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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the deployment of new photo enforced locations beginning on or about November 24, 2014. The deployment locations for the Photo Enforcement Units will be sites where speeding and pedestrian safety has been identified to be a problem.

The 30 day educational phase, or “warning period”, will commence on or about November 24, 2014. During this period, violators will receive warning citations. After the 30 day warning period, MPD will begin issuing live moving citations to violators. The new photo enforcement locations are as above.”

Ed. Note: You can see the eight cameras deployed Oct. 31st here.

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Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser Statement on Grand Jury Ruling in Ferguson, MO:

“We cannot address gaps in understanding in our cities without peace. As Washingtonians, let’s stand with Michael Brown’s family in their call to find meaningful solutions to long-standing inequities. While the Brown family searches for comfort in their hearts, we should support them by acting peacefully, working tirelessly for change and living to better understand one another.”

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UPDATE from Council Member Evans:

“I want to apologize for parking in a fire hydrant zone on Thursday evening. To be honest, I didn’t realize there was a fire hydrant. That is, of course, no excuse, and I now fully recognize that was not a legal parking spot.”

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I were having dinner with friends at West End Bistro when we noticed a back car doing a pretty sloppy job of parallel parking, bumping the other two cars enough to draw our attention. To make it even more entertaining, the driver was attempting to park right in front of a fire hydrant. Then we noticed the license plate said DC Council! We assumed the driver/apparent councilperson hadn’t seen the hydrant, and would realize their error as soon as they opened the car door. Nope.

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Jack Evans stepped out in a tux, looked straight at the fire hydrant, put a cigar in his mouth, and walked toward the entrance of the Ritz. It was like some sort of caricature of a political fat cat. We left maybe 45 minutes later and he hadn’t returned, so it wasn’t as if he ran a quick errand.

In front of a hydrant?! Really??”

Ed. Note: We’ve previously learned that Council Members are not obligated to follow parking regulations however, I’m not sure if that applies to fire hydrants given the safety risk.

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Congrats to all the winners – from the DC Board of Elections:

MURIEL E. BOWSER 80,824 percentage 53.96%
DAVID A. CATANIA 52,890 percentage 35.31%

FOR INITIATIVE 71 96,113 percentage 64.62%
AGAINST INITIATIVE 71 42,280 percentage 28.43%

ATTORNEY GENERAL
KARL A. RACINE 55,201 percentage 36.91%

AT – LARGE MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (2 elected)
ANITA D. BONDS 71,972 percentage 24.02%
ELISSA SILVERMAN 36,369 percentage 12.14%

See all results here.

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the deployment of new photo enforced locations beginning on or about November 3, 2014. The deployment locations for the Photo Enforcement Units will be sites where speeding and pedestrian safety has been identified to be a problem.

The 30 day educational phase, or “warning period”, will commence on November 3, 2014. During this period, violators will receive warning citations. After the 30 day warning period, MPD will begin issuing live moving citations to violators.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

From DPW:

Residential Street Sweeping Ends Friday, October 31

Weekly residential mechanical street cleaning will end for the season Friday, October 31, 2014. “No Parking/Street Cleaning” restrictions will be lifted and motorists may park on posted, alternate-side, daytime sweeping routes without moving their cars on street-cleaning days. All other parking restrictions will remain in effect. Residential street sweeping will resume Monday, March 2, 2015, weather permitting.

Residential street sweeping is suspended for public safety concerns and to allow DPW employees to transition to leaf collection duties, which starts November 3. The sweepers release a fine spray of water to control dust as they sweep. When the temperature is at freezing or below, the spray can freeze and cause hazards for vehicles and pedestrians.

Overnight sweeping along the District’s major roadways, e.g., Pennsylvania, Georgia, Constitution, and Independence Avenues, will continue all winter, as weather permits. Motorists should obey the street sweeping signs posted along these and other streets where sweeping occurs.

2014-2015 Leaf Collection Season Begins Monday, November 3

Leaf collection runs from November 3, 2014 through January 10, 2015. Residents should note that the same crews that collect leaves also remove snow, so leaf collection may be interrupted for snow removal duties. Leaves will be removed from neighborhood treeboxes at least twice, following the schedule that can be found at  Find the Leaf Collection Schedule for Your Neighborhood on the DPW Website, www.dpw.dc.gov. DPW asks residents to place their leaves in the treebox space the Sunday before each collection cycle.

Loose leaves raked into the treeboxes will be composted. Bagged leaves placed in the treebox space or where trash and recycling are collected will not be composted.

During the last two weeks of leaf collection season (December 28-January 10), DPW will collect holiday trees and other greenery from residents whose trash is collected by DPW. Trees and greenery should be placed where the resident’s trash is collected. Please remove all ornaments and lights and do not put the tree(s) and greenery in a bag.”

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“Dear PoPville,

After moving to a new house we applied for a 2014 visitor parking permit in August of this year. It is now the end of October and we still have not received it. In early October we called DDOT who said they had “lost” our online application and would get it approved and in the mail the next day. Two weeks later the online system listed our application as approved but we still had not received it in the mail. After numerous calls and tweets to DDOT I was finally able to get someone to look into it. After following up again, I heard from a DDOT “communications specialist” via email that the problem appears to be more systematic and “it’s not only yours, unfortunately” that has not been mailed out. Apparently there are “outside bodies who mail these out”. They claim that “they’re looking into next steps” and unhelpfully suggested we just go get a temporary one from our ward police station (which is not at all near our house) that would only last 15 days. They provided no timeline as to when we might receive our VPP. I’ve repeatedly asked to speak with the person at DDOT who is handling this matter but so far no one has returned my calls. I’m concerned that this seems to be a much broader problem. Has anyone else applied for a 2014 visitor parking permit that never arrived?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I live on the 600 block of Florida NW and I’m getting repeatedly fined for this. I’ve called DPW several times and fought several fines already, admitting with explanation that after the new bins were delivered (and many old ones were not picked up) there is nowhere to place all of them. We share a pathway to the back of our rowhouse with several other rowhomes on Florida and cannot block it off, but we can’t put them on the sidewalk on Florida either. The fines I’ve fought have been dropped by DPW after the court official rules in our favor, but my requests that we be told where to place the bins are always ignored, as are my requests that DPW write a letter to our landlord ordering him to build a structure to house them that DPW would find acceptable.

I’m at wit’s end because I am constantly fighting these fines and I don’t have time to be filing paperwork with the DPW once every couple of weeks. Is anyone else having problems with this? Is everyone on our block getting fined all the time? Any suggestions?”