October DNA Meeting

Next Tuesday, October 12th, the Downtown Neighborhood Association will be having a community meeting at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St NW) from 6:30 to 8PM.

Please attend our next DNA meeting on October 12, which promises to be interesting and productive. City Councilmember Jack Evans, Ward 2, will be present, as well as the following candidates for ANC Commissioner positions:

* 6C01 – Marge Maceda
* 6C01 – Keith Silver
* 6C09 – Kevin Wilsey
* 6C09 – Leroy-Jacob Smith
* 2C03 – Ricky Williams Jr.
* 2C03 – Doris L. Brooks

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races may be the most meaningful for residents to vote on in November. The Democratic primaries in September have for all intents and purposes declared the winners of the Mayoral and Councilmember elections. The ANC races on the other hand are wide open.

I realize many new residents are unaware of what the ANC is and does. It is a very important part of DC local government as the ANC is the closest political body to city residents.

The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget. In each of these areas, the intent of the ANC legislation is to ensure input from an advisory board that is made up of the residents of the neighborhoods that are directly affected by government action. The ANCs are the body of government with the closest official ties to the people in a neighborhood. The ANCs present their positions and recommendations on issues to various District government agencies, the Executive Branch, and the Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards, and commissions, usually under the rules of procedure specific to those entities. By law, the ANCs may also present their positions to Federal agencies.

Leading up to the election this blog will focus on the 6C01 Single member district (map t) race as the district covers over 90% of the residents of the Triangle (all residential buildings with exception of Golden Rule Plaza).

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