May 16, 2022

Florida: Miami-Dade Staffers Flew to Italy During Budget Crisis, Ex-Librarian Says

From the Miami New-Times:

Like most librarians in Miami-Dade County, Julio Granda Jr. was worried about the financial future of his institution. Under County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the system had lost $30 million in funding over several years and, in the summer of 2013, was staring down an additional $20 million cut. But when Granda confronted the man he held partly responsible for the library’s woes — longtime library director Raymond Santiago — at a meeting, Granda says the director “went into a tirade” and remarked, as part of a heated monologue, that if he left, “this organization is fucked.”

Read the Complete Article Including Comments from Raymond Santiago

See Also: Without More Tax Dollars, Miami-Dade Library System Would Fire More Than Half its Full-Time Staff

See Also: Without Tax Increase Miami-Dade Libraries Would Keep All Branches Open, But Cut Service

See Also: Library cuts are forcing tough decisions on children’s books in Miami-Dade (via Miami Herald)

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