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Mayor Law supports more time to consider downtown library decision

Council
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:28 PM
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From: Denis Law
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 1:47 PM
To: Denis Law
Cc: Jay B Covington
Subject: Downtown Library

Dear Councilmembers,

Following weeks of debate and recent developments, I want to propose that you consider postponing any decision regarding the location of a new downtown library.

Given the importance of this topic and the impact of this decision to everyone in our community, I believe it is important that all our councilmembers be present and participate in the library debate and ultimate decisions. Councilmember King Parker will miss next Monday’s Council meeting due to a business trip, and Council President Terri Briere will be out of town the following week. In addition, some of our councilmembers have expressed their desire to have additional time to seek input from a broader base of our community, beyond those who have expressed their view at recent Council meetings.

Yesterday, we rolled out a comprehensive downtown safety initiative that includes additional police officers, rigorous enforcement, cameras, lighting and more in downtown Renton and the Transit Center. Unfortunately before we could implement this program and put these strategies in place, we had a gang-related shooting in downtown last night. Postponing this decision will allow us to fully implement this plan, which we believe will dramatically improve the sense of safety in our downtown area.

We are confident that there will not be any significant impact to the library decision if we decide to take some additional time to study it further and get additional public input. However, we do recommend moving forward with the design and financing of the Highlands Branch.

If you agree with this option, I also recommend that you delay the second reading of the bond ordinance and your decision on the Inter-Local Agreement.

If you feel this idea has merit, it needs to be discussed in an open meeting on Monday. I wanted to send this to you now so you would have a couple days to consider this option.

Denis Law
Mayor, City of Renton
1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    May 12, 2011    

    Ghetto

    Have a nice house near the lake. . . .Do not go near the transit center or downtown anymore. You fools do not realize how GHETTO it is becoming. . . Look forward to moving to Bellevue. How nuts is it to put a new SMALLER library in this slum area.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    May 12, 2011    

    DOWNTOWN LIBRARY

    I REALIZE THAT HAVING A PARK DOWNTOWN IS IMPORTANT, BUT INSTEAD OF GOING WITH THE BIG 5 SITE HOW ABOUT TAKING PART OF LIBERTY PARK AND BUILDING A NEW LIBRARY YOU COULD MAKE IT 2-3 STORIES AND NOT HAVE A BIG FOOTPRINT
    THEN THE MUSEUM COULD MOVE INTO THE OLD LIBRARY BUILDING OR USE IT AS A COMMUNITY CENTER

  3. May 13, 2011    

    Highlands Library

    What’s been surprising to me is the amount of people that don’t want the new Highlands library moved into a low income housing-project.

    I would have assumed that people would be happy to double the size of the Highlands library, but in actually talking with people, nobody seems that enthused once they realize that it’s going to be surrounded by low income housing, and having to park in a underground parking lot to boot.

    I know all the fancy plans look nice in theory – but if you drive up to Othello and look at the fancy low-income housing installed just a few years ago, you can see that all the good intentions in the world can’t make things perfect.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    May 13, 2011    

    “Postponing this decision will allow us to fully implement this plan, which we believe will dramatically improve the sense of safety in our downtown area.”

    Frm my perspective, the “additional police officers, rigorous enforcement, cameras, lighting and more” only serve to reinforce my opinion that the Transit area is not all that safe.

    • May 17, 2011    

      Perception vs Reality

      If you notice, the crime at the Transit Center has all been one thug picking on another thug – except for that poor bloke that got mugged two years ago, it’s basically been thug on thug violence. Those “innocent 14 year old boys” aren’t innocent.

      Don’t want to get hurt near the Transit Center? Just be normal.

      Statistically, crime in Renton has been getting lower and lower in the last two years as well.

      BUT… as far as maintaining a livable city, perception is the same as reality. If people don’t feel safe, then they stop eating out and shopping, then stores close, then the real crime moves in.

      Mayor Denis has been wise to commit to quashing what crime remains – overreaction is exactly what we need to help squash any potential spiral toward letting the criminal element take over the city.

    • Anonymous Anonymous
      May 31, 2011    

      Security Cameras at the Library?

      Will KCLS Director Bill Ptacek allow security cameras near the Library? He seems overly concerned about the privacy rights of muggers vs. the safety of citizens.

      http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015138444_library25m.html

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    May 14, 2011    

    another downtown shooting?! do you really want to have your library in that area?

    • May 17, 2011    

      That’s what the stacks of books are for – small arms cover.

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