SAN DIEGO, CA. Mayor Jerry Sander’s announcement on Wednesday, November 5th, that for budgetary reasons, he was set to close 7 libraries – including the Ocean Beach branch – San Diego’s oldest library – has caused quite a stir among the citizenry. That same day, the Board of Library Commissioners voted unanimously to oppose suspension of services at any City libraries-including the temporary closure of branches. Comments left on the OB Rag blog’s website on the closures also reflect outrage. Go here for our post from Thursday.
Mayor Sanders also announced that he wanted to close 9 Rec Centers and 1 gym around town. Supposedly, one library from each Council District – except District 8 – has been selected for closure based on the ‘least used.’ Also, the Cabrillo Rec Center in Point Loma is also slated for closure (see map below for other sites).
Any closures have to be approved by the City Council. According to the Library Commissioners’ website, public hearings on these recommendations are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 and 19. The Friends of the San Diego Public Library encourage all Library supporters to:
- Contact their City Council representative and make plans to attend the Council meeting to voice their concerns over branch closures.
- Stay informed of how to communicate their support of libraries by joining the Friends Advocacy Network. Network members receive e-mails about Library issues, such as the proposed closures and help deliver the library’s message to elected officials, neighbors and community leaders. To join this network, enter your e-mail here and select the “Friends Library Advocacy” group from the sign up list.
- Contribute to the Library in this time of need.
Ocean Beach is in District 2, Kevin Faulconer’s District. Here are the City Council emails:
Council President Scott Peters
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer
Councilmember Toni Atkins
Councilmember Tony Young
Councilmember Brian Maienschein
Councilmember Donna Frye
Council President Pro Tem Jim Madaffer
Councilmember Ben Hueso