May 23, 2022

California: “San Francisco Main Library Implementing New Strategies to Curb Unsavory Behavior”

From the SF Examiner:

In response [to a number of recent incidents, mentioned in full article], last week library officials unveiled increases to both security and custodian staffing as an interim solution and asked the City Controller’s Office to audit both functions, which is expected to lead to more sweeping reform. The library has been operating with about 13 security officers and 33 custodians.


In a new $188,000-a-year agreement with the Police Department, the library will have Sgt. Dave Hamilton on site five days a week as head of security. On-site police presence was irregular in the past.

The library is expected to spend $1.2 million on security and $2.33 million on custodians next fiscal year out of a total budget of about $104 million.

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See Also: Slide Presentation From SF Library Commission Meeting (December 5, 2013): “Update on Main Library Custodial and Security Operations”
Presented during City Librarian’s Report.

See Also: Audio of Meeting

See Also: Look for Minutes of December 5, 2013 Meeting Here

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