06 Sep 2018


Updates From Your ANC Commissioners

We periodically share updates from your ANC commissioners, edited for brevity and clarity. Although these are most pertinent to particular single member districts (SMDs), we feel the information shared can be of interest to the whole Capitol Hill community. Are you an ANC commissioner who shares regular updates? Add thehillishome@gmail.com to your distribution list, please! –María Helena Carey

The DC flag. Photo by María Helena Carey, via Instagram.

From Amber Gove, ANC 6A04
Litter Cleanup

Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m.
Locations include Atlas Vet, Pretzel Bakery, Capital Candy Jar, 7-Eleven and more.

Tom Dunkel, organizer extraordinaire writes:
“There will be a litter cleanup this Saturday morning, Sept. 8th, at the 15th Street, SE 7-Eleven store. Start time is 9 a.m. Please join us if you can spare an hour to help clean up the neighborhood streets and keep sewer trash out of the Anacostia River. As usual, litter bags and sanitary gloves will be provided, plus free coffee and donuts.

If possible, send an email RSVP in advance to CleanCapHill@gmail. com. Why? Primarily so we can notify you if there’s a rain cancellation.

Stay tuned: We may post a few other Sept 8th cleanup sites in the next day or two.”

Maury Modernization Community Meeting

Tues Sept 11, 6:30 PM
Maury Village @ Eliot-Hine, 1840 Constitution Ave NE

From Nathan Morris, DCPS Project Manager:
“Hello Maury community,

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday 9/11 at 6:30pm in the new multipurpose tent for the Maury community meeting. DCPS, DGS and the general contractor will be present to provide project updates and answer any questions. Below is the agenda for next week’s meeting:

9/11/18 Maury community meeting agenda
Summer activity recap
Modernization design / construction update
Construction lookahead
DDOT update
Next steps

Please let me know if there are any questions before the meeting – we hope to see you all there. Attendees are welcome to enter through the C Street gate or the main entrance. Please invite your fellow community members, this meeting is open to all!

Best regards,

Nathan Morris

Dog Poop

Lastly, I’ve received a few complaints about dog poop. If you are a dog owner please be sure to pick up after your pet. And if you see poop and have a bag, help your neighbor out.

From Kelly Waud, ANC 6B07

Dear neighbors and friends,

I’ve taken on this ANC position, and am running again this November, because I love this community and the people in it. I love the connections people have formed, block parties I see in G Street front yards, that I hear about on 13th Street, and the L ST 4th of July party. The community is my reason for running again.

Well right now some of the community are hurting. The fire on Friday night at Hopkins building at 1430 displaced 3-4 families, and one of those lost almost everything. Ms Abena is the president of the family association at Hopkins, and I have worked with her (side by side) on building the community gardens at Hopkins, attended her back-to-school fest, and support her healthier living initiatives and dreams. She’s a strong, dynamic woman and has lost so much in the blaze.

I’ve seen the damage firsthand, and am asking you to donate to help her rebuild. Donations of any size are welcome!!

Please check out the GoFundMe site here: https://www.gofundme.com/hopkins-fire?member=696164 and give if you can.


From Kirsten Oldenburg, ANC 6B04

Cup of Joe with Joe
Friday, September 7, 8-9:30 a.m.
Hype Cafe, 1129 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Joe Weedon represents Ward 6 on the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) and is running for re-election on November 6. This event will be informal – no speeches. You can stop by on your way to work, buy coffee/support the local business!, and talk to Joe and his volunteer campaign staff about whatever is on your mind. Hope to see you there.

Lots of Street Closures in DC
Fall brings festivals and races and … The 9/4 edition of the 1D MPD Yahoo Group lists 4 events upcoming in DC that will close various streets to vehicle traffic. They include Adams Morgan Day (9/9), Celebrate Pentworth (9/8). Race for the Cure (9/8), Nation’s Escape Triathilon (9/9). Most affect NW streets and people going into NW.

Closer to home, perhaps, and later on: H Street NE Festival (9/15) and Barracks Row Fall Festival (9/29)

Back to School Night at Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy, 709 12th Street SE, 5-7 p.m.
Sarah Lehar, Principal of the school, invites the community to this annual event at the school’s Capitol Hill Campus.
For the first hour parents/guardians and others will rotate through sessions with teachers to get to know them and the learning experience at the school. In the second hour, the school is hosting fun carnival activities to build relationships. Activities include popcorn making, caricatures (done by the school’s art teacher), ring toss, pin the tail on the eagle and much more! The activities will occur in the cafeteria and courtyard you can reach from 11th Street SE.

Missed Trash Pickups
About every Tuesday for the last year, I have received an email from DPW apologizing that Monday trash and/or recycling collections were missed in areas of ANC 6B and promising that the picks up will occur Tuesday. I don’t know what’s wrong but it’s time for DPW to correct the problem. Meanwhile, every time you are missed, please access the DC 311 Portal https://ouc-dc311.force.com/Citizen or call 311 and make a Missed Trash Collection report. Or, you can wait a day and see if DPW follows through on its own. Remember, this week trash is missed if it wasn’t picked up on Tuesday or Friday because of the Monday holiday.

Doggie Day Swim
Saturday, September 8, noon
DPR’s annual event is held at the Upshur Outdoor Pool, Randall Pool & Francis Pool this year. To reserve a space, go here. Other DPR activities for the weekend include the Dupont Brass Band, playing at noon, at the SW Duck Pond, 6th and I Streets SW.

ABRA Training for the community
Thu Sept 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location 2000 14th St NW, Suite 400 South
The Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA) has announced it will hold training for residents and community organizations on DC ABC laws, protest processes, and the like. To attend you need to register online or contact the ABRA Community Resource Officer Sarah Fashbaugh by September 14. Telephone 202-397-3971 or sarah.fashbaugh@dc.gov

It’s been widely reported so you probably already know that DC’s CaBi bike share program is now offering electric bicycles in a pilot program. All the details are here. As mainly a pedestrian, I am not particularly pleased that I read elsewhere these bikes can travel up to 18 mph. On the street, please, not the sidewalks!

If you want to know, ask the supervisor?
For over a year I have been trying to get some one (DDOT, Pepco, Washington Gas, DC Water …) to tell me when the steel plates in the roadway at the SW corner of 11th & Pennsylvania Ave/E Street will be removed. Then, I started to ask about the cut in the sidewalk on the corner when it happened about 6 months ago. Silence. Or, promises to get back to me. Then today, a DCI crew showed up at the spot and removed the plates and started digging. Some one I assume was a supervisor, told me that Pepco had tasked DCI to enlarge the vault. And, when will this be completed, I asked? October was the response. And, on it goes …

My August Crime Reports email is past due because this is ANC meeting week. I’ll try to get it out over the weekend. Meanwhile, save Wednesday, Sept. 26, evening, if you need any information about how to get vehicles to slow down on your block. DDOT will be making a Traffic Calming 101 presentation. There will be lots of Q&A time. Details to come.

From Scott Price, ANC 6C03

November election.
As I earlier reported, I am not seeking another term as the ANC6C03 Commissioner. A friend and neighbor, Jay Adelstein, is the only candidate whose name will be on ballot for this position. Jay, as resident of 7th Street NE, is a long time Capitol Hill resident who has been active in many Hill activities. In addition to being a former President of Stanton Park Neighborhood Association and an active member of the Friends of Northeast Library, Jay currently is on ANC6C’s Transportation and Public Space Committee. Jay and his wife, Patricia, have raised two children who attended school on Capitol Hill.

Changes to parking restrictions on 8th St NE between C and D Streets.
DC’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) has reviewed the traffic and pedestrian patterns in the 300 block of 8th Street, and wants to convert three RPP parking spaces into a loading zone. These changes will be discussed in two meetings:

– ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meeting on Sept 6 at Kaiser Permanente at 700 2nd Street NE. The meeting begins at 7pm.

– ANC6C full commission meeting on Sept 12 in the Heritage Foundation at 214 Mass Ave NE. The meeting begins at 7pm. The ANC’s comments about the DDOT approach must be submitted by Sept 24.

Neighbors originally sought a more aggressive approach — to establish either an All-Way STOP or a traffic light at the corner of 8th and D. However DDOT determined the intersection did not have sufficient traffic to warrant a more aggressive approach.

As described in slide 1 of the attached file, DDOT recommends creating a loading zone south of the intersection of 8th and D NE. I’ve been told there have been several scary incidents involving children with their parents trying to cross 8th to access the music store on the east side. In a separate communication, DDOT clarifies that the preferred location for the loading zone is on the west side of the intersection south of D St.

Slide 2 of the attached file (Click here for ANC6C03 notes about 8th and D loading zone Aug 6, 2018) is a map that shows the area in general. Between 5th and 8th Streets, and between E and Constitution Ave, we will experience more than 200 new residences (measured against a 2016 baseline) so the increase in pedestrian traffic is not surprising. I’ve been told there will also be many new residences east of 8th Street.

The left side of slide 3 shows my understanding of the current parking restrictions in the 300 block of 8th. I added some comments on the right side of the slide.

On slide 4, the left side is the same map as on slide 3 of current parking restrictions. In the middle of slide 4 is my recommendation to change parking restrictions in the block:
— since there is now more commercial activity in the north end of the block with the music store,
— and less activity in the south end of the block now that the dialysis center has closed,
— more commercial parking is required in the north and less in the south ends of the block.
Some notes about this recommendation are in the right side of the slide. Bottom line: I recommend the total number of parking spaces for holders of Zone 6 Residential Parking Permits (RPP) should remain the same in this block, or should increase.

This change in parking restrictions involves a delicate balance. On the one hand, the safety of the children and others who use the stores should be protected. On the other hand, the residents of the block — particularly if they are older and/or handicapped — are at risk of robbery and worse if they need to park their cars several blocks from their homes late at night: the area within 1/4 mile of 8th and Const Ave has always experienced the greatest amount of crime of any area in the district I represent, and the success of H Street commercial development makes on-street parking scarce in this neighborhood.

NE Library new equipment.
The DC Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library had a laboratory where people could digitize their audio tapes, slides and other media. While the MLK building is being renovated, this equipment has been relocated to the NE Library. More information is at https://www.dclibrary.org/labs/memorylab

Move obstructions from sidewalks.
Please work with me to eliminate the hazards of carelessly-parked scooters and bicycles from sidewalks. The equipment blocks the sidewalk for handicapped people, and can create a dangerous safety hazard for people with vision impairments. The equipment should be parked between tree boxes but without interfering with people who need access to doors of parked cars, particularly the driver’s door.

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