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“Dear PoPville-

On Monday evening, I arrived home from work to find the attached document on my front door. I’ve lived in DC for 14 years and I’ve been a Columbia Heights Resident since 2008 and I’ve never seen or heard of anyone getting a citation like this.

My roommates and I were doing some spring cleaning and placed the lamp outside last week, along with some other household items that we no longer wanted, in hopes that someone less fortunate would be able to make use of our wares. We have done this in the past multiple times, and we are always sure to take anything unclaimed back for trash removal. (Coincidentally, Tuesday is our trash night, so I was planning on bringing the lamp inside Monday evening, ensuring that it was removed with Tuesday’s trash removal.)

As I’m sure you are aware, this is common practice in the neighborhood. I’ve seen lots of great free stuff available curbside, as well as terrible curbside eyesores curbside for weeks at a time.

While I admit we placed the lamp curbside for a few days, I do not think we should be fined $75 for it. Had we received a warning, we would have immediately removed the lamp. The inspector who generated the citation took the pictures on 4/15, reinspected the property on 4/17 and returned on 4/20 to deliver the citation. This seems like a huge waste of resources. Had we been notified on 4/15, we would have gladly complied with removing the lamp from the curbside and saved the inspector (and the city) the time and effort from returning 2 more times to our property. We are good neighbors and we live on a beautiful block; we want nothing to do with degradation of our street scape.

Can you tell me, has anyone else in the PoPville community seen this? Is this a new regulation? Is this an old regulation that is gaining momentum in enforcement? If so, perhaps the city should do some PR to inform the residents that this is no longer an acceptable practice. We want what’s best for our neighborhood and our city and this doesn’t seem like the best approach to addressing a common practice. We do not want to pay this fine and wonder if anyone can give us any advice to assist us in abatement of the fine.”

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They are so tone deaf they apparently don’t care. If it’s ok for them to park in these spots then why are they restricted in the first place?

Of course if these fine folks are in some way working on slowing down the various shootings/shots fired that are sadly far too common these days then power to them. Park at will. If they’re attending a sporting event or gala…

@ep_jhu tweets us the photo above over the weekend:

“#DC At Large Councilmember plates = Park Wherever Plates, apparently. Seen at 6th & E St. NW”

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1215 U Street, NW

From a press release:

“Tomorrow, March 31st at 5:30 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, Mayor Muriel Bowser will deliver her first State of the District address.

This event will serve as an opportunity for Mayor Bowser to address the residents of the District and conclude the Mayor’s Pathways to the Middle Class Tour, a week-long effort to highlight ways the Administration is creating pathways to the middle class for D.C. residents.

Parking will be provided at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. The nearest metro station is the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial Metro Station.

No bags or outside food will be allowed inside the venue. No signage, posters or fliers will be allowed in the venue.

Members of the public can register for tickets here.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 31st
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Address to begin at 6:30 p.m.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user number7cloud

From the Office of Tax and Revenue Real Property Tax Administration:

“The Real Property Tax Administration (RPTA) strives to assess property at 100% of estimated market value. Estimated market value is generally defined as the most probable price that a buyer would pay a willing seller on the open market. As the property owner, you are given the opportunity to dispute the assessment of your real property through a formal appeal process. The process involves three levels of appeal, beginning with the First Level Administrative Review(First Level). Subsequent steps include appealing before the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission and DC Superior Court. You must, however, start at the First Level before proceeding to the next levels of appeal. Please complete the following information in order to file the First Level appeal of your property.

YOU MUST FILE YOUR APPEAL ON OR BEFORE APRIL 1, 2015

File online here/

From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced the Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Avenue, NW) will close from Tuesday, March 31 through Tuesday, April 28, 2015 to undergo major maintenance and repair improvements, which include maintenance and/or upgrades to the interior lighting system, new flooring and more. Please note that all scheduled outdoor activities and amenities will not be affected by the renovations.

Scheduled indoor programs, community meetings and activities at Banneker will be temporarily suspended until all maintenance and repair improvement work is completed by the Department of General Services (DGS).

Nearby DPR facilities that offer the same programs/classes available at Banneker include:

Yoga – Monday @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Kennedy Rec Ctr (1401 7th St., NW)
Zumba – Monday @ 7 pm – 8 pm at Columbia Heights Comm Ctr (1480 Girard St., NW)
Bootcamp – Tu & Th @ 7 pm – 8 pm at Petworth Rec Ctr (801 Taylor St., NW)
Zumba – Tu & Th @ 6 pm – 7 pm at Marie Reed Rec Ctr (2200 Champlain St., NW)
Body Flex – Tu & Th @ 6:30 p – 7:30 pm at Raymond Rec Ctr (3725 10th St., NW)

All outdoor activities and amenities such as the courts, playground, fields and track will be available for normal use. Once all preventive maintenance work is complete, Banneker Recreation Center will resume normal hours of operation. All current and regularly scheduled programs, civic association meetings and activities will resume on their normal days and times once the center re-opens on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.”

From an email:

“The District of Columbia Sexual Assault Response Team (DC SART) is launching a public awareness campaign to improve public response to sexual assault.

The campaign is called Start by Believing, because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, and each person’s reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where sexual assault predators face zero consequences for their crimes.

Research documents that rapists attack an average of six times, which means that one failed response can equal five more victims. Start by Believing will lead the way toward stopping this cycle, by creating a positive community response, informing the public, uniting allies and supporters, and improving our personal reactions. The goal is to change our community and outcomes for victims, one response at a time.

The Start By Believing campaign was developed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). DC SART is comprised of the following organization and government partners: DC Office of Victim Services, DC Metropolitan Police Department, United States Park Police, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners, Network for Victim Recovery of DC, Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Georgetown University Health Education Services, DC Rape Crisis Center, DC Department of Forensic Sciences, DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

The agencies listed are involved in launching the campaign in the District and are prepared to respond to survivors in our region.  If you or anybody you know has been sexually assaulted, help and resources are available at www.askdc.org or for campus specific resources, www.uaskdc.orgTo report a sexual assault, call 911. To obtain resources without reporting to police, call the DC SANE Call Center at 1-800-641-4028.

For more information about the campaign, please visit www.startbybelieving.org.   For more information about DC SART please visit http://dcforensicnurses.org

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1300 block of R Street, NW

Last week we mentioned the standard ways to report a pothole. Soon Potholepalooza will kick off with more:

“Through April, DDOT, the agency responsible for the repair of potholes for the District, will work to repair identified potholes within 48 hours of the request (normal response time is within 72 hours).

Residents and commuters are encouraged to call, go online, tweet, or e-mail to submit requests for pothole repairs (see details below).

Residents can also Track Pothole Repairs.

How to Report a Pothole

Residents and Commuters can notify DDOT in a variety of ways:

Residents can also Track Pothole Repairs.

 

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the deployment of new photo enforced locations beginning on or about March 23, 2015. The deployment locations for the Photo Enforcement Units will be sites where speeding has been identified to be a problem.

The 30 day educational phase, or “warning period”, will commence on or about March 23, 2015. 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 [above].”

You can see all locations after the jump. (more…)

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Photo by Susannah McPhelim

From DDOT:

“You can request pothole repair services by calling the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 or by completing a service request online using the District government’s Service Request Center.. Please Indicate the pothole location (i.e. address, intersection) and describe the severity of the problem (i.e. depth, width, number of potholes in one location). A service request will be put into the tracking system, and you should receive a service request number.

DDOT’s standard is to repair potholes within three business days (72 hours) of the time they are reported.

You can call 311 or (202) 727-1000 if the pothole hasn’t been repaired by the specified date of completion. Please reference your service request number.”