Posted by Sanford Forte, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2006 at 6:58 pm
Perhaps Mr. Moran should check HIS facts before making claims like the one he makes, above. I only hope that he doesn't threaten me physically as he was accused of doing by a local contractor who didn't see things Mr. Moran's way.
Question: why are you fighting your pal, Bob Moss battles for him, Mr. Moran? Is the kitchen getting to warm for Mr. Moss? Are too many truths surfacing? That's the risk one takes when going public in a forum like this, as Mr. Moss did, with his unconscionable attack on our library.
Bob Moss is expert at quoting chapter and verse about NUMBERS; that's what he's famous for as a wannabe library director. What he usually leaves out is the BIG PICTURE.
Mr. Moss statements - even the way he titled his post on this forum - are disingenuous, and meant to attack in a way ythat proves him mright, by default. Why should I or any other Palo Altan suffer that kind of distortion. Bob Moss got called on his behavior. Maybe he'll learn a thing or two about distorting the big picture to serve his small ends.
As a member of the Library Advisory Commission, having had to sit quietly in private subsommittee sessions and watch abuse after abuse visited on Paula Simpson, the library staff, and the public - it's time to get this out in the open. I thank Mr. Moss for helping tomake that possible. (because,after all, the delays caused by the small cabal of rogue FoPAL board members is having a direct NEGATIVE effect on our library, and its staff.
About the Weekly's error - I freely retracted statements made that were based on that error, after yet ANOTHER Bob Moss fabrication about how I knew information to the contrar. Has Mr. Moss admitted his MANY errors and disingenuous charges about our library, and its staff? No.
In fact, I clearly said that quoting - and basing part of a more general argument on the Weekly's error did NOT change my opinion - or the general truth, corroborated by others, about the nature and demeanor of the regrettable and insulting tactics that FoPAL administrators - including those adminisrators at the very top - have leveled on our library, our library process, our former library director, and our citizens.
Further, Mr. Moran has some cheek in talking about public smear campaigns - especially in this context. First, he's engaging in one right now by calling my behavior into question. He has done so in another post on this forum, as he fights FoPAL board member's battles for them.
Were you at the downtown library meeting some months ago, Mr. Moran, where some few downtown community members and some few FoPAL members directly attacked Paula Simpson personally, in a way I have never witnessed before in many years of public service?
I and one other person had to stand up and insist that the personal attacks stop. I was watching the self-satisfied smirks on the faces of the small core group I'm speaking of as they leveled - or stood by and vicariously enjoyed - seeing Ms. Simpson placed on the defensive. It was an embarrassing display of poor behavior.
If that's the kind of behavior you're defending, Mr. Moran, perhaps you might rethink some of what - and who you support in Palo Alto.
All that said, it's high time that Palo Alto get some sunlight shining on this problem. I've been close to it through two years, and have myself come under disingenuous attack by this group in efforts to control what I say on the LAC, or what positions I take on the LAC.
It's high time that we had a change atthe top on the FoPAL board. Perhaps enough FoPAL members will begin to look into the abusive bahavior and tactics that their administrators are taking, and do something about it. Those loyal and contributing FoPAL members and volunteers deserve better than they're currently getting, and so does our community.