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Groundbreaking For The New Downtown Library

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Video published July 30, 2010 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: The new downtown library is born. KPBS Reporter Katie Orr speaks to Qualcomm Founder and Philanthropist Irwin Jacobs, and San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer about the project.

Transcript

This is a rush transcript created by a contractor for KPBS to improve accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Please refer to the media file as the formal record of this interview. Opinions expressed by guests during interviews reflect the guest’s individual views and do not necessarily represent those of KPBS staff, members or its sponsors.

TH CITY AND SCHOOLS ARE HAVING A ROUGH FINANCIAL GO. IN DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO THIS WEEK THE MOOD WAS ALL CELEBRATION WHEN GROUND WAS BROKEN FOR THE $185 MILLION NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY. KPBS METRO REPORTER WAS AT THE CEREMONY AND SPOKE WITH THE FOUNDER WHO DONATED $20 MILLION TO THE PROJECT. AND KATIE SPOKE WITH KEVIN FAULKNER.

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THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE ECONOMIC TIMES ARE TOUGH BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT YOU MOVE FORWARD AS A CITY. THIS TYPE OF PROJECT WITH FUNDING SOURCES THAT WILL NOT TAKE AWAY ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDING I THINK WAS THE RIGHT, SMART FINANCIAL DECISION HOW IT CAME TOGETHER WITH PEOPLE HELPING OUT AND WITH A GENEROUS DONATION.

WE ARE ALWAYS FAVORING HELP THROUGH EDUCATION. I BENEFITED GREATLY. I REMEMBER IN MASSACHUSETTS GOING ON A STREET CAR DOWN TO THE LIBRARY ONCE A WEEK TO TAKE OUT A PILE OF BOOKS. LATER WE WILL LIVING ABOUT TWO BLOCKS FROM A LIBRARY WITH THE VERY FIRST FREE PUBLIC CHILDREN'S LIBRARY. THOSE MEMORIES ARE SPECIAL. WE BENEFITS FROM EDUCATION AND HAVING ACCESS TO BOOKS. NOW WITH THE DIGITAL MEDIA IT IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE TO GO IN THE LIBRARIES AND SEE EVERYBODY THINKING TOGETHER AND ASKING QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSING ISSUES. I SUSPECT THAT WILL BE A GREAT USE FOR THIS LIBRARY.

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