I am writing in response to a Times article "Supporters of Defeated Library Measure Blame Loss on Holden" (Metro, Nov. 10).
I don't take the blame for defeating Proposition L. I intended to defeat Proposition L and I take the credit for that defeat. Foremost, I give credit to the people of Los Angeles for voting to defeat this proposition.
Proposition L's primary function was to raise additional funds to rebuild the Central Library and re-sell it to a private developer. I would not sit idly by and permit the City Council and the mayor to sell the Central Library to a private developer for 25 years for a net loan of approximately $12 million, and then have to pay $110 million to repurchase the Central Library, while the developer would profit by taking advantage of tax breaks during that time span.
I thoroughly supported the portion of Proposition L that stated it would have provided money for building new libraries and making other libraries earthquake safe.