“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.”
“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.”
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?”
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?”
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the adoption of the final rules to implement the provisions of the Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013. According to DDOT Director Matthew Brown “The implementation of these new regulations will ensure that all users of the transportation network are provided safe passage as the District continues to grow and develop.”
The new rules require any construction site that blocks a sidewalk or bicycle lane to provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists through or around the work zone. This safe route must be equal to the accommodation that was blocked, such as providing a bike lane that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic if a protected bike lane is blocked. Also, the safe pedestrian or bicycle route must be free of obstructions and surface hazards such as loose gravel or uneven surfaces and must follow the path of the original pedestrian or bicycle route as closely as is practical.
Additionally, the rules define the term “safe accommodation” and require that signs used to direct pedestrians or bicyclists along a detour route display a message that is specific to bicyclists or pedestrians. The DDOT Director may revoke a permit if the permittee fails to comply with these rules or the approved traffic management plan issued with their permit.
From DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency:
“District first responders will participate in a multi-location, full-scale emergency preparedness exercise from Sunday, October 19, 2014 through Monday, October 20, 2014. The exercise will simulate multiple terrorist attacks occurring at various locations within the District and is designed to establish a learning environment for players to exercise emergency response plans, policies, procedures, and identified core capabilities as they pertain to multiple simultaneous domestic terrorist attacks. The goal of the exercise is to ensure that government agencies are prepared to take coordinated action to protect the public in the event of an actual emergency caused by an act of terrorism in the District.”
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today that the Visitor Parking Passes (VPP) that will expire September 30, 2014, will continue to remain valid until December 31, 2014. District residents will not be ticketed for proper use of their 2014 VPP. The VPP program is designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on Residential Permit Parking (RPP) zoned blocks. (more…)
“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy L. Lanier today announced details of the deployment of MPD’s new body-worn cameras. Use of the cameras in a pilot program is intended to further the mission of the department and enhance service to the community by accurately documenting events, actions, conditions, and statements made during citizen encounters, traffic stops, arrests, and other incidents. In addition, the use of the cameras will help ensure the safety of both MPD members and the public.
“Our Metropolitan Police Department has been a leader in using technology to aid policing and public safety, and I want to commend Chief Lanier and the department for implementing this program, which has been in the works for more a year,” Mayor Gray said. “Especially since the unfortunate incidents in Ferguson, Mo., have brought the issue of body cameras to national attention, I’m proud that MPD will continue to show leadership in this area.”
The pilot is slated to start October 1, 2014, and is expected to last six months. MPD has purchased five camera models from three different vendors. The pilot will involve approximately 165 MPD members, including volunteers from all the seven police districts, the Special Operations Division, and the School Safety Division. Each member volunteering for the pilot will be assigned each of the five camera models and provide written feedback after each experience. Cameras will also be deployed to MPD’s Tactical Village, where members will have an opportunity to use the cameras while participating in practical, scenario-based training.
“We are looking at the best practices for implementing these devices,” said Chief Lanier. “We are in an age where this type of technology is becoming more common, and we want to capitalize on that. The presence of cameras will benefit the community and MPD members by improving police services, increasing accountability and enhancing public safety.”
For the pilot program, $1 million was budgeted in the spring to purchase cameras and related infrastructure. MPD is currently finalizing the department’s policy for the program. In creating the program, the department has collaborated with the Office of Police Complaints, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Office of the Attorney General, the Fraternal Order of Police – Labor Committee, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Major City Chiefs of Police Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police as well as law-enforcement agencies across the country that have already deployed body cameras.”
“The Ward One Democrats now offers monthly programs for voters. Please participate in our discussion this Wednesday, September 24, at 7:00 pm in the Reeves Center Community Room, 2000 14th Street NW (14th and U St. NW).
Our guest speaker, Camille Sabakhan is the General Counsel for the Department of General Services. She will discuss the process the District currently uses when deciding to redevelop public property — whether through sale or swap or other means. She will also discuss existing avenues for community involvement. The Department of General Services manages the District’s property holdings. Its mission is to promote the efficient and effective management of our city’s real estate investments and interests.
As a group, we will discuss whether the current process is sufficient and how the District should involve the community when redeveloping public property and space. Illustrative examples will include Grimke School, Bruce Monroe, and the Reeves Center.
Date: September 24
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center – Community Room
2000 14th Street NW”