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Bostonians Deplore “Downloadables” as Branch Substitutes

“Not the computers, not the high-tech, not the downloadables,” said Boston resident Maria Rodriguez at a March 9 Boston Public Library board meeting. “Libraries are about books and librarians. I didn’t hear anything about that in your vision.” Rodriguez was one of nearly 400 people who came for details about the planned closure of as many as 10 of the city’s 26 library branches and the layoff of up to 25% of the staff in order to address a $3.6-million budget shortfall for FY2011, the Boston Globe reported March 10. [...]

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Menino's Budget takes $45 million from reserves and still closes 4 libraries

Menino lays out $2.5b plan
By Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor DORCHESTER REPORTER
Apr. 15, 2010

Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday laid out a $2.5 billion spending plan for fiscal 2011 that includes

  • 250 fewer [city] jobs
  • four fewer libraries
  • eight fewer community centers
  • while expanding education funding and grappling with rising health care costs.

The plan, increasing by 2.5 percent from the fiscal 2010 budget, depends on using $45 million from the city’s reserves.

Make it $48 million from reserves and don't close the libraries.

The mayor also submitted a capital budget that includes funds for renovating

  • several school libraries and media labs,
  • playgrounds
  • courts in nine parks
  • a new branch library in East Boston
  • resurfacing 21 miles of roadways
  • revamping of four Dorchester Ave. intersections, which has become a fixture of the capital budget, also continues

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Sen. Scott Brown on financial re-regulation

The meltdown of the financial sector of the US economy in 2008 devastated most other sectors of the economy as well as state and local governments, and now government is right to address re-regulation head on no matter how hard moneyed interests like investment banks on Wall Street fight against it.

Where does Sen Scott Brown stand on the issue? KBusch writes:

And why can't Senator Brown support a bill to prevent a repeat of the Savings and Loan Crisis and the Great Recession of 2008?

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DAILY FREE PRESS reports on BPL closings

Boston Public Library closing four branches
By Chelsea Feinstein, DAILY FREE PRESS

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees approved a budget plan Friday for the upcoming fiscal year that will close four of the 26 BPL branches in order to reduce a looming $3.6 million budget gap.

In the meeting, the board voted in favor of a $38.9 million budget that will result in the closing of the Faneuil, Lower Mills, Orient Heights and Washington Village branches.

“After much study, the board has come to what I deeply believe to be a judicious and prudent decision for the Boston Public Library in a difficult time,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Jeffrey B. Rudman in a press release.

BPL President Amy Ryan said the budget plan was a positive step in helping the library system move forward.

“While we understand the natural attachment that people have to the branch with which they are familiar, all of the efficiencies in this plan will lead to a more robust, sustainable and modern library system,” she said in the release. link

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Tina Fey shows the way. Counter protest the Tea Party.

Tina Fey reprised her impression of Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live" while hosting the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday night. It was Fey's first performance as the former Alaska governor since her iconic impressions during the 2008 presidential campaign when Palin was the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Fey appeared as Palin in a sketch introducing a mock "Sarah Palin Network," satirizing Palin's entry into media. Palin recently launched the program "Real American Stories" on Fox News Channel and will soon begin production on "Sarah Palin's Alaska," an eight-part series for TLC. link

Related: We have a simple plan to counter protest Sarah Palin

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Boston City Council can Veto Budget/Demand $3.6 million be added for BPL

We need a majority of the Boston City Council to veto the budget and demand that at least $3.6 million be added to the budget for BPL.

Click here to find you city councilor. Click here to write you city councilor and ask her or him to veto the budget and demand at least $3.6 million more be added for BPL to save all of our BPL libraries.

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Boston UNITE! to save our libraries

Mayor Menino’s budget for the city leaves the Boston Public Library short $3.6 million dollars. The Boston Public Library Trustees, under the executive direction of President Amy Ryan, voted March 24 to protect certain branches from closing:

  1. Brighton
  2. Central Library (Copley Square)
  3. Codman Square
  4. Dudley
  5. Grove Hall
  6. Honan-Allston
  7. Hyde Park
  8. Mattapanand
  9. West Roxbury

In April the BPL Board plans to vote on which of the following BPL libraries will be closed. The will close up to eight (8).

  1. Adams Street
  2. Charlestown
  3. Connolly
  4. Dudley Literacy Center
  5. East Boston
  6. Egleston Square
  7. Faneuil
  8. Fields Corner
  9. Jamaica Plain
  10. Lower Mills
  11. North End
  12. Orient Heights
  13. Parker Hill
  14. Roslindale
  15. South Boston
  16. South End
  17. Uphams Corner
  18. Washington Village
  19. West End

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Shorter Menino and Amy Ryan: We have to close library branches to make them more accessible to the community

And by that they mean "transformation."

If you're buying that, I have a bridge over the Charles River Dam called Zakim Bridge that I could sell you.

Other recent UHub posts on BPL

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The Washington Bubble versus the Hub of the Universe

Dear Dave Wiegel,

You are inside the beltway and inside the bubble. We live at the Hub of the Universe.

Here at the Hub of the Universe there is no "fairly obscure blog." There is however, UniversalHub. As Tom Friedman once said, "suck on that." He actually said "Suck on this" but you know what I mean.

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[size=12]Scott Brown: Help Me Defeat Rachel Maddow, Who Might Run Against Me, According to Twitter[/size]
By David Weigel 3/23/10 4:58 PM

The campaign of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who’s got less of a cash problem than almost anyone running for office in 2012 (he has millions left over from his special election bid), points to a fairly obscure blog to stoke fears that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is being recruited to oppose him.

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Mitt Romney (/Dick) In A Box

Greg Sargent at The Plum Line writes:

By now you’ve probably heard that Mitt Romney uncorked a blast at Obamacare today, claiming that its passage constitutes an “unconscionable abuse of power.”

“The act should be repealed,” Romney wrote, making it clear, with characteristic subtly, that he intends to position himself as the 2012 presidential hopeful most associated with the repeal push: “That campaign begins today.” read on

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as watered down as a beer in a Utah bar, but it's something. A start.

The health care reform bill may be, as a friend of mine just said, as watered down as a beer in a Utah bar, but it's something. A start. I am glad that the screaming naysayers don't have all the control all the time. only, say, 95%.....

notes Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia, on her blog.

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Stephen Lynch ends Ted Kennedy's dream... for a generation

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Washington (CNN) - A personal meeting with the president hasn't persuaded him. Conversations with party leaders hasn't changed his mind either.

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How to tell Steve Lynch what you think of his plan to vote against the health-insurance bill 2

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Draft Harmony Wu for the 9th Congressional District

Harmony Wu is seriously considering a run to represent the 9th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. Like many of us, she has become frustrated with Congressman Steve Lynch's lack of commitment to progressive issues, especially health care reform. Please help progressive democrats collect signatures for Harmony Wu's nomination papers this weekend!

http://tinyurl.com/DraftWu

For those of you who don't know her, Harmony is a Needham mother of two who took it upon herself to coordinate Needham for the Obama campaign, and shocked everyone in the state with what she was able to deliver. Since then, she has been an inspired and passionate volunteer political organizer. She has led the charge for health care organizing in Lynch's district, mobilizing hundreds of people to call and visit Lynch's office in support of reform. Out of frustration, she has decided to consider a run against him both to show that there is passionate support for health care reform, and to hopefully remove him from office if he votes No.

So, what can we do?

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What's your credit card company charging you now?

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President Obama signed the Credit CARD Act of 2009 into law May 22, 2009, following passage days earlier in the Senate and the House. The requirements are being phased in. The first batch took effect Aug. 20, 2009, and the majority of provisions started Feb. 22, 2010, while some begin in August and December 2010. Now is a good time to look at your statement and see what your credit card company is charging you on your balance.

Congresscritters successfully negotiated the delayed implementation schedule to allow credit card companies to structure their business so that they could continue to make the profits they had made in the past, despite the new regulations.

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Scott "Zoolander" Brown digs pink leather shorts

Like so many politicians who have presented themselves as folk heroes, Scott Brown is a lot more complicated. He’s a real estate lawyer with a dozen years in the Massachusetts State Legislature — not exactly a career politician, but not an outsider either — and two spacious homes, one on a leafy cul-de-sac in the Boston suburb of Wrentham, Mass., the other about four blocks from the Atlantic in Rye, N.H. He’s indisputably self-made and indeed something of a he-man, but with a background that’s part Horatio Alger, part Zoolander.

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