REQUESTING AN IMMEDIATE QUERY WITH THE BOARD OF NENA FOR A SPECIAL MEETING

REQUESTING AN IMMEDIATE QUERY WITH THE BOARD OF NENA FOR A SPECIAL MEETING

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Jennifer Bury started this petition to Residents and employees of the North and

Dear Residents of the North End / Neighbors,

Please sign this petition to grant us a Special Meeting with NENA to discuss their opposition to Franklin House Bed and Beer's outdoor beer garden with the Boise North End community.

Background:

During the August meeting the Board of the NENA allowed 20min to one of our neighbors, Becky Anderson, to share her personal opinions about our business. It was after this testimony that the Board submitted a letter of opposition to Karla Nelson in City Planning and Zoning for the September 14th hearing about a “special exception” permit for Franklin House. This letter and action is in direct violation with the NENA Bylaws:

ARTICLE I: MISSION

“… encompassed within NENA (as defined in Article III), in the interest of furthering the welfare of its present and future residents by democratic processes.”

This Board is elected by the citizens of the North End. As an elected body you are representatives of the people not just one person, household, or the minority view. By ruling in favor of the minority without including the owners of the business or going to the public for comment you violated your mission and our democratic rights to due process. A democracy is based upon listening to all sides of an argument during vigorous debate. We were never given that opportunity and neither was the public.

Democracy

One of the unique characteristics and basic tenets of a democracy is that its citizens get to vote – both figuratively and literally - and that each citizen is able to live the life of their choosing - to be able to say and do what they want.

  • We are a democracy.  A democracy is a form of government that is "of, by, and for" the people.  Of the People means the government is comprised of regular citizens;  by the people means the government is elected by its citizens; and for the people means that the sole purpose of government is to act in ways that benefit us.
  • Democratic process is the way we make that happen.  We make the "of the people" part happen by running for public office;  we make the "by the people" part happen by doing the things needed to elect our best to public office; and we make the "for the people" part happen by doing those things that keep us educated on important issues, that keep elected officials aware of our points of view, and that enforce our laws.  The democratic process is not a methodology, but a way of living that keeps our country strong.
  • When we invest time, energy and money in something, we tend to care more about that something.  So actions that keep us involved in the democratic process help us care about and appreciate our democracy and freedoms.  They are the actions most closely associated with citizenship.

Furthermore, this Board continued to violate it’s mission by knowingly excluding us and the public by not informing us of the letter and opposition emails that were sent to the city, including Tom Anderson (husband of Becky Anderson) on the letter/emails, and not posting the August 25th meeting minutes for the public to review. This Board has acted unilaterally and recklessly in denying us the opportunity to be heard as well as the opportunity for the public to be heard.

WE ARE REQUESTING AN IMMEDIATE QUERY WITH THE BOARD OF NENA FOR A SPECIAL MEETING AND A VOTE OR RESOLUTION BY THE BOARD IS REQUESTED.

ARTICLE X: MEETINGS

3. Special meetings: Special meetings shall be called by either: (1) a vote of the Board of Directors; or (2) a written demand of at least one hundred NENA members eligible to vote signed, dated and delivered to all Corporate officers as defined in these Bylaws describing, with particularity, the purpose or purposes for which the special meeting is to be held and whether a vote or resolution by the Board is requested. The purpose of these special meetings shall be to review matters of special concern to the North End and to review actions of the Board. Following submission of the petition as set forth above, the Board shall conduct said special meeting within thirty (30) days.

Boise North Enders, Thank you for your support in signing this petition.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Bury & Gavin O’Neal

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