LIBRARY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 17, 2007
Room 278, City Hall
San Francisco, California
Chair Sue Cauthen called the meeting to order at 6:12 p.m.
Roll Call: Present: Braun, Cauthen, Cuttler, Kallen, Resnick, Ryan, Soto, Situ, Warfield, Weaver
Absent: Daryabegi, Eduardo, Seeman, Vogel (3 vacancies)
Lucille Cuttler volunteered to take the minutes.
General Public Comment: none
Shirley Bierley, Margaret Lee, Robin Lewis and Mauricio Vela, members of public, were present.
ControllerPerformanceReview (a.k.a. Audit of SFPL BLIP Program):
Deborah Gordon, Audit Manager in the Controller's office, presented detailed explanations of the findings, covering the background, audit objectives, scope and methodology. She presented charts showing the project delays by type, and budget increases by category. This report culminated in five specific recommendations. The review revealed that delays in BLIP derived from lack of management personnel even though there was money available.
A question and answer period followed Ms. Gordon's presentation. Members were also invited to contact Ms. Gordon with any further questions.
Public Comment: Mauricio Vela of Bernal Heights Library said it is important to know who is accountable at the library and DPW, noting that there is a $54.1 million shortfall.
Chair Cauthen presented a draft Library Audit Resolution. After discussion and amendment, the following resolution was carried by unanimous vote:
The Library Citizens Advisory Committee strongly recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution urging San Francisco Public library and the Department of Public Works to make the operational changes recommended in the Controller's audit by January, 2008, and to establish a mechanism to monitor and report (to the Board of Supervisors and the public) on implementation and continued compliance.
LCAC further recommends that additional performance audit/s of the 2000 bond issue be conducted as professionally prudent, in a timely manner, and that the library and/or DPW fund future independent reviews.
Yes: Braun, Cauthen, Cuttler, Kallen, Resnick, Ryan, Situ, Soto, Warfield, Weaver.
The next meeting date will be November 14 'room to be announced.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.