The Week Ahead… also, Two Homicides – Eastern Market Metro Plaza – Silverman
By Larry Janezich
Crime – Significant crime events on or near Capitol Hill last week included two homicides, a carjacking with a five year old child aboard, and robbery of a drug store. On Tuesday, a man was killed by gunfire in the 1300 block of D Street, NE. Last night (Saturday), a man was killed by gunfire across the street from the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing at 9th and D, Southwest. The widely-reported carjacking with a child aboard occurred Friday as a mother was dropping off her child at Watkins School. (See here: https://wapo.st/2S80p3N) The CVS at 12th and Pennsylvania was held up on Friday the 12th. What wasn’t widely reported was the unprovoked random assault about 5:00pm Saturday, October 13, in the crosswalk at the 8th and Pennsylvania Starbucks crosswalk, when a man cold-cocked a pedestrian, knocking him down and breaking his glasses as he passed by – after which the assailant sauntered off to the Barracks Row 7-11 where he was later arrested by police. PCP may have been a factor in the crime. The 7-11, by the way, was the also under-reported scene of a 7:30am stabbing on October 9.
(According to MPD crime stats, as of October 19, 2018, there have been 131 homicides in the District, compared with 92 on the same date last year – a 44% increase. https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/district-crime-data-glance These figures are changing as this is being written. Tonight (SundayO) at 7:15pm, a man was killed by gunfire at New York Avenue, NW and North Capitol Street, NW.)
Eastern Market Metro Plaza – At long last, it looks like things are starting to move regarding the stalled Phase 1 (the playground) of the redevelopment of Eastern Market Metro Plaza. An advisory committee comprised of “stakeholders” is scheduled to hold a meeting this week at a time and place uncertain. One of the stakeholders is the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee represented by Chair Donna Scheeder, who has scheduled an update on the meeting at EMCAC’s monthly meeting Wednesday night (see below).
Silverman – In other news, some 90 people attended last Monday’s meet and greet for Elissa Silverman, current incumbent and independent candidate for one of the city council member at large seats. Among those attending were DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Councilmember Charles Allen. Ken Jarboe and Martha Huizenga & Matt Wade were co-hosts for the event which was sponsored by Barbara & Jim Loots, Nancy Broers & Chuck Burger, and Monte Edwards.
Mayor Bowser has endorsed candidate Dionne Reeder who is running for the independent seat (one of the two member at large seats is reserved for a member not of the party controlling the council). Democratic incumbent Anita Bonds appears to be favored to win the other seat.
The Week Ahead….
Tuesday, October 23
ANC6D Commissioner and attorney Denise Rucker Krepp addresses sexual assault in college at 6:30pm at East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.
Krepp presents on ways parents can use their positional power to change how colleges and universities address sexual assault complaints. Krepp “will share lessons learned from her work as a former federal agency chief counsel responsible for one of the five federal service schools as well as a locally elected official who sued the Department of Justice in 2016 for prosecution data related to campus sexual assaults in Washington, DC.” Event is free and open to the public but please advise that you’re attending via Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 24
Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm, North Hall of Eastern Market, 225 7th Street, SE.
Among items on the draft agenda:
Election of Officers
Market Managers Report
Update on Eastern Market Metro Plaza advisory team