Kalia Hits Another ANC Meeting

The Senior Citizens Club of 1200 Block Shepherd Street is collecting food for Thanksgiving boxes.  They are almost done but still need a few items.  Donations should be dropped off at 1229 Shepherd Street, NW to Ms. Shirley NO LATER THAN October 23, 2008.
Items they still need:

-30 Bags of Flour

-Cranberry Sauce


-12 Bags of Sugar

-Dry Beans (any kind)


-White Potatoes

Pedro Chavez is looking for the community’s support in his opening of Kikos, a restaurant that would reside on Quincy and Spring Road, East of 14th Street.  The place would be a rotisserie chicken restaurant that would seat about 50 and would also have delivery and pickup.  He said the food would also be on the healthy side and the establishment would be a family oriented one.  He hopes to open in December.  He needs your support.  More on Church parking, CVS, “Stinky” Safeway and 16th Street Heights Parks after the jump.

The Median Strip issue was also discussed again, however because this was an informal meeting no voting was held.  Anna Chamberlin and some of the task force as well as members of the church and community met to review the site.  They had come up with a compromise that would result with the median being built and then Sunday parking from 7am-2pm along the median.  This would allow for even more spots than exists now as well as provide traffic calming as only one lane will be open going both north and southbound along this strip.  The project hopefully will be started in Nov. and finished in the Spring.

The opening of CVS at the corner of New Hampshire and Georgia Ave (catty corner to the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro) was discussed as well.  This CVS will have no parking and will mostly cater to those already using the metro and other public transportation as well as living in the surrounding area.  They have been working with the surrounding residents and businesses on making sure they do not disrupt them.  The hours will be 8am-10pm and they will have a pharmacy.  (For those who do not know, this was the site that used to have a People’s which was bought out by CVS.)

Friends of the 16th St Height Parks (www.friendsof16thstreetparks.org) announced it’s Fiesta Awareness Fundraiser which is an event that will celebrate the Day of the Dead and also promote the use of the Upshur park to parents in the community.  This celebration is set for Saturday, Nov. 8th.

The Petworth Action Community’s David (sorry I missed his last name) spoke out about the Safeway on Georgia Ave and its continued disrespect for our community.  (This is the Safeway many of you refer to as the Stinky Safeway)  He said they have been having trouble with them for a long time now.  They refuse to meet the demands of the community and do not discuss their plans with the community as they should and have been a constant disappointment with their empty promises and half hearted attempts at meeting the requests made  he wants us to band together and demand that they stop disrespecting us and meet our demands before we let them move on with their progress.  You can email him your suggestions that you would like Safeway to meet at [email protected] and talk to him by phone at (202) 309-1114.

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  • What’s the “median strip issue”, if you don’t mind?

  • Just to let everyone know, this was an informal meeting since they did not have enough Council Members who could attend last night to make it an actual “forum”.

  • the parking task force that was started to reach a compromise on the median strip issue will be utilized in the future to assess other areas of petworth, according to anna chamberlain. as kalia stated, last night was only a forum, so the issue will be voted on *hopefully* next week…please plan to come out and vote if youre one of the people who raised hell about it the few times its been brought up here on the blog. i personally think the compromise of a median and parking is sufficient, so hopefully it will get passed.

    a lady named emerald becker ([email protected]) came to ask for volunteers for the Higher Achievement Program. straight from the flyer she passed out ” Higher Achievement is looking for committed volunteer Teaching Mentors to work one night of the week teaching literature, math, or technology to talented middle school students from DC.” the program is at brightwood elementary school, nad you get to choose which night and subject you would like to do. its from 6:00pm to 8:15pm once a week (monday, tuesday or thursday) and they are asking for a year long commitment (sept to may). the website is http://www.higherachievement.org … the program sounded pretty cool, and as we have had MANY discussions on youth and its troubles here, it would be great to see some of us put our money where our mouths are and go volunteer 🙂

  • Not enough commisisioners to meet a quorum, to be more precise, and Kalia, thank you very much for your thorough note-taking.

    Note: There are commissioner elections on the same day as the presidential, November 4th.) For more information, go to: http://www.dcboee.org

    Of the Petworth Action Committee: David Dzidzienyo. He’s well known and has been active for many years – since he was a child in Petworth. David was among the many who surveyed the Petworth Safeway for out-of-date shelf goods and inferior produce and has kept pressure on the Safeway to improve. David was a key figure among others in stopping the plans years ago for a DMV inspection station over the area above the Petworth/Georgia Avenue Metro Station where now Donatelli Development’s Park Place project is in the final stages of construction.

  • Chistopher, thanks for your comments. Mentoring is one of the most important ways that any of us can help in our own unique ways the young people and children in our many neighborhoods.

  • Also, I think Chris meant voting next month, not next week.

    quorum-I did not even know this was a word. But yes, what Joe said. 🙂

  • Joe Martin,
    I meant to ask this at the meeting, but then I completely forgot. When someone such as Pedro Chavez says he needs support from the community to open his place, what exactly does that mean? Does he need people to write letters and submit them where? Or does he need signatures, or is he just asking that people don’t protest this? Maybe something else? How can someone support him if they also felt his place would be a great addition to the community?

    Oh and do they have to be located within a certain mile radius of the place in question to help?


  • And why exactly did I leave the meeting at the end without saying hello to the owners of the names Kalia and Christopher. My bad, as we always write back and forth here.

    In addition to volunteering for the Higher Achievement Program Christopher mentions, I wonder if we need to help let parents know about the program. If I recall correctly, Emrald said the students have a GPA averaging 2.3 when they enter and 3.8 when they exit, an dthat all graduates will go to college. Wow.

    It was also nice to hear Anna Chamberline from transportation credit PoP for the nice solution to the NH Median proposed at last night’s meeting, even if the process failed to involve all willing voices, as Christopher mentioned.

    Kalia, thanks for taking notes! PoP readers turned out. I saw a bundle.

  • saf

    David – not quite all graduates go to college, it was all graduates get into their first choice college prep high school. Still an achievement.

  • CVS talked to residents? Didn’t talk to me and we’re next door!

  • saf, thanks for catching that one! Kevin, that is odd, as they said they did talk to all the neighbors. Are you in ANC 1A (I think that’s where the store location is)? You may need to check in with your ANC commissioner. Although it could be a little tough for the direct neighbors, I am looking forward to having that space filled with a useful store in close walking distance to home.

  • saf

    David, never ever ever believe a store that wants to develop a site. Especially a chain.

    OK, never believe ANYONE who wants to develop a site when they say, “Oh, yes, the neighbors love us.” Believe me instead, when I tell you that the neighbors are always the very last to know anything. And that’s how the developers want it.

  • saf

    And Christopher, let me point out that your post could be misunderstood – people should show up next month when the ANC votes. Non-commissioners, while certainly a good source of input for their representative commissioners, do not vote.

  • Kalia, sorry for the delay in my response. Am on vacation leave this week (first such leave since last October) and I am looking at the internet slightly less.

    I believe Mr. Pedro Chavez, the owner of the planned, rotisserie restaurant on 14th near Spring Road, essentially wanted us to be aware of his plans. Mr. Chavez made it clear that he has no desire for an alcoholic beverage license. Were that the case, the Alcohol Beverages Regulation Administration (ABRA) would notify the ANC formally and ask for our comment, support or protest. I saw Mr. Chavez and his business partner’s appearance and statement at our meeting as an informal way of introducing themselves to the ANC and our neighbors present. Many times new businesses to an area will drop by ANC or civic and neighborhood association meetings to introduce themselves and ideally begin establishing productive relationships with a given community.

    With any food establishment, the proper disposal of food waste and cooking oils (in rodent-resistent, sealed containers) is extremely important aside from the health code violations that are made when these things are not handled well. If any immediate neighbors want to work with area ANC commissioners to take up this issue, please step forward.

    Increasingly commercial establishments, including small restaurants, are working together to obtain trash compactors and find better ways of handling trash and food wastes. The poor handling of trash (commercial and residential) is a key ingredient to rodent problems, something that plagues commercial corridors as well as residential areas. This is another of those issue areas, by the way, where any neighborhood never has too much help from our neighboring residents and commercial establishments.

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