As with most controversies, there are valid reasons pro and con, but Tina's letter stresses the pro side. The present library could be made earthquake safe using only about 10 percent of funds now in hand. The library never had nor has now the $8,000,000 bandied about by the pro group; that is an optimistic forecast. High-speed rail and e-book impact are future concerns, not present. Increased traffic on Watkins is a present concern if the EIR is correct. The present is "a money-losing structure," to quote Tina, because the council has ruled against its use for profitable events. Olive gave the park to Atherton as a park, not for "lectures and meet-the-author events". This list could go on.
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