Joshua Louria lives in Mount Pleasant in ANC1D01.

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I didn’t think the Mount Pleasant ANC could get any worse, and then a shouting match erupted between two commissioners at the November meeting. The Library police had to break it up. This time they were fighting over a resolution to support paid family leave. Jack McKay had vigorously opposed the resolution in 41 emails to ANC commissioners, arguing that “it will please some constituents to pass a motherhood resolution that advises that there be a Paid Family Leave program, of some sort. But that’s a done deal, and therefore a pointless exercise” (In fact the Mayor and the Post editorial board are trying to kill the legislation). (more…)

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Good on ya Mayor Bowser part two:

From the Mayor:

“Today, I am flying to Mexico City to represent the District of Columbia at a gathering of mayors and other leaders of the world’s major cities who are working to fight and mitigate climate change. We are holding this meeting – the largest since the Paris climate accords last year – because we know the health and well-being of future generations depend on the actions we take now. This summit is a remarkable opportunity to learn about cutting-edge work being done in other global cities and to share lessons from the work we are pioneering here in Washington, DC.

Today, Washington, DC is at the forefront of decisive, effective action to slow and adapt to climate change. Since 2006, we have reduced our annual carbon emissions by more than 23 percent. We are committed to cutting our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2032, and by 80 percent by 2050. (more…)

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, in recognition of World AIDS Day, Mayor Muriel Bowser, announced the release of 90/90/90/50, a plan for ending the HIV epidemic in the District by 2020. Through this public-private partnership, the 90/90/90/50 plan will achieve the following core goals:

  • 90 percent of DC residents with HIV will know their status;
  • 90 percent of DC residents diagnosed with HIV will be in treatment;
  • 90 percent of DC residents in treatment will achieve viral load suppression; and
  • the District will see an overall 50 percent decrease in new HIV cases.
  • (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I received a parking ticket back in September and since I was absolutely at fault paid it without delay. I had pneumonia, but had to go to UPS at 6th and Penn SE. I pulled into the loading zone and left the car there with my flashers on since i thought I was just running in and dropping the package. Long story short, there was one person in front of me and it took 10 minutes to drop the package. I came out to a ticket, which I deserved.

Anyway, I just got my insurance renewal quote and its double what it was last year. When I inquired they told me that my ticket had been classified as a “moving violation.” I tried searching the ticket number on the DMV’s website in the “moving violations” look up on the website and it said it didn’t exist, and when I typed the ticket number into “parking violations” it confirmed the ticket was for that.

I’m basically wondering if anyone knows if I WAS guilty of a moving violation, and if not, what I can do to have that changed with the DMV since its impacting my insurance and driving record.”

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From a press release:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo to launch the District’s fourth AlleyPalooza campaign and announce historic investments in Washington, DC’s alleys. Through increased budget allotments, better financial management, and aggressive program management, the Bowser Administration has been able to increase funding for alley maintenance and rehabilitation to unprecedented levels. In fiscal year 2014, $4.13 million was spent on alley maintenance and rehabilitation. In fiscal year 2015, this funding increased to $13.95 million – more than three times the amount spent the previous year, and in fiscal year 2016 the funding increased again to $15.82 million.

“We are investing in Washington, DC’s alleys at historic levels because they are a key part of our infrastructure and their condition is of vital importance to the health of the District,” said Mayor Bowser. “AlleyPalooza 4.0 builds on a highly successful initiative and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that Washington, DC’s infrastructure is safe and reliable.”

AlleyPalooza is the Mayor’s initiative to repair and renovate alleys in all eight wards. Since launching AlleyPalooza in 2015, nearly 300 alleys have been improved throughout Washington, DC. (more…)


Thanks to all who passed on from the Humane Rescue Alliance:


The District’s City Council has taken the first vote to approve a bill with potential long-term threats to ALL cats residing in the District of Columbia. The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) adamantly opposes this language and you should too. The bill, as proposed:

Would give the mayor the authority to categorize cats as an invasive or nuisance species.
Could jeopardize the use of our nationally-recognized and highly successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.

The proposed bill, Bill 21-386, gives the mayor the authority to categorize cats as an invasive or nuisance species. (more…)


Thanks to the organizers for the update:

“This letter, along with the attached documentation, is being submitted by The Northern Ward 4 Dog Park Group (the “Group”) as the Group’s dog park application resubmission. The Group previously submitted an application to DPR for a dog park on District-owned parkland at 3rd and Underwood St., NW on December 10, 2015. That application was subsequently denied by DPR via a rejection letter on October 10, 2016. The Group has since identified a new, preferred site that we believe meets the needs of District dog owners and the community at large, while satisfying both the existing criteria outlined in the D.C. Municipal Regulations (DCMR) and the criteria that the Director of DPR outlined in the recent dog park rejection letter. This new site is located on a triangular parcel of land that is adjacent to the Frank R. Williams Building and the Takoma Aquatic Center building (Appendix A). While this site has approximately .60 acres of land available, the Group would like to request that DPR approve the site for a fenced-in off-leash dog exercise area that is .30 acres in size.

The following reasons support the Group’s rationale for selecting this new site:

dog-park-application-resubmission (PDF)

300 block of L Street, NE

“Dear PoPville,

11 months

This car has been parked in the same spot on our block for 11 months. It has been through numerous city signs designating this as a no parking zone (for construction and staging). Somehow it has escaped being towed. The city is apparently so against towing this car they’ve decided to just rip up the street *around* the car. Thanks, DC.”

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From the Mayor’s Office last night:

“Today, Mayor Bowser issued the following statement reaffirming the District’s status as a sanctuary city:

“The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. We celebrate our diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status. We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus on protecting and serving.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

From the DC Board of Elections:

Total Ballots Cast 287,403

Hillary Clinton – Tim Kaine 260,223 90.54%
Donald J. Trump – Michael R. Pence 11,553 4.02%


Eleanor Holmes Norton 244,711 85.15%


David Grosso 102,544 17.84%
Robert White 217,834 37.9%
UNDER VOTES 159,593 27.76%

Other Council Member Victors by Ward are Vincent C. Gray, Brandon Todd, Jack Evans, and Trayon “Ward Eight” White. (more…)