Resolution on Protecting Public Libraries
Whereas, public libraries are vital for a free and open democracy, an educated, literate and informed citizenry, and they promote increased economic activity where they are located and act as a storehouse of our culture, history and politics and as such should not be turned into a for-profit enterprise and,
Whereas, Santa Clarita’s and other California jurisdiction’s libraries have been subject to what amounts to hostile takeovers or attempts of hostile takeovers by a for-profit, out of state corporation, Library Systems & Services LLC(LSSI) despite strong citizens’ objections, and
Whereas, the for-profit library movement (now the nation’s fifth-largest library system) makes its profits by cutting union jobs and pensions, lowering employee incomes and cutting back on patron services, while the costs of running these libraries still comes entirely at the expense of the taxpayers;
Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls on the State Legislature to enact laws that will protect Public Libraries from being taken over by a for-profit corporation, and
Be it further resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party sends a copy of this resolution will be sent to the Democratic delegation of the State Legislature.
Author: Carole Lutness, 38th AD
Passed by LACDP 4/12/11