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Atherton Town Center, the Library, and Perpetuating the Private Army

Original post made by Jerry Lewis, Atherton: other, on Jun 24, 2012

Right now Atherton is embroiled in one of the largest controversies it has ever had over the location of the library.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 25, 2012 at 7:11 am

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There is no such committee and I am certainly not a member of any organized group on either the Library or the Town Center. It is a logical fallacy that the Citizens' interest in where the new library should be located is somehow connected to the Town Center project.

The fact is that our elected officials are split 3-2 on an issue which involves the long term location of the Town's only library in the Town's only Park. The citizens wish to be heard on this issue and the current petition will ensure a Special Meeting of the Town Council that will permit them to be heard.

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS


SEC. 3. (a) The people have the right to instruct their
representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and
assemble freely to consult for the common good.


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Posted by Jerry Lewis
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

Peter, here is a link to the Town Center committee:

Web Link

As you can see, most of the individuals opposed to building the library in the park are on this committee.

Thanks for quoting the constitution. Of course it's up to voters to determine "common good." I say Fisher and her group want to get the library money for the Town Center. My analysis is above.

I'm hoping I'm wrong, that the money truly is not going to come from the library, and that Didi Fisher, Jerry Carlson, Elizabeth Lewis, Rose Hau, Steve Dostart, John Shenk and Phil Lively can let us know how much they have pledged for the new Town Center.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

The Citizens' Petition calling for a Special Meeting of the Town Council on the library issues does NOT presume or call for a particular outcome - it simply ensures that the citizens will have the opportunity to speak out on these issues:

The Petition Motion: We, adult residents of the Town of Atherton, in accordance with the Town’s Municipal Code Section 2.04.010 hereby petition for a Special Meeting of the Town Council with the following agenda:
SPECIAL MEETING
ROLL CALL
PUBLIC COMMENTS
A fundamental element of democracy is the right of citizens to address their elected representatives, therefore the public may address the Council on any item on the Special Session Agenda. Each speaker may address the Council once for each agenda item under Public Comment for a limit of three minutes. The filing of speaker cards is not mandatory, but is helpful in creating an accurate record.
AGENDA
1. Should the location of the new library be decided by a town-wide vote by residents?
Council Action: Vote — Yes or No

2. Where should the new library be located?
Council Action: Park? Vote — Yes or No
Council Action: New Town Center? Vote — Yes or No
Council Action: Current Location? Vote — Yes or No

3. Should Atherton withdraw from the county-wide Library JPA?
Council Action: Vote — Yes or No

4. Should the Town prepare, with citizen participation, a Master Plan study for all buildings and structures, existing or planned, all Town-owned properties and their uses or proposed uses?
Council Action: Vote — Yes or No


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Posted by Jerry Lewis
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

Thanks for the agenda, Peter, it's been posted elsewhere. The agenda is clear; the motivations are not.

I guess we're not going to get an answer to the question:

"Will Didi Fisher et al. make a contribution to the cause they claim is being funded by private contributions (and not the library)?"

so it's clear the purpose of the special meeting is not to get money away from the library to the Town Center.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

" The agenda is clear; the motivations are not."

I wrote the agenda and my motivations are VERY clear - to ensure that the citizens will have the opportunity to speak out on these issues. I have NOT taken a position on where the new library should be located or on the Town Center BUT I have taken a position on the right of the citizens to be heard.

What are your motivations - beside casting aspersions?


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Note that the Town Council has called a Special Meeting of the Town Council for tomorrow to decide if a citizens' vote on the library location should be placed on the Council 18 July agenda.


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