Thursday, the city closed four libraries citing a severe funding shortfall.
In November, city officials put a ballot measure up for a vote that would have raised property taxes and kept the libraries open. That measure failed.
The libraries shuttered are Mission Viejo, Hoffman Heights, Iliff Square and Chambers Plaza.
The people paying their respects at the four libraries Thursday expressed disappointment.
"What does that say about our culture?" Margie Hahn said. "It's not a good sign."
Three city libraries will remain open, but will see cuts in programming. For example, story times and computers classes will be cancelled indefinitely.
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