WANT Summer General Meeting — West Andersonville Neighbors Together

Had to leave a trifle early last night, but caught a lot that was very good. First, our new alderman, Andre Vasquez, was a huge success, and deservedly so. The questions of course were all about potholes and flooding etc. He was on top of every issue raised. Perfect delivery, even when asked about a political reality by an older person (am a bit sensitive about that) who allowed she was not “political” and he answered with crystal clarity and nary a note of condescension. How good that was.

On other issues, as I say, he was never at a loss, demonstrating wide, detailed knowledge that I found near astounding. Especially as he got it on his own with help of his staff. Quick study, he, which he has to be in view of his having spoken to his predecessor not at all since their last debate. Wow. No help from the grizzled veteran, which I found slightly sickening.

He went on a good half hour, maybe 45 minutes, got polite applause when introduced (and offered a chair, to which no thanks), and hearty applause at the end. The West Andersonville (W.A.N.T.) regular meeting followed, with intelligent complaining from the floor and response from the five-member board sitting in front of us in card chairs, 35 or so, I’d say. It was a place where you could learn a lot about the ‘hood — Foster to Bryn Mawr, Ravenswood to Clark — where the lady of our house and I have lived four years.

Moved from Oak Park, where I was a hound for meetings, mostly in the audience, often reporting on in the local paper and on my blog. Never sat through a better one than last night at Ebenezer Lutheran on Foster. Very encouraging all in all.

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