Well, at least one librarian at Central believes Councilmember Ed Reyes is pushing to eliminate the city's parking subsidy for the commercial lot under the property. But Monica Valencia, press secretary for Reyes, got back to me with the following, which does not confirm the librarian's statement:
I checked on this for you and wasn't able to confirm it. Councilmember Reyes hasn't submitted any proposal to reduce or take away subsidies for parking for patrons at Central Library.
No more, no less. A large gap between my question of whether the councilman supported removing the subsidy and the reply that he hasn't taken official action. Maybe meaningful, maybe not.
What we do know: Someone, for some reason, has instructed the library staff to ask patrons how hard they'd cry if the city stopped subsidizing their parking fees.
If you look at the library's website, you'll see it's already fairly expensive to park there: $1 for the first hour and $4 for the next and $4 for the hour after that and then a steep rise. So don't plan on spending more than an hour. ... But then, again, try $3 for the first 20 minutes, at which point you may as well shop Amazon.
Meanwhile, Chicken Corner heard from a reader named Nancy who wrote in reference to my previous post on this issue:
"And parking is free" [at the Edendale Library lot in Echo Park]. Yes, but there isn't much of it, and now I believe the metered street parking has gotten way more expensive.
All the more reason to ensure the continuation of "affordable" library parking Downtown, as the Edendale Branch is packed to the rafters with patrons every time I visit, which is at least three to four times a month.