The Friends of the Santa Ana Library are actively opposing the possible outsourcing of the City of Santa Ana’s public library system – which would entail joining the Orange County Public Library system, according to the O.C. Register. Their President, Sue Stewart, told the Register, ““Any time you become larger, you lose flexibility and services in order to serve a larger population and culture.”
Stewart also said, “This library says we are open to help you serve your needs. It is a place to get assistance without being judged.” Really? Well, the fact is, Lupe Moreno, the notorious Minuteman (hater of Mexican immigrants) is the manager of the Santa Ana Friends of the Library bookstore, according to their website. How are you supposed to take these people seriously when their board includes Moreno, who advocated deporting many of our residents? Talk about being judged! Here is a video of Moreno calling the children of many our residents “anchor babies:”
How the Friends of the Santa Ana Library continue to affiliate with Moreno is simply beyond comprehension.
I served on the Santa Ana Public Library Commission for two terms. I know our system inside and out and I know for a fact that moving to the County system would NOT be a negative at all – it would lead to much better service for our residents. I cannot imagine what Stewart is thinking.
For starters, let’s look at the hours that the local O.C. branch, in Tustin, is open:
- Monday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Tuesday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Thursday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday – 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday – Noon to 5:00
Now let’s look at the hours that the Santa Ana Main Library is open:
- Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 9:00pm
- Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
- Sunday Closed
You see the difference? The Tustin library is open on Sunday. The Santa Ana library is NOT. I came up with a way to open up on Sundays in Santa Ana years ago, but the City of Santa Ana never put my plan in play. What it entailed was opening the library at 1 pm daily and using the money saved on those needless morning hours to justify opening on Sunday. But if we move to the County system, they will open the library on Sunday as a matter of rote. Nice!
Now let’s have a look at the Santa Ana Library’s digital offerings. They make available a number of reference collections, online. You can click here to review them. But the County of Orange offers a collection of ebooks that you can download directly to your computer, pad or Kindle. You can click here to check that out. And click here to see their Kindle offerings. There is no comparison – the County, again, is offering far more than our Santa Ana library.
And did you know that businessmen who operate businesses in the City of Santa Ana cannot use our public library system for free? That’s right. Their taxes pay to run the City, and the Library, but they cannot use the library’s services. Under the County of Orange system, they could use ANY County library for free, if they are residents of any address within the County of Orange.
Finally, have you visited the Tustin branch of the Orange County public library system? You can get a membership for free! Their library is located just a few miles east of the City of Santa Ana. And it is an amazing, beautiful brand new branch.
If we go to the County system, our residents on the west side will be able to easily access three libraries in Garden Grove. That’s right. Garden Grove, which is a much smaller city than Santa Ana, has three libraries, while Santa Ana has only two – the main location and a tiny branch on Newhope.
The bottom line? Not switching to the County system would be crazy! As for the Friends of the Santa Ana Library, until they get rid of the Mexican-bashing Moreno, I don’t know how any of us can take these people seriously.