The second reading of the Ordinance to put the bond measure on the November ballot will occur at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday July 31st at 7:30. The Civic Center ballot measure is on the agenda, under “Old business”. You can download the agenda here. As you will see the agenda for this meeting is very short.
Please come to the council meeting to show support for the library.
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Work continues on crafting the ballot measure. The wording has been changed again to reflect comments made at the June 19th council meeting.
It will be discussed at the next City Council meeting which will be held on Tuesday July 17th at 7:30. The Civic Center ballot measure is on the agenda, under “Public Hearings and Introduction of Ordinances”. You can download the agenda here.
To find the new wording of the ballot measure and the work still to be done to have it appear on the November ballot go to page 15 of the pdf file.
Please come to the July 17th council meeting to show support for the library.
If you can’t make it to the council meeting, please consider writing, or emailing your council representative before the meeting with your opinion on the bond measure. You can find out how to contact the council here.
As work and housing become increasingly dense, the space for real connection is becoming smaller. We are facing a shortage of places to belong, places where we are known and seen and understood. Luckily, libraries are here! Far from silent book warehouses, libraries have become a focal point for community members, their third space outside of work and home. As more families and professionals join our communities from across town, across the country, and across the world, the library is here to create a welcoming space for everyone to feel community. The Campbell Library has always been a pioneer of creating a remarkable moment and space for community building. Our plan is to continue creating these bridges for individuals and families through improved spaces and access. Please consider voicing your support of the Campbell Library as a third space for our thriving community. Our next city council meeting is scheduled for July 17 at 7:30pm.
Work continues on crafting the ballot measure. The original wording has been changed, most notably to remove ‘new’ from the description of police facilities and ‘modern’ from the library description.
It will be discussed at the next City Council meeting which will be held on Tuesday June 19th at 7:30. The Civic Center ballot measure is item 9 on the agenda, under “Old Business”. You can download the agenda here.
To find the proposed wording of the ballot measure and the work still to be done to have it appear on the November ballot go to page 79 of the pdf file.
Please come to the June 19th council meeting to show support for the library.
That was the task given to council staff at the May 1st council meeting. The 75 word limit is actually a California Election Code rule, and just to make it more difficult the rules were updated at the beginning of 2018 to include:
- the amount of money to be raised annually
- the tax rate and
- the duration of the tax.
within the 75 word limit.
The council staff have crafted a such a statement and it will be presented at the next council meeting.
The city council meeting will be held on Tuesday June 5th at 7:30. The Civic Center ballot measure is item on the agenda, under “Old Business”. You can download the agenda here.
To find the proposed wording of the ballot measure and the work still to be done to have it appear on the November ballot go to page 258 of the pdf file. Please don’t panic, this does not imply that 257 pages will be reviewed at the meeting before the ballot measure! Most the of the file is background information for items on the consent calendar.
If you can please come to the June 5th council meeting to show support for the library.
Last night the city council had 4 funding options before them
- Parcel Tax to fund $30 million
- Parcel Tax to fund $40 million
- Parcel Tax to fund $50 million
- Bond measure to fund $50 million
We had a great turn out of library supporters, showing a lot of stamina as our agenda item didn’t begin until around 10:15. Several people spoke passionately about the importance of a new library to the community. The discussion went on until about 11:15.
The survey showed that a bond measure would be more popular with the voting public. With only 4 councilors involved in the voting 3 of 4 were needed to approve the parcel tax, but a unanimous vote was needed to approve the bond measure.
The motion was for a bond measure for $50 million. We all sat on the edges of our seats as the roll call was taken. It was approved unanimously.
All sense of decorum was lost at that point as we clapped and hugged one another.
Thank you everyone for your help and support as we achieved this first goal. There are several more steps before it gets added to the ballot and more work in educating the voters as we move towards the November election.
But today, let’s just smile.
The next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday May 1st at 7:30. The Civic Center ballot measure is item 14 on the agenda. You can download the agenda here.
The public is given an opportunity to speak during the discussion of the agenda item. Each person has 2 minutes. If you are willing to express your opinion at the meeting please do. If you are not comfortable speaking in public you can express your opinion by writing a letter to the Mayor and City Council or by sending an email. Email addresses for the members of the council can be found by selecting a name from the City Council page.
Please try to attend this meeting to continue to show the council how important the library is to the community.
The results of the survey to
“Assess potential voter support for either a hybrid parcel tax or a bond measure to provide an earthquake-safe, modern library and new police station with funding that cannot be taken by the State;”
were presented at the City Council Meeting on April 17th.
You can find a video of the council session here. The section of interest starts about 14 minutes into the meeting(Item 10 Civic Center Improvements). Firstly Mayor Paul Resnikoff recused himself from this discussion as his residence is within a specified distance from the library and police station. He then left the meeting and will not be participating in the voting. That leaves 4 council members to vote on the issue. There’s an interesting discussion towards the end of the session about the percentage of the council needed to pass a vote on a parcel tax, versus that needed to pass a vote on a bond measure.
The full report on the survey can be found here.
Here are a few details from the report
- 14,875 likely November 2018 voters in the City of Campbell
- Survey Dates: March 9 through March 29, 2018
- Interview Length: 20 minutes
- Sample Size: 531 likely November 2018 voters
- Margin of Error± 4.18%
- Interview type:
- 30 Landline
- 43 Cell Phone
- 51 Online from email invitation
- 407 Online from text invitation
Summary of Results
The ballot measure could be either for a parcel tax or a bond measure. The report includes results for various $amounts, too detailed to be included in this summary. The subject of the ballot measure tested was :
To provide an earthquake-safe, modern library and new police station, including:
• improved access for senior and disabled residents;
• new technology center, free high-speed internet, and public computers; and
• police emergency operations and 911 dispatch center that would remain fully operational during a disaster;
Parcel tax option:
- Total Yes = 61.6%
- Total No = 33.1%
- Don’t know or did not answer = 5.3%
Bond Measure Option:
- Total Yes = 71.0%
- Total No = 23.3%
- Don’t know or did not answer = 5.7%
What happens next?
There will be further discussion at the next council meeting on May 1st. It is unclear whether a yes/no decision on whether to proceed with the ballot measure will be made at that meeting. When the agenda is available we’ll post again.
With the completion of the survey we’re one step closer to knowing if the council will put the library renovation on the ballot in November.
Please come to the council meeting on Tuesday evening to show your support of the library and to hear the results of the survey. The decision won’t be made on Tuesday but we must continue to show the council that there is active support for the project.
Time and location of meeting
(Re-posting as email not delivered to everyone requesting updates)
The city council meeting on 4/17 at 7:30 will present the findings of the “Civic Center Improvements – Potential Revenue Measure Survey “. The agenda can be found here. It is item 10 on the agenda.
We hope you can attend.
The discussion about what the city council will do with the information will be at their 5/1 meeting.