Adriana Figueroa, left, representative with the Friends of Orange Cove Animal Shelter, spoke to to the Orange Cove City Council on Jan. 23 as Rudy Hernandez, interim city manager at far right, and attorney Dan McCloskey listen.  



Both Orange Cove city staff and members of the Friends of Orange Cove Animal Shelter (FOCAS), stepped into council chambers the evening of Jan. 23 thinking they had reached a revised agreement to reopen the shelter that had been closed by the city in late December. 

But after a short presentation by Rudy Hernandez, interim city manager, followed by comments from FOCA representative Adriana Figueroa, both groups again were unable to reach a compromise. There is no set plan to negotiate further before the council’s next scheduled meeting in two weeks.

Hernandez told council members at the start of his presentation that they’d taken council’s instructions and the two groups had come to an agreement.

“We [FOCAS and city staff] brainstormed and I’d like to believe that we have presented to you tonight an agreement that the city council can work with,” he said.

But Hernandez added that the revised agreement had substantially changed from the previous one and they felt the previous agreement was “inadequate, weak, and not monitored.”

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