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Legislature Adjourns 2017 Session

9/18/2017 - On Saturday, September 16, the California State Legislature officially adjourned the 2017 session in the early morning hours, after concluding their work in processing hundreds of pieces of legislation over the course of the week.  The Senate and Assembly debated controversial bills pertaining to “cap and trade,” cannabis regulation, the siting of cell phone towers, prescription drug prices, and affordable housing, as the hours ticked down to the close of session.  While rules of the Senate and Assembly state that there should be no policy hearings during the final week of session, policy hearings nonetheless happened with great frequency, as bills needed final vetting before they headed to their respective Floors...[read more]


CLA comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality

8/21/2017 - Recently, CLA made comments into the newly established FCC inbox for comments on Net Neutrality.  Read CLA's comments here.


Book Banning of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at Conejo Valley Unified School District

8/18/2017 - The recent discussions about book banning of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at Conejo Valley Unified School District have captured the attention of the American Library Association, California Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Attached please find the letter on behalf of James LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, addressing our concerns.
 
The meeting resulted in board approval of Sherman Alexie's novel in the ninth-grade curriculum.  For more details, please follow the [link]

 

CALLS OR EMAILS NEEDED – SCA 3-DODD - End-Of-Session Push For Support of Library Construction Measure

8/8/2017 - On August 21 the California Legislature will return from a one-month Summer break and will rapidly process a substantial workload that remains for the 2017 Session, before they adjourn the session on Friday, September 15th.  One of the remaining major items to be taken up by the State Senate is SCA 3 by Senator Dodd, which seeks to lower the vote threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  SCA 3 is sponsored by CLA.

SCA 3 requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate – 27 votes out of 40 – for passage.  Every “yes” vote is essential. Your two-minute call to your California State Senator is urgently needed.  Emails are also encouraged.  Read more for instructions on contacting your Senator...[read more]

 

BUDGET CONFEREES CONCLUDE THEIR WORK - Funding Provided for Career Online High School and After School Programs

6/12/2017 - The Senate and Assembly members who make up the powerful Budget Conference Committee, concluded their work on the State Budget in a hearing at the Capitol late last night.  The Conferees approved $3 million in funding for Career Online High School under the State Library, as well as $50 million for the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES.) However, we were disappointed when the 10 legislators decided not to fund any broadband connection grants for public libraries in the 2017-18 Budget. ...[read more]

 

ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES $7 MILLION FOR KEY LIBRARY PROGRAMS

5/23/2017 - This morning at the State Capitol, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance approved $7 million in combined funding for two popular public library programs – broadband connection grants and Career Online High School.   

As we reported to CLA members on May 11, there has been an active effort underway by CLA for the last few months to try to secure additional funding to connect public libraries to the high speed, broadband “backbone” operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) in Phase 3 of implementation.   As part of that effort, Assemblywoman Cecila Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) and 13 of her colleagues signed a letter directed to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee Chair, urging adoption of additional funding for the library broadband project, as well as the popular Career Online High School program...[read more]

 

ACTION ALERT:  CALLS NEEDED TO SENATORS IN SUPPORT OF SCA 3-DODD
A TWO MINUTE CALL CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

5/22/2017 - Your help is needed for a major advocacy effort over the next two weeks, to encourage California State Senators to support SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa).  The measure, which is sponsored by CLA, seeks to lower the vote threshold for local construction and renovation bonds for public libraries from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  SCA 3 recently passed its second policy committee at the State Capitol and is now awaiting a vote on the Senate Floor.  Because SCA 3 is a constitutional amendment, the minimum vote required for passage on the Senate Floor is two-thirds of the body – or 27 of the 40 members...[read more]

 

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TO SAVE LIBRARY FUNDING! TODAY IS THE DEADLINE!

5/19/2017 - CT, DE, HI, MN, NJ & RI are the only states where both Senators have signed on to support federal funds for libraries.  It’s critical that we get more Senators to sign on by the end of today.  If you don't live in those states, please contact your Senators' offices now to #SaveIMLS. Today's the deadline.  Visit this site to call, email or Tweet your Senators’ offices:http://ow.ly/CCJT30bSyU1 — there are ready to use messages on the site.

 
Please visit Fight for Libraries! today and check if your two U.S. Senators have signed on to both letters. It’s quick and easy. If your Senators are not on board, they need to hear directly from their constituents—you! The Fight for Libraries! site links directly to ALA’s Legislative Action Center, which provides call and email templates to simplify your efforts.

 

2018 Conference Announcement!

I am thrilled to announce that our 2018 annual conference will be held in Santa Clara on November 7-11th. Santa Clara is a vibrant community in the heart of Silicon Valley with the convention center minutes away from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, Levi Stadium, downtown San Jose and more. The conference planning committee recruitment and other CLA committee recruitment will be underway soon.  

Stay tuned! 
Dolly Goyal

 

GOVERNOR RELEASES REVISED BUDGET WITH MODEST CHANGES
State Library Budget Holds Steady

5/11/2017 - This morning Governor Jerry Brown released his “May Revision” of the State Budget before the press corps at the State Capitol.  The May Revision, or “May “Revise” as it is called, is an opportunity for the Governor to update his January Budget, based on the latest revenue projection numbers, which include April tax receipts and anticipated actions at the Federal level.  Governor Brown acknowledged that his May Revise approach was a modest one, saying, “It is very cruel to fund programs and then pull the rug out from under them.”  In his overview, the Governor said he is quite concerned about the effort in Washington D.C. to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act and how that may impact California revenues.  He stated, “’Repeal and Replace’ would be really bad news for California.  It would be ugly….That’s why we will fight it as hard as we can...[read more]

 

SENATE ELECTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS COMMITTEE PASSES SCA 3-DODD

5/2/2017 - Yesterday afternoon Senator Bill Dodd’s SCA 3, which would lower the local vote threshold for new library construction or renovation, from the current two-thirds vote to 55%, passed its second policy committee.

SCA 3, which is sponsored by the California Library Association, was heard in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee where it passed on a vote of 4 to 1.  Senator Dodd presented the measure and highlighted the 160 million library visits that were reported in 2014-15 (CA State Research Bureau data) and he called the libraries an “extension of our public school system.”  Similar to the hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on March 29, CLA and Senator Dodd were grateful to have the assistance of former Senator Lois Wolk, who offered lead testimony for the “support” side.  Senator Wolk called SCA 3 a “reasonable ask” and noted how communities benefit from a library’s safe environment and their “extraordinary services.”  Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory also provided lead testimony, noting that the Napa Board of Supervisors had voted to unanimously support SCA 3.    As a civil engineer, he said he valued the important programs available at the library, such as online tutoring, which helps countless individuals reach their educational goals...[read more]

 

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]