release the hounds
Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

“Dear PoPville,

Two days ago, Councilmembers R. White, Nadeau, and Todd introduced the Small Business Parking Permit Act of 2017, which allows “Any small business that abuts a block the Director has designated for residential permit parking . . . to obtain small business parking permits. . . . The rights and restrictions of a small business parking permit shall be the same as the rights and restrictions applied to a residential parking permit except that holders of a small business parking permit shall not be allowed to obtain temporary or visitor permits.” Businesses with up to ten employees are eligible, and can apply for a permit for every employee. The full text of the bill is here.

I don’t drive, so more competition for parking does not affect me personally, but I suspect a number of readers may have opinions on this bill.

Peter Newsham via safedc
via @SafeDC

Statement from Councilmember Charles Allen:

“In response to the nomination of Interim Chief of Police Peter Newsham by Mayor Bowser to assume the permanent position, Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement:

“As the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, I’m looking forward to leading the Council’s confirmation process for the Mayor’s nominee. My top priorities for the next Chief will be a demonstrated commitment to community policing and relationship building, enhancing the transparency of the Department’s operations and data, protecting our most vulnerable communities and residents, and stabilizing the police force by recruiting and retaining the best of the best.

I take the Council’s role in confirming a new Chief seriously, as I do our responsibility to engage District residents and our officers. The Committee will hold three public hearings in the coming weeks for public comment on the nomination — two roundtables held in the community and one public hearing at the Wilson Building. Dates and locations will be announced shortly.

I look forward to hearing from Interim Chief Newsham about his qualifications and vision for the Department.”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Bowser announced that she has nominated 28-year Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) veteran and longtime deputy to former MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, Peter Newsham, as the next MPD Chief of Police. Newsham joined MPD in 1989 and has served as Interim Chief of Police since September 2016. (more…)

anti harassment
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From a press release:

“Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced legislation that aims to target and eradicate street harassment in the District through education, awareness, data collection and culture change. The Councilmember spearheaded the first-ever Council roundtable on street harassment in December 2015 to bring attention to an experience that is all too common for many District residents. The bill is co-sponsored by Councilmembers Silverman, Grosso, Allen, Evans, R. White, and T. White.

“Street harassment is an unfortunate shared experience facing many of the District’s vulnerable populations,” said Councilmember Nadeau. “At the roundtable I spearheaded, we heard heartbreaking testimony about how pervasive and damaging it can be for residents. This legislation sends a strong message that harassing one another on the street is not something that Washingtonians will stand for.”

“Anti-Muslim and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies on the federal level have a direct impact on the safety of people here in our community, particularly those who live at the intersections of multiple oppressed identities like queer and trans Muslims,” said Jessica Raven, Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces. “This legislation will equip D.C. agencies to address harassment in all its forms and make public spaces safe for everyone.”

Street harassment is defined as unwanted, disrespectful, or threatening comments, gestures, or other actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent. Harassment is directed at someone because of actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. (more…)

parking
“Penn Quarter/Chinatown pricing adjustments will occur within the red boundary, between H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW, and 11th Street NW.” via DDOT

From a press release:

“Beginning Monday, February 27, 2017, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will implement a new parking meter rate schedule in the Penn Quarter and Chinatown neighborhoods. This is the second quarterly parking meter rate adjustment as part of the Penn Quarter-Chinatown pilot project to improve parking availability through demand-based pricing.

The study area includes on-street parking spaces bounded by H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW and 11th Street NW. The pilot aims to reduce the time needed to find parking, improve turnover of high-demand parking spaces, provide better parking information to motorists, and reduce congestion by adjusting prices based on observed demand for parking on a block-by-block basis.

Parking meter rates on individual block faces in this area will range from $1.50 to $3.25. As with the previous price adjustment, the rates on each block face will vary by time: weekday morning, weekday midday, weekday evening, and Saturday.

The table below provides a summary of the number of block faces that will have quarterly demand-based meter rate adjustments. Blocks identified for adjustments are shown in the figure below: (more…)

ruta
800 Upshur Street, NW

From the Mayor’s Office:

“On Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will join Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd to sign the Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Emergency legislation into law. Introduced by Councilmember Todd, the legislation will require dog owners in DC to ensure that dogs left outside during the winter are sufficiently protected from inclement weather.

Known as Momma’s Law, the legislation is named after a dog that was repeatedly left outside in below-freezing temperatures in the Petworth neighborhood. In January 2016, concerned neighbors grabbed the attention of local leaders and residents when they tried to intervene to get the dog properly sheltered.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m.

WHO:
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember

WHERE:
Ruta Del Vino
800 Upshur Street, NW”

poster16A

“Dear PoPville,

New and being passed around town to all the LGBT places are these posters from MPD. What sayeth the good citizens of DC is it really necessary to have a seperate group focused in on a particular group? Isnt the police all for one and one for all or am I missing it?”

From MPD:

“The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit (LGBTLU) is a team of dedicated officers that focuses on the public safety needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and their allied communities. They conduct public education campaigns on issues related to hate crimes and public safety. Their primary focus is to gain the trust of the community and seek out information that leads to the closure of hate crime and violent crime within the LGBT community. They conduct patrol functions and respond to all citizen complaints.”

IMG_9907
2301 Georgia Avenue, NW

We’ve lamented the state of this retail strip many many times over the years. A bunch of the vacant storefronts are being combined to become:

“In3 is the District of Columbia’s first community space focused on inclusion, innovation and incubation.”

Check out all the details and sign up on their website here.

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bnb

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been hearing a lot about potential regulations on Air Bnb in DC and received this email from them a few days ago:

Home sharing is thriving in our nation’s capital with over 6,000 active hosts and 287,000 Airbnb guests. Unfortunately, short term rentals face loud opposition in DC, and the city council is considering enforcements that would restrict hosts from opening their homes to both national and international guests.

The proposed legislation – supported by hotel industry interests – includes a 15-day cap for hosts and up to $7,000 in fines for “violators”. We are in need of Airbnb supporters to help impact this crucial decision. Will you help us by contacting your elected officials today?

I know a lot of readers are probably interested in what might happen.”

Following is a press release from Councilmember McDuffie’s office:

“Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, announced the introduction of new legislation to establish a workable regulatory framework for short-term rental housing. This legislation, drawing upon successful models from across the country, provides new penalties and increased transparency and reporting requirements to ensure residential neighborhoods are retained for the full-time residents of D.C.

Under current law, hosts are required to obtain a business license designed for more traditional hospitality enterprises. This legislation creates a new type of business license specifically designed for short-term rentals. (more…)

momma

From a press release:

“Today, at the DC Council’s Legislative Meeting, Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced the Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Emergency Amendment Act of 2017. The bill resoundingly passed the Council and, like all emergency legislation, will take effect immediately upon the Mayor’s signature and expire in 90 days. It fills critical gaps in existing law that were exposed last month, when Momma, a pit bull in Petworth, was left outdoors in frigid temperatures for days, sparking a national conversation about animal welfare laws in the District of Columbia. Councilmember Todd announced the bill’s passage at a press conference with the Humane Rescue Alliance at their facility in Ward 4. (more…)