Libraries Lament Prop. 81 Defeat

By Judith Scherr
Friday June 09, 2006

With the defeat of the library bond measure on Tuesday’s ballot, there will be no expansion at the West Berkeley Library. There will be no new space for computers or for kids to sit and read, no new room for the literacy program and its tutors, according to library officials. 

“All kinds of wonderful things won’t happen,” said West Branch Manager Marge Sussman.  

While Prop. 81 failed statewide, with 47 percent of the voters approving the measure, Alameda County voted in favor of the measure by 60 percent. “That was our big chance,” Sussman said.