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Brainstorming Capitol Hill’s Public Space Issues – Part I

Panelists assembled to discuss public space included: seated from left – Matthew Marcou, DDOT Public Space Regulations Division; Historic Preservationist Nancy Metzger; David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington; Meredith Fascett, ANC6D Chair;Charles Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember. Moderator Andrew Lightman, managing editor of the Hill Rag, is at far left.

Brainstorming Capitol Hill’s Public Space Issues – Part I

by Larry Janezich

Last Thursday night, The Hill Rag pulled together five panelists at a Hill Center community meeting to brainstorm ideas about how public space on Capitol Hill could be or should be used. The panelists included Charles Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember; Matthew Marcou, DDOT Public Space Regulations Division; Meredith Fascett, ANC6D Chair; David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington; and Historic Preservationist Nancy Metzger. Andrew Lightman, managing editor of the Hill Rag, moderated.

The discussion covered a range of topics, most of them related to the operation and parking of vehicles: scooters on sidewalks, enforcement of traffic laws and pedestrian safety, the Resident Parking Permit System, the proliferation of private streets, dump trucks, and the public benefits from Planned Unit Developments. CM Allen summarized the scope of the discussion: “Think about the volume of public space were reserving for cars – parking, storage, travel. We’re fighting over a small scrap of what’s left. How we move forward is our opportunity to have the ability to shape with this looks like for all spaces and all uses.”

Capitol Hill Corner’s takeaway from the discussion:

Scooters – speeds need to be lower than the current 15mph. If we force them off sidewalks, we need to have safe bike lanes for them. Enforcement of scooter regs on sidewalks is difficult if not impossible. The question is how to balance needs of pedestrians and with the desire to reduce the use of cars.

Traffic and pedestrian safety – CM Allen and Alpert found themselves at odds with DDOT’s Marcou. The former say “do whatever it takes” to make the road safe, including four way stops and rebuilding intersections to prioritize pedestrians. Allen had just come from a memorial for one of the ten pedestrians killed by vehicles in DC this year. Enforce traffic regs with more cameras and smaller fines, and deputize residents as enforcers. Allen said DOT “drives me crazy,” in part because they prioritize vehicles over pedestrians. Marcou cited the danger of unintended consequences and adverse reaction from drivers. Allen replied he would “take the heat” for driver reaction in Ward Six and that we should “try things our if – if it doesn’t work, come back and try again.

Public benefits from Planned Unit Developments – There was wide agreement that the most important community benefit for allowing greater height (air space is public space) and density is affordable housing. Also, that there is need for more transparency in the PUD process and more information and help for ANCs from DMPED or the city when they negotiate community benefits with developers. Fascett stressed the need for the establishment of best practices. Alpert urged making affordable housing the highest priority while Metzger said she was nervous about making that a goal for all ANCs. Marcou said that benefits require generational assessment in that they should be long lasting.

Resident Parking Permit System (RPP) – this discussion snuck in as part of the PUD benefits question. Most panelists agreed the RPP system is broken. You can get parking for as many vehicles as you own for $35 a year for each. One proposed solution was mini-parking zones, but Allen said suggesting that at a community meeting resulted in the only time he’d been booed in a meeting. Allen says it’s time to take a big step and look at RPP and acknowledge it’s not working. Fascett pointed to the lack of guest parking for residents of many ANC6D high rise residents who are not eligible for Visitor Parking Permits since their right to an RPP was bargained in the PUD process.

Proliferation of private streets – Fascett called this a very exciting development providing the opportunity to adapt the street to community needs, citing Wharf Street and its “great pedestrian experience.” Another example of a private street is the Hine Project’s reopening of C Street between 7th and 8th Streets, originally intended to be home to the weekend flea markets, a process which is still being worked out. Challenges include managing and enforcing parking and – according to Marcou – maintaining standards which would allow DDOT to take over control of the street if necessary.

Dump Trucks – In overtime after the meeting was scheduled to end, the panel briefly discussed traffic problems caused by the routing of dump trucks at construction projects in Southeast and Southwest.

Among those in the audience were Peter May, Associate Regional Director for Lands and Planning at National Park Service, (who calls the shots on everything that happens in Capitol Hill’s National Park Service Parks: Lincoln, Stanton, Folger, and Marion), as well a number of ANC commissioners and representatives of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society.

In Part II, Capitol Hill Corner asked one attendee – retiring ANC6B06 Commissioner and Planning and Zoning Committee Chair Nick Burger – for his thoughts on the meeting. A following post will summarize that conversation.

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The Week Ahead….

The Hill Center was all lit up for a party last Tuesday.

The Week Ahead….

By Larry Janezich

Monday, November 19

The Hilleast Taskforce will host a community meeting at 7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1900 Independence Avenue, SE.

Agenda:

The on going construction and deconstruction on Reservation 13.

ANC6D meets at 7:00pm at 1000 5th Street, SE, Capper Community Center.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public Safety Report- First District MPD (PSA 105 & PSA 106) Capt. Pulliam, Lt. Queen.

Presentation: Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) .

Presentation: Amidon Park Environmental Restoration.

Hatoba, 300 Tingey Street, SE: new CR Restaurant license with Summer Garden.

Buzzard Point Fish House, 2100 2nd Street, SW: new CR Restaurant license with 3 Summer Gardens, all with live entertainment, dancing and cover charge.

Cambria Hotel/69 Q Street, SW.

Forest City/Yards Parcels preview presentation.

Tingey Square Naming.

200-999 Block of L’Enfant Promenade, Public Space Application – new construction.

1251 First Street/Roti, Public Space Application – adding furniture/equipment to café.

1221 Van Street/Walters, Public Space Application – new unenclosed sidewalk café

Letter to CM Mendelson RE Bill 022-965 – Designate 300 Block of E St SW as Hidden Figures Way.

Letter to Congresswoman Norton RE CSX VAT Vibrations Monitoring.

ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space Committee Meets at 7:00pm at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G Street, NE.  

Among items on the draft agenda:

Consideration of request from Events DC for letter of support for 2019 Rock N Roll Marathon.  Race route has been changed significantly since last year.

Proposals for Urban Farms on Kramer Street NE – in response to https://dgs.dc.gov/event/dgs-urban-farming-rfp-2018-03

Marcus Roberson, co-owner of WoodBox Farm.

Thomas Langan, owner and founder of Apogee Farms.

Bobby Akines, Ditto Development, public space concepts, 201 8th Street, NE.

Proposed regulations for E-bikes & E-scooters.

Tuesday, November 20

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

1402 H Street, NE, S-Square, LLC trading as Cheers DC, application for a new license for a Retailer Class A Liquor Store.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm at Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE. 

Agenda not available at press time. 

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Two Ward Six ANCs Say DDOT’s Proposed E-Scooter & E-Bike Regs Are Too Harsh

 

A bevy of e-scooters at the corner of 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Two Ward Six ANCs Say DDOT’s Proposed E-Scooter & E-Bike Regs Are Too Harsh

by Larry Janezich

Companies providing those multi-colored dockless bikes have left the city after a pilot program which started in September of 2017, citing regulations too burdensome to make business possible.  In the aftermath, residents have turned to electric scooters and e-bikes as their preferred alternative mode of urban travel.

Now the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has proposed regulations to permit e-scooter and e-bikes to operate in the city during 2019, and two companies – Bird and Lime – say the regulations make doing business impossible for companies providing dockless vehicles. See here: https://bit.ly/2RVrZjY

Currently, five private dockless vehicle companies operate in the city.  Jump (owned by Uber) operates electric pedal assist bicycles but is developing an e-scooter to tap into that market.  Four other companies – Skip, Bird, Lime, and Lyft – currently operate up to 400 e-scooters each.  Another company, Spin (which was just bought by Ford Motors), launched as a bicycle operator, but is moving toward e-scooters, provides scooter service 13 cities.  (Muving, a company that offers two-person mo-peds is reported to be negotiating with the city to provide service here.  The company is already in operation in Atlanta.)

E-scooter companies are pushing back on the proposed regs, calling them too burdensome – objecting especially the 600 cap per company on initial deployment of e-scooters and/or e-bikes (i.e., 600 each) and the proposed 10mph speed limit on scooters.  (The scooters are capable of 15 mph while e-bikes can travel at 20 mph.  Muvings’ mo-peds have a top speed of 30 mph.)

On Tuesday night, ANC6B weighed in on the regs, and voted 9 – 0 – 0  to recommend that DDOT raise the cap on the 2019 dockless vehicles launch in January from the proposed 600 to 1,000, to oppose the 10 mph speed limit on scooters, and to require scooters to use bike lanes wherever they exist, rather than the sidewalk.  Currently, it is legal to ride an e-scooter or bicycle on sidewalks, except in the central business district. (See map here: https://bit.ly/2PqK4sr)

Likewise, on Wednesday night, at its November meeting, ANC6C agreed with two main objections to the proposed regulations, voting 5- 0 to recommend that DDOT eliminate the speed limit on e-scooters and raising the initial cap of 600 e-vehicles.  The ANC acknowledged that a faster speed limit for e-scooters presented a danger on sidewalks, but noted that a lower speed limit was a disincentive to use streets and bike lanes.

The city invites feedback on the plan before November 26.  To submit written comments go to https://ddot.dc.gov/release/public-comment-period-opens-new-permit-process-dockless-vehicles

 

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Exclusive:  Concept Images & Menu for Emilie’s – The Upscale Eclectic Restaurant Coming to Capitol Hill

This is the perspective from the lounge to the entry, on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue, and 11th Street, SE.  The illustration shows the layout, not how the venue will look after the decorators get to work.

Likewise for the bar and lounge.

The restaurant will feature an open kitchen.

Here’s the floor plan for Emilie’s.  (The name was pays homage to the late benefactor of Tien’s family when they first moved to the US after the Vietnamese War and to his fiancé.

 

Exclusive:  Concept Images & Menu for Emilie’s – The Upscale Eclectic Restaurant Coming to Capitol Hill – and a Sample Menu

by Larry Janezich

Two Emilie’s c0-owners – Arris Noble and Sam Shoja (the third co-owner is Chef Kevin Tian) – showed up at ANC6B’s November meeting last night to show off some concept illustrations of their forthcoming addition to Capitol Hill’s hot culinary landscape.

Here’s a first look at the concept for Chef Kevin Tien’s upscale eclectic restaurant coming to the new Frager’s Building at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The 3,300 square foot restaurant will seat 100 – 70 dining seats and 30 bar seats.

The restaurant is designed around the concept of dim sum and shared plates.  Guests may order from a menu or from the carts of small plate daily specials circulating through the dining area on carts – “tableside” dining.  The menu will rotate daily, and feature products from a local community of producers, farmers and ranchers.  The owners hope to open the restaurant in the spring of 2019.  (The Frager’s Building is on track for completion in March, 2019.)

Here’s a sample menu:

 

 

 

 

Tien is partnering with restaurant veterans Sam Shoja (Jinja Raman Bar) and Arris Noble in this new venture.  Tien is current co-owner of the highly acclaimed Himitsu in Petworth.  Capitol Hill’s latest celebrity chef, Tien is a veteran of Iron Chef Gauntlet and Finalist in the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year, 2018.  He has cooked for Chef Aaron Silverstein’s Pineapple and Pearls and Chef Jose Andres’ Oyamel, among others.

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Capitol Hill’s Veterans Day Ceremony in Folger Park – Photo Essay

American Legion Kenneth H. Nash Post 8 Veterans Day Observance.  November 11, 2018

Several hundred veterans and neighbors gathered in Folger Park on Sunday to pay tribute to veterans. This was the scene at 11:00am.

Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) and Councilmember Robert White (At Large) confer before the ceremony.

Presentation of the Colors by The Color Guard

The United States Marine Band Drum and Bugle Corps. “The Commandant’s Own”

Part of the Drum and Bugle Corps brass section

Councilmember Allen told the crowd that today was not only “a day to say thank you, but a pledge that we will never forget.” He commended the marines from the Marine Barracks who were first on the scene at the Capper Senior Housing fire and credited them with helping save hundreds of lives.  Seated are other members of the official party, from left to right: American Post Commander Jason Secrest; Deborah Harmon-Pugh, National Campaign Chair Women Veterans Rock (standing in for absent DC AG Karl Racine); Councilmember at large Robert White; and Karlene Bowen, President, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 8.

Commander Jason Secrest commended some half dozen veterans who survived the Capper fire who were in attendance and the community which came together to honor and support them through a fundraiser organized by the Legion Post. Secrest paid tribute to the marine musicians, who, he noted were also assigned to tours of duty – sometimes serving in combat units – in addition to their musical performance duties.

Wreath Ceremony. (photo credit: Tom Donovan)

Taps.

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The Week Ahead….

Eastern Market Farmers Line Scene, Sunday, November 11, circa 12:30pm.

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

Monday, November 12

DC Government observes Veterans Day.  No trash or recycling pickup.  ANC6D, normally scheduled for today, will meet next Monday, November 19.

Tuesday, November 13

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center, 922 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Consent Agenda (items which will pass en bloc with one vote unless any commissioner objects)

Dae Ah LLC trading as Capitol Supreme Market, 501 4th Street, SE, Retailer’s Class B liquor license – Grocery; Updating the existing Settlement Agreement (SA) from 2014 and consider expanded hours with regards to Hours of Operation and Sales of alcohol. Requested Hours of OPERATION are: Mon-Sun 7 am – 11 pm; and the requested Hours of SALES of Alcohol are: Mon-Sun 9 am – 11 pm

Public Space Permit: New Sidewalk Cafe Un-Enclosed at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

816 Potomac Avenue SE:  Zoning adjustment application – special exception to construct a four-story addition to an existing apartment house.

329 16th Street, SE: Zoning adjustment application – special exception to construct a third-story and rear addition to a principal dwelling unit and convert the dwelling into a flat.

710 E Street, SE:  Historic Preservation application – concept/three-story rear addition.

423 4th Street, SE: Historic Preservation application – concept/rear three-story addition.

712 5th Street, SE:  Historic Preservation application – concept/rear and rooftop additions.

304 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – Historic Preservation Review – owner: Air Line Pilots Association International.

Resolution on Resident Only Parking for ANC 6B04.

Proposed Regulations on New Permit Process for Dockless Vehicles.

Comments on Notice of Intent on Short Term Calming Measures at Kentucky, Potomac, G, and 15th.

Presentations

MPD, crime and community concerns:  Sergeant Maurice MacDonald & Captain Knutsen, Metropolitan Police Department.

Resolution Supporting Daytime Loading Zone on C Street SE at 11th Street, SE.

Wednesday, November 14

ANC6C meets at 700pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations:

MPD, crime and community concerns: Captain John Knutsen, 1st District.

Office of People’s Counsel update, Cheryl Morse.

Consent Calendar (items which will pass en bloc with one vote unless any commissioner objects)

Streets Market, 51 M Street NE, Class B and CR grocery and restaurant liquor license.

Café Fili, 701 Second Street NE, class C restaurant liquor license.

NoMa Parks Foundation update.

Rock n Roll Marathon, Saturday, March 9, 2019, new route.

Capital Bikeshare Station, New Jersey and F Streets, NW.

400 M Street, NE, Public Space application – driveway and patio modification at private residence.

Fancy Radish, 600 H Street, NE, Public Space application – unenclosed sidewalk café.

Louisiana Avenue bike lane.

Proposed rulemaking and legislation: RPP, dockless vehicles, solid waste collection.

Patterson Street, NE—update on RFP request, nonvoting item.

1200 Third Street NE, Zoning application – modification to previously approved PUD.

Thursday, November 15

Public Space Forum, 7:00pm, Hill Center, 922 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE:  Ward 6 Matters: Putting the “Public” in Public Space.

“Be it the use of the curbside for parking or food trucks, pocket parks, increased density awarded as a result of a Planned Unit Development, the ubiquitous sidewalk cafes that dot our urban landscape or the provision of new roadways, the organization and administration of Public Space impacts the lives of District residents. “Public Space” is all horizontal space outside private property lines as well the air rights above the limit that property owners can develop as a matter of right.

On November 15 between 7 and 9 p.m., a public panel will discuss the manner in which the District of Columbia both administers public space as well as the means in which it is transferred permanently or leased to the private realm. Is the current system of public space administration adequate? Should it be reformed? Should there be more citizen involvement analogous to what occurs in zoning matters? The Hill Rag, The Ward 6 Democrats and Hill Center have selected a knowledgeable panel to discuss the current arrangements and brainstorm ideas for the future:”

Panelists:

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen.

Associate Director for the Public Space Regulations Division (PSRD) Matthew Marcou.

The Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D Meredith Fascett.

Former Historic Preservation Board Member Nancy Metzger.

Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST) Dave Alpert.

Questions for the panelists will be taken both by email prior to the event at ward6matters@hillrag.com and in writing at the event itself.

Join our panelists and neighbors for a lively discussion of the hows and whys of Public Space.

Sponsored by The Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

This is a free event:  Register here: https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=2399A72D-90BC-E87D-9FD63B0586D81E1C

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Zoning Committee meets at 7:30pm at Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE.

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CM Allen/MPD Officials Respond to NE Resident Fear on Homicides

Last Thursday, ANC6A residents turned out to hear officials talk about public safety at Miner School.

1st District Commander Morgan Kane addresses ANC6A community members. CM Charles Allen and 5th District Commander Fitzgeralsd stand at right.

CM Allen/MPD Officials Respond to NE Resident Fear on Homicides

by Larry Janezich

There was a standing room only crowd at ANC6A’s November meeting Thursday night to hear CM Charles Allen and MPD 1st District Commander Morgan Kane and MPD 5th District Commander William Fitzpatrick address concerns about the recent homicides a few blocks northeast of Lincoln Park and a spate of gunshots in the community as well as a number of shootings near 15th and Benning Road, NE.  This area saw the shooting of eight people in five incidents in a two week period spanning October and November.

Of most concern were two homicides a few blocks apart on D Street, NE, which occurred within a nine days of each other in mid-October.  The killings were not related, according to 1st District Commander Kane.  The latest occurred on October 16, in the 1300 block of D Street, NE.  Neighbors described the victim – Ezequiel Jimenez Pinto, 59 – as a valued and loved member of the community.  Jimenez died after being shot multiple times at 1:15pm in front of his house. There are no suspects in what police believe was a targeted shooting; a car pulled up, they said, and shot directly into the victim’s car.

That killing in the 1300 block of D Street followed an October 7th homicide at 5:30pm, a few blocks away at 15th and D, near the home of CM Allen.  Walter Baylor, 32, died after suffering a gunshot wound.  In this case, a suspect was arrested almost immediately after running a stop sign while fleeing.  The arresting officers did not know a shooting had occurred.  The suspect remains in custody.

5th District Commander Fitzpatrick explained that a number of shootings around 1500 Benning Road were related to a turf war between youths who are residents of the Pentacle Apartments near the starburst intersection.  He said that they were unrelated to a nearby stabbing homicide nearby which had occurred Thursday morning.  (Police subsequently made an arrest in the stabbing case on Friday.)

Allen said the shooting at 15th and D, occurred literally outside his house.  He attributed the quick closure of the case to the beefed up police presence in the neighborhood following the earlier homicide.  Regarding that shooting in the 1300 block of D, he said MPD had really good video from cameras of residents participating in MPD’s private security camera rebate system and urged residents to take advantage of the $250 rebate for purchase of a camera. (See here:  https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program)

As to how officials are responding to concerns about the violent crime, Allen cited his policy and budget efforts to put resources in the hands of MPD and reminded the audience that addressing violent crime is not just up to officers.  Kane and Fitzpatrick both cited the MPD’s hard work to take guns off the streets.

When a neighborhood experiences a serious violent crime what usually happens is that police react to resident concerns and deploy resources borrowed from other jurisdictions to bolster police presence in the area.  Things calm down and those resources have to be deployed to another hot spot.  The departure leaves residents feeling less safe and frustrated.

Community pressure then results in a community meeting to discuss public safety.  All four of the ANCs which touch Capitol Hill have had several of these meeting over the past ten years, and typically run to form.  The standard procedure unfolds as follow as officials 1) reassure the community, 2) explain what measures are being taken to respond to concerns, and 3) remind residents that prevention of violent crime depends on residents taking steps to make themselves less vulnerable and to build an alert and engaged community.

More specifically, with respect to prevention, officials have some recommendations.  They urge residents to participate in MPD’s security camera program, which provides benefits after criminal activity occurs, and maybe helps to reduce overall crime by taking miscreants off the street.  In addition, residents can help make the streetscape less conducive to crime by reporting to CM Allen’s office poor lighting on dimly lit blocks because of poor lighting or because they are shadowed by overhanging tree limbs.  Finally, residents’ best defense against violent crime is what the police call “situational awareness” – if something doesn’t look right don’t hesitate to call 911.

In reality and too often, any neighborhood is subject to the random violent crime of opportunity, the unexplained homicide, or the violent interaction of rival community factions.  Our streets are generally safe, but residents need to behave as though they are not.  And heed CM Allen’s final piece of advice:  “Hold elected leaders accountable – tell us when we’re not doing enough.”

2018 Year-to-Date Crime Comparison*

As of November 9, 2018

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AG Karl Racine, CMs Allen and White Headline Capitol Hill Vets Day Ceremony on Sunday

The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps opened the 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony in Folger Park. American Legion Post 8 at 3rd and D Streets, SE, is in the background.

AG Karl Racine, CMs Allen and White Headline Capitol Hill Vets Day Ceremony on Sunday

By Larry Janezich

DC Attorney General Karl Racine, Ward Six Council Member Charles Allen, and Ward 8 Council Member At Large Robert White, will be featured speakers at Capitol Hill’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Folger Park.  The ceremony will begin at 11:00am.  The park is located at 3rd and D Streets, SE, across the street from the Kenneth H. Nash American Legion Post #8, commanded by Jason R. Secrest, sponsor of the event. The Marine Corps band will be in attendance as well.  This year’s ceremony is being held to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI.

Commander Secrest says the event this year will be expanded to include static displays.  The Post will hold a reception in the Legion Post afterward.

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Unofficial Election Results for Capitol Hill’s Four Advisory Neighborhood Commissions  & Silverman Re-elected

CM Elissa Silverman at the Eastern Market Polling Place on Tuesday afternoon, interacting with former Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells (currently Director of DOEE)

And Steve Holtzman, winner of the open seat for ANC6B05, at the Eastern Market polling place on Tuesday.

Unofficial Election Results for Capitol Hill’s Four Advisory Neighborhood Commissions  & Silverman Re-elected

by Larry Janezich

Qualifier:  As of 11:02pm Tuesday night, with a 142 out of 143 precincts reporting with no idea which precinct is outstanding this morning at 6:00am, the election results for four of the five Ward 6 ANCs which touch Capitol Hill are below.

But first, Anita Bonds and Elissa Silverman were re-elected as At Large Members of the City Council.

ANC6A– Contested seats:  6A03, 6A05, 6A06 are in Bold (Winners of contested seats are underlined – the candidates for the other seats were unopposed and were elected)

ANC6A01 Marie-Claire Brown, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6A02 Phil Toomajian, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6A03 Ramin Taheri 401 votes

ANC6A03 Mike Soderman (incumbent) Wins with 506 votes

ANC6A04 Amber Gove, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6A05 Ruth Ann Hudson (open seat) Wins with 523 votes

ANC6A05 Alan Chargin (open seat) 432 votes

ANC6A06 Stephanie Zinny (incumbent) Wins with 628 votes

ANC6006 H.J. Amons Sr. (challenger) 164 votes

ANC6A07 Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, incumbent (unopposed)

NC6A08 Brian Alcorn (unopposed)

ANC6B – Contested seat:  6B05 in Bold (Winners of contested seats are underlined – the candidates for the other seats were unopposed and were elected)

ANC6B01 Jennifer Samolyk, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6B02 Gerald Sroufe, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6B03 Brian Ready, open seat (unopposed)

ANCB04 Kirsten Oldenburg, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6B05 Taylor Kuether, open seat 188 votes

ANC6B05 Steve Holtzman, open seat Wins with 614 votes

ANC6B06 Corey Holman, open seat (unopposed)

ANC6B07 Kelly Waud, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6B08  Chander Jayaraman, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6B09  Kasie Clark (unopposed)

ANC6B10 Kathryin Denise Rucker Krepp, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6C – Contested seat:  6C05 in Bold (Winners of contested seats are underlined – the candidates for the other seats were unopposed and were elected)

ANC6C01 Christine Healey, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6C02 Karen Wirt, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6C03 Jay Adelstein, open seat, (unopposed)

ANC6C04 Mark Eckenwiler, incumbent  (unopposed)

ANC6C05 Joel Kelty (open seat) Wins with 551 votes

ANC6C06 Chad M. Ernst (open seat) 520 votes

AND6C06 Robb Dooling , open seat (unopposed)

ANC6D Contested seats: 6Do02, 6D05 and 6D07 in Bold (Winners of contested seats are underlined – the candidates for the other seats were unopposed and were elected)  AND6C01 Gail Fast (unopposed)

ANC6D01 Gail Fast (incumbent)

ANC6D02 Cara Lea Shockley (incumbent) 257 votes

ANC6D02 Anna Forgie, challenger Wins with 1000 votes

ANC6C03 Ron Collins, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6C04 Andy Litsky, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6D05 Roger Moffatt (incumbent) 402 votes

ANC6D05 Anthony Dale (challenger) Wins with 513 votes

ANC6D06 Rhonda Natalie Hamilton, incumbent (unopposed)

ANC6D07 Edward Daniels (open seat) Wins with 822 votes

ANC6D07 Brant J. Miller (open seat)  534 votes

ANC6D07 Patrick Witte (open seat) 212 votes

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Capitol Hill Corner Editorial:  Why I Didn’t Vote for Mayor Bowser

Capitol Hill Corner Editorial:  Why I Didn’t Vote for Bowser

by Larry Janezich

I voted early on Friday over at Sherwood Recreation Center.  I didn’t vote for Mayor Bower as I have  before, and here’s why:

Bowser endorsed and helped raise money for the campaign of an opponent of CM Elissa Silverman, apparently owing to Silverman’s critical government oversight activities and her support for a Bowser-opposed parental leave act.  Contributions to the opponent’s campaign skyrocketed after the Mayor’s endorsement.  A report on the donors to the campaign should make interesting reading. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/bowser-to-back-dionne-bussey-reeder-council-challenger-to-elissa-silverman/2018/09/19/ca77ef7a-bbb2-11e8-a8aa-860695e7f3fc_story.html?utm_term=.da5e212eca43

Bowser’s administration pressured the DC Department of General Services to award contracts to a Bowser campaign donor.  Former Admiral Chris Weaver chose to resign as head of DGS rather than carry out instructions from City Administrator Rashad Young to fire two DGS employees who failed to award a city contract for the St. Elizabeth Development to a Bowser contributor, Fort Meyer Construction.  https://capitolhillcorner.org/2017/07/22/editorial-bowser-on-dgs-firing-scandal-move-along-folks-nothing-to-see-here/

Bowser waved away criticism of City Administration Rashad Young and Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden after they were allowed to bypass the DC school lottery system and place their children in desired schools.  (Seriously, how does Young still have a job in this administration?)  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/after-favoritism-revealed-in-school-lottery-dc-parents-wait-on-apology/2017/05/21/8876c2da-3c25-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.d240543d1ea9

The Bowser administration failed to reappoint watchdog Traci Hughes as Director of the Office of Open Government, apparently for being too good at her job.  https://capitolhillcorner.org/2018/02/12/whats-really-happening-with-director-hughes-and-the-dc-office-of-open-government/

Fresh PAC. Pay to play, pure and simple.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-mayors-allies-reluctantly-shut-down-controversial-pac/2015/11/11/63d48b32-884a-11e5-be39-0034bb576eee_story.html?utm_term=.308c243c1e57

One of the things that I learned when I first came to Washington in 1966 was, “If you can’t trust them on the little things, you can’t trust them on the big ones.”  Or maybe these are the big ones.

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