The problem as I see it is that we are attempting to have a full
discussion that accommodates the divergent views of our activists
(which is good) without having adopted a democratic and readily
understandable procedure for moving the process forward (not so good).
Consequently, progress has been slow, and to the extent things are
apparently being decided, there is some confusion over how these
decisions are being made and -- since nothing specific was voted on in
writing -- doubt as to whether the results are consistent with what was
Although we got off to a bad start (in my opinion) by not voting as a
group on which initiative to pursue, I think it is not too late to
start using a formal (weighted?) voting process tied to a timetable in
order to craft this initiative in a transparent manner that allows
everyone meaningful input and moves the process forward faster than it
has been moving so far.
Marcy has listed four (now three?) choices for how a curb rights
initiative might be structured, and appears to be tallying votes. Is
this a formal group vote? If so, when is the deadline for voting? Is it
a straight majority vote? Will there be other votes on the structure of
the initiative? If not, can this choice (choosing between homeowner
curb leasing, a non-profit, or neighborhood associations managing the
plan) reasonably be assumed to cover the most salient and controversial
aspects of the proposed initiative, or will there be other aspects
we're not voting on that may prove to be equally or more contentious
within our group?
Here are a few other things to consider:
-Consultation with an attorney or attorneys in drafting the initiative
-Consultation with the City Attorney's office
-Appointing someone to manage the initiative and giving him or specific
responsibilities (e.g. building and maintaining a list of who is
committing to gather how many signatures or donate how much money);
give this manager extra say in deciding on the wording of the
initiative in exchange for his/her effort?
-Budgeting LPSF money for various stages of the initiative effort?
Yours in liberty,
<<< Starchild >>>
On Thursday, February 17, 2005, at 09:08 PM, Amarcy D. Berry wrote (in
"I am also getting concerned that this initiative is getting too
complex." [David Rhodes] Yes it is, principally due to efforts to
divergent views of our Activists. The more we move toward a common
ground, the less complex the initiative will be.
"The initial proposal over a month ago was to de-regulate the cab
This approach was discussed, but never put into writting. Phil's text
curb rights for an alternative transport mode, leaving the existing
infrastructure in place.
Separately, Marcy wrote (in part):
NARROWING THE CHOICES WE DISCUSSED:
1. Choice No 1 - Government Commission elected by the public: "Off
the desk." [Most of us revealed that our hearts were not on the idea
of creating a government entity.]
2. Choice No 2 - Neighborhood Associations: "more unusual than the
legitimacy, in the public eye, of a [public] vote.
3. Choice No 3 - Homeowners chosing to lease their own curbs: "Does
not really serve the purpose of [public] transit."
4. Choice No 4 - Non-Profit, composed of board members elected by
the neighborhoods. [I agree with Phil, this seems to be the best
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