We the undersigned,petition members of Escondido City Council to cease all action in pursuing the privatization of our Public Library. We further contend that it is the responsibility of government, not a private for profit business to provide, protect and preserve public libraries. Public library's collections and services provided at taxpayer’s expense, have always been and should remain a non-profit government responsibility.
The library budget represents 3% of the city’s entire general fund budget. The Escondido Public Library is one of the most used community assets and publicly employed librarians and staff have a direct interface with the public in providing outstanding patron service.
Outsourcing the library to a for profit company will provide less benefits to library staff and likely will result in loss or reduction of our current staff and/or lower wages to library employees.
Public records show that the citizens of Jackson County Oregon in southern Oregon serving the cities of Ashland and Medford want to take back local control of their library and they do not plan to renew their contract with LSS. If Library Systems and Services was so effective why wouldn’t Jackson County want to renew their contract?
Outsourcing the library will seriously diminish the reputation of our fine city of Escondido. Additionally much needed public donations, monetary endowments, volunteering and fund-raising by the Friends of the library will be negatively impacted.
Let’s not cede public control of our fine library to the for-profit LSS company and regret its demise.