Help us STOP outsourcing of our Escondido Library- There is still time

If you support our Library
Mayor Abed, Gallo, Masson need to hear from you  
Last week, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Councilmembers Ed Gallo and John Masson voted to move
forward to outsource operations of the Escondido Public Library to the private,
for-profit, out-of-state corporation Library Systems and
Services (LS&S) which specializes in taking over failing libraries. But,
ours isn’t failing. 
We are proud
of our library and its great staff and programs. Outsourcing would spell
the end of our library as we know it.
Please
join the 3,000

residents already opposing outsourcing the library because: 
·    We would lose local control of an important
city resource.
·    Our local tax $$ would go to a corporate
organization in Maryland, not stay here in our community.
·    The cost-benefit analysis did not correctly
assess all impacts.
·    No alternatives (there are many) were
publicly evaluated so that the best option could be selected.
·    This action will further divide the
community and erode support for a bond for a new library.
·    This action will cause a loss of
volunteers, donations, and skilled library personnel.
·    Outsourcing of our library is opposed by
the Escondido Library Board of Trustees, Library Foundation, and American
Library Association
Our library is more
than a building
;
it is the programs and people
who make it the soul of the community. We need to preserve our library as a
true community resource, responsive to the needs of our residents. Although Council
took one vote (3-2) to move forward, a contract has not yet been signed. Please
speak out and stand up for our librarians, patrons, and library programs.  There
is still time!
   
WE NEED TO ACT NOW!
CONTACT Mayor Sam Abed, Ed Gallo, and John
Masson
.
Email or call Mayor’s Office: 760-839-4610 , City Council’s Office: 760-839-4638
Email them all
at once using this link:  
https://www.escondido.org/city-council-contact-us.aspx   or send a letter to 201 North Broadway,
Escondido, CA 92025
Ask them to:
1.      
Stop the LS&S contract process.
2.     
Solicit, evaluate, and consider, at a minimum,
proposals from the current library department and county through a public
process.
3.     
Impanel a Budget Committee to develop a
comprehensive, sustainable plan to address the pension crisis and the paydown
of pension liability
CONTACT LS&S and ask them to withdraw
their proposal and step away from our library. 
President Paul Colangelo at 800-638-8725 Paul.Colangelo@lsslibraries.com
Ed
Garnett, Vice President, Business Development,
Ed.Garnett@lsslibraries.com
2600
Tower Oaks Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852, Office: 301.540.5100 Cell: 410.598.2921
 
SHOW YOUR LOVE To our wonderful current
library staff.  Email jaxelrod@escondido.org  
TALK to your friends and neighbors.  Help Save our Library services!  
SIGN UP Email us at SaveEscondidoLibrary@gmail.com

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