L.A.’s library cuts don’t add up

LA Times – “In this year of shortfalls and cutbacks, libraries have taken some of the hardest hits. Eight regional libraries began closing on Sundays earlier this year. Last month, hours at the city’s 73 neighborhood branches were cut back a day, to five days a week, starting July 18. Council members are considering placing a $30-million tax measure on the November ballot. It would cost property owners an extra $39 annually — about what I paid in late fees on library books last year. And it would let neighborhood libraries stay open six days again. But it wouldn’t bring back the librarians who were laid off or forced into retirement.”

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