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today's telephone survey on the library was a huge waste of money!

From: domainremoved <Darshana>
Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2017 17:50:58 -0800

Dear City Council Members,

I received a telephone call today, asking me to participate in a survey about concerns in Menlo Park. There were various questions, but most of the focus seemed designed to get positive responses around the concept of re-building our main library, using the donation from Mr. Arrillaga.

This made me so angry, that there was NO space for my actual opinions. And because of the way it was written, this survey is likely to allow the City be able to state the public approves of that which it does not!

How could I disagree with spending on much-needed reference space in Belle Haven’s library, for instance? But if I did agree, that indicated I was supporting the big rebuild project! So I refused to answer some of the questions. That just made it look like I had no opinion - which was far from the truth!

So just how are you going to make any sense of this survey? It must just be designed to falsely show that residents approve of this big project.

I have huge objections to wasting Menlo Park money on such a skewed, pointed survey.

I shared my distress with the Nextdoor list in the various Menlo Park neighborhoods, and Lynne Bramlett suggested to me to write the City Council directly. So here you are. (Below find my comments to Nextdoor.)

Please ask people to write or call with their actual opinions - which is free to the city — But please do not spend any more of our local tax money on such useless, skewed surveys!

Respectfully,
Darshana Maya Greenfield
Menlo Park CA 94025

Nextdoor post:
"But all those questions were skewed, so that if I support having space for children to have story time, or homeless folks to have more access to computers, that if I said yes, as most would do, it would look like I supported the huge, unnecessary library re-build project.

I just completed a telephone survey that seemed primary geared to finding out public opinion on the Arrillaga offer to donate 2/3rds of the cost of rebuilding the current Menlo Park Main Library.

Many questions on which sorts of good things (like children's sections, computer lab for the homeless, student homework centers, more space for reference material in Belle Haven branch) were thrown in, in a way that I couldn't say of course I support those kinds of things, without saying I support a huge rebuild of the main library.

I found all the questions skewed in a way that one could not express their actual opinion on any parts of the project.
I understand these surveys cost a lot of money - but they aren't going to yield what people actually think nor what residents actually want. Most likely they will be used to assume opinions that weren't actually collected.

These kind of surveys make me so mad! What a waste of money!"
Received on Sat Dec 02 2017 - 17:55:17 PST

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