For the past 20 years, Monterey Park’s Bruggemeyer Library has been supported by a tax funding called Measure C.
However, Measure C will expire on June 30, 2018. To replace it, Measure LL has been introduced. Like Measure C, Measure LL will charge property owners of single family homes $25 per year and $75 for commercial property. Unlike Measure C, which only extended library hours and added a second story to the building, Measure LL will not only keep the library opened for more hours, but will also provide it with more staff and money to purchase better technology and books.
On February 11, 2017, nearly 50 participants arrived at Barnes Park at 9 A.M. to attend a campaign kickoff for Measure LL. These people, which included Mark Keppel High School students, community members and city officials, grouped off to pass flyers and spread awareness regarding Measure LL throughout the city.
Junior Andy Lau said, “I think getting this word out, getting this information out about what [Measure LL] is and how it will affect citizens within this city is very important.” Both senior Carmen Chen and Rachel Wang agreed, noting how the library has helped them in the past and that they were appreciative of the participants.
Wang also mentioned that showing support for Measure LL is for the greater good and that the library “makes our community stronger and more knowledgeable.”
In order to be put into action, Measure LL must be approved by at least ⅔ of Monterey Park’s voters. Voting will take place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and polling places will be open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. For every Saturday morning before that, supporters of Measure LL will continue meeting at Barnes Park and spreading awareness.
This article was reported in partnership with the Alhambra Source (http://www.alhambrasource.org/), the only independent news outlet for the city of Alhambra. The Source supports student journalism and dedicates coverage to the Alhambra Unified School District.