ANC 4B April 2021 Meeting Highlights

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B held its April  2021 public meeting on Monday evening. The commission serves the neighborhoods of Takoma, Manor Park, and Lamond-Riggs.  This blog post will highlight some of the top stories from this most recent meeting. I have also tagged the story with links to the meeting’s YouTube video.

You can view a recording of the live stream here:

https://youtu.be/vx_oTRq4KK4

Presentations

Building Blocks DC

(Video) Linda K. Harllee Harper, Director of Gun Violence Prevention for Office of the City Administrator, presented the Mayor’s latest plan for reducing the impact of gun violence on city neighborhoods. The program is called Building Blocks DC and it is said to be a first-of-its-kind initiative to use a public health approach to prevent gun violence.

The plan is to focus resources on the 151 District blocks which account for 41 percent of violent offenses involving gun, despite making up only 2% of the city’s streetscape. People identified as at-risk for being either a victim or a perpetrator of gun violence will be engaged by the Building Blocks DC staff for programs dealing in trauma, violence prevention, job training and procurement, housing and more.

While there are several Ward 4 blocks included among the 151 that were selected, Ms. Harper declined to identify them specifically.

The program will be headquartered in the Anacostia neighborhood of Ward 8.  It has a $15 million budget for the current fiscal year.

District Task Force for Jails and Justice

(Video) The District Task Force on Jails & Justice is an independent advisory body dedicated to redefining and reinventing our local approach to corrections, ensuring that our jail is one part of a just and equitable overall system. Emily Tatro and Casey Anderson presented a brief overview of the Task Force’s “Phase I Findings and Recommendations” report (link).

The major impetus behind task force is to reconfigure the city’s relationship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and establish a path forward for the soon-to-be-decommissioned DC Jail. Advisors to the Task Force include election officials such as Councilmember Charles Allen and Attorney General Karl Racine, as well as various community stakeholders.

District Task Force for Jails and Justice

In February, the group released an 80-point plan to help the city invest in safe communities, lower incarceration rates, and propose steps for DC to regain local control over our criminal justice system, ending the use of federal prisons within ten years and creating a new facility for the city.

The presentation was pretty heavy on details. If you’re interesting in learning more, please review the linked report.

Piney Branch Road NW Traffic Calming Measures

(Video) Sayra Molina, Program Analyst with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) shared a quick update on plans to add traffic calming tools to the Piney Branch Road NW corridor between Butternut Street and Eastern Avenue.

This busy commuter route has always been problematic. While last year’s livability study played a role in the prioritization of these improvements, the recent traffic fatality at Dahlia and Piney Branch has spurred the Department into action.

Rather than go into details on the plans in a short period of time, Ms. Molina invites the public to attend an upcoming meeting with ANC Commissioner Evan Yeats.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The agenda includes:

  • History of Safety Challenges on Piney Branch
  • Impact of an Unsafe Piney Branch
  • Vision Zero in Ward 4
  • Presentation of Plan Details

Sign up here to receive a link to the virtual meeting.

DC Clean Rivers Project – Green Alleys

(Video)Amanda Zander, Seth Charde and Eric Lienhard of DC Water stopped by to provide an update on the second phase of the Green Infrastructure plan for the ANC 4B area.

The DC Clean Rivers Project is a 25-year, $2.7 billion plan to reduce the amount of raw sewage that flows into the city’s rivers.  The project includes huge underground tunnels (one of which just completed its work today on Rhode Island Avenue NW). The plan also includes planter bioretention sites and permeable alleyways. According to the DC Water website, Green Infrastructure installations such as these “manage stormwater by taking advantage of the earth’s natural processes, such as allowing the water to infiltrate into the soil, evaporate into the air or be used by plants which transpire it as vapor.”

There are six areas within ANC 4B that are targeted for these installations. You can see the full list here.

You can learn more about this upcoming project at a meeting on May 4 at 6:30.  Click here to sign up.

Reports

Report from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services

(Video) Mr. Anthony Mitchell from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services presented this month’s report for the administration. He presented the following items:

  • Mayor’s Day of Action, May 1st : Join Mayor Bowser’s Day of Action and go door-to-door to help us pre-register Washingtonians for their free COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Canvassing will start at 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. To volunteer, visit To RSVP and for more information, visit bit.ly/dayofactiondc
  • Pre-Registration for COVID-19 vaccine appointments will end on April 28th. After that point, 11 high-capacity walk-in clinics will be open to all District residents age 16 and up. Ward 4 locations will include Lamond Recreation Center.
  • Reopening Soon –
    • June 1st – Parking enforcement, street sweeping, towing, vehicles without tags/registration, minor moving violations, residential parking, and parking photo violations will be enforced.
    • July 1st – Booting, DC drivers must display valid credentialing (registration), renewal of application for professional licenses, etc. will begin.
  • Ticket amnesty – Any penalties on outstanding tickets will be waived as long as they are paid before September 30, 2021.

Report from Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

Tamira Benitez
Tamira Benitez

(Video) Ms. Tamira Benitez, Councilmember George’s Constituent Services director, shared an update from her office.

  • Emory Fellowship Church in Brightwood is hosting a vaccine clinic this Friday and Saturday for DC residents 18+. Sign up for a slot online here.
  • Introduced a “White Supremacy in Policing Act” to investigate any ties between members of MPD and hate groups that could prevent fair enforcement of the law, and to recommend preventive and detection safeguards for the Department.
  • Hearings on DC’s Comprehensive Plan begin next week. Councilmember Lewis George is focused on policies that support deeply affordable housing and prevent displacement.

Report from the State Board of Education Representative – Frazier O’Leary

(Video) Mr. Frazier shared a few notes on the education front.

  • 1/3 of school budgets have been cut by DCPS. Schools won’t know their budgets until the end of the year.
  • PARCC testing was waived for this school year.

About Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4B represents the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Takoma, Manor Park, and Lamond-Riggs. 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 4B:

Single Member District Name Email
4B01 Evan Yeats 4B01@anc.dc.gov
4B02 Erin Palmer 4B02@anc.dc.gov
4B03 Jocelynn Johnson 4B03@anc.dc.gov
4B04 Brenda Parks 4B04@anc.dc.gov
4B05 Vacant 4B05@anc.dc.gov
4B06 Tiffani Nichole Johnson 4B06@anc.dc.gov
4B07 Geoff Bromaghim 4B07@anc.dc.gov
4B08 Alison Brooks 4B08@anc.dc.gov
4B09 LaRoya A. Huff 4B09@anc.dc.gov

Find your ANC here.

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