As a longtime resident and representative council member of Atherton, my response to this sentiment was one of profound sadness, yet, given recent events, complete understanding.
When I hear someone at a meeting discussing a possible new library say that we can put children in the basement, because "they don't need a view," when I read in a comment letter that the "'busyness' of a contemporary library/community center poses a risk greater than the benefit," when a council member repeatedly objects to our park as a site for a library because it will bring into it people from other communities, I realize that we have become a town of beautiful gated homes but are at risk of losing our soul.
Kathy McKeithen, Atherton City Council member
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