January 15, 2016
In today’s DC Register, the DC Board of Elections officially announced the vacancy for 6B09. Any 6B09 resident interested in filling the remainder of my term can pick up petitions beginning on Tues., Jan. 19. Petitions are due back to the Board of Elections by Mon., Feb. 8.
If only one individual turns in petitions on Feb. 8, and those petitions are not deemed ineligible, then that individual will automatically fill the vacancy. If more that one individual turns in petitions, a special election will be held at a future ANC 6B meeting (likely in March).
January 11, 2016
Late last week, I sent the following message to my neighborhood list:
I’m writing to share some bittersweet news. I’ve informed the DC Board of Elections that I will resign my seat as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 6B09. My last day as a commissioner will be Friday, January 15.
My decision to resign prior to the end of my term is due to some exciting personal news – my wife and I are expecting in April. While I’ve greatly enjoyed serving our neighborhood, it has been a significant time commitment with many evenings spent at meetings instead of with my family. As we prepare to grow, I’m looking forward to prioritizing family time over the coming months.
It has truly been an honor and a privilege to represent you on ANC 6B these past five years. I’m proud of working with you to keep our neighborhood united in Ward 6, pressure the city to move forward with development plans for Reservation 13, advocate for a road diet and traffic calming along 17th Street SE (plans to narrow 17th Street to one-lane north of Potomac are on track to begin in mid-2016) and push for a neighborhood-centric vision for Barney Circle and the Southeast Boulevard. I’ve also done my best to keep you updated and informed of ANC 6B meetings and neighborhood developments on my website.
While I’m certainly going to miss being a commissioner, I plan to continue being active on neighborhood issues, particularly Reservation 13 and the future of the RFK Stadium site. And I’m sure that I’ll continue to see many of you out and about in the neighborhood.
Once the vacancy is officially declared, the Board of Elections will announce procedures for a special election to fill the seat for the remainder of my term (through Jan. 1, 2016). I’ll send out an e-mail next week with additional details about the special election.
Again, thank you for your tremendous support,
September 9, 2015
ANC 6B’s Outreach & Constituent Services Task Force meeting on Thurs., Sept. 10 will feature Christina Henderson, director of the DC Council’s Committee on Education and deputy chief of staff for Councilmember David Grosso (I-At-Large). Ms. Henderson will discuss the committee’s upcoming agenda and answer task force and attendee questions.
In addition to the Q&A with Ms. Henderson, the task force will discuss ways to improve ANC 6B’s website (www.anc6b.org). The meeting will take place from 7-8:30 pm at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE).
August 9, 2015
On Tues., Aug. 11, the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations, the Metropolitan Police Department, local ANC commissioners and Hill East residents will be holding a safety walk through the neighborhood. The walk will begin at 5:30 pm at Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol Street SE) and proceed south through Hill East, ending around 7 pm at Liberty Baptist Church (527 Kentucky Ave SE). In addition to the Mayor’s Office and MPD, representatives from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Department of Human Services and Department of Behavioral Health will be in attendance.
I’ll post a final walk route if it is made available prior to the event. I’ll also attempt to live tweet the walk so residents can join in progress.
Immediately following the walk, MPD will host a rescheduled PSA 108 meeting at 7 pm at Liberty Baptist Church (a makeup for the cancelled meeting on Aug. 6). Please bring any questions or concerns you have to the walk and/or meeting.
Hope to see you on Tuesday!
August 2, 2015
We had another relatively short agenda and meeting this month. Here is a recap of major actions:
- The commission unanimously approved sending a letter (pdf) to the District Department of Transportation asking the agency how they determine whether an intersection warrants additional safety or traffic calming measures. The letter included a brief discussion of the problems with the 18th Street SE and Potomac Ave SE intersection.
- The commission voted unanimously to support a new liquor license application (pdf) for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. NRG plans to open a new restaurant at 415 8th Street SE. Kudos to Commissioners Chander Jayaraman (6B08) and James Loots (6B03) for working with the applicant and neighbors to address potential trash and odor issues in a settlement agreement. The restaurant name is still to be determined.
- ANC 6B voted 7-0-2 to support rear additions to 1010-1012 Pennsylvania Ave SE (pdf), with a majority of commissioners finding the additions to be in keeping with the Capitol Hill Historic District. 1012 Pennsylvania Ave SE will include commercial space in the first floor.
- Jill McClanahan of DC Water provided an update on water main replacements throughout the commission area. The water main replacement on 17th Street is underway and should begin soon around 17th & C Streets SE. The replacement work will gradually proceed south to Potomac Ave SE. Once the water main replacement project is complete, DDOT will begin implementing the long-delayed 17th Street safety improvements.
- ANC 6B will not hold a full meeting in August. The next full commission meeting will be on Tues., Sept. 8, 7 pm at the Hill Center.
July 20, 2015
On July 22 at 10 am, I’m hosting a meeting to discuss options for improving the intersection of 18th Street SE and Potomac Avenue SE. The meeting will be held at the intersection which is located right in front of the main gate at Historic Congressional Cemetery.Representatives from the District Department of Transportation will be on hand to listen to resident concerns and share what can be done to improve both pedestrian and vehicular safety at this extremely dangerous intersection.
Numerous vehicle accidents have taken place at 18th and Potomac, primarily due to Potomac Avenue’s transition from a two-way to one-way street at 18th Street SE. When traveling east on Potomac Ave, vehicles often move over to the left lane prior to its conversion to a two-way street, leading to collisions or near collisions with vehicles turning right onto Potomac Ave from 18th Street.
Additionally, numerous pedestrians with dogs cross this intersection daily to access the main gate of Congressional Cemetery. Vehicles rarely yield to pedestrians and drivers often honk or yell if a pedestrian attempts to cross Potomac Avenue. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic at the intersection tend to be high during the same times (morning and evening rush hour), exacerbating the situation.
All are welcome to attend the July 22 meeting.
July 7, 2015
The DC Office of Planning has released the final report of the Southeast Boulevard Planning Study. The full study and a variety of presentations can be accessed on the Office of Planning’s website:
As I’ve said before, the concepts presented in the final report are a vast improvement over the District Department of Transportation’s initial concepts for the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard project. The goal should be to connect the neighborhood to the waterfront and OP’s concepts accomplish this goal in slightly different ways.
DDOT is currently reviewing the OP concepts to determine their feasibility. Once this feasibility study is complete, the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard transportation study will resume.
Representatives from both OP and DDOT will provide an update on the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard project during ANC 6B’s July 8 Transportation Committee meeting, 7 pm at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE).