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GOVERNOR NEWSOM RELEASES FIRST STATE BUDGET: Funding Proposed for Library Programs and Prison Literacy

1/10/2019 - At 11 a.m. this morning, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference at the Secretary of State’s Office auditorium to present the first state Budget of his new Administration.  Governor Newsom introduced a $209 billion proposed Budget, of which $144 billion is General Fund (e.g. versus “special funds,” etc.). The Governor explained in detail numerous programs that were priorities for him, stating, “I want to do justice to the magnitude of the decisions.  These dollars are attached to real people and real people’s lives.” He has focused a great deal of new funding in health and human services and K-12 and higher education, including early childhood education, special education, and providing the first two years free for community college enrollees.   The Governor also cautioned that the state has been in a prolonged economic recovery, and said it is important to guard against the next Recession. He uses funding to pay down the so-called “wall of debt” that was incurred under previous Administrations and he places $2.3 billion into reserves for future disasters (fires, earthquakes). “The message we are advancing here is discipline,” the Governor stated.  As such, he has dedicated a large amount of the new funding to “one-time” enhancements (must be spent in Budget year 2019-2020), rather than “ongoing” funds...[read more]

 

THE CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY HAS AWARDED CLA $1,000,000 LOCAL ASSISTANCE GRANT FOR 2019 LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY PROGRAMS

1/2/2019 - The California State Library has awarded California Library Association a $1,000,000 local assistance grant to support the expansion and enhancement of the Lunch at the Library program for Summer 2019. These funds are intended to expand the number of, and enhance the quality of, library meal sites in California. 

California libraries will be offered the opportunity to apply for these funds through mini grants. The grants will support program expansion and enhancement, and library jurisdictions providing pop-up programming at community (non-library) summer meal sites....[read more]

 


ACA 1 INTRODUCED:  WOULD LOWER VOTE THRESHOLD FOR LOCAL CONSTRUCTION BONDS

12/5/2018 - Yesterday afternoon the Assembly and Senate convened at the State Capitol for the purpose of swearing in the newly elected legislators for the 2019-20 legislative session.  The celebratory day featured opening remarks from Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and even a rousing standing ovation for the departing Governor, Jerry Brown.  The legislature will now be in Recess for the rest of December and will return to begin their Session on January 7.  Before the day concluded, legislators were allowed to introduce their first legislation of the session.  A surprisingly large number of bills (198) were introduced in total.  One measure, ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry will be of particular interest and potentially of great benefit to CLA members as the 2019-20 session kicks into gear...[read more]

 

2018 CLA Elections

10/18/2018 - We would like to congratulate and welcome our newest CLA board members President-Elect Hilary Theyer, Secretary Stephanie Beverage, and Board Members at Large Jayanti Addleman, Chris Brown, Shawn Thrasher, and Emily Weak.  Please follow the link for full election results...[read more]

 

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS 2018-19 BUDGET: A GREAT YEAR FOR LIBRARIES!

6/29/2018 - On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2018-19 State Budget at a press conference, flanked by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, and Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell.   The Governor, nearing the end of his final term in office, stated, “When I took office back in 2011, with the state facing a $27 billion deficit, I pledged to work with the Legislature to fix California’s financial mess. Today, the final Budget I sign delivers on that pledge and prepares us for the future...[read more]