I’m pleased to announce that last night my colleagues elected me the new chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F’s Community Development Committee. It’s in some ways a return for me (and not a “comeback,” as Norma Desmond would say). During my first term, I served as CDC chairman for several months before work took me on a brief diversion to New York.
I have been also a member of the CDC for all three of my terms on the ANC. (According to our bylaws, commissioners may appoint up to two CDC members from within their own Single Member Districts. My other appointee is Helen Kramer. She previously served for many years on ANC 2F, including stints as both chair of the CDC and of the full commission. For those of you who know her, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am swimming in her wake, as it were, when it comes to her sheer breadth of experience and institutional memory.)
During all of those years, I had the pleasure of serving with Mike Benardo, first as a CDC member prior to his election to the ANC, and then in his role as commissioner chairman of the CDC.
Mike was recently elected chairman of the full ANC after longtime chairman Charles Reed stepped aside because of health reasons, although Charles remains on the commission–thankfully for us and the community. The increased demands on Mike make it understandable that he wouldn’t be expected to chair both the commission and ANC’s busiest and longest-standing committee.
Mike has been an active, knowledgable and outstanding committee chairman, and I have no doubt he will bring those same qualities to ANC 2F’s chairmanship. In many ways, I will also be swimming in his wake. (That’s a lot of swimming! Maybe I should attempt a channel crossing.)
So please contact me if you have issues that will be coming before the commission, such as historic preservation applications, zoning exceptions and variances, public space permits, DDOT traffic plans, etc. My contact info is here, and you can add my cell phone to the list: 202-744-1921. However, often when I talk to people on the phone, I’ll ask them to send an email anyway. I rely heavily on my electronic archives!
Oh, and by the way, the CDC meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month, with the exception of months like July that don’t have a corresponding ANC meeting in the following month. (Like the rest of Washington, we flee town in August.) You can always find agendas on this website, and you can learn more about the CDC in our bylaws.
One last thing: ANC 2F is trying to inventory what are known as “deteriorated properties” or “properties with significant maintenance problems” for DC’s Historic Preservation Office. If you think any properties within ANC 2F boundaries fit that description, please contact me as your soonest opportunity.