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8/27/15 - Please follow the link to find a report and slate of candidates from the CLA Leadership Development Committee in preparation for the upcoming CLA elections.  CLA members may nominate active, voting members to be added to the election ballot by petition. Such nominations shall be accompanied by the written consent of the nominee(s) and must be provided to the Executive Director by 5pmWednesday, September 23....[read more]



6/25/15 - Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brown signed the 2015-16 State Budget in a low key event at the State Capitol, alongside Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon.  The Budget bill, AB 93, and a corresponding Budget “trailer bill”, SB 97 (dubbed “Budget bill Junior”), contain the provisions of interest to CLA members, as they both provide specific funding for local library programs...[read more]



6/17/15 - We are pleased to be able to share some good news with you this morning.  Yesterday afternoon, as information was trickling in regarding the agreement made between the two Democrat leaders and the Governor on the 2015-16 Budget, we reported that $2.5 million in much needed funding had been approved for the broadband connection grants.  But what we have learned this morning from the representatives of the Department of Finance is that the dollar amount for these grants was actually increased to $4 million, meaning that many more public libraries will have the ability to connect to the high-speed, broadband “backbone” operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives In California (CENIC), in Phase 2 of implementation this coming year...[read more]



6/16/15 - This afternoon Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon held a joint press conference at the State Capitol to announce that they had reopened the negotiations on the 2015-16 Budget and had reached a formal agreement.  Yesterday the State Senate and Assembly both passed this year’s Budget bill by their constitutional deadline of June 15th, but the Budget assumed higher revenue estimates than what the Governor used in his May Revision of the Budget, released in mid-May...[read more]  

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Commitment to Action Recognized at Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting

6/9/15 - CLA is delighted to partner with with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's More Hopeful Futures Initiative. The initiative will be launched in 2017 as the next phase of a decade-long effort to increase reading proficiency among children from low-income families. Over the next three years, the planned pre-launch activities will reach at least 50,000 children with an enhanced package of screenings and supports designed to accelerate ongoing efforts to improve school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning....[read more]

The Re(a)d Zone: signature initiative announced by the 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

6/8/15 - CLA is excited to announce today our partnership with the 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, on a signature initiative called “The Re(a)d Zone” that will reach more than 50,000 low-income Bay Area children....[read more]