San Diego: Residents upset with homeless population at Pacific Beach Library

From San Diego News

” Some are arguing that Pacific Beach Library, at 4275 Cass St., has become a regular homeless hangout at the community’s expense.Answering back, a City library official noted libraries serve everyone, adding enforceable regulations provide security for all while punishing violators.“The Pacific Beach Library recently changed their rules to better accommodate the homeless population,” said PB entrepreneur Mike Spangler. “The previous ‘code of conduct’ specifically prohibited sleeping and resulted in expulsion.“They have relaxed that policy and replaced it with ‘Interfering with another person’s use of the library, or the library staff’s performance of their duties including disturbing, offending, intimidating, annoying or harassing of others or engaging in any disruptive or unsafe behavior,’” Spangler said.Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library director, defended the library system, its mission, and policies.”


‘One Book, One San Diego’ winner to be announced at festival

From San Diego Union Tribune

” This year’s “One Book, One San Diego” winner will be announced during the Festival of Books.Now in its 12th year here, “One Book” asks area residents to read the same book at the same time, and then brings them together to talk about it during the fall at dozens of events around the county and in Baja California.The program is seen, at a time of increasing political divisiveness, as a way to encourage dialogue and understanding about current events, controversial subjects and different cultures.KPBS presents the program in partnership with local libraries, schools and civic organizations.”

San Diego Wants to Place Armed Guards at Libraries in Ocean Beach and Point Loma and at Robb Field Skate Park

From Ocean Beach Rag

” The City of San Diego wants armed private security guards at the branch libraries in Ocean Beach and Point Loma, as well as the Robb Field Skate Park – and at a whole list of other locations around town.San Diego is now officially seeking proposals from security firms, according to 10News, “that would authorize armed or enhanced safety personnel outside more than 50 places, including community parks, skate parks, and library branches. The guards could either carry guns or non-lethal weapons, such as mace or hand restraints, depending on the arrangement.” Comfort stations, euphemisms for public restrooms, are also on the list, however none in OB or Point Loma are on it. Also, none of the parks in Ocean Beach are on the list.”

Mayor’s initiatives to improve San Diego libraries move forward

From KUSI News

” Continuing his commitment to creating more opportunities for residents in every neighborhood to succeed, the City’s Budget and Government Efficiency Committee this week moved forward two initiatives proposed by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer to promote greater efficiency within the library system, encourage public access and provide more equitable distribution of resources to branch libraries across the city.“This is all about making sure library doors are open to every San Diegan,” Mayor Faulconer said. “These new policies will eliminate a program that hadn’t proved to be effective and more evenly distribute resources to all branch libraries, particularly for those in historically underserved communities. The changes we are making are another big step in creating One San Diego.”The committee approved a plan to reform the Library Donations Matching Fund to more evenly distribute resources among the City’s 36 branch

San Diego : Pacific Highlands Ranch Library design a mix of modern, hacienda styles

From Del Mar Times

“Reviews were mixed on the first set of design drawings for the new Pacific Highlands Ranch Library at a Carmel Valley Community Planning Board design subcommittee meeting on March 19. Planned to open in three to four years, the new 18,000-square-foot library will border the Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch’s open space promenade on Village Center Loop Drive.Jim Gabriel, of Hanna Gabriel Wells Architecture, unveiled his vision for a modern building that he said drew inspiration from the pastoral and farmhouse history of Carmel Valley, as well as notes from the hacienda-style architecture of Pacific Highlands Ranch.”

San Diego :Library proposes eliminating fines on overdue books

From Fox San Diego

” The city’s library director said Wednesday she is proposing the elimination of fines for overdue library books in an effort to restore access to literacy resources in low-income communities, where as many as 57 percent of cardholders have been barred from checking out books because of outstanding bills.The problem with fines doesn’t end with equity issues.
The San Diego Public Library spends more than $1 million each year in staff time and other costs to collect about $700,000 in late fees. And the fines are ineffective in changing the behavior of those who have failed to return the 296,000 books, DVDs and other library items currently overdue — otherwise there would be no overdue items, Library Director Misty Jones told the City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.”

Library proposes eliminating fines on overdue books

San Diego : City may seek armed guards at Central Library, other parks

From 10 News

” The city of San Diego may seek armed guards to patrol downtown’s Central Library and multiple other locations open to the public.A city spokeswoman confirmed to 10News that it intends to issue a request for proposals that would allow it the option to have armed security services. The city’s current security firm, called Able, Patrol and Guard, is not allowed to carry weapons. City documents show that it patrols the Central Library, multiple community parks, City Hall, and even Brown Field.The city wouldn’t give a specific reason for the move, but multiple guards said the situation with the homeless at the Central Library has deteriorated to the point that it’s unsafe. One guard said he and his colleagues have been spit on, threatened, and surrounded while patrolling the property, especially in the wee hours of the morning.”