The City is moving in exactly the right direction. There should be multiple paths to public involvement and transparency --not just one that goes through the neighborhood associations.

The NAs have their place, but they're not representative of the whole community and never have been. They're disproportionately white, disproportionately homeowners, and disproportionately affluent. They can, sometimes, become hives of pettiness, controlled by bigots who aren't particularly concerned with inclusiveness.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association is the same group that attempted to strip homeless people of their membership in the neighborhood. They're assholes. I'm disappointed that The Mercury is choosing to elevate their regressive agenda.

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