Local nudist and Harvey Milk Democratic Club member Trey Allen has brought controversy to an effort by the Castro Benefit District's plan to spend money etching LGBT historical texts into the gayborhood's public sidewalks. Lord knows, I am not opposed in the least to anyone making noise about public space in District 8 or questioning the process of the CBD, but I do question why Trey and others have tunnel vision.
There isn't one post or comment about MUMC or the flag at Trey's Facebook page about this sidewalk controversy. Sure, stir the pot about the homo historical etchings but I urge Trey and others to also develop a larger vision, one that includes closely scrutinizing MUMC, attempting to attend one of their meetings and challenging their bullying control of the public rainbow flag.
The regular monthly meeting of the CBD is this Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the BofA community room at 501 Castro Street.
I reached out to the CBD's executive director Andrea Aiello because of my concerns that the group wasn't allocating adequate time for public comment. She replied with details about how public comment will be handled on Thursday and reminded me that no final decision will be made at the meeting. Folks who can't make the meeting can email their concerns to Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are excerpts from her email:
Most all of the 35 minutes will be devoted to public comment. The board will not deliberate on or discuss the comments during the board meeting. There is a working group that will continue to meet on the historic text. It is the job of the working group to deliberate, go back and research if necessary, check on source documentation, wordsmith, etc.
We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate the number of people who want to give public comment. Public comment is intended to be directed towards the board members and public comment should not be about a comment that was just shared in public comment...so please no comments about the public comment. If there is a very large number of people who want to speak, there is a chance that individual comments might be limited to less than 2 minutes.