Fresh Paint
Monday, December 27, 2004
Bill? Steve? Anyone?
While looking for something else, found this:

Steinbeck's hometown to close libraries
Facing record deficits, the City Council voted Dec. 14 to shut all three of Salinas' libraries, including the branches named after Steinbeck and labor leader Cesar Chavez. The blue-collar town of 150,000 could become the most populous U.S. city without a public library.
Some residents are hoping a private donor will rescue the library. Librarians are considering seeking corporate sponsorship.[ed. I leave the Photoshop op to you]

But a top library official said the prospect of a white knight emerging to cover the roughly $3.2 million in annual operating expenses is remote. And she is pessimistic that the libraries could close and then seamlessly reopen if the economy improved in a year or two.
Come on, Arnold. Cough it up. I realize an educated populace is not what the Repugs want, and god forbid someone who isn't even a citizen might want to take advantage of your city's services, but how cheesy is this?

Good afternoon, folks. Out at the lake earlier, musing on Nature and Her Power, feeling very 18th-19th century Romantic about it. Was very calm, cold, and frozen, everything just about the same color. Let's see what I can come up with.

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