I hope you kept warm through the winter freeze.
As you may have noticed there has been an uptick of crime in our neighborhood. Along with Councilmember McDuffie's office, we are working to get have a community meeting with MPD where they can hear our concerns and hopefully provide a plan of action. In the meantime, I want to encourage folks to call 3-1-1 to report non-emergency crimes. Also, consider participating in DC's private security camera rebate program to make it easier to share videos and images of crimes once MPD is on the scene.
As always, please reach out to me to share your thoughts on any of the topics below, as well as information you’d like to share with your neighbors in a future update.
Yours in service,
Around the SMD
Brentwood Triangle: As you have may have seen online and on the flyer distributed over the weekend, we'll be hosting our first community meeting about Brentwood Triangle park tomorrow evening at Brookland Union Baptist Church located at 3101 14th St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20017. MPD, DGS, and DPR will be attendance at the meeting. If you can make it, please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2531346306893142/. If you can't join just tomorrow, feel free to reply to me with your thoughts and suggestions and I'll be sure to compile them and share them. The
SMD Meeting I hosted our January 2019 SMD meeting at the library. Many could not join but asked for a recap of the meeting. I decided to record the meeting for your enjoyment. You can listen to it here. Please forgive the audio quality.
- Ward 5 Short-term Family Housing: There is still time to make suggestions for the good neighbor agreement. You can review the draft agreement and your thoughts at https://www.henriforanc.com/good_neighbor_agreement_feedback
ANC 5B Monthly meeting: The ANC meeting will be held on 2/27 at the St John Grand Lodge located at 3501 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017. Want to get a reminder? Sign-up here.
Black History Month: The Woodridge library will be hosting a number of events celebrating black history month. The Brookland Bridge blog has done a good job compiling a list of events. If you're interested in attending, read more at https://brooklandbridge.com/17088/black-history-month-events-at-woodridge-library-something-for-everyone/
- 5G Cell Towers in public space: DDOT is putting together guidelines on how to roll out 5G infrastructure in the City with regards to public space. They've asked for public comments. I know enough about digital divide to know how this infrastructure gets rolled out will affect access for years to come and I don't want to miss the chance for our neighborhood to weigh in on this issue. If you work in this space and can spare some time to advise this lowly ANC commissioner, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. More about small cells & public space at https://ddot.dc.gov/smallcell
Around the Ward
Budget Season: The City Council budgeting process is about to start with the first performance oversight hearings. As part of that, Councilmember McDuffie is hosting a Ward 5 Budget Engagement Forum at Luke C. Moore HS on February 13th. For more information and to RSVP, please visit https://kenyanmcduffieward5.com/budget/
- High Water Bills: In response to residents concerns about rising D.C. Water bills, mostly attributable to the increasing Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC), Councilmember McDuffie and his colleagues on the Council established a relief fund for qualified residents and non-profits. The program is now accepting applications at https://doee.dc.gov/node/1375571
Around the City
Summer Jobs: Applications are now open for youth and employers who want to participate in the 2019 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP). Until Saturday, February 16, District youth ages 14 to 24 and employers may apply online for MBSYEP 2019 at https://summerjobs.dc.gov/.
Call 3-1-1 for non-emergency: The Office of Unified Communications (OUC) has implemented a police non-emergency option. Residents and visitors of the District can now call 3-1-1 to report all police non-emergencies. Now after dialing 3-1-1, callers should press Option #1 to report police non-emergencies like noise complaints, fender benders, vandalism, destruction of property, and for any crimes that have happened in the past with no reported injuries and when the suspect is no longer on the scene. Once the call is processed with the operator, based on the findings, the Metropolitan Police Department will be dispatched to provide a response. Learn more here.
- METRO: Weigh-in on Metro's Fiscal 2020 budget by taking an easy online where you can share your thoughts. You can take the survey at https://fy2020budget.questionpro.com/. Also, The Metro board may soon vote on whether to break their promise to return late-night service on July 1 st, 2019. The Mayor wants to put pressure on the board to return the late-night service as promised and #KeepMetroOpen. Sign the #KeepMetroOpen petition to let the Metro board know that you agree with Mayor Bowser.