Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"someone is knocking out car windows at 1st & Bryant St NW" -- what to do ?

See this 01-31-2017 message:

The corner of 1st and Bryant Street has a serious and continuous problem.  Someone is knocking out car windows.  This has been going on for more than a year.  Even though there is a police camera on that corner, the police are doing nothing.  I want to alert our neighbors.  My family has been the victim of these hits on 4 different occasions in the last 18 months.  Do you have a suggestion? 

come out to Wednesday evening's first planning meeting for the 2017 Bloomingdale CIvic Association House Tour

Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:39 PM

and we are seeking VOLUNTEERS! 

The Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) sponsors a biennial fundraising House Tour -- one of the BEST in DC!  This event will be held in October  2017, with proceeds used primarily for college scholarships for youth who either attend schools serving Bloomingdale and/or live in Bloomingdale. 

The Tour event provides the public the opportunity to become familiar with some of Bloomingdale's architectural gems and their varied interior design and up-to-date renovations, the neighborhood's rich history and heritage, its village-like character, and its businesses and heritage trail.  You, your friends and family will love it!

The Tour is an all-day event featuring:  A Signature Program Book with photos and descriptions of Tour houses, and information on Bloomingdale's history/heritage and businesses; Design Workshops conducted by Bloomingdale architects and designers; and a fabulous (but thoroughly welcoming) Art Show and Reception featuring some of Bloomingdale's leading artists with their works available for sale -- and more!  (NOTE: to see a former house tour Program, go to

This year's history section of the Program Book will focus on 'Arts and culture' .  So we are especially eager to  have volunteers eager to delve into this aspect of Bloomingdale history.   The Tour's subcommittees include:  Program Book (organizing, drafting, photography, editing), House solicitation & monitoring, Ticket sales, Ad sales, Corporate & foundation grantsmanship, Promotion/publicity, Design workshops,  Art show & Reception, and Bloomingdale history.

The 2017 BCA House Tour Committee will hold its first meeting on WEDNESDAY, FEB.  1st AT 7 PM  AT MY HOME-- 49 T ST., NW.  If you are interested in:
  • Joining the 2017 House Tour Committee and one of its subcommittees
  • Attending the Committee's Feb. 1 meeting
  • Putting your house on tour
please RSVP at bhollidaypsy@gmail.com

I look  forward to hearing from you !

Bertha Holliday
Chair, 2017 BCA House Tour Committee ​

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

see this DCist report on the 01-25-2017 Jam Doung shooting

See this DCist tweet:

three more free yoga classes at the Shaw library -- 1st free class on Thursday, 02-02-2017

See this 01-31-2017 message:

Free Yoga at the Shaw Library! Three dates in February:
  • Thursday, February 2, 5:00-6:00pm 
  • Monday, February 6, 7:00-8:00pm
  • Thursday, February 23, 7:00-8:00pm 
Bring your own Mat or Towel and meet in the basement of the Shaw Library. Students of all experience levels are welcome to attend. Bloomingdale resident Leslie Ann, a massage therapist and Yoga District instructor-in-training, will lead a Hatha Yoga flow.

Bloomingdale Airbnb'ers: McDuffie Unveils New Legislation to Regulate Short-Term Rental Housing Market to Ensure Housing Stock is Available for DC Residents 

Some Bloomingdale residents will champion this legislation and others will oppose it.

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie [mailto:kmcduffie=dccouncil.us@mail194.atl81.rsgsv.net] On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:34 AM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Unveils New Legislation to Regulate Short-Term Rental Housing Market to Ensure Housing Stock is Available for DC Residents

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Unveils New Legislation to Regulate Short-Term Rental Housing Market to Ensure Housing Stock is Available for District Residents

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Unveils New Legislation to Regulate Short-Term Rental Housing Market to Ensure Housing Stock is Available for District Residents


Legislation will create regulatory framework to help preserve the integrity and character of D.C.’s neighborhoods

Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, announced the introduction of new legislation to establish a workable regulatory framework for short-term rental housing. This legislation, drawing upon successful models from across the country, provides new penalties and increased transparency and reporting requirements to ensure residential neighborhoods are retained for the full-time residents of D.C.

Under current law, hosts are required to obtain a business license designed for more traditional hospitality enterprises. This legislation creates a new type of business license specifically designed for short-term rentals.

Currently, many operators do not bother to obtain licenses.  This is a problem because business licenses a valuable tool to ensure that operators are complying with District regulations designed to protect housing availability, neighborhood quality of life, and health and safety standards.  Under the new bill, hosts will face penalties if they refuse to obtain a business license. More importantly, hosting platforms will be responsible for verifying and posting business license numbers.

Critically, the new short-term rental license category limits hosts to short-term renting only their own primary residence.  This requirement, when it is enforced, will effectively end commercial short-term rental operations that deplete housing and harm neighborhoods.

"Access to affordable housing remains of paramount concern to residents across the District of Columbia. While at the same time, the city lacks a coherent regulatory scheme for short-term rental housing, allowing bad actors to take those units off the housing market. This has been going on long enough: it is time to create a clear, enforceable legal framework so that those who are exploiting the lack of regulations are stopped, and those who want to practice responsible home sharing can come into the light,” said Councilmember and lead sponsor Kenyan McDuffie.

This new legislation would create a commonsense and comprehensive system for enforcement, penalties, transparency and reporting requirements to hold both short-term rental hosts and platforms like Airbnb accountable, while providing the District with the tools needs to regulate this new industry, which can take affordable housing away from D.C. residents and disrupt neighborhood quality of life.

"Rent in the District is among the highest in the country and it didn’t happen by accident. Commercial operators using Airbnb, not homeowners looking to earn a little extra money, have been abusing short-term rentals by gobbling up affordable housing units and converting them into illegal hotels, helping to make DC one of the most expensive places to live.” Commented Valerie Ervin, of the Working Families Party, “The mothers and fathers who work and live here will never have a fair shot at making ends meet until we level the playing field and stop this abuse. This legislation does just that."

“Last month we stood in front of a rent-controlled apartment building that had been converted into an illegal hotel by a commercial operator in Columbia Heights,” Elizabeth Falcon, the Executive Director of the DC Jobs with Justice said Tuesday. “That commercial operator and others like him are illegally taking away affordable housing our working families badly need. This legislation puts a solid framework in place for short-term rentals that is clear, fair, and protects our communities from illegal commercial operations.”

Key Provisions of the Bill:
  • New short-term rental license category created:  A new category of Basic Business License for short-term rentals is created to address the unique challenges of short-term rental businesses.
  • Licenses & Publication Required: Every host must maintain a Basic Business License and inform rental platforms of the approved BBL number. The hosting platform is then responsible for publishing and verifying each BBL number.
  • Permanent & Occupied Residence Only For Licenses: The owner/host must be present during the short-term rental stay, and no person can register to rent more than one residential unit, and that unit must be that person’s permanent residence in the District.
  • Vacation rental 15 Night Cap: A resident may offer a short-term rental as a vacation rental, without being present, for a maximum of fifteen (15) nights cumulatively in any calendar year.  There is no cap on home-sharing, including offering private rooms and shared spaces.
  • Violations & Civil Penalties of Short-Term Rental Law: Any person (host) found in violation of this law can be fined no more than $1,000 for the first violation, $4,000 for the second violation, and $7,000 for the third and subsequent violations.
  • Civil Penalties on Online Platform: Any Hosting Platform who violates this law shall be liable for a civil penalty of $1,000 for each booking transaction made in violation of this act.
  • Fines Contribute to Creating Affordable Housing in the District: Fifty percent of fines will go to the General Fund; the other half will be deposited in the Housing Production Trust Fund that is used to provide financial assistance for the production of low-income housing in the District.
  • Removal & Notices By Hosting Platform: Hosting platforms are responsible for removing listings without a valid business license and shall provide all relevant requirements for short-term rentals to any person seeking to use their platform.
  • Grace Period: There is a grace period of 120 days after the law becomes effective so that hosts have adequate time to register for their Basic Business License.

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MPD: Robbery on the 200 block of V Street NW last night

See this MPD tweet from yesterday:

Monday, January 30, 2017

AirBnB landlords, take note: CM McDuffie to Unveil New Legislation to Create Regulatory Framework for Short-Term Rental Housing

Since a number of Bloomingdale residents use AirBnB, this message is of potential interest:

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie [mailto:kmcduffie=dccouncil.us@mail83.wdc01.mcdlv.net] On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 6:34 PM
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: Councilmember McDuffie to Unveil New Legislation to Create Regulatory Framework for Short-Term Rental Housing

MEDIA ADVISORY: Councilmember McDuffie to Unveil New Legislation to Create Regulatory Framework for Short-Term Rental Housing
Tuesday, January 31
Councilmember McDuffie to Unveil New Legislation to Create Regulatory Framework for Short-Term Rental Housing

Press conference to announce new short-term rental legislation

Legislation clarifies currently ambiguous regulations and helps retain the character of residential neighborhoods

Washington, D.C. – - Tomorrow, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), joined by the Working Families Party, DC Jobs With Justice, and other tenant groups and advocacy organizations will announce the introduction of new legislation to establish a regulatory framework and enforcement procedures to prevent illegal short-term rentals on Airbnb and other online platforms. This legislation, drawing upon successful models from across the country, provides new penalties and increased transparency and reporting requirements to preserve the character and integrity of D.C. neighborhoods.

See coverage in the Washington Post:
D.C. lawmaker to introduce new restrictions on Airbnb, other short-term rentals [January, 30, 2017]

WHO:  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5; Working Families Party; DC Jobs with Justice; Tenants, community leaders, and housing advocates

WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
(Immediately following Council-Mayor Breakfast)

WHERE: John A. Wilson Building, 1st Floor Foyer
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 30, 2017
Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361; ntreadway@dccouncil.us

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streetlights came on this afternoon at 3:30 pm

See this 01-30-2017 message:

Street lights on at 3:30 pm.

Maybe this was somehow triggered by the snow?

North Mountain Pastures (from Harrisburg, Pa) has a Meat CSA delivery location in Bloomingdale

Did you know that North Mountain Pastures has a Meat CSA delivery location in Bloomingdale?

Here is the link to the North Mountain Pastures website.

Here is introductory info from the North Mountain Pastures website homepage:

North Mountain Pastures is a small family farm dedicated to producing great food using ecologically sound production practices. We farm on 84 acres in Perry County, Pennsylvania, in a way that heals the land, nourishes people, and treats animals with respect. This means animals are naturally raised outdoors, on grass or in carefully managed woodlots, and fed only non-GMO grain. We don’t use hormones, antibiotics, or other chemicals to medicate livestock.  

The Meat CSA is how we sell pastured pork, pastured chicken, pastured turkeys, and grassfed lamb and beef, as well as artisan all natural cured meats in central Pennsylvania and the Washington, D.C. area.  

And here is the link to the North Mountain Pastures Meat CSA delivery location, including a location in Bloomingdale at a private residence.

soft opening at Cookies Corner at 2nd & Elm St NW today - now being operated by Fish, who also operates the LeDroit Park Market at 4th & T St NW

From: LeDroitPark@yahoogroups.com [mailto:LeDroitPark@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 1:47 PM
To: ledroitpark@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Soft Opening at Cookies Corner located at 1970 2nd St. N.W.

Hi Neighbors,

I just waned to inform you that Cookies Corner is having a Soft Opening today. It started at 11:00 am this morning. Free coffee for those who drop in.  Please stop by and support Fish, who also operates the LeDroit Market.  He has opened his second location in our neighborhood.  He is very supportive of LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale.  So, let's support him.  The store will be open until 10:00 pm or 11:00 pm. See you there!

Warm Regards,

Anita Norman,
LPCA President and
ANC Commissioner 1B01
(240) 257-5723

DC Water: 1st Street NW scheduled to be re-opened on Thursday, 02-09-2017

See this tweet:

Boundary Stone no longer open for lunch Monday through Thursday

See this tweet:

DC Water: emergency water outage today on the 100 block of Adams St NW between 1st & Flagler Pl NW + Adams between 2nd & Flagler NW

From: AlertDC <conf-998420847@everbridge.net>
Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 10:17 AM
Subject: Emergency Water Outage 100 Block Adams Street NW

This is an important message from the District of Columbia AlertDC system.
DC Water reports the emergency water outage in the 100 block of Adams Street NW between 1st Street & Flagler Place NW. Repairs are in progress and expected to take 6-8 hours for restoration. 30 homes are affected.


and a neighbor passes along this afternoon message:

DC Water also has emergency work on Adams between 2nd and Flagler. They told me they'd be done by 3 or 4 today but the water is still off. 

schedule your next event with Boundary Stone Public House -- food & drink package available

See this tweet:

MPD video: Person of Interest in Robbery/ADW on the 1700 block of North Capitol St NW on Wed, 01-25-2017

Watch this video from last week's armed robbery of Jam Doung:


Family Dinner Night at Boundary Stone to benefit Langley Elementary School library -- Monday, 01-30-2017

From: Jen
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 1:09 PM
Subject: Reminder: this Monday. Come out and support your local public school.

On behalf of Langley Elementary, I would like to remind the Bloomingdale Community that Monday night is Family Dinner Night at Boundary Stone. Come any time between 4 and 7 pm and proceeds from your food and libations will be donated to our school library. 

Many thanks to our friends at Boundary Stone for making this evening possible. We look forward to seeing you there.

McMillan zoning public meeting with VMP & DMPED -- Monday, 01-30-2017

This is happening tonight.

Save McMillan Action Coalition: Protect McMillan this week (tonight and Thursday night)

From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:59 PM
To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington] Protect McMillan This Week:

As a McMillan Park supporters,
its time to bring the people and the noise to #PROTECTOURPARK !

Of course, we defended McMillan Park at the Courts in 2016 and won >> http://www.savemcmillan.org/le gal

Now, the Mayor and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie are doubling down to destroy it!  We must protect our park.  Here's how this week.

Two meetings to attend this week
(The key one is Thursday)
https://twitter.com/McMillanPa rk/status/824981640560640000

Monday, Jan 30, 6:30 pm, at the Zoning Commission, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 200South

On January 23, city planners and lawyers tried to have a closed door meeting about McMillan Park.  We disrupted that and knocked for transparency, forcing officials to announce they will have an open meeting tomorrow, Jan 23.  See our efforts to demand an open discussion (it was live on twitter) >> https://twitter.com/dc4reality /status/823669538344628226

So be there tomorrow, Monday January 30, with Friends of McMillan Park (http://friendsofmcmillan.org) to attend the Zoning Commission meeting where they will announce their proceedings follow the Court of Appeals slapping down their decision.

Thursday, February 2, 6:30 pm, Inspired Teaching Public Charter School, 200 Douglas St NE, Washington, DC 20002
https://www.facebook.com/event s/241878999603314/

Bring your noisemakers, signs, family, and friends to protect McMillan Park at this government-run meeting whereby officials will explain when they intend to start destroying our park.  We will not stand for this ignorance and privatization, especially after the Court victory.  Last time we checked, we didn't elect mini-Trump to Mayor and Council, but why do they act this way?

Please RSVP: smac.dc@gmail.com || 202 810 2768
https://www.facebook.com/event s/241878999603314/

If you haven't already, please sign our petition to tell the city to pull the plug on funding the destruction of our park   http://www.savemcmillan.org/pe tition

Volunteer to Win!
Please respond to the brief survey below


I would like to (reply with X between the parentheses for the items that interest you):

(   ) Join a team of folks in writing or in person to go back to the Council and ask for a public roundtable to get the facts on the table regarding McMillan Park.  We would specifically be seeking help from Robert White, Trayon White, Elissa Silverman, and Mary Cheh to start.

(   ) Help with hosting a series of tours / events at the park to continue to show people how magical this space is.

(   ) Start planning direct action events against the perpetrators of the destruction of our park, namely Kenyan McDuffie and Phil Mendelson, and the Mayor.

(   ) I would like to join a Press Team to help edit and send press releases to local press and make followup calls with press contacts.

(   ) I would like to host a coffee/tea gathering, or any kind of event at my house or any venue to raise money and awareness about the park.

(   ) Help us do some Internet research to get the facts and data we need to push towards victory

(   ) Join the Phone Banking Team so we can get out calls for events / actions

(   ) Join the door-knocking team to continue to update neighbors nearby the park about our efforts

* Please put an 'X' in the parentheses to help us guide your interests and skills towards saving McMillan Park.
* Just hit reply after you've marked up the email.

Thank you McMillanistas for all of your time, energy and interest in saving this wonderful public open green space and underground artifact.

Stay positive and in the loop.

Like our Facebook Page here >> https://www.facebook.com/SAVEM cMillan
Stay informed >>  http://www.savemcmillan.org/ca lendar


Chris Otten and the SMAC team
The Save McMillan Action Coalition (SMAC)