|July 30, 2021|
Bernstein With a Twist
This is a weekly program with commentary on current issues.
GM in bankruptcy. California’s poised to slash $24 billion.
Everything’s on the table. So I was hardly surprised when “an interested reader” suggested Riverside re-think plans to demolish the Main Library and build a new one.
Re-think? How? Relocate Old Main to a boxy fortress with plenty of parking: the soon-to-be-empty Gottschalks in Riverside Plaza.
Abandon plans for the new downtown library for which so many have fought so hard? How far away are we, anyway?
Well, the city says we’d have to raise $55 million at the ballot box.
Would a two-thirds majority of Riversiders boost property taxes after taking a property value drubbing? The words “slam dunk” don’t leap to mind.
Would it be inane to contemplate a back-up plan to a $40-to-$50 million library?
Not in the eyes of our interested reader.
Episode Date: June 5, 2009