“Forgotten Hollywood”- LA Public Library Election Results…

Posted on March 9, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

lapl_logo   Los Angeles citizens have gone to the polls on Tuesday to vote over the fate of Charter Amendment L – Public Library Funding.  Budget cuts last summer forced all branches in the L.A. Public Library system to close on Sundays and Mondays. Measure L was intended to reverse part of these cutbacks.

   Returns show the YES votes at around 63%. With the measure passing, a projected $130 million would be added to the Southern California library budget, overturning staff cutbacks and shorter branch hours. Aside from Detroit, L.A. has been the only significant U.S. municipality to close down its entire library system two days a week. Soon after the funding is restored, public libraries are expected to return to a six-day-a-week schedule citywide.

   Although I completely supported the measure, my blog was never intended to be used as a political forum. This is why I waited until precincts closed on election day to present this important story. The issue of literacy is the story, not the politics of L.A.’s budgetary woes. The best news – The city ballot initiative increases dedicated spending for the Los Angeles Public Library system by $50 million over the next few years without raising taxes.

   As an effort to present full disclosure, I have 9 copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History on the shelves of the library system. This includes a reference copy in the Richard J. Riordan Central Library located in Downtown L.A.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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