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The library

From: domainremoved <Nancy>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:34:58 -0700

Menlo Park City Council members:

There are so many reasons why the Council should rethink its decision to prioritize a new Civic Center library without first asking its residents:

· The current library – both spacious and attractive -- is just fine as it is

· With a good interlibrary loan system and digitizing the printed word, we need less and less physical library space

· Borrowing $20+ million would in actuality cost Menlo Park citizens $60+ million in taxes and fees

· Libraries should not be assigned the responsibility of providing meeting space for residents; our Recreation Center has lots of inefficiently used space

· Spending $20+ (or $60+) million on a new Civic Center library means that Belle Haven waits for its fair share and much-needed library services AGAIN

· Committing $20+ million for a new library makes no sense if it means inadequate funds for other needs and requires parks to charge for parking and to be self-funding

· Tearing up our Civic Center and its oaks for another multi-year oversize building project when the Ravenswood rail crossing is still up in the air is nonsensical.

I think, as generous as Mr. Arrillaga is with his money, that Menlo Park is in danger of having its priorities set by a benefactor rather than by its residents.


 Nancy Borgeson

Laurel Street
Received on Tue Aug 22 2017 - 12:37:09 PDT

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