"The Simi Valley City Manager's Office is recommending the City Council reject three outside proposals to run its library in favor of letting Ventura County continue to administer it for another year.
An unresolved lawsuit against the city by Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 20 library employees, makes it infeasible to meet a July 1 deadline to have a new administrator take over the library on a more permanent basis, Assistant City Manager Laura Behjan wrote in a memo to the council. The council will take up the issue Monday night. The lawsuit alleges the city acted improperly by approving a resolution in December to withdraw from the Ventura County library system. Superior Court Judge Henry Walsh heard arguments in the case last month and will issue a ruling at an unspecified date. In the meantime, his order temporarily blocking Simi Valley from contracting with any private company to run the city's one library remains in effect. In response to a city request in February, Maryland-based Library Systems and Services LLC — the nation's largest private administrator of libraries — plus the city of Thousand Oaks and Ventura County submitted proposals to run the library."