911 out
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

Just after 12:30am this alarming tweet was sent:

From a briefing this morning:

Updates when the full press release is issued.


From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is seeking comments on a proposed rulemaking which would establish a process for neighborhoods to modify or expand residential permit parking restrictions. In an effort to address concerns from neighborhoods that are experiencing parking pressures from surrounding activity centers DDOT is proposing to establish clear criteria for the modification of RPP parking and for creating resident-only parking on established RPP blocks. In addition, the proposed rules would clarify and update a number of current parking and parking related regulations.

The proposed rules may be reviewed and comments submitted here.

Although the published rules indicate the time for submitting written comments will close in thirty days, DDOT has officially extended the comment period to a full 60 days (more…)

street lamps out

A reader passes on an update from August 11th’s report, as was the case then, I’m not attaching all the photos of lamps out but I vouch they were in the original email.

“Director Dormsjo:

I had the opportunity last night to go out after 10 pm to walk the neighborhood I live in – Mt. Pleasant. I did a cursory survey of streetlights being out in the residential section. I did not survey the alleys and did not walk every block though I believe I was able to get to many streets; walking for about 2 hours.

I found 11 streetlights out, and 1 was out and only came on after I came close to it (walking up the steps of the adjacent house to get the address). Pictures of most of them (one with 2 out) are included.

Key concerns are: (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I live in NoMa and the for the last two days a construction crew has been demolishing a building at 51 N ST NE between North Capitol and First Street late into the night. They have been starting around 7 and going well past 11/12. Is construction allowed at this late hour? Does anyone know who is doing the construction? I’ve reported it to the city but haven’t heard anything back. Obviously since they are tearing down a building, the noise level has been insane.”

Update from OP:

“My building just sent an email around to residents saying they have a permit allowing them to work until 8am until 9/15.”

Has anyone else heard of permits being issues where demo can occur through the night?

chief lanier
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Wowsa. From MPD:

“After 26 yrs with MPD, the last 10 as Chief of Police, Cathy Lanier announces her retirement effective next month”

The Washington Post reports:

“D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced Tuesday that she will resign next month to take over as head of security for the National Football League, ending her 26-year career on the force, the last decade as its first permanent female leader.”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today at 2:00 p.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will host a press conference at Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters to announce Police Chief Lanier’s retirement from MPD.”

Update from Chief Lanier:

“Good afternoon,

As you may have heard, today I announced my plan to retire from the Metropolitan Police Department. I came to this difficult decision with mixed emotions, but in the end, I am confident that MPD has the most exceptional police officers and leadership that will continue to move this agency and the city forward.

Looking back, I am perhaps most pleased by the tremendous partnership between police and the community in the District – a partnership that has only grown stronger over the past ten years. I want to thank each of you on this email group for your engagement with police and investment in public safety.

Our work together is what helps our city and our neighborhoods to thrive. Information from community members helped to turn our city around from one known as the murder capital where you could get away with homicide, to one that has reached new lows in the number of homicides, and where police will never give up on trying to solve a homicide, no matter when it happened. Our partnership has helped to engage youth of all ages in safe and positive experiences with police officers. It also makes our streets safer every day. If everyone looks out for not only their neighbor but the person on their sidewalk, in the park down the road, or driving down their street, then the District can be even safer.

I urge you to continue to work with the outstanding men and women of MPD. (more…)

hot pools close
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released the Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Closure Schedule for the 2016 summer season.

Outdoor Pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Pools will close for the season at 6 pm on their respective Sundays; with the exception of Banneker Pool, Francis Pool, Oxon Run Pool, Rosedale Pool and Upshur Pool which will close on Labor Day, Monday September 5, 2016.

All Spray Parks will close for the season at 7 pm on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016.

East Potomac Outdoor Pool will close for the season at 6 pm on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Below is the comprehensive closure schedule for the 2016 season. 
Pools are listed by date of closure. Please call DPR’s Aquatics office at (202) 671-1289 should you have additional questions or need further assistance.


911 wait
Photo by PoPville flickr user Claire Uziel

“Dear PoPville,

I was walking home from the Dupont Circle metro just after midnight on Saturday, August 6, towards my apartment in Logan Circle. As I turned onto Massachusetts Ave, I noticed a man who appeared to be homeless walking from behind a MPD vehicle at the police sub-station on 1369 Connecticut Ave, NW (DuPont Circle). I heard a hissing sound but didn’t see any sprinklers at the adjacent building. I immediately realized that the man had punctured the tires of at least one of the MPD vehicles and continued to walk away from the police sub-station. I trailed him as he continued to walk through Dupont while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. It took 13 MINUTES for the MPD dispatcher to get an officer to the scene in one of DC’s busiest neighborhoods. I literally trailed the suspect for 13 minutes and nearly a quarter mile.”

What do you think guys think a reasonable response time should be for an incident like this?


“Dear PoPville,

A ward 8 council member with the car in the photos was parked two blocks from Eastern Market on Capital Hill this past Monday night (approximately 7 pm). They were using their official parking permit to park and do not have a residential parking permit despite having DC tags. Is this allowed? Was he/she on official business? Is this an abuse of the permit?”

As we’ve discussed many times in the past, from the DC Code:

“Members of Congress or the Council may park their vehicles in any available curb space in the District of Columbia, when:

(1) The vehicle is used by the member of Congress or the Council on official business;

(2) The vehicle is displaying a Congressional or Council registration tag or parking placard issued for the current session or by the District; and

(3) The vehicle is not parked in violation of a loading zone, rush hour, firehouse, or fire plug limitation.”

It certainly seems possible that they could have been attending a meeting Monday night but it’s really impossible to know for sure.

Ed. Note: For the record I also continue to get Ward 2 Council Member “illegal” parking spot photos pretty regularly.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Rukasu1

From MPD:

“Celebrate National Night Out 2016 with MPD!

On Tuesday, August 2, thousands of DC residents will join with their neighbors, police officers and other community leaders to celebrate National Night Out. From community cookouts to open houses – block parties, candlelight vigils and athletic events – DC is gearing up for the 33rd annual celebration of “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” In addition to the numerous activities at the kickoff event, communities across DC – in all seven police districts – scheduled NNO events during the late afternoon and evening hours.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that takes place on the first Tuesday in August. Each year, the Metropolitan Police Department actively participates in National Night Out by rallying community members throughout the District of Columbia to join with neighbors and police officers in their PSAs to be a part of this annual event.

The National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from 9,500 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

National Night Out is designed to: (more…)