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Lots of hidden City Hall fat to fuel the 73 shuttered libraries

posted Feb 26, 2011, 1:09 PM by Henry Gambill   [ updated Feb 26, 2011, 1:12 PM ]

Patrick Range McDonald in the LA Weekly writes about Measure L:


posted Sep 16, 2010, 6:43 PM by Shannon Salmon   [ updated Jan 30, 2011, 7:42 PM by Henry Gambill ]

The article that exposed the wrongful thinking behind the library budget cuts:

City of Airheads: Villaraigosa Dismantles L.A.'s Vaunted Library System

Library Cuts Not Necessary!!!!

posted Jul 24, 2010, 7:05 PM by Shannon Salmon   [ updated Jul 24, 2010, 7:31 PM ]

Please look over the budget, the CAO's report, and our press releases on the Petitions and Documents page.  Really look at them.  Thanks. 

Don't Let Our Library Get Swept Away!

posted Jul 17, 2010, 7:00 PM by Shannon Salmon

Please watch this video and come on Monday morning, July 9:30am to mark the first Monday that all Los Angeles Public Libraries have been closed on a non-holiday in over 100 years.

Protest & Program-Central Library 7/19 9:30 AM

posted Jul 13, 2010, 7:26 PM by Henry Gambill   [ updated Jul 15, 2010, 10:07 PM ]

Keep the LIBRARY Open
Join us for a demonstration & program to protest closed libraries on Monday, further reduced hours, and other blows to library programs and services!
WHERE:     The Central Library
                    5th Street Entrance
                    630 W. 5th Street
                    Los Angeles, CA  90071
WHEN:       Monday, July 19th  9:30 AM
Save the Los Angeles Public Library-Sponsored by the Librarians' Guild


Public Transportation

Metro Red, Blue, and Purple Line stop near Central Library

The stop for all three lines for Central Library is 7th St./Metro Center

Bus lines and stops

• MTA Bus lines 16 and 18 make closest stops to Central Library

• Downtown DASH Route B and Route F stop at Central Library


Westlawn Garage (Central Library's parking, Flower St. entrance)
524 S. Flower St., Los Angeles
NOTE: This parking garage WILL BE OPEN on July 19th but no validation will be available!
Early Bird Special: $13…must arrive before 9:30 am
Regular rate $4.15 per 10 minutes

J-2 Parking Garage
400 S. Flower St. (at Flower and 4th Sts., near the Downtown YMCA)
Early Bird Special: $15…must arrive before 9:00 am
Regular rate $3.50 per 10 minutes

Nearby parking lots with NO EARLY BIRD SPECIALS: Athena Parking – across the Library on 5th St.;
L&R Group – on Flower St. across from the Library's parking lot.

Come to Important Meeting Wed. July 7. 7:15pm

posted Jul 2, 2010, 3:40 PM by Henry Gambill

The Action Team, comprised of Librarians, Clerks and MCs, is planning a BIG event involving the LAPL workers, our patrons and the entire Coalition of City Unions. Our event will spotlight the terrible blow to the library and city services that the Mayor's budget has mandated.
We need lots of people to help us organize this. Please become involved!
Where: Librarians' Guild, AFSCME Local 2626
514 Shatto Place, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90020
When: Wed. July 7. 7:15 pm
Dinner will be provided, but you must RSVP TO LIBRARIANSGUILD@HOTMAIL.COM

Join Bus Riders Union July 1st to protest Mayor's Budget Cuts!

posted Jun 30, 2010, 9:22 PM by Henry Gambill   [ updated Jun 30, 2010, 9:28 PM ]

Thurs. July 1st Action: Save the Library supporters have been invited to unite our protest of library cuts with the Bus Riders protest at the Mayor's Mansion. Information below:

Campaign for Justice Kick-off at the Mayor's Mansion

Join Bus Riders Union on July 1st, 2010 for a Day of Action

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this is YOUR 6:00AM WAKE UP CALL!!!

Join the Bus Riders Union as we kick off our Summer Campaign for Justice at Mayor Villaraigosa’ s Mansion on July 1st at 6am. We will meet at 5:30am on the corner of Wilshire and Crenshaw Blvd and head to the Mayor's mansion to give him a morning wake up call. On this day, 1000's of working class families and families of color across the country will feel the devastating impacts of rent increases, welfare time limits, and unemployment, as well as bus fare increases, major slashes to critical support services and ongoing human rights violations. On July 1st, we want to mark the day that Angelenos will be pushed further into poverty and suffering as a result of the Mayor’s priorities to build shiny cho-cho trains and further militarize our communities. We say enough is enough! Join us bright and early!

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa You Foot the Bill!!!

Later that day, join Bus Riders Union members and key allies as we march back to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’ s Mansion during dinner time to charge him with the bill for the contributions that he has made in creating harsher conditions for Angelenos. These Angelenos include Black, Latino, Asian working class people, students, city workers, tenants, bus riders, homeless people, people on public assistance. As Mayor Villaraigosa is rubbing elbows with contractors and developers, he’s got nothing but his back to give to Angelenos. Enough with the false claim that elected officials like Mayor Villaraigosa are "progressives."
We say enough is enough!

Meet us on Thursday July 1st, at the BRU office on the corner of Wilshire and Western at 5pm to kick off our March towards the Mayor's mansion where we will rally and present ask the Mayor to foot the bill for the added expenses working people can NOT afford as a result of his budget priorities.

Thursday's Event is Postponed

posted Jun 29, 2010, 6:05 PM by Henry Gambill

Check back here for further news.

Urge City Council to OK Library Parcel Tax-City Council Meeting -Tuesday, June 29,10:00 AM

posted Jun 25, 2010, 12:07 PM by Henry Gambill

The proposed LAPL parcel tax that is targeted for the November 2010 city-wide ballot is the only pragmatic vehicle that can help "quickly" restore city library services as we used to know it. This emergency initiative would charge city property owners $39.00 annually (about $3.25 per month), and all revenue would support the Los Angeles Public Library in this our darkest hour.
However, the City Council must approve this parcel tax in order for the ballot initiative to go forward. Please come to City Council on Tuesday, June 29th at 10am. Fill out a speaker card and urge the council to vote in favor. Come remind them how valuable our library is to our city and how much it hurts in the present scenario.
Questions? Email Henry Gambill

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