Minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 21, 2009


(As approved at the Regular Meeting of June 18, 2009)


The San Francisco Public Library Commission held a regular meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2009, in the Koret Auditorium, Main Library.


The meeting was called to order at 4:46 pm.


Commissioners present: Chin, Kane, Munson, and Ono


Commissioners excused:† President Gomez, Del Portillo and Lee




An anonymous citizen said welcome to the new Library Commissioner.† He said at the last meeting Commissioner Lee said he had confidence in Sue Blackman.† He said the fact that he has confidence is the whole point and asked what he bases that confidence on.† He said the whole idea of the Library Commission and democracy is to be fair.


Sue Cauthen, Chair of the Board of Supervisorsí Library Citizens Advisory Committee (LCAC), said the LCAC had a panel on the impact on the North Beach library citywide.† She said they heard from community members; two in favor and two opposed.† She said the LCAC authorized her to write a letter to the Planning Department official overseeing preparation of the planned Environmental Impact Report expressing their concerns.† She asked that the LCAC resolution be included in the Minutes.


Peter Warfield said sometimes there are announcements about new Commissioners and it looks like Teresa Ono is a new commissioner and he would like to welcome her.† He said the new commissioner should look closely as it is not always what it seems to be.† He said he would encourage all the commissioners to seek their own counsel and get their own information when they can.





Donna Bero, Friends of the Library, said welcome to Commissioner Ono and said she is in wonderful company.† She said the opening of the Richmond Branch was absolutely spectacular.† She said it was wonderful to see several commissioners at the opening.† She said she looks forward to future openings as well.




Luis Herrera, City Librarian, said there is a memo to the Commissioners in their packets outlining the proposed budget transfer.† He said the Library requests that the Library Commission take action to approve the transfer of proceeds from the March 17, 2009 lease revenue bond sale totaling $34,056,156 to the BLIP as detailed in the attached table including the revised project budgets for six branch projects (Anza, Merced, Golden Gate Valley, Ortega, Bayview and North Beach).† He said with the infusion of the lease revenue bonds, the total budget for BLIP increases from $153,110,196 to $187,166,352.†


Public Comment


An anonymous citizen said he is holding his breath because the Library is one of the unique institutions in taking on debt in the current economic atmosphere.† †


Peter Warfield said the Library Preservation Fund was radically changed in November 2007 with respect to the purposes for which it could be used.† He said the expenditure of Library Preservation Funds has in some cases been for enormously increased costs on projects.† He said the expenditures should be very closely looked at.† He said many millions more are being spent on the North Beach branch.† He said there are concerns about the Park Branch closure as well.


Commission Discussion


Vice-President Munson said he has gone through the numbers and the Commission has talked about it at quite a few meetings.† He said the bonds were issued at 5.83% which is a very good percentage for long term money.


Commissioner Chin asked if the increase for the Golden Gate Valley Branch was to make it seismically safe.


Jill Bourne, Deputy City Librarian, said that because the Golden Gate Valley Branch is an historic resource building, in order to make it seismically safe and ADA compliant, it will increase the budget to $11 million dollars.† She also explained that the increase for the Ortega Branch was based on the increase in scope of the project from a renovation to a brand new building.


Motion:† By Commissioner Chin, seconded by Commissioner Kane, to approve the transfer of proceeds from the lease revenue bond sale as outlined in the City Librarianís memo dated May 18, 2009.


Action:† AYES 4-0: (Chin, Kane, Munson and Ono).




Acting Chair Vice President Munson continued this item due to an †anticipated immediate loss of a quorum.




Public Comment


There was no public comment on this item.


Motion:† By Commissioner Chin, seconded by Commissioner Munson to adjourn the regular meeting of May 21, 2009.†


Action:† AYES 4-0: (Chin, Kane, Munson and Ono).


The meeting adjourned at 5:09 pm.


Sue Blackman

Commission Secretary


Please note:† Copies of commission minutes and handouts are available in the office of the secretary of the San Francisco Public Library Commission, 6th floor, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-4733.


Explanatory documents:† Copies of listed explanatory documents are available as follows:† (1) from the commission secretary/custodian of records, 6th floor, Main Library; (2) in the rear of Koret Auditorium immediately prior to, and during, the meeting; and (3), to the extent possible, on the Public Libraryís website† Additional materials not listed as explanatory documents on this agenda, if any, that are distributed to library commissioners prior to or during the meeting in connection with any agenda item will be available to the public for inspection and copying in accordance with Government Code Section 54954.1 and Sunshine Ordinance Sections 67.9, 67.28(b), and 67.28(d).