Sunday, August 31, 2008

My Baby, the New Walnut Creek Library

Living in Walnut Creek and free from the political abstinence required by my former job, in 2005 and 2006 I made a concentrated effort to reshape the runaway Walnut Creek Library project. ... When I began my "Save Civic Park" campaign, the proposal threatened massive new taxes, a mega-garage in Walnut Creek's central creekside park, and the taking of a historic private property. ... Through my efforts and those of my friends and neighbors, the project was changed to a grand structure with an underground garage, lower tax load, and no eminent domain. I am very proud of the work we did there. ... In these photos, the wooded lot behind the plywood sheathing was saved in part by my campaign. ... I miss living in downtown Walnut Creek. Today I saw huge swaths of graffiti behind the Yacht Club restaurant, and the Civic Park bathrooms were a mess. That wouldn't last on my watch. ...

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