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Council opts for Neighborhood Council reform


Can't stop the 80-unit project. But how would you like another sharrow?


Council approved Paul Krekorian's Neighborhood Council reform package yesterday. According to Krekorian's site, the reforms include:
  • (i) improved training for neighborhood council board members
  • (ii) reforms in the neighborhood council funding program
  • (iii) a restructuring of managerial responsibilities from the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to regional collaborations of neighborhood councils
  • (iv) a streamlined process to handle grievances in order to maintain the integrity of the system.
Of the four reform measures, it's (iv) that I'll be watching most closely. If this reform means further weakening the existing grievance process, and thereby weakening the only real check/balance in the whole NC system, then the measure is destined to be a bad one. If it means that grievances will be given more sincere as well as swifter hearing, then it will truly bring more integrity to the system.

Some have called the reform measures tepid. Presently, less than one percent of the City votes in neighborhood council elections, which has become a concern of many affiliated with the NC movement in recent months.


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