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I1. Contract For Belle Haven branch library...

From: domainremoved <Pamela>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:27:32 -0700

Good Evening Mayor Mueller, Mayor Pro Tem Taylor, Councilmembers Nash,
Carlton and Combs and Staff,

Pamela Jones, resident Menlo Park

Thank-you for your continued commitment to the Belle Haven neighborhood’s
decades old request for a branch library separate from the Belle Haven
Elementary School. For years residents have submitted ideas and plans
including a three-dimensional mock-up of placement on 100-110 Terminal
Avenue, creating a comprehensive community center.

The staff report recommendation of Noll & Tam Architects as the most
qualified includes “*Menlo Park’s emphasis on a strong public engagement
process*.” It is important that we do not have the same lack of
understanding and community concerns as in the main library siting
process. A review of the video of the May 22, 2018, CCIN letters and
newspaper articles, will serve to remind us of the flaws in the public
process for the main library siting.

I am concerned we maybe headed in the same direction. Certainly, there are
residents with the appropriate *technical and engineering expertise needed
to effectively evaluate complex architectural proposals*, as stated in the
staff report, to have served on the selection panel.

As previously noted, it is curious that the *RFP* and *Staff Report
#19-130-CC,* includes the following *“a comprehensive site analysis to scan
and evaluate the feasibility of multiple potential site options in the
Belle Haven and Bayfront neighborhoods including sites currently owned by
the City, sites currently owned by other public agencies, vacant sites that
could be acquired by the City, and/or new development projects that have a
substantial community benefit requirement, among other possible options.
The analysis will also include potential cost impacts, feasibility,
timeline considerations, traffic, parking, bicycle and pedestrian access,
integration with the surrounding neighborhoods and city as a whole, and
other noteworthy potential benefits and/or drawbacks of each site for City
Council’s consideration.”*

To date, the community has not been informed of *possible options*. In
fact, there is no information on our website indicating City owned, leased
or sold properties, properties held in LLCs, or properties acquired by
eminent domain.

The narrative in the Noll & Tam proposal states* “We understand from the
RFP that the City maybe interested in expanding the range of our community
engagement beyond the Belle Haven and Bayfront neighborhood library users.”
*There needs to be complete transparency of the intention of the City and
staff for what and who is driving the project.

In order to move forward in a truly transparent community driven project,
Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee, *BHNLAC,* must be
re-established. Their charge must include participation in *all *discussions
with the project manager and city staff.

Again, thank-you for your support for Belle Haven neighborhood’s request
for a branch library. Accessible knowledge strengthens our neighborhoods.


Pamela D. Jones

*The impossible dissipates when **I* *becomes **WE**. *
Received on Tue Jun 18 2019 - 18:22:13 PDT

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