Save Our Library, Inc., a nonprofit group suing the City of Santa Clarita, has obtained more documents detailing the City’s withdrawal from the County of Los Angeles Public Library as well as its earlier negotiations with the library management company, Library Systems and Services, Inc.
According to attorney Don Ricketts, who is representing Save Our Library, the disclosed documents were produced, pursuant to subpoena, by former City Council member TimBen Boydston.
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On Monday, Ricketts will file a temporary restraining order against the City on the grounds that the contract with LSSI would violate patrons’ privacy rights.
In an e-mail, Ricketts said that the documents provided by Boydston show arrangements being made for three City Council members to meet with representatives from LSSI on August 10.
The City announced its intent to withdraw from the County Library and contract with LSSI on August 24.
The two parties entered into a five-year, $19.1 million contract on October 18.
Ricketts also said that the documents contain 2007 and 2010 memoranda from City Manager Ken Pulskamp to Deputy City Manager Darren Hernandez presenting detailed financials on the proposed takeover.
“The City has not made clear whether the new Santa Clarita Public Libraries will be open to persons other than residents of the City,” he said. “Preliminary research suggests that the City will not be able to obtain out-of-city taxes and that while LSSI will make a profit, the City will suffer a loss.”
Today at 1 p.m., City staff and County representatives will meet at the Hall of Administration in Los Angeles to discuss the completion of the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library expansion project.
The library, which is owned by the City but operated by the County, had been in the process of a $2.5 million expansion project when it was stalled following City Council’s decision to pull from the County Library system.
In a letter dated Wednesday from County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd to City of Manager Ken Pulskamp, Todd said that the project is funded by residential developers of unincorporated portions of Canyon Country.
“The County has a fiduciary responsibility to the unincorporated area residents to ensure the funds are allocated according to state law,” she said.
KHTS will have an update of the meeting later in the day.