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Join Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B for our November Regular Public Meeting on Monday, November 25th at 7 pm at the Metropolitan Police Department's 4th District Headquarters (6001 Georgia Ave, NW). The draft agenda is included below and available on our new Commission website. This month's agenda primarily includes Commission consideration of alcohol license applications and renewals, including two establishments within Single Member District 4B02: Takoma Station Tavern and the newly reopened S&S Liquors. I am pleased to introduce Resolutions in support of the alcohol license renewals for these longstanding neighborhood businesses.

Notably, the agenda also includes consideration of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B's Annual Report and release of draft revised Rules of Procedure for the Commission (under Old Business). Both will be available once introduced at the November 25th meeting. The Commission will vote to submit and publish the Annual Report at the November 25th meeting, and the Commission will vote to approve the Rules of Procedure at its January meeting. The Annual Report highlights the Commission's substantive work over the last year, as well as our operational challenges and successes. The revised Rules of Procedure will allow the Commission to form specialized Committees to provide additional expertise and opportunities for public engagement on specific subject matter areas.

Once the Commission approves the revised Rules of Procedure, it is my goal to establish a 
Housing Affordability Committee to support and promote safe, stable, and secure housing for all District residents, including by (1) reviewing proposed developments within the Commission area to consider leverage points to maximize affordable housing; (2) reviewing proposed legislation and agency action related to homelessness and affordable housing, and advocating for mechanisms to increase and expand deeply affordable housing; and (3) hosting educational events and town halls within the Commission regarding topics related to affordable housing.

Over the past year, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B has advocated for 
funding to end chronic homelessness; funding for urgent public housing repairs; retention and expansion of public housing stock; legislation to expand and improve of rent control; and mechanisms to ensure oversight and accountability of agencies like the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs that inspect residences and help ensure health and safety. This Committee will hopefully expand on the Commission's efforts and have a lasting impact on housing affordability within our Commission area and the District as a whole. If you are interested in potentially serving on this Committee, if established, please feel free to contact me to talk through the appointment process.
If you have questions about any of the agenda items, please feel free to reach out. You can review past meeting agendas and minutes on our new Commission website, and you can see a summary of our October Regular Public Meeting from Commissioner Yeats here and my reflections here.

Please note that the Commission recesses in December but will hold a
Comprehensive Plan Working Session on Saturday, December 7th from 2 - 4 pm at the Metropolitan Police Department's 4th District Headquarters (6001 Georgia Ave, NW). The Commission will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, January 27th.


Neighborhood Updates

*Proposed Facility for Unaccompanied Minors in Takoma: In September, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B passed a letter to Douglas Development urging them to reject a proposed federal facility for unaccompanied minors in Takoma at a property owned by the company. The facility would be located in the EF International space at 6896 Laurel St, NW, within the jurisdiction of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart, and the Old Takoma Business Association, among others, have taken actions and spoken out against the proposal, and Mayor Bowser issued emergency regulations to stop the shelter. The District's Child and Family Services Agency confirmed that those regulations were finalized earlier this month. More here.

*4th/Cedar/Blair Intersection Improvements: Construction for this intersection improvement project is well underway and moving faster than expected! We have held several community meetings to share the full set of plans and to discuss the scope of work, timeline, and transportation management plan. The project website is available here. The District Department of Transportation will continue intermittent lane closures and weekend construction through Saturday, November 16th, as detailed here.

*Pepco Takoma - Sligo Underground Line Project: View Pepco's look ahead of construction activity associated withthe Takoma - Sligo Underground Line Project here. Construction has started along Cedar St, NW and will continue to Whittier St, NW along Eastern Ave, NW. Work along this area is anticipated to be complete in the Spring of 2020.

*Aspen Street Infrastructure by Walter Reed: In April, the Commission unanimously passed a Resolution supporting razing two secondary buildings on the Walter Reed Campus (a storage shed and wagon shed) to allow construction of a 10' pedestrian/bike trail, an 8' planting and safety buffer, additional parking on the north side of the street, and turning lanes at Georgia Ave and Aspen St, NW. Because the buildings are located within the Walter Reed Army Medical Center historic district the Historic Preservation Review Board reviewed the city's application to raze the buildings and referred it to the Mayor's Agent. I, along with ANC 4B01 Commissioner Evan Yeats, testified in support of the application to raze the sheds at the Mayor's Agent hearing.

*Walter Reed Development Updates: The development team has submitted plans for the first phase of the Aspen Street Arts Park to the Historic Preservation Review Board, which Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supported in a recent Resolution. More here. In addition, Children's National named Virginia Tech as its partner for the Children's National Research and Innovation Campus. More here.

*Takoma Library Renovation: The Takoma Library closed in June for a renovation. Updates include replacing the floor on the upper level, HVAC replacement, refreshing and opening up space on the lower level, renovating staff  bathrooms, and adding new computers. The Library is scheduled to reopen before next year. Additional updates regarding timing are expected soon. More details here.

*Takoma and Whittier Education Campuses - Opportunities for Support: Takoma is holding its next Information Session and Tour for prospective families on Wednesday, December 4th at 9:30 am, and Whittier is holding its next Open House on Wednesday, December 11th at 10:00 am. In addition, you can support both schools through their Amazon wishlists. Whittier's is available here, and Takoma's is available here. On November 25th and 26th you can participate in Takoma's Annual Giving Tree, where the school hangs tags with desired gifts on their holiday tree that anyone can collect and purchase. In addition, Takoma is running a quick fundraising campaign for people who want "I Love Takoma" or "TEC DC Flag" sweatshirts or t-shirts. Orders must be received by Friday, December 6th and can be made here.

*DC Youth Orchestra Program Registration: Registration for the Spring Semester of the DC Youth Orchestra Program opens on Friday, November 22nd. All classes are held on Saturdays at Takoma Education Campus. Generous financial aid is available, which could bring the cost of tuition to as low as $25 per semester. The Spring Semester will begin the second half of January. More
here.

*4th Street Commercial Corridor Updates: S&S Liquors is open! Horace and Dickie's is now serving brunch. Check out this great article about local favorite Takoma Station. Donut Run has received all of its permits and construction is starting, with an anticipated opening date of early 2020. Construction at the Takoma Theater is scheduled to be completed by the end of December and the Clinic and retail spaces (Turning Natural and Lost Sock) are scheduled to open in February 2020.


New & Notable
What's happening in local government?

Check out these DC Council legislative and other updates.
  • In the ongoing ethics scandals involving Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, the law firm investigating alleged ethical misconduct by Councilmember  Evans released its investigatory report, finding 11 instaces where he took action that benefited paying clients/employers. You can read the report and the Councilmember's response here, and my thoughts here. Nine Councilmembers have publicly called on Councilmember Evans to resign. More here. You can read about the DC Council Ad Hoc Investigating Committee's hearing questioning the law firm investigators here and here.  Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B called for an investigation and possible sanction of Councilmember Evans back in March. More here.
  • The DC Council's Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization held a lengthy hearing on proposed legislation to extend the District's rent control program. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B passed a unanimous Resolution calling additionally for expansion and improvement of the program. You can see my testimony from the hearing here.
  • The DC Council's Committee on Facilities and Procurement and Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety held a joint oversight roundtable on the impacts of Metro Transit Police policing practices on communities of color. More from Amanda Michelle Gomez, Washington City Paper, here. The roundtable followed a joint letter sent by ANC 4B06 Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson, ANC 4B01 Commissioner Evan Yeats, and myself regarding an incident involving handcuffing a minor at the Fort Totten Metro Station. You can read the Metro Transit Police response here.
  • The DC Council held a hearing regarding agency failures following a deadly house fire. More from Julia Airey here and Peter Herman & Clarence Williams, Washington Post, here. The hearing followed an Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B Resolution calling for investigations and agency changes.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B got some attention for pushing the Historic Review Board to reconsider its approach to visible solar panels in historic districts. More from Rachel Kurzius, DCist, here and David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington, here. The Historic Preservation Review Board will consider revisions to its sustainability guidelines related to visible solar panels in December.
  • I joined a meeting with Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, where the Councilmember expressed his support for the Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2019, which would require employers to offer equivalent incentives to employees who choose to drive and who choose alternative methods, such as public transportation. More here. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B passed a unanimous Resolution in support of the proposed legislation in April.
  • A wonderful piece from Rachel M. Cohen, Washington City Paper, on the fate of affordable housing in the District is available here.
  • Notable reporting from John D. Harden, Washington Post regarding a federal program that funneled millions of dollars into the District's richest neighborhoods at the expense of poorer areas is available here.
Are you interested in or following pending legislation or a city-wide issue? Send me an email, and I will include updates in this newsletter.


SMD 4B02 Office Hours
*Next Office Hours: Thursday, November 21, 7-8 pm, 715 Van Buren St, NW

Let's chat about the neighborhood! Join me on Thursday, November 21st from 7 - 8 pm at 715 Van Buren St, NW, for monthly office hours for Single Member District 4B02. You can RSVP here. If you need accommodations or would like to schedule another time to meet, please email me at 4B02@anc.dc.gov or call me at (202) 821-6333.

My next office hours will take place on Thursday, December 19th.


Upcoming Community Events

There's lots going on in the neighborhood! Check out the following community events:
  • Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 pm, Concerned Neighbors Meeting at Juanita Thornton/Shepherd Park Library (7420 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • Thursday, November 21, MPD 4D Citizens Advisory Council Meeting at MPD 4th District HQ (6001 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • Thursday, November 28, 9 - 10 am, Cedar Street Community Cleanup from 4th and Cedar Sts, NW to 6th and Cedar Sts, NW.
  • Saturday, November 30, Small Business Saturday at Takoma businesses.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, DC Democrats 2019 Toy Drive & Holiday Party at Hook Hall (3400 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • Thursday, December 5, 6:30 pm, DC Democratic Party General Body Meeting at DNC Headquarters (430 South Capitol St, SE). 
  • Saturday, December 7, 2 - 4 pm, ANC 4B Comprehensive Plan Working Session at MPD 4th District HQ (6001 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • Saturday, December 7, 6 - 8 pm, Councilmember Brandon Todd's Ward 4 Holiday Party and New Coat Drive at Lafayette Elementary School (5701 Broad Branch Rd, NW).
  • Sunday, December 8, 8 - 11 am, Pajamarama at participating Takoma businesses.
  • Tuesday, December 10, 7- 9 pm, Brightwood Community Association Meeting at St. John United Baptist Church (6343 13th St, NW).
  • Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 pm, Shepherd Park Citizens Association Meeting at Washington Ethical Society (7750 16th St, NW).
  • Thursday, December 12, 6-8 pm, Ward 4 Education Alliance Meeting at West Education Campus (4300 13th St, NW). 
  • Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm, Fourth District Sector One Monthly Meeting at MPD 4th District HQ (6001 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • Saturday, December 14, 3 - 5 pm, Takoma Cocoa Crawl at participating Takoma businesses.
  • Saturday, December 14, 5 - 6:30 pm, The Parks at Walter Reed Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting at Georgia Ave & Butternut St, NW.
  • Sunday, December 15, 3 - 5 pm, East Rock Creek Village Holiday Party at Takoma Village Cohousing (6827 4th St, NW). *Please RSVP to (202) 656-7322 or info@eastrockcreekvillage.org.*
  • Tuesday, December 17, 7 - 8:30 pm, Ward 4 Democrats Meeting. *Check for details.*
  • Check the Police Service Area map and Fourth District meeting schedule for additional details about boundaries and upcoming meetings with the Metropolitan Police Department.
Know of other neighborhood events? Send notable events my way for inclusion in upcoming email newsletters.
You can always contact me:
Phone: (202) 821-6333
Email: 4B02@anc.dc.gov
Facebook: @Erinfor4B02
Twitter: @Erinfor4B02
Website: www.erinforanc.com

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