The Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association, Convention Center Community Association, and Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association are proud to jointly welcome District of Columbia Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield.
Thursday, March 4, 7-9pm,
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave. NW
The Honorable Judge Lee Satterfield will be the discussion leader on criminal justice issues. This will be a prime opportunity for residents to discuss why repeat offenders are released into our neighborhoods, prosecution and sentencing of handgun offenses and violent crime, the handling of “victimless” crimes, and how neighborhood residents can best influence the criminal justice system.
The Washington Post Express and NBC Washington feature content regarding the latest Prostitution Free Zone (PFZ) in Mount Vernon Triangle.
Andy Shallal’s sound byte referring to the PFZ as “comical” really stirred the pot. I guess I’m letting him off easy. He’s the social injustice guy, so preference for focusing on the percieved root causes rather than policing the existing problem is what I’d expect out of him. Getting upset at Shallal for that would be like getting mad at Denis Leary for telling dick jokes or CEOs for being conservatives. But I digress, why shouldn’t both the carrot and stick be used?
While I’m certain MPD is fully aware of the prostitute congregation at the 5th & Mass pocket park those participating in the ride should use this opportunity to express concern directly to the officers.
Diane has been a sex worker for about 10 years. Before the luxury condos, bright grocery store and trendy coffee shop moved in, the area used to be a real hang-out spot. 600 K Street wasn’t just a stroll. The block had a party atmosphere when she started coming around. Not every girl was a sex worker. But soon, she couldn’t help but notice the bills changing hands.
When Diane first started working, she used her earnings for clothes and accessories—what she calls “fashion.” Then she started using PCP. The money could more than cover her habit. She says the night of a Howard homecoming was her best—she made $2,500. But some nights are just a lot of standing around leaning suggestively against a Mercedes SUV.
I’m still trying to track down more hard specifics, but here’s what I’ve heard so far for NNO in the Triangle:
From Lt Royal:
“PSA 101 is going to do a walk from Chinatown to the Golden Rule building (1050 NJ Ave NW) for an ice cream social and then back. Starts at 6:30pm. Residents can use the walk to point out issues to the police”.
Additionally the MVSNA National Night Out group will meet at Safeway at 7:30PM.
UPDATE [8/3/2009 5:37PM] From DNA President Miles Groves:
National Night Out is scheduled for tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 4. This year we start with an ice cream social at The Golden Rule Plaza located at 1050 New Jersey Avenue NW at 6:30PM.
Following this “meet and greet” social hour, Lt Craig Royal will partner with members of the 101W neighborhood for a community walk from Golden Rule along the K Street Corridor to Chinatown and back. Throughout the night crime prevention literature and discussions will be held for community members. It will be an opportunity to point out areas of concern along the walk as well as sharing other parts of the neighborhood that deserve greater focus. This is a great opportunity to meet with neighbors, walk the neighborhood, and discuss issues with police officers responsible for the downtown neighborhood.
This is an important way to show our support for our neighborhood police officers, so please try to attend.
In 1987 LL Cool J released a hit called “Going back to Cali“. A main line in the chorus was “I’m going back to Cali.. hmm, I don’t think so“. Well, I don’t think the abandoned car in the surface lot on the 300 block of K Street NW is going back to Cali either.
This car needs to go. I don’t care if it goes back to Cali but it can’t stay here. We don’t need this symbol of vandalism in the neighborhood or the tranny ho hooker shoe storage area.
Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier announced today the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has relocated a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera from the unit block of K Street, NW to the 600 block of I St, NW. The camera is among 75 neighborhood crime cameras in the District.
The primary goal of the CCTV system is to enhance the safety and security of residents, workers and visitors in the District of Columbia, while vigorously respecting the privacy rights of individuals.
I believe this location is nearby the site of multiple past muggings of Chinatown store owners.
The image above is a thumbnail of the Crime Map. For the full effect, click through to the Google Map. Once on the google map click on the pushpins for descriptions of the crimes. Most are theft from autos but there is a car jacking, a pair of muggings on 5th Street, and a few ADWs. For help deciphering the shorthand notation in the descriptions or other general knowledge behind MPD’s crime maps, please visit the DC MPD Crime Incidents Abstract.
Note: While the number of year-to-date MVT crime incidents on the map may seem high – many neighborhoods had exponentially many more. The Downtown BID had more year-to-date incidents then the KML export tool could even output.