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

This June, 2019 newsletter contains lots of neighborhood information on items such as: Requesting your help by answering a simple two question survey about the future of ANC3/4G's communication strategies, Opening information for Capital Crab, 5301 & 5303 Connecticut Ave abandoned building sites, and some DC 2020 Budget highlights. It also contains a new monthly feature, "Know Your Neighborhood," where I will be searching out and presenting interesting facts about our neighborhood so we can all get to know it a bit better. If you are not a current subscriber to this newsletter please do subscribe. Comments and suggestions can be emailed directly to me at: Jerry Malitz, and your email addresses are never shared or used for any other purposes.

NEW!KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
In this new monthly feature I will be searching out and presenting interesting facts for our neighborhood so we can all get to know it a bit better. This month's fact comes from the 2017 American Community Survey (Census Bureau) for zip code 20015. In the future, data will be presented to represent designations such as ANC3/4G, Ward 3, a school, or some other designation.

Did You Know that in 2017 zip code 20015 had a population of 15,878 with the following distribution:
19 and under      4,140     26.1%
20 - 44                3,944     24.8%
45 - 64                4,605     29.0%
65 and up           3,189     20.1%

ABANDONED LOT AND PARTLY DEMOLISHED BUILDING AT 5301 AND 5303 CONNECTICUT AVE.
The debris filled lot at 5301 Connecticut Ave. NW and the partly demolished and abandoned building at 5303 Connecticut Ave. have been a constant eyesore and danger to the residents since the developer demolished 5301 in March 2016 and partially demolished and then abandoned 5303 in November 2017. Recently someone broke into 5303 and exposed himself to students passing by. It is fortunate that other undesirable activities have not been reported. Note that these lots once contained two attractive Wardman duplex houses built in the 1920’s.  Despite numerous complaints to DCRA, Council Members and the Mayor’s Office they remain easily accessible eyesores at this time. At the upcoming June 10th ANC3/4G meeting the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the agency responsible for enforcement and consumer protection, will be on the agenda to answer resident and Commissioner questions about the lack of movement on these properties and the potential danger this lack of enforcement represents to residents.
DC CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES 2020 BUDGET
The DC City Council unanimously passed the District’s fiscal year 2020 budget. It includes $53 million for the modernization of Banneker High School, money for public housing repairs, and it funds United Medical Center with a $22 million subsidy. Other highlights include:
  • $4.2 million for Lafayette E.S. capacity expansion, including increasing the overall area of open-space floor layout by roughly 32,000 square feet and number of students by over 100. 
  • $468 million for repairing and upgrading roads, sidewalks and alleys.
  • $63 million in capital investments to increase safety for roads and intersections and to increase bike lanes and expand trails.
  • $2 million for additional towing and bike lane enforcement along 20 major corridors during morning and evening rush hour.
  • $10 million to expand Capital Bikeshare and add 18 new stations.
  • $1 million for 24 hour mobile crisis outreach.
LATEST COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE
In our most recent communication with the Department of General Services (DGS) we learned that there is still yet another delay in awarding a contract for the modernization of the Chevy Chase Community Center. As it "currently" stands there are 4 finalists in the bidding process. DGS is planning on selecting the winner by mid-June. They then indicated that they will take up to 6 weeks to negotiate final terms before any work can begin. This would make the start date sometime in the beginning of August and push back the closing date of the Community Center to sometime near April 2020. Following the award of the contract the ANC will begin to review the design process through a committee that Commissioner Fromboluti (3G-07) will chair. The task force also includes Commissioners Abe Clayman and Jerry Malitz, and residents and business representatives Connie Chang, Bill Oberdorfer and Patrick Williams. All meetings of the task force will be publicized and open to the public.
VIDEO OF MAY 13th ANC 3/4G MEETING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE
Video of the May 13th  regular meeting of ANC 3/4G is available to view on YouTube.  Meeting items from that meeting include a: 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE ANSWER THIS SIMPLE TWO QUESTION SURVEY REGARDING ANC3/4G COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
As reported last month ANC3/4G has convened a task force to examine our communication strategies. The goal is to promote accessibility, timeliness, efficiency and transparency in communicating to you. We have developed a one-minute survey (2 questions) to learn what you think. It will take less than 1 minute to complete but your answers are vital for us to better understand your preferences. Simply follow this link to respond. No personal information is requested and your answers are 100% anonymous. The survey will stay open through June 20th. Thanks in advance for your much needed and appreciated help and please feel free to share the survey link with family, friends and neighbors.

CAPITAL CRAB OPENING IN JUNE
Capital Crab (former home of Arucola) will be opening its doors for business in the very near future. The plan is for them to be open approximately by June 10th for take-out orders only (202-966-CRAB), The plan is to be open for full service dine-in 1-2 weeks after Fathers Day.

REMEMBERING GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS AT NATIONAL CATHEDRAL ON JUNE 7
The Washington National Cathedral's facade will be lit up in orange at 8:00pm on Friday, June 7, in remembrance of the more than 100,000 Americans killed and injured by gun violence in our city and across the entire U.S. every year. In 2016, more than 250,000 people worldwide died as a result of firearms, and half of all of those deaths came from six nations: Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. Together these 6 countries hold fewer than 10 percent of the world’s population. The Cathedral's Bourdon (funeral) Bell will ring 109 times at 9:00pm in memory of Americans who die daily from gunfire. You can join this event at which you can remember and honor those who have died by gun violence and join other supporters by wearing orange

DC MICRO TRANSIT
In April it was reported that the District was examining the feasibility of implementing a micro transit option for public transportation. Well DC Microtransit has become a reality but unfortuanately it does not yet include the geographic area of ANC3/4G.  As it currently operates for $3, you can travel anywhere within the service zone. Additional riders can be added for $1 each. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00am. Hopefully this new service will soon expand to our ANC. 
DC's 8TH ANNUAL SENIOR SYMPOSIUM
This annual symposium hosted by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, will take place at Ballou Senior High School on Sunday, June 19 from 8:30am - 3:00pm. This event includes speakers, educational workshops and over 70 exhibitors. Workshop topics include: Healthcare, legislation, elder justice, fall prevention, arts in aging, nutrition, accessing government resources and more! This event is FREE and is open to District residents aged 60 and older, caregivers and professionals in the field of aging. Registration is required. For more information please call 202-724-5626.
ANC3/4G WEBSITE, UPCOMING SCHEDULED MEETINGS AND AGENDA ITEMS
The ANC3/4G 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 meetings and actions affecting our community, and to access the ANC's current and archived activities including videos, agendas and minutes of all meetings.
There are two scheduled ANC meetings for June (10 and 24) at the Chevy Chase Community Center. Tentative June 10th agenda items are: 
  • Discussion of concerns raised about leases at 5745 and 5900 Moreland Street to Oxford House
  • Report on the status of the design contract for the Community Center modernization
  • Report on development of a communications strategy for the Commission, and
  • Presentation by Inez Saki-Tay, of DCRA on the agency’s recent enforcement and consumer protection enhancements.
Regular ANC3/4G full 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. Also, you can follow ANC 3/4G on Twitter.
My website is:
jerrymalitz.com

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

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