Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Jazz Artist Amy Bormet – 5:00p – 6:30p

Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Jazz Artist Amy Bormet – 5:00p – 6:30p

by Larry Janezich

Amy Bormet; Jazz artist, pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and advocate for women in jazz.  Bormet, of the Kennedy Center, Bohemian Caverns, and Mr. Henry’s, tours Europe and South America.  To collaborate with and celebrate women musicians, she founded the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and remains as director.  Her Los Angeles-based quintet, AmyAna, co-led with Brazilian drummer Ana Barreiro, released their debut album in 2019, and is touring the east coast tour this month. 

In addition to performances and tours, Bormet  conducts outreach masterclasses and workshops, recently at the Thailand International Jazz Conference and Los Angeles City College. She is a teaching artist, collaborating with the Kennedy Center’s newest programming at the REACH, presenting and performing with her all-women trio “the future of jazz is female” for middle school students.  (REACH is the Kennedy Center’s venue which brings artists and the public together for collaboration, experimentation, and exploration.)  Her recordings are available through Strange Woman Records.

 For more, go here:  http://amykbormet.com/about/

The final Friday Night Live Jazz performance will be next Friday, October 29, and feature Imani Grace-Cooper.  Programming for the series of Friday night jazz performances was coordinated by jazz saxophonist and Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, Herb Scott.  CM Charles Allen provided $150,000 in the current FY’s budget for continued programming for Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

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Friends of Southeast Library Reach Agreement with DCPL to Continue Monthly Book Sales

 

Friends of Southeast Library Reach Agreement with DCPL to Continue Monthly Book Sales

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday morning, Friends of Southeast Library (FOSEL) met with the Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of DC Public Libraries, and other library officials regarding the Friend’s need for additional space in plans to renovate SE Library to allow them to continue monthly book sales.  Under the plan for renovation, the space the Friends use to organize book sales was reduced from 175 to 89 square feet and the Friends say they can’t continue book sales with so little.  FOSEL began a campaign to solicit public support, circulating a petition and writing letters to public officials urging endorsement of their appeal just to keep the same amount of space they have now after the renovation. 

At today’s meeting, Reyes-Gavilan acknowledged the contribution the Friends make to the Library and their need for more space.  He revealed new architectural drawings and proposed that with changes to the design, the space allotted to the Friends could be increased to a total of 140 square feet.

After discussing pros and cons, the Friends’ Executive Committee agreed to the proposal.  According to Neal Gregory, President of FOSEL, “The offer was not as much as we want, but enough to allow us to continue doing the monthly sales.”

The book sales attracts thousands of visitors and raises some $20,000 annually.  All of the funds are used to benefit the DC Library system – most are spent for children’s programs at SE Library but funds are also made available to other branch libraries and programs supported by DC Public Libraries. 

FOSEL had collected more than 600 signatures on their petition and CM Charles Allen was reported to be supportive of the Friends’ request. 

The current library is closing at the end of 2022 when construction will begin.  The renovated library is scheduled to reopen in late 2024.

(Full disclosure:  The editor of Capitol Hill Corner is a member of FOSEL.)

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The Week Ahead…Highlights…And Some Photos from the Past Week

Acting DDOT Director Everett Lott (upper right corner in photo) showed up at ANC6D’s October meeting last week to talk about new policies to eliminate some of the red tape involved in installing traffic safety interventions – like speed bumps and flexi-posts.  The policies, he said, would be implemented over the next six weeks.  Larger projects will be expedited through reforming the review process, with the goal of getting drivers out of their cars and off the road and onto buses.  All this amounts to a “pledge for more traffic equity.”  Lott’s confirmation hearing on his appointment to be Director of DDOT is on October 26. 

The Week Ahead…Highlights…And Some Photos from the Past Week

By Larry Janezich

The Week Ahead…

Highlights:

  • Monday – ANC6D, CM Elissa Silverman discusses Redistricting Process
  • Monday – ANC6D, MPD 1D Commander McLean at ANC6D
  • Tuesday – VIRTUAL Town Hall meeting on public safety – 7:00pm.

Monday, October 18

ANC6D will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

To join the meeting, go here: https://www.anc6d.org/virtualmeeting/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public Safety Report – First District MPD (PSA 103, PSA 105 & PSA 106), Commander Mclean, MPD. 

ANC Support for 20th Annual Thanksgiving Trot

Presentations:

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, KeShawn Harris
  • DPR Updates, Christopher Dyer
  • DPW Parking Enforcement Protocol & Concerns, Director Christine Davis

Resolution to DPW Regarding Lack of Parking Enforcement & Officer Training

DDOT Update for ANC6D, Andrew DeFrank

Resolution for Meeting Request with DDOT Executive Leadership & TOPPS

Redistricting Process, Councilmember Elissa Silverman

Development, Planning, and Transportation

  • 850 South Capitol Street SE, New Residential, Support for Design Review
  • 850 South Capitol Street SE, New Residential, Support for Public Space Application
  • 1700 Half Street SW, Public Space Application, New Residential & Retail, Lawrence Ferris
  • Greenleaf Development, Status of FOIA Request
  • Westminster Development
  • 801 Maine Avenue SW – Opposition to Map Amendment, Support of PUD

Letter of Resignation from CM Bossi, 6D01 (CM Litsky)

ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

To join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • Review of pending Traffic Safety Assessment requests and 311s.
  • Discussion of electric vehicle charging stations for residents with street parking only.
  • Discussion of new DDOT Speed Hump procedures and other procedures.
  • Discussion and identification of local and collector streets that may be eligible for 20 mph speed limit signs.
  • Installation of contraflow bike lane on the 1100 block of F St. NE.

Tuesday, October 19

VIRTUAL Town Hall Public Safety Meeting – 7:00pm.

ANC6B is sponsoring a community public safety meeting to discuss recent increase in crime and gun violence in ANC6B.  City officials tentatively scheduled to participate include:

City officials tentatively scheduled to participate include:

  • CM Charles Allen
  • A representative from the office of Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
  • A representative from MPD
  • A representative from the Office of Youth Rehabilitation Services
  • A representative from the Office of the DC Attorney General

 Register here https://bit.ly/3n6eYoV .  You will receive a confirmation email and a link to the Zoom  meeting.

Wednesday, October 20

ANC6A Economic Development & Zoning Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

To join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the agenda:

  • 327 Tennessee Avenue, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.   Special exception from The rooftop and upper floor requirements of to construct a third story addition to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit.
  • 905 L Street, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Request for a special exception and area variance from the lot occupancy requirements to construct a rear deck to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit.

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Homicide Saturday Night in Front of Watkins – Bullet Strikes ANC Commissioner’s House

Homicide Saturday Night in Front of Watkins – Bullet Strikes ANC Commissioner’s House

by Larry Janezich

Posted October 17, 2021

A man was fatally wounded on 12th Street, SE, in front of Watkins School last night.  It was the second homicide near the school in 11 days. 

Emergency personnel responded to a call that came about 9:44pm and found a man who was reportedly shot several times in the torso and suffered cardiac arrest, according to Alan Henney @alanhenney.  He was taken to a hospital where he died.

ANC6B04 Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg lives on the block and reported the incident to her constituents this morning:

“Turns out my house, 1/2 block from 12th/D, was an apparent victim last night.  I awoke from a deep sleep this morning to not only hear about the nearby homicide but to discover that a bullet had gone thru and shattered my front window. MPD has investigated but no bullet found so far.  From neighbors this morning I learned that the homicide resulted from a drive-by shooting involving two cars and actually occurred mid-block rather than at the intersection at 930p.”      

On Wednesday, October 6, a man was killed on Watkins Field following a dispute over a pick-up flag football game.  Police say they expect an arrest within a week or two.  Two days later, on October 7, a man was killed at 17th and Independence, SE.  Police believe this was a targeted killing, but are uncertain why. 

It’s not known whether last night’s killing was related to the earlier event at Watkins. 

ANC6B Chair Brian Ready has organized a community public safety virtual meeting which will occur on Tuesday, October 19. 

City officials tentatively scheduled to participate include:

  • CM Charles Allen
  • Christopher Geldart, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
  • Ralph McLean, First District Commander, MPD
  • Gregg Pemberton, Chairman, DC Police Union
  • Kimberly Pinkney, Community Outreach Program Specialist, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement

 Register here for the meeting  https://bit.ly/3n6eYoV .  You will receive a confirmation email and a link to the Zoom  meeting. 

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Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Zach Cutler – Funk/Soul Artist – 5:00p – 6:30p

Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Zach Cutler – Funk/Soul Artist – 5:00p – 6:30p

by Larry Janezich

Zach Cutler profile:  “I am a professional musician based in DC, mostly gigging on acoustic and electric guitars. I play mostly Funk/Soul/R+Bish stuff, but I’m captivated by anything with a groove, from metal to journeyman country. I’m also a devout funkateer and record collector, always out to discover new nibbletts of funk in any medium I can.

People I have worked with include:

Raheem DeVaughn, Melanie Fiona, The Impressions, Alison Carney, W. Ellington Felton, Zo!, Eastern Standard Time, Sy Smith, Kenny Wesley, Tamara Wellons, N’Dambi, Chuck Brown, Yahzarah, Ab, J.Hill, Terrence Cunningham, Green Tea, The Cornel West Theory, N’Digo Rose.”

For more:  https://www.facebook.com/zachcutler

The schedule for the rest of the month includes performances by Amy Bormet, October 22; and Imani Grace-Cooper, October 29.

CM Charles Allen provided $150,000 in the current FY’s budget for continued programming for Eastern Market Metro Plaza. 

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MPD 1D Commander Hears About Sex/Drug/Carjacking Crimes in ANC6C

MPD 1D Commander Hears About Sex/Drug/Carjacking Crimes in ANC6C

By Larry Janezich

Wednesday night, MPD 1st District Commander Ralph McLean took questions on crime from ANC6C commissioners and residents, and offered some additional details about two recent homicides in ANC6B.  McLean took command of the 1st District three months ago and has been making himself available at ANC virtual meetings such as this one on Wednesday night.     

Commissioner Joel Kelty conveyed resident complaints about the increase in crime on or near H Street, NE, including prostitution and drug dealing on the 600 and 700 blocks of 7th and 8th Streets, NE.  He cited a recent virtual meeting of more than 40 residents with Commander McLean and CM Charles Allen where concerns were aired and he acknowledged the gratitude of those involved for the meeting.  Still, Kelty said, concern remains high and he noted that some residents were contemplating leaving the District. 

There are several reasons why these crimes are difficult to control.  MPD is focusing its resouces on violent crime.  In addition, MPD is experiencing a shortage of officers – McLean says he has fewer officers today than he did three months ago.  He said, “We will work as hard as we have to work, but I feel like I’m singing the same song.”  He also pointed to the difficulty in getting repeat offenders off the street, citing two instances where individuals – one a mental health consumer – had been arrested four or five times and released before being incarcerated or referred to a mental health program. 

McLean was not reassuring that MPD could do much to address the issues Kelty raised. 

He had taken action with respect to another issue raised by Commissioner Christine Healey which concerned violent crime.  Earlier in the meeting, she expressed concern about carjackings near the 600 blocks of East Capitol and A Streets, NE.  Commander McLean said 9 carjackings have happened in the First District (three in Healey’s single member district) and two of them had been closed.  He said additional units had been added to the area on Sunday, Monday, and Saturday, when most carjackings have occurred.  The Community Focused Patrol Unit – the mountain bike patrol that is deployed on data based on violent crime – is working between 4th and 14th Street on and near the H Street corridor to address this problem.    

McClean offered that it was the Community Focused Patrol Unit that responded within one minute to two homicides last week in nearby ANC6B.  He expects the shooting which occurred on Watkins Field last Wednesday to close in the next week or two.  Witnesses are not cooperating, but MPD has the roster of the teams which played that night, and a suspect was apparently on one of the teams.  Detectives are going through the roster one by one. He also said that the shooting at 17th and Independence last Friday was targeted at the decedent, but police don’t know why. 

Kelty’s issues were scheduled for discussion as the last item on the commission’s agenda which was after McLean left the meeting.  When the ANC took the matter up at the end of the meeting, Kelty expanded his comments and stressed the need for more police support on H Street, NE, adding illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes to the list of complaints.  He said residents want something done about these quality of life issues, specifically, more visibility by MPD and data on frequency of non-violent crimes like prostitution.  Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler said he had heard similar concerns from constituents on 4th and 5th Streets, NE. 

Kelty asked the ANC to support a letter to Chief of Police Contee with copies to CM Allen and Commander McLean requesting more police support and noting that many neighbors are considering leaving the District.  He said it is important for Contee and Allen to hear that.   

Commissioner Jay Adelstein said half the problem is lack of prosecution.  Kelty endorsed the need for a local prosecutor to prosecute local crime.  

Commissioner Drew Courtney expressed concern that more law enforcement presence is the only solution being discussed and his belief that beefing up law enforcement against drugs is not a smart policy.  He said that the government needs a coordinated solution with many facets.

A resident who lives near the center of the activity supported Kelty’s proposal to send a letter and said that the prostitution is very well organized with 4 to 6 prostitutes, two male “security guards” (pimps) and a look out.  The resident said they are not afraid of police who drive by “and just ignore them,” adding, “I am one who has a desire to move.  This has ruined my life for the past five months.  I was assaulted in my own back yard [with pepper spray)] when I confronted one of the prostitutes.”

The consensus of the Commission was that Kelty would circulate a proposed letter among commissioners for editing prior to further consideration. 

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Ward 6 Will See Its Redistricting Options by November 5 – Maybe Sooner

Redistricting Schedule

  • November 3, 2021: Subcommittee will hold hearing on Ward 6 redistricting
  • November 5, 2021: Final hearing on redistricting
  • Mid-November 2021: Subcommittee mark-up of the ward redistricting bill
  • December 7, 2021: First vote by the full Council on the ward redistricting bill
  • December 21, 2021: Second vote on the ward redistricting bill
  • December 2021: Ward Task Forces (which provide recommendations on ANC redistricting) start meeting
  • February 2022: Ward Task Forces report out recommendations
  • May 2022: Subcommittee mark-up of the ANC redistricting bill
  • June 2022: Council votes on the ANC redistricting bill

Ward 6 Will See Its Redistricting Options by November 5 – Maybe Sooner

by Larry Janezich

Posted October 13, 2021

CM Elissa Silverman came to ANC6B Tuesday night to have an “informed and enlightened” discussion on redistricting.  She chairs the City Council’s Redistricting Subcommittee comprised of herself and fellow Councilmembers-at-Large Henderson and Bonds. 

The unmistakable message was that Ward 6 must shrink and Wards 7 and 8 need to grow.  Since the last census in 2010, Ward 6 has grown from 76,238 to 108,202 – 41%.  Rebalancing so every Ward has the required 86,193 plus or minus 5% means Ward 6 has to give up 17,699 residents to other wards. 

The Subcommittee will hold a virtual Ward 6 Redistricting hearing to hear input from residents on November 3*, a date picked after consultation with Ward 6 CM Charles Allen.  That will be followed on November 5**, by a final Subcommittee hearing on redistricting followed by a mid-November Subcommittee mark-up of the ward redistricting bill.

Silverman said the Subcommittee would likely release 1 to 3 possible redistricting maps for comment prior to the Redistricting Subcommittee’s final hearing on November 5. 

Commissioner Corey Holman expressed concern that Ward 6 residents might be faced with the prospect of testifying on November 5 only two days after the Ward 6 hearing and encouraged Silverman to release the proposed Ward 6 maps before November 5.

Commissioner Krepp was less retrained, saying that her ANC single member district – ANC6B 10 – “is on the chopping block” referring to its potential for being used to increase the size of Ward 7.  “If so,” she added, “the Subcommittee needs to share the maps…not releasing the maps by November 5 would be idiotic, stupid, and not transparent.” 

Silverman said she wasn’t sure what the plan is now but that she hadn’t said expressly that residents won’t see the maps before November 3.   In any event, she said “she tended to remember words like ‘idiotic and stupid’…and the message sent was loud and clear.”

One resident told Silverman that she couldn’t “emphasize strongly enough the desire to keep Capitol Hill together” and asked if it would be possible to create a 9th Ward to achieve the re-balancing of Ward populations.

Silverman said that in order to do so, the Home Rule Charter would have to be changed which is a much larger lift and she hadn’t discussed it, but it wouldn’t be undertaken in this redistricting.  She also said she did not expect passage of CM Henderson’s bill to limit Residential Parking Permits to ANC’s rather than to the entire Ward to occur before redistricting.  

She said that some 70 map proposals had been submitted for Subcommittee review, as the result of a new tool which allows members of the public to draw their own ward and ANC boundaries using the new Census data.  Go here:  https://dcredistricting.esriemcs.com/redistricting/

Samuel Rosen-Amy, Silverman’s Chief of Staff, will make a presentation to ANC6A on the redistricting process at their October meeting on Thursday, October 13, at 7:00pm.  

To register to testify at either the November 3 or November 5 hearing, click on the appropriate Redistricting Hearing schedule here:  https://www.elissasilverman.com/redistricting#FAQ

*To join the virtual hearing on Wednesday, November 3, at 10:00 am go here: https://www.facebook.com/CMElissaSilverman

**To join the virtual hearing on Friday, November 5, at 10:00 am go here:  https://www.facebook.com/CMElissaSilverman

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Update on Two Capitol Hill Homicides

Update on Two Capitol Hill Homicides

by Larry Janezich

Last night, Captain Tatjana Savoy of the MPD 1st District, gave an update on two recent Capitol Hill homicides to ANC6B commissioners at their October virtual meeting.  A few new details emerged but the meeting generally followed the script from other community safety meetings. 

On Wednesday night of last week, there was a homicide at Watkins School Playing Field.  The suspect and victim were playing football, an argument developed over the game; the suspect brandished a handgun and shot the victim – Aaron Wiggins, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Savoy said police were making progress in moving toward making an arrest. 

Last Friday, near 17th and Independence, SE, four victims were shot one of whom died near the scene.  He was later identified as Giovanni Lovelace.  Savoy did not indicate whether the police had suspects or the current state of the investigation. 

The incidents were not related but had common elements.  In both instances, MPD Shot Spotters detected gunfire, MPD units were nearby and responded quickly, and handguns were recovered at both scenes. 

Savoy expressed particular frustration at the second shooting, saying police work hard to get guns off the street “and then something comes and smacks you in the face.”

She said the 17th and Independence site has been made a “hot spot area” accorded extra surveillance.  Savoy said she would keep police there as long as she could but acknowledged this was a short term approach. 

Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, 6B01, who said her single member district is “in the shadow of the Capitol,” lamented that residents no longer feel safe there and that hearing gunfire is a normal occurrence.  She said, “I don’t want to move, but I don’t feel safe anymore.”  She cited the 300 police officers who retired in the past year saying, “we need more boots on the ground” and asked Savoy what the ANC can do to help MPD. 

The standard MPD response to this question in community safety meetings is to turn it back on the community:  Savoy urged the community to be more mindful of what’s going on … more mindful of their surroundings, and urged residents to call 911, saying police will respond to any call for service. 

Residents near 17th and Independence took issue with this assertion; citing calls to MPD regarding illegal drug activity at that location which they say elicited no response from police.  Residents also complained about the nightly congregation of men smoking weed into the late hours on the 17th and 18th blocks of Independence and on-going illegal drug sales.  They asked Savoy what could be done to address those concerns. 

Savoy repeated what is so often heard at these meetings: loitering is not a crime. Smoking weed crosses the line, she said, but “we don’t arrest people for smoking weed.”  The narcotics unit, the gun recovery unit and the Community Focus Patrol Unit (mountain bikes) are working the area. 

During crime spikes, residents pressure police to do something.  Community meetings are held.  The police don’t have answers except to increase police presence temporarily in the affected area before moving to the next hot spot.  Things go back to the way they were before until the next incident.  The stretch of Independence Avenue between 16th and 18th Street has been a trouble spot for years. 

Community activist and Serve Your City founder Maurice Cook pressed for a solution that addresses systemic crime problems.  He said he had grown up in Hill East and had never felt safe walking around … some privileged communities have an illusion of safety which he said he has never experienced.  He criticized over-policing and over-surveillance and urged turning the conversation to MPD outreach, the Violence Interrupters Program, and addressing mental health issues, work force opportunities, and substance abuse issues.  He noted that some residents feel less safe with more policing.  He has, he said, lived through surges in crime in the community and the city and decried that the offered solutions always come back to the same thing: the use of what has not worked before instead of addressing structural changes and issues of inequities.  He advised not being so quick to put some people in jeopardy by increasing police presence.

The problem is, of course, that such an approach takes time, and the perceived danger to those who had their homes struck by bullets at 17th and Independence last Friday is now. 

Savoy told Cook, “I totally hear you,” and said she is constantly in the community doing outreach and is trying her best to engage the community.  “My take,” she said, “is we are not here to just arrest, arrest, arrest – we try to educate before arrest.  Multiple resources are available…..You have to ask, do they really want the resources to change their lives?”  She pledged to personally engage to help at-risk members of the community move forward in a positive direction.  She also said she would continue a dialogue with Cook. 

ANC6B Chair Brian Ready said that he is coordinating a larger a community safety meeting featuring CM Charles Allen, MPD, and Home Land Security Director Chris Gephardt, to occur within the next two weeks.    

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The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights…Some Photos from the Past Week

The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights…Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

ANC Highlights:

Tuesday at ANC6B

  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman on redistricting

Wednesday at ANC6C

  • Commander Ralph McLean, new MPD commander, First District
  • Update on L and M Street encampments
  • Bike Network updates: 1st Street NE cycle track and K Street NE underpass
  • H Street situation, need for additional police support

Thursday at ANC6A

  • Everett Lott, Acting Director, District Department of Transportation.
  • DC Redistricting Process – Samuel Rosen-Amy, Chief of Staff, Councilmember-at-Large Elissa Silverman

The Week Ahead…

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

ANC6B holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

To join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/event/full-anc-meeting-8/?instance_id=105

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations:

  • Anthony Diallo, DCRA and Kelsey Coleman, BBB – DCRA Contractor Rating System Partners with Better Business Bureau.
  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman – Redistricting. (more info here:  https://bit.ly/3iT9Nap)

Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee

  • Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE: Application for Retailer’s Class “CX” Multipurpose Facility liquor license
  • Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille, 514 8th Street, SE: Request to expand existing Entertainment Endorsement to the rooftop Summer Garden; Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant liquor license.
  • Harvest Tide Steak House: 212 7th Street, SE: Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant liquor license.  Discussion on Settlement Agreement

Planning and Zoning Committee                              

  • 2021 Rock N Roll Half Marathon.
  • 152 11th Street SE; Bureau of Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a two-story garage with accessory apartment to an existing, attached, three-story principal dwelling unit. 
  • 1227 E Street SE; Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a rear, two-story addition to an existing, attached, two-story unit.   
  • 1713 D Street SE; Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a third story addition and a three-story rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story, principal dwelling unit.   
  • 1241 Independence Ave SE; Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a roof deck addition to an existing, detached, accessory.
  • 1007 8th Street SE; Historic Preservation Application. Permit Review for deck addition in existing yard at The Brig. 

Wednesday, October 13

ANC6C will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

To join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Announcements:

  • Commander Ralph McLean, new MPD commander, First District

Presentation:

  • Update on L and M Street encampments – Rebecca Smith, Chief of Staff, Department of Behavioral Health

Environment, Parks, and Events Committee

  • Federal properties in ANC6C, representative from National Park Service
  • Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, representative will discuss route through ANC6C

Transportation and Public Space Committee

  • Bike Network updates: 1st Street NE cycle track and K Street NE underpass
  • Public Space usage for Georgetown Law construction, 2nd Street between E and F NW
  • H Street NE bridge replacement, environmental assessment
  • Written testimony, confirmation of Acting DDOT Director Lott
  • Written testimony, amendments to the statute on abandoned and dangerous vehicles

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee (Mark Eckenwiler, chair)

  • 638 East Capitol Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment Application. Three story rear addition to four-story dwelling.
  • 626 Lexington Place, NE. Historic Preservation Application.   Two-story rear addition and renovations. 
  • 227, 233-235, 237-239 Massachusetts Ave NE, Historic Preservation Application. Revised application, penthouses.
  • Capitol Crossing, Zoning Application. Second stage PUD application, mixed use buildings, Center Block. 
  • 521 Florida Avenue, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Third story addition and second floor railing on porch.
  • Proposed zoning amendments. Regulations for vehicle and bicycle parking and loading. 

New Business

  • H Street situation, need for additional police support—Joel Kelty.

Thursday, October 14

ANC6A holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

To join the meeting, go here:   https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations: 

  • Everett Lott, Acting Director, District Department of Transportation.
  • DC Redistricting Process – Samuel Rosen-Amy, Chief of Staff, Councilmember-at-Large Elissa Silverman
  • Proposed ANC6A letter to DDOT stating that the ANC preferred rank ordered options of the DDOT bike lane designs for the 1300 block of North Carolina Avenue, NE, are Alternatives B, E and then C. Concept 1 for the intersection at 14th St NE is the preferred initial design option.

Community Outreach Committee

  • ANC6A send a letter to Mayor Bowser supporting the DC Universal Basic Income Coalition’s request that the Mayor join Mayors for a Guaranteed Income as demonstration of support for a guaranteed income or the residents of the District of Columbia.

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee

  • ANC6A protest of the application of Daru at 1451 Maryland Avenue, NE, renewal of its Class C Tavern License unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline.
  • ANC 6A protest of the application of Lydia Restaurant & Lounge at 1427 H Street, NE, for a Class C Restaurant liquor license unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline.

Transportation and Public Space

  • Proposed ANC6A letter to DDOT stating that the ANC preferred rank ordered options of the DDOT bike lane designs for the 1300 block of North Carolina Avenue, NE, are Alternatives B, E and then C. Concept 1 for the intersection at 14th St NE is the preferred initial design option.
  • Proposed ANC6A letter of support to DDOT for TSA [insert number requesting all-way stop signs at 16th Street NE and Constitution Avenue NE, including the consideration of raised crosswalks if the all-way stop request is denied.
  • Proposed ANC6A letter of support to DDOT for the 2021 Rock ‘n Roll Marathon street closures for the race taking place on November 13, 2021.

Economic Development and Zoning Committee

  • Proposed ANC 6A letter of support to BZA for a special exception from the rear yard requirements to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing, attached, principal dwelling unit at 248 10th Street, NE.

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Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Elijah Balbed  – Jazz/Go-Go Artist – 5:00p – 6:30p

Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Elijah Balbed  – Jazz/Go-Go Artist – 5:00p – 6:30p

by Larry Janezich

Posted:  October 8, 2021

Elijah Balbed, who performs tonight at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, has been named Best Tenor Saxophonist and Best New Jazz Musician by the Washington City Paper, and has had several media features including Capital Bop, Smithsonian Magazine, OnTap Magazine (now District Fray), and The Washington Post.

Elijah and his band the EJB Quartet were the winners of the 2020 DC Jazz Prix for their performance of Elijah’s “The Karma Suite”.

In addition to Jazz, Balbed has a deep roots in DC’s indigenous Go-G0 music.  In 2014, he founded The JoGo Project – a Jazz / Go-Go fusion band dedicated to promoting and preserving the legacy of DC’s unique art form. Since then, the band has become one of the only Go-Go bands today consistently writing and producing original music.

The schedule for the rest of the month includes performances by Zach Cutler, October 15; Amy Bormet, October 22; and Imani Grace-Cooper, October 29. 

CM Charles Allen provided $150,000 in the current FY’s budget for programming for the Plaza for the next 12 months.

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