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Jun 9 – Let City Council Know You Support Your Library

Dear Library Supporter, I hope you can attend the San Diego City Council meeting on Monday, June 9 at 2 p.m. to let City leaders know the importance of Library services. At this meeting, the Council will consider and possibly vote on the Mayor’s proposed budget. It is important our elected leaders understand that San Diegans value their libraries and expect strong public support for the library system. The Mayor’s Proposed Budget calls for funding additional hours at all libraries, and expands the number of libraries open on Sundays from eight to 12. The proposed budget also creates a new homework service to provide after-school tutoring at 18 libraries. These are important additions. However, the proposed budget calls for a $500,000 decrease in spending for library materials. A majority of Council members have called for a return of those funds in their budget revision memos to the Independent Budget Analyst (IBA). The IBA agrees encouraging the Council to reinstate $500,000 to the Library’s materials budget. We call on the Council to not reduce important funding …

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. “One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of “privateers”; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even …