Summary of Survey Results

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

Ballot Measure

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.






One step closer…..

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


Survey results to be presented at April 17 council 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.

Results of Survey to be discussed at April 17 Council Meeting

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, or by visiting the Council Calendar and downloading a copy.  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.


Campbell survey started today!

We’ve heard from a few Campbell residents that they received the survey regarding the Library and Police Station today via text message to their cell phones.

There will be other formats used, but that’s all the info we’ve had so far. If you get the survey via email or land line please feel free to tell us by adding  a comment to this post.

Here’s a link to an  article from the Campbell Reporter and Mercury News about the survey.

Special meeting of Campbell City Council – can you attend?

The city council is having a special meeting on February 2 for priority setting  from 9-3 at the Campbell Community Center.

They have not posted an agenda yet.

Our goal is to get library supporters to sign up for hour long shifts covering the whole meeting to hear what is being discussed. A follow up email on discussions about the library would be appreciated.

If you can help, please send an email to with the time slot(s) you can attend, and we’ll work out a schedule.

Once the agenda is available we will post details.

Input from former Community Librarian

As former Community Librarian of Campbell Library (October 2008 to October 2013), I would like to make a few comments about the immediate need for a major renovation of Campbell Library. First of all, many in our community do not realize that City of Campbell had a needs assessment done in the year 2006 that determined the need of a new library building. Over the years from then to now, much discussion and many community meetings have taken place. During this time, the community’s library needs have continued to be compromised and the condition of the library has continued to deteriorate.

I have first hand experience with managing this facility and can verify that the electrical and plumbing systems provided continual challenges, as did the roof and elevator. The ramps leading to the entrances are very difficult for many library users to navigate. The elevator is extremely small and suffers continual breakdowns. Each time it rained, I had to check for leaks in the roof. In 2008, roofers provided a seal that they predicted would last 8 years. Time is up! Now is the time for a renovation!

Cheryl Houts

Why the library needs an immediate renovation – 4

Today we are focusing on the lack of space in the current library building to provide essential services.

The single room dedicated to Library programs for adults, teens and children is remote and in high demand
  • Programs limitations due to single programming room
  • Children must walk up and down the stairs for story times and programs because the alcove in the children’s area is too small for the number of children and parents that regularly attend.
  • Disrupts adults downstairs
  • There is no stroller parking available
Noise is a constant problem on both levels
  • Noisy areas are adjacent to quiet areas causing conflicts, especially around the Teen section
  • There is no separate quiet area.
  • There are no separate group study or meeting rooms
  • Seating capacity for individuals/groups and shelving are inadequate
The library layout is crowded and forces services into awkward and substandard configurations
  • Book return is sub-optimal due to the facility layout
  • Book return – Cannot be connected to a fully automated return handling system
  • Book return – Not easily accessed from the parking lot
  • Book return – Not in an efficient location for patrons or staff.
  • Book return – Alternative locations have been exhausted
  • The lighting is inadequate and there is a lack of  natural light on the lower level.