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

Lots of news to unpack for this month. This month's newsletter contains such highlights as: ANC3/4G unanimously passing a resolution to rename the fountain and to remove the plaques at Chevy Chase Circle that currently honors a racist individual from the past; the continued work of the Racism Task Force and its creation of workgroups to vigorously address issues of systemic racism; the funding of Chevy Chase as DC's newest addition to the Main Streets Program; the installation of new traffic patterns for Chevy Chase Circle; and many more items of interest. Hopefully you will find the information timely and useful.
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ANC3/4G UNANIMOUSLY PASSES RESOLUTION TO RENAME FOUNTAIN AND REMOVE PLAQUES AT CHEVY CHASE CIRCLE
At its July 27th meeting ANC3/4G unanimously passed a resolution to rename the fountain and to remove the plaques that currently honor Francis G. Newlands at Chevy Chase Circle. Newlands, was a renowned racist who perpetuated racial discrimination and injustice as evidenced by the historical record of his own words. This includes that as part of his 1912 “White Plank” campaign for the U.S. President, Newlands called for amending the Constitution to prohibit the voting rights to African Americans and to limit immigration to whites only. Residents in our community have supported this resolution as evidenced by the over 2,000 signatures on a Change.org petition, as well as scores of emails to Commissioners that expressed their desire for this action. The steps that will be part of this process which needs to be coordinated with the National Park Service (NPS manages the Circle) are detailed in the resolution. This resolution is the culmination of an ANC activity which initially began in 2014.

HELP CELEBRATE THE 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC CHEVY CHASE DC BY BECOMING A MEMBER
HCCDC is celebrating its 30th year as a nonprofit historical society conducting research and documenting the history, design architecture, landscape, streetscape and development of Chevy Chase DC. Among the work they do is a steadily increasing collection of more than 32 oral histories of current and previous residents of Chevy Chase DC. These interviews have been conducted by HCCDC board members, transcribed, and posted on the HCCDC website for all to read and use for historical research. Their new membership drive has just begun. 
DC ISSUES SELF-QUARANTINE RULES FOR VISITORS FROM MANY STATES
Based on infection rates per 100,000 people DC has deemed 27 states “high-risk" and has declared that nonessential travelers entering the city from Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin must self-quarantine for 14 days. Those in self-quarantine must stay in their homes or hotel rooms, leaving only to get food or for medical appointments, and cannot have guests. Maryland and Virginia are exempt from this requirement but for example visitors to Delaware and North Carolina who return to DC are not. Enforcement procedures have not been announced. An updated list is due to be published August 10.
NEW TRAFFIC PATTERNS FOR CHEVY CHASE CIRCLE
Chevy Chase Circle has always been an adventure for drivers as they navigate the circle. The previous plan allowed all vehicles in all three lanes to move around the circle and exit and enter as they saw fit. According to DDOT, that traffic pattern led to a number of collisions. The new plan has two circulatory lanes rather than three. The biggest change is if you want to continue around the Circle you can only do so from the innermost lane. New signage and new markings are intended to alert drivers on how to enter and exit the circle safely. The design is meant to eliminate drivers from cutting one another off. The work is being done by DC's DDOT and Maryland work crews.
METRO'S LATEST BUS ROUTE INFORMATION FOR CHEVY CHASE
The next phase of Metro’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan restores more Metrobus service starting Sunday, August 23. During this phase weekday service will improve on 174 city-wide routes with most routes operating close to normal. However there are still two bus routes that residents of Chevy Chase use that will not be operating. Those two lines are the L1 and E6 routes. Rear-door boarding will continue and customers won’t be charged a fare to ride Metrobus. Face coverings are still required to ride on transit and social distancing protocols are still suggested as much as possible while onboard.
CANDIDATES WHO HAVE DECLARED FOR UPCOMING ANC3/4G ELECTIONS
As of July 29 at 5:33pm according to the DC Board of Elections the following candidates have indicated their intent to run for the 7 Commissioner positions on ANC3/4G. They are: ANC3/4G-01, Lisa Gore and Lucinda Wade; 3/4G-02, John Higgins; 3/4G-03, Randy Speck (incumbent); 3/4G-04, Rebecca Maydak (incumbent); 3G-05, Connie Chang; 3G-06, none yet announced; 3G-07, Chris Fromboluti (incumbent). The deadline for turning in petitions, which can be done electronically, signed by 10 resident registered voters is Wednesday, August 5th. Completing this process will enable you to have your name on the November 3, 2020 ballot. More information on these procedures is available here. You can also contact Randy Speck, the current ANC3/4G Chair. He will answer any questions you might have about running and serving on the ANC. He can be reached via email or at: 202-244-2620.
MISS ATTENDING BOOK EVENTS? CHECK THESE OUT 
Many of us have been spoiled by the free author events that have always been available to us at Politics and Prose. Not to fear, if it is hearing authors speak about their books, reading from them, answering audience questions, or providing insights into the issues of the day, there are several establishments that host virtual events from around the globe that can help fill that void including our own Politics and Prose. Some choice ones are: Enjoy!
UPCOMING  ANC3/4G MEETINGS & ANC3/4G WEBSITE 
ANC3/4G has no scheduled meetings until September 14 @7pm. Meetings will most likely continue to take place via ZOOM. The next ANC Racism Task Force meeting will occur on Monday August 3 via ZOOM.
Use ANC3/4G's website to learn how the ANC functions as your first-line elected representatives within DC's government. Find out where to go for assistance, keep up with meetings and other actions affecting our community, and access current and archived activities such as resolutions and minutes. Recordings are available on our YouTube Channel. Follow us on Facebook @ANC3G and Twitter @ANC34g.

RECENT CHEVY CHASE BUSINESS OPERATION CHANGES 
Over the past month there have been several changes to business operations in our neighborhood. It is a constantly evolving situation and I try to keep everything updated on an ongoing basis on my website. Check there and with the establishments for updates. Some notable recent changes are:

  • Blue 44 - Open Tuesday-Sunday 5-9pm for dine-in, curbside pick-up & limited delivery, and Monday 5-8pm for curbside pick-up & limited delivery only.
  • Little Beast - Open daily 11am-9pm for curbside or delivery service and patio seating. Beginning August 1 they will be serving brunch Saturday & Sunday from 9am-3pm.
  • Taqueria Xochi (NEW!) - Now open within Little Beast daily 11am-5pm for patio seating, pick-up and delivery.
  • The Avenue - Open for patio and indoor dining Monday-Wednesday at 4pm and Thursday-Sunday 12pm with the kitchen closing at 9pm every day.
  • Balanced Fitness Studios - Partially open with outdoor classes (at 8325 Grubb Rd 20910 on the turf), indoor, and virtual classes. 
  • Broad Branch Market - In-store shopping available daily from 10am-7pm and limited to 5 customers at a time.
  • Harmonic Music Studios - Will remain closed for the rest of the summer but they will begin virtual lessons on September 8. Enrollment for virtual lessons will open August 10 for current patrons and August 17 for others.
  • June B Sweet - Open Monday-Saturday from 11am-3pm.
  • Write For You - Open Monday-Saturday from 11am-3pm.

MAIN STREET PROGRAM COMING TO CHEVY CHASE 
During the recent DC budget negotiations it has been reported by Councilmember Mary Cheh that funding will now exist for the creation of Chevy Chase as the newest addition to the DC Main Streets Program. Main Streets is a comprehensive program which is part of a national organization that promotes the revitalization of business corridors throughout DC. Main Streets' mission is to support the traditional retail corridors in the District. Currently there are 24 independent, nonprofit neighborhood Main Street programs in DC. This includes Tenleytown, Glover Park, Van Ness, Woodley Park and Cleveland Park to name others in Ward 3. Soon we will be able to add to this list a new Chevy Chase Main Street which can help to revitalize and support the Chevy Chase commercial corridor and the neighborhood's small business community. The Main Street program helps to retain and recruit businesses, improve commercial properties and streetscapes, provide resources, establish neighborhood activities and events, and attract consumers. Leaders in these neighborhood organizations assist businesses and coordinate sustainable community-driven revitalization efforts in their locales. This could not come at a better time for our local business community as it continues to try and rebound from the consequences of the current COVID-19 health pandemic.

ANC3/4G TASK FORCE ON RACISM CREATES WORKGROUPS TO ADDRESS ISSUES
Two meetings of the ANC Task Force on Racism have now taken place. Workgroups have been created to address some of the many issues of importance with the goal to recommend actionable items that can promote real change. These groups are:

  • Community - this group will identify ways to educate our community (e.g. workshops, book groups) on racism, diversity, inclusion and history; cultivating community relationships and using allyship to support residents of color; business diversification; and examining names of community objects, streets, monuments
  • Education & Health - this group seeks to examine and identifying issues at local schools including inequities in self-funding; recommendations for a diverse and inclusive curriculum; and, health care issues.
  • Housing - this group will examine issues of affordability and policies that encourage racial and economic diversification of housing.
  • Data Gathering - this group will design surveys in support of the other groups to collect data that will help inform decision-making as we move forward. Also included is gathering other data/statistics and resources from the DC government and other appropriate entities on issues such as policing, housing, business, education, etc.
If you are interested in being involved with the Task Force (its next meeting is Monday August 3 via ZOOM) and contributing to any of the above workgroups or if you would like additional information please email either ANC Commissioner Tuck Garfield or ANC Commissioner Malitz.

DC DATA POINTS AND RELATED INFORMATION FOR COVID-19
Last month (June 29) I was able to report that the most recent rolling 5-day average of newly reported COVID-19 infections per day in DC was 32. Unfortunately that rolling 5-day average has more than doubled since then to 68 per day through July 29. However, there is some good news to report during this time period as well. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has decreased from 135 to 87, and the number in ICU has been more than halved from 43 to 17. The District has also made great strides in ramping up its testing program in that we have now tested almost 127,000 DC residents (some duplicates included) which represents 18% of its population. DC's overall infection rate is now done to 6.6% of all tests taken. Sadly, 584 people have lost their lives to the virus in DC (4.8% mortality rate based on positive tests) including 431 (73.8%) Black/African Americans. Locally, in our ANC neighborhoods and some adjacent neighborhoods data shows a varied story on the COVID-19 impact:
                             #        #       Infection
                          cases tests       Rate 
Barnaby Woods   41   2,742      1.5%
Chevy Chase       62   2,108      2.9%
Forest Hills           75   2,851      2.6%
Tenleytown         154   4,293      3.6%
Shepherd Park   187   1,714     10.9%
Brightwood         550   3,675     15.0%

Additional COVID-19 data and information can be found in Mayor Bowser's July 29 situational report, and as always on the coronavirus.dc.gov website. On July 22 the Mayor issued a new mask wearing mandate while at the same time extending the public health emergency through October 9. Mask wearing DOES reduce the risks of spreading the virus and recent research suggests that the proper wearing of masks can help reduce the severity of the disease caused by coronavirus even if you get infected.

VIDEOS OF JULY 13 & 27 ANC3/4G ZOOM MEETINGS ON YOUTUBE 
ANC3/4G's July 13th & 27th ZOOM meetings are available on its YouTube Channel. Topics discussed at the July 13 meeting included: Conn. Ave. Reversible Lanes and Safety Study, Voting procedures for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election, ANC 3/4G’s Task Force on Racism, and the District’s FY 2021 Budget as it affects Chevy Chase. Topics discussed at the July 27 meeting included: Discussion & Vote on Resolution to Change the Name of Chevy Chase Circle; Capital Bikeshare Discussion for Northampton St.; Report on ANC's Task Force on Racism; and, Oregon Ave. Rehab Project Discussion.
Website:  jerrymalitz.com   Email address: 3G05@anc.dc.gov

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