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That library book fee? Ummm, never mind...

April 21, 2008 |  3:22 pm

A_buck_a_book Remember that scheme to nickel and dime our way out of the city's $405 million budget shortfall by charging a buck for each book that arrives via L.A. Public Library's intra-library loan system? Turns out our mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, isn't on board, David Zahniser reports.

"I didn't make that proposal. The library commission did," the mayor told reporters on Monday morning. "They didn't confer with my office when they did that. It may be that now that they see the proposals I have made, they may reconsider that."

Just hours later came the news that the head of the library, who got 800 e-mails from truly peeved book lovers, wants the Library Commission to drop the buck-a-book proposal. Which makes it almost a done deal. Now go borrow a book.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Los Angeles Times