What is Happening?
Petition status as of November 23:
A message to all petition volunteers:
Although we are still counting and processing petitions for submission to the Office of the Supervisor of Elections, we believe that we have enough petitions in our possession (or that will soon be in our possession) to meet the 25,931 number required.
I would like all of our volunteers to know that the collection of petitions is no longer a necessity to reach the required number. However, petition gathering is still a worthwhile effort for other reasons. The process brings visibility to our cause, it provides opportunities for qualified voters to join in the historic effort, and it allows us to directly educate the public.
To sum up, we are confidant that our efforts have placed us in the position we need to be. Further petition gathering is helpful and encouraged, but not essential. Congratulate yourselves on a job well done. And please turn in all petitions that you currently have in your possession.
Watch the Florida Times-Union Video
Here's a news clip of an interview with Bill Brinton during the delivery of petitions October 16. Bill delivered the petitions with Ann Harwood-Nuss, Kathleen Brunner, Brittney Behan, Cheryl Williams and Adam Pardue.
More News Coverage
Here's a news clip of our circulators submitting petitions at the Supervisor of Elections Office in September.
Mary Lou Sutherlin, Elizabeth Breting and John Hall all members of Friends of the Murray Hill Library!
Below are some of the places where petitions have recently been gathered:
Back to School Giveaway
Teacher's Supply Depot
Courthouse and Juror's parking lot
Riverside Arts Market (RAM)
Libraries, libraries and libraries!
If you will be gathering petitions at a Library, please let me know so that we don't have redundancies. Thank you!
Looking for more volunteers. Please carve out some time from your week and help us.
Information for Volunteers
For the current list of recommended locations for petition gathering, go to the Volunteer Materials page which has an updated list of times, locations and coordinators.
Our Volunteer Materials page also has a handy selection of documents that many of us will need to use during the Straw Ballot Campaign.
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Volunteer Materials page has a handy selection of documents that many of us will need to use during the Straw Ballot Campaign.
Editorial - June 27 Times Union
Editoral By Mike Clark - NOTICE the Date
Last year, an editorial by Mike Clark at the Times Union summed up the situation. It's the same thing THIS year! Click here to read it.
News - Legal Update: Neptune Beach Says HANDS OFF Beaches Library!
City Council of Neptune Beach passed a resolution on June 17 to formally notify the City of Jacksonville that closing the Beaches Library would violate a previous Interlocal agreement mandating the provision of library services. Read it here (.pdf).
News - Petition Gathering Goes International! What?
Even on vacation, Jacksonville residents are showing their support for libraries!
Petition Gathering Internationally.
Straw Ballot Campaign for Libraries
As part of its advocacy activities in support of libraries, Save Our Public Libraries, Inc. is supporting a straw ballot campaign to determine if there is public support for the creation of a Duval County Library District, similar to the successful independent districts in Alachua County and Orange County, Florida.
More than 26,000 petitions from registered voters are being sought to place this nonbinding straw ballot on the ballot in Year 2014.
Due to the laws that govern straw ballot initiatives, it is not possible for a straw ballot to appear any sooner than the latter half of the Year 2014, but there is every reason to begin this effort now.
The campaign has the support of the governing boards of The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library, Inc. and the Jacksonville Libraries Foundation, Inc.
Petitions must be signed by registered voters and in order to accomplish that task, we need volunteers and coordinators.
Bad News From the Recent Board of Library Trustees Meeting
To comply with a budget cut ordered by the Mayor’s Office, the Board is planning to close six libraries, end Sunday hours, reduce Main Library hours by eight hours a week and reduce the materials budget by $251.000.
Here (in order of priority) are the cuts:
- Reduce Main Library hours and end Sunday Library service throughout the city
- Close Maxville Library
- Close Brentwood Library
- Close San Marco Library
- Close Willowbranch Library
- Close University Park Library
- Close Beaches Library
- Reduce materials budget by $251,000
You should understand that closing a library means removing all of the books, shelves, etc. and leaving an empty building (presumably to be used for some other purpose or sold).
Public reaction to these drastic steps could bring some change before the Mayor presents his budget to the City Council in July.
Then, the final decision will be made by the Council. The budget takes effect Oct. 1.
Stay tuned for more information as/when we get it.
Save Our Public Libraries, Inc. is a pure advocacy organization. It is not constrained in delivering an important message of library support to the extent that a non-profit entity or a public agency may be constrained. This site will serve as a platform to deliver important messages of library support to public officials.