Read blogs to get scoop on county library debacle

More examples of blogs “scooping” The Union — this time on plans to outsource management of the county library, one of the biggest local issues in our community:

1. This past Saturday: “Friends propose taking over Doris Foley Library” and “Friends to poll citizens for special tax for libraries.”

Three days later in The Union, on the front page: “Friends want to take over Foley library.”

2. Oct. 23: “$1,000 for our libraries: One truffle at a time

More than three weeks later in The Union: “Truffles no triffle for troubled libraries.”

3. I even notice that Madelyn Helling (whom the library is named after) came to The Union’s offices last week, judging by the editor/publisher’s latest column, to discuss the issue. But the “Friends of the Library” stories still didn’t get into the paper until now. County supervisors are expected to make a decision soon on the outsourcing.

Readers also should check out Don Pelton’s blog for library coverage. Don has been “digging deeper” and raising important questions about the county’s plans. Examples are here , here and here.

This is more proof that bloggers are continuing to reshape the media in communities such as ours and elsewhere. A favorite California political blog — Calbuzz — written by my former colleague at The Chronicle, Jerry Roberts, and a former Mercury News political reporter is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

2 thoughts on “Read blogs to get scoop on county library debacle”

  1. Ackerman punts at the end of his latest golly-gee column. How remarkable — no opinion on what to do with the library. Really? He does note he couldn’t look Helling in the eye.

  2. I find it interesting and insulting to the public to have the County proposing to hold the Library bids and the staff report held until an unknown Friday before the next Tuesday BOS meeting.

    The Brown Act requires a min of 72 hours notice of agendas. However placing an item on an agenda is not the trigger to make it a public document. Past Boards have conducted workshops on involved and critical issues before agendizing for a decision.

    Friday to Tuesday is not enough time for the media or the public to review this report and make informed inputs to the BOS.

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