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Letter: Another view of library-change plan

Posted: April 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Regarding “Our View: Prepare for change July 1,” March 27:

When The Signal publishes “Our View,” my perception is that I am going to read a valid argument truthfully representing both sides. But not this time.

Comparing the LSSI service charge with the county’s library overhead rate is apples and oranges. Claiming that the county has developer fees that should be used to build libraries without mentioning that the city collects library developer fees also is very misleading.

I would have liked to sit in at the new-library negotiation and hear how much of city’s fees were being “ponied up” to build a new library three times the recommended size. Calling it “blackmail” when the county stops work on the Canyon Country library after being told their services were being terminated is childish.

Furthermore, Santa Clarita has not subsidized libraries in Bell or anywhere else. The figures on the city of Santa Clarita website show the county subsidizing Santa Clarita libraries to the tune of more than $5 million since 2002.

This “city good, county bad” stuff is not in our best interest, and has to stop.

Myself and everyone else in Santa Clarita is a resident of both the county of Los Angeles and the city of Santa Clarita. Each project proposed, by either of them, should be considered for its benefits and cost. Articles honestly delving into benefits and costs is where The Signal should concentrate it’s resources.

Dishonestly vilifying the county just to sell a project will surely end up biting Santa Clarita in the end.


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