Photo of the Day: California Privitization Beast


The Librarians should be glad they are not being replaced with a PC, i-Pad and Google.

But, a protest?

A beast is on the loose at the Capitol today — and we’re not talking about Sutter Brown.

A “privatization beast” will be roaming Capitol Park as librarians gather on the south steps to warn of what they say are the perils of privatizing public libraries across the state.

The 2 p.m. presser is being staged in support of Assembly Bill 438, a union-backed bill that would establish a series of hurdles for cities and counties looking to hand over their library operations to private companies. Several California libraries have already signed on with a national contractor called Library Systems & Services.

The bill, by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams, passed the Assembly on a 44-28 vote and is currently awaiting floor action in the state Senate. Supporters argue privatizing libraries can result in added fees for users and restrict access to services, while opponents say making privatization more difficult would hinder local governments’ abilities to make cost-saving decisions.


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