Now I've seen it all.

The Walnut Creek City Council proves through their budget actions that they do not care about Veterans. Ms Nardi reported
Veteran's Day and Memorial Day events are no longer funded - in favor of funding the County-staff at the downtown library. Unbelievable. Message received, sadly, loud and clear.
One more time with feeling June 26, 2014 at 09:13 AM
@Mardie: I didn't pit one group against the other, the City Council did. I am trying to understand where you are coming from. The less than $20,000 expense supporting Veteran's Day and Memorial Day in Civic Park is a bit different from the more than $1.5 million annual budget items spent on the Contra Costa County Library downtown Walnut Creek branch. Please remember, this library was not scheduled to close - merely open a few less hours per week.
Mardie June 26, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Honestly, I am not trying to be a troll. And to be even more honest I no longer live in Walnut Creek. However I do still feel a very strong attachment to the city and especially the library. The city went through so much turmoil getting the library built and hours funded and I would hate to see them take any step backwards. Public libraries have already suffered so much since the Reagan governorship and the Jarvis Gann initiative. Every time a city or county needs to cut funding somewhere it seems like it is the libraries that suffer. Veterans Day celebrates the living, Memorial Day the dead. But the libraries help us remember and understand why we have these holidays and who these people are or were. Please do not think I am disrespecting our veterans.
Julie Jepsen-Grant June 26, 2014 at 07:03 PM
@Mardie, have you seen this library? It is not suffering.
Mardie June 26, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Yes, I have. It was built before we left Walnut Creek. There is more to a library than a building, books, and employees. I don't begrudge the city putting money into a beautiful structure that entices the public to come explore it and enhances the value of the community. Go down and talk to one of the librarians, not one of the clerks, and she or he will give you some idea of what it takes to keep a library up, running and current. I used to run the libraries at Buena Vista School and Walnut Creek Intermediate. School libraries are suffering from budget cuts as well. But really, that is beside the point. As I said before, it is apples and oranges. Neither of these groups should be denied monies to keep them going. I don't want people saying one is more worthy than the other.
One more time with feeling June 29, 2014 at 02:05 PM
@Mardie: We already know how much the City pays to keep this County library open more hours than the County will fund. The City tells us there is not enough money to fund everything. This is not "apples and oranges", this is a budget. The County library won't close - just be open fewer hours. In a perfect world, there is no budget problem, no need to cut back and everyone has all the money they need - but we aren't in a perfect world. What do you propose to cutback? A choice must be made. You said, "Neither of these groups should be denied monies to keep them going" - Please explain to us where the money comes from when the well is dry.


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