East Austin Politics Dysfunctional

RECEIVED Fri., April 23, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Your article about the dysfunctional politics of East Austin [“City Hall Hustle,” News, April 16] struck a familiar note with me. I have lived in East Austin for many years and own a house by the old Holly Power Plant. When I heard that there would be a Holly neighborhood group forming after the closure of the power plant I was eager to join. At the initial meeting, I thought it a bit odd when the city facilitator announced that this would be their fourth attempt to start such a group. I soon discovered why. The meeting, such as it was, was dominated by a handful of vocal and angry individuals, and the level of rudeness on display was disconcerting. I think I only attended two meetings before throwing in the towel. I love my neighborhood, but it probably won't have a functional neighborhood group until the current crop of “leaders” fades from the scene.
Tom Pointer
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