David and All Others
First of all, there is a misunderstanding that Larry Cornett invited me to this so called "private" meeting scheduled for tomorrow.  He did not.  As I recall and have it on audio recording, the sub committee was created and a meeting was announced at the September LRP meeting for everyone to hear. 
Second, I believe that I have been working with Mr. Cornett and Councilman Cimperman long before he ever attended a Long Range Planning Commitee (which by the way was at my invitation) and long after The Old South Side Community Coalition agreed to support him in this endeavor.
Third, we have been promoting this project in the Plain Press and it has been my hope to continue with positive follow up reports as they progress.
As I recall, at the August LRP meeting, the question was ask if anyone wanted to work on the committee with Mr. Cornett?  I also recall my saying that I could not give it my full attention but that I would support Larry.
Now, through the grape vine, I hear that there was an "invite only" list that went out to a number of individuals who might have an interest in this project.  Of course, I was not on this list.  It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why.  Now since I was in on this project from early on, since I was in on setting up the meeting betweent Larry and the Councilman, since I was in on getting the residents behind Mr. Cornett and since I am in constant contact with Mr. Cornett in traveling throughout the city and documenting the much needed information for this project, would it not make sense that I be in on this inportant meeting?
Based on my own personal efforts, time, expense,  amount of research and dedication put into this project not to mention Mr. Cornett's, as well as making it a priority to expand this much needed family oriented youth recreational program throughout the Tremont Community, I find that to disband the possibility of a committee at this point is one of the most sapheaded, debilitating moves of all time just because you thought somebody might bring somebody out of the hush hush line.
I don't give a dam about personality conflicts.  This is an important issue and we as adults should be able to sit down at a table and talk about what is best for the kids of the neighborhood.  No wonder they act like they do - look who they are imitating. 
Private, what the hell is private?  This is a community organization and as a member of this community, I intend to be present at this meeting.  I have a vested interest on several levels and since I plan to be very involved in ths project, I want to meet the players.
Another point you might want to think about.  You had plenty to say about my affiliation with the Plain Press and the stories I write in regard to the Long Range Planning Committee, well, think about what a splash this will make and what the head lines might read as I snap pictures of you all not allowing me to be present at a TWDC meeting for the good of the community?  Now you all smoke on that one for awhile. 
Get over some of this shit and move on.  Larry did not invite me but what if he had?  I did discuss the matter with him and he did say that if I was present he would like to have me there.   Talk about social equality.
Now, if this is another nail in my coffin, just hold it and I'll bring the hammer.
Jerleen Justus
Tremont West Member/Long Time Resident