Tuesday, July 3, 2018

So What Is Really Going On With Sierra Madre's Library?

But which library do they *heart* the most?

As you might be aware, there is a big City Council and Library Board of Trustees joint meeting set up for July 10. Mark it on your calendar. And, of course, the discussion will be all about what to do with the Library now that selling the property it currently stands on for several million bucks has become politically more difficult. This after those survey cards results revealed that the last thing people in town want to do is sell that storied patch to a developer.

But is that possibility really off the table, or is it going to be reimagined through the artful deployment of heretofore unheard yet carefully planned language usages, including novel reinterpretations of the survey card results? You know how Library politics can get some times. The fix could still be in.

And you really do need to remember that certain key deep city (as opposed to "deep state") players behind the perhaps not quite dead yet Library move are in some ways responsible for a few of the larger disasters to ever strike the quaint foothill village we're discussing here. Including the Downtown Specific Plan, an interest payment only water bond scheme that ended up costing the city millions, and the current near fatal iteration of CalPERS.

So obviously those individuals really are capable of anything. No matter how bizarre or wrongheaded.

There are not many solid clues out there yet for how this joint meeting is going to go down, or what skullduggery might be afoot. Here is how the related item on the Library Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda for June 27 appeared. Link here.


As you can plainly see the "New Library" was still up for discussion, this despite the verdict of the people via those twice mailed survey cards. Which oddly enough were not scheduled for discussion.

My guess? There will be a hella big pitch for selling the property and moving the Library poolside at this July 10 confab. And the City Council will waver, being as deeply attuned to the opinions of the ancient and meddlesome deep city regime as they so obviously are.

They could flip. After all, they flipped on mansionization. And three of them did originally run for office as impassioned tax increase opponents, as hilarious at that might seem now.

We'll just have to wait and see.

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39 comments:

  1. Burn it down, collect the insurance, and rebuilt.. Problem solved.

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  2. This whole Sierra Madre Library crises was generated by City Hall 'stooges' to act as a 'red herring' to distract the public's attention to massive failure with in city hall it's self.

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  3. One never knows how much money the library folks have in their coffers. Let the library stay where it is. Let them use some of their money to fix it up. Stop with the library of the century speak.

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  4. Survey cards? What survey cards?

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  5. In May there was over $800,000 in coffers for the Library. The Friends of The Library have been giving the Library Board over $50,000 a year for special programs but not putting a cent into bringing the place up to code. I don't understand that, is it because they don't want to Preserve that special 1955 design?

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    1. They love the library, but it is a tough love.

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  6. A realistic approach to the longevity of the library would help. It's an important, and charming, soon-to-be-obsolete institution, so basic maintenance is really all that's needed.

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  7. How much of this is about nostalgia for simpler times? You can get the same information on a smart phone that you can at the library.

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    1. Actually there is access to much, much more information online than there is in any physical library.

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    2. And actually there is access to much, much more flora and fauna in nature than at a preserve or zoo.

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  8. The read about Sierra Madre Library is kind of small, what is city hall hiding? Try this link instead. https://calmatters.org/

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  9. Are the survey card results available on the city website?

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    1. They're in a staff report for whatever meeting the results were discussed.

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  10. If no one shows up, who cares. This city doesn't care anymore, probably hasn't in almost a decade. The city council should just go where the money is, the city folks don't care. They don't show up and they don't vote in numbers.

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    1. I hear you, 7:53. I recognize that fatigue. But more than once we've been happily surprised by a resurgence of interest, so it's not impossible that it could happen again.

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    2. I'll believe it when I see it. I think the community has changed over the past few years. The town has seemingly gotten richer, and more prone to being screwed by the local politicians. Call it the Arcadia effect.

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    3. A lot of those people are new, and have no idea what goes on here.

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    4. They don't care to know what goes on. For them it looks good on the outside, and if the library moved I don't think they'd care. They wouldn't notice until the bill came due (via new taxes) a few years later, and it seems Sierra Madre is more tax friendly now anyways.

      Many commenters mention the lack of engagement, and/or how old and tired they are fighting the same battles year after year, yet you ever wonder if the new blood doesn't share the same beliefs?

      Maybe the new Sierra Madre doesn't care to be different from the rest of the San Gabriel Valley. The last few elections seems to show this.

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    5. 9:08, It seems to me that strong leaders make all the difference. There have to be people who make decisions, form a small group and then enlist an army. That has worked, and could work again.

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    6. What I find different and troubling is the subtle encroachment of the realty/development interests in city government. We all remember the stated goals of the California Association of Realtors to infiltrate city halls, and the fact that a realtor just ran in an election is telling of their progress, even though he lost. Next time, maybe he'll be open about being a realtor in all his publicity and mailers, and then he'll actually win.
      Do you think the council members have noticed a shift in the kinds of people who are friendly to them?

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  11. Over these many years we have heard from friends that the Library Board members are difficult to work with.
    Suggestions and solutions have been presented only to be dismissed from some of the old guard.
    Time to have a new Library Board.

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    1. They're zealots.

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    2. Big fish in small pond!

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    3. The library board is the problem. Just look up whose on it. For people who profess to love the library, they are the ones pushing to tear it down. How do we get people who really love the library so much they don't want to demolish it on the Board? That's the problem. The people entrusted with running the library want to destroy it. Go figure.

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  12. And actually there is a plethora of Starbucks drinkers across the country still being denied access to the bathrooms until they purchase a baked good.

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    1. Has this happened to you?

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    2. No, but I miss the horn blowing at 5pm on Fridays, don't you?

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    3. Not as much as you do.

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  13. The library has been a money pit for years, where has the money been spent?
    This council should address why so much of the budget has been allocated to the library.
    What does our Fire Department take from the town budget? I wouldn't be surprised if the library receives a great deal more.

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  14. A reoccurring problem with Sierra Madre, rusty old water pipes and rusty old library.
    Accountability zero.

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  15. More importantly: Has the Drinking CageTM opened yet?

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  16. I miss the fire horn, why was it halted? Lack of UUT funds?

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  17. If the library in question was allowed to stay open but under L.A. County control how would this go over?

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    1. Send the police over to the LA County Sheriff, as well.

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  18. The Senate Intelligence Committee strongly backed the finding by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, ultimately intending to help Donald Trump win.

    “The committee concurs with intelligence and open-source assessments that this influence campaign was approved by President Putin,” the panel said Tuesday in a report that endorsed as “sound” the intelligence findings issued in January 2017. The committee said there was a body of intelligence “to support the assessment that Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for Trump”

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  19. The Fire Horn was replaced by those obnoxious signs and banners in Kersting Court, and the banner stretched out across the Italian Cypress Trees at Memorial Park, driving distractions.

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  20. Be sure to secure your curb side seating on the boulevard today!

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  21. What a good laugh? Go watch Mayor Tay in action. Tad bit lost.

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