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Privatizing Escondido's Public Library?

Things are moving quickly regarding the Escondido City Council plans to possibly outsource the Escondido Public Library to a Maryland-based for-profit company, Library Systems and Services (LS&S). Although the Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to recommend against doing so, the Escondido City Council has the final say. We expect it to be on the agenda of the August 23 City Council meeting. HOWEVER, we need to have a big presence at this week's City Council meeting, August 16, to show our opposition BEFORE they vote on it.

What You Can Do

  1. Come to the August 23 City Council Meeting. (see details below)
  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, telling them you will remember their vote come election day.
  3. Write a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union Tribune. 150 words or less and send to include your name and city of residence.
  4. Sign the online petition.


City Council meeting, August 23 at 4:30pm:
We expect they will vote on the issue at this meeting. Please plan to attend, and stay tuned for more details.  

Signs 8 1/2” X 11” or smaller only will be allowed indoors.  As you enter the meeting room, please fill out a Speaker’s form even if you do not plan on addressing the Council about the Library.  You can write “decline to speak” and “NO PRIVATIZATION!” on the form.  This will inform the Council how many of us are present. 


News articles: 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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