Librarians Cheer Passage of Bill to Keep Libraries Strong

Urge Governor to Sign AB 438 to Protect Taxpayers, Public When Libraries Are Privatized

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from member Cindy Singer, a community library manager from Hacienda Heights upon the Senate’s passage today of AB 438 [Williams]:

“Libraries are a treasured part of our communities. Whatever your views about private versus public control, we can all agree that libraries are too important to get wrong.

“That’s why California’s public librarians are cheering the passage of AB 438 (Williams) today. It not only protects libraries as treasured and central parts of our communities, it protects taxpayers and the library patrons as local governments consider privatization.

“The financial pressures created by the state’s stubborn recession have created an opening for corporations to persuade cash-strapped cities to privatize essential public services like libraries. Often, however, communities learn too late about unanticipated costs and reduced services.

“AB 438 holds private corporations that want to get into the business of serving the public accountable to the public for achieving savings and for maintaining library quality.

“Library patrons young and old and taxpayers deserve nothing less. We call on the Governor to sign AB 438 and keep our libraries strong.”

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