THE INFORMATION BELOW REMAINS POSTED AS BACKGROUND INFORMATION
ON THE CIVIC CENTER ISSUE.
LONG BEACH HERITAGE CALL TO ACTION
October 22, 2013
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND: CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013 5:00 p.m.
CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 101 Pacific Avenue, 90822
CIVIC CENTER REVITALIZATION:
Now that the new courthouse is complete, the City of Long Beach is embarking on an ambitious project to revitalize the downtown Civic Center that currently includes Main Library, City Hall and Lincoln Park. This project might include a retrofit and renovation of the existing structures, or the opportunity to build a completely new Civic Center through a Public Private Partnership.
In June 2013, the City issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which included the possibility of locating Main Library outside of the newly proposed Civic Center (RFQ Pg. 4) and downsizing it to half its current size (RFQ Pg 8). Library supporters are concerned about these two items and feel it is very important that: Main Library remain a central part of the revitalized Civic Center.
Experts in library design and planning be consulted to help determine the size and scope that will best fulfill the current and future needs of patrons.
The process for creating a revitalized Civic Center needs to be open and transparent.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:
Please attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 22. The City Council will be discussing the options for the future of the Civic Center. It is important that the City Council know this is an important issue to Long Beach residents.
Your presence will help ensure a transparent process and show the City that this issue is important to the community. Library support groups will have buttons, stickers and pennants to help visually show the support for this issue. You do not need to speak, unless you have questions about the process. Selected speakers will present strategic messages.
WHY THIS ISSUE MATTERS:
City Council’s decision regarding the future of the Civic Center will affect residents, taxpayers and downtown business owners for generations to come.
Main Library is the Central Hub for the Library System, which receives more than 1.3 million visitations each year. Downsizing Main Library will affect operations at the 11 neighborhood libraries.
Driver of Literacy and Education - With low literacy rates in both youth and adults, a robust Main Library is more important than ever.