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If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Posted: August 29, 2010 5:26 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Dear Santa Clarita City Council, as a regular user of the Valencia Library who knows first-hand how important the libraries are to Santa Clarita’s less affluent citizens, I am appalled at the planned actions by the Santa Clarita City Council to transfer operation of our libraries to an unknown private company from Maryland.

The city staff and City Council have not taken public input on this major change nor explained clearly why it is a good thing. This is a breach of the trust of our citizens. The current system is working well and is affordable for Santa Clarita. Why change something that is not broken?

Please state publicly your goals with this major change of operation and how you plan to monitor the quality of service should the plan go forward. Without clearly stated goals and a guarantee of monthly reviews with regular users of the libraries, you cannot go forward with this simple cost-saving measure. Corrupting the library system would be a human tragedy for those who depend on it for information on jobs, job skills, school research, preschool social experience, retirement reading and video/entertainment, access to Internet resources and trained reference support. 

Please do not take this drastic action without a period for public education and input. Once again, the current system is working well. Corrupting a good service will have negative consequences for our community and likely your careers. Only people who use the libraries know how great they are and how well they work now.

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