NC's Taking Power? Greg Nelson weighs in
In fact, much to the chagrin of some 4th floor residents, Mr. Nelson is not only still involved with the Neighborhood Councils, he is coaxing them to get their act together.
In short, he has showed up to the smoldering brush with a tanker filled with gasoline.
In the current edition of City Watch, an e-newsletter dealing exclusively with Neighborhood Councils and their issues, Greg Nelson writes about the newly formed Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress, describing it as a "dream" once envisioned by the designers of the City Charter.
"Now there are some at City Hall who are frightened to the point of irrationality because it's close to happening" Nelson writes.
He is right, and that perception goes along way to explaining the fear of the Neighborhood Councils held by some City Council members and their staffs.
The Neighborhood Council movement in Los Angeles, for all of its faults, appears to be slowly yet steadily moving forward. Nelson cites the DWP rate increase issue and the forming of the Congress as two stark examples of the progress.
"Power isn't given -- It is taken" Nelson says, "(for those who) have trouble finding (the NC Congress forum this Saturday) just look for those who look like they're not willing to wait for government to give them power, and follow them. I'll see you there."
Someone better call Fireman Fred. Those are fighting words if I ever heard them. I am thinking that someone in City Hall is probably wishing Nelson didn't quit his job.
Neighborhood Councils are probably the best hope this City has to rid itself of "pay to play politics" and return government to the people. But the question remains, will the Neighborhood Councils heed Greg Nelsons advice? Or will they fear the engagement of citywide issues reducing themselves to a glorified graffiti patrol?
Can you smell the smoke?