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WHAT'S GOING ON: NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & BEYOND: February 2020
Jerry Malitz ANC3G-05
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WHAT'S GOING ON: NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & BEYOND
February 2020: Jerry Malitz    Commissioner, ANC3G-05

This February 2020 newsletter has lots of news for our neighborhood including: An update on the Comprehensive Plan Task Force report and upcoming vote on an ANC resolution; Weekend brunch options in Chevy Chase; Household lead issues in water; Fighting energy and police related scam attempts; and many other news items.  If you are not a current subscriber please subscribe to receive it directly when published via email. Send all comments and suggestions to Jerry Malitz, and be assured your email address is never shared or used for any other purpose.
WEEKEND BRUNCH ABOUNDS IN CHEVY CHASE 
Although brunch is not one of the "official" three meals in a day it seems to be a weekend highlight for many. Many restaurants now embrace brunch as a special event and offer special menus to accommodate guests who enjoy this meal. Here in Chevy Chase we are fortunate to have 6 restaurants who participate in brunch activity with special menus and hours. If you are a fan, or just want to try something new, here are the establishments and the hours that they have special brunch menus. Enjoy!
  • Blue 44 - Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 2:30pm
  • Bread & Chocolate - Saturday & Sunday, 7am - 7pm
  • Little Beast - Friday - Sunday, 9am - 2pm
  • Macon Bistro - Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 2pm
  • Parthenon - Sunday, 11am - 3pm
  • The Avenue - Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am - 2:30pm
Links for all the restaurants, many with menus posted are available here.
MIGHT THERE BE LEAD IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD WATER?
Water is essentially lead-free when it first begins to travel through the DC Water distribution system. However, clean water can come in contact with lead as it flows through pipes and plumbing in and around your home. Lead enters water through corroding plumbing materials including lead service pipes, galvanized iron household pipes, lead solder, and brass faucets, valves, or fittings. It is important to identify and remove any lead sources in each building. DC Water has historic data for the public portion of the water service line from plumbing records, service installation, and some maintenance activity that has been reported to DC Water or another utility agency. This information is readily available through an interactive map that reflects available information for each active customer in DC. There is also free lead testing available.
FIGHTING BOTH UTILITY & POLICE RELATED SCAMS
The DC Public Service Commission has created an online consumer resource guide that provides information on what to do if you are on the receiving end of scam attempts. These might include disconnection threats, fake bills, overpayment tricks, and equipment fees. The website includes consumer tips, videos, and community resources. This is in response to an increase in phone, online and in-person scam attempts. Additionally, MPD has issued a warning about a financial telephone scam, where callers posing as representatives of MPD falsely assert criminal legal action in exchange for monetary funds. This includes claims that federal subpoenas and warrants have been issued against individuals.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES & OTHER BOOK SHARING UNITS
We are fortunate to have the Chevy Chase Public Library in our community. In addition, we also have several book sharing kiosks scattered throughout the neighborhood. Most of them belong to the Little Free Library network. Although that website includes a map of locations most of those in Chevy Chase are not registered so they do not appear on the map. Here is a more complete list of where to find these kiosks (area bordered by Reno Rd. to Broad Branch and Jennifer St. to Western Ave.) Happy Reading!
3700 block of Jennifer St. (north side)
3700 block of Jocelyn St. (south side)
3600 block of Legation St. (north side)
4100 block of Legation St. (north side)
3700 block of Livingston St. (north side)
3800 block of Military Rd. (south side)
3500 block of Runnymede (north side)
6100 block of Western Ave. (north side)
5300 block of 38th St. (west side)
5800 block of Broad Branch (west side)
5300 block of Conn. Ave. (west side)
THE NEVER FUNDED DC LAW TO HELP TIPPED WORKERS
Over one year ago the DC City Council overturned a voter-approved initiative that would have increased the wages of tipped workers. At that time they promoted other policies as a preferred method of helping tipped workers in lieu of a higher minimum wage. As of now, neither Mayor Bowser nor Council Chair Mendelson, who led the repeal effort, included the $2.6 million in the budget necessary to implement the pledged programs that would help city regulators enforce the new requirements aimed at improving working conditions for food servers and bartenders as promised. 
WATCH YOUTUBE: ANC3/4G & TASK FORCE MEETINGS
Videos of the regular January 13 & 27 ANC3/4G meetings and a January 23 Comprehensive Plan task force meetings are available to watch on our YouTube channel. Highlights include:
  • ANC3/4G Public Meeting January 13 - Discussion of the survey conducted and draft report from the ANC’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force; Update on the Chevy Chase Community Center modernization design process; and, An update on the Oregon Ave. reconstruction project.
  • Comprehensive Plan Task Force January 23 - Brief Summary of Survey Conducted by the Task Force; Public Comments on Draft Report and the Planning Process; and, Small Area Plan Discussion.
  • ANC3/4G Public Meeting January 27 - Presentation by DDOT on progress for installation of sidewalks on Chestnut Street; Presentation by Dept. of Energy & Environment on their energy assistance programs; and, Discussion of the draft report from the ANC’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force and the forthcoming ANC resolution.
FINAL ANC RESOLUTION ON THE DC COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IS NEARING A VOTE
The deadline for ANC's to submit Comprehensive Plan comments and resolutions to the Office of Planning (OP) is February 14. The work of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force (12 individuals including 8 residents or business owners and 4 Commissioners) which was tasked with developing a report to help advise and inform ANC3/4G is complete. This volunteer Task Force did an enormous amount of work and should be commended for their dedication and effort to complete this difficult task. The January 23 draft report is publicly available. A new draft is now being finalized with mostly format and clarity changes that will improve readability. The content is basically the same. At the upcoming February 10th ANC public meeting there will be a vote on a resolution which will be delivered to the Office of Planning. OP has publicly committed to respond to ANC comments as part of the revision process to the Comprehensive Plan. A draft of the ANC resolution includes the following recommendations.
  • The Office of Planning should identify the area along Conn. Ave. from Chevy Chase Circle to Livingston Street as the Chevy Chase Gateway and they should take the following actions with respect to this area:
  1. Designate the area as a Future Planning Analysis Area.
  2. Include policies to enhance the area with new development of compatible scale, function, and character with the neighborhood and improve economic diversity by expanding affordable and moderate-income housing.
  3. Complete a small area plan before making the changes to currently proposed zoning designations in the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). The requested small area plan should include specific characteristics.
  • The Office of Planning should pursue additional development in the area in the following manner:
  1. Pursue creative affordable housing solutions while recognizing that inclusionary zoning is not the most effective way to achieve the District’s affordable housing goals.
  2. Develop affordable and moderate-income housing that is suitable for families.
  3. Develop a new library that includes mixed-income housing on the site of the current Chevy Chase Public Library.
  4. Preserve rent-controlled units.
  5. Ensure new development is: compatible with existing buildings, reduces traffic congestion, improves pedestrian safety, addresses public school overcrowding, expands parking, and increases affordable housing.
These draft recommendations will be discussed in full on February 10th and a final vote will then take place. Please try to attend to participate in the process.
DC Health Matters provides a one-stop resource for online community access to health indicators and related resources that impact DC communities. This includes up-to-date demographic and health data; as well as maps, tables and figures. They recently announced the DC Health Matters Connect tool, a free online tool for residents, health care providers, and others to find thousands of free or low-cost resources and services searchable by zip code. 

**KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD** PEOPLE LIVING BELOW POVERTY LEVEL BY ADJACENT ZIP CODES
Did You Know that based on the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013-17 American Community Survey the percent of people living below the poverty level in the Chevy Chase zip code (20015) and all zip codes that border it ranged from 4.9 to 12.8% (Note: for DC as a whole the poverty rate is 17.4%).

  • 20015 - 4.9%
  • 20008 - 6.4%
  • 20012 - 8.7% 
  • 20016 - 9.8%
  • 20011 - 12.8%
SPRING DPR PROGRAM REGISTRATION STARTS FEB. 3
The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) spring program registration opens on Monday, February 3 at 9am. Programs include sports, fitness, leisure activities, senior fitness classes, and many more. Programs do fill up fast so visit the registration portal when it opens. 
FROM WHERE DOES THE TERM CHEVY CHASE ORIGINATE?
Originally published by the Etymology Nerd is this look at how neighborhoods in DC got their name. It appears that Chevy Chase comes from a poem about a 1388 battle, "The Ballad of Chevy Chase." Chevy is from the French word chevauchee, meaning "horseback raid" as used in medieval Scotland and England to describe raids made into the borderlands between the two countries. By 1725 a tract of land in British America was named "Cheivy Chace" and was eventually developed into Chevy Chase DC.
ANC3/4G WEBSITE / NEXT GENERAL ANC MEETING IS FEBRUARY 10
The ANC3/4G website is where you can: learn how the ANC functions as your first-line elected representatives within DC's government, find out where to go for assistance, track neighborhood topics, keep up with meetings and actions affecting our community, and access the ANC's current and archived activities including resolutions, agendas and minutes. The next two scheduled ANC3/4G meetings are Monday February 10 & 24 from 7-9pm. The February 10 preliminary agenda includes a discussion and vote on the ANC resolution in response to the proposed DC Comprehensive Plan. All meeting recordings are available on our YouTube Channel. Follow us on Twitter @ANC34g and Facebook @ANC3G.
Website:  jerrymalitz.com   Email address: 3G05@anc.dc.gov

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