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Redistricting Taskforce Votes No on Annexing Near Southeast to Capitol Hill ANC – Votes Nixes Creating “Ward Within A Ward

New ANC6B Single Member Districts Proposed by Taskforce: (6B01 David Garrison, 6B02 Ivan Frishberg (Vice Chair), 6B03 Norman Metzger, 6B04 Kirsten Oldenburg, 6B05 Brian Pate, 6B06 Jared Critchfield (Secretary), 6B07 Carol J. Green (Treasurer), 6B08 Neil Glick (Chair), 6B09 Brian Flahaven (Parliamentarian), 6B10 Francis Campbell)

Redistricting Taskforce Votes In Favor of Status Quo

Redistricting Taskforce Votes No on Annexing Near Southeast to Capitol Hill ANC – Votes Nixes Creating “Ward Within A Ward”

by Larry Janezich

The Ward Six Taskforce on Redistricting, appointed by Councilmember Tommy Wells, and chaired by former ANC6A Chair, Joe Fengler, voted against annexing Near Southeast south of the freeway to ANC6B, thus increasing the number of commissioners from 10 to 12 and the ANC district from 20,000 to 24,000 residents.  Instead, they opted for a “status quo” plan which makes minimal changes to ANC6B.

The vote was 4 – 3 in favor of the status quo plan, with Taskforce members Fengler, Marge Francese, Antoinette Russell, and Skip Coburn voting for the status quo.  Ken Jarboe (Councilmember Tommy Wells’ political organizer for Ward Six), Donna Scheeder, and Tyler Merkeley voted for the expansion.  Taskforce Members Cody Rice, Raphael Marshall and Gene Fisher were absent.

The failed proposal would have annexed the portion of Near Southeast on the south side of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway lying between South Capitol and 11th Street.  ANC6D Commissioner David Garber, whose constituents say they are oriented toward Eastern Market and Barracks Row and wish to have a voice in ANC6B, urged ANC6B  “to continue to listen to us.”

There seemed to be considerable support among the ANC6B Commissioners to incorporate Near Southeast into ANC6B, even though it would put Commissioners Frishberg and Metzger in the same single member district and pit them against each other in the next election.

The Taskforce was evenly divided on the question, and Fengler’s vote proved decisive.  Fengler stated his reasons for supporting the status quo option.  He cited former Councilmember Sharon Ambrose’s advice against creating a “ward within a ward.”  He stated his own belief, as a former ANC chair, that ANC’s should be about the same size.  He noted that the decisions of such a large ANC as proposed would “impact ANC’s 6D, 6A, and 6C.”  Finally, he wondered how much an ANC6B, oriented toward Eastern Market and Barrack’s Row, would care about liquor licenses and zoning decisions in Near Southeast.

Before the final vote, the Taskforce agreed to a motion by Ken Jarboe to post both proposals on the Taskforce website for comment.  Jarboe’s motion was agreed to 7 – 0.

Most of the changes to ANC6B single member districts were minor.  One of the more notable adjustments divided control of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza among the single member districts of Commissioner Frishberg, Metzger, Oldenberg, and Pate.  Previously, it had been totally within Frishberg’s single member district.  In addition, the new plan split responsibility for Barrack’s Row between Commissioner Metzger and Oldenburg, both of whom previously supported a moratorium on Barracks Row liquor licenses.  Until now, the west side of the 500 block of 8th Street where Chiptole’s Mexican Grill will open – which Frishberg supported – had been Frishberg’s responsibility.

The preliminary plans agreed to tonight will go to their respective ANCs for consideration and input.  Taskforce Members will attend the ANC meetings in September to answer questions.  ANCs will have the opportunity to weigh in during the first two weeks of September.  By September 18th, the plans will be made public. The Taskforce will have two meetings in September to hear recommendations and finalize the map, which will then go to Councilmember Wells on September 27th or 28th.

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Ward Six Redistricting Taskforce Votes on ANC Single Member Districts Tonight

The Ward Six Redistricting Task Force will meet at 6:30pm tonight, Monday, August 8, in the Theater Church (formally the People Church), 535 8th Street, SE.

The meeting is for the purpose of the meeting is to adopt the initial ANC/SMD boundaries and will last about two hours.

There will be an opportunity for public comments if time permits.  Please consider attending if you can.



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United ANC6B Opposes Losing Hill East and U.S. Capitol Neighborhood – Redistricting Taskforce Chair Fengler Warns Change Is Likely

Ward 6 Redistricting Taskforce: (From Left) Raphael Marshall, Antoinette Russell, Cody Rice, Chair Joe Fengler, Tyler Merkeley, Ken Jarboe

ANC6B Residents Turn Out for Redistricting Meeting

United ANC6B Opposes Losing Hill East and U.S. Capitol Neighborhood

by Larry Janezich

Thirty-three residents of Ward 6 turned out for a meeting Monday night held by the Taskforce on Redistricting of ANC’s in Ward 6.  Chair Joe Fengler stated that this meeting, devoted to a discussion of boundaries of ANC 6B, had the largest turnout of any of the listening meetings designed to receive input from residents and stakeholders concerned with ANC boundaries in the soon-to-be-reconfigured Ward Six.

Two proposals which have been floated – though not endorsed by the Taskforce – drove turnout:  one to carve a new Hill East ANC out of ANC6B, and the other to annex much of the ANC6B area around Garfield Park and lying close to the U.S. Capitol into ANC6D which lies mostly South of the Freeway.

ANC Commissioners lined up to defend the status quo.  Chair Glick and Commissioners Flahaven, Pate, Frishberg, Green and Campbell were present to oppose breaking off Hill East into a separate ANC.  Commissioners Metzger and Garrison spoke against extending ANC6D north of the freeway.  Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg submitted a statement opposing the part of the separate Hill East ANC plan which would include much of her single member district (SMD) in Hill East.  Those in attendance who were not ANC Commissioners generally lined up with the viewpoints articulated by Commissioners.

Taskforce Chair Joe Fengler closed the meeting by noting that maintain the status quo is “not likely.  “The question is how do we manage the change that is likely to come?”  Fengler said that by the end of next Wednesday’s meeting, the Taskforce will have a good idea of what ANC boundaries will be.  Thursday through Sunday, the Taskforce will breakup into working groups to propose single member districts within the ANCs.   ANC 6B residents who could not attend the meeting are encouraged to voice their views on the Taskforce’s website within the next three days:  http://w6tf.blogspot.com/

Next Monday, August 15th, the Taskforce will meet to vote on the SMD boundaries.  These will be posted on the Taskforce Website on August 18th.  ANCs will then have an opportunity to weigh in during the first two weeks of September.  After September 14, there will be two more meetings to finalize the plan, which will then go to Councilmember Wells on September 27th or 28th.

By October 1, Wells will review the Taskforce work and carry the plan to the City Council for approval.

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A New ANC Single Member District (SMD) for ANC6B? – Redistricting Taskforce Meets Tonight

A New ANC Single Member District (SMD) for ANC6B? – Redistricting Taskforce Meets Tonight

by Larry Janezich

The ANC 6B Ward Six Redistricting Task Force will hold a 90 minute public meeting tonight, Monday, August 1, at St. Coletta’s School, 1901 Independence Ave, SE, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Since at least four of ANC6B’s existing SMDs exceed the 2,000 population target, one of the questions considered will be the creation of a new additional SMB for ANC6B.

The Taskforce will solicit input on this question and on potential ANC/SMD boundaries from ANC Commissioners, community organizations, business association, residents, and business owners.  Electronic statements or comments will be accepted up to three days after the meeting to ward6rd@gmail.com.

Additional potential questions for tonight’s meeting from the Taskforce Website:

Do you feel that the current ANC boundaries represent your neighborhood?

Are there aspects of the current boundaries that present challenges because of dissimilarity?

Should large residential buildings or complexes be dispersed among multiple SMDs?

Is the freeway the proper north-south dividing line?  For example, is there an opportunity to move part of a western SMD to ANC 6D that uses the Third and/or Fourth street tunnels to “connect” the residents on both sides of the freeway?

Is East Capitol Street the proper north-south diving line?  For example, is there an opportunity to move part of a western SMD to ANC 6C?

Do the residents living around the baseball stadium believe their community “core” is located in: (a) Barracks Row, (b) Waterfront Mall, (c) both, and/or (d) neither?

Should ANC 6B retain Eastern Market, Barracks Row and the entire Pennsylvania corridor?

The task force, appointed by Councilmember Tommy Wells, includes Chair Joe Fengler, former chair of ANC 6A, along with former ANC commissioners Cody Rice, Antoinette Russell, Ken Jarboe and Raphael Marshall.  The other members are Skip Coburn, Tyler Merkeley, Marge Francese and Donna Scheeder.  A representative of Councilmember at Large Orange – Gene Fisher – also serves on the task force.

The Ward Six Task Force blog can be found here:  http://w6tf.blogspot.com

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Restoration Society Weighs in on Redistricting

Restoration Society Weighs in on Redistricting

by Larry Janezich

On May 31st, Elizabeth Purcell, President of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, sent the following letter detailing reasons for keeping Ward six intact, to members of the Redistricting Subcommittee and copied all members of the City Council.

PO Box 15264

Washington, DC 20003-0264

Councilmember Michael Brown

Councilmember Jack Evans

Councilmember Phil Mendelson

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20004

May __, 2011

Subject: Redistricting

Dear Councilmember Brown, Councilmember Evans and Councilmember Mendelson:

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) is a community organization of some 1,000 members.  For more than 50 years CHRS has worked to promote and protect all aspects of the well-being of greater Capitol Hill.

The statute on redistricting, DC Code § 1-1011.01, refers to equal Ward populations within a plus or minus 5% deviation range.  The current population of Ward 6 is within 5% of one-eighth of the DC’s 2010 population of 610,723 and no adjustment of the Ward 6 boundaries is required.  The redistricting statute also requires “the promotion of a rational public policy, including but not limited to respect for the political geography of the District, the natural geography of the District, neighborhood cohesiveness, or the development of compact and contiguous districts.” That public policy is expressed in the statutory provision that allows a greater than 5% deviation in Ward populations and is a controlling guideline in any redistricting decision.  In making decisions on redistricting CHRS urges the Council to be guided by neighborhood cohesiveness.

Our community, which includes Hill East and Rosedale, share common concerns and common problems on transportation, public safety, and economic development.  These concerns are best addressed by having the entire area within one Ward, with one councilmember, one Ward DDOT planner, one Ward city planner, etc.  Our community already has one major development project east of 17th Street, SE: Reservation 13.  The entire Capitol Hill community wants a successful development there, one that will be an asset to greater Capitol Hill.  The future of RFK Stadium, also east of 17th Street, SE, will also affect everyone on Capitol Hill.  As someone involved in community affairs who has lived one block from 17th Street, SE for over 20 years, I know that the best way for us to make progress is to remain as one Ward.

Thank you for your consideration of this letter as the redistricting process moves forward.


Elizabeth Purcell

President, Capitol Hill Restoration Society


Chairman Kwame R. Brown                          kbrown@dccouncil.us

Councilmember Michael A. Brown                mbrown@dccouncil.us

Councilmember Jack Evans                            jackevans@dccouncil.us

Councilmember Phil Mendelson                     pmendelson@dccouncil.us

Councilmember David A. Catania                  dcatania@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Vincent Orange                    vorange@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Jim Graham                           jgraham@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh                      mcheh@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.                 hthomas@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander            Yalexander@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Muriel Bowser                      mbowser@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Tommy Wells                        Twells@ dccouncil.us

Councilmember Marion Barry                        mbarry@ dccouncil.us

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Scenes From The Rally To Save Ward Six

Councilmember Tommy Wells Addresses Crowd at Eastern High

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ANC6B09 Commissioner Flahaven Calls for Rally To Save Ward 6

ANC6B09 Commissioner Flahaven Calls for Rally To Save Ward 6

The following announcement was released Saturday by Flahaven.

For many years, our Capitol Hill community has united in an effort to grow, and has succeeded — developing from a few blocks in the shadow of the Capitol into a vibrant, productive neighborhood. Today, the Hill not only encompasses the foundations of our nation’s history, but also includes Eastern Market, many bustling restaurants and businesses, successful schools, and beautiful parks… stretching all the way to the Hill East Waterfront. Now, the DC Council’s redistricting plan is threatening to erase all of this hard work — by moving a significant portion of Hill East and its Waterfront into Ward 7.


Join your friends and neighbors for the Rally to Keep Capitol Hill Together Tuesday, May 24, 2011. 5:45 p.m. — meet at Lincoln Park (plaza at 13th & East Capitol Sts. SE). Be ready to march to the Rally for Ward 6!

Contact DC Councilmembers on the Redistricting Subcommittee by Wed, May 25, 2011. Call or email the Councilmembers below to let them know your concerns:

• The schools, businesses, and community organizations on the Hill are tied together. Ward 7’s distinct neighborhoods have different priorities and interests.

• After all the work we have poured into improving schools (like Eastern High School), they will fall into the hands of a Councilmember who will struggle to represent them from across the river.

• Don’t let us become a community divided. If “contiguous” and “compact” are keywords to redistricting, Capitol Hill and Hill East fit the bill — keeping neighborhoods like ours intact should be a key part of the process.

Michael Brown (I-At-Large), Co-Chair Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Co-Chair.  Phone: 202-724-8105 Phone: 202-724-8058 Email: mbrown@dccouncil.us Email: jackevans@dccouncil.us

Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) Phone: 202-724-8064 Email: pmendelson@dccouncil.us

If you have questions, contact Brian Flahaven, ANC 6B09 Commissioner, at brianf6b09@anc6b.org or 202-658-9447.

To learn more about the redistricting issue, visit DC Council’s redistricting website for additional information on the process: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/redistricting2011info. Keep Hill East united with the rest of Capitol Hill in Ward 6


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City Council’s Redistricting Committee to Vote on New Plan May 26 – Plan “Probably” To Be Made Public May 25

Redisticting Committee Members Phil Mendelson and Jack Evans Meet with Near SE/Navy Yard Residents Monday NightNear SE/Navy Yard Residents Meet with Councilmembers on Redistricting

ANC6B09 Commissioner Brain Flahaven (rear) at Monday night's meeting

City Council’s Redistricting Committee to Vote on New Plan May 26

Plan “Probably” To Be Made Public May 25

by Larry Janezich

Councilmember and Redistricting Committee member Phil Mendelson announced the schedule for consideration and voting on the new DC redistricting plan to about 80 residents of Ward Six Monday night.

The Redistricting Committee will meet on Thursday May 26.  Mendelson said, “at that point, there will be a plan the Committee can adopt.   Asked when the plan would be available to the public, Mendelson said, “probably on the evening of May 25.”  The three-member committee will vote to approve the plan.  That vote will be followed by a public hearing on Thursday, June 2, where public input will be solicited.  That testimony will be taken into consideration on Tuesday, June 7, when the City Council’s Committee on the Whole will vote on the proposal.  The City Council’s final vote on the plan will likely come on June 21, but could possibly come during the Council’s July session on July 14,

The Redistricting Committee is comprised of Councilmembers Michael Brown, Jack Evans and Phil Mendelson.  Mendelson, for the most part, repeated remarks he has made before in other Ward Six redistricting meetings.  He reiterated that the change is a change in political boundaries, with minimum effect on parking, no effect on school or historic districts, and no likely effect on city services.  Despite the crowd’s adamant opposition to changes in Ward Six, Mendelson stated, that “east of the river has to be moved to west of the river,” that is, part of Ward 6 has to become part of Ward 8.  The options are Rosedale, Near Southeast/Navy Yard, or Southwest.    Both Councilmembers emphasized that they are still mulling the options and they are not inclined toward any of them at this point.

Councilmember Jack Evans, also attending the meeting, explained that once the Ward map is redrawn, each councilmember sets up a Ward District Committee to get people in the ward together to redraw ANC single member districts.  The districts will be based on the 2010 census figures and contain about 2,000 voters each.  The wards will report back to the Redistricting Committee by October, and a final vote on ANC redistricting will occur by the end of the year.

Tonight’s meeting was held the Capper Seniors Building, south of Southeast Freeway.  Councilmember Michael Brown, co-chair of the DC Council’s Subcommittee on Redistricting, will attend another meeting on redistricting in Hill East, Wednesday, May 18, at 6:00pm.  The meeting will take place on the DC General/Reservation 13 site at Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), Karrick Hall (Building 17), 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE.  Karrick Hall is the tall building. The closest Metro station is Stadium-Armory; use the south exit between C Street, SE and Burke Street, SE.  This meeting came about as the results of the efforts of ANC Commissioner Brian Flahaven and a group of Hill East Residents who visited Councilmembers last week to oppose moving any part of Hill East out of Ward Six.

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Councilmember Phil Mendelson Hints Redistricting Will Come at Expense of Ward Six – Penn Quarter Deal Seems Less Likely

Ward Six Democrats Turn Out on Redistriciting Issue

Councilmember Wells at Thursday Night's MeetingCouncilmember Mendelson Takes Questions from Ward Six Democrats

Councilmember Phil Mendelson Hints Redistricting Will Come at Expense of Ward Six

by Larry Janezich

DC Redistricting Committee Member and Councilmember At Large Phil Mendelson told a crowd of over 250 Ward Six Democrats Thursday night that “it’s impossible to do redistricting without making some people unhappy.”  He went on to note that reducing the size of Wards Two and Six would upset the fewest number of people.

He said the Redistricting Committee is faced with either equalizing the ward populations or achieving redistricting with the least amount of disruption.  He said his goal was to “equalize the populations, but that doesn’t mean change will be radical enough to accomplish that.”

Under federal law, wards must be redrawn every ten years.  The goals are that they be compact and contiguous and approximately equal in size within plus or minus 5%

The 2010 Census revealed that Ward 2 has to come down at least 939, Ward Seven has to come up at least 387, and Ward 8 has to come up at least 743.  Technically, Ward Six is within 5% of the average and – all things being equal – would not have to change.  But it has population to spare and is next to wards seven and eight which need population.

The City Council has until July 2011 to produce a new Ward boundary map and has until the end of 2011 to approve new Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) and Single Member District (SMD) boundary maps.

The Redistricting Committee, comprised of Councilmembers Michael Brown, Jack Evans and Phil Mendelson, will propose a new ward map in the next few weeks – maybe by the end of May.  The Committee will hold a hearing on the new map and the Council will vote sometime in June to make any changes to the committee plan, with a final vote in late June or early July.

Thursday night’s meeting at Friendship Public Charter School was hosted by Ward Six Democrats to allow residents to voice their concerns on the redistricting issue.  The meeting’s organizers invited the three members of the Redistricting Committee and Councilmember Tommy Wells.  Only Mendelson and Wells appeared.

Wells told those attending that the guiding principle for redistricting is that “we have to keep contiguous neighborhoods together.”  He told this reporter that “Penn Quarter is on the table,” but he would otherwise “absolutely” vote against any legislation to reduce the size of Ward Six.   Wells would like to broker a deal and give Ward Six’s portion of Penn Quarter to Ward 2, setting up a domino effect that would subsequently increase the size of Wards 5, 7, and 8, leaving all wards with the right numbers.

He told the crowd that “this is not about parking stickers or personalities, but why one ward is working so well.”  He cited Ward Six’s renaissance in schools, its highly effective ANC’s, the amount of development, the families working together, and the ward’s broad diversity. Regarding development, he noted “you can’t have remote ANC’s making decisions affecting” the heart of Ward Six.  “That’s another reason we can’t be Balkanized.”

He told the crowd, “[y]ou have power – beyond phone calls and email.  Make sure – especially the at large members – know how you feel and why.”  The at large councilmembers are Redistricting Committee members Michael Brown and Phil Mendelson and Councilmembers David Catania and Vincent Orange.

Questions from the audience revealed concerns about the impact of redistricting on schools, the historic district, and parking.  Mendelson said that school and historic districts would be unaffected by any changes.  Regarding parking, he said he will propose to the Chair of the Transportation Committee Chair Tommy Wells, that current parking zones be maintained regardless of any ward changes brought about by redistricting.


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