OCEAN BEACH, CA. Over 600 Ocean Beach residents and supporters of the OB branch library have signed petitions demanding that the City not close the coastal community’s one branch due to Mayor Jerry Sanders’ budget cuts. Battle lines are being drawn – an Ocean Beach strategy meeting for efforts to keep the OB Library and other libraries open will be held tonight. The City Council meets Wednesday, November 19th, to continue its discussion on the Mayor’s proposed cuts – which include 7 libraries and 10 Recreation centers and gym. Plus rallies in support of the libraries will be held at each of the 7 libraries slated for closure next Saturday, November 22.
OBcians are being urged to attend the strategy meeting, the Council hearing and next Saturday’s rally. Petitions are at the Library counter.
According to James Lawson of Councilmember Kevin Faulconer’s office, public comment will be allowed during the Council hearing on Wednesday. There will be an update from both the Mayor and the Independent Budget Analyst, Lawson told me, then public comment, and if there’s time, then council comment. It is possible that the Council would vote on budget recommendations on the 19th.
Here’s the plan:
- Strategy meeting tonight in Ocean Beach at 7pm – (email OB Rag blog for details at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- City Council Hearing 2 – 5 pm Council Chambers Wed Nov. 19th – car-pooling available at 1:15pm in front of OB Library;
- Rallies at all 7 branches Sat. Nov. 22nd