Editor: On Tuesday November 17, the Friends of the OB Library met at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, and decided to draft a letter to Mayor Sanders to remind him of his pledge last spring in front of the OB Library not to close any San Diego libraries.
Since then, the Committee learned that our six-year President Suzi More, and a few other citywide ‘Library Advocates’ have been invited to meet with Mayor Sanders this coming Monday November 23.
The Honorable Mayor Jerry Sanders:
The Friends of the Ocean Beach Library recently met and it was decided to write you about the impending budget situation, particularly as it might apply to our own Ocean Beach Library. We want to be involved in bringing possible ideas forward to you and the City. We wanted to share with you four thoughts that we came up with:
1. Any cuts that might come to the library system, should be shared equally among all libraries and library departments.
2. Closing all libraries one day a week, possibly on a weekend.
3. We do not like having libraries which are located close to each other ‘switch’ days off; referring the public to the closest library which is open would be confusing to patrons.
4. And finally, our strongest desire, is for you to continue your pledge that you made when you stood in front of the Ocean Beach Library in April of this year. And your pledge was that “no public libraries will be closed.” We would rather have our library reduced in hours–just as long as our library remains open.
Thank you for taking our concerns into consideration.
Suzi More, President
Ocean Beach Library