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June DNA Meeting

The Downtown Neighborhood Association is hosting a community meeting Tuesday June 14th at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St NW) from 6:30 to 8PM.

Howard Riker, Project Manager from Hines, will brief attendees on the City Center Project. We will have a usual activity report by the MPD on Police Service Area 101. We will be updated on crime and other issues affecting downtown residents and businesses. This is your opportunity to voice concerns, raise issues and ask questions of your MPD representative.

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February DNA Meeting

The Downtown Neighborhood Association is hosting a community meeting Tuesday February 8th at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St NW) from 6:30 to 8PM.

Ward 2 Councilperson Jack Evans will be in attendance. A representative from Pepco will give a presentation on their new smart meter program. We will have a usual activity report by the MPD on Police Service Area 101. We will be updated on crime and other issues affecting downtown residents and businesses. This is your opportunity to voice concerns, raise issues and ask questions of your MPD representative.

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November DNA Meeting

The Downtown Neighborhood Association is hosting a community meeting Tuesday November 9th at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St NW) from 6:30 to 8PM.

The meeting will have the usual report by the MPD on Police Service Area 101. Giles Beeker, general manager of the soon-to-open Museum, a mixed-used facility with private and public events, will discuss his new business. Museum is located at 915 F St NW, the former location of Platinum nightclub. Rachel Allen, deputy director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and an MPD patrol officer from the Chinatown detail will discuss problems with misuse of the steps on the 7th Street side of the museum and possible solutions

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Notes from the DNA’s ANC Candidate Forum

I attended the ANC Candidate forum at this past Tuesday’s DNA forum. Below are a few notes:

ANC6C01 race

This blog began coverage of the 6C01 election race last week with candidate bios as the 6C01 Single Member District (SMD) covers the majority of the Mount Vernon Triangle. The race matches up challenger Marge Maceda (bio) vs incumbent Keith Silver (bio). When given the floor both Marge and Keith explained their backgrounds to the audience – much of that is captured in the bios I’ve already posted. So my notes focused primarily on items we hadn’t heard before.

Marge Maceda has vast experience as president of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and has worked closely with ANC 6D in the past. That experience is outlined in the bio. At the forum we gained further insight as to what she sees as priorities for the SMD. Marge would like to see a dog park and places for children to play in the community. She also believes strongly that managing noise from businesses is a priority and detailed an ongoing situation with weekend noise from Busboys at City Vista. At the end of the day listening to her constituents and representing their needs is her top priority.

Keith Silver has been the 6C01 SMD commissioner for the past 4 years. Keith used his time during the forum to address specifics about what his major accomplishments have been during his two terms. The efforts included a list of picket protests he has launched or been a part of including 1) Closing of Fun Fair Video on 5th Street 2) Protesting the demolition of Temple Courts for not adhering to the DC First Source agreement 3) Protesting the 5th & Eye parking lot for two weeks straight despite historic snowfall 4) Successfully picketing the attempted removal of a mature tree at 4th and I.

From there Mr Silver talked for a few minutes about the “have” and “have-nots” in the community and his feelings on that. I don’t think I can articulate his words on this as his message didn’t entirely resonate with me. In one moment he said he’s never failed to answer requests from residents of the new buildings yet in the next breath he referred to the new buildings as “monstrosities”. In the end I think the theme was about job creation. Later in the month perhaps Mr Silver can explain the message in his own words.

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Reminder: DNA Meeting Tonight

The Downtown Neighborhood Association is hosting a community meeting tonight at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St NW) from 6:30 to 8PM. Come out to learn about our ANC candidates.

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

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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.
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DNA Meeting this Thursday

This Thursday the Downtown Neighborhood Association will be having it’s first meeting since March which honored Miles Groves in memoriam.

MEETING NOTICE
DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 6:30 PM
CARMINE’S RESTAURANT
425 7TH STREET, NW
PLEASE RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND BY SEPT.1 TO dwntwn2010@gmail.com

I have not seen the agenda but would imagine it may have content related to the Mayoral or ANC elections.

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March DNA Meeting

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) will hold it’s membership meeting Wednesday, March 24th at Calvary Baptist Church. The meeting begins at 6:30PM with the PSA101W update.

Following the PSA101W update, the meeting will remember Miles Groves for all of his dedication and devotion to this Association and neighborhood. Leaders from government agencies and organizations from all over the District of Columbia will be present and invited to say a few words about Miles. Please join the DNA in honoring a great man and an outstanding leader.

The CCCA also has a post on this meeting with quotes from neighborhood leaders.

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The Downtown DC community loses a leader

On Sunday afternoon Miles Groves passed away. Miles has lived in the downtown area since the mid 1990′s and was president and a founder of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (Follow the DNA Link for a memo from their BoD).

Miles was a tireless and devoted leader that was highly respected neighbors, business owners, residents and local government officials throughout the district.

I worked with Miles on several issues in the last year. I was impressed with his passion, inclusiveness and skill in advocating for improvements downtown. His involvement in an issue was always productive, practical and well intentioned. Generally my observation is that any issue where local government leverage Miles as a resource, such as the ANC 6C, resolutions to issues happened more efficiently than they otherwise would have.

What is the best way to honor Miles contributions to Downtown DC? Please consider this an open thread to share thoughts and remembrances of Miles.

UPDATE (March 25th): Editor and Publisher journal writes: Miles Groves, Noted Newspaper Economist, Remembered Fondly by Colleagues

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January DNA Meeting to be attended by Mayor Fenty

The January meeting of the Downtown Neighborhood Association will feature Mayor Adrian Fenty as a discussion leader.

This month’s DNA meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 12 at Calvary Baptist Church (733 8th Street NW). The DNA will provide basic refreshments (likely sandwiches and soda) and the session will begin with the PSA101W update. Mayor Fenty is scheduled to arrive before 7PM and he will be the only discussion leader for the remainder of the meeting. Kevin Wilsey, a DNA board member and association treasurer will run the forum.

Mayor Fenty last attended a DNA meeting in October 2008 during the height of the Chinatown teen loitering issue. It’s not clear to me what the most pressing topic presently is but regardless it is important to have especially strong turn out to a community meeting when the Mayor attends.

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