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Posted on: January 22, 2024

Statement Regarding the Library Demand Letter and Threats to Library Staff

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On December 22, 2023, attorneys representing two Coronado residents sent a demand letter to the City of Coronado alleging violations of state and federal law. The City is in the process of responding to their letter and will be working with those individuals to fully explore the nature of their complaint. 

On the same date, a national news media story appeared on Fox News regarding the demand letter. That story resulted in the Library receiving messages of an offensive nature, including threats against our staff.   

These messages are absolutely unacceptable and contrary to our community’s standards of civil discourse. On behalf of the City Council, Mayor Richard Bailey stated, “the City of Coronado strongly believes a role of city government is protecting our town, our citizens, and our employees. In regard to some of the inflammatory remarks that were anonymously shared online and directed to Library staff, we as a Council, condemn any language that is threatening or bullying in nature. To be clear, there is no place for threats of violence, directly or indirectly in civil discourse and the City will and is taking all measures to ensure the safety of our employees.” 

The City fully supports our Library in providing high-caliber services to the community in an environment free of bullying, threats or intimidation. The Library currently hosts 723 programs with over 34,000 attendees per year. The Library is one of the busiest municipal libraries in San Diego County, serving a wide variety of patrons and needs.

The City of Coronado is home to three U.S. Navy facilities, including Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and the Silver Strand Training Complex. The U.S. Navy is a vital to Coronado and generations of active duty and retired service members and their families are woven tightly into the community fabric. Coronado is a veteran-friendly city and regularly supports local veterans through City initiatives such as the Avenue of Heroes Program, numerous veteran and active service-oriented Library programs, and the Library-based Veterans Resource Center. The Center helps veterans:

  • Learn more about state and federal benefits and services available to them;
  • Connect to representatives and specialists for one-on-one assistance from a veterans’ representative;  
  • Obtain access to literature, including the Veterans Resource Book and other resources in print and online, to aid veterans transition into civilian life.

The City of Coronado’s mission is to effectively serve all residents and lead our community in a partnership for excellence. This includes a professional City staff dedicated to customer service and innovation. To learn more about the City, please visit us online at https://www.coronado.ca.us.  

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