PRESS RELEASE: City Council Passes Library Safety Motion

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, City Council unanimously passed a motion to address safety and security concerns at the City’s 73 public libraries.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 31, 2018

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

 

OFFICE OF COUNCILWOMAN NURY MARTINEZ

SAMINA ENGEL

(213) 473-7006

SAMINA.ENGEL@LACITY.ORG

 

OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER DAVID RYU

ESTEVAN MONTEMAYOR

(213) 605-4145

ESTEVAN.MONTEMAYOR@LACITY.ORG

 

City Council Passes Library Safety Motion

Motion co-introduced by Councilmembers Martinez and Ryu moves to address safety concerns at Los Angeles public libraries

 

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, City Council unanimously passed a motion to address safety and security concerns at the City’s 73 public libraries.

The motion, co-introduced by Councilmembers Nury Martinez (CD6) and David Ryu (CD4), asks the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to report back on security incidents observed at library facilities in 2017, and to develop recommendations to improve library safety.

The motion notes recent reports of lewd and illegal behavior in and around our City libraries, including illicit drug use and public sex acts. To address these issues, the motion:

  • instructs the LAPL, in conjunction with the LAPD Security Services Division, to report to the Arts, Parks, River and Entertainment Committee with a month-to-month analysis of safety and security incidents reported and observed at City libraries in 2017;

 

  • instructs the LAPD Security Services Division to report on ways in which the current security deployment plan can be enhanced to address safety concerns at library facilities; and

 

  • requests the LAPL and LAPD to report on recommendations to make library facilities safe and welcoming environments that put staff and patrons first, including, but not limited to, restricting loitering on library grounds, and installing security measures accessible to library staff in an emergency situation.

 

On the passage of today’s motion, Councilmembers Martinez and Ryu issued the following statements:

“Families across the city count on our public libraries to be warm and welcoming places, where children can safely learn, read and explore,” Councilwoman Martinez said. “Today’s motion is an important first step toward making sure that every Angeleno who visits the library feels safe doing so.”

"I am glad to see this motion pass City Council today. This begins the work of making our libraries safer for children, families and staff,” Councilmember Ryu said. “City libraries are a crucial resource for students and families, and we must ensure that every Angeleno has a safe space to learn. I look forward to working with LAPD and Councilwoman Martinez to ensure the safety and security of our libraries.”

Read the motion here.

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Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the Assistant President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the 6th Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.

http://www.nury-martinez.com/

 

Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

 


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