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Letter: Writer sees flaws in new library argument

Original post made on Sep 4, 2012

Sandy Crittenden's letter about Atherton's library-in-the-park debate is misleading, either from exaggeration, ignorance, or his bias.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Sandy Crittenden
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

The Environmental Impact Report states, "In accordance with CEQA Guidelines § 15126.6, the Draft EIR identifies the Reduced Library Size at Holbrook-Palmer Park alternative as the environmentally superior alternative because it would slightly reduce, although not eliminate any of, the impacts identified for the proposed project."
With the exception of the Watkins Ave, El Camino Real intersection, which is controlled by Caltrans and out of Atherton’s control, all environmental impacts will be mitigated.

According to Mr Croft, there is never a right time to build a library.

The park is still the best location for the new library. It is a compatible, low impact use that works well in the park.

Library visits have continued to increase year after year. While digital use of library services has also increased, the library is appreciated my more residents.

Atherton deserves a new library. We have paid for it already from our taxes; we should have a new environmentally sensitive library for our families, young and old.

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Posted by specious argument
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

A specious argument according to the Oxford dictionary is one that is superficially plausible but actually wrong and misleadingly attractive in appearance. While Sandy Crittenden is a member of the Library Steering Committee he should know better than to misrepresent facts.
He is using the DEIR as a vehicle for an argument for the library in the park and is now citing the Reduced Size Alternative (8,900 square feet) as the building size. In fact what Atherton voters are deciding is a 13,500 square foot library as studied by the EIR. To gain clarification please refer to pages 165-167 in the DEIR
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The DEIR document explains the law's requirement, and it is not deemed a recommendation.
Mr Crittenden also tries to distance his argument from the intersection of Watkins and El Camino Real saying it is out of the hands of Atherton and a State responsibility. This intersection has been the scene of multiple accidents and two fatalities in the last three years and by dumping more traffic onto Watkins has to be a moral
decision on the part of the Town Council. Presently they are being sued over a like issue at Alejandra and ECR. Currently the issue of signage and turn lanes is very much the responsibility of Atherton as they enter or leave Watkins and it is a gross violation of their civic duty to put vehicles, bikers and pedestrians in further danger.
The rest of Crittenden's comment are opinion and spin and certainly he is entitled to them but not to misrepresent facts.

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