Seattle Mayoral and City Council Candidates Respond to Question about Library Issues

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In election years, The Friends of The Seattle Public Library and The Seattle Public Library Foundation ask Mayoral and City Council candidates to answer questions of interest to those who use and value The Seattle Public Library.  This election year, all general election candidates were asked to respond to the same question concerning library hours, collections and the capital budget.

Given a  shortfall in city revenues and  additional budget cuts necessary for 2010, how important is it to a) maintain hours at current levels, b) improve funding levels for collections, which includes public computers and c) to restore the capital budget for building maintenance?

Click HERE to read all unedited responses received by the publication deadline of the Friends newsletter The BookMark.  Please note, “No Response” indicates either a late response or no response received.

The Seattle candidates for Mayor are: Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan

And for Seattle City  Council:

Council Position No. 2:  Richard Conlin and David Ginsberg

Council Position No. 4:  Sally Bagshaw and David Bloom

Council Position No. 6:  Nick Licata and Jessie Israel

Council Position No. 8:  Mike O’Brien and Robert Rosencrantz

King County Election Ballots will be mailed October 14th and must be postmarked by November 3rd.  Don’t forget to vote!

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3 thoughts on “Seattle Mayoral and City Council Candidates Respond to Question about Library Issues

  1. McGinn’s reads:

    The short answer is that I think it is very important. Having the libraries closed for a week indicates our failing as a city; if we cannot prioritize, do more with less, and keep our libraries open we don’t have a city that works. All Seattleites deserve to have access to knowledge, resources, and computers. In some cases, access to computers and the internet is essential for those who may not have those resources elsewhere.

    I have already put forward a proposal on how to reduce costs in government without affecting services. I also oppose repeal of the head tax, which raises over $5 million a year. Finally, This is why my position on the deep bore tunnel is important: when we are not committing ourselves to a project that is unfunded, risky, and will include dramatic cost overruns, we will be more free to support the many other basic services that are essential.

  2. Mallahan’s Reads:

    City government is considering closing 21 of our city’s library branches two days a week. The cost saving to the city budget is $1.2 million. However, I would encourage city hall to make budget cuts in ways that won’t hinder people’s ability to find jobs and help our economy recover more quickly.

    Closing libraries, even if only for a couple of days, has a negative impact on our communities and disproportionately impacts seniors and low income families who rely on libraries for access to the internet for information, communicating with others and job hunting. These are vital community services and I will look for ways to keep our libraries open and operating at current hours.

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