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The truth about library outsourcing to LS&S: A litany of examples we are well-advised to heed

The truth about library outsourcing to LS&S: A litany of examples we are well-advised to heed

OPINION Privatization not the answer for public libraries Capital and Main San Juan Fires Library Managers Testimony on the experience in Jackson County at a hearing on the Prince William Library below Chairman Stewart and Honorable Supervisors, My name is Catherine (Cathy) Shaw. I am a former three-term Mayor of Ashland, Oregon and the author of The Campaign Manager, Running and Winning Local Elections (Perseus Books). Since the 1970s I have worked on many library campaigns in Jackson County, Oregon,…

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Library contract with LS&S in other cities have more protective termination clauses

Library contract with LS&S in other cities have more protective termination clauses

One of the key issues at stake with the library contract is whether or not and under what conditions the City can end the contract.  The draft contract the council will  consider on Wed is very weak and fully in favor of LS&S.  Other contracts in California that LS&S has signed include more protective termination clauses for the public.  Our escape clause should be AT LEAST as favorable to us as these.  As to term as well, they will accept…

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Library contract to be voted on October 18th, 4:30, City Hall– Please attend and oppose this action.

Library contract to be voted on October 18th, 4:30, City Hall– Please attend and oppose this action.

Execution of this contract with LS&S will end the Escondido Public Library as we know it.  The conditions are vague and hard to measure.  LS&S is secretive and proprietary about many important aspects of their work and refuse to reveal their profit margins. Please plan to attend the public hearing on October 18, 2017 at 4:30 at Escondido City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido.  Speak out against this action!  This is our last chance to save our Escondido Library. Please…

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July 31, 2017 Assessment of LS&S proposal by Escondido city staff in charge of the library

July 31, 2017 Assessment of LS&S proposal by Escondido city staff in charge of the library

Through a public records request we secured this important document.  This assessment from the professional staff person and interim director of the library was not shared with the Library Board of Trustees or the City Council members until it was discovered by the Save our Escondido Library Coalition.