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News - April 4, 2014

Around Town

THE SAGA CONTINUES ... More than six months of deliberation have done little to resolve Palo Alto's epic debate over what to call the Main Library once the renovated Newell Road facility reopens for business. With library commissioners and staff lobbying for "Rinconada Library" to connote the building's location, some City Council members (most notably Larry Klein, Gail Price and Pat Burt) favoring naming the building after a famous Palo Altan (Bill Hewlett? David Packard? Russell Lee? Birge Clark?), and others (Liz Kniss and Karen Holman) fine with just leaving the name the way it is, the debate remains at a stalemate. At its last discussion in December, the council's Policy and Services Committee split 2-2, with Price and Klein taking one side and Kniss and Holman another. The subject will return to the full council on Monday for a possible decision. To get the conversation rolling, Price and Klein issued the shortest colleagues memo in recent history. "The Policy and Services Committee deadlocked in attempting to fulfill the Council's direction to find an appropriate person in Palo Alto's history to honor by using that person's name as the new name for Main Library," states the memo (which is quoted here in its entirety). "In order to move this matter forward at Monday's council meeting we will move that Main Library be re-named in honor of Palo Alto's most beloved architect Birge Clark."

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