Monday, March 30, 2015

Long trail of library privatization talks in Bakersfield, CA

A lot of ground work went into plans to privatize Kern County's libraries long before the concept came to the public's attention earlier this month, documents obtained by The Californian show.

They reveal that Library Systems & Services LLC Vice President Robert Windrow was talking to Kern County Board of Supervisors Chairman Leticia Perez's office and the County Administrative Office in early June of 2014.

By early January, LSSI was discussing with the CAO's office how to engage with the Service Employees International Union, Local 521, which represents library employees.

And, emails indicate, county officials felt the downturn in Kern County's financial fortunes had created an opportunity to outsource library jobs and realize a "greater return on investment in our Library system."

The documents seem to reflect what some library system supporters have alleged: that a lot of work on the privatization plan has been done behind the scenes, without public input.

More from BakersfieldCalifornian.

No comments: