Thanks to the NHI. This should be a very interesting year. Based on the comments posted we hope there will be real civic engagement involving a broad cross-section of people; this is the only way "real democracy" will work. The forums need to be held at times that are more convenient to working people, and they need to be promoted more so people can plan their time. Participatory Government - Real Civic Engagement. I fully agree with RHeerema. In fact, I firmly believe that every person running for mayor in our cities should read "Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow." She has done the needed research.