Laguna Beach City Council
– URGENT –
HELP SAVE THE LIBRARY
EMAIL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND
ATTEND THIS NEXT TUESDAY’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Hello Fellow Residents,
There’s a swirling controversy that the City Council could remove the City library and possibly turn it into a parking lot. Make your voice heard – register your opposition by emailing Council members and attending the Tuesday, April 12 City Council Meeting.
The Back Story
The library building and its site are owned by the County, but they are now being offered for purchase to the City for $4,290,000.00. The City is not obliged to buy the site. If they do, the City is proposing to let the County continue to use it as a library for only three years. Then the City would get to do whatever they wanted to with their land and move the library elsewhere, perhaps significantly downsizing it.
But Then What?
In three years, the City could sell the property to the highest bidder or tear down the library, move it to the Canyon and turn the site into a parking lot, as Councilman Peter Blake has suggested. Liberate Laguna co-founder Sam Goldstein whose Heisler Building and Skyloft business are close by has also been advocating this.
Is This Community-Destroying Act
What Residents Truly Want?
Do residents really want to lose their iconic, convenient, centrally located library, fairy garden and meeting place only to have to tear it down, buy a new, less resident-friendly site and build a whole new library? Does Laguna really need to increase traffic and congestion in what is already one of the busiest parts of town?
More Devil In The Details
According to the original granting of this site to the County, the Chamber Of Commerce is to retain office space within the library in perpetuity. But the proposed purchase agreement doesn’t specify WHERE the Chamber of Commerce space is to be located. Why? If the site is sold after the three-year leaseback, the City and taxpayers may have to pay for much more expensive Chamber offices elsewhere forever. And given Laguna’s astronomical rents, the town can ill afford it.
Tell the City Council you are opposed to the purchase of this site unless it is conditioned upon it remaining the permanent home of the Laguna Library.
Read The Staff Report
ATTEND THE TUESDAY, APRIL 12
CIITY COUNCIL MEETING
AND MAKE YOU VOICE HEARD
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Any mistakes or omissions are the sole responsibility of the author, George Weiss. No public funds were expended on this website..
Disclaimer: All representations made in this email reflect the views of the author and are not official statements of the City of Laguna Beach or City Council. Any mistakes or omissions are the sole responsibility of the author, George Weiss. No public funds were expended on this website.© 2022 GEORGE WEISS