The citizens of Burbank have an unprecedented opportunity to add
to its reputation as a world-class city. A vote for Measure L on Feb.
25 is the first step in adding two new libraries to the city.
Prop. 14, passed in 2000, provides construction dollars for new
libraries. The state provides two-thirds of the funding for new
construction while our obligation is the balance of one-third. We owe
it to our children to apply for those funds. If we don’t go after the
bond money for library construction, other cities will benefit and we
will be stuck with two woefully out-of-date libraries.
The new Buena Vista Branch Library gives us a glimpse of what we
could have for the Central Library and the Northwest Branch Library
locations. It took the city 17 years to accumulate the funds for the
Buena Vista Branch Library, but we have an opportunity to get two new
state-of-the-art libraries for one-third the cost, in a fourth of the
time. It’s a bargain we can’t afford to pass up. It’s a gift to
ourselves and our neighbors.
If we don’t pass Measure L on Feb. 25, we will spend the next 20
years trying to find the funds to rebuild our libraries (at full
cost.) Our children and grandchildren deserve better.
I urge everyone to vote “yes” on Measure L.
TILLIE J. BAPTIE
Member, Measure L