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30th December 2004

Somewhere Near Salinas, Lord…

Well, score another one for Bush and the Enron team…

three Salinas Public Libraries will close for an indefinite period of
time soon after January 1, 2005. These closures are part of the 9.2
million dollars in the service reductions incurred by the City of
due to loss of revenues from the State of California, higher
fees imposed by Monterey County, slower than expected economic
recovery, and increased costs of employee health insurance and
retirement benefits."

What would Steinbeck do?

James Dean would be pissed.

I’m pissed.

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  1. 1 On January 2nd, 2005, liz said:

    I’ve been listening to Janis for the first time in years, cause the boys gave me a boxed set. Oh my goodness, how that woman could suffer.

    Salinas is no longer a market town, really, although that’s still part of the action. I wonder if bad municipal managment is at work-I don’t think any other CA municpality has had to close all the libraries (although there have been cutbacks).

    I think the accellerating, and unmanageable, benefit burden is part of the deal. I mean, the benefit/cost ratio, especially of health insurance, has been a miserable trend for all-business and government. I predict citizens in the street with torches and pitchforks in the next year.

  2. 2 On January 2nd, 2005, fp said:

    Prop 13 knocked the negotiating room out from under a lot of communities over the years. By the time we left Berkeley public library service had been seriously reduced, and that was really all due to Reagan era dubious market reforms… nothing to do with more recent rapacious Republicanism.

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