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'This has been a long time coming': Atherton celebrates new civic center

Original post made on Dec 14, 2021

Atherton residents gathered Saturday to celebrate a long-awaited addition to the town: a new library and civic center partially funded by donations as well as the town's general fund.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 13, 2021, 10:10 AM

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Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 14, 2021 at 7:48 am

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It would have been more valuable had the reporter asked several questions and provided more data, such as:

1) How many Atherton residents actually attended & tour the new facilities?
2) What is the final "all in" cost of the new Town Center & the Library?
- The original "promise" was a much lower cost (I believe under $15M) & it was going to be 100% funded by donations
- What is the real total cost & where did the money come from - in detail?
3) It is asserted that the new Town Center will "retain town staff members"
- What was the "turnover" of Staff Members previously & how many resigned due to the condition of their facilities?

Transparency in local Government is very important!

Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 14, 2021 at 8:38 am

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@CyberVoter – reality is too much was spent on this and it's more than was needed. The people involved in spearheading the effort became emotionally invested and rammed it through. The prior facilities did need replacement, but there's an enormous gap between those facilities and this facility that begged for a middle ground. Unfortunately, it didn't happen.

Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 14, 2021 at 9:07 am

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At least you guys get something for all that money. The rest of us don't even get roads that can handle rain.

Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 14, 2021 at 12:28 pm

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To Thoughtful:

We are in complete agreement! Thanks for the insight.

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