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Wednesday, Aug 28 2013 10:37 AM

'First Look': Lois Henry on animal control, libraries

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    Californian columnist Lois Henry and reporter James Burger talk about library funding on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Californian columnist Lois Henry likened the city and county's dispute over how to handle animal control issues to a junior high school relationship.

"They couldn't get along well enough to come up with a break-up plan," Henry said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Henry said the city and county were trying to come up with a two-year agreement to split, a topic Henry wrote about in her Sunday column.

"Figure it out and do your job, county and city," Henry said.

Simulcast host Scott Cox said he wants to be able to say the best and brightest are working on animal control issues, but the issues don't seem to be resolved.

Talking about other recent news, Californian reporter James Burger joined in to review the additional funding the Kern County Board of Supervisors allocated Tuesday to open each of 26 libraries in the county one more day a week.

Over the years, budget constraints have led to library hour reductions, with some branches open only one day a week. The days and times of the additional library hours have not yet been determined.

The county supervisors allocated $514,600 for the effort, Burger said.

"I think the library is a huge thing in the community," Henry said.

Burger also noted the supervisors gave money to arts initiatives.


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