CITY OF MOUNTAIN
One of the City's top priorities over the past two years has been the development of a Neighborhood Preservation Strategy (NPS). The NPS was developed in response to growing concerns about community living conditions, including aging apartment buildings, gangs, graffiti, overgrown yards and general blighting conditions. The primary focus of the NPS was to develop a dialogue with the community and its residents about City programs, practices and operations in order to obtain input on what should be changed or improved. The basic premise of the NPS outreach is that residents best understand what is needed in their neighborhoods and that it is the City's role to listen to these concerns and, where possible, redirect City resources to address them. The NPS is a dynamic process, not a static plan.
From January 1995 through May 1997, the Council Neighborhood Committee (a three-member committee of the City Council) held 12 neighborhood meetings with all parts of the community. Over 900 community residents attended these meetings. The most important accomplishment of the Neighborhood Preservation Strategy was establishing an improved connection with the community. The neighborhood meetings put residents in contact with the City and "put a face" on City Hall. These meetings were well received and a major achievement by themselves.
While the process of meeting with all areas of the City was a major focus over the past two years, there were a number of specific accomplishments that also evolved directly or indirectly from the NPS. These include:
In 1997, the City is continuing the community consultation process. In addition to continuing the neighborhood meetings, the major focus for the City this year and beyond will be the implementation of the various ideas that have evolved from this process. The major lessons or messages taken from the neighborhood meetings are to: find ways to promote community participation and involvement; make City services easier to access and more user-friendly; improve the City's responsiveness to community concerns; and identify ways to improve basic City services.
Contact: Jim Lynch, Office of the Mayor, (415) 903-6306
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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