HOW IS THERE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUILD AN ELABORATE LIBRARY IN THE PARK?
I am deeply concerned about Councilman John Masson’s plan to build a new library in Grape Day Park. About two years ago, I notified the City Council that books were being stolen from the Escondido Library. The security detector at the door was not working and books were disappearing off the shelves. Many of them listed as available on the computer were actually not there. Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services, told me in a not-so-kind manner that there was no money to fix the machine.
Later, I requested that a trash can be placed at the bus stop near the Home Depot Center. Yvette, a public works employee, advised me in a hostile manner that there was no money for one.
Am I now to believe that there is enough money to build an elaborate structure in the middle of the park? I have complained to the Council about the many deadbeats who hang out at the library, talking loudly on cell phones next to signs saying it’s prohibited; and, causing mayhem so that police have to question patrons in order to locate unruly individuals. I have also complained about the homeless who sleep out in the open on Escondido’s streets and in the park during the day, making it an unsavory place to visit.
A doctor’s office on Grand Avenue has been broken into and homeless men were found sleeping on the floor. The owner of the place worries that once the old hospital closes for good, the homeless will us it as a hang out. Graybill Medical Group on Kalmia and CVS on West Valley Parkway now have locks on public restrooms to keep drug addicts out.
And Mr. Masson thinks it’s wise to give them an even more convenient and luxurious place to loiter? I hope not.
MELINDA SANTA CRUZ, Escondido