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Join Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B for our October Regular Public Meeting on Monday, October 28th at 6:30 pm at Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Ave, NW). Please note the change in meeting time and location to accommodate the Metropolitan Police Department as they prepare for their Halloween Party at MPD's 4th District Headquarters.

The draft agenda is included below and available on our
new Commission website. I will be introducing several resolutions, including a Resolution calling for accelerated modernization of Whittier Education Campus, which follows a recent walk through of the school that highlighted persistent facility issues, including a roof that has leaked for years and lack of Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. Special thanks to ANC 4B03 Commissioner Scot Knickerbocker for his collaboration on this Resolution.

I will also be introducing a
Resolution calling on the DC Housing Authority to Preserve Public Housing and Protect Public Housing Residents, which follows the Authority's release of its 20-year plan to refinance, repair, and redevelop roughly 1/3 of its housing portfolio. The Resolution calls for a commitment to the safety and security of public housing residents, maintenance of the city's public housing stock, and efforts to increase the amount of public housing in the city. This Resolution follows the Commission's unanimous Resolution calling for more funding for urgent public housing repairs (passed in May).

Following efforts to "reclaim" rent control, I am also introducing a Resolution calling for expansion and improvement of the city's rent control law, which includes measures to expand the properties included within the rent control program and close loopholes that incentive landlords to allow buildings to fall into disrepair and become vacant. More here. Special thanks to ANC 4B01 Commissioner Evan Yeats for his collaboration on this Resolution. You can join Reclaim Rent Control at a rally this Saturday. Details here

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 September regular public meeting from Commissioner Yeats here and my reflections here.


Neighborhood Updates

*4th/Cedar/Blair Intersection Improvements: Construction for this intersection improvement project has started! 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 Friday, November 1, 2019, as detailed here.

*Pepco Takoma - Sligo Underground Line Project: View Pepco's three-week look ahead of construction activity associated withthe Takoma - Sligo Underground Line Project here. Crews will begin installing the second transmission line along Eastern Ave, NW beginning at Cedar St to Whittier St, NW. Construction is anticipated to last until the end of December given weather conditions and other external factors. Once this construction is complete, crews will begin installing cable. The cable installation will not involve construction, and work will be limited to manholes locations only.

*Neighborhood Walk Through with KeShawn Harris (MOCRS): Join me and KeShawn Harris, one of our Ward 4 representatives from the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services, for a walk through of Single Member District 4B02 on Tuesday, October 29th at 10:30 am. We will meet at 5th and Van Buren Sts, NW, and walk down Van Buren St, NW, up 4th St, NW, to the Takoma Metro intersection and down Cedar St, NW, to Takoma Education Campus. We can discuss the recent Rock Creek East I Livability Study (more here), intersection improvement project, stormwater runoff issues, and anything else that would benefit from ANC/MOCR attention.

*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, which will hold a hearing on November 15th at 9:30 a.m. More details 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 around November. More details here.

*Takoma and Whittier Education Campuses - Oppportunities for Support: You can support our neighborhood schools through their Amazon wishlists. Whittier's is available here, and Takoma's is available here. If you work in a STEM field and can support Whittier’s programming as a speaker or by hosting a field trip or other activities, please be in touch via the Whitter PTA. Save the Date: 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.

*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.
  • The DC Council held a hearing on the Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, which would decriminalize sex work and has strong support from locally impacted communities. More here. Incredibly powerful testimony from ANC 7C04 Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green available here.
  • Joshua Kaplan, Washington City Paper, wrote a damning piece about improper conduct by MPD's Human Trafficking Unit. "City Paper asked if it violated their rules for an officer to take his penis out and have a sex worker touch it, or to ask a sex worker to take off their clothes. MPD responded, ‘MPD does not discuss tactics for undercover operations.'" More here.
  • The US Attorney's Office for DC did not appear for an oversight hearing regarding the plummeting rate of hate crime prosecutions in the District. More here and here.
  • The DC Council unanimously passed emergency legislation that change the DC government's relationship with ICE and prohibits DC from sharing information about an inmate's release date. There are some exceptions that may weaken the legislation. More here.
  • Amanda Michelle Gomez, Washington City Paper, highlights the city's maternal health inequities in her piece on a Ward 8 resident who lost a child after an ambulance delay. More here.
  • The District's only public psychiatric hospital has gone nearly 30 days without potable water. More here.
  • A new report from the DC Auditor found that the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability "mishandled" a whistleblower complaint about how the District's Department of Housing and Community Development awarded affordable housing funding to low-ranked proposals. More here.
  • Mitch Ryals, Washington City Paper, has some great reporting on the Second Look Amendment Act, which would allow individuals who committed offenses while under 25 years of age and who have served 15 years to petition a judge for reconsideration of their sentence based on their rehabilitation. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B unanimously supports the legislation, and other Commissions have weighed in in support. More here.
  • 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.
  • At-Large Councilmember Robert White has been holding roundtables on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. I, along with ANC 4B08 Commissioner Alison Brooks, testified and expressed the need for more and better infrastructure and supports for Commissions. More herehere, and 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, October 24, 7-8 pm, 715 Van Buren St, NW

Let's chat about the neighborhood! Join me on Thursday, October 24th from 7 - 8 pm at 715 Van Buren St, NW, for monthly office hours for Single Member District 4B02. Please note the change in date from the third Thursday to the fourth Thursday of the month. 

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, November 21st.


Upcoming Community Events

There's lots going on in the neighborhood! Check out the following community events:
  • Friday, October 25, 5 - 8 pm, 3rd Annual Spookyville Halloween Party at Our House (715 Van Buren St, NW).
  • Saturday, October 26, 1 - 5 pm, Monster Bash at Takoma Park Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Rd).
  • Saturday, October 26, 2 - 5 pm, ANC 4D Fall Harvest Festival at Larry's Park (9th & Gallatin Sts, NW). *Please see this article for additional Halloween activities.*
  • Sunday, October 27, 10 am - 1 pm, FreshFarm Farmers Market at Walter Reed (1010 Butternut St, NW). *This market accepts SNAP/Food Stamps and WIC/Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits and matches what you spend with Matching Dollars. For more information, visit their Food Access Page.*
  • Wednesday, October 30, 4 - 6 pm, Ida B. Wells Middle School Trunk-Or-Treat Fall Festival at 405 Sheridan St, NW.
  • Thursday, October 31, 3 - 5 pm, East Rock Creek Village Open House at East Rock Creek Village Office (7707 13th St, NW). *Email info@eastrockcreekvillage.org or text (202) 656-7322 with any questions.*
  • Thursday, October 31, 6 pm, Shepherd Park Citizens Association Halloween Parade at Shepherd Field.
  • Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm, DC Democratic Party General Body Meeting at DNC Headquarters (430 South Capitol St, SE). 
  • Tuesday, November 12, 7- 9 pm, Brightwood Community Association Meeting at St. John United Baptist Church (6343 13th St, NW).
  • Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 pm, Shepherd Park Citizens Association Meeting at Washington Ethical Society (7750 16th St, NW).
  • Thursday, November 14, 6-8 pm, Ward 4 Education Alliance Meeting. Location TBD.
  • Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm, Fourth District Sector One Monthly Meeting at MPD 4th District HQ (6001 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • Tuesday, November 19, 6 - 8 pm, DC Office of Planning Comprehensive Plan Meeting at Roosevelt High School (4400 Iowa Ave, NW).
  • Tuesday, November 19, 7 - 8:30 pm, Ward 4 Democrats Meeting. *Check for details.*
  • Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 pm, Concerned Neighbors Meeting at Juanita Thornton/Shpherd Park Library (7420 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • Thursday, November 21, MPD 4D Citizens Advisory Council Meeting at MPD 4th District HQ (6001 Georgia Ave, NW).
  • 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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