At a steering meeting of the Westwood Coalition tonight, Westwood Works announced Mary Jenkins as its new representative, replacing John Eby who will serve in an alternate role. The Coalition approved Mary Jenkins to continue in the role of facilitator, to set and facilitate meetings, to serve as the Coalition’s spokesperson, and to assign committee members and tasks. The Coalition also adopted a set of ground rules, echoing its stated commitment in community meetings, to respect, support, participation. Members of the Westwood Coalition committed to modeling mutual respect.
In a related move, recent disparaging and personal comments, naming individuals, have been removed from this site, as the Coalition seeks to encourage respectful language, while acknowledging that some dissent is healthy to community deliberation. See the comment on the last post for a more expansive explanation.
The current president of Westwood Civic Association, Jim McNulty, has appointed Mary Kuhl and Becky Weber as WCA representatives to the Westwood Coalition. He also removed Mary Jenkins as a WCA representative to the Coalition, saying, “I don’t think the coalition process has been working to the benefit of Westwood. I believe in following our plan, which calls for A) Decreasing housing density, and B) That WCA is to be the entity that represents our neighborhood in all business with the city…”
WCA has asked the Westwood Coalition to present the current six design options for a Westwood Square (the designs that evolved through a recent feasibility study) to attendees at WCA’s mid-August meeting. While these are the same designs reviewed at June meetings of the Coalition and Westwood Works, this will provide another opportunity for public input to the Coalition and to guide WCA on its deliberations on the Square in anticipation of a Coalition recommendation.