SPECIAL SESSION: COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ON RECENT GUN VIOLENCE
Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2), kicked off the ANC meeting with a special session dedicated to discussion about the recent rash of gun-related violence in parts of ANC 2F. Evans noted that three separate incidents of gun violence occurred over the past several weeks in ANC 2F, and mentioned two additional crimes involving stun guns. Evans highlighted the dramatic progress that’s been made in reducing crime in our neighborhood over the past 10-20 years, and stressed that it today’s District there’s no room for crime of this nature. Evans invited Police Chief Cathy Lanier to discuss the MPD’s efforts in both investing these crimes and preventing future crimes.
Lanier shared that an arrest has been made related to one of the stun gun incidents, and that a victim in one of the shooting crimes is refusing to cooperate with police. Lanier also spoke to the various techniques and strategies employed by the MPD and the units under Third District Commander Kishter to prevent and address crime in the neighborhood, including the use of plainclothes officers; the periodic heightened presence of unformed officers and patrol cars; bicycle and Segway patrols; and various legal tools to prevent known criminals from returning to our neighborhoods. In response to attendee concerns about the absence of visible patrols and uniformed officer, Lanier and Kishter reiterated that their multi-pronged strategy to prevent and address crime was not always visible to community members due to the use of tactical units, plainclothes officers, and the activity of officers working night and early morning shifts when community members are often asleep.
Attendee questions and concerns also covered a range topics such as prostitution, public drunkenness, gambling, loitering, homelessness, youth gangs and criminals, daytime robberies, theft of mobile devices, auto vandalism and break-ins, and the perceived lack of follow-up by MPD detectives investigating certain crimes. Lanier promised to work with Commander Kishter to increase mountainbike and Segway patrols in the Third District; encouraged attendees to reach out to the Detective Captain (boss of all MPD detectives) about incidents of poor follow-through; and offered to return to future meetings to provide updates and address community concerns. Lieutenant Jeff Carroll, PSA 307, also spoke specifically to anti-prostitution efforts, recent arrests, the decrease in criminal activity in September over this time last year, and he provided tips for reducing the chance of being the victim of a robbery.
- Regarding the federal government shutdown, Councilmember Evans shared that District currently has $137 million in contingency funds, which is enough to cover next two payrolls for city salaries. If the shutdown goes beyond October 31, however, the city may run out of money and also have to shut down.
- In relation to the delayed rollout of the citywide visitor parking program, Evans encouraged the ANC to develop its own visitor parking program for the ANC and promised to push it through the Council.
- On Saturday, October 12th there will be an important citywide town meeting to discuss mental health issues in the District of Columbia. The Creating Community Solutions – D.C. meeting, hosted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. A free breakfast and lunch, as well as other refreshments, will be provided for everyone who attends.
- The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development announced an upcoming meeting on October 30, 5:30 p.m, at Thomson Elementary School to review the four current developer proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School.
- DDOT will be holding a series of community meetings to solicit feedback for transport alternatives and improvements along the “North-South” corridor stretching from Buzzard Point, SE to Takoma, NE. Visit www.dcstreetcar.com for meeting updates and more info.
- The 3rd annual Little Goblins parade will take place on October 26. The parade starts at 3pm in Stead Park (1625 P St, NW) and ends in Logan Circle.
- The Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program is currently accepting applications from District residents interested in being trained, prepared, and referred for jobs at the Washington Marriott Marquis, opening May 2014.
- Commissioner Raymond shared that the ABC Board rejected the petition for a liquor license moratorium on the U Street corridor.
- Raymond advised that there will be water main work on 1100 block of M St, NWon October 7 from 10am – 6pm during which time the water will be shut off.
- Commissioner Linn noted the upcoming Fall Crime Outreach and Awarenessevent on October 19 in front of the Whole Foods on P St, NW.
- Commissioner Fanning noted the upcoming ANC 2F Sanitation, Education, and Enforcement event on October 17, 7pm at the Washington Plaza hotel.
ANC COMMITTEE REPORTS (IN BRIEF)
- The ABRA Policy Committee moved to recommit consideration of 920 14th St, NW’s (Park Place) petition to terminate its current Settlement Agreement to the next Committee meeting; as a procedural matter, the Commission voted to protest1333 14th St, NW’s (Glass House Coffee) application for a class CT-02 liquor license, with the understanding that the Commission will withdrawal its protest upon negotiating a Settlement Agreement prior to the hearing date; and Commissioner Melcher provided an update on Settlement Agreement negotiations with 1209-1213 10th St, NW (The American, in Blagden Alley).
- The Community Development Committee shared that it did not take action on 1101 Rhode Island Ave’s request for an area variance and special exception, given the need for more communication between the project developer and the community; the Commission adopted, by unanimous consent, the Committee’s recommendation to support 1628 11th St, NW’s request for request for a parking variance, side yard variance, area variance, and special exception for roof structure; and the Commission adopted, by unanimous consent, the Committee’s recommendation to support 1601 14th St NW’s (Le Diplomate) request for a temporary/seasonal enclosure of its sidewalk cafe area.
- The Crime and Public Safety Committee noted the upcoming Fall Crime Outreach and Awareness event on October 19 in front of the Whole Foods on P St, NW.
- The Education Committee provided an update on its last committee meeting featuring the principals of area middle schools, and noted that its upcoming meeting on October 26 will be more data-driven. The Committee shared thatGarrison Elementary is undertaking fundraising efforts to raise the second half of the funds needed for its modernization project, and the Committee promoted the October 17 State of the Schools Address to be given by Chancellor Henderson.
The Commission voted unanimously to protest the entertainment endorsement for 1336 14th St, NW (Ghana Cafe) as a procedural matter, and referred the matter to the ABRA Policy Committee for further consideration and negotiation of the Settlement Agreement with the restaurant owner.
- Commissioner Linn appointed David Feinstein to the Community Development Committee.
- The Commission voted unanimously to become a partner with the 3rd Annual Little Goblins Parade.
Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the Regular Monthly Public Meeting. The information contained here within is not an exhaustive summary nor does it constitute official meeting minutes. The above information may not be referenced in any official business matter related to the Commission. Please see the “Minutes” page of the ANC 2F blog for official meeting business.