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Continued Decline: A Library Finances Update

By Kelly on June 10, 2016//Leave a comment

Nine months into our fiscal year, and we are trending 6% less than we budgeted – and we had already budgeted for a decrease!   Overall, our filing fees have declined by 40% over the last seven years. In that same period, the cost of legal materials has gone up 70%. Repurposing the East County and…

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You Can Help the Library When You Order from CEB

By Kelly on February 06, 2016//Leave a comment

You can now help out the Law Library when you order from CEB, Continuing Education of the Bar.   CEB will credit 10% of each order to the Law Library when you use code 9665A.   Most of CEB’s products qualify, including electronic access to OnLAW libraries and all the CEB books. The program even…

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December Library Finances Update

By Kelly on December 18, 2015//Leave a comment

The library received $215,302 in filing fees from the month of October.  After one-third of our fiscal year, we have received approximately what we have budgeted, $865,000, and are on pace to meet our yearly budget, $2.5 million.   The amount we receive generally decreases in the winter months so we will be keeping a…

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Big Changes at East County and South Bay Branches

By Kelly on November 23, 2015//Leave a comment

Big changes are afoot for our East County and South Bay library branches. We will no longer be providing library services at the courthouse branches. Instead, we are partnering with regional public libraries in El Cajon and Chula Vista to provide law library services in their branches. The physical branches in the courthouses will be…

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October Library Finances Update – Down Again

By Kelly on October 26, 2015//Leave a comment

The library received $206,000 in filing fees from the month of August.  This is $6,000 below the average monthly amount budgeted for the fiscal year.  After 2 months, we have received 4% more than what we have budgeted.   However, the amount we receive generally decreases in the winter months so this is a very…

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Governor Signs Bill to Support County Law Libraries

By Gina on September 28, 2015//Leave a comment

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of support to your representatives and the Governor. This new law, Senate Bill 711, enables libraries to charge for modern services to defray costs. It received bi-partisan support and had no opposition.   Senate Bill 711 adds services such as electronic delivery and other delivery services, educational programs,…

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September Update – Library Finances Continue to Fall

By Kelly on September 21, 2015//Leave a comment

The vast majority of our funding comes from filing fees, and this funding has declined by over 38% from 2008 to 2015.   During the fiscal year that ended in June, it declined over 5% more from last year. This fiscal year, we are expecting another decline of 3 to 4%. Even though this is…

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