A much better article on the city's surrender to CAL Poultry appeared in the LA Times today. The Times puts this defeat for the city in the context of Maggie Clark sending out scary postcards about Avian Flu, and her proposal to require English translators for programs at the city recreational facilities, and the fact that the city was forced to settle with the US Department of Justice over Voting Rights Act violations.
Add it all up, and of course we can see that it was racism (or, at the very least, the exploitation of racist attitudes among some residents) that motivated Maggie Clark's war on poultry.
CAL Poultry came to the city four or five years ago, volunteering to do all of these things that Sandra Armenta is saying is some great victory for the city. Rather than trying to work out a solution then, Maggie Clark and her allies (including, yes Armenta and Steven Ly) cost the city thousands of dollars on useless litigation to try to shut them down.