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City Of Simi Valley Wins Legal Challenge Over Its Library Operations

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 11:54am

A judge rejected a legal challenge to the City of Simi Valley’s decision to leave the Ventura County Library System.

Concerned about money, the city acted last year to leave the system, and to look at alternatives which included running the library itself, or hiring a private contractor, as Camarillo has done.

The workers union, along with a Simi Valley resident, filed suit against the city. They claimed the City council didn’t follow proper procedures in withdrawing from the county system.

This week, a judge rejected the arguments, saying the city acted within its rights..

Because of the suit, the city had signed a deal with the county system to continue running the library until next June. The resolution of the legal fight means the city could solicit bids from private companies, and other government agencies like the county, and neighboring cities to manage the facility.

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