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Coming Soon! CLA 2015 Day in the District

1/16/15 - It’s almost time for Day in the District (DID)!  DID is simple – it is nothing more than meeting and building relationships with your legislators in their district offices, rather than at the busy State Capitol.

Why is it important that you take part in DID?  Jan Sanders, Pasadena Public Library Director, says this: “CLA’s signature advocacy event, DID, is a great way to get acquainted with your legislators.  I’ve found them more relaxed and receptive when they are “at home.” I take along some of our publicity items; and I ALWAYS invite them to attend our events, be recognized, and perhaps say a few words.  Meeting with them gives them a very real face for libraries.  Making the trek to their offices shows respect for the person and the position, and I think they appreciate the effort.  We have a wonderful opportunity presented when we take advantage of this traditional visit.  Don’t let that opportunity slip by!”....[read more]

Governor Brown Introduces 2015-16 Budget: Slashes $4 Million From Public Library Programs

1/09/15 - This morning Governor Brown introduced his 2015-16 State Budget before an assembly of the press corps in the State Capitol in Sacramento.  The Governor’s Budget summary document, released in conjunction with the Budget indicates that “the state budget, after a decade of fiscal turbulence, is finally balanced – more precariously than I would like – but balanced.”  While the Governor’s Budget gives most of any new revenue, gained due to an slowly recovering economy, to K-12 schools, he also proposes new spending in areas of public safety, health and human services, and climate change.  However, most disappointing, the Governor slashes $4 million from the State Library Budget – money which was included last year in the Budget to bolster the California Library Services Act, the State Literacy program, and so-called “hardship” grants for those libraries needing to connect to the new high-speed Internet backbone operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)....[read more]

Library Advocacy: What You Can Do Now

12/10/14 - The new year is just around the corner, and this is a great time to be laying the groundwork for CLA’s 2015 advocacy efforts! Are you curious to know what you can be doing to strengthen California libraries? Please refer to CLA’s Year-Round Advocacy Calendar for some tips for the 4th quarter and beyond, and consider these other activities that take very little time but can have an enormous impact...[read more]

New Legislators Sworn in at State Capitol 

12/02/14 - At noon yesterday, the California State Assembly and Senate convened at the State Capitol to welcome the legislative winners of the November 2014 election, and to officially kick-off the 2015-16 Legislative Session.  In the Assembly, 27 new members were sworn in to office during a ceremony filled with modest pomp and circumstance. [read more]