All posts tagged: Budget

May 6 – Support Our Libraries & Write Your Councilmember

What does it mean when “America’s Finest City” happily spends $500k on consultants to sit around and talk about raising money for a football stadium but won’t spend money on librarians and books for its citizens?  – Editor If you can make it attend the Wednesday, May 6 City Council Budget and Government Efficiency Committee meeting at 9 am when the Library’s budget will be discussed. As the Council decides on the Library’s FY16 budget, your participation lets our elected officials see how strongly the community values and supports Library services. The Mayor’s budget calls for a $209,000 reduction in the Library’s materials and book budget. Now is the wrong time to reduce the book and materials budget. Library materials are in great demand. Check outs of books last fiscal year were just off an all-time high and 38 percent higher than just seven years ago. The proposed budget maintains Library hours. We believe hours should be added across the Library system. An important first step in that process would be adding 10.5 hours a …

Bipartisan Budget Agreement – Message from Scott Peters

Dear Friend, The House of Representatives ended its 2013 session last Thursday, on pace to be the least productive Congress since historians started keeping tracking. As much as I love being in San Diego, it’s ridiculous that the House adjourned three weeks before the end of the year with so many critical problems left unresolved. The Budget Agreement I am encouraged by the recent budget deal and hope it signals a reduction in the hyper-partisan, crisis-to-crisis mentality that has become the norm in Washington. For the first time in a long time, the freshman class has brought a problem-solving attitude to D.C. that our constituents expect and deserve. The budget deal, the first to pass Congress in four years, is far from perfect but it dramatically reduces the likelihood of another government shutdown, provides some relief from the sequester over the next two years, and gives the funding predictability that our military and federal agencies desperately need. Congressional To-Do List The list of items to address in 2014 is long, and I will continue to …