A Ventura County judge temporarily blocked the City of Simi Valley from outsourcing its library services to a private company. SEIU Local 721 first filed the lawsuit in early January of 2012 after the City of Simi Valley improperly voted to withdraw from the Ventura County Library system and create its own municipal library.
The Occupy movement has taught us a lot about the role of public spaces. In short, they are under attack. We saw this with the raiding of the Occupy LA encampment and also see this with the privatization of our public libraries.
SEIU 721 member leaders and library workers from Los Angeles and Ventura counties led a successful 14-month campaign to proect quality public services and preserve good, middle class jobs at public libraries.
The fight to stop the Privatization Beast from preying upon our public libraries celebrated another victory as the California State Senate passed AB 438 (Williams) on Sept. 9. This legislation requires basic protections for taxpayers and library patrons when library services are being considered for privatization.
The California Democratic Party's Executive Board passed a Resolution calling on the State Legislature to enact laws that protect Public Libraries from being taken over by for-profit corporations on July 31.
Being a public librarian is a calling that has allowed me to give back to the country that has welcomed me as an immigrant and given me opportunities that would not have been available in my own country.
Santa Clarita residents upset about the recent decision by the City Council to privatize library services without public input say the Council violated the Brown Act, which requires open public meetings.