Thursday, January 31, 2019

some pics from tonight's site improvements meeting for the Park at LeDroit

See this St. George's Facebook post regarding tonight's Park at LeDroit field improvements community meeting:

North Capitol Main Street is hiring a Program Manager

See this announcement from North Capitol Main Street:

North Capitol Main Street – Washington, DC

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for assisting with office operations and providing administrative support to the Executive Director and other officers, as well as project management support on organizational programs and projects. These include responsibility for managing the administrative details of all new and existing businesses within the North Capitol Corridor. 
Key responsibilities include:

- Processing daily intake with businesses and stakeholder community.
- Handling communications with businesses and stakeholder community.
- Setting up and managing CMO and operations platforms such as Basecamp and Salesforce
- Responding to business and stakeholder calls and emails
- Maintaining business inventory and revitalization stats and completing reporting documents for and liaising with grantors/funders.
- Assisting with design and technical assistance programs and initiatives from an organizational and administrative standpoint.
- Assisting with fundraising and promotion campaigns
- Grant writing
- Engaging our website and social media platforms
- General office administration


- Impeccable organizational skills—You must reliably plan, identify organizational concerns, and communicate effectively 
- Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills - You will work across functional committee and will be client-facing. You must feel comfortable communicating with a variety of personalities ranging from key stakeholders to business owners as well as volunteers and the general public.
- Business-oriented approach to service – You will provide support promptly, in a professional and approachable manner.
- Passion for working in a fast-paced, evolving work environment with a predisposition to seek out answers as new challenges arise
- Ability to occasionally be available to answer questions in the evening and on weekends.
- Smart, proactive leadership
- Candidates MUST be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Google Docs, and Quickbooks.
- Ability to learn new software tools is essential.
- MUST be available to work from our offices.


Program management and administrative support experience

What we offer:
  • Competitive compensation
  • Min 20 hours / week
  • - Possibility for travel to conferences in the US for interested candidate. (Not essential).

    - High potential for growth and taking on new responsibilities as the organization grows.

    To apply please send:

    - A short paragraph explaining why you are the perfect candidate for this role.
    - Resume containing all relevant experience.

    Job Types: Part-time

    Salary: competitive

two weeks from today: Engine Company 12's five-course Valentine's Day tasting dinner

See this tweet:

comunity meeting on field improvements at the Park at LeDroit Park -- today, Thursday, 01-31-2019

From: John Hillegass 
Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 2:01 PM
Subject: The Park at LeDroit: Field Improvements - Community Meeting 1/31/2019 at 7pm
To: <>, LeDroit Gardener <>, <>

Greetings Neighbors,

Please see the attached flyer for the upcoming community meeting to discuss the field improvements at the Park at LeDroit. The meeting will be Thursday, January 31 at 7pm at St. George's Episcopal Church, 160 U Street NW. This will be an opportunity to see DPR, DGS, and the contractors' (AMT Engineering and Bennett Group) proposal for the field improvements and for you to provide feedback.

Brief History of the Project:
  • The field at the Park at LeDroit is in need of improvements. The old school's foundation was not properly removed so construction materials are surfacing, creating a dangerous play environment and preventing trees from growing
  • With the help of Councilmember Nadeau, the Friends of the Park at LeDroit secured funding in the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for field improvements to the Park at LeDroit
  • DGS selected AMT Engineering and Bennett Group to carry out this project
  • On January 31, 2019 - DGS, DPR, and the contractors will present the plan to the community and seek feedback with the hopes of starting the field remediation this Spring
We hope to see you on Thursday, January 31 so you can learn more about the project and provide your feedback. Please share the meeting information with any neighbors and organizations that care about the park and the community.

All the best,
John Hillegass 

at Boundary Stone Public House tonight: Sam Guilford's Latin Funk project

See this tweet and Facebook post:

at Crisp Kitchen and Bar tonight: Def Real Comedy Humans Telling Jokes

See this tweet:

need a couch?

See this tweet:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

property damage + more on the 2000 block of 1st St NW -- Tuesday, 01-29-2019

See this 01-30-2019 message:

Last night (Tue., 1/29) around 10 pm more or less, a man climbed over a wall and fence on the 2000 block of 1st St. N.W. and started to throw around a bunch of planters and pots, breaking them all over the garden, steps, and sidewalk.  He also broke the neighboring property's glass storm door.  He then walked off, but stupidly came back to the scene shortly thereafter and got into a little scuffle with one of the residents (who had come outside and evidently knew the guy somehow and also had called police).  

Police arrived, chased him up and down the block, and tackled him somewhat.  They called for transport but he ended up being transported away in an ambulance...  

Small crime, it seems, but 5 cop cars and one ambulance later, you are probably looking at thousands of taxpayer dollars spent on a slightly random act of minor vandalism...

ANC5E07 Commissioner Holliday: results of Jam Doung decision hearing today, Wednesday 01-30-2019

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:37 PM
Results of Jam Doung Decision Hearing

I attended the Jam Doung BZA decision Hearing today. In a surprise move, the Board rejected the Office of Planning’s recommendation (I. E. Approval of only the ground floor for use by Jam Doung). 

By a vote of 3 to 1 , BZA approved the applicant’s application as submitted (with 2 floors,), citing evidence provided by the applicant of prior commercial use of the 2nd floor and strong ANC5E support. This decision was accompanied by a proviso:   

1) owners, neighbors, and the ANC in consultation with OP develop a joint agreement related to strategies for addressing perceived adverse impacts — to be submitted by Applicant to  BZA  by Feb. 25;

2) OP to develop a 2nd Supplemental Report to be submitted by March 4;

3) BZA to hold a ‘special limited scope hearing’ focused on the Agreement and its incorporation into its final Decision.

Keep tuned for more info — especially the date and time of a meeting of Jam Doung owners and neighbors.

Bertha Holliday, PhD
Independent Consultant
Diversity assessment, planning, implementation & evaluation

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

1st Vice President
Co- Director, Bloomingdale Village Square Project Bloomingdale Civic Association

Fellow , American Psychological Association

the 1600 North Capitol Street NW developer's plans have been posted

Here is the link to see the plans from the developer of the 1600 North Capitol Street NW lot, owned by Joe Mamo.

It appears to be the same info that has was shared at the Bloomingdale Civic Association this past Monday, 01-28-2019.

These plans will be presented at an upcoming HPRB hearing.  

Here are two snips from the first page of this PDF to get you started:

1905 Evening Star real estate advertisement for 114 W, 116 W amd 118 W Street NW

Here you go:

St. George's: "This is what democracy looks like" (at this past Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting)

See this tweet from this past Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ward 5 Report: Engage on the DC government budget and more

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 4:29 PM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Engage on the D.C. Government Budget and much more


Throughout the year, residents often share their thoughts with me about how the District should spend their tax dollars. The opportunity to impact these budgeting decisions is happening now. As my colleagues and I embark on crafting and approving the budget for the District, I want to invite you to take part in that process.

On Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m., I will host a Ward 5 Budget Engagement forum. The Council’s Budget Director will be on hand to provide an overview of the budget process. The meeting will be an opportunity for you to share your budget priorities with me and my staff.

In addition to the budget engagement forum, I encourage residents to testify or submit testimony at the Council’s performance oversight and budget oversight hearings. While I will be advocating for many of the priorities identified by Ward 5 residents, nothing is more powerful than direct, in-person advocacy.

Performance oversight hearings review the performance of District agencies over the past year and start next week, February 6, through March 1. The first week of performance oversight hearings include high-interest agencies like the Metropolitan Police Department on Thursday, February 7 and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and the Department of Health on Friday, February 8.

Budget oversight hearings review each agency’s budget for the upcoming year and take place starting March 25 through April 25. I invite you to view detailed information on how to participate and make your voice and priorities heard.

In service,


Ward 5 Budget Engagement Forum

Legislative Update

On January 22, Councilmember McDuffie joined the majority of the D.C. Council in voting to make fare evasion on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority punishable by a civil penalty, instead of a criminal offense. In his remarks, which you can view by clicking the image above, Councilmember McDuffie said: "Criminalization of fare evasion does significantly more harm to [people of color] than the financial impact it has on Metro... And those criminal consequences, to me, are what's unjust and unfair."

#RacialEquityDC Update

Thank you to all who attended the Race and Policy Symposium on January 17. The standing-room-only audience was engaged throughout the day discussing ways to tackle the inequitable outcomes that persist across a variety issue areas. The event was filmed and we will share the video when it is available, it was also covered by the Washington Informer and Washington City Paper.

Kenyan in the Community

Howard University East Campus Development Meeting - Feb 5

Meeting on Improvements at Brentwood Road, Rhode Island Avenue, and 14th Street NE - Feb 7

Line Dancing at Turkey Thicket - Feb 8