County snubs Law Library: Civil grand jury urged ongoing funding; San Mateo County says ‘no’

From The Daily Journal

” The San Mateo County Law Library will not get any extra money from the Board of Supervisors to stave off its fiscal crisis, according to a report by County Manager John Maltbie.The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury issued its own report in June that urged the board to provide supplemental funding to the Law Library since its primary source of funding from civil court filing fees has steadily decreased since 2010. The grand jury report stated that the library, near the Hall of Justice in downtown Redwood City, is in “serious jeopardy” and a “unique resource.”But in a response letter to the grand jury, the Board of Supervisors states that there are cheaper ways to provide services such as expanded use of online legal resource systems and public libraries.The Law Library served nearly 8,000 patrons in fiscal year 2014-15. About half were members of the general public, county employees and students and the other half were members of the legal community.Library revenue have decreased 52 percent in five years.The grand jury wanted supervisors to promptly adopt a formal policy to mitigate the Law Library’s fiscal crisis and establish ongoing supplemental funding immediately.”