Below is a transcript of emails between Southside Neighborhood Association and the SOuth Baltimore Neighborhood Association. They nspeak for themselves
To: "Amy E. Mutch" <email@example.com>
Dear Ms. Mutch:
I am in receipt of your recent email in which you and your board refuse to cooperate
with another neighborhood association registered with the City of Baltimore.
To clarify a few points:
1. The offer on the part of Southside Neighborhood Association was made in good faith,
as from one neighbor to another as is the custom between many neighborhood groups in
2. At no time did Southside Neighborhood Association expect or solicit the endorsement of
SBNA, as your organization has no official role in recognizing the official nature of
another neighborhood organization.
3. SBNA is not the exclusive representative of the residents in the this area in the South
4. Southside Neighborhood Association was formed to support residents in our stated area
who expressed a lack of satisfaction with representation by other community
Please feel free to contact me should your organization take a more cooperative stance
towards making positive strides in our mutually represented area.
At 10:01 PM 7/16/2012, Amy E. Mutch wrote:
The South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) will welcome your comments and participation in any community concerns brought before the membership as a resident of South Baltimore and not as a neighborhood association. SBNA is not in a formal position to decide what organizations are recognized by the City for input into community issues. Your newly formed group is within the borders of SBNA so we do not see the need for another neighborhood association.
On Jul 8, 2012, at 2:16 PM, Thom LaCosta wrote:
> Ms Mutch:
> Hoping this email finds you surviving the heat wave.
> As long time community leaders on the peninsula, our goals have always been to generate community
> involvement; it sparks ideas, volunteerism, as well as community spirit and an overall sense of
> It is in this spirit of what is both good and right for the neighborhood that I offer my experience
> and community historical knowledge to form a working cooperation in matters of zoning, liquor board
> and general quality of life issues in our mutual areas of South Baltimore.
> While working in a cooperative mode, each organization should submit separate, independent
> recommendations and positions to the appropriate agencies on each required occasion. Thus all opinions
> and positions of residents and community leaders in Sobo will be communicated through proper channels.
> On one issue in particular, our board would like to work with SBNA in evaluating the request by
> Delia Foley for an extension of their live entertainment privileges to include the first floor.
> I look forward to your response and the start of a good "community-focused" working relationship.
> Thom LaCosta
> For Southside Neighborhood Association