As an Altadena resident who spent 7 years as the union representative for the LA County Library system, I treasure our local libraries. I've also spent more than 15 years as a union organizer recruiting and developing leaders to become advocates and organizers and look forward to transferring that experience to developing a larger community of advocates for our libraries.
I want to share my ideas on how we can make our local libraries the best around and my focus will be on organizing the community to be advocates and champions of our libraries. The board's job is not only to administer a budget but to organize the community for greater support to continue to expand our amazing programs.
My greatest professional accomplishment was leading the state-wide campaign to ensure the passage of AB 438 which grew out of the fight to stop the privatization of Santa Clarita's libraries. Since it's passage not a single public library has been privatized in our state.
The priority of every board member should be to proactively engage and organize our community to continue to build on the great success of our libraries and protect their importance and standing in our community. From the great literacy program at the Bob Lucas Branch to the many community building programs at the main branch; our libraries play a vital role in the community. I believe the opportunities to build on these successes are limitless and my experience as an organizer can play an important role in making that happen. With strong leadership committed to a visionary strategic plan I'm confident we can accomplish great things and I humbly ask for your support in making that happen.