Escondido privatizes public library

From Fox San Diego

” The Escondido City Council voted Wednesday night to privatize the city library, ignoring pleas from hundreds of residents who turned out to oppose the move.The City Council chamber was packed for the meeting, with the vast majority of attendees clearly concerned about the plan to turn the city’s library over to Library Systems and Services, a Maryland-based management company.”Do not do this,” one speaker urged. “This proposed contract is a mistake.””We’re paying a private equity firm here $2.4 million a year,” another said. “It’s wrong. Please listen to these citizens.”Before the meeting began, library supporters took to the streets to rally opposition to the plan. Opponents said that giving control of the library to a private company will be the beginning of the end.”We have a Barnes and Noble in town,’ said Debbie Resler, Library Supporter. “I happen to be very fond of that store, but we have one. We don’t need our library to be another clone of that .”It’s their policy to buy books in bulk and so kind of a Costco approach to it. So we’ll be getting the same books they get in Maryland and other libraries they control in the country,” said Brenda Townsend, Library Volunteer.”

Escondido privatizes public library