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LETTERS NEEDED FOR SCA 3-DODD - Next Policy Hearing Has Been Set For Measure Lowering Vote Threshold for Library Construction

4/17/2017 - Recently we reported that SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) had a successful hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee at the State Capitol, with the measure passing on a 5-2 party-line vote.  The legislation seeks to lower the local vote threshold from the current two-thirds to 55% for library construction and renovation bond measures.  This bill is sponsored by CLA.

SCA 3 has been “double-referred,” meaning that it will now head to its second policy committee for review and debate.  SCA 3 will be heard in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee on Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m.  Letters of support from libraries, Friends and Trustees, cities, counties, special districts, and architectural and construction firms are needed.   In the previous policy committee, there was not a strong showing of letters from library supporters, and most recently, the bill has received strong opposition from taxpayer groups.  So, in order to send a message that SCA 3 is of significant importance to the library community, Senator Dodd and the committee will need a much better show of support in the form of letters...[read more]

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 BEATTY AWARD RECIPIENT

4/12/2017 - It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas and published by Clarion Books has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award. 

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel is a coming of age story of Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh living in California’s Newport Beach in the late 1970s.  The committee loved the honesty and humor of the voice of Zomorod living in California during the Iranian Revolution.  Dumas weaved together a heartwarming story of an immigrant family that will win the hearts of many readers...[read more]

 

FEDERAL BUDGET NEWS - YOUR ACTION REQUESTED TODAY!

3/16/2017 

 

Dear California Library Community:

 

If you have not yet seen the news this morning, the new Federal budget (among other things) eliminates the IMLS. 

  • Calvert, 42nd District  (Corona/IE)
  • Valadao, 21st District (Hanford)
  • Roybal-Allard, 40th District (Commerce)
  • Lee, 13th District (East Bay)
  • Aguilar, 31st District (San Bernardino/IE)

Please get on the phone with your representatives today, this is urgent. 

 

Helen McAlary,

President, California Library Association 

 

SENATOR DODD’S MEASURE TO LOWER VOTE THRESHOLD FOR LIBRARY BONDS PASSES FIRST COMMITTEE

3/29/2017 - Today the Senate Governance and Finance Committee heard and passed CLA’s sponsored measure, SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd, which seeks to lower the local voter threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  Senator Dodd (D-Napa) introduced his measure and called public libraries “vital and vitally important to our communities.”  He argued that “local library jurisdictions are willing to go to the voters with local financing measures, and local library officials believe, as do I, that local library bonds should have the same voter threshold as school bonds….55%.  In many ways, our local public libraries are extensions of our public school system.  SCA 3 would simply ask the voters if they agree that local library bonds should be treated the same as school bonds.  I believe that’s a fair question to ask of our voters.” ...[read more]

 

SUPPORT LETTERS NEEDED FOR SCA 3-DODD BY MARCH 20

3/13/2017 - As recently reported, SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 29.  The bill, which is sponsored by the California Library Association, seeks to lower the local vote threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  This bill would bring libraries in line with the same 55% vote threshold that is currently afforded K-12 schools for local construction bonds.....[read more]

 

SCA 3-DODD:  55% VOTE FOR LIBRARY BOND CONSTRUCTION – SET FOR FIRST HEARING MARCH 29

2/16/2017 - *Action Requested*SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd has been set for hearing in its first policy committee in the State Senate.  As recently reported, the measure seeks to lower the local vote threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  SCA 3 is being referred to two different policy committees in the State Senate, with the first stop being the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 29 at the State Capitol....[read more]

 

SENATOR BILL DODD INTRODUCES SCA 3

1/31/2017 - Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 3, which seeks to lower the vote threshold for the passage of local library construction bond projects from the current 2/3rds local vote requirement to 55%. In a press release issued by Senator Dodd, he stated, “Our public libraries provide critical services to our state, educating future generations, promoting lifelong learning and providing cultural enrichment.  That’s why we need to empower local communities to better maintain and expand the accessibility and capacity at their public libraries.”   Two Senators have also agreed to co-author the measure:  Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)...[read more]

 

GOVERNOR BROWN RELEASES 2017-18 STATE BUDGET

1/10/2017 - At 11 a.m. today, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his 2017-18 State Budget before the press corps at the Capitol.  The Governor called for cautious spending in the coming Budget year due to a projected $2 billion shortfall, as well as the anticipation of federal policy changes under the new Presidential Administration, which might significantly affect the state’s General Fund.  Specifically, related to library funding in the Budget, the Governor does not propose new spending; instead he holds the line on all of the current baseline spending in the various library programs (e.g. California Library Services Act, the state literacy program, and funding for the library broadband project in conjunction with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California - CENIC).  The Governor did highlight, however, the work of public libraries in a special section entitled, “Investing in California’s Workforce.”...[read more]

 

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]