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December 29, 2012

Re “Who are your neighbors?,” Editorial, Dec. 23

Thank you for questioning neighborhood council participation. Few question that those who live, work or own property in a neighborhood are the primary constituents of their council, but how should other, less vested but interested parties participate?

The Times encourages City Hall to determine how serious the problem of special interests stacking neighborhood council elections is. Over the years, so many council elections have been manipulated by outside interests. All neighborhood council meetings are public and open to anyone. Those who don't meet the strict definition of stakeholder can speak during public comment periods. Such participation would seem to give those less directly affiliated with a neighborhood an adequate opportunity to promote their viewpoint.

But voting for council officers and representatives should be reserved for those who live, work or own property in a neighborhood.

Steve Freedman
Venice

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