RE: [lpsf-discuss] My Report on the "SF Listens" Mayoral Forum (long, but worth reading if you want more insight into local politics!)

Dear Starchild,
  My husband and I loved your report. We have been to Redwood City forums
and they are all run the same way. They come out with most of the answers
and priorities the way they want and then they try to convince the public
that the public came up with these ideas. As a retired elementary school
teacher, I'm embarrassed to say that I used the same technique when I had
my class make up classroom rules. We had been taught how to do that in an
education class so as to make the children feel that they were part of the
decision-making process. I finally gave up doing that because it was such
a farce.
    The focus group we went to had about 50 people out of a population of
75,000. We suggested that they put the priorities on the back of our city
water bills and people could enclose their answers with their payment.
They ignored that suggestion.
   As you no doubt know, all city mayors, managers, and officials attend a
yearly conference where they discuss techniques to use to "work with the
people" (manipulate us.) The officials in our county go to Monterey for a
few days. We haven't figured out why they can't find a place in San Mateo
County for their conference.
    Keep up your good work. We really enjoyed your report on the forum
meeting.
     I'm mailing you some anti-eminent domain petitions tomorrow so you'll
have them for your Wed. meeting to form the Neighbors for Property Rights
group. If you want, you can send the completed petitions to our P.O. Box
1033, Redwood City, CA 94064 or to the P.O. Box in San Jose listed at the
bottom of each petition. Let me know if you need anything else. e-mail or
call us 650-208-5229

Bob and Marge Parkhurst

[Original Message]
From: Starchild <sfdreamer@...>
To: LPSF Discussion List <lpsf-discuss@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 4/1/2006 7:36:06 PM
Subject: [lpsf-discuss] My Report on the "SF Listens" Mayoral Forum

(long, but worth reading if you want more insight into local politics!)

An interesting example of how representational democracy is not representational.

-- Steve