Friday, March 23, 2018

Ward 5 Report dated 03-23-2018: "This Saturday we Rally for DC Lives"

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 12:34 PM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: This Saturday we Rally for DC Lives


This weekend we welcome marchers from around the country for the March for Our Lives. Unfortunately, in the District of Columbia, we are all too familiar with the damage that gun violence causes.

Last summer we lost the bright young life of Jamahri Sydnor, who was getting ready to begin her freshman year at Florida A & M University. Just a few weeks later, Zaire Kelly's life was taken on his way home from a college preparatory class. We know the pain that guns cause.

It is in that spirit that we will welcome the young people from Parkland, Florida and the thousands of people who will travel to the District of Columbia to march this weekend. Each member of the Council has been provided tickets to the 'stage section' of the rally and I have reached out to Jamahri and Zaire's families to ensure they are invited to be a part of the rally this Saturday.

In addition, I hope to see many of you at the Rally for D.C. Lives, which will take place prior to the national March, at 9:00 am at Folger Park (3rd and D Street, SE). We will be joined by other Councilmembers, Congresswoman Norton, Mayor Bowser, and hundreds of Washingtonians standing up against gun violence -- and D.C.'s own lack of self-determination to make our own gun laws. After the Rally for D.C. Lives, the group will walk over to the national March for Our Lives on the National Mall.

Finally, I invite those attending the march to stop by my office downtown to warm up, use the restroom, or just take a rest. The Ward 5 office in the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW will open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. (Note that you will only be allowed to enter the building from the D Street NW entrance)

In Service,

Kenyan in the Community

Councilmember McDuffie, Mayor Bowser, and District agency leadership on a community walk through of the North Michigan Park neighborhood (above, left).

Councilmember McDuffie visited several Ward 5 DCPS elementary schools earlier this month, including Noyes, Wheatley, and Burroughs. Above (right) Councilmember McDuffie talks with the principal, teachers, and students at Burroughs Elementary.

More of Kenyan in the Community:

Councilmember McDuffie on the Radio

Hearing the Council
Councilmember McDuffie was featured on the D.C. Council's new radio show, Hearing the Council, available on D.C. Government radio, WHUR 96.3 FM, HD4. If you missed it live on the air, listen to Councilmember McDuffie as he discusses growing up in Ward 5, some of the jobs he had as a young man, and what he sees for the future of Ward 5.

Business Matters with Andy Shallal
Councilmember McDuffie joined Andy Shallal for his WPFW, 89.3 FM radio show, Business Matters, where they discussed McDuffie's work to bring a lens of racial equity to an array of public policy areas including education, housing, employment, and criminal justice reform.

March with Councilmember McDuffie in the D.C. Emancipation Day Parade - Saturday, April 14

On Saturday, April 14, walk with Councilmember McDuffie & your Ward 5 neighbors as we celebrate D.C. Emancipation Day 2018. We will meet at 1:00 PM at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Parade will start at 2:00 PM and proceed along Pennsylvania Ave from 10th Street NW to 14th Street NW

Clean Up of Park at 14th Street, Rhode Island Ave, and Brentwood Road NE - Saturday, March 24

On March 24 at 10 AM, give back to your community through a litter clean up of the park, located at 14th Street NE, Brentwood Road NE, and Rhode Island Avenue NE. Organized by D.C. Department of Public Works and the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, this event provides certified volunteer hours and an opportunity to meet your neighbors. Additionally, this event is the first step in fostering a safer space at this intersection. No RSVP is needed - just show up! Garbage bags, gloves, and equipment provided.

discussion of safety improvements to 1st Street NW

See this 03-23-2018 message from Eckingtonian Edward, which is in response to this 03-21-2018 blog post from Bertha Holliday:

Good morning. I am the cyclist who prompted the discussion of First St NW with DDOT that Commissioner Holliday sent a note about on March 21. 

I would like to clarify the basis of the discussion. I initially asked DDOT regarding safe accommodation for cyclists on First St following a bad incident that I had recently. I did not ask for bike lanes explicitly.

Sam Zimbabwe and Mike Goodno at DDOT responded and indicated to me that, through the Mid-City East Livability Study, DDOT found that the neighborhood preference was to dissuade through traffic on First St and the recommendation was for mini-roundabouts that would disrupt sight lines and deter through traffic (this was in the email Commissioner Holliday attached). 

I emailed Commissioner Holliday on the responses and asked for a neighborhood discussion on improvements to First Street NW, namely the traffic calming measures mentioned by Sam and Mike - not for bike lanes. 

First St is the main thoroughfare through Bloomingdale and one where many of us walk, ride and drive. Making First St safer for everyone is important to making Bloomingdale a better neighborhood.

Please do send Commissioner Holliday your comments, but please understand that the emphasis here is for a safer First St for all residents.

Thank you.


coffee brewing at Sylvan Cafe and Bakery

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

have you signed up for this weekend's Unified Scene Theater's Love and Anger workshop?

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all-you-can-eat tacos Thursdays at El Camino tonight

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Roving Coffee Break: Big Bear x Wandering Epicures -- today, Thursday, 03-22-2018

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come play Bingo at Boundary Stone tonight -- proceeds to go to Seaton Elementary PTO

See this message from the Bloomingdale Kids list at Yahoogroups:

Play Bingo At Boundary Stone - 3/22 @5-8
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:59 am (PDT) . Posted by:
"Sal Brugman" s_brugman
Neighbors - *Mark your calendars*!

Come to *Boundary Stone* next Thursday (3/22) evening (5-8pm) to play Bingo. Eat dinner, buy a few Bingo cards, play a few games, and win some cool prizes!

PS: Proceeds go to Seaton Elementary PTO

PSS: If you want to learn more about Seaton and mingle with current parents, come!

Sal Brugman

Where's My Ukulele? at The Unified Scene Theater this Friday, 03-23-2018

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March snow in Bloomingdale

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

proposal for bicycle lanes on 1st Street NW

From: Bertha Holliday  
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 8:24 PM
Cc:; Goodno, Mike (DDOT)
Subject: Proposal for bike lanes on First St. NW -- Please post on Bloomingdale blog and listserv

DDOT has asked me, as ANC5E07 Commissioner, of my opinion regarding the installation of bike lanes on First St, NW (New York Avenue to Rhode Island and possibly to Michigan Avenue), which apparently have been requested by cyclists due to the absence  of such designated north/south lanes in this part of the city.  I know this will be a VERY CONTROVERISAL proposal, as it may require the elimination of parking on one side of First St., NW, or turning First St. into a single lane one-way street, both of which residents and businesses will find disruptive.  On the other hand, it has also been proposed that increased safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers would result if mini-roundabouts were installed at some First St. intersections, as traffic-calming tools.  The challenge with mini-roundabouts is whether they will be small enough to allow larger vehicles (e.g. SUV's & minivans)  to go around them.

The specific options seem to be:

  1. Create bike lanes and eliminate parking on one side of First St.
  2. Create bike lanes and eliminate one lane of traffic (i.e., make First St. one-way??).
  3. Create several mini-roundabouts and integrate bikers into 'general use lanes' (i.e., no bike lanes).
I am encouraging broad resident input of your opinions on this matter.   


In addition, I hope that discussion of  this issue will be placed on the April 23 agenda of the Bloomingdale Civic Association, and will ask DDOT representatives to attend.

Attached is a brief report and note on this matter from DDOT staff.  Thank you for your input! 

Bertha Holliday

Bertha G., Holliday, PhD & Associates, LLC
Independent Consultant (Diversity Assessment, Planning, Implementation & Evaluation)
49 T Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Co- Director
Bloomingdale Village Square Project
"Building Community Identity & Sense of Place"

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

Fellow, American Psychological Association