Silver Lake Neighborhood Council ~ Culture, Community, Change

neigh·bor [ney-ber] 

1. a person who lives near another.
2. a person or thing that is near another.
3. one’s fellow human being: to be generous toward one’s less fortunate neighbors.
4. a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
5. (used as a term of address, esp. as a friendly greeting to a stranger): Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?
6. (adj) situated or living near another: one of our neighbor nations.
7. verb (used with object)to live or be situated near to; adjoin; border on.
8. verb (used with object) to place or bring near.
9. verb (used without object)to live or be situated nearby.
10. to associate with or as if with one’s neighbors; be neighborly or friendly
(often followed by with).
No matter what our differences are as a community on various issues, shouldn’t a neighborhood council serve as a helpful, constructive advisory board, a group of peers, a friendly counsel of neighbors interested in the community, providing transparent representation for the community, and helping celebrate neighborhood pride?
At the very least, as neighbors, shouldn’t we aim to BE NEIGHBORLY with each other?  WITH, not against?  Not even just theoretically, let’s see what the SLNC bylaws say:
B. Purpose:   
1. To fairly and faithfully represent the interests of all Stakeholders.
2. To provide an inclusive forum for discussion of Community issues.
3. To be a source of information for the Community on Community issues and governmental matters.
4. To educate, encourage, and facilitate in helping make government work better for the Community.
5. To participate in the City budget-making process to assure that resources are allocated equitably among all communities and within our own community.
6. To work to improve the delivery of City services to the community.
7. To advocate for the community on issues of community agreement.
8. To support the efforts of existing community groups and to encourage cooperation among these groups.
9. To maintain lines of communication with adjacent Neighborhood Councils and community groups and to work together with them on matters of mutual concern.
10. To participate in the planning and development process to assure a balance among diverse Stakeholder interests.
11. To sponsor community projects that enhance the beauty, vitality and cohesion of the community.
12. To acknowledge, support, preserve and improve the environmental integrity and rich cultural heritage of Silver Lake.
13. To organize and support social functions and cultural events that bring people together and lift the human spirit.
14. To conduct other business and act as is typical of other certified Neighborhood Councils.

Encourage cooperation ~ provide an inclusive forum ~ cohesion of the community ~ bring people together and lift the human spirit ~ YES!

In alignment with these aims are several colleagues running with me for Silver Lake Neighborhood Council both independently and in progressive coalitions (supported by numerous community members) namely my friend, colleague & neighbor Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (At-Large).  We have been visiting various regions of Silver Lake to hear what is important to people and are encountering tremendous stakeholder interest in the concepts of fairness, kindness, neighbor-oriented solutions and near-unanimous support for responsible, local-regulation determination of shared economy services, in ways that make sense for the MOST neighbors who live, breathe, work, play, and commune in Silver Lake day and night. Other friends of mine Georgene Smith Goodin, Lucha Sitz, Frances Tran, James Bigelow, Helen Dion etc are running and are strong candidates & community members ~ and so is the rest of our coalition. Please check out and support the Yours Not Ours Coalition at

Now, on the flip side, I do not understand how the more conservative slate in this election is purporting in any way to be a “Neighborhood” Council, a “”neighborly” council, or anything related to being a good “neighbor” (also conflicting with so many of the SLNC’s own bylaws) as in their current slate’s web links, they refer individuals to resources on how to anonymously spy upon their neighbors and secretly report them to authorities. How is that cooperative, balanced, or even kind?  Is that the kind of neighborhood council we want?  Is that really the best recourse for solving problems?  We seek to unify our community, not divide it further.

This is just one of many issues.  Your input welcome, your vision desired, your views welcome. This is YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, and we humbly and graciously request YOUR VOTE in person this Sat Apr 12, 2014.


Amy Clarke, Gaia Grove, Silver Lake ~ April 2014

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