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On the Issue: Escondido Public Library Privatization

On the Issue: Escondido Public Library Privatization

Last updated: * August 27, 2017 to summarize Escondido City Council meeting on August 23, 2017.  Please see the end of this post for the most recent materials. Escondido Public Library Privatization June 14, 2017 At the Escondido City Council‘s meeting on June 14, 2017 (see agenda, meeting minutes and video broadcast, it was incidentally disclosed that the city was exploring cost saving opportunities by outsourcing library services. In a letter to the city council about the city budget for…

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Earlier this (last?) week (or ~9 days go?), Assemblymember Marie Waldron, who represented Escondido as a State Assemblymember for ~6 years and previously its City Council member for ~13 years, made a now-deleted post on one of her official social media accounts about waiting for election results and her likely victory of the State Assembly District 75 race. The post included a photo of her, mostly likely staff member Tom Stinson along with 2 other individuals. Disturbingly, however, one of…

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2018 Preliminary Election Result Summary

2018 Preliminary Election Result Summary

As of November 11, 2018, 6:00 PM PST with 356,000 outstanding ballots left to be counted in San Diego County: The voter turnout in San Diego County is on-track to reach 65% based on 798,429 ballots cast and 356,000 outstanding ballots left to be counted in San Diego County as of November 11, 2018. The last time a midterm election reached 60% was in 2010 when turnout was 64.23%. In a race where Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (US CA-D50) had…

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New Report: Escondido Wastes $millions on golf course, but can’t save our library. Attend Council on October 24th, 4:30

New Report: Escondido Wastes $millions on golf course, but can’t save our library. Attend Council on October 24th, 4:30

A new analysis out today shows just how badly the majority of the Escondido City Council mismanages city tax dollars.  While outsourcing the library ‘to save money’, the Council was subsidizing millions of dollars to a golf course that runs in the red.  It is also interesting how much worse the JC Resorts contract is with Escondido than with other cities for the same kind of services. The Mayor and Council apparently don’t know how to negotiate contracts which are…

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Please Sign New Library District Petition

Please Sign New Library District Petition

Please sign the New Library Petition  which states We, the undersigned, are calling for the creation of an independent library district that would remove all control of the library from the Mayor and City Council. Further, we will oppose any library bond until management of our library is returned to public control and a plan is in place to re-open an East Valley branch library. Click here to sign   

Library Outsourcing Opponents File for a Restraining Order to Stop handover of Escondido Library to LS&S: Hearing MONDAY AT 8:30 AM

Library Outsourcing Opponents File for a Restraining Order to Stop handover of Escondido Library to LS&S: Hearing MONDAY AT 8:30 AM

Today a filing was made for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) by Alan Geraci on behalf of the Garretts to attempt to stop the imminent handover of our Library to LS&S planned for January 15th. Ex Parte Notice The hearing will be held at Superior court MONDAY, JANUARY 8TH AT 8:30 AM!    325 S. Melrose Drive Vista PLEASE ATTEND IF YOU CAN!  Here are the points and authorities Points and Authorities You can read the excellent declarations below. Roy Garrett…

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Blue View Blog Post: A very poorly negotiated, bum deal for Escondido, a very good deal for Maryland based LS&S.

Blue View Blog Post: A very poorly negotiated, bum deal for Escondido, a very good deal for Maryland based LS&S.

If you do not follow A Blue View for Escondido you should.  Insightful, accurate reporting done here. Blog Post on Library Outsourcing A very poorly negotiated, bum deal for Escondido, a very good deal for Maryland based LS&S. Leave a reply The decision was to be expected, even Councilman Mike Morasco’s change to a yes vote, but I was still left profoundly sad. Not the despair I felt when enough Americans were fooled into voting for the complete AH Trump to…

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