A few years ago, we hired a head librarian from Pacific Grove. She studied our library situation, and determined that the current branch system is obsolete. A major new and modern central library would be better. She was ignored. She quit.
Now, we are being asked to support BOTH a new (and very expesnive) police station, as well as a very expensive update of Mitchell Park branch library.
A very rough guess as to what these decisions will cost us is about $50M.
The new ABAG requirements will cost Palo Alto about $300M.
Perhaps I am naive, but I consider these things to be big ticket items.
Our city governance is, on occasion, dysfunctional. We can only blame ourselves. They reflect the majority will.
Chop Keenan should have been welcomed, with his offer, and the branch library system should have been phased out. ABAG should just be told, "NO!".
And we wonder why we are out of money...connect the dots.