Mayor Sanders to announce no cuts for libraries in front of OB branch Tuesday April 14th

by on April 13, 2009 · 7 comments

in Civil Rights, Economy, Ocean Beach, Organizing, San Diego

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  Tomorrow, April 14th, your mayor Jerry Sanders will stand in front of the Ocean Beach branch library and announce to the world that his proposed FY10 City budget will include no Library cuts. The Mayor’s budget will have no reductions in library branches, hours or staff.

Mayor Sanders will hold his press conference at 10:30 a.m. at one of the 7 branches he originally wanted to close due to cuts in the budget.  But he heard us, he heard from Ocean Beach and the other communities that were slated to lose their libraries.

This is definitely a victory for the community of Ocean Beach … and for all the communities of San Diego.

The Friends of the San Diego Public Library sent us their comments:

The Friends of the San Diego Public Library applaud the Mayor for protecting essential Library services. These services are even more crucial in tough economic times, as more people must rely on the free services and resources available at their library. This growing library demand has been highlighted in recent news reports from the New York Times and NBC News.

As the City Council begins its budget deliberations, we encourage you to contact your City Council representative to let him or her know how important library services are to you and your community.

Library supporters are encouraged to attend and express their approval of no Library service cuts.

During last year’s mid-year budget revisions and during public meetings on this year’s budget hosted by the Budget and Finance Committee, Library supporters made it clear to elected leaders that cuts in branches or service are not acceptable. We must continue to deliver that message — now, more than ever, San Diego must maintain vitally essential library services.

Vickie Church
Friends of the San Diego Public Library

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Suzi More April 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I attended a meeting with Mayor Sanders on Wednesday and he said, “I got the message loud and clear” that the citizens of San Diego value their libraries and rec centers. He specifically mentioned the activities in Ocean Beach (the rallies and the OB Parade) as well as the valuable e-mails, calls and letters. Thank you OBceans for you support.
Suzi More
Friends of the OB Library


annagrace April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Good work Suzi!


Patty Jones April 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Way to go citizens!
I wish I could be there to hear it from his own mouth.


Katie Sullivan April 13, 2009 at 7:52 pm

The patrons of the Ocean Beach Library certainly gave all of us a lesson in the value of grassroots advocacy. Your voices were clearly heard! Many thanks to you all.


Shawn Conrad April 14, 2009 at 7:44 am

Good work all.


Charlie April 14, 2009 at 8:11 am

All those who love, and need, their library made it crystal clear that cuts could not happen. Let’s make sure we continue to let the Council know how important libraries are now!


Charlie April 14, 2009 at 8:12 am

…and, thank you OB Rag for taking the lead in keeping the OB community up to date.


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