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WHAT'S GOING ON: NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & BEYOND: January 2019
Jerry Malitz ANC3G-05
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WHAT'S GOING ON: NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS & BEYOND
JANUARY 2019: Jerry Malitz    Commissioner, ANC3G-05

HAPPY 2019! Here's hoping that it becomes a year we can all be proud of.  Newsletter issue #1 for 2019 contains information on topics such as: new DC traffic laws, neighborhood safety improvements, a closing business, holiday tree collection and much more. If you aren't already a subscriber to this newsletter please do subscribe. Ideas, comments, suggestions and concerns can be emailed directly to me at: Jerry Malitz.
NEW TRAFFIC LAWS TO TAKE EFFECT IN DC FOR 2019
Several new traffic laws have gone into effect across DC for 2019. The major thrust behind these new laws is to reduce pedestrian fatalities. These new laws include: Raising the fine for blocking a bike lane is going from $65 to $150; Passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk for pedestrians will have its fine doubled to $500, as well as adding three points on a driver’s license; there will be a new $50 fine for bicyclists who ride with headphones in both ears; driving more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit is now a criminal offense. Also, allowable right turns on a red light is being reduced city-wide. It will be prohibited at 100 intersections where it’s currently allowed. Signs will soon be installed and all signs are scheduled to be in place by this summer. The list of these newly regulated intersections (including five in Ward 3 and nine in Ward 4) can be found here. The complete notice of final rulemaking for Vision Zero Rregualtions can be found here.
CHEVY CHASE PHARMACY CLOSES ITS DOORS
After 26 years under current ownership the Chevy Chase Pharmacy has closed down. Owners Gregory and Anne posted a letter on the door announcing their closure which occured on November 27. In their letter they also stated that "all your prescription files shall be securely transferred to your local CVS Pharmacy at 5550 Connecticut Avenue." It is always a bit sad to see a local business close down especially one that has served the community for so many years.
 

DC COUNCIL APPROVES PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITIES INSTALLATION & PROMOTION ACT
In December the DC Council unanimously approved a bill that will establish two pilot programs: one involving the installation of public restroom facilities in up to two high-need areas of the city, and the other an incentive program for businesses permitting public use of their restrooms. Currently in DC there are only four public restrooms open for limited hours during the day, and only three bathrooms — located at Union Station, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial — that are available 24/7. Versions of this bill were first introduced in April 2017. 

CHEVY CHASE COMMUNITY CENTER RENOVATION UPDATES
Although funds became available on October 1, 2018, the Department of General Services (DGS) has not yet issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design work on the Community Center modernization.  ANC 3/4G has asked repeatedly for the status of the RFP and we were last told it would be released on December 17 but that did not happen. Regardless, ANC 3/4G continues to work towards obtaining information to help existing programs acquire transitional space needs for their programs.  We have now accounted for virtually all current programs and will report on the status for transition during construction at the upcoming January 14 ANC meeting. If anyone has any further input for this process regarding transitional space needs please contact Commissioner Abe Clayman or Commissioner Jerry Malitz.

PRIVATE SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The DC government originally allocated $500,000 to fund a program that offers residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions a cash rebate for security cameras installed on the exterior of homes or businesses (up to $500 for residents, up to $750 for businesses). The $500,000 fund has not yet been used up so this program is continuing into 2019 (view latest report). Some of the requirements to participate in this program include: The camera system must have been purchased and installed on the property after September 22, 2015. Cameras must be installed on the exterior of a building/home and must be weather-proof (facing the public space). They can be on an outside fence or garage if pointed at an alley. You must have at least 250GBs of storage for video (e.g. a memory card, onsite recorder or a cloud service like Dropbox or other system). You can receive up to $500 for a household, but only up to $200 per camera. For example, if you buy one camera for $250, you get a$200 rebate. Installation costs, hosting costs are not covered -- just the cameras. For businesses, it's $750 total but still only $200 per camera. Further details can be found here.

UPCOMING QUARTERLY FORUM FOR SMD 3G-05
Please join me and interested neighbors in what will the first SMD 3G-05 specific quarterly forum. This is not a formal ANC 3/4G meeting, instead it is simply an hour-long opportunity for individuals in SMD 3G-05 to gather to discuss neighborhood matters or concerns, small or large. Think of them as a way to raise issues or ask questions. Let's give it a shot and see if is worthwhile. The first of these will take place Wednesday January 23 from 7:30-8:30pm at the Chevy Chase Community Center. 
SIDEWALK INSTALLED ON CHEVY CHASE PARKWAY BETWEEN LEGATION & MILITARY
It has been a long-time coming but a sidewalk has now been installed on the east side of Chevy Chase Parkway between Legation Street and Military Road. In addtion to providing a safer pedestrian walk towards a busy stretch of Military Road the sidewalk includes a slight bump-out at the Military Road end which slows down traffic to a safer speed as cars are turning right onto Chevy Chase Parkway. Although but a small stretch of improvement this enhances neighborhood safety and DDOT's installation was very well done. 
MILITARY ROAD NOTICE OF INTENT REGARDING PARKING RESTRICTIONS
Pursuant to a safety study DDOT determined that parking should be removed along Military Road to achieve better sight distance for the northbound Chevy Chase Parkway approach. In addition, it was determined that parking should be removed from the west of Chevy Chase Parkway to better facilitate turning operations. These were determined in close coordination with the ANC and area residents and resulted in a October 29 Notice of Intent (NOI) posting which was open for comments for 30 business days. The comment period closed on December 12 with zero comments received. DDOT will now proceed with the following:
  • Remove 40’ of parking on the south curb of Military Road to the east and west of the intersection with Chevy Chase Parkway.
  • Remove 15’ of parking on the west curb of Chevy Chase Parkway just south of the intersection with Military Road.
This increased visibility will hopefully reduce the danger and the number of accidents at that intersection. 
RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS FOR SENIORS
As more streets in our neighborhood are being designated for Residential Parking Permits (RPP) please be aware that seniors (65 and older) are eligible to receive their permits at the reduced rate of $25 per year instead of the regular $35 per year. This might not seem like much but for those on fixed incomes it helps. When applying or renewing please remember to specify your eligibility for the reduced rate.

HOLIDAY TREE COLLECTION
Holiday trees and greenery will be collected through DPW's recycling program between January 14 and February 2. Residents in DPW-serviced households should place their trees and greenery where their recyclables are normally collected. Trees and greenery collected during these three weeks (and those brought to the Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer stations) will be composted and made available to residents for free. Please remove all ornaments and lights; do not put trees and greenery in a bag. After February 2, place holiday trees and greenery where trash is collected. They will be picked up with trash as space in DPW trucks permit. Trees and greenery collected after February 2 will not be composted.

VIDEO OF DECEMBER 10TH ANC 3/4G MEETING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE
The December 10th regular meeting of ANC 3/4G is available to view on YouTube. This meeting included a discussion regarding the possible installation of a Capital Bikeshare station at the site of the Farmers Market at Lafayette Elementary School,  DPW's plans for leaf pick-up and snow removal, and a continued discussion regarding ANC grant applications. (Note: No votes were taken on any topics at this meeting due to the lack of a required quorum).
UPCOMING ANC3/4G MEETINGS
The ANC 3/4G website is where you can get to know your ANC commissioners, learn how the ANC functions as your first-line elected representatives within the District's government, find out where to go for assistance, track the most important neighborhood topics, keep up with the meetings and actions affecting our community, and access the ANC's current and archived activities including videos, agendas and minutes of all meetings. There are two scheduled ANC meetings for January (14th and 28th). January14th agenda items include:
  • Discussion on petition for the installation of a Capital Bikeshare station at site of Farmers Market at Lafayette Elementary School
  • Votes on grant applications
  • Status of the Community Center Modernization and preparations for transition during construction.
Regular ANC3/4G meeting agendas are posted prior to every meeting. Minutes of previous meetings are also posted on the ANC website, and you can catch up on all the proceedings by watching video recordings of our most recent and past meetings on our YouTube channel ANC3G and while you are there please subscribe. All ANC meetings take place at the Chevy Chase Community Center.
My website is:
jerrymalitz.com

My email address is:
3G05@anc.dc.gov

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