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One more time with feeling July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Hi Steven. Thanks for your comment. Our $43 million downtown Walnut Creek County library was aboutRead More$ 23 million more than we could afford (even with $5 million from the Library Foundation). Combined with the recent $330k library cafe build-out (for a vendor that is getting free rent for a while) and over $750k annual maintenance expense to keep it open plus the nearly $1,000,000 annual salary requirement to keep the downtown library open more hours than the County will fund, it is a luxury we are stuck with and cannot afford. At least, that is according to the City Manager who continues to tell us that the City's budget is $2 million in the hole for the foreseeable future so the response is not to reduce spending but raise (sales) tax. I don't expect the City's County library expense to cover the entire $2 million City budget deficit, but it is a liability that needs to be reigned in. Given all this, it would have been much more straightforward to have the little parking meter signs tell us that the parking meter fees are to fund the downtown Walnut Creek County Library. Candy coating with the items that made it onto the parking meter signs is unnecessary and patronizing. I think that Libraries are great - it is the EXPENSE of *this particular library* Walnut Creek tax payers have to endure with the way the City communicates the funding sources. I am so glad you use this City resource. When I walk by, at various times of the day, it is usually pretty empty. Perhaps you'd like to explore running a funding campaign - I'll donate - just like I donated to the library before it was built. We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
Jojo Potato July 18, 2014 at 02:00 PM
I noticed these signs the other day when I was enjoying some ice cream outside that place on Locust Read Morestreet. My first reaction was, "did they really need a sign on every meter?" I guess someone thought they did. And the "landscaping" on Locust is nothing to be proud of, some old almost bare trees trying to survive in the concrete. Besides all that, the recent city council action to fund the library operations included taking money from the parking fund. So maybe we should be honest about that. That's not the council's strong point is it? BTW, I'm writing this post from the Central library which has lots of computers and helpful staff and a great kids program that's about to start up. And it's got lots of free parking. But no giant stupid expensive "art" needed to satisfy the ego of the "powers that be", and the chairs and sinks are working and I'm sure a lot cheaper than those ego boosters. I'm enjoying it.
One more time with feeling July 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM
From a different perspective: Today, there is already General Fund line-item funding forRead More"Sidew alk cleaning - Downtown Policing - Landscaping - Free Trolly". When it is decided the "want-du-jour" is replacing the seats at the Lesher Center, Heather Farm Park Clarke Center replacement, Heather Farm Park sports field grass replacement with fake turf, more hours for the Contra Costa County downtown Walnut Creek branch than the County funds, Bocce courts & ice skating rink at Civic Park, City-subsidized food (similar to the downtown library cafe build-out), City-subsidized retail space (remember the storage pods at Liberty Bell Plaza) or something else, should we expect replacement parking meter signs listing the new funding item(s) requirement? We need to stop enabling the City's spending problem.
Julie Jepsen-Grant July 18, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Sheppard Road? And cut through the park?
mlm2013 July 18, 2014 at 08:01 PM
I know it's a radical idea but San Carlos is the street in the park.
mlm2013 July 18, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Many, many residents of Cherry Lane are wanting to install a set of speed humps - and Cherry LaneRead Moreis in unincorporated WC. If any readers are supportive of a set of speed humps on Cherry Lane - to control speed and encourage cut-thru drivers to use Oak - pls contact Supervisor Mitchoff's office at supervisormitchoff@bos.cccounty.us or call 925-521-7100 - thanks!
Susan C. Schena July 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Hi, Jennifer! Can you email to me, if possible, a jpeg photo of Zack to susan.schena@patch.com?Read Morethan ks!
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