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County passes law on library-system approval

Posted: March 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.

County supervisors approved a motion supporting state legislation that would require cities to gain voter approval before withdrawing from a county library system during their meeting Tuesday.

The legislation, AB 438, was introduced by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara.

According to the motion, which was brought forward by Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the Santa Clarita Valley, the bill is the result of a California “community’s reaction to the lack of a fully participative process prior to the city council’s (decision) to withdraw from the county’s library system despite extensive public opposition.”

The legislation would require that a city or library district board of trustees that intends to have its libraries operated by a private company gain voter approval before sending a formal notice of withdrawal to a county board of supervisors, according to the motion.

“According to the County Public Library, as introduced, the intent of the bill supports the rights of the community to have a voice in whether they want to receive library services from the county or a private contractor; however, it does not address certain existing withdrawal provisions applicable to the counties of Los Angeles or Riverside.

“Nor does it provide a community voice when cities wish to leave a county public library system,” the motion states.



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