. Be sure you are more concerned for justice than merely YOUR OWN INTERESTS. YOU CAN'T CLAIM TO FOLLOW GOD AND IGNORE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Finally justice is done!!!!
ABC

La Habra, CA

#13 Mar 21, 2011
Christians or Not wrote:
Proverbs 28:4-5 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
Because justice is part of God's character, a person who follows God treats others justly. The beginning of justice is concern for what is happening to others. A Christian must not contribute to human suffering through SELFISH BUSINESS PRACTICES OR UNFAIR GOVERNMENT POLICIES. Be sure you are more concerned for justice than merely YOUR OWN INTERESTS. YOU CAN'T CLAIM TO FOLLOW GOD AND IGNORE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Finally justice is done!!!!
Are the 5 Evil men you refer to the current city councilmen?
Justice

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Mar 21, 2011
No it does not mean 5 men. It is the verse number. Justice is being done to the animal hoarders in La Habra Heights. THey claim to be christians but are liers and thieves. They have lots of goats and llamas and other animals. THey want you to feel sorry for the children when they use these children and their only interest is in the money and free stuff they get through them. They also are lying about the movie shown in the class. Why is an economics teacher showing Schindlers list? Does not make sense. The lies have finally caught up with you.
Justice

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Mar 21, 2011
Has anyone called child protective servicves yet on these people?
Concerened in LHHS

South El Monte, CA

#16 Mar 21, 2011
Saw It wrote:
When folks bring problems onto themselves and fail to recognize that, problems arise. The MC allows inumerous domestic animals. One can have 30 dogs and 30 cats; no problem. The problem here is over the limit restricted animals. This really is a no brainer. Maybe these people should rethink their anger and direct it to solving the problem rather than keep fighting an uphill battle. To the person above, concerned in LHHS, you certainly seem to know all the facts so what stake do you have in this battle? You don't sound very nice either. Maybe Webster's might help you with few spelling issues.
In LA county you can only have 5 cats and 3 dogs without getting special permit. I do know alot of facts they are hurting the entire comunity that I have lived in for over 35 years. I have my own animals both livestock and domestic so not an amimal hater just need to have everyone fallow the rules so they don't change them and we all loose our animals. So maybe you should get to know someone before you pass judgement. They created this problem and should deal with it without all the drama.
Proportionality

AOL

#17 Mar 21, 2011
Justice wrote:
No it does not mean 5 men. It is the verse number. Justice is being done to the animal hoarders in La Habra Heights. THey claim to be christians but are liers and thieves. They have lots of goats and llamas and other animals. THey want you to feel sorry for the children when they use these children and their only interest is in the money and free stuff they get through them. They also are lying about the movie shown in the class. Why is an economics teacher showing Schindlers list? Does not make sense. The lies have finally caught up with you.
According to his school website, he also teaches World History, for which the movie fits right in.

I think most people are disturbed by the lack of proportionality of the massive raid for the offense.

Oddly, a just approved project on Coban has a corral that violates city codes by dumping runoff on the street and neighbors, but was approved on appeal by both the planning commission and city council.
Those folks were building a huge house though, so they must have got a pass on the animal waste issue.

Another project on Coban was approved last year by the planning commission even though it had inadequate drainage, would cause erosion to the neighbors, and would worsen an existing problem from another 14,000 square foot house above it that has inadequate drainage.
Good for the Goose

La Habra, CA

#18 Mar 24, 2011
Two of the Parks and Rec are members of the special little club. Maybe when looking at whether the city is interested in enforcing their code or just plain picking on the those that are not part of their club, look at these websites.
They are either La Habra Heights based ANIMAL businesses being run with the FULL knowledge of the city and Improvement Association or a La Habra Heights politician whose wife sits on Parks and Rec. They believe they can have as many animals as he/she wants, including pigs weighing over 100 pounds. It appears the municipal code doesn't need to be enforced on this Parks and Rec person and councilman husband? Why not? Shouldn't these be enforced the same way as those who don't belong to the special club? Seems the city has a blind eye for these special people in the little club. How fair is that?

http://felicityfarm.net/1101/2101.html Whose horse is she riding? Pam McVicar's? Isn't she the President of the Improvement Association?
http://www.grandallusioncarriages.com/ Aren't they hired by the Improvement Association for Music in the Park???
http://electhowardvipperman.com/Discussion.ht...
http://electhowardvipperman.com/Rural_Country...

If they can run commercial animal-related businesses, sit on Parks Rec. and city council why should the rest of the community be subjected to their hypocrisy?
LHHFascistWatch

Pico Rivera, CA

#19 Mar 24, 2011
More than disgusted wrote:
Maybe the license plates frames should say "Rural Country Gestpo Controlled Living". Do the people of Hacienda Heights know that their LASD resources are in La Habra Heights counting Llamas when they should be looking for crime in Hacienda Heights?
Don't put the blame on LASD. They are obligated to serve an order of the court. They did not have an obvious role in obtaining it. They basically were there to Keep the Peace. The search was handled by City Hall.
Ears Wide Open

AOL

#20 Mar 25, 2011
Was one of the many at the meeting last night to bring in the new council members. Observed and heard Paul Spot giving the Lough's a good tongue lashing with his finger shaking in their face. I guess he was a little miffed that a comment was made above that he was being a lookie loo and driving by the Lough's house to gauk. The little napolean was adamant that he could do as he pleased. That he could drive by anyones house he wanted to. He does it all the time. Now this really set an example where they coined the term "little man's complex", "short man's complex"; they always have that chip on their shoulder. Get a life and grow up Spotoff! Why is it your business to pester the Lough's?

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