November 4th is just a week away. We need all Measure PPL supporters to vote. Many of you participated in early voting which is great. This is a time of great hope, but we cannot be complacent. Please make sure all friends, neighbors, and family members are aware of just how critical casting a YES on PPL vote is to the health and vibrancy of our library. To find your voting place visit the LA County Poll Locator.
Thanks to all who responded to my last newsletter about the well-funded group of outside special interests who are pouring vast amounts of money into our local issue. The California Association of Realtors Issues Mobilization PAC, with a Los Angeles address, paid for a second mailing again filled with distorted truths, innuendo, and false or misleading statements. I was told over the weekend there is a television advertisement as well.
Remember, Measure PPL requires a 2/3s affirmative vote in order to pass. Our library desperately needs sustainable funding. Furthermore, I want to send a message to these unscrupulous outsiders: the Pomona electorate is not for sale. But we need the voting public to come out in force and Vote YES on Measure PPL!
I received a disturbing mailer yesterday, as I’m sure did many of you. A Realtors’ political action committee (PAC), with a Los Angeles address, sent an oppositional Measure PPL mailer filled with distorted truths, innuendos, and false or misleading statements.
This is a perfect example of well-funded outsiders pouring large amounts of money into what is essentially a local issue. Make no mistake, this postcard is large and professionally put together, which is expensive. Our SOPPL group, advocating for the library is composed of those who live, and for the most part, own homes in Pomona. In the past two and half years, we have been engaged in community events wearing vivid bright green shirts. Our meetings are open to the public, and we invite input. We have faces. There has been no stealth agenda. We love our public library and want it not only to survive, but thrive!
The mailing was paid for by California Association of Realtors Issues Mobilization PAC, with a Los Angeles address. The realtors I know, who live and have vested interest in the well-being of our city, all have Vote Yes on PPL signs in their front yards.
I’m particularly outraged at how heartless and divisive these outsiders are to cynically pit homeowners against renters.
Please, do not be fooled by the false narrative and specious arguments of this well-funded group of outside special interests. Vote YES on PPL.
Coordinator, SOPPL / Advocac
The Daily Bulletin endorses PPL. Here is part of what they said,
We back whatever promotes literacy, and this measure would do that in a city where children need every advantage they can get.
Two years ago we supported Measure X to reverse city cuts to the library, and Measure PPL (Pomona Public Library, get it?) is superior to that one. For one thing, PPL’s parcel tax to support the library would end in 10 years. . . .
PPL requires that the money raised goes to library operations in addition to current library funding; none of it can be transferred to the general fund.
Pomona voters should say yes to Measure PPL to restore their public library.
Check out the whole Daily Bulletin endorsement.
The local League of Women Voters endorsed measure PPL. Jeralyn Klasik, Co-President, League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area, which includes Pomona wrote, “The board of the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area has voted to support Measure PPL. We have a local position which advocates ‘reliable sources of long term funding for full service public libraries.'”
Thank the League by voting yes on PPL on Nov. 4.
As a business lecturer, MBA holder, homeowner and long-time manager, I’m ordinarily against adding taxes to an already over-burdened, taxpaying public. But we need to make an exception and support Measure PPL on the November ballot. PPL will help fund the Pomona Public Library and invest in our most important asset: our future. We must do all we can to support our youth and the Pomona Library has done that by providing a central place to research through books, computers and the many artifacts of this historic institution. Measure PPL will result in a more fiscally sound library for everyone – from preschoolers to seniors – and help increase our property values.
A property parcel tax of $42 a year is a minute but wise investment in our future. Please join me in voting YES on Measure PPL.