Update for Library Advocates
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Dear Library Advocate,

Thank you for helping secure significant advocacy wins as the city prepares to approve the Library budget. You took action and the Mayor and City Council heard you loud and clear. We're asking for your help one more time this budget cycle.

Council members say Library is an essential city serviceMayor Gloria's Revised Budget reversed significant proposed cuts and included new investments for electronic resources, systemwide programs, and staff training. We welcome new investments but are concerned the Revised Budget removed funds to extend access at some branches. We've asked the Council to restore these funds to help the Library ensure broad, equitable access to Library programs. 

Many of the City Council Budget Priority Memoranda highlighted the importance of libraries and have recommended an increase of $500,000 to support library operations. We agree libraries need to be open as many hours as possible with the resources to provide meaningful programs for residentsTherefore, we support the recommendation to increase the Library Department’s budget by $500,000.

 

At a minimum, we ask the City Council to keep the $100,000 in program funds that were removed in the May Revision to fully restore the Library’s budget. We also ask the Council to accept the recommendation by the Independent Budget Analyst to seek guidance from the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee on a Library reopening strategy.


We've made it this far. Please help us close strong and:

1. Attend the 9 a.m., Monday, June 14 final City Council hearing and vote on the FY22 budget.
Please participate by:
  • Joining the meeting by computer, tablet, or Smartphone at THIS LINK. Enter your name and email address to join. The city budget is Item 602 on the agenda. Show your intention to speak by either tapping the “Raise Your Hand” button on your computer, tablet, or Smartphone or by dialing *9 on your phone.
  • Joining by using mobile one-tap: US: +16692545252,1601405223#
  • Joining by telephone: Dial 1-669-254-5252. When prompted, input Webinar ID: 160 140 5223#
  • Submitting written comments HERE. The Library Department budget is Item 602. 
2. Email or call your Councilmember and:
  • Thank them for their Library support and for their help in restoring the Library budget and ensuring long-overdue new investments in materials, staff training, and programs.
  • Ask them to support the recommendation to increase the Library Department’s budget by $500,000 and the recommendation by the Independent Budget Analyst to seek additional guidance from the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee on a Library reopening strategy.
  • Urge them to work with LibrariesTransformSD advocates to address needed, systemic changes in how the city invests in its Libraries and neighborhoods.
Thank you for your continued advocacy and Library support. 

Sincerely, 


Patrick Stewart 

CEO
San Diego Public Library Foundation

 

Joan Reese

President

Friends of the San Diego Public Library

 

Wendy Urushima-Conn

Chair

Board of Library Commissioners

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