The Week Ahead…. & City Council Fumbles Attempt to Name 2nd Street SE after Local Activist

The Week Ahead…. & City Council Fumbles Attempt to Name 2nd Street SE after Local Activist

by Larry Janezich

DC City Council Chair Phil Mendelson appears before ANC6B last Tuesday night. L-R: ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman, Commissioners James Loots, Nick Burger, and Kirsten Oldenburg.

City Council Fumbles Attempt to Name 2nd Street SE after Local Activist

DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson came to ANC6D last Tuesday, hat in hand, to discuss what seemed to be an attempt by the Committee of the Whole to ride roughshod over the ANC and resident’s opposition to the ceremonial naming of the 200 block of 2nd Street, SE, “Richard Rausch Way”.  Rausch, a longtime DC home rule and Democratic activist who died in 2007, resided on the street.  The ANC had not received timely notice of the proposal, and when it finally did, voted to oppose it.  That decision, however, had not been conveyed to Mendelson before the bill was scheduled for consideration by the Committee on the Whole.  At the last minute, after a flurry of emails from angry commissioners, the bill was pulled from the agenda after CM Allen interceded with Mendelson.

At his request, ANC6B invited Mendelson, and Councilmembers Bonds and Allen to make a presentation at the next full ANC meeting on February 13 regarding naming the street for Rausch or possibly providing another commemoration.

Commissioners are likely to take the opportunity to platform other recent instances where the city has failed to notify ANC6B of pending city action.  Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, in whose single member district the street lies, was particularly put off that no one from the Council had reached out to her on this issue, even after the bill was pulled from the agenda.  Samolyk said:  “The last minute notice is an indication of how the City Council has treated us…I’m really frustrated at the way this has been dealt with.”  Commissioner Krepp echoed that frustration, telling Mendelson that the ANC had heard “nada, zero, zippo” on the city’s bid to attract Amazon to Reservation 13 prior to the Mayor’s announcement.

For WaPo obit on Rausch, see here

The Week Ahead…

Monday, January 15

Observance of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  DC City Government is closed.

Special Event on Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Birthday.  Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  11:00am – 2:00pm.  In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the community of DC will personally serve around 500 individuals with a new pair of shoes.  Volunteers should arrive at 10:00am for a brief training and assignments for the event.

Tuesday, January 16

ANC6A ABC Committee meets at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

The draft agenda is as follows:

Discussion of request for new restaurant liquor license from Truth Hookah/Cigar, LLC t/a

The Capitol Hill Board of Directors meeting will be held at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE.

Agenda not available at press time.

Potomac Avenue SE Triangle Park Redesign.

Final Community Meeting to pick final design for two Potomac Avenue, SE, Triangle Parks – 7:00pm at Friendship Chamberlain School, 1345 Pennsylvania Ave SE.  Next steps:  Tuesday, February 6, 7:00pm (St. Coletta of Greater Washington),  Presentation of final design to ANC 6B07 Planning & Zoning Committee; and Tuesday, February 13, 7:00pm (Hill Center): Presentation of final design to full ANC 6B at monthly ANC meeting.

Wednesday, January 17

ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

Agenda item:

Maury Elementary Play Space: Consideration of current plans for Maury Elementary renovation, and balance between parking and child play space requirements.

Thursday, January 18

The Hill East Task Force meets at 7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.


Presentation of the DDOT Traffic Study of specific ANC6B areas in Hill East

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