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Lackluster Fundraising Looms over San Diego Library

Magazine article American Libraries

Lackluster Fundraising Looms over San Diego Library

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California officials are threatening to renege on a $20-million grant to help build a new main library in San Diego due to almost two years of stalled fundraising efforts by the San Diego Public Library Foundation. If the state backs out, observers fear that a complex private/public formula to pay for the $185-million facility would collapse.

Richard Hall, library bond act manager at the California State Library, said in the September 2 San Diego Union-Tribune that, while no deadline has been set, he anticipates a decision to be made at the municipal level if the foundation has not secured sufficient funds by the end of the year, when the site will be ready for construction to begin. "If you get to a point that it's clear nothing is happening, it's not prudent to allow that to continue and extend a grant for library construction for what appears to be no purpose," he said.

"If you have land sitting there, it would be good to make revenue on it," agreed Darren Greenhalgh, the city's senior civil engineer for engineering and capital projects, reiterating his July 5 warning to the library board that Mayor Jerry Sanders could opt to build a parking lot on the site for the nearby Major League Baseball stadium. …

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