Twenty years ago, Monterey Park’s Bruggemeyer Library was granted with a tax funding called Measure C. This tax funding kept the library open for more hours and added a second story to the building.
The Bruggemeyer Library is a great place for residents of all ages to commute to. It provides an area to work for students and adults, activities for children, and a quiet resort for the elderly.
Mark Keppel High School senior Rachel Wang said, “The library really has affected a lot of us. It allows us to just keep borrowing books of all different kinds.” But to keep these services going, the Bruggemeyer Library needs a strong, consistent funding.
Measure C will expire on June 30, 2018. The lack of this funding will lead to reduced library hours and staff and will drop the quality of the already substantial book collection. To prevent this, a new tax funding called Measure LL has been introduced. Measure LL will replace Measure C, but will keep the current fee of $25 per year for property owners of single family homes and $75 for commerce property.
According to Walter Beaumont, the Co-Chair of the Citizens for a Better Library Committee, passing Measure LL will allow the library to hire more staff, keep it opened for a more consistent amount of time, and provide it more money to improve on technology and buy books.
In advocation of this, a kickoff campaign for Measure LL took place on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. at Barnes Park. There was an estimate of 50 participants, including students from Mark Keppel High, community members, and officials.
“We really hope that Measure LL gets passed so that we can continue supporting our libraries and continue getting more funds for it.” said Carmen Chen, the Vice President of Promoting Youth Advocacy.
Separated into small groups, they marched through the city of Monterey Park with flyers and lawn signs that explained and supported Measure LL.
Mark Keppel junior Andy Lau said, “I think getting this word out, getting this information out about what [Measure LL] is and how it will affect citizens within this city is very important.” Wang added that showing support for Measure LL is for the greater good and that the library “makes our community stronger and more knowledgeable.”
In order to be passed, Measure LL requires ⅔ of Monterey Park voters to say “yes.” Voting will take place on Tuesday, March 7 and polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Until then, those in support of Measure LL will meet up at Barnes Park and spread the word every Saturday morning.