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SANTA ANA : City Funds Library, Trims Scholarships

The city library will receive money for books, homework centers and a computer system that links eight schools, the City Council has decided.

The council voted 5 to 2 Monday to give $200,000 to the libraries and $100,000 to the Santa Ana 2000 Scholarship Fund, which had been scheduled to receive $300,000.

The Knowledge Link program, which currently allows eight schools to tap into the library’s computer database, will get $100,000. Another $80,000 will go toward upgrading homework centers in three libraries with new computers and printers. The other $20,000 will cover the cost of new library books.

A majority of the council, led by Councilwoman Lisa Mills, agreed more children could be served if the money was divided between the library and scholarship program.

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But Councilmen Ted R. Moreno and Tony Espinoza, who dissented, said it was crucial for the council to give all the money to the scholarship fund, which now has just over $600,000.

“The vision is to have a system that benefits all the students forever,” Moreno said.

The fund, established in 1993, has so far named 47 recipients. Eligible students must graduate from a local high school and attend Rancho Santiago College.


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