Primary Election Polling Places

Tuesday September 14th is the primary election day in the District. Residences with in the Mount Vernon Triangle fall are part of Ward 6. If you’re a registered Ward 6 Republican the day is a non-event with uncontested nominations or no candidates filed. However the Tuesday is d-day for Ward 6 democrats with a very full ballot.

The major faceoff is incumbent Adrian Fenty versus challenger Vincent Gray in the Mayoral primary. Also on the ballot for Triangle residents are Ward 6 Councilmember (Tommy Wells vs Kelvin Robinson), At-Large Council seats and the Council Chair.

Chinese Community Church (500 I Street NW)

I believe Triangle residents south of K Street go to the Chinese Community Church (500 I Street NW) and residents north of K must go to Walker Jones School (1125 New Jersey Ave NW). But please check the polling place locator to confirm.

ANC seats will be voted on during the general election in November.

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Mayoral Candidates at City Vista on Saturday

City Vista is hosting a meet and greet with candidates from the Mayoral and Councilmember elections on Saturday August 14th from 3-6pm. The event will take place on the City Vista green. Enter via City Vista K at 475 K Street NW.

An organizer informed me that as of this morning Adrian Fenty, Vincent Gray,  Kwame Brown, Vincent Orange, Phil Mendelson, Clark Ray, Michael Brown and Leo Alexander have confirmed.

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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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Roundup from just outside the ‘hood

City Center: The new gastropub Againn, that we previously shared details on, has opened across the street from City Center at 1099 New York Ave. [Eater, Thrillist]

image of Againn interior courtesy of Eater

Northwest One: The next phase of nearby Northwest One will be 300 residential units at North Capitol and Patterson. [DCMud]

Chinatown: Nick Cho, who helped Max Brown get Chinatown Coffee off the ground, has been indicted for past tax evasion at the former Murky Coffee on Capitol Hill. [WBJ, PQLiving ]

Mayor’s Office: Cary Silverman outlines the rift between Fenty and our City Council. [The Other 35 Percent]

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2nd Annual Mayor’s "State of the Chinatown Address"

The Chinatown Revitalization Council (CRC) is hosting the second annual Mayor’s “State of the Chinatown Address” tonight.

From Alex Chi, CRC Chair:

We are very pleased to inform you that the Chinatown Revitalization Council (CRC) is hosting the second annual Mayor’s “State of the Chinatown Address” and community dialogue with the aim to communicate the District government’s progress, challenges and action plans for stimulating cultural economic development and overall betterment in and around the DC Chinatown areas. This 2nd Annual Mayor’s “State of the Chinatown Address” will be held at Wah-Luk House (800 6th Street NW) on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 7:00-9:00PM. Refreshment will be provided during networking hours from 9:00 9:30PM.

The objectives of this meeting are as follows:

  • Provide an update on cultural-economic development and key community concerns raised in the last Address (Feb. 25, 2008)
  • Identify gaps and opportunities in City services and programs in the Chinatown area
  • Determine collaboration/partnership opportunities among the City with civic organizations, residents and businesses
  • Build consensus on the future directions of the Chinatown in the year of 2009 (Ox)

We take great pleasure in inviting you or a representative from your organization to participate in the Mayor’s annual address and join open dialogue with Mayor Fenty, DC Council Chairman Gray, At-Large Councilmember K. Brown, Ward 2 Councilmember Evans, Ward 6 Councilmember Wells and many top officials, civic and business leaders.

Screen capture of agenda (click to enlarge):

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DNA meeting recap

Tuesday night’s DNA Meeting focused heavily on the Gallery Place issues surrounding teen loitering. The meeting was attended by Mayor Adrian Fenty, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelsohn, Police chief Cathy Lanier, MPD Commander David Kamperin and Chief Fire Marshall Gary Palmer.

Mayor Fenty said the issues of teen induced chaos in Gallery Place was unacceptable and would be addressed with vigilance from MPD immediately. Our mayor suggested that community policing and using regulatory agencies to shutdown businesses that contribute to the nuisance will be the focus. Changing the curfew for teens, which are currently 11pm Mon-Thurs and 12am Fri-Sat, was not part of any plan at the moment. Commander Kamperin explained that a zero tolerance rule is in place. Officers are instructed to make the arrest if there is a open container, curfew or other serious violation. In the past such violations might have been served with a warning such as asking the individual to discard the open container. It was also said that while small pockets of loitering unaccompanied by other law breaking may not be something that can be addressed that MPD will act to disperse large scale loitering that fully blocks sidewalks.
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DNA Meeting tonight

From DNA president Mile Groves:

Dear Neighbors,

Please mark your calendars for tomorrow night, Tuesday October 14th for our monthly Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting. We start at 6:30PM with food provided by our new Downtown Urban Safeway followed by discussion and questions with several leaders. These include Mayor Fenty, Councilmember Evans, Councilmember Wells, and an officer representing MPD First District PSA 101W. We are meeting at Calvary Baptist Church with its entrance on 8th Street NW between G and H Streets, NW in the Chapel. The meeting ends at 8:00PM.

Mayor Fenty’s First Visit
This month is our second anniversary as a neighborhood association serving our emerging neighborhood. This will be Mayor Fenty’s first visit with us. We expect to hear about his vision for our neighborhood and to lead an open to discussion on topics like homeless and housing, public safety, neighborhood amenities, and other questions that he has time to address. This is an especially important meeting given the leaders we will have, so please make a special effort to attend.

Teen Crowding
As most are aware, our neighborhood has become one of the “places to be” for teens. There are far more teens coming into our neighborhood than we can safely accommodate. This is a complicated community issue and not everyone agrees on the magnitude of the problem – even among those living on F Street or 7th Street.

The Mayor’s office has taken the lead on this issue, along with MPD, DCRA, and DCFD. DNA was represented at a stakeholders meeting last week that was called under the leadership of First District Commander Kamperin. This meeting included DNA, Downtown BID, Regal Theater, Akridge, and Western Development. We expect these meetings to continue, and to include, other developers with interests in the Chinatown section of 7th Street and F Street were we have several entertainment venues. We’ve seen increased presence of MPD and Metro officers, security officers, and the publication of rules for Regal Theater Patrons. And, DNA published several suggestions that were the outcome of a community meeting we had earlier this month that have been provided to our Mayor and our Ward 2 and Ward 6 councilmembers.

There will be an update on this tomorrow night.

If you have not RSVP’d yet, please do so we can have the Chapel properly set-up to accommodate our group.

See you tomorrow night.

Miles E. Groves
Downtown Neighborhood Association

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