Ward 2 Night at Nats Stadium – Free Tix!

Commissioner Jack Evans welcomes you to join him and fellow Ward 2 neighbors for a night of baseball at Nationals Stadium!

Ward 2 Night at Nationals Park
Thursday, September 3 at 7:05pm

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves

Please call Evans’ office at 202-724-8058 or email staff member Amorde Brabham abrabham@dccouncil.us if you would like complimentary tickets for the game.

There is a two (2) ticket limit per resident. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be picked up at Evans’ office, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 106, today and tomorrow between 10am-2pm, and next week Monday through Wednesday between 10am-4pm. All tickets must be picked up by Wednesday, September 2nd.

Go Nats!

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Draft Agenda Sep. 2 Regular Monthly Public Meeting

ANC 2F AGENDA

REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 7:00 PM
National City Christian Church – (5 Thomas Circle, NW)
Note: Please visit www.anc2f.org to see the most up-to-date version of this agenda, which includes tracked additions and deletions that occur after this version of the agenda is distributed by email.

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY FORUM

 

•    Commissioner Announcements 7:00
•    Metropolitan Police Department Report: Third District PSA 307 & Second
District PSA 208
7:05
•    Report from Councilmember Jack Evans’ Office 7:25
•    Report from Executive Office of the Mayor 7:30
•    Community Announcements 7:35

 

– 5 minute recess –

 

BUSINESS MEETING

 

•   Approval of Agenda 7:45
•   Approval of Minutes for August 5, 2015 Monthly Public Meeting 7:45

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ABRA Policy Committee (APC) | Kate Gordon, Chair

•    Committee Report:
o   Substantial change request (Class “C” Restaurant to “C” Tavern
license) for Veranda (1100 P St, NW – 2F04)
o   New Class “C” Restaurant license request for Espita Mezcaleria (1250
9th St, NW – 2F06)
o   Extended hours of operation request by Modern Liquors (1200 9th St,
NW – 2F06)
•    Other Committee items (no vote taken):
o   Substantial change request to Hotel Helix‘s (1430 Rhode Island Ave
NW – 2F03) Class “C” Hotel license for a summer roof garden
7:50

 

Community Development Committee (CDC) | Kevin Deeley, Chair

•    Committee Report:
o  Final HRPB design review for 1001 O St, NW (2F04)
o  DDOT public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café at 1400
L St, NW
(Bunna Ethiopian Café – 2F05)
o  BZA special exception for rear addition at 1319 Naylor Ct, NW (2F06)
o  HPO design for front steps replacement at 1517 Vermont Ave,
NW 
(2F04)
o  BZA request for 100% lot coverage, rear yard exception, and alley
exception at 0012R Logan Circle, NW (2F02)
8:05

 

Crime and Public Safety Committee (CPSC) | Charlie Bengel, Chair

•    Committee Report 8:20

Education Committee | Pepin Tuma, Chair

•    Committee Report 8:30
OLD BUSINESS
[none]
NEW BUSINESS
[none]
TREASURER’S REPORT
•    Approval of Expenditures 8:40

 

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Commission. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Commission at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. Individuals who may have official business before the Commission 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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Free Graffiti Removal

Related to reports of increased graffiti in the neighborhood, ANC 2F wants to let residents know that DPW will clean graffiti from public and private property for FREE using paint or non-toxic solutions that are applied then removed with a high-pressure water spray, known as a power wash.

Learn more here.

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Draft Aug. 26 CDC Agenda

AGENDA*

ANC 2F COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, August 26, 2015  |  7:00pm
National City Christian Church – Howland Center (5 Thomas Circle, NW)

 

Note: please visit www.anc2f.org to see the most up-to-date version of this agenda, which includes any tracked additions and deletions that occur after the agenda is distributed by email.

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

· Approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Approval of July 22, 2015 Meeting Minutes 7:00

 

OLD BUSINESS

tes

· Final HRPB concept review for 1001 O St, NW (2F04) 7:05
· DDOT public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café at 1400 L St, NW (Bunna Ethiopian Café – 2F05) 7:25

NEW BUSINESS

· BZA special exception for rear addition at 1319 Naylor Ct, NW (2F06) 7:45
· HPO design for front steps replacement at 1517 Vermont Ave, NW (2F04) 8:05
· BZA request for 100% lot coverage at 0012R Logan Circle, NW (2F02) 8:25

OPEN FORUM

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the CDC. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committee at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. You many visit www.ANC2F.org for the most up-to-date version of any meeting agenda. Individuals who may have official business before the Committee or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or the CDC Chair in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Call for A Citywide Crime Action Plan

by Commissioner Charlie Bengel (2F-06)
Chair, ANC 2F Crime & Public Safety Committee

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s failure to protect the citizens of the District of Columbia continues. Last week I wrote about the crime surge the city has seen (http://bit.ly/1NbvYDq). It’s only gotten worse since.

Matt Shlonsky was 23 years old, a 2014 graduate of American University and an employee at Deloitte. He was walking near the Shaw Metro station this past weekend, minding his own business, when he was randomly killed, a victim of a drive by shooting in what has become a lawless Shaw community.

As an elected city official I call on the mayor to immediately implement a true plan, with specific actions, to take back our communities from the violent crime we’ve seen recently.

The following are ten (10) simple strategies that could help right now. If I can come up with this list I expect our mayor and her leadership team in the executive branch can come up with an effective and comprehensive plan to solve this problem.

  1. Use the bully pulpit of the mayor’s position to discuss with communities the importance of coming forward with information that could lead to the closure of open cases of violent crime. We must overcome the culture of a hero being labeled a snitch.
  2. Increase the reward from $25,000 to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for homicides. Year to date the city has seen 93 homicides and more than half remain unsolved.
  3. Re-introduce district-based plain clothes vice units. The Third District vice unit was responsible for 1,400 arrests and 100 gun seizures alone in 2014. Crime suppression teams, fully uniformed and in marked, and very visible, police cruisers, are unable to be as effective as the vice units were.
  4. Increase enforcement of public housing and Section 8 rules. With 70,000 residents on the waiting list for housing assistance, we cannot tolerate any public housing or Section 8 residents who harbor criminals or break rules – or allow their guests to. When a public housing or Section 8 resident is convicted of a felony that news needs to be shared amongst agencies and result in an eviction per the public housing rules.
  5. Set up zero tolerance policing zones where arrests will occur, without warning, to anyone committing any crime – including quality of life crimes such as drinking in public, prostitution, public urination, marijuana use, illegal gambling and the like.
  6. Unrestricted police overtime. The police department needs as many officers on the street as possible to get us through the summer.
  7. Curfew enforcement. The law says juveniles under the age of 17 shall be inside by midnight in the summer and that law needs to be strictly enforced.
  8. The city needs to greatly increase the use of high definition surveillance and recording cameras and give grants to businesses willing to install exterior cameras and share the live feed with the police department.
  9. The same people are getting arrested over and over again and it becomes a “badge of honor”, as one officer told me. We need to look closely at how many arrests are not prosecuted and what comes of those cases that are. The reality is a tiny portion of people commit the violent crime and we need to get them locked up for a long time.
  10. All District agencies must work together to combat crime and the agency directors need to be held accountable. It should not have taken three months after a homicide across from Kennedy Rec Center in Shaw for DPR & DGS to get a contract for cameras executed.

The list above is only made up of short-term solutions to get us through the summer without more tragedies. The city must continue to work on long term solutions including increased and better programming at recreation centers, improvement of schools, job training and job growth.

I call on the city council to hold all city agencies accountable through oversight hearings and ensure all reasonable funding requests from agencies responsible for public safety are met now and into the future. Councilmembers also have a huge voice in the community and must speak out regarding this violence.

I call on my colleagues in the business community to stand by me and demand the mayor take immediate steps to combat crime before it negatively impacts our businesses.

I call on my fellow Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners to keep up the pressure. Don’t be afraid to speak out. Don’t let this issue slip when crime drops with the temperature. Demand that our leaders in the executive branch come up with long term solutions to what is an always anticipated rise in crime in the summer.

To our hardworking members of the police department, I hear you. I hear that you feel the neighborhoods and your progress over the years is slipping. Keep up your good work as the residents of this great city are behind you and we will not give up.
Charlie Bengel
Commissioner, ANC 2F06
Chairman, Logan Circle Public Safety Committee
Twitter: BengelForDC
www.BengelForDC.com
2F06@anc.dc.gov
202-810-1983

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Draft Aug 19 APC Agenda

AGENDA*

ANC 2F ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
National City Christian Church (14th Street entrance)
Community Meeting Room (Ground floor, off atrium)

 

Note: please visit www.anc2f.org to see the most up-to-date version of this agenda, which includes any tracked additions and deletions that occur after the agenda is distributed by email.

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

· Review and approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Review and approval of July 15, 2015 meeting minutes 7:00
OLD BUSINESS
· Creation of APC presenter guidelines handout 7:05
· New Class “C” Restaurant license request for El Sol Restaurant & Tequileria (1227 11th St, NW – 2F07) 7:15
· Substantial change request to Hotel Helix’s (1430 Rhode Island Ave NW –2F03) Class “C” Hotel license for a summer roof garden 7:35
NEW BUSINESS
· Substantial change request from Class “C” Restaurant to Class “C” Tavernlicense for Veranda (1100 P St, NW – 2F04) 8:05
· New Class “C” Restaurant license request for Espita Mezcaleria (1250 9th St, NW) 8:25
· Extended hours of operation request by Modern Liquors (1200 9th St, NW) 8:45

OPEN FORUM

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

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Aug 5 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Tuma announced the School Supply Drive for Garrison Elementary to provide students with the supplies needed to succeed in the new school year. Donated school supplies can be dropped off on Saturday, August 22 from 9am – 12pm at Garrison Elementary School (1200 S St., NW). See event flyer for more details.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sgt. David Terestre provided the monthly crime report, which compared crime statistics in PSA 307 from July 7, 2015 – August 4, 2015 to the same period in 2014. Accordingly, robberies are up from 6 to 8; property crime is down from 65 to 50; total violent crime is up by 1; and total crime (including all aforementioned stats) is down from 75 to 61. Terestre explained that despite community concern that crime is on the rise, the statistics reveal that crime in PSA 307 is actually on the decline (in contrast to other areas of the District where crime rates are indeed spiking). Terestre also shared a “For Your Safety” informational flyer about protecting your vehicle from theft and tampering.
  • The Commissioners thanked Terestre and the MPD’s Human Trafficking Unit for recent sting operations resulting in the arrest of over 100 “Johns” soliciting prostitution in the neighborhood.
  • Sherri Kimbel from Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared five updates: 1) Evans has been working closely with WMATA to address service and disruption issues; 2) Ward 2 Day at the National Building Museum’s “The Beach” display was a big success, and the next Ward 2 Day will be September 3 at Nationals Park; 3) Evans will be meeting with the Department of General Services in the next week about the delayed modernization progress for Garrison Elementary; 4) a brief summary of the June 30 Ward 2 Community Meeting about homeless encampments, and; 5) mention of the especially productive working relationship Evans has cultivated with DDOT as of late.
  • Eva Lewis, Ward 2 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, provided 3 updates: 1) the Mayor’s six month progress report; 2) open enrollment for D.C. public school students to receive $100 in monthly Metro benefits starts April 17; 3) an upcoming Young Professionals event on Thursday, August 13 from 6-8pm at Penn Social, at which senior leadership from the Mayor’s Office will be in attendance.
  • Community member Janice Ferebee encouraged community members to attend the October 4th United to Face Addiction event on the National Mall. The event aims to ignite and grow an emerging national grassroots movement to solve the national addiction crisis.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously to adopt the APC’s report from its July 2015 meeting, including:
    • Protest of the substantial change request (from Class “C” restaurant to Class “C” tavern license) for Veranda (1100 P St, NW) as a procedural matter in order to maintain ANC 2F’s standing in the upcoming ABRA hearing;
    • Support for entering into a Settlement Agreement with In Stereo, LLC (Name TBD – location is the first floor of Black Whiskey) at 1410 14th St, NW
  • Commissioner Gordon also informed the community that the proprietor for El Sol Restaurant & Tequileria (1227 11th St, NW) will present its request for a new Class “C” restaurant license at the August 19 APC meeting (current status: protested by ANC 2F), and that discussion between the community, ANC 2F, and Hotel Helix (1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW) about the establishment’s substantial change request for a Class “C” hotel license for a summer roof garden is ongoing.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously to adopt the CDC’s report from its July 2015 meeting, including:
    • A letter advising HPO that ANC 2F’s consideration of the final HPRB concept review for 1001 O St, NW will be delayed due to the Applicant’s failure to adhere to Committee presentation procedures at the July meeting;
    • Protest of the DDOT public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café at Bunna Ethiopian Cafe (1400 L St, NW), as a procedural matter due to the Applicant’s failure to attend and present at the CDC meeting.
  • As a separate business item, the Commission voted (6-1-1) to support the DDOT public space application (bollard exception) for 1530 14th St, NW, which will allow the owner to install bollards on the corner of the building and a guardrail along the alley-facing side of the building in order to mitigate the damage routinely caused by delivery vehicles using the alley.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel provided an overview of the July 9 Logan Circle Crime Prevention Meeting, at which Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, MPD Asst Chief Diane Groomes, and MPD Third District Commander Jake Kishter, among other MPD staff, were present.
  • Bengel also briefly discussed the recent homicides at 13th & Riggs and 7th & N, and the prostitution-related arrests made by MPD over the past month.
  • Lastly, Bengel provided a print out of the crime statistics for ANC 2F (which differ from the monthly PSA 307 crime stats presented by Sgt. Terestre), and reiterated Sgt. Terestre’s earlier point about grounding community concerns about crime levels in the reality of crime statistics.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Tuma repeated mention of the August 22nd School Supply Drive for Garrison Elementary (see “Commissioner Announcements” section above).
  • Tuma also provided a brief overview of the July 8 Town Hall meeting discussion, which primarily centered on Garrison Elementary and the need for neighborhood schools in the District. Tuma mentioned that he had not yet received an update from the Dept. of General Services about the timeline for the modernization of Garrison Elementary.

OLD BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted (7-1) to approve the revised $500 grant application submitted by The Friends of Carter Barron Foundation for the Performing Arts. The grant monies will support advertising of the bus transportation that will be available for ANC 2F/Ward 2 residents from Garrison Elementary to the August 22 summer concert series event at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted unanimously to approve the $500 grant application submitted by “Moms of Logan Circle” in support of the 5th annual Little Goblins Parade on October 24. The grant monies will support community outreach expenses.

 

*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.

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