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Thank you Library Commissioners

From: domainremoved <Osnat>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:33:53 -0700

Dear Library Commissioners,

I attended the last two commission meetings and wanted to thank you for
giving me the opportunity to speak in both of them. I have been following
the Library Expansion in the past few months and have growing concerns
regarding the way that the process is handled by Staff.

As you have heard in the meeting on Monday, there is a strong feeling that
the siting meetings were not accurately captured and that the Staff
recommendation is not what the majority of people at those meetings (at
least the last two that I attended) expressed.

I wanted to thank you for taking a brave decision to refrain from giving a
specific site recommendation as a committee per the directive of Staff. I
agree that there are many questions that need to be answered and revealed
before a decision can be formed either way.

We, the residents of MP, trust the various Commissioners to represent the
public wishes and protect its collective interest. We expect you to ask
Staff difficult questions and make sure that they give you a full and
honest disclosure. I applaud you for taking a small but significant step in
not serving as a "rubber stamp of approval" for whatever path Staff is
blindly leading us all to.

Thank you for taking the time to do some more research, check the facts,
and make sure that whatever decision is made - it most accurately
represents what most of the public wants. This is not a small lightweight
decision, but a multi-million dollars one that will have ripple effects and
impacts on many. It is one that we should all make sure is done right.

Again, thank you for taking a stand and not being pressured to rush into a
decision either way. You showed great responsibility and your message is
clear. More Time, Information, and I will add Transparency and Public
Outreach, is needed. All of those are currently missing from the process.

Best wishes and thank you for devoting your time in serving the public
interest.

Osnat Loewenthal
Resident of Menlo Park
Received on Thu Apr 19 2018 - 09:36:12 PDT

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