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ABRA Denies ANC6B Motion to Dismiss Handle 19 Liquor License Application

ABRA Denies ANC6B Motion to Dismiss Handle 19 Liquor License Application

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 12, 2021

Wednesday, the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) handed ANC6B a setback in their effort to prevent Handle 19 from opening a sports book operation at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The Board denied the ANC’s motion to dismiss Handle’s application for a liquor license on the basis that Handle could not meet the criteria for a restaurant under their proposed business model.

DC regulations say a sports book business can’t open as a standalone, but must be associated with another operation – like a restaurant.  ANC6B has no ability to protest the granting of a gaming license issued by DC Lottery, so it – in support of a number of nearby neighbors –launched two actions with ABRA to deny Handle a liquor license. 

First, ANC6B filed a protest with ABRA based on “peace, order, and quiet” against the liquor license application in hopes a denial would make pursuing the proposed wagering outlet less attractive. 

On a separate track, ANC6B filed a motion with ABRA to deny a liquor license on the grounds that Handle 19 did not qualify as a restaurant.  The ANC’s rational was that Handle 19 did not meet the criteria for a restaurant because – given the ratio of the number of dining seats to the total occupancy of the building – Handle can’t meet the 45% gross annual food receipts as required by DC regulation. 

The Board denied the ANC’s motion to dismiss application for the license on this basis “because the question of whether the establishment qualifies as a restaurant is a question … that can only be resolved at hearing, not through pre-hearing speculation” and that Board would have to consider other criteria that could be introduced into evidence.  In addition, the Board noted, there are multiple ways to comply with the food sale requirement and that the regulations provides some flexibility to make corrections to operations if a restaurant is found deficient in food sales. 

With respect to the ANC’s protest of the license based on “peace, order, and quiet”, ABRA granted ANC6B’s motion to put off the protest hearing until April 8, to accommodate the travel schedule of ANC6B’s counsel.  That protest hearing remains on ABRA’s schedule, even though as reported earlier, on January 28, the Office of Lottery and Gaming issued an Executive Director’s Order denying Handle 19’s Sports wagering license.  According to ANC6B Alcohol Beverage Committee resident member Chander Jayaraman, Handle has until February 18th to appeal. 

Handle 19 has not indicated how it will respond to the denial, but it is reported to be “negotiating” with DC Lottery as was reported at Tuesday night’s ANC6B February meeting.  Conceivably, there are paths forward – such as winning an appeal or reapplying – for Handle 19 to continue to pursue the wagering license. 

Correction:  An earlier post on CHC mistakenly stated that Handle 19 – not ANC6B – had filed the motion to dismiss the application for the liquor license.  Additionally, the application fee for a sports betting application is $100,000, not $5,0000. CHC regrets the errors.

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DC Will Revamp Vaccine Appointment Process in March

DC Will Revamp Vaccine Appointment Process in March

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 11, 2021

Mayor Bowser held a situational briefing today to announce some forthcoming changes in the vaccine registration process and other vaccine related news.  Here are the highlights:

  • In early March, the registration process will be updated to allow individuals to sign up to be notified when there is vaccine available to them. Tier eligibility, zip code and timing of registration will be the three criteria (an “equity lens”) which will determine when those who are registered will be eligible to receive an appointment and DOH will notify registrants accordingly.  Once a group of registrants is notified, people in the group will have a limited amount of time to accept or decline.  If they accept, they can schedule appointment at a place convenient for them.  Then the DOH will notify the next group as vaccine becomes available. 
  • Next week’s allotment of vaccine will be 14,275 doses – up 50 % from two weeks ago.
  • Approximately 40% of seniors will be vaccinated by the end of this week and 70% by the end of February. Grocery store employees will become eligible next month, including small groceries and delis. 
  • Friday (February 12) morning, 2500 doses will be available to seniors and health care workers in all zip codes. Web portal appointments have gone faster than phone call appointments. 
  • DOH has asked FEMA to supply and administer vaccine to federal employees including Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, the Postal Service, Federal Reserve and WMATA.
  • Next week will see an adjustment in time regarding when the web portal and phone bank will open, since 9:00am is not convenient for everyone.
  • Last night, the DC Department of Health was notified by the CDC that three cases of the UK variant and one case of the South African variant have been found in the District. There are likely more cases, since not all cases are examined for genetic sequencing – only a sample.  Dr. Nesbitt urged continuing use of masks and social distancing. 

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CM Charles Allen on Vaccinations, Capitol Fences, and Public Safety

Councilmember Charles Allen at Tuesday Night’s ANC6B Meeting

CM Charles Allen on Vaccinations, Capitol Fences, and Public Safety

by Larry Janezich

CM Charles Allen addressed ANC6B last night regarding a number of current issues facing the City Council and the city. 

Vaccine Update:  Allen says he is frustrated like everybody else about the way the city has set up the vaccination system; pitting neighbor against neighbor in the search for vaccination appointments is not the best way to proceed.  He and other council members have recommended a one-time registration with appointments then scheduled by the Department of Health as the vaccine becomes available.  He noted that not everybody can be online at 9:00am, and this leads to disparity.  Likewise, prioritizing by zip codes is not the right geography. 

The Department of Health is meeting this week to make some changes in the Tiers regulating eligibility for receiving vaccinations.  Some of the changes likely to be included are to insure earlier access to the vaccine for pregnant women and to further break down the next eligible age group (18 – 64), perhaps to a 50 – 64 year old population.  He said that changes agreed to would likely be announced later this week.

Capitol Fences:  Thursday night, February 11, Congresswoman Norton will host a virtual town hall on the impact of the U.S. Capitol attack on D.C. residents and public spaces at 6:00 p.m. All D.C. residents are invited to attend.  Charles Allen and representatives from the U.S. Capitol Police will also attend.  Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by emailing NortonEvents@mail.house.gov.

Allen said that the US Capitol Police is proposing a razor wire permanent fence around the Capitol.  “I am absolutely opposed”, Allen said, adding that “we have to make Members of Congress safe as well as neighbors and staffers, but the answer is inside of the Capitol and inside the Capitol Police.  A giant fence with razor wire is the lazy was to address the problem – it’s not a good look for the community.”  He noted that a number of ANC’s are passing resolutions opposing a permanent fence around the Capitol Grounds, and urged ANC6B to consider doing the same.  ANC6B later unanimously passed a resolution  Bike and Pedestrian Access Through Capitol Grounds – see here:  http://bit.ly/36x1lrk

Public Safety:  Allen noted two categories of crime which have seen marked increases over a year ago – gun violence and carjackings and thefts.  One positive step regarding the former, he said, was the appointment of Linda Harllee Harper, the city’s new Director of Gun Violence Prevention – a position created under legislation sponsored by Allen.  Her job will include looking at the root causes of gun violence including behavior, housing, and education well as the trauma of gun violence.  Harper’s mission is to bring agencies across the administration to bear upon the problem.  Allen called the increase in gun violence a public health emergency exacerbated by the pandemic that will take more than the police to resolve. 

Carjackings are occurring across the entire city.  There is no targeting of cars or persons, rather these seem to be crimes of opportunity.  MPD has created a carjacking task force focusing energy on this.  Allen said he has consulted the Attorney General to see if there are ways for that office to intervene.  He said every city is seeing this phenomenon right now and that these crimes are being committed by young people – including juveniles.  Allen said that societal structures closed by the pandemic are contributing to the problem.   

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DC Lottery Denies Handle 19’s Application for Gambling License

DC Lottery Denies Handle 19’s Application for Gambling License

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 8, 2021

On January 28, the Office of Lottery and Gaming issued an Executive Director’s Order denying Handle 19’s Sports wagering License.  Business owner Shane August applied for the license last May to open a sports book gambling outlet at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Once his intention became public, neighbors began organizing to oppose the granting of a liquor license in hopes that a denial would discourage August from opening at the location.  The possibility that DC Lottery would deny the license seemed remote.  and the conventional wisdom was that August had the right to open the gambling outlet, liquor license license or not.  A divided ANC6B weighed in on behalf of the neighbors, voting to protest the liquor license and hired an attorney to represent the ANC at a protest hearing before the Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration.

As to why DC Lottery denied the application, the Executive Director’s Order says:

“The Application and supporting documentation were reviewed by the [Office of Lottery and Gaming’s] Regulation and Oversight Division and a due diligence background investigation was conducted on both Handle 19 and its Individual Qualifiers.

Based upon the information contained in the application and the results of the due diligence background investigation, on January 4, 2021, the OLG’s Director of the Regulation and Oversight Division issued a [Recommendation] Memorandum recommending the application be denied…after determining Handle 19 did not meet the requirements for licensure due to investigative findings related (sic) its Individual Qualifiers.

After a review of the Recommendation Memorandum, the Executive Director agrees with and adopts the Recommendation Memorandum in full….”

The Order directed that the Recommendation Memorandum produced by the Regulation and Oversight Division “shall only be sent to Shane August …and not released to the public because [it] contains information that is confidential under D.C. Official Code…”

The order says that if Handle 19 withdraws its application within 15 business days the application status shall be changed from denied to withdrawn.  The $100,000 sports wagering application fee is not refundable.

Capitol Hill Corner asked former ANC6B Chair and Alcohol Beverage Committee Chair Chander Jayaraman to comment on the gambling license denial.  He said, “I appreciate DC Lottery doing their job investigating applicants and denying applicants who do not meet the standards the city expects.”  Though no longer on the Commission, Jayaraman has been heavily involved in the ANC’s protest of Handle 19’s application for a liquor license.

In a related development, on February 3, ABRA granted ANC6B’s motion to delay the protest hearing on Handle’s application for a liquor license until March 31.  That issue is separate from the gaming license, and August could continue to pursue a liquor license, though it is unclear whether he desires to limit his business model to a restaurant or whether there is some other avenue to a gaming license approval.  ABRA has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday to review the protestant’s January 27 motion to dismiss the protest hearing regarding the liquor license.

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The Week Ahead – Highlights of Upcoming ANC Meetings – Photos

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The Week Ahead – Highlights of Upcoming ANC Meetings – Photos

by Larry Janezich

Highlights of the Upcoming ANC meetings:

  • Wednesday, ANC6C – DC Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Wednesday – Alcoholic Beverage Control Board – Review of Protestant Motion to Dismiss Protest Hearing in Case of Handle 19, Inc.
  • Thursday, ANC6A – CM Charles Allen
  • Thursday – MOVEDC Virtual Town Hall

The Week Ahead

Monday, February 8

ANC6D will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Information on how to join the meeting is here: https://www.anc6d.org/virtualmeeting/

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Public Safety Report- First District MPD (PSA 103, PSA 105 & PSA 106) Capt. Dorrough, Lt. Donigian

Presentation:  Paid Family Leave Program – DOES, Michael Henderson

ABC Committee Report

  • Vitas Vinos, 1100 2nd Place, SE. New Retailer Class A License
  • Nara Ya, 88 District Square SW, New Class C License.
  • Officina, 1120 Maine Ave. Class B renewal.
  • WSC 20 LLC, 71 Potomac Avenue, SE. Class C Tavern License.

Development, Planning, and Transportation

  • 280 12th Street SW, Zoning Application. Special Exception Review.
  • Update – “Eye” Street SW/SE Safety Project – DDOT, Greg Matlesky.
  • Update – New Jersey Avenue, SE, bike lane extension project – DDOT, Will Handsfield

Consent Agenda

  • Letter to DPW, DCHA, & Edgewood Mgmt: regarding trash pickup & security cameras in Capitol Quarter – Brant Snyder
  • Letter to DDOT following up on previous 5G monopole letters
  • Letter to DCRA on permitting process
  • Letter to DCHA on the status of Greenleaf maintenance and upkeep

Tuesday, February 9

ANC6B will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

Since the ANC6B website is down as of this posting, info on joining the meeting is below:

Event address for attendees: https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0c8fe5cb34ceef694473fbb535faceb1

Event number: 180 357 1529

Event password: daPU8zwJi67

Video Address: 1803571529@dcnet.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Audio conference:

To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.

Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

1-650-479-3208                                                   

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Consent Agenda        

Planning and Zoning Committee

  • 631 G Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application.  Construct second-story addition to existing garage
  • 320 9th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application.  Construct two-story horizontal addition to rear of residential property. 
  • 515 10th Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application.   Special Exception to construct a second story on existing one-story garage.
  • 515 10th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application.  Construct a 2nd story addition to existing one-story garage.
  • 1381 Potomac Avenue, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a new, two-story rear addition with cellar, to an existing two-story, attached, principal dwelling unit. 
  • 102 9th Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct a penthouse addition to an existing three-story, attached, principal dwelling unit. 
  • ANC 6B Letter to Historic Preservation Review Board requesting clarification of standards of review for height for garages and alley buildings

Transportation Committee

  • Send ANC November 2020 Letter on SE Boulevard to DDOT Acting Director.

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Planning and Zoning Committee

  • Discussion and vote on motion to support Text Amendment to add Inclusionary Zoning Requirements to NC-6 (Lower Barracks Row) Zone.

Transportation Committee

  • Draft Resolution on Restoring Pedestrian, Bike, & Transit Access Through Capitol Grounds.

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Election of Committee Chairs & Re-establishment of ANC6B Task Forces & Working Group

Election of ANC 6B Representative to the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee

ANC6C Environment, Parks and Events Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Info on joining the meeting is here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Agenda not available. 

Wednesday, February 10

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

Info on how to join the meeting is here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton

  • Homeless encampments on NPS federal land and the pandemic.
  • Fencing on Capitol grounds

Transportation and Public Space Committee

  • Updates from DDOT
  • Uncle Kenny’s Smokehouse, 732 Maryland Avenue, NE. Public space application for a new sidewalk café.
  • 111 K Street, NE. Public space application for a new sidewalk café.
  • North Capitol Street Concept Study, sign-on letter.
  • Second proposed rulemaking, Visitor Parking Pass Program.

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee

  • 622 Eye Street, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application. Revisions to application. 
  • Proposed rulemaking. Accessory building regulations.
  • Upcoming Council oversight hearings.
  • Updates on NoMa parks

The DC Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meets at 1:00pm. 

Available via live stream here: https://youtu.be/mEm3-TS9i9o

For more information, go here: https://bit.ly/3cWlU4x

Among items on the agenda:

Review of Protestant 6B’s Motion to Dismiss Protest Hearing in Case No. 20-PRO00047, dated January 27, 2021. Handle 19, Inc. t/a Handle 19, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Class CR, License No.: ABRA-117027

In accordance with Open Meetings Act, this meeting will be closed for deliberation and to consult with an attorney to obtain legal advice. The Board’s vote, however, will be held in an open session and the public is invited to attend.

Thursday, February 11

ANC6A will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Info on joining the meeting is here: https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee

  • Motion to authorize Co-Chairs of the ABL Committee to negotiate and sign a settlement agreement with representatives of the new establishment seeking a Class C Tavern license for operations at 1378 H Street, NE.
  • Motion to authorize Co-Chairs of the ABL Committee to submit to ABRA on behalf of the ANC a letter of support for a stipulated license for the new establishment seeking a Class C Tavern license for operations at 1378 H Street, NE, upon completion of a settlement agreement and upon receipt and review of a satisfactory placard for said establishment consistent with the discussion during the January 2021 ABL meeting.
  • Motion that ANC 6A approve the revised template settlement agreements as reflected in the ABL’s January 2021 meeting package. Recommendation: ANC 6A determine whether to remove from template settlement agreements requiring establishments to ask loiterers to move away from premises and authorize the Co-Chairs of the ABL to make any corresponding changes required.

Economic Development and Zoning Committee

  • 1300 I Street, NE. Motion that ANC 6A send a letter of conditional support to BZA for a special exception to construct a third story, with rear and side additions, and to construct six residential units to an existing, two-story, detached building at 1300 I Street, NE, provided that the caveats that the developer add a bike rack or other amenities to encourage non-car transportation.
  • Suggested motion: ANC 6A approve an expenditure of $40.00 (plus tax) per month for a subscription to Zoom Webinars to conduct the ANC’s virtual meetings.

Presentation:  Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

 

MOVEDC Virtual Town Hall

Date and time:           Thursday, February 11, 2021 1:30 pm

For info on joining the meeting, go here:  https://bit.ly/2OgmGio

  • moveDC is the long-range transportation plan for the District of Columbia. moveDC establishes goals, policies, strategies and metrics for District Department of Transportation to invest in transportation facilities and programs that address the future needs of Washingtonians across all eight wards.  Input is being solicited from all residents to ensure that long-range plan reflects the needs and priorities of a world class city like Washington, DC.

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MPD Chief Says US Attorney “No Where Near” Deciding if Officer Will Be Charged in Insurrection Death

MPD Chief Says US Attorney “No Where Near” Deciding if Officer Will Be Charged in Insurrection Death

By Larry Janezich

Posted February 4, 2021

Mayor Bowser held a Situational Briefing today along with MPD Chief Robert Contee and Director of the DC Department of Health, LaQuandra Nesbitt.  In the Q&A after the Mayor’s presentation on the status of Covid – 19 vaccination efforts, Chief Contee was asked for an update on two deaths which occurred during the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 – those of Officer Brian Sicknick and Ashley Babbitt.  Contee said the US Attorney’s office was “no where near making a determination” whether a US Capitol Police officer will be charged in the shooting of Babbit during the insurrection on January 6. He said that media reports of a preliminary determination that the Capitol Police officer who shot Babbitt will not be charged are “totally false”.  The investigation is in the very early stages and MPD is working in “tight coordination” with the US Attorney’s Office.  That office did a walkthrough of the scene of the shooting on Friday. 

MPD and the Chief Medical Examiner are in charge of investigating deaths in the District of Columbia – in deaths involving an officer it is several months before a determination is made.  

In apparent reference to Officer Sicknick, Contee said that the Chief Medical Examiner will make a recommendation about the manner and cause of death once there is a “better understanding” of what we are dealing with.

In response to another reporter’s question, Contee said that MPD had issued a concealed carry permit to Representative Lauren Bobert (R-CO) and that MPD had reached out to Boebert as he said they would do regarding the video she circulated asserting that she would carry her handgun in DC.  Contee said much of the video was taped on the US Capitol Grounds and although Boebert allowed the viewer to infer she was armed, she never displayed a weapon.  He said that a permit application had been in the works.  Asked by a reporter if other members of Congress had concealed carry permits, Contee said he was not sure but given the thousands of permits MPD has issued, there were probably others. 

Also during the Q&A, Bowser was asked to comment about the fence which cordons off much of the complex of federal buildings on Capitol Hill and downtown Washington.  She said she first she wanted to talk about the solemn ceremony in remembrance of Officer Sicknick at the US Capitol which she and Chief Contee attended.  She said she didn’t fully appreciate the trauma that members of Congress and their staff went through and the fear they are living with – members of the Capitol Police force as well experienced trauma as did members of the MPD.  “Those people were scared for their lives’, she said, “and I want to say how sorry I am and that my heart goes out to them.”  An investigation and security re-boot is under way to consider how to secure the building without locking out the public.  Bowser said we want the members, building and ground to be secure – safe but not fenced off.  “The fence sends a broader message about democracy from our nation’s Capital to the rest of the world”, she said, “I’m confident the people involved will find a more robust security posture without fencing off the Capitol.” 

Other takeaways from the briefing:

  • Nesbitt:  Some federal entities get vaccines from the federal government, including DOD, Homeland Security, Bureau of Prisons, and Veteran Administration. Veterans over 65 years old may be able to get vaccinated through VA medical Centers.  Call 202 745 8000 or visit  https://www.va.gov/
  • Nesbitt:  It’s very difficult to predict whether we will have a surge caused by a variant in immediate future.  It depends on how closely we adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions.  A variant has been presented as dominant in some countries but whether it will become dominant in our region is unknown.  Note of the three main variants have been seen in DC yet.
  • Nesbitt: The percentage of DC residents who have received the vaccine is 0.9% – the higher figures reported by the media do not take into account the number of non-residents we have vaccinated, and are based on the total number of shots administered which gives a higher figure.
  • Nesbitt:  It would not be a good idea to concentrate all manufacturing efforts on the two vaccines currently approved. The greater number of vaccines being produced by a larger number of manufacturers will mean a greater overall supply of vaccine that we can get out to the public as well as provide greater confidence in the supply chain.  Having 6 or 7 manufacturers will greatly enhance our ability to vaccinate or population in a shorter time. 
  • Bowser:  The DC Hospitality Alliance has special deals at hotels, DC attractions, restaurants and local businesses for the military, law enforcement officers, and first responders.  DC wants to invite them and their families to visit DC.  See here:  https://washington.org/dcsalutesyou
  • Contee:  MPD has formed a Car Jacking Taskforce in partnership with the FBI to address the spike in car jackings which is occurring here but is also widespread across the country.  A major cause is people leaving their cars running while unattended.  People should use caution and perhaps avoid sitting in their cars to eat or check cell phones.

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Canales Delicatessen at Eastern Market Is Under New Management

Canales Delicatessen at Eastern Market Is Under New Management

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 3, 2021

After 38 years operating his deli at Eastern Market, Jose Canales has sold Canales Delicatessen.  The new owner is Marcello Maturano who owns The Delly in Fairfax.  The signing of a new ten year lease at Eastern Market cleared the way for the sale.  Canales cited his difficulties with the city as one reason behind his decision to sell the business.  The city first suggested a three year lease.  Carnales says he was successful in upping the timing to ten years, but it came with a 330% increase in rent – the highest in the Market.  As present, he says, the deli is the only business in Eastern Market which has a signed lease.  Another reason is that after 38 years and the demands of the business, he is ready to step back and spend more time with his family.

Canales said he had mixed feelings about leaving the Market – “It has been blessed for me – watching kids in the neighborhood grow up – meeting great people who became friends and not just customers – you get attached.”  He will be around for two weeks to help with the transition.  After that, you can find him at Tortilla Café, across the street, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, helping out his daughter Catalina, who owns and runs that operation.  

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Mayor Bowser’s Situational Briefing on Monday, February 1

Mayor Bowser’s Situational Briefing on Monday, February 1

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 1, 2021

Mayor Bowser held a situational briefing Monday afternoon.  Here are the main COVID take-aways:

  • 10,975 doses of the vaccine will be delivered to DC this week. (8,775 last week)
  • 83,125 doses have been delivered to DC and 62,219 have been administered.  The difference is the number of vaccines for scheduled appointments.
  • The doses received by the city are split three ways every week, as follows: 1) Portal and call center, 2) Health care providers and hospitals and community health centers, 3) Special populations – essential employees, seniors living at home or in senior residential buildings, teachers, MPD, FEMS, and DDS populations. 
  • Licensed child care providers and teachers and staff of independent schools in DC are eligible to schedule appointments this week when the portal opens.
  • All DCPS teachers and staff have been offered the vaccine.  Approximately 3100 teachers and staff have received the first dose.
  • 22.8% of the 86,000 individuals over 65 have been vaccinated. 
  • Vaccinations lag in Wards 5, 7, and 8. Vaccine confidence appears to be a leading factor. 
  • On Thursday morning at 9:00am priority zip codes in Wards 5, 7, and 8 will be eligible to schedule appointments. 
  • The city has 200 people taking calls to assist residents with making appointments.  Here’s the Vaccination portal number 855-363-0333. 
  • According to the CDC, the second dose may be administered up to 42 days after the first dose. 
  • The city is not using second doses to vaccinate more people with their first dose.
  • If you receive any messages or calls about the private sale of a vaccine, report this as an illegal scam. Report a scam to MPD: (202) 727-4159.

You can watch the situational update here:  https://www.pscp.tv/w/1lDxLpmOwlaxm

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The Week Ahead…And Some Photos from the Past Week

The loosely organized city-wide convention of ANC Commissioners met last Monday night and reached a consensus to press the city on creating a process to fill empty ANC seats during the pandemic when it is not possible to comply with current procedures, and to press for increased funding for speed cameras for areas where they are most needed. Correspondence is in the process of being drafted for consideration at the next meeting on February 8.

The Week Ahead…And Some Photos from the Past Week

Monday, February 1

ANC6C Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee will not meet in February.

Tuesday, February 2

ANC 6B Planning and Zoning Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For a link to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 1381 Potomac Avenue, SE [6B07] Two-story rear addition. Special exceptions for lot occupancy (53% Current, 60% by right, 70% proposed) and 10 foot rule (10’8” past one adjoining property, 11’3” past the other.
  • 102 9th Street SE [6B05] Penthouse addition for a stairway to roof deck. Special exceptions for general penthouse regulations in RF-1 zone.
  • 515 10th St SE [6B04] Historic Preservation Application – concept for second story addition to existing accessory buildings/garage and stairwell. Special exception to lot occupancy (63.4% existing, 60 by right, 64.6% proposed. Concept review for addition on alley.
  • 631 G St SE [6B03] Historic Preservation Application – concept for second story addition to existing garage.   
  • 320 9th Street, SE [6B05] Concept for two-story side and rear addition.
  • Consideration of proposal to remove Inclusionary Zoning Exemption for NC-6 Zone. Text amendment to add Inclusionary Zoning bonus height to NC-6 Zone (45 feet by right, 55 feet with IZ).
  • ANC 6B Letter on HPRB Treatment of heights of alley and accessory buildings. Draft Letter: https://bit.ly/36rTfzW

Wednesday, February 3

ANC6B Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For a link to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Wednesday, February 3

ANC6C Planning, Zoning and Economic Development will hold a virtual meeting at 6:30pm. 

For a link to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 622 Eye Street, NE. Further-revised application of VBS Community Builders LLC, for a special exception to convert an existing residential building into a five-unit apartment house and for variance relief from the lot area requirements.
  • Proposed rulemaking (Proposed text of amendments to accessory-building regulations.) ANC 6C previously considered this at the hearing stage in December and provided testimony; the rulemaking text reflects a number of changes, including in response to ANC 6C’s comments. Comment deadline: Feb. 8, 2021. (The ZC Secretary has suggested a mechanism for ANC 6C to provide comments after its Feb.10 vote.)
  • Upcoming Council oversight hearings – The DC Council begins its annual agency oversight hearings in February. The PZE will discuss appropriate topics for ANC6C testimony. (Preliminary schedule as of Jan. 19)

Thursday, February 4

ANC6BB Transportation and Public Safety Committee will hold a virtual meeting 7:00pm.

For a link to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Updates from DDOT on recent ANC6C transportation items. The Committee will follow up with DDOT on recent ANC6C items sent over the past year. This includes, but may not be limited to the following: safety concerns along H Street, NE; Maryland Avenue, NE, bike lane around Stanton Park; recent traffic safety assessments submitted for 5th and 7th Streets, NE; and truck issues around 4th and 5th Streets, NE.  Andrew DeFrank, DDOT Ward 6 Community Engagement Specialist
  • Uncle Kenny’s Smokehouse, 732 Maryland Avenue, SE. Public Space application for a Sidewalk Café.  The proposed 875 sq. ft. cafe will include a total of 13 tables, or 46 seats total with fence and planters. Hours listed on the application are from 7am to 10:30pm, 7 days a week.
  • 111 K Street, NE. Public Space application for a Sidewalk Café. New application for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at the southeast corner of K Street NE and 1st Street, NE. The proposed 216 sq. ft. cafe will include a total of 10 tables, or 27 seats total, with umbrellas. Hours listed on the application are from 8am or 10am until 11pm or midnight, 7 days a week.
  • North Capitol Street Concept Study sign-on letter. The Committee will review a sign-on letter from ANC6E to request the city to fund a concept study for the redesign of North Capitol Street between Massachusetts and Michigan Avenue, NE, in the FY22 budget. ANC 6C previously signed onto a letter from ANC 6E noting safety concerns along North Capitol Street and to request DDOT to take action in implementing the recommendations from NoMa BID’s North Capitol Needs Assessment.
  • Second proposed rulemaking on Visitor Parking Pass Program. The Committee will review the second proposed rulemaking on the visitor parking pass program. ANC6C previously commented on the first rulemaking in October 2020.

(For the March meeting: Baltimore-Washington SCMAGLEV Project DEIS: http://bit.ly/3cpXQ9O )

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Mayor Bowser’s Situational Briefing – Shake Up in Top Aides – COVID – Security

Mayor Bowser’s Situational Briefing – Shake Up in Top Aides – COVID – Security

By Larry Janezich

Posted January 28, 2021

Mayor Bowser announced personnel changes in the top levels of her administration. 

  • Kevin Donahue, interim City Administration, has been named City Administrator.
  • Roger Mitchell, interim Deputy Mayor for Safety and Justice and Chief Medical Examiner is leaving for an academic post at Howard University.
  • Christopher Geldhart, Director of DPW, has been named Deputy Mayor for Safety and Justice.
  • Christine Davis, General Counsel for the Department of Public Works, has been named Director of DPW.
  • Francisco Diaz, Chief Deputy Medical Examiner City, has been named Chief Medical Examiner.

Other takeaways from remarks by Mayor Bowser and by Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, DCDOH:

Bowser:  This week the Biden Administration committed to increasing DC’s vaccine allocation by 15% for the next three weeks.  The increase will be allocated according to the strategy currently in place. 

Bowser:  DC is now vaccinating:

  • Individuals who work in health care settings Members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
  • Residents of long-term and intermediate care facilities and residents of community residential facilities/group homes
  • DC residents who are 65 years old and older
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Members of the Metropolitan Police Department
  • Teachers and staff who are, or will be, working in person at a DCPS school or a DC public charter school
  • Department of Corrections employees
  • Continuity Government Operations personnel

Nesbitt: DC Department of Health remains opposed to creation of a waitlist because it makes it impossible to apply an equity model to insure people at highest risk get the vaccine. 

Nesbitt:  The perception that the most affluent neighborhoods are outpacing economic depressed neighborhoods regarding vaccinations does not take into account the distribution of residents over 65 who are found in greater numbers in affluent neighborhoods or the resistance to vaccination in some demographics.

Bowser:  The next group eligible for vaccinations is likely to be child care workers and a decision and announcement will be made soon.

Nesbitt: The rate of infection is dropping after a holiday surge.  Until we understand more about the virus variants and their increased rate of transmission, we are at risk for an accelerated rate of infection until we get to 10 cases per day or lower. 

Bowser:  Fencing around the White House and the US Capitol is temporary.  There are upcoming potentially volatile events requiring additional security.  We want the city and institutions to be safe but we don’t want fences or troops to be long term fixtures. 

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