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Wearing ponchos and holding up umbrellas, dozens of library workers and supporters rallied in the rain outside the central library in downtown Santa Cruz before filling the Joint Powers Board meeting to capacity.
“We ask that you think again about your responsibility as trustees – your responsibility to each and every one of the people who relies not only on this library system, but on public servants who can see beyond blind panic and political expediency,” said library employee Leslie Auerbach to the board. “Give us a reason to believe in you. Build, don’t destroy.”
People at the meeting urged the board to not approve a staffing plan that was hatched without input from library staff.
Despite hearing hours of testimony from library workers and supporters, the board approved the new staffing plan in a 6 – 3 vote.
Supervisor Mark Stone, Councilmember Sam Storey, and Citizen Nancy Gerdt voted against implementing the plan so soon and instead wanted more input from library staff. The other six board members voted to approve the plan that night.
What’s next: Layoff notices are expected to go out in November. We will continue to meet and confer with management to mitigate the impact of layoffs as much as possible. We will propose alternate solutions to preserve quality library services while maintaining permanent quality staff.
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