Category Archives: Events

NEWS: May 2014 Agenda – Regular Meeting and Overflow (Special) Meeting

The agenda for the ANC’s May REGULAR & OVERFLOW meeting has been posted and can be viewed at the following link:

May Regular Meeting

May Over-Flow Meeting Meeting

The REGULAR meeting will take place on the second Wednesday of the month — on the 14th of this month — at 7pm in the Brookings Institution building at 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

The OVER FLOW meting will take place on Monday, May 19th, 2014 – at 7pm in the Berstein Building (SAIS) at 1717 Mass. Ave Room 500.

NEWS: April 2014 “Votes of the ANC”

This new blog, “Votes of the ANC” will be posted on the next day after our meeting to explain the votes that took place the night before. The language in resolutions will still be up to final review and some change may be made.  Last night at our monthly ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

Meeting Minutes & Work Calender

1. Approval of March 2014 regular meeting minutes subject to technical changes. Passed 8-0.

Public Announcements 

2. Stonewall Kickball All-Star Event letter of support, 4/26/14 @ Stead park. Passed 8-0.

3. Pride Parade, 6/7/14. Passed 8-0.

Alcohol Applications 

4. Renewal Application 1819 Club, 1918 M Street NW for CN (nightclub) license. Protest on the grounds of peace, order, and quit. Passed 7-0.

5. License for G Street Food. Passed 7-0.

Public Space Applications 

6. Application by Glen’s Garden Market. Passed 8-0.

7. Object Kabin Group ‘s Application. Passed 8-0.

8. Doi Moi sidewalk cafe seats. Passed 7-0.

9. 1145 19th Street unenclosed sidewalk cafe. Passed 8-0.

General

10. Proposed Changes to bylaws. Passed 8-0.

Committee & Liaison Reports

11. Voting on membership of new Transportation & Public Infrastructure Committee. Passed 8-0.

Current Members:

Commissioner Noah Smith, 2B09, Chair

Commissioner Kevin O’Connor, 2B02

Commissioner Kishan Putta, 2B04

Commissioner Mike Silverstein, 2B06

Commissioner Will Stephens , 2B08

Proposed Additional Members:

Rudi Riet, 2B02

Susan Volman, 2B04

Tom Hay, 2B09

David Suls, Golden Triangle BID

 

 

BLOG: Report on quarterly ANC Chairs meeting with Mayor Gray: FY 2015 budget

Cross-posted at www.willstephensanc.com

On Monday, April 7th, Mayor Gray hosted his quarterly meeting with ANC Chairs and agency heads.  This is an initiative that the Mayor started about 3 years ago.  The meeting usually begins with introductions, and then a presentation or two from various city agency representatives, followed by questions and open discussion.  These sessions can be very useful because the Mayor includes all of the agency heads at the meetings.  This way, there is always someone to answer any question that arises, and the Mayor can direct an agency head to follow up on concerns or issues raised during the discussion.  I hope whoever is the next mayor will continue this new tradition.

Monday night’s meeting focused almost exclusively on the budget.  The session began with a presentation on the Mayor’s proposed FY 2015 budget by Eric Goulet, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Budget and Finance.  Full budget information is available here.

Some overall highlights of the budget overview included the following:

  • Increases the District’s fund balance to $1.75 billion (the highest ever) to improve the city’s bond rating;
  • No new taxes or fees;
  • Represents a 4.5% total increase over the approved FY 2014 budget;
  • Human services and education make up over 60% of the total budget; and
  • 71% of the budget is generated from local taxes and fees (with the rest coming from federal grants, payments, and Medicaid).

With respect to the ANC and our part of the city in particular, some highlights of the budget presentation included the following:

  • $38 million for renovation of Garrison Elementary School;
  • Property tax relief for seniors (based on the recent legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Anita Bonds);
  • Creation of a “One City Business Portal” for unified licensing and permitting;
  • Fully funds a force of 4,000 police officers; and
  • $114 million for sidewalk repairs, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements (including eliminating the current $18 million backlog of outstanding sidewalk repairs).

This is the third year that the Mayor has discussed the budget with ANC Chairs, followed by town hall meetings around the city.  I thanked the Mayor for respecting the intelligence of ANC Commissioners and residents by hosting these sessions.  The budget is probably the most important piece of legislation that the Council passes each year, but at the same also the hardest for individual residents and stakeholders to understand, because it is so large and dense.  The budget puts hard dollars toward priority items and thus reflects our values as a city — how we want to improve the quality of life and help people.  I appreciate that the Mayor is willing to explain clearly the priorities reflected in the budget proposal, package it in a way that is understandable, answer difficult questions about it, and solicit feedback on it.

With regard to specific budget items that we discussed at the quarterly meeting, I thanked the Mayor on behalf of our ANC for the Garrison School funding, as well as for funding the backlog of sidewalk repairs, given the heavy pedestrian traffic in our area.  I suggest that ANC Commissioners host walk-throughs of their Single Member Districts to make sure any necessary sidewalk repairs are noted and logged in the District Department of Transportation’s list in order to get repaired between now and the end of FY 2015.  I’ll be doing a sidewalk repair walk-through in 2B08 with DDOT representatives in May.

The Mayor, Mr. Goulet, and others will be holding town hall meetings in each ward to discuss the budget proposal.  The Ward 2 Budget town hall meeting will take place at the Sumner School (17th and M) at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 24th.  Community members are encouraged to attend.

NEWS: March 2014 ABRA Policy Committee Meeting Agenda

Agenda for the March 19, 2014 Meeting of the ABRA Policy Committee

  • Debrief: Thoughts/Next Steps from the March 10, 2014 Public Safety Meeting
  • Discussion of Councilmember Graham’s “ABC Establishment Promoter Licensing Act of 2014”
  • Protest Updates
    • Bistro Bistro (2B01)
    • Midtown (2B05)
    • Dirty Martini (2B05)
    • Rose Bar (2B05)
    • Public Bar (2B06)
    • 18th St Lounge (2B06)
    • Bar Code (2B05)
    • Chi-Cha Lounge (2B08)

NEWS: Public Safety Meeting 3/10/2014 7pm

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will host a public safety meeting Monday night, March 10th at 7pm at the Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW.

The meeting is in response to a series of violent crimes in the area south of Dupont Circle and other nightlife areas in DC. Residents and officials will be briefed on recent incidents and steps being taken to ensure public safety.

Representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department will take part, along with the Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Other District officials will also be there.

The primary focus of the meeting will be public safety, but there will also be an update on steps being taken to enforce the District’s noise laws.

NEWS: Free Financial Planning Day (Nov. 2nd)

The D.C. Government is providing free financial planning advice to D.C. residents on Saturday, November 2nd.  Please see the following press release from the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking:

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For Immediate Release 
Oct. 23, 2013

 

Free Financial Planning Day for Metro Washington Residents:Nov. 2

 

 

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 23, 2013) – We’ve all heard that there’s no free lunch, but in these challenging economic times, D.C. area residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at the 4th annual Metro Washington Financial Planning Day Nov. 2 at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus.

 

The D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking is co-hosting this event with the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area and others to provide residents with free advice on budgeting, retirement planning, income taxes, investment strategies and more.

 

See more information below and get all the details, including registration, at:www.FinancialPlanningDays.org/DC

 

WHAT: The Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is an opportunity for residents to meet one-on-one with highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals and experts from the Financial Planning Association to address important financial issues including: getting out of debt, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, mortgages and foreclosures and more. The event will also feature a series of classroom-style educational workshops addressing key personal finance topics including financial planning for women, real world retirement planning and how to be a smart investor.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 

 

WHO: The Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is a part of the national Financial Planning Days initiative, a ground-breaking program involving city governments and thousands of financial planners nationwide, in an effort to provide free financial education and programming to people nationwide. The D.C. event is organized by the Government of the District of Columbia, the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, in partnership with four national non-profit organizations – Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

 

TO PARTICIPATE:  Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at www.FinancialPlanningDays.org/DC or by calling toll free at (877) 861-7826.  Walk-ins are welcome. The venue is located just one block from the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the green and yellow lines.

 

Members of the news media are invited to attend the event and interview the organizers.

For more information contact:  Tanya Bryant, D.C. Dept. of Insurance, Securities and Banking,(202) 442-7761 or tanya.bryant@dc.gov;  Daniel F. Drummond, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., (202) 379-2252 or ddrummond@CFPBoard.orgMelissa Sotudeh, CFP®, Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, (301) 961-9505 or msotudeh@warner-financial.com


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NEWS: DDOT seeking public comment on neighborhood block party approval process

This from the District Department of Transportation:

***PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE***

DDOT Seeking Public Input on its Neighborhood Block Party Management Process

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Public Space Regulations Administration (PSRA) is hosting a public meeting on March 20 to allow members of the public to comment and ask questions about its management process for neighborhood block parties.

Representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department, Fire Department, Deputy Mayor’s Office for Public Safety and the PSRA team will be on hand listen to listen to the public and answer questions.

PSRA took over the public space permitting process for neighborhood block parties nearly a year ago and is aiming to improve the process by collaborating with the community and other government agencies.

What:                   Public Meeting for Block Party Management Process

When:                  Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where:                DDOT PSRA Permitting Center, 1100 4th Street, SW (2nd Floor Community Room)

For information about the Public Space Permits please visit the Public Space Regulations Administration web-page or contact the Permitting Center at 202-442-4670.