I think the above comment, left here on The Tattler last Saturday, is pretty much going to be the City Hall spin tonight. As far as spin goes it is pretty good, but then spin should never be automatically confused with the truth. One is an attempt to convince people of something that might not be in their best interest. The other is, well, the truth.
The agenda item in question is on tonight's Consent Calendar. Something that ordinarily indicates the Mayor, who sets the agenda, wants this to be an automatic approval by the City Council. It is considered to be a request for an official sign off on business that has already been decided. No further debate, explanations or conversation is necessary, though the public will likely be asked to comment.
If you are concerned about any of this, you really ought to be there to comment. The meeting starts at 6:30pm, and this will come up at the very beginning of tonight's deliberations.
Here is the important portion of the agenda report (link):
If the project to sell off the Library property and move the contents of the current building to the YAC had already been approved and by community consensus was going forward, then yes, what is described above would be necessary. However, that decision not been made yet.
In the previous City Council meeting the residents of Sierra Madre were promised a community discussion before anything was to be done. Rather than that discussion, however, we now have a Consent Calendar item that not only makes a quite large $100,000 commitment to the process (so-called), it also effectively begins the project.
With no community discussion or consensus whatsoever. Despite the City Council's rather hastily made promise at the last meeting to allow for just that.
Here is a question
When you attended Friends of the Library events and happily donated to their efforts, did you for a minute ever believe that your money would be spent on something that will likely lead to selling off the property the Library has stood upon for decades? And even tearing down the building itself, all done to make way for a condominium project?
No matter how much wine you had been drinking?