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

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

TOMORROW 9am: Exclusive Ward 2 Hour at Nt’l Bldg. Museum’s The Beach!

The beach
TOMORROW, July 28, from 9:00-10:00am is Ward 2 Hour at The Beach!

The National Building Museum invites the Wards of Washington, D.C. to its popular Summer Block Party. This summer, the Museum is partnering with Snarkitecture, a Brooklyn-based design firm, to bring the beach indoors—no sunscreen required. As part of the D.C. community, the Museum invites members of each Ward to visit the Museum and BEACH with free admission during your Ward Day.

401 F STREET,NW  | 202-272-2448  |  www.nbm.org

Ready to Visit for Ward 2 Day? Here’s what you need to know:

  • The BEACH will open early for each exclusive Ward Day hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; admission for Ward residents is free until 11 a.m.
  • All visitors must use the F St. doors between 5th St. and 6th St. The Museum is metro accessible via the Red line (Judiciary Square) and the Green/Yellow line (Gallery Place-Chinatown). Please note that all visitors may be subject to a bag check upon arrival.
  • Your Ward Day is determined by your zip code, please bring a valid form of I.D. to present to the admissions desk to confirm your zip code.
  • The general public will be admitted into the Museum at 10 a.m.
  • All visitors must check in at the Museum’s admissions desk to receive their complimentary entrance and admissions wristband to the BEACH and Museum exhibitions.
  • Light refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase at Firehook Bakery on the Museum’s first floor starting at 9a.m. and at Union Kitchen inside the BEACH beginning at 10 a.m.

What is The Beach?

An interactive 10,000 square foot installation in the Museum’s Great Hall, designed with an “ocean” filled with nearly 1 million translucent plastic balls and a shoreline spotted with beach chairs and tables.

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

New Location for Bladgen Alley Meeting TONIGHT

In order to accommodate growing interest, the ANC Single Member District meeting for 2F-06 regarding Blagden Alley has been relocated. While the date and time remain the same, here are all of the details:

Wednesday, February 18, 7PM
National City Christian Church
Community Room (accessed from 14th St side entrance)
5 Thomas Circle, NW

Entrance: Enter from 14th Street through the iron gates. Once in the courtyard, the door will be on your right. Once inside, ask the receptionist for directions to the community room that is down the hall.

Note this meeting is intended for the residents of ANC 2F-06. Click the image of the map in the right-hand column of this page to view a map of 2F-06.

Charlie Bengel
Commissioner, Single Member District 06
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F

facebook.com/BengelForDC
@BengelForDC

www.anc2f.org

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

DDOT Traffic Advisory

Slide1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The following notice was issued by DDOT on April 10, 2014.

New Traffic Patterns for 900 Block of L Street and 1000 Block of 10th Street NW Start Around April 18, 2014

 
(Washington D.C.) There will be a new traffic pattern implemented on the 900 block of L Street NW and the 1000 block of 10th Street NW starting around April 18, 2014.

L St. NW between 9th St. NW and 10th St. NW

  • The direction of traffic will be changed from a one-way operation to a two-way operation.

10th St. NW between Massachusetts Ave. NW and L St. NW

  • The direction of traffic will be changed from a one-way operation to a two-way operation.

Variable message signs will be in place to guide travelers in the corridor around the new traffic pattern. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling by the work zone.

For more questions about these changes, please contact Community Development Advisor James W. Harper III at Jharper@henselphelps.com or at 202-717-8420.

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

ANC 2F Meeting Agenda for November 6, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F

REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:00 PM

Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

AGENDA

 

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY FORUM 

  • Commissioner Announcements
  • Report from Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Report from Office of Jack Evans, City Councilmember, Ward 2
  • Report from Metropolitan Police Department, Third District, PSA 307
  • Self-presentation of La Colombine coffee bar (Blagden Alley)
  • Presentation from DDOT on reconstruction of pedestrian ramps along K St, NW between 12th and 21st Streets, NW (Lee Wilson)
  • Presentation from Office of Planning on Franklin Park (Thor Nelson)
  • Presentation of team proposals for redevelopment of historic Franklin School:
    • Abdo Development and CoStar Group
    • Bundy Development Corporation, Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group and the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs
    • Douglas Development
    • EastBanc, Inc., Institute for Contemporary Expression (ICE-DC) and the ThinkFoodGroup
  • Presentation by DC Board of Elections on the Precinct Boundary Efficiency Plan
  • Community Announcements

– Five minute recess – 

BUSINESS MEETING

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes for July 10, 2013 Regular Monthly Public Meeting
  • Approval of Minutes for October 3, 2013 Regular Monthly Public Meeting

Committee Reports

ABRA (John Fanning, Chair)

  • 1209 – 1213 10th Street, NW / Blagden Alley (The American), Settlement Agreement
  • 920 14th St, NW (Park Place), petition to terminate current Settlement Agreement; APC voted (4-1-1) not to terminate SA
  • License Renewals:
    • 1435 P St, NW (Number Nine) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1610 14th St, NW (Ghibellina) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1415 P St, NW (Vegas Lounge) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1301 K St, NW (Capitale) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1318 9th St, NW (Vita, formerly Mood Lounge) – APC voted (6-0) to protest license renewal

Community Development Committee (Walt Cain, Chair)

  • 1101 Rhode Island Ave, NW (CAS/Riegler), recommendation of support for BZA request for variances
  • Discussion of Visitor Parking Program for ANC 2F
  • Removal of WMATA bus stop on west side of 14th St, NW (south of Rhode Island Ave, NW), recommendation of support

Crime and Public Safety Committee (Chris Linn, Chair)

  • Consideration of Community Impact Statements for:
    • 2012 CF2 007826: District of Columbia Vs. BAILEY, CARLITO and 2012 CF2 007828: District of Columbia Vs. WATKINS, RICKY C
    • 2013 CF2 011010: District of Columbia Vs. COLE, GREGORY A

Education Committee (Matt Connolly and Evelyn Boyd Simmons, Co-Chairs)

  • Update 

Old Business

[none]

New Business

  • Recommendation for Franklin School redevelopment proposal

Treasurer’s Report

  • Approval of Expenditures
  • Update

 

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Committee.  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 a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

 

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Historic Franklin School Redevelopment Presentations

franklinschool

In July of this year, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) selected four teams to develop proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School (facing the east side of Franklin Square). On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Thomson Elementary School Auditorium (1200 L Street, NW), the four teams (Abdo Development, Douglas Development, ICE-DC, and Lowe Enterprises) will present their development visions of the site to the community.

This is a public meeting. All interested community members are invited to attend. For more information, visit DMPED’s web site.

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Visitor Parking Pass Program for ANC 2F?

VisitorParking

At ANC 2F’s October meeting, Councilman Jack Evans said that if the ANC passed a recommendation for a visitor parking pass in ANC 2F, he would ensure that it is implemented. The plan currently in place for Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, and parts of 6 provides for one pass per household. These passes are designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on residential parking zoned streets. The passes are only valid during the hours of residential parking enforcement and in the same zone and ANC boundary as the residence where the pass was issued.

ANC 2F wants to know if there is interest in having a visitor parking program within the ANC and we want to hear from you! Please contact your local ANC commissioner (see list below) and plan to join us at the October Community Development meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

SMD Name Phone Email
2F01 Peter Lallas (202) 821-3160  peterlallas@gmail.com
2F02 Walt Cain (601) 941-9869  waltcain@gmail.com
2F03 Chris Linn (202) 669-6771  chris@chrislinn.org
2F04 John Fanning (202) 510-1983  johnjfanning2@yahoo.com
2F05 Jim Lamare (202) 292-1974  jwlamare@gmail.com
2F06 Greg Melcher (202) 713-0457  melcherg@aol.com
2F07 Matt Raymond (202) 744-1921  matt@mattraymond.com
2F08 Matt Connolly (202) 347-3590  connolly.matthew@gmail.com

Find your commissioner here

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

ANC 2F APC Meeting Agenda for October 23, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F
ALCOHOL POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7:00 PM
The Residences at Thomas Circle (Meeting Room)*
1330 Massachusetts Ave, NW
*Please note this meeting is taking place at the Residences at Thomas Circle, NOT at the Washington Plaza hotel.

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Approval of Agenda
REQUEST TO TERMINATE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
  • 920 14th St, NW (The Park)
LICENSE RENEWALS

  • 1435 P St, NW (Number Nine)
  • 1610 14th St, NW (Ghibellina)
  • 1415 P St, NW (Vegas Lounge)
  • 1318 19th St, NW (Vita Restaurant, formerly Mood Lounge)
  • 1301 K St, NW (Capitale)

LICENSE MODIFICATION REQUEST

  • 1336 14th St, NW (Ghana Cafe)

NEW LICENSE REQUEST

  • 1333 14th St, NW Glass House Coffee

OPEN FORUM

 

NOTICE:  This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Committee.  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 a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

ANC 2F CDC Meeting Agenda for October 23, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7:00 PM
The Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, NW
  • Approval of Meeting Agenda
  • Approval of August 28, 2103 Meeting Minutes
  • Approval of September 25, 2013 Meeting Minutes

OLD BUSINESS

  • 1101 Rhode Island Ave, NW, BZA request for area variance and special exception

NEW BUSINESS

  • Discussion of visitor parking options for ANC 2F
  • Discussion of potential removal of WMATA bus stop on west side of 14th St, NW south of Rhode Island Avenue, NW

OPEN FORUM

NOTICE:  This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Committee.  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 a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Oct. 19 Neighborhood Crime Awareness Meet & Greet

Community awareness about crime is one of several factors that can help reduce the crime rate in our neighborhood. Therefore, ANC 2F and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) are teaming up to host a Neighborhood Crime Awareness Meet-and-Greet outside Whole Foods this Saturday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. to share information and tips to avoid becoming a crime victim.

Representatives from MPD and the ANC 2F Crime and Public Safety Committee will be on hand to answer the community’s questions about neighborhood crime. We’re fortunate that crime overall is falling in Logan Circle, and part of that success is due to our community being aware of simple precautions we can all take to prevent crime and avoid being a crime victim! With your help raising our community’s awareness, we can keep that trend going.

Stop by and learn how you can protect yourself and make our neighborhood safer this Saturday, take home some pamphlets, and get ANC 2F crime stats.

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook