01 Jun

Friends Voice Opposition to Library Cuts

Thanks to everyone who contacted the Assembly to voice your opposition to potential cuts to the library’s Youth & Outreach Programs.   We were excited to hear that the Finance Committee meeting scheduled to discuss these cuts was cancelled due to lack of a quorum.  I personally received favorable responses from Assembly members, many of whom expressed that these proposed cuts did not have strong support among the membership.

I plan to attend the Assembly meeting on Monday June 5th at 7pm just in case approval of the annual budget is pulled from the consent agenda for discussion rather than approved without discussion.

The story received some press attention this week, check out the stories by KTOO and the Juneau Empire.

–Jonas Lamb, President

13 May

How to Run for Local Office @ Assembly Chambers

Have you ever wondered about running for local office but don’t quite know where to start?

If you think you might run this year – or only sometime in the future – a new half-day workshop might be just what you’ve been waiting for.

This new workshop:

How to Run for Local Office
Saturday, June 6, 9am to 1pm
Juneau Assembly Chambers.

Sponsored by the Juneau League of Women Voters, the Municipal Clerk, the Juneau Public Libraries, and the School District.

Registration is required and space is limited. Pick up a flyer at any CBJ Library, or register online.  Don’t wait – seats will fill up fast!

Participants will learn what it’s like to serve on the Assembly and School Board, the legal requirements for candidates, and how to campaign. They’ll hear from current and past elected officials and get a free printed toolkit with everything needed to know to be ready to run.

Maybe this is the time to test the waters by learning more about what it takes.

The Workshop is free, and lunch will be provided afterwards so interested citizens  can ask questions and learn about the the rules, how-tos, and pitfalls.

Questions?
Juneau League of Women Voters – Pat Watt 957-1175, lwvjuneauak@gmail.org
Municipal Clerk’s Office – Laurie Sica 586-5278, Laurie.Sica@juneau.org
Juneau Public Libraries – Robert Barr 586-0443, Robert.Barr@juneau.org
Juneau School District – Kristin Bartlett 523-1707, kristin.bartlett@juneauschools.org
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Juneau Votes! is a non-partisan collaborative community project to increase voter registration, voter education and voter turnout in Juneau, AK. A copy of the Juneau Votes! charter and other documents are available on the Juneau League of Women Voters (LWV) website

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Collaborating Organizations: Juneau Public Library, Juneau LWV, CBJ Assembly, Juneau Economic Development Council, Huna Totem Corporation, Sealaska, KTOO/KRNN/KXLL, Juneau Radio Center (KINY, TAKU 105, KXJ, KJNO, MIX106), Thunder Mountain High School Government/Student Government, The Juneau Empire, the Juneau Bar Association, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the University of Alaska Southeast. Conversations are underway with other potential partners, and their names will be added once they join the project.

07 Oct

Municipal Election Candidates on Support for Juneau Libraries

Summary of Candidate Responses Compiled by Lori Klein, FoJPL Secretary The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries provided assembly candidates with some information about library usage in Juneau, highlighted the benefits of public libraries, and asked the candidates two questions:

Do you have a library card?

Do you support continued funding for our libraries at present levels? If not, why not?

Below are the responses from those candidates who replied to our inquiries.

Joshua Warren I’ve known that the library served a lot of people but those are some pretty impressive numbers. In regards to your questions I do have a JPL card, not sure when I got it but it might have been ever since I could sign my own name. Although the rules might have been different when I was that young. I was a common user of the “temporary” library position in the Mendenhall mall. I would fully support funding the library at current levels – or above. I know that the library offered voluntary furloughs of its staff in order to help balance the budget. While this is laudable it is also sad that it was needed. The library provides many essential services and I don’t see it as solely recreation like some people might. Not only is there a multitude of great books for people to check out but the library also provides other services that would be hard to replace and are needed. Having the free internet access available helps solve the digital divide. As more jobs become available only to those that can apply online denying a large sector of the population easy access to the internet will only serve to keep them in poverty.

 

Tony Yorba 1. No, I do not have a library card 2. I would support funding of libraries at present levels if funds permit. As you know, CBJ is expecting significant deficits now and in the future, and there is no consensus on how to rebalance the budget at this time.

David Fox When I moved here one of the first items I obtained was a library card. My daughter and I are bookworms and info junkies. However, I do not have a current card. I do take advantage of the friends of the library facility in the Valley. I have donated and bought many books from them. Funding for the libraries must be done reasonably and efficiently regardless of budgetary constrictions or levels from year to year.

Maria Gladziszewski Do you have a library card? Yes! Do you support continued funding for our libraries at present levels? If not, why not? I am very supportive of libraries. They were a key part of my childhood as a kid in an urban neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. I remember vividly trudging to the library and hauling home stacks of books that I would devour, only to trudge back with the stack. I don’t know the full details what we will be faced with next year with the city budget will be up for consideration and there will be tough choices ahead but I can tell you that I believe that libraries are an important part of our community.

Jessie Kiehl Do you have a library card? : Yes I do. So does my wife — and both of our daughters. I’d prefer to see us restore funding to bring back the library hours we cut in the most recent budget. Libraries play such an important role in our community. Because the Assembly didn’t finish the hard decisions to put our city’s budget on a sustainable path this last year, we’ll be looking for new revenue or deeper cuts next year. In this budget environment, I don’t think restoring funds is likely. I hope we can prevent any further reductions.