ANC 2F Meeting Agenda for August 7, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F
REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC
MEETING

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – 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   

7:05

Report from Office of Jack Evans, City Council Member, Ward 2  

7:10

Report from Metropolitan Police Department, Police Service Area 307  

7:15

Community Announcements  

7:20 

— 5-Minute Recess — 

BUSINESS MEETING

Approval of Agenda  

7:30

Approval of Minutes, Meeting of July 10, 2013  

7:30

Confirmation of New Executive Director  

7:35

ABRA Policy Committee Report (Commissioner John Fanning, Chairperson)

  • 1336 14th Street, NW – Ghana Café, ABRA #082751, request for support for entertainment endorsement
  • 1610 14th Street, NW – Ghibellina, ABRA #088785, request for support for substantial change in operation (12-seat sidewalk café, hours of operation, and entertainment endorsement). Petition date: Aug. 26.
 

7:40

Education Committee Report (Commissioner Matt Connolly and Evelyn Boyd Simmons, Co-Chairpersons)  

7:55

Crime and Public Safety Committee Report (Commissioner Chris Linn, Chairperson)  

8:00

Community Development Committee Report (Commissioner Walt Cain, Chairperson)

 

8:10

Old Business  

8:30

New Business

  • ABRA: 1209-1213 10th Street, NW – The American, ABRA #092766, new license application. Petition date: Sept. 9.
  • DDOT-Public Space Committee: Proposed closing of a public alley in Square 368 (ANC Single Member District 2F-06)
 

8:30

Treasurer’s Report (Commissioner Matt Connolly, Acting Treasurer)

  • Update
  • Adoption of quarterly report, FY 2013-Q3 (April – June 2013)
  • Approval of expenditures
 

8:50

Adjournment  

9:00

NOTICE:  The agenda attached to this notice of meeting is provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings and 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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Mayor Holding Budget Town Hall on April 20

Mayor Vincent C. Gray invites you to come join him for a presentation and open discussion about his 2014 proposed budget:

Ward 2
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Location: Charles Sumner School – 1201 17th Street, NW

This is Ward 2-specific and will include lots of useful information.

Co-Hosted by

ANC 2A (Foggy Bottom)
ANC 2B (DuPont Circle)
ANC 2C (Penn Quarter)
ANC 2D (Sheridan-Kalorama)
ANC 2E (Georgetown)
ANC 2F (Logan Circle)

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

For any questions please contact:

James “Freddie” Bulger
Ward 2 Liason
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagment
Executive Office of the Mayor
(202) 340 7229
James.bulger@dc.gov

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Text of Resolution Regarding Proposed Liquor Moratorium

Here is the text of a resolution I have shared with my 2F colleagues and which I will ask them to discuss and vote on at our meeting tonight, which begins at 7 p.m.

(UPDATE: The ANC passed the resolution unanimously, 7-0.)

April 3, 2013
A Resolution by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F
Regarding the Proposed Liquor License Moratorium in the
Historic 14th and U Street Corridor

WHEREAS, The Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance on December 10, 2012, petitioned the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of the District of Columbia (“ABC Board”) seeking to establish a moratorium on the issuance of new retailer-class liquor licensees; and

WHEREAS, The proposed moratorium would encompass a zone extending within the boundaries of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F (“ANC 2F”); and

WHEREAS, The written advice of ANC 2F, as an affected ANC, must be accorded Great Weight by the ABC Board, pursuant to section 13(d)(3) of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975; and

WHEREAS, The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has scheduled a hearing on the petition on May 22, 2013, and has solicited formal comments from affected ANCs; and

WHEREAS, ANC 2F has discussed and received public comments on the moratorium at meetings of its Crime and Public Safety Committee and ABRA Policy Committee, as well as three meetings of the full commission and a joint listening session held March 20, 2013, with ANCs 1B and 2B; and

WHEREAS, Community sentiment is strongly opposed to the moratorium, as evidenced by comments at the above-referenced meetings, as well as contacts from individual constituents, and an online petition with 1,196 signatures as of April 3, 2013; and

WHEREAS, ANC 2F welcomes the presence of liquor-licensed establishments, having endorsed the findings of the ARTS Overlay Review Committee, which stated that “restaurants and bars are an important ingredient in having a vibrant ARTS District: they contribute foot traffic to the arts and retail uses, and play an important role in achieving a vibrant and safe nighttime street environment”; and

WHEREAS, Serious concerns have been raised about the efficacy and advisability of moratorium zones elsewhere in the District of Columbia and whether they contribute the intended net positive effect to community values such as retail diversity and public safety; and

WHEREAS, The petition advances a number of dubious claims about issues such as crime rates and enforcement of existing zoning regulations under the Uptown ARTS Overlay; and

WHEREAS, Current tools exist, and other creative solutions should be pursued, to address the negative impacts raised in the petition; and

WHEREAS, Moratoriums are market-distorting mechanisms that unfairly advantage incumbent businesses; transform liquor licenses into commodities that may cost tens of thousands of dollars, pricing local entrepreneurs out of the market; depress the tax base; and discourage non-liquor amenities by making neighborhoods less desirable places overall for businesses to locate; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That ANC 2F advise the ABC Board to deny the pending petition to create a retail liquor license moratorium zone in the Historic 14th and U Street Corridor in its entirety, and to decline to move forward with any rule-making process to effectuate such a moratorium zone; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That ANC 2F Chairman Matt Raymond be directed to write a report elaborating upon the basis for this resolution that will serve as formal written advice to the ABC Board, to be voted upon at the May 2013 meeting of ANC 2F; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That such report include an acknowledgement of potential impacts that might accompany the growth of liquor licenses in our area and a focus on positive steps the community should take, short of a moratorium, to address those impacts; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That ANC 2F recommit itself to working with District agencies, the City Council, the Metropolitan Police Department, residents, the business community, neighboring ANCs and other stakeholders to improve the enforcement of all applicable laws and regulations governing liquor licensees and potential community impacts, and to seek changes in such laws and regulations, where deemed advisable.

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Listening Session THIS WEDNESDAY on Proposed Liquor Moratorium

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from U Street, Logan and Dupont Holding Listening Session on Proposed 14th & U Liquor Moratorium

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7:00 – 9:00pm
Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 12th St. NW

Members from the U Street (1B), Logan Circle (2F) and Dupont Circle (2B) ANCs will be holding a joint listening session to hear directly from the residents and the business community about a proposed Liquor Moratorium for 14th and U Streets. The meeting will be an opportunity for the neighborhood to speak directly to their elected officials who will be voting over the next few months on whether to support a moratorium in the area. Special invited guests include representatives from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance, who proposed the moratorium.

Though this is the only joint meeting being held on the proposal, ANCs may hold additional smaller meetings – decisions or actions will not be taken at this meeting. Organizers intend to give each participant 1-2 minutes to speak and request that members of the community direct their comments to the ANC Commissioners present.

Please share this announcement with your friends and neighbors and be sure to attend this listening session to have your voice heard as the community debates a moratorium at 14th and U.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Brings Major Road Closures

A quick post to let everyone know that tomorrow’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (and half marathon) are bringing not just tens of thousands of runners into the District, but also a huge number of road closures.

While the race doesn’t cut through ANC 2F, the course for the half marathon virtually encircles much of Northwest Washington, all the way down to Constitution Avenue.  (There are rolling street closures and openings, so not all streets will be closed for the duration of the race.)

You can read all about it here–so if you’re going to be out and about on the roads between tomorrow morning and mid-afternoon, plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going.

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ANC March Monthly Meeting POSTPONED to THURSDAY March 14

Because of the increasingly foreboding weather forecast, ANC 2F is postponing today’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting until next Thursday (not Wednesday as previously posted) , March 14, at 7 p.m. The location remains the same: the Washington Plaza Hotel.

We regret any inconvenience this might cause, but we felt that in the case of Snowquester, discretion was the better part of valor.

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Street Sweeping Resumes Tomorrow (March 1)

Heads up, car owners and operators: DC’s Residential Street Sweeping Season gets underway once again beginning tomorrow, March 1. From DPW’s announcement of Feb. 12:

Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. Parking enforcement of residential sweeping violations will begin Monday, March 11, to give motorists a few days to get used to the parking restrictions.

Tickets for violations will run you $30–and that doesn’t count the cost of your car being towed, if you are so unfortunate.

Street-sweeping season continues through October 31. Additional information can be found here.

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Bitter Cold Brings Advice for Homeless

Continued bitterly freezing temperatures, combined with the possibility of up to a couple of additional inches of snow, are prompting city officials to remind District residents about some of the resources that are available to the homeless because of the threat posed by hypothermia.

I wanted to pass along this alert I received from the D.C. Office on Aging:

The District of Columbia is committed to protecting the homeless from extreme weather injury by meeting the demand for shelter during hypothermia (not enough heat). An alert is issued when the temperature falls below 32 degrees which is freezing. You can help. Call the hotline when you see a homeless person who may be impacted by extreme temperatures. The Hypothermia Hotline, 1 (800) 535-7252, is operated by the United Planning Organization (UPO). Families seeking emergency shelter should go to the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 33 N Street, NE. The shelter operates between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday (except for holidays and days on which the District government is closed). After 3:30 pm and on weekends, during extreme temperature alerts, families should call the Shelter Hotline for transportation to the DC General family shelter or other available family shelter. For more information, call 311.

To that I would add a reminder to check in on any elderly or vulnerable neighbors who might not have adequate heat.

In the meantime, bundle up and stay warm!

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“Garrison is Saved!”

I just received an email from the co-chair of our Education Committee, Evelyn Boyd Simmons, stating only the three words in that headline.

Garrison Elementary School has apparently been spared closure, as had been proposed by D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. (UPDATE: Here is the announcement.)

Any way you sliced it, there was no way Garrison deserved to be on the closure list. Within moments of Henderson’s proposal, a groundswell began that was propelled by the same people who had been fighting to improve Garrison long beforehand. ANC 2F was proud to partner with them to make our case, repeatedly and in detail.

I attended a meeting with Henderson a few weeks ago and asked her point-blank: She had been taking pains to note that the public input she was seeking was not just a kabuki dance (my term, not hers). She had been asking for solutions, not just rallies.  We offered compelling arguments, statistics and–yes–solutions.  In the final analysis, if she followed through on the closure of Garrison, would she be able to look us in the eye and tell us that she was truly listening?

At the time, she assured me she would be able to say exactly that.  While I await details, it turns out that she was true to her word, and I applaud her for that.

UPDATE: More details from WaPo. The list of 20 was ultimately pared down to 15. Ward 2′s Francis-Stevens was also spared.

From the article:

“Garrison will stay open in part because of parents’ commitment to help recruit new students and in part because of demographic information showing that the school’s Logan Circle neighborhood is growing faster than officials previously understood, Henderson said.

“Francis-Stevens Education Campus will remain open, the chancellor said, because its extra space will be filled by an expansion of the city’s selective School Without Walls. And Johnson Middle School will stay open because of safety concerns.”

Yep. She listeneed.

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Traffic and Perimeter Restrictions for Inauguration

I’m going to pass along, verbatim, a traffic advisory from Events DC (the District’s official events office) regarding the upcoming Inauguration activities:

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
Issued:  January 16, 2013

Details below are subject to change without notice as determined by U.S. Secret Service.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will be the site of two official inaugural balls on Monday, January 21, 2013.  As result, the area immediately surrounding the convention center up to about a two-block radius around the building will be a designated security perimeter overseen by U.S. Secret Service during the overall period from 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20 until the conclusion of inaugural activities at or around 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.  Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and/or other law enforcement agencies will be posted at the secure perimeter.

The boundaries of the secured area will go into full effect at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, as follows:

North: O Street between 6th and 10th streets NW

South:  New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue NW between 6th and 10th streets

East:  6th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW*

West:  10th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW*

*6th and 10th streets NW will be open to thru traffic.

While details are continuously being updated as the inauguration approaches, the information below may be helpful to you:

Access to Designated Security Perimeter:

·   Pedestrians - Persons who reside or operate a business within the designated security perimeter must provide government issued identification (driver’s license), a utility bill, vehicle registration, or business license that displays the address inside of the restricted area.

·   Motorists - There will be NO vehicular access into the secure zone once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20).

Mt. Vernon/7th St-Convention Center station:  This station will be CLOSED from 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21 until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.  During the hours of operationon January 21 (prior to closing), passengers may use stairs or elevators only to exit thestation.  Escalators will not be operational.

The Shaw/Howard University and Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stations will remain open.  For the most up to date information about Metrorail and Metrobus service, please visit the WMATA website at http://www.wmata.com/.

Parking / Vehicle Restricted Zone – Convention Center Area:    Extensive temporary road closures and vehicle restricted zones will be established throughout Washington, DC including the area surrounding the convention center.

Beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, areas around the convention center will be posted as Emergency No Parking.  These areas will be posted by law enforcement personnel from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18 until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.  Vehicular traffic will be limited to residents with government issued identification (driver’s license) or vehicle registration showing residency inside the restricted area, or to vehicles conducting essential business within the restricted area.

No parking will be allowed on streets and alleys within the secured zone to include both sides of the street with the exception of vehicles in private garages, privately assigned parking spaces, and parking lots.  Once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20), there will be NO vehicular access into the secured zone until security restrictions are lifted.

From 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, vehicle restricted zones will be put in place at the following locations around the convention center and will be closed to vehicular traffic:

·         6th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place and O Street NW

·         10th Street between Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW

·         O Street between 6th and 10th streets NW

·        New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue between 6th and 9th Streets NW

Once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday,January 20) there will be NO vehicular access into the secure zone until security restrictions are lifted.

Road Closures – Convention Center Area:  All vehicular road closures in Washington, D.C. will be coordinated by District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and inquiries pertaining to road closures should be directed to DDOT at 202-671-3490.  Details will also be available online at inauguration.dc.gov and at www.secretservice.gov.

Temporary closures will be in effect and vehicular access will not be permitted at the following streets around the convention center:

Sunday, January 20 from 6:00 p.m. until Tuesday, January 22 at about 6:00 a.m.

-        L Street between 6th and 10th Streets NW

-        New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/ Massachusetts Avenue between 6th and 10th streets NW

-        6th Street between New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place and O Street NW

-        10th Street between Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue and O Street NW

-        O Street between 6th and 10th streets NW

-        New York Avenue/Mount Vernon Place/Massachusetts Avenue between 6th and 10th streets NW

Secured Area Entry Points – Pedestrians and Motorists:  Checkpoints will be located at the security perimeter at the following locations:

-       6th and K streets NW

-       6th and L streets NW

-       6th and M streets NW

-       9th and O streets NW

-       10th and L street NW

-       10th and M streets NW

-       10th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW

Vehicular Checkpoints and Vehicular Movement within the Security Perimeter:  Checkpoints will be located at the security perimeter, as follows:

-          6th and 10th streets at K Street NW

-          6th and 10th streets at L Street NW

-          6th and 10th streets at New York Avenue NW

Residents and business operators may not park vehicles within the security perimeter. However, once the security perimeter goes into full effect (at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20), there will be NO vehicular access into the secure zone until security restrictions are lifted.

Online Information

It is strongly recommended that you frequently monitor the websites listed below for additional inaugural-related information and updates:

·         DDOT – www.gettingthere.dc.gov

·         D.C. Presidential Inaugural Committee – www.inauguration.dc.gov

·         Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies -www.inaugural.senate.gov

·         Presidential Inaugural Committee – www.2013pic.org

·         United States Secret Service – www.secretservice.gov

·         Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority – www.wmata.com

Tourism Websites

·         Destination DC –

http://washington.org/topics/inauguration

·         Downtown Business Improvement District –

http://www.downtowndc.org/news/downtown_update_newsletter/item/181

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