Monday, August 22, 2011

AM Alert: Beware the (privatization) beast

A beast is on the loose at the Capitol today -- and we're not talking about Sutter Brown.

A "privatization beast" will be roaming Capitol Park as librarians gather on the south steps to warn of what they say are the perils of privatizing public libraries across the state.

The 11 a.m. presser is being staged in support of Assembly Bill 438, a union-backed bill that would establish a series of hurdles for cities and counties looking to hand over their library operations to private companies. Several California libraries have already signed on with a national contractor called Library Systems & Services.

Privatizing libraries? That's nothing compared to local government, where entire towns and communities have been privatized into HOA-governed common interest developments in many parts of the nation.

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