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Work On Downtown San Diego Library Now Underway

More than 30 years of work culminated Wednesday in the groundbreaking of a new downtown central library in San Diego. The event drew a large crowd and a lot of politicians.

From left to right: Councilman Tony Young, Assemblymember Lori Saldaña, Jim D...
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Above: From left to right: Councilman Tony Young, Assemblymember Lori Saldaña, Jim Dawe, Katie Sullivan, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer, Judith Harris, Marti Emerald, Mayor Jerry Sanders, Joan Jacobs, Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Sen. Christine Kehoe, Mel Katz, and Councilmember Ben Hueso break ground on the new central library on July 28, 2010.

City councilmembers, school board trustees and mayors -- past and present -- were among those that turned out to celebrate the library's groundbreaking.

The project was first mentioned in San Diego in 1977. Judith Harris is a past chair of the board of the San Diego Public Library Foundation. She says the foundation pushed forward despite obstacles.

"You shut the door in our face, we go in the window. You shut the window, we're going to go in the basement. You just can't stop this group," she said.

The new library will include a charter high school and an iconic domed roof. It's projected to cost $185 million. The money comes from a mix of public funds, state grants and private donations. The library foundation still needs to raise about $30 million.

The library is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

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oldschool | July 28, 2010 at 5:32 p.m. ― 6 years, 8 months ago

Budget crisis... let's build a new library. Just to show how culturally significant we are, let's spend money we don't have to build something we don't need. A remarkable display of stupidity!
How about waiting until you can pay for it before you buy it!
Is this city's government actually this ignorant of the finances involved?

I see we don't need the sales tax increase after all... we have plenty money to waste on a nearly useless library.

What a group of moronic fools!

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