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Councilman wants shift in control of city library

Posted: July 10, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: July 10, 2012 6:00 a.m.

When the city of Santa Clarita took over the three existing Los Angeles County libraries and formed its own public library system, the City Council members became the library’s board of trustees.

But one member since elected to the council wants to change that, appointing members of the public to be trustees.

The question is expected to come before the full council at tonight’s meeting.

Councilman TimBen Boydston said Monday the library system deserves a board that can dedicate its attention to the library, as do members of the Planning Commission or the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission.

“I would like the board of trustees to be citizens who are knowledgeable and passionate and dedicated to making the library the best place it could be,” Boydston said.

Boydston hopes the library board would be made up of five citizens picked by each council member, then appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

“It is my hope to give the libraries back to the people,” Boydston said.

A city staff report recommended against the move.

If the City Council were to relinquish control of the library to citizens, it would only have control over the annual budget, not other library-related issues, the report says.

The issues is expected to come up during the City Council meeting that starts at 6 p.m. today at Santa Clarita City Hall City Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd.



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