ANC2F Meeting Agenda for December 5, 2012

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC

MEETING Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON PLAZA HOTEL—10 THOMAS CIRCLE, NW 

AGENDA

COMMUNITY FORUM

  •  Call to Order                                                                                                                                                 7:00
  • Commissioner Announcements                                                                                     7:00
  • Report from Executive Office of the Mayor                                                                       7:00
  • Jack Evans, City Council Member, Ward 2-0                                                          7:00
  • PSA 307 Report – Metropolitan Police Department, 3D                                         7:10
  • DDOT Report –  Ward 2 Transportation Planner                                                       7:25
  • Community Announcements                                                                                     7:30

-10 Minute Recess-

Business Meeting

Approval of Agenda                                                                                                       7:40

Approval of Minutes of Meeting of  November 5, 2012                                         7:40

Education Committee (Evelyn Boyd Simmons, Chair)                                                                                    7:45       

Crime and Public Safety Committee (Christopher Linn)                                                                   7:50

DCHSEMA/Street Closures

ABRA                                                                                                                                                                                            8:00

  • Mood Lounge-Ms. “Mimi” Beyene
  • 1401 R Street, NW, Bar di Bari – Update Voluntary Agreement
  • 1316 9th Street, NW, Thally-Update Voluntary Agreement 

DDOT                                                                                                       8:20

  • Logan Circle/Dupont Joint Resolution on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Infrastructure                                                            

Community Development Committee (Matt Raymond, Chair)           8:30

  • 1232 9th Street, NW, Wagtime LLC-BZA Application
  • 1225 Eye Street, NW, Starbucks Sidewalk Café
  • 1401 R Street, Bar di Bari-Sidewalk Café
  • 1400-1402 14th Street, NW, Abdo Development-BZA Application
  • 1431 Corcoran Street, NW-HPRB Concept and Massing

New Business                                                                                  8:45

Treasurer’s Report (Sam Goekjian, Treasurer)                                    9:15

  • Approval of Expenditures
  • Treasurer Update   9:15

NOTICE:  The agenda attached to this notice of meeting is provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the meeting.  It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the ANC at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft.   Individuals who may have official business before the ANC or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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ANC2F Meeting Agenda for November 28, 2012

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:00 PM

The Washington Plaza Hotel

# 10 Thomas Circle, NW

  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. 1232 9th Street, NW, which is scheduled to be heard before the BZA on the morning of Tuesday, December 18.  The application requests special exception approval and variances in order to permit the use of the subject property for pet grooming, animal boarding and animal shelter uses in the C-2-A District.
  4.  1225 Eye Street, NW Starbucks-DDOT request for sidewalk café.
  5. 1301 Street, NW Bar Bari-DDOT request for sidewalk café.
  6. 1400-1402 14th Street, NW-BZA Application, Abdo Development

 

 

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Commissioners Oppose Closure of Garrison Elementary School

Commissioners from ANC 2F today announced their opposition to the proposed closure of Garrison Elementary School in a letter to Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

In a shocking move, Henderson announced her proposal at 4 p.m. on Nov. 13 to close Garrison and 19 other schools.  Adding insult to injury, the deadline for citizens to sign up to testify against the closures was set for just one hour after the announcement was made.

“The Proposal to close Garrison undermines DCPS’s stated goals of the consolidation and reorganization, which include meeting ‘the diverse needs’ of students, and creating ‘flexible’ schools, by ‘allowing for population growth and shifts and always ensuring that students have high-quality schools in their neighborhood as well as out-of-boundary options,'” the letter stated.  “In addition, closing Garrison will undo the community’s efforts over the last several years to improve the school, and it ignores the important role Garrison plays in our neighborhood.”

The letter goes on to say that Garrison is indeed diverse and is “already a neighborhood school … that is two-thirds full with 60 percent of the students coming from the local community.”  The letter also states that the booming Logan Circle neighborhood will soon push Garrison toward full capacity, and that Seaton Elementary School, into which Garrison would be consolidated, doesn’t have enough room.

The letter points to intensive work over the past three years to improve Garrison, including the re-establishment of a PTA.  “After three years of hard work led by parents and community members, and with new school leadership appointed less than three months ago, many essential elements are now in place to steepen Garrison’s trajectory to becoming one of the top schools in the District,” the letter said.

The letter was signed by ANC 2F Chairman Mike Benardo, Vice Chairman Matt Raymond, Commissioner Charles Reed, and Commissioner Matt Connolly.  The letter states that they were signing in their individual capacities, because the swiftness of the proposal meant that the commission will have to wait until its next meeting on Dec. 5 to weigh in with a formal vote.

You can read the full text of the letter here.

Evelyn Boyd Simmons, chair of ANC 2F’s Education Committee, testified today at the second of two City Council hearings into the matter.

“As elected officials, you understand the importance of staying ahead of demographic shifts and neighborhood dynamics. I fear that DCPS, sadly, has become de-coupled from communities,” her prepared testimony stated.

“I sincerely hope DCPS will reconsider its proposal and work with Garrison and others to strengthen our schools and develop stable and viable feeder patterns that give all our students access to a quality education.”

Her full testimony can be found here.

According to coverage in The Washington Post, in response to intense community opposition to closing Garrison, Henderson said in today’s Council hearing that “I want to make sure that this is not a case of the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

Logan Circle and surrounding neighborhoods that count on Garrison aren’t squeaking, they’re roaring.  It’s time that policymakers listened, rather than trying to shove through an ill-conceived proposal under cover of darkness.

UPDATE: Garrison supporters are encouraging people to sign a petition at Change.org.

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