Friday, August 11, 2017

ENU letter to Mayor and Council to OPPOSE library outsourcing

Today, members of Escondido Neighbors United filed a letter to urge opposition to outsourcing our public library.   ENU comment letter to City Council on Library Outsourcing

Everyone is encouraged to communicate your thoughts with the Escondido Mayor and Council on this important topic.  You can file an email to them here .

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Library Trustees agree with public, Vote unanimously to oppose outsourcing our library

Sporting library heart badges, over 150 residents were on-hand as the Board of Library Trustees voted unanimously to oppose the outsourcing of the Escondido Library.

Citing concerns about loss of transparency, accountability, volunteer support, and community cohesion speaker after speaker urged the Trustees to save the library and recommend against outsourcing.  A frequent theme of the commenters was a lack of trust and confidence in the current Council majority when it comes to libraries. It was very apparent the Council closing of the East Valley Branch is still an open wound for Escondido residents.  At the end of the meeting the Trustees voted unanimously to oppose outsourcing and the audience burst into cheers!

Media Release

This is a significant victory for Save Our Escondido Library Coalition who have worked tirelessly since the first heard about this threat to our library last month, but the fight is not over!  The City council still has to vote on this.  Please join the Save Our Escondido Library Coalition at the next City Council meeting on August 16th.  A rally in front of City Hall will be held at 3:30 and residents are invited to speak to the Council directly on public comment at 4:30.

Please email Liz White at to be added to the Save the Escondido Library Coalition information list.  You can also visit On the Issue Escondido Indivisible

Monday, August 7, 2017

Please help save our Escondido Library! Attend meeting Tuesday, August 8th, 2PM Escondido Library

The library Trustee meeting tomorrow is critical.  Media Advisory for August 8 meeting, 2 PM Escondido Library  The two quotes below are important to understanding the unintended consequences if the Mayor and his supporters on the Council take this action.  Please let them know we do not want to degrade our community by outsourcing our last remaining library.

See info below.  Bring a 8 x 11 sign.  Also, please mark your calendars for August 16th when the Council may be making the final decision.

Coalition to stand against outsourcing at Library Trustee Board Tuesday, August 8, 2 PM at the Escondido Library

Residents say degrading our library degrades our city

Escondido, CA:  On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 2 PM at the Escondido Library, residents will urge the Mayor-appointed Board of Trustees to recommend against privatization of our library services. The Coalition now has 100s of members and is collecting signatures on two petitions opposing the outsourcing proposal.   

Library volunteer Virginia Abushanab warned One thing I don't think the City Council has considered is the value of the volunteers that they are about to lose.  As a long-time volunteer, I can guarantee that I, and all the volunteers I've spoken with, are not going to offer our free services to a company who will increase their bottom line from them.  Are the members aware that there are 213 active volunteers on the roster and in June alone of this year they gave a total of 2407 hours? What a coincidence, it comes almost exactly to the $400,000 Mr Epp says will be saved. 

Debbie Resler, a frequent library user said “A library is an essential resource. One reason I value this community is our public library.  We’ve already lost one Escondido library - we need to make sure that the remaining one is focused on meeting the needs of our local community, and not maximizing revenue for a private, for-profit company.

Librarian Whitney McCoy, MLIS candidate, will present her findings on the past record of Library Systems & Services (LS&S) the company proposed to take over the library receiving $2.4 million annual payments from the city.

Attendees will be carrying signs and the petition drive continues outside of the library.  The petitions have over 800 signatures opposed to privatization in the first week of collection.  Members will be on hand to speak to the media.

About Save Our Escondido Library Coalition: The coalition was formed by local Escondido community groups and local residents in response to the City of Escondido’s move to consider privatization of the Escondido Public Library. The coalition seeks to educate themselves and the public and to provide a conduit for Escondido residents to voice their concerns.