Karla Edwards: Listen to the community

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Friday, January 12th, 2018

Many of us remember the City Council meetings we attended seven years ago when the issue of contracting with Library Systems and Services, a company located in Maryland, to maintain and staff our libraries. There was “standing room only” and everyone who spoke was against the proposition.

However, it appeared that the Council had already made their decision and the opinions of the constituents were ignored.  Now we find that the the City can save $400,000 by ending the contract and it will cost another $175, 241 to pay for the transition.  All of this expense could have been avoided, had the Council members listened to the members of the community.
 

Karla H. Edwards

Valencia

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Karla Edwards: Listen to the community

Many of us remember the City Council meetings we attended seven years ago when the issue of contracting with Library Systems and Services, a company located in Maryland, to maintain and staff our libraries. There was “standing room only” and everyone who spoke was against the proposition.

However, it appeared that the Council had already made their decision and the opinions of the constituents were ignored.  Now we find that the the City can save $400,000 by ending the contract and it will cost another $175, 241 to pay for the transition.  All of this expense could have been avoided, had the Council members listened to the members of the community.
 

Karla H. Edwards

Valencia

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  • Ron Bischof

    Your LTE fails to address the long pension obligations of city employees, Ms. Edwards. Those may run into the tens of millions.

    City documents also said a 2012 state law known as the Public Employee Pension Reform Act that reduced pension costs for new public employees allows for the city to afford staffing the library with city employees and save money.

    “As a result of PEPRA, it is now cost effective to operate and staff Santa Clarita Public Library with city employees. The net cost estimate to operate Santa Clarita Public Library in-house for fiscal year 2018-19, at the same staffing level as the LSSI contract, is $3,388,409, for estimated first-year savings of $393,931,” the city council agenda report said. “Some of this savings will be reinvested to address service issues. The city’s insourcing estimate includes a competitive pay and benefits structure to attract and retain talented public library professionals to provide Santa Clarita residents with high quality public library services.”

    https://signalscv.com/2018/01/city-council-consider-library-management/