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Library System: Information Item I2

From: domainremoved <Pamela>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:30:24 -0700

Dear Mayor Ohtaki, Mayor Pro Tem Mueller, Council members Carlton, Keith,
Cline and Staff,

     It appears that legal counsel is stating that “Staff recommends that
the City Council reschedule next steps for Library System Improvement
Project and incorporate information regarding the inadvertent Brown Act
violation into the agenda materials for the rescheduled meeting.” Although
under *Impacts on City Resources* it states “The library is requesting
funds for the main library building schematic design and funds for the
Belle Haven branch library space needs study. These funds would draw from
funds previously approved and allocated to the library system improvements
fund.” Since this appears on tonight’s agenda as an *Information Item I2*.

     It is unclear exactly what is asked of council and if action is being
requested. I look forward to clarification at tonight's meeting.

     I have the following recommendations if any action is taken tonight
and considered in all future discussions:

   1. The Belle Haven library needs assessment include the letter from
   Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee (BHNLAC) members and be
   finalized and approved.
   2. The Belle Haven space needs assessment move forward.
   3. All other items for the main library be delayed until early 2019.
   4. New siting outreach be conducted by another consultant firm that
   includes the needs of the childcare center, removal of old growth trees
   (redwoods) and other current library usage.
   5. Consider main library siting, with parking structure, between the
   Gymnasium and City Hall on Laurel Street.
      1. This site would not disrupt the child care center, remove redwood
      trees, and traffic impacts will be spread along the entire
length of Laurel
      2. The library services would not be interrupted until the “big
      3. Alma Street site will be available for affordable housing.

     I look forward to giving our library system update recommendations a
“rest” until early 2019.


Pamela D. Jones, Retired Professor

*The impossible dissipates when **I* *becomes **WE**. *
Received on Tue Aug 28 2018 - 14:30:42 PDT

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