March Meeting Highlights
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4A held its March 2020 meeting Tuesday evening at the Metropolitan Police 4th District Headquarters. The agenda was lighter than usual. Here are the top stories.
Metropolitan Police Department
It’s no surprise that the ongoing neighborhood violence was the main topic of interest during the MPD report. Captain Franklin Porter said that the police have been investigating the situation aggressively. So far, they have identified three main “crews” or gangs that have been involved in the activity and shootings. One problem that they are running into is that all of the members of these crews are young men. Without the presence of “old head” leaders, it is more difficult to get the crews to de-escalate. He also mentioned that the city’s violence interrupters have been working the cases, separately from the police department.
Mayor’s Office – Gabrielle Priest
Ward 4 liaison Gabrielle Priest shared information about the #FITDC Herstory 5K this weekend (see Upcoming Events).
She also presented the city’s new coronavirus information web site which contains advice on prevention and treatment. So far, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the District of Columbia. However, we must remain vigilant by practicing good hygiene techniques like washing our hands frequently, staying at home when we are sick and seeking out reliable, trusted sources of information. Visit dchealth.dc.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information.
Councilmember Brandon Todd’s Office – Sheryl Newman
Ms. Newman shared information about a few of the Councilmember’s latest initiatives. The office has been tracking a list of requested repairs at various city agencies. ANC commissioners and citizens can call his office to inquire about repairs in facilities ranging from DC Public Schools, Department of General Services, Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
Councilmember Todd is also working on a Public Safety Advisory Committee comprised of individuals and various agencies to help youth find employment opportunities and other activities to keep them away from the street lifestyle.
Car Sharing Vehicles Parking in Neighborhoods
In previous ANC 4A meetings, commissioners have raised issues about certain car sharing companies who have vehicles that get parked in residential neighborhoods. The companies in question do not have DC Department of Transportation permits like Car-2-Go, or vehicles used by the traditional car rental companies.
In response, the Councilmember introduced permanent legislation to restrict these car sharing companies from parking out-of-state registered vehicles in the city’s neighborhoods unless they get the registered permit from DDOT.
I have heard from too many residents across Ward 4 that carsharing companies are storing cars on our neighborhood streets, decreasing already limited parking and causing public safety concerns. Today, I introduced legislation to address this problem. pic.twitter.com/BoQlygcYw8
— Brandon T. Todd (@CMBrandonTodd) March 3, 2020
The Councilmember’s post about the bill on Twitter was “ratio’d”, which means it received almost universal opposition. On the other hand, the commissioners and the audience seemed pleased with the effort. We previously wrote about public safety issues associated with the GetAround car sharing app.
A hearing on this bill is scheduled for the end of this month. Ms. Newman asked that anyone who has an opinion on this bill should come to the hearing or send written testimony.
State Board of Education – Frazier O’Leary
Mr. O’Leary is continuing with his children’s book drive. He is accepting gently used children’s books to distribute to local Ward 4 elementary schools. Call him directly to arrange a pickup at 202.236.2184 or email email@example.com.
Department of Motor Vehicles Director Gabriel Robinson
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Director Gabriel Robinson stopped by the meeting to share information on a few critical DMV initiatives. Mr. Robinson was so enthusiastic about the REAL ID act that he spent most of his time on this one area.
The REAL ID Act was passed after the September 11, 2001 attacks and established minimum security standards for license issuance and production. It prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
DC has been issuing REAL ID compliant documents (driver’s licenses and identification cards) since 2014. 83% of DC document holders are now compliant. The deadline to have a REAL ID is October 1, 2020. After that date, everyone will have to have a REAL ID to fly domestically or enter Federal buildings.
The problem is that there is a cohort of DC residents who do not yet have a REAL ID (identified with a black star in the upper right corner) and whose documents are still valid after October 1st. That will leave those people with an ID that is a lot less useful.
Fortunately, the DMV knows exactly who the owners of these documents are. They have been targeting them with direct mail appeals to come in and get their licenses renewed before the deadline. Now, the DMV is even hosting special operating hours just for these folks to renew. The agency is trying to make it as convenient as possible.
The process is much easier than it may have been in the past. I renewed my license just a few months ago and the whole DMV visit took less than twenty minutes.
Visit the DMV website or download their mobile app on iOS or the Google Play Store to learn more about REAL ID.
- Join Mayor Bowser in celebrating Women’s History Month with the #FITDC HERSTORY 4K this Saturday at Freedom Plaza. The race begins at 9:00 am. Learn more at herstory5k2020.splashthat.com
About Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4A represents the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights and Crestwood. An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to two-year terms and serve without pay.
The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government. Although they do not have to follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.”
These are the members of ANC 4A:
|Single Member District||Commissioner||Neighborhood|
|4A01||Phyllis Caudle Green||Colonial Village||4A01@anc.dc.gov|
|4A02||Stacey Lincoln||Shepherd Park||4A02@anc.dc.gov|
|4A03||Stephen A. Whatley||Shepherd Park/Walter Reed/Brightwood||4A03@anc.dc.gov|
|4A06||Candace Tiana Nelson||Brightwood/16th Street Heights||4A06@anc.dc.gov|
|4A07||Marlene Moss||Brightwood/16th Street Heights||4A07@anc.dc.gov|
|4A08||Gale B. Black||Crestwood||4A08@anc|
Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services Ward 4 Liaisons
Gabrielle Priest – firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 603-7182
KeShawn Harris – email@example.com | (202) 724-7672
Councilmember Brandon Todd Office