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Library Privatization

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Councilmembers Ed Gallo and John Masson voted to move forward to outsource operations of the Escondido Public Library to the private, for-profit, out-of-state corporation Library Systems and Services (LS&S) which specializes in taking over failing libraries. Although Council took one vote (3-2) to move forward, a contract has not yet been signed. In fact, there is now a question as to whether the City Council can even legally do this.
 
Please speak out and stand up for our librarians, patrons, and library programs.  There is still time!   

The Save Our Library Coalition is asking the City Council to: 

  1. Stop the LS&S contract process.
  2. Solicit, evaluate, and consider, at a minimum, proposals from the current library department and county through a public process.
  3. Impanel a Budget Committee to develop a comprehensive, sustainable plan to address the pension crisis and the paydown of pension liability

What You Can Do

  1. CONTACT LS&S and ask them to withdraw their proposal and step away from our library. 
    President Paul Colangelo at 800-638-8725 Paul.Colangelo@lsslibraries.com
    Ed Garnett, Vice President, Business Development, Ed.Garnett@lsslibraries.com
    2600 Tower Oaks Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852, Office: 301.540.5100 Cell: 410.598.2921
  2. E-mail or call city council to voice your concerns.
    Go here City Council to email all council members at once. If you are a resident of one of the council member's districts, however, it might be more effective to mail them directly.
    Council members to thank:
    mmorasco@escondido.org
    odiaz@escondido.org

    Councilmembers who still need to do the right thing, and be reminded we will be considering their position come election day 2018:
    sabed@escondido.org
    jmasson@escondido.org
    egallo@escondido.org
  3. Write a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union Tribune. 150 words or less and send to letters@sduniontribune.com include your name and city of residence.
  4. Sign the online petition. 

Information/Resources

Download Action Alert  and  Save Library Petition 

News articles: Huffington Post, Union Tribune, Times AdvocateSan Diego Union Tribune

Op-Eds: Shifting Library to private hands a bad moveKeep Escondido Public Library PublicHandy Sign that Government is Shirking its duty: Privatize the Library 

 American Library Association publication on questions communities should ask when considering privatization of libraries: Keeping Public Libraries Public: A Checklist for Communities Considering Privatization of Public Libraries


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