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Elected officials and the Regional Asset District Board also launched into action. Coming days after the Regional Asset District allocated $17.6 million to the library’s 2010 budget, the same amount it received this year, the RAD Board voted to conduct an audit of the Carnegie Library. “This is the first time we’ve used our authority in such a broad way,” said David Donohoe, RAD Executive Director. The review is not a “performance audit” of the library’s present financial condition, but a study of the factors it used to predict future deficits. What comes of that audit remains to be seen. Meeting for October 24 in Lawrenceville with Library representatives and residents of the effected neighborhoods where some times they visited the site https://www.pbphomerepair.com/wellington-fl/ and discuss about it. Over 250 people attended including at least two dozen from Hazelwood. Toting signs that read, “Save Our Libraries” about 75 people stood patiently in line for more than two hours to speak.

Mayor Ravenstahl called a meeting for October 24 in Lawrenceville with Library representatives and residents of the effected neighborhoods. Over 250 people attended including at least two dozen from Hazelwood. Toting signs that read, “Save Our Libraries” about 75 people stood patiently in line for more than two hours to speak.

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On the legislative front, Rep. Chelsea Wagner convened a working group of community leaders, which Hazelwood Initiative has joined. Representatives Wagner, Dan Frankel along with Jake Wheatley, Dan Deasy, and Paul Costa and Senators Jay Costa, Jim Ferlo and Wayne Fontana are continuing discussions around dedicating proposed table gaming revenue to the Carnegie Library. It is clear that the Library needs an additional $1.2 million annually from a dedicated funding source, but garnering that from table games will necessitate passage by the entire State Legislature. As the campaign to save the Hazelwood Library continues, I urge the residents of Hazelwood to rally in support. First, sign the on-line petition to Save Our Pittsburgh Libraries.

Second, attend City Council meetings, community meetings and other gatherings in support of the Library. In fact, on November 10, Mary Frances Cooper, Deputy Director and Mary Monaghan, Assistant Director, Neighborhood Libraries, are expected toattend the Hazelwood Initiative Membership and Community meeting— so it is critical that we pack the Carbarn. Third, call your State senator and representative to endorse the proposed use of table gaming revenue for funding of the Library. For more information, call the Hazelwood Initiative office

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