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Measure N Must Pass to Bring Library Up-To-Date and Able To Implement Modern Technology

Original post made by Yes on N for our kids, schools and community, South of Midtown, on Oct 5, 2008

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It's clear from this excellent article in the Daily that Measure N must pass in order to update Palo Alto Library's decaying buildings. Our library has not seen repair in 50 years, while neighboring communities have passed library bonds to renew their library infrastructure.

If we don't pass Measure N, we will not be able to implement RFID and other technologies that _save_ labor and _reduce_ costs, while making circulation far more efficient.

PLease vote YES on Measure N so that our decaying libraries can be repaired, and to insure that they stay open.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 5, 2008 at 10:49 pm

The article clearly states that the bond will do nothing to update technology and bring RFID. This alone would cost $1m and is not included in the bond. The bond will upgrade the building, not the library system.

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Posted by Yes on N for our kids, schools and community
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 5, 2008 at 11:15 pm

The library buildings, which are 50 years old, and in bad repair (practically falling part in some parts) must be updated and reconstructed. Mitchell is little more than a tumbledown shack - it's an embarrassment that is so dysfunctional that it has to close when it gets too hot, and is so small that our library collection can't increase.

The Catch 22 is that we cannot install new labor-saving technologies like RFID in these wretched old buildings; we need to update them now. Just look what other communities have done for their libraries. And Palo Alto? Nothing!

In addition, our libraries will most likely close if this bond doesn't pass. There will simply be no way forward after this. We'll have to wait another 3-4 years which will increase the cost of the bond again!

Please vote YES on Measure N to keep our libraries open!

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Posted by too much
a resident of Monroe Park
on Oct 5, 2008 at 11:21 pm

To "Yes on N":

Your fearmongering is just shameful.

The libraries are not about to close whether the bond passes or not.

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Posted by Yes on N for our kids, schools and community
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 5, 2008 at 11:48 pm

too much: As a core opponent of Measure N, you have let massive distortions run yuor campaign, including your shameful accusation. You very well know what the consequences of failing to pass measure N will be - a gutting and closure of our libraries.

We need to pass Measure N to keep our libraries open, and able to sustain themselves into the 21st century, just like our neighbors have done.

Opponents of Measure N would have us believe that everything is going to be OK if Measure N fails. They are working hard to make Measure N more a referendum about our wonderful branch library system, that what Measure N is really for - i.e. the repair and construction of library infrastructure that is practically falling down.

Palo Alto's auditor (a position independent from city management and City Council) stated that Palo Alto's libraries were the in worse shape than any on the Peninsula, and badly in need of reconstruction and repair.

Remember 2002, and Measure D? That was roughly a $45M bond. If we had passed Measure D, we would already be living with a functional library and increased collection.

Instead, the SAME people who opposed Measure D, are now opposing Measure N; they are long time critics of the Palo Alto Library system.

Think about it. Measure D opponents have already cost Palo Alto $30M and 6 years of lost efficiencies, because the current bond is $75M - with increases due largely to construction inflation.

Opponents of Measure N know that if Measure N fails, we will probably have to close our branches, because enthusiasm for operating our wonderful branch system will wane. Keep in mind that Mitchell Park is a branch library.

Measure N opponents have a goal. they want to close Palo Alto's library system, and turn it over to the County. They have said this many times. This means that even Children's Library will be at risk if Measure N fails - it may end up having to be privatized in order to operate.

We need to pass Measure N, because if we don't, we'll have to wait another 3-4 years for a new bond, for just one library (if we're lucky). By then, due to construction inflation, we'll see a price tag for one building be nearly $100M (btw, that one building will have to be nearly twice as large as Main or Mitchell, to take up the surplus from closed branches).

Opponents of Measure N know that such a bond would never pass, and that branch closure would fracture a community that is one of the heaviest users of libraries for a city this size. IN sum, we have a small core of dedicated library opponents who want to kill Palo Alto's library system. It's no secret.

We must pass Measure N if we want to keep our libraries - including Children's - open and up-to-date. Please vote YES on Measure N!

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Posted by Vote No on Measure N
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2008 at 6:00 am

"Just look what other communities have done for their libraries. And Palo Alto? Nothing!" I'm sick and tired of being compared to other communities.

The advocates for Measure N have a "we must keep up to the Joneses complex." This is pathetic. Most Palo Alto residents are individualists anyway, and do not suffer such inferiority complexes.

Vote "No" on Measure N

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Posted by but seriously
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 6, 2008 at 6:56 am

Semantics. Yes say the libraries will close (implying that Palo Alto will have no library at all). No say the libraries won't close (meaning that not all libraries will close). Yes is a vote for keeping and upgrading all of the libraries. A no vote is, by default, a vote against that plan. The bond measure gives no other choices.

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Posted by Closing???
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2008 at 7:37 am

Closing a few libraries is exactly what is needed. Until Palo Alto shows some fiscal restraint there isn't any good reason to vote the same government more funding, needed or not.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2008 at 8:18 am

If there really are only a few opponents to the bond and most Palo Altans want the bond to pass to save the branches from closure, then what is the panic about. If it is really a very small number of nos, then why all the posts here saying that it is only one person who is against it?

If on the other hand there are many against the Bond then the proponents are very worried and are doing all in their power to scare the public.

Closing the branches as a fully functioning library is what many people do want. Having one centralized library with all the mod cons and a series of community centers with library pickup/deposit facilities is what makes sense to many people. They can still have their story times, puppet shows, homework centers, etc. at the community centers and pickup the materials they have put on hold at these centers. This is how a great many people use the branches at present and nothing needs to change. What will change is having a comprehensive collection in one library with librarians and all the services of the 21st century, and having more space at community centers all over the city for community use and events. The service at the central library would be more up to date, open more hours and more economical. The community centers would be whatever the community required.

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Posted by Lois
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2008 at 10:51 am

I think the "Yes" on N campaign are running scared. They obviously feel threatened by the number of people who are opposed to branch libraries and a $76M. price tag for library improvements and intend to vote against Measure N.

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Posted by Measure N is Toast!!!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Measure N is toast. It may not even get 50%. 67% - never. The woman who posts so annoyingly and intensely has turned me off completely on this. I want to see this fail miserably - so lifetime politicians like Klein and Beecham and FOPAL can stop holding the City hostage to what should be an easily provided service - a single decent library in town.

The economic situation is the final nail in this coffin.

But I can assure you this crazy poster will shortly start a thread to the effect of 'Measure N is Economic Salvation of Silicon Valley and Palo Alto. Vote for Measure N or Local Economy Collapses.....'

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Posted by Close the Branches
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2008 at 7:01 am

Measure N is Toast: I agree, but than annoying poster is a man!!!

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