Patrick Range McDonald in the LA Weekly writes about Measure L:
Jill Stewart pulls no punches in her article:
Maria Elena Durazo and Richard Riordan Lead Mixed Coalition on Measure L, To Save Los Angeles' Shuttered Libraries
The article that exposed the wrongful thinking behind the library budget cuts:
City of Airheads: Villaraigosa Dismantles L.A.'s Vaunted Library System
Please look over the budget, the CAO's report, and our press releases on the Petitions and Documents page. Really look at them. Thanks.
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. http://youtu.be/Hr6dIQavHS4
UNSLAM THE DOORS
Keep the LIBRARY Open
Join us for a demonstration & program to protest closed libraries , 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
Save the -Sponsored by the Librarians' Guild
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING INFORMATION FOR EVENT:
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.
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
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:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this is YOUR 6:00AM WAKE UP CALL!!!
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."
Check back here for further news.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org