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Stockton Reopens Library After It Closed Due To City's Financial Troubles


Stockton reopened Fair Oaks Library Wednesday after the city’s financial troubles closed it 7 years ago.

People made it possible by voting to hike the local sales tax.

An enthusiastic crowd greeted visitors as the doors opened to the Fair Oaks Library on Stockton’s east side.

The city closed it in 2010, even tried to sell it, but no takers.

In November voters said yes to Measure M which raised the sales tax by a one-quarter cent for libraries and recreational services.

Minnie Eichele says it was sad to see it close, and it’s great to have it back.

“This will bring a lot more pride to the neighborhood, for us it’s within walking distance, so it’s just really exciting to have neighborhood library back," says Eichele.

Mayor Michael Tubbs it’s good not just for the neighborhood but the whole city.

“A huge enrichment, you see the joy here, it’s an investment of public dollars to a policy that’s been disinvested to for a long time so we’re so excited to be here,” says Tubbs.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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