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Mayor Antonio Villariagosa wants to reopen L.A.'s libraries on Mondays

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When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave his State of the City speech Wednesday night, the focus was on education. But in one of the few moments that he didn't talk about education reform -- when he wasn't getting his biggest applause of the night by talking about fixing potholes -- he touched on public libraries.

KPCC's Frank Stoltz reported that the mayor promised further cuts in city spending, and that "Villaraigosa offered few details, but did offer some good news -- he wants to provide money to reopen libraries on Mondays and add park space.

To absorb budget cuts in July 2010, the Los Angeles Public Library implemented a new schedule, closing all 72 local branches on Sundays and Mondays.

In March, voters supported Measure L, which designates a small share of the city's overall budget to fund the Los Angeles Public Library. It's been a while since I read the small print, so I'm not certain when that kicks in.

Maybe Villaraigosa had Measure L in mind when he mentioned the public library system in his speech. Maybe he was making a strong pro-library statement. Either way, the prospect of our libraries reopening on Mondays sounds like a good idea.

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Don't go to the library on Sunday. Or Monday.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares to take the stage for his State of the City Speech on Wednesday. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

 
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I am glad that the Mayor is going to restore some of the hours to city libraries, but I would rather he reopen the libraries on Sunday instead of Mondays. In my community, family use of the library is tremendous on Sundays. We see more business on Sunday afternoons in four hours then we do all day on Monday (9 hours). Perhaps a better plan is to open Sunday afternoons and then open later in the day on Mondays in time for student and after work library visits.

Outrageous that basic necessities like libraries are closed, ever.

What a dope. First he closes them, then he would like to open them

Please show us all of your arm tattoo's little mayor. I would love to see what all of your markings are and know what they represent.

Touching on libraries is a start. Reopening them on Sundays and/or Mondays will raise trust that it isn't just well-meaning rhetoric ~~~

Looks to me more like when the library starts getting the Measure L funds during the next fiscal year, the Mayor - who made Measure L a necessity by cutting library funds in the first place - wants to take credit for it. Unless he's allocating the library money ON TOP of the Measure L funds, he's just being a sleaze ball. Again.

NO WAY does he allocate more money to the Library then he has to, he is simply attempting to take credit for it.
Just like he will allocate more measure R money to pothole repair all while attempting to get some of the employees to pay 4% towards their retirement health care, while he takes the money he is suppose to pay for the health care and puts it into the General Fund. Lies and deception to fund his programs on the backs of the hard working men and women of the city of la. He might be shocked it is getting voted down employees aren't stupid ya know.

Wants to? Shut up and do it.

Is it not worth your effort to either "read the small print" so as to be "certain when (Measure L) kicks in" or to determine whether Villaraigosa "maybe...was making a strong pro-library statement"? If you're going to report on this vital topic on a major newspaper web site, this surely doesn't seem too much to ask.

This is absurd. It's events like this that cause me to believe I our society is doomed.


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