Libraries are the hot topic in Palo Alto
Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2008
I get this information from talking to neighbors and acquaintances.
I think the Weekly should try to get an unbiased history of what has happened over the past 8 years or so. Many people have fuzzy memories of what the previous library bond was about and why it failed. Also we have many new residents who are unable to sort the wheat from the chaff.
This bond before us is complicated. Surveys were done, but many people ask who were surveyed and how. I myself saw a survey, not addressed to me, and the wording was indeed ambiguous.
The expensive plans drawn up for the new library(ies) show us one proposal, but there has never been any serious plans discussed for what "closing the branches" would become. Was there ever serious discussion as to what the sites of the "closed branches" would become? Were there ever any serious alternatives discussed before the planning stage? Were there ever any discussions or surveys done as to what a one branch system may offer in exchange.
Personally, I would like to know an unbiased history of this stewpot and I think many others would also - before they vote.