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Annual Conference 2016: Swing Into Action

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CLA ELECTIONS ARE OPEN - VOTE TODAY 

Elections for the California Library Association President-elect and two new Board members  opens today.  Here is a link to the candidates, their statements and bios. The election will remain open until Monday, October 3 at 5:00PM. 

2016 CLA ELECTIONS PAGE

 

 

LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP

9/15/2016 - The second year of the two-year session concluded with the Senate and Assembly working early into the morning of September 1.  Controversial issues pertaining to climate change, paid family leave, and farm worker overtime pay, dominated the final days of session, with the debate on the farm worker housing issue alone lasting over two hours on the Assembly Floor...[read more]

 

STATE BUDGET SIGNED: CSLA FUNDING DETAILS

6/30/2016 - Monday afternoon Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the 2016-17 State Budget and corresponding Budget “trailer bills,” both of which contain new funding for the California Library Services Act.  The Governor issued a press release after signing the Budget bill, SB 826-Leno stating, “This solid budget makes responsible investments in California and sets aside billions of dollars to prepare for the next recession.”  Due to very collaborative negotiations between the legislature and the Governor, when the Governor signed the Budget bill he did not “blue pencil” or make targeted reductions to any of the programs in SB 826...[read more]

 

 

ASSEMBLY AND SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES APPROVE LIBRARY FUNDING FOR CLSA

5/25/2016 - This morning at the State Capitol, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance approved, without discussion, $1.8 million in “ongoing funding” for the California Library Services Act and $3 million in “one time funding” for CLSA to encourage innovative “digital delivery” projects among the 8 regional Systems.  The vote of the Assembly Subcommittee was unanimous (5-0).  Last week, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance also approved the same funding motions for the CLSA on a unanimous vote of 3-0....[read more]

 

 

2016 YOUTH SERVICES INSTITUTE A SUCCESS!

5/17/2016 - Over 100 California librarians, library staff and authors gathered together at Ontario City Library to attend this first ever Institute consisting of professional development workshops aimed at improving and advocating for youth services programming in public libraries within the state.....[read more]

 

GOVERNOR BROWN RELEASES UPDATED 2016-17 BUDGET
He recommends no new spending with tax revenues down $1.9 billion 

5/13/2016 - This morning Governor Jerry Brown appeared before the press corps at the State Capitol to release his “May Revision” of the 2016-17 State Budget.  The “May Revision” or “May Revise” is an annual document that is prepared by the Governor, which seeks to update the Governor’s January Budget, to reflect the state’s current fiscal condition after April tax receipts have been accounted for and various state and national financial factors are incorporated.   Governor Brown’s May Revise notes that the “tax revenue forecast has been reduced by $1.9 billion, reflecting poor April income tax receipts and more sluggish sales tax receipts than expected.”  The Governor spent a significant amount of time referring to a series of charts that predicted past economic turn-downs, and he cautioned, “Like everything else, things don’t last forever.  We need to prepare for our time of necessity.”  The “Revise” also warns, “By 2019-20, the annual shortfall between spending and revenues is forecast to be over $4 billion.  This shortfall does not take into account the likelihood of an economic slowdown or recession.”  The predicted shortfall is partly due to the Proposition 30 taxes that will expire unless the voters approve the extension via an initiative this November.  In light of this, the “Revise” states, “Until the voters decide this important question, no significant new ongoing spending commitments should be made.  The May Revision reflects this principle.”....[read more]

 

ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE CONSIDERS LIBRARY FUNDING
Legislators opt to hold items open, pending May Revision

5/5/2016 - Yesterday afternoon, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance reviewed the Governor’s Budget proposal which seeks to provide additional funding to the California Library Services Act.  You will recall from our previous reports that Governor Brown is recommending $1.8 million in new, ongoing funding be provided to the CLSA (which would be added to the existing $1.8 million currently in the Act).  The Governor is also proposing adding $3 million in new “one-time” money for the CLSA, with the purpose of encouraging greater digital delivery innovations between the regional systems.  CLA is supporting the Governor’s CLSA proposals....[read more]

 

THIS BRIDGE WILL NOT BE GRAY BY DAVE EGGERS ANNOUNCED AS 2016 JOHN AND PATRICIA BEATTY AWARD RECIPIENT

4/12/2016 - This Bridge Will Not Be Gray written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Tucker Nichols, and published by McSweeney’s  has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award...[read more]

 

GOVERNOR BROWN ISSUES PROCLAMATION DECLARING CALIFORNIA LIBRARY WEEK

4/11/2016 - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring April 10 through 16, 2016, as California Library Week in the State of California...[read more]


ACTION ALERT: LETTERS NEEDED IN SUPPORT OF LIBRARY FUNDING IN CALIFORNIA STATE BUDGET

4/8/2016 - The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees have been meeting weekly at the State Capitol in order to review and to make recommendations regarding various program funding areas proposed in Governor Brown’s 2016-17 State Budget.  We need your help!  Would you please take a few minutes in the coming days to send letters to 10 key legislators involved in the Budget process, in order to ensure that the California Library Association’s “Budget ask” is realized.  Contact information for these Senators and Assemblymembers can be found at the end of this report, and bullet points have been provided in order to help you craft a quick letter.  Letters are due by April 29....[read more]

 

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE DISCUSSES BUDGET FUNDING FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

3/22/2016 - Late last week the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance held a hearing at the State Capitol to review Governor Brown’s proposed funding increase for the California Library Services Act.  You will recall that when the Governor released his January 2016-17 Budget, it included a proposal to add $1.8 million to the baseline for ongoing funding for the California Library Services Act (which would bring the baseline to a total of $3.6 million) and the Governor proposed an additional $3 million in “one time” funding (meant to be used during the 2016-17 fiscal year only) for the CLSA...[read more]