Atherton needs to Dump JPA Library System
Original post made by think outside the box on Jun 22, 2012
Throughout California and the United States there is a growing movement to outsource library services for small communities and towns as regional public library consortiums become too costly primarily with administrative and public employee salaries and pensions. Many California communities have contracted with Library Systems & Services (LSSI), and this company would be a perfect solution for Atherton to become independent of a the JPA which is a regional library system that does not have the interests of our town at heart but is intent on establishing a community center in the Park for a population outside Atherton. Basically that is the heart of the matter and residents should be allowed to decide if they want that by a direct vote. A smaller new, remodeled library in its present location or part of a master town center concept is the obvious solution with the library operated by a private company who can provide the efficiencies of operation, purchasing, and service the needs of Atherton alone.
To view the services and list of libraries using LSSI please use this link:
on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:52 am
Good comments. The JPA has worked for years for Atherton as things currently exist. The JPA does host many county events at the library and moving the library to the park will make those events bigger.
One issue becomes all the behind closed door tactics. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent already to move the library to the park. The week the council approved to spend another $24,000.00.
In the last two months the JPA voted to keep Atherton's $700,000 annual surplus with Kathy McKeithen voting in favor. Other members of the council were not informed of the JPA vote. McKeithen is on the JPA. By keeping the surplus the JPA can spend it with council approval.
Why is McKeithen fighting so hard to build this library and turn over Atherton's park to the JPA for events?
on Jun 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm
Why on earth do Atherton residents re-elect McKeithen? Why is she still in office??? Is she up for re-election this November? If so, it's time to vote her out of office!
Atherton residents are among the most educated and successful people in the world! For McKeithen to think that the library is "too complex" for us to understand is extremely insulting. As an elected representative of the people, if she can't explain the issue, then voters should continue to question the issue, the process, the motive, etc. Then, voters should vote her out of office in favor of someone who favors transparency and a say as to how our tax dollars are spent!
No More McKeithen!
on Jun 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
Petition for Special Meeting of Town Council on the new library and the library JPA.
The location of the new upgraded Town library has become a very controversial issue. Here is a citizens' petition for a Special Meeting of the Town Council with an agenda that gives the citizens the opportunity to speak out on various aspects of this issue.
If you agree that such a meeting is appropriate then please sign the petition.