Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Photo courtesy of the supervisor’s office

At the recommendation of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, county officials on Tuesday accelerated plans to build new libraries in Lakeside and Casa de Oro.

The Board of Supervisors voted to set aside $125,000 in county neighborhood reinvestment funds to help acquire land for a Lakeside library, and another $125,000 for a Casa de Oro facility. The county is seeking property for each project.

“Our county libraries are more than just places to read and learn; they serve as the heartbeat of the community,” Jacob said. “The prospect of new libraries in Lakeside and Casa de Oro is particularly good news because they would replace existing facilities that each community outgrew years ago.”

Over the past 20 years the county has opened a dozen new libraries in East County, including in Ramona, Julian, Spring Valley and Rancho San Diego. A new library is also set to be completed this spring in Alpine.

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