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Menlo Park Library Again

From: domainremoved <"dave_at_>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2018 13:44:38 -0700

Dear City Council,

As a 20 year resident of Menlo Park and local business owner, I oppose the
spending of our tax funding to build a new library. We have a nice library
already. I would recommend spending some funds (less than $500k) to put in
new computers so that the less fortunate in our neighborhood can have good
access to the Internet and its research resources, rather than investing in
a new building to house more out-of-date books.

I am grateful for Mr. John Arrillaga’s offer to contribute meaningful funds
to our city to build a new library.

But if Menlo Park is to invest in infrastructure to make our city better,
it should be on transportation. There are many proposals to build more
office buildings in the city. But the roads into the city are already
clogged. To get from my office at 68 Willow Road to Hwy 101 (1.5 miles)
can often take 1 hour during weekday evening rush hours. This makes it
hard to hire and retain employees when they know that to go 1.5 miles can
take 1 hour by car. It means that new companies will not be housing
their businesses in Menlo Park, and will look to other nearby cities with
better transportation infrastructure.

The concept of having more office buildings in Menlo Park without
investment in infrastructure to get people in and out of the town center is
pure folly.

Let's spend our $30M on solving some of these infrastructure issues, not on
replacing a perfectly great library and updating its computer
infrastructure.

David Jevans
CEO, CipherTrace
68 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA
94025

650-996-2142




On Sun, May 20, 2018 at 1:16 PM, Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> *The Library Again*
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> Fellow Residents,
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> The proposed project to build a new library is on the docket again for
> this Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
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> *Background*
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> Developer John arrillaga’s offer to fund a new library would include a
> cost to the City of about $30million--IF no frills are added. However a
> survey revealed that two-thirds of us voters would not support a bond
> measure needed to raise those funds.
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> As a result a majority of the Council did not vote to make library
> expansion a top priority.
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> Nevertheless, the City convened a subcommittee to discuss where to place
> the new library. It took interested residents and city staff on a tour of
> other libraries.
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> And most significantly, it hired and assigned staff to manage the process
> –without any promise of future financial support.
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> I do not blame some City Council members for wanting to accept
> Arriallaga’s offer. However the key question is this: What are the
> opportunity costs? If the City were to assign $30million to improving the
> city, what would we like to see?
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> A new library? More City meeting rooms? Low cost housing on the City
> campus?
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> Road improvements to address traffic congestion? Elimination of utility
> poles throughout the City? Free wifi citywide? A new parking garage for
> downtown workers? Help fund our unfunded pension liability instead of
> passing it onto our kids?
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> At this meeting the staff is asking council how (not *whether*)to barrel
> onward with the library project --and to “explore funding mechanisms” to do
> it. Arriallaga’s offer is time sensitive, but shouldn’t we decide a funding
> mechanism first, and maybe ask the voters to approve it? Before we further
> invest in architectural plans as recommended by staff?
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> Please, let city.council_at_(domainremoved)
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> Thanks and sincerely, Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
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Received on Mon May 21 2018 - 08:37:00 PDT

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