I can’t say thank you enough to everyone at the California Library Association’s Conference in Long Beach this last week. We had an amazing conference and met with so many people who were supportive of the work that we are gearing up to do to pass the propositional amendment stemming from SCA7.
SAC7 will be a constitutional change that would allow “the imposition, extension, or increase of a special tax by a city, county, city and county, or special district, as may otherwise be authorized by law for the purpose of funding public libraries,” by only 55% instead of current 66% supermajority that is now required. This means that libraries would no longer have to win by a supermajority to gain the funding that they need. Instead, libraries can win with a vote of support from 55% of the community and therefore aligning ourselves truly back to a democracy of the will of the majority.
As part of the initial steps of winning SCA7, it first needs to pass through the house and senate and get signed by the governor before it can go to a vote of the people of California. In order to ensure that this happens, we organized a series of letter writing campaigns, and this latest one at CLAnoise. We had an amazing turnout of people who either handwrote their own letter, or signed the one we provided. These are hardcopy letters that we can flood into Sacramento to show that these propositional changes are supported by Californians. In fact, we had over 50 individual letters signed and more than a dozen that were handwritten.
If you didn’t get the chance to write a letter, that’s ok! You can download our letter here and sign it and mail it in yourself. Every letter helps us get our voice heard in Sacramento. If you like, you can even use our letter to help you craft your own letter in support. Having letters that are handwritten and varied have a lot more weight to them then you would believe and really urges our political leaders to support our cause.
Thanks again to everyone who came out and supported EveryLibrary California and every library in California.
EveryLibrary California is dependent on you to get the resources we need to win. There are a few ways that you can help.