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Senate Elections Committee Will Hear SCA7-Wolk Next Week

June 12, 2013


FROM:    Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist

RE:        News From The Capitol


The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee will be holding a hearing on several measures next Tuesday that propose to change the current two-thirds vote requirement for local construction bonds, special taxes, and school parcel taxes to a 55% vote, including CLA’s sponsored measure, SCA 7 by Senator Wolk.  You will recall that SCA 7 would lower the local vote threshold for the issuance of library construction bonds or for special taxes for the purpose funding library operations.  The measure had a good hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on May 15, and passed out with all Democrat members voting in support.

Because Constitutional Amendments do not have to adhere to the same policy deadlines as regular legislation, they can move through the process at any time.  It was believed that the 55% measures might be held for the rest of the year, and resurrected in 2014 when Democrat Leadership could make some determinations about how to move forward with a united package, rather than 6 or 7 individual measures.  However, SCA 7 has been scheduled in its second policy committee, Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments, for Tuesday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Yesterday when we checked with the Senate Elections Committee, we saw that they were incorporating all of your support letters from the prior hearing in Senate Governance and Finance on to their support list for their committee’s bill analysis.  When we met with the Chief Consultant today he said, “I can’t believe how many letters I have gotten on this bill.”  Thus, you do not need to send your letters again to the Senate Elections Committee, as you will be reflected on the committee analysis.  However, if you did not send a letter previously and would like to do so now, the contact information is as follows:

Senator Norma Torres, Chair
Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee
State Capitol, Room 2203
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Attention:  Darren Chesin, Chief Consultant

Fax Number:  (916) 445-2496


Congratulations to our very own Luis Herrera, of SFPL, who has been awarded Librarian of the Year by Library Journal!  Read the story here.

Luis Herrera

Luis Herrera

Guerilla library seized

Well, maybe not a guerilla library, but evidently, Occupy Wall Street had a library with some 5,000 items, and it all got swept away to the sanitation department.  Some items were returned, but many were not, and some were returned in very poor condition.  Read the story here.

Occupy Wall Street Library

Occupy Wall Street Library

What do people do in libraries, anyway?

The Pew Research Center has announced that they will launch a new study to investigate how the digital age impacts library usage and the users.  The story is hereladder of books

AB 438

October 8, 2011


FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist

Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist

RE: News From the Capitol


This afternoon, Saturday, October 8, Governor Brown signed AB 438 (Williams), the controversial library outsourcing measure CLA has been closely monitoring all year. There was no signing message issued.

The bill, as sent to the Governor, would “impose requirements on a city or library district that intends to withdraw from a county free library system and operate libraries with a private contractor.”

AB 438, as you may recall, is sponsored by the Ventura Reader’s Book Group and was supported by a number of major employee union organizations, including SEIU, California Labor Federation, California Teachers Association, as well as several Friends of the Library groups. It was opposed by the League of Cities, Chamber of Commerce, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, LSSI, and numerous individual cities. During debate on the bill, the supporters argued for the protection of jobs and for more public input on the decision to outsource, while the opposition argued that the “practical effect of the bill was to ban cities from contracting out services, which likely means staff layoffs and branch closures.”

The Governor has until midnight tomorrow to sign or veto the remaining bills on his desk that were sent to him during the close of the 2011 sessio