Many concerned residents had been unhappily taken by surprise at the rushed revelation from two weeks ago that such a thing was even being considered. So can anyone now explain for us this following equally undiscussed, very speedy, and quite distressingly abrupt, agenda announcement?
I don't want to get too country on you, but where I come from $100,000 is a lot of dough. And once having spent that kind of cash on a project like this the community would be pretty much committed to going forward with whatever project the largesse had been lavished upon.
Particularly if it is money that was raised by well-meaning volunteers with the purpose of helping save and preserve one of this community's most valued and beloved assets.
Not bulldozing it.
It certainly does take a lot of wine tasting to raise $100,000 dollars. Many grapes died to make this happen. And once having spent this kind of money, wouldn't it be difficult for a City Council to later pull back from the project and not do it?
Spending this $100,000, while it wouldn't legally commit the City of Sierra Madre to going through with the project, would certainly help create a certain psychological need to make it happen. Can't you hear all within earshot being told that we've already spent a lot of the Friends of the Library's money on this project, so how can we turn back now?
We have all seen public relations efforts aimed at creating before the fact process justifications in the past. The DSP comes to mind. This would be kind of like that.
This community was promised a conversation. Rushing through a $100,000 spend of somebody else's hard earned cash, and as a summer vacation time Consent Calendar item no less (link), is not that. I hate to sound too judgmental, but this all comes off as being more than a little downtown slick, and not transparent at all.