The Environmental Impact Report did not conclude that Holbrook-Palmer Park is the preferred site. In fact the response in the EIR to my idea was only to say it was not in their assigned task, which was to evaluate the environmental impact of placing the library in the park.
They pointed out some unanticipated problems, too. The council voted 3-2 to put the library in the park, but the four living past council members were all against it. The steering committee was selected by the council and included one of the three council members in favor.
Mr. Crittenden's answer to "Why now?" misses two major negative reasons.
One, the high-speed rail project may or may not harm the present library. Only time will tell.
Two, reading is becoming even more digital with an unknown impact on libraries everywhere — time will tell.
So, in my view now is a terrible time to spend all our library money, harming the park in the process, when there is no valid reason to do it now.