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Community participation dealt bad hand

July 23, 2013

Re: “Library remodel deal gets a thumbs-up,” July 18: Whatever the project's “house of cards” allegations, I do feel that the community participation option was dealt a bad hand, one that was produced from a staff-shuffled, compliantly stacked deck.

That is to say, why couldn't pro-June-ballot-choice community members have been given a broader, more clearly spelled-out list of alternatives under staff's “Funding Option C” description to vote on? Various, perhaps somewhat scaled back, capital project improvements and/or similar library services' restorations could then have been decided by voters without their having to vote on whether to approve a parcel tax on themselves at the same time. Councilman Najarian seemed ready to see what $10 million from bond funding alone could do.

Now, whatever results other cities may have had with polls that show less than 50% of their communities would vote for both capital projects and library services at the same time, it's hard to believe that Glendale voters — if given the chance — would not vote to use such a $10 million sum from bond funding alone for both, say, seismic upgrades, air-conditioning and plumbing improvements, etc., plus restoring full operating hours and other important library services at the same time.

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On the other hand, they indeed might not want to vote to approve high-cost expenditures for two sun-baked replacement entrances on both the north and south sides of the library.

Harvey Pearson
Los Feliz

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