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Proponents reel from withdrawal of Arrillaga offer to help build new library

Original post made on Oct 9, 2018

An offer by local philanthropist and billionaire developer John Arrillaga to help the city of Menlo Park build a new main library has been rescinded, according to an Oct. 1 statement from the city.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

Why is the Belle Haven project so darn slow. By the time city gets it's act together there won't be any need because the Facebook generation will have pushed all the child bearing families and seniors out of Belle Haven.


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Posted by Insider
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Oct 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

Arrillaga doesn’t even live in Menlo Park. He lives in Portola Valley. Take that into context for a while—he wanted to donate money to a city he doesn’t even live in. I see why he has rescinded the offer. What should have been met with open arms was debated and spat on. Not surprised


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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Mark Dinan is a registered user.

If the Arrillaga family has $20 Million burning a hole in his pocket, East Palo Alto will happily take it to construct a new Library. Our library is about 10% the size of the current Menlo Park Library, and is heavily used. Our library leadership is great and they do a ton with very little space. Give the $20 Million to Epa, and I'll even lead the charge to make the "A" in EPA, "East Palo Arrillaga!"


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm

The nail in the coffin was Keith's Brown Act violation. Then McClure advised us to defer until January. Shortly after, Arrillaga pulled the plug.

I don't get the "only 61%! let's give up now!" spin. We could very well have got to 2/3. Its like there's a shadow government operating here, taking the decision away from the people, where the will of the 39%, or officials own personal notions, subvert the majority opinion.

I understand Arrillaga offered that we just had to come up with $20 million, and he'd cover the next $40 million. The money saved would go a long way towards the Belle Haven Library too.

Two thing are clear. We will get a new library or two some day. And it will cost us an extra $40 million. Shameful that the city moved both slowly and ineptly, and let a minority hijack the agenda. As such I am voting for as much change as possible in the City Council election.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Oct 10, 2018 at 11:54 am

Arrillaga if you are listening PVSD would be more than happy to receive $20mil. Would cover 20% of the 100million construction costs!


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Posted by Menlo guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Oct 10, 2018 at 1:25 pm

You cannot blame someone for specifying where their donations will go. Not everyone does it but some, for example, will specify where their donations will go when they donate to universities. People have fields, stadiums / arenas named after them because they specify that their donations will go specifically towards a project.

Any anger / frustration should be directed at the City Council.

It's incompetence. "You can't rush public outreach." is a lazy excuse used by politicians who are unable to do their jobs. State and Federal fundings have deadlines all the time.


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