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That we have covered here more than once as well. However, what has not been discussed yet on this blog, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why, is selling the current Library property and moving all of its books and authentically historic horseshoe nail collection into the YAC. Yes, I am as stunned as everybody else. Where is Rob Bob Stockley and all of the "I (Heart) My Library" sign people on this one? Is it really the end times yet?
Here is how the Agenda Report reads (link):
While I guess this is all a kind of reasonable solution to some very real problems, and would save the City of Sierra Madre a couple of million dollars it doesn't have, when did anything involving the Library ever actually make sense? Shouldn't there now be rioting at the Elementary School? A very emotional mob with torches descending upon City Hall demanding the scalps of all involved? Babies bawling over the potential loss of their rhyme time?
Wasn't Measure UUT supposed to make all of these Sierra Madre Library issues go away for ever and ever?
I am at a loss for words. That doesn't happen very often.
Message from Preserve Sierra Madre
Mod: This just showed up in my mailbox.
While Preserve Sierra Madre is focused primarily on controlling development, there are other issues that come up in our city that are consistent with the mission called for in the first word of our name: "Preserve". That takes our efforts beyond merely controlling development.
One of our coalition members brought to our attention that there is another item on the agenda at tonight's City Council Meeting beginning at 6:30 pm in addition to the Henry A. Darling House matter. The City Council will discuss moving our Public Library to the recreation building and selling off the current building to a private party. I'm not sure that's what many of us had in mind when we contributed very recently to the "Save the Library" campaign by passing the UUT. We thought the library was "saved" when that tax was passed.
Many people in this city have spent many hours in that library. Many people grew up going to that library and have great memories of it. Sure, the books can be moved to a new location, but we don't think it will be quite the same.
We hope our City Council will come up with another option to address any problems at the library short of selling it off entirely. At the very least, there should be more discussion about this issue.
Thank you for your support.
Preserve Sierra Madre