Like the District's mayor, members of the D.C. Council and several members of the D.C. Board of Education, advisory neighborhood commissioners are locally elected.

However, on many significant issues affecting residents the views of the commissioners are overlooked or ignored. Among these issues are education, baseball, transportation, criminal justice, public works, economic development, taxes, financial matters and homeland security.

Some agencies fail to follow the law that requires that advisory neighborhood commissions -- ANCs -- be advised of proposed actions and given great weight in agency deliberations. Further, ANC commissioners often are sidestepped by local civic organizations, foundations and think tanks, and their views rarely are cited by The Post or other major news outlets.

On a positive note, Deputy Mayor Edward D. Reiskin said recently that Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and his administration support the role and function of ANCs. Similar commitments were expressed by D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D) and Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) during committee hearings.

Now that the elected officials in Washington are making progress on recognizing and respecting ANC commissioners, unelected officials in Washington should get on board, too.




The writer is an advisory neighborhood commissioner.