Re "Finally, the Valley will count" (May 9):

The Valley gains in business prestige as a result of our 2002 cityhood attempt. Great - so that means it's time to update another 2002 win: Neighborhood Councils - our "best kept secret." Now, after three years, what has your Neighborhood Council done for you?

From what I hear, it's more likely bogged down by personal power. A member of the Encino Neighborhood Council told me, "We argue too much to get anything done." No surprise. Many council seats were never contested, and members just stay on - qualified or not. Encino will vote on its Neighborhood Council seats on June 9. Mark your calendar now - and vote. It's time for councils to grow up - and represent everyone.

Dorris Cragg