From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) would like to announce the designation of five nightlight safety zones during Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Safe Track operation.

MPD Nightlife Unit has identified and is providing additional resources in specific areas from Wednesday to Sunday during the hours of 11:00 pm to 3:00 am as patrons and employees find alternative means of transportation to and from various venues within the city. MPD has partnered with city agencies to provide additional lighting in each of the areas, signage so that patrons can locate the safe zones, and added patrol. These safe locations will serve as a place for patrons to access alternative transportation.

The five designated nightlife safety corridors are as follows: (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I are wondering if we are the only ones that find this odd. Our neighbors are having a BBQ/party and the cops showed up [over the weekend]. At first we thought maybe there was a noise complaint, but they started eating the food off the grill and have now been there for over an hour. It started with one MPD vehicle and now there are two. They are in their uniforms and in marked cars. Are they on the clock? Is this appropriate? Wondering your thoughts. This is in Petworth on Georgia Ave (4D).”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Claire Uziel

“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to write-in in a positive experience with the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Public Advocacy Section.

I contracted with a local app developer to produce a relatively simple iPhone app. After paying the developer about 2/3 of the contract price over the first 3 months of the approximately 6 month contract, he stopped responding to my emails and phone calls. Unfortunately, I was assigned overseas for a longvterm in the middle of the development, but the developer knew my intent as we had several meetings.

I investigated Small Claims Court options in DC, but found it too cumbersome to deal with if I had to fly back and forth to DC. I stumbled upon a website for the DC OAG Public Advocacy Section which deals with consumer complaints against businesses in DC. After filling out an online complaint and hearing nothing back from DC OAG, I figured it was another dead-end DC website. But alas 2 months later, I received a phone-call and email from a Fraud Investigator that they had contacted the developer and he agreed to return my funds in full. A month later I received a cashier’s check from the developer that was sent to me by the DC OAG Public Advocacy Section.

If consumers in DC have an issue with a local business, highly recommend checking out the DC OAG Public Advocacy Section. They may not get back to you for several weeks, but they’re probably working it for you in the background.”

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Ed. Note: Check this map to see if you have lead service lines coming into your house.

“Dear PoPville,

This article is about lead in the water in Flint, but it profiles an engineer working there who also worked in DC beginning in 2003. It’s not very reassuring! I thought you might be interested if you haven’t seen it yet.”

“But he never forgot the lesson of DC. Taped to the door of Edwards’ office at Virginia Tech is a slip of paper that reads: “This, thought Winston, was the most frightening aspect of the party regime—that it could obliterate memory, turn lies into Truth and alter the Past …”

It’s from George Orwell’s 1984, a reminder of the doublethink Edwards encountered in DC. He still considers his work there a total failure. “These agencies, over every objection I made, went ahead and poisoned kids,” Edwards says. He wasn’t going to let that happen again.”

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3320 Idaho Avenue, NW

From Councilmember Cheh’s website:

“Dear Neighbors,

There has been a substantial amount of discussion and questions related to the District’s plan to close DC General and replace it with smaller, community-based shelters for families experiencing homelessness. These shelters are to be safe, secure, attractive, and spread throughout each ward of the District, with one such shelter to be built on part of the land adjacent to the Second District Police Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Many of the questions and topics of conversation have overlapped and touch on complicated matters, so I’d like to begin with an overview of the situation. Let me also say that issues like homelessness necessarily come loaded with strong emotions and suggestions that people raising concerns are acting out of self-interest or unsavory motivations. In fact, there are legitimate concerns that are worthy of discussion, and I assume that the questions put to me—questions I will endeavor to speak to here—were put forward in good faith and with the best of intentions. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user James0806

From a press release:

“The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) and KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights encourage non-Muslim District residents to join Muslims in a day of fasting on June 29. This fast is part of an effort to increase understanding and awareness of the Muslim community in DC. The one-day campaign titled “Fast with DC Muslims: A Day of Understanding and Solidarity,” will occur during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink during daylight hours to rededicate themselves to faith and self-reflection. Participants who register by June 19 will receive a #FastWithDCMuslims pin to wear on June 29, and an information packet to help them further understand the DC Muslim community and the significance of Ramadan. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From a press release:

“On June 1, 2016, Serve DC will kick off National Safety Month with FREE Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training in each of the District’s eight wards. This marks the second summer of free CPR/AED safety training under the DC Be Ready campaign providing safety awareness during the National Safety Council’s annual June National Safety Month.

The free CPR/AED classes will be held June 1 – 29, 2016 and will run almost every other day from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at various Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities with the exception of the Saturday, June 18th training course at Banneker Recreation Center (Ward 1) which is scheduled for 10:00am – 2:00pm. (more…)

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3320 Idaho Avenue, NW

Ed. Note: A change.org petition has also been launched.

Previously Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh wrote the community:

“Through the Council’s process, the location of the temporary family shelter in Ward 3 has been changed from 2619-2623 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, a privately-owned site, to a new location at 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW, a District-owned site. The Second District (2D) Police Station is also located at this site. The new location was primarily selected by the Council because it is both located on District-owned land and otherwise satisfies the criteria for the shelters originally put forth by the Mayor. Frequently suggested by residents at community meetings, this site is also close to transportation, a grocery store and a park, and has sufficient space available for the structure. This also happens to be one of the locations that I included in an earlier, publicly disclosed letter to the Executive requesting further analysis and evaluation for the suitability of a shelter. To clarify, building the temporary family homeless shelter on the Idaho Avenue lot will not intrude on the community garden located next to the property and, with the exception of re-configuring the parking lot with stacked parking, is expected to cause little disruption to the operation of the 2D Police Station.”

From the Mayor’s Office this morning:

“In response to the Council’s second vote on a plan to close the DC General Family homeless shelter, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement:

“Today marks a milestone in our shared commitment to provide homeless families clean, safe, and dignified housing—and a fair shot at a pathway to the middle class. I thank Chairman Phil Mendelson and the Council for approving a plan that will close DC General and further reform how we serve homeless families. I am also grateful to the residents and organizations that advocated tirelessly for the closure of DC General. With the debate now behind us, I look forward to working with neighbors across the District to build replacement facilities that we can all be proud of, and that reflect the best of who we are as a society.”

One resident shares his concerns:

“Friends & Neighbors:

I attended the meeting on the proposed homeless shelter at the police station. While I’ve previously expressed concerns regarding the site selection process, I went into the meeting with a generally open mind regarding the project as a whole. I left with one major conclusion that I will share with this group – they have not thought this thing through. I would describe Laura Zeilinger as someone who appeared to be a competent and well intenioned public servant, but it is clear that the process being managed by our DC government is completely off the rails. They are probably not going to do the necessary planning unless citizens of this community demand it. I think it is incumbent on the people most directly impacted by these plans to provide guidance and insight to achieve the best possible solution for this community and for the homeless people that have been so badly treated for years by our DC government.

Cheh and Mendelson spent more time planning their message – guilt the public into accepting their half baked plan – than actually planning to getting the process right. Don’t fall for it. We all care deeply about the homeless and mourn the tragedy that is DC General. As DC and Federal taxpayers, we already do our fair share to help address homelessness. If DC government want us to do more than our fair share – to accept costs and risks including the risk of the safety of our children – then they need to provide us with both the planning and the resources that are needed to get it right.

A few specific items that I believe need to be further considered are listed below: (more…)

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) filled more than 16,500 potholes during the 8th Annual Potholepalooza campaign, which ended May 13, 2016. Launched April 1 by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Potholepalooza expedited roadway repairs reported by District residents and commuters from the normal 72 hours to 48 hours.

During the six-week campaign, DDOT received more than 2,000 service requests for pothole repairs. Crews successfully repaired more than 85 percent of the reported potholes within the 48-hour time frame. In the current fiscal year, DDOT has filled more than 52,000 potholes citywide.

Residents and commuters are encouraged to continue reporting potholes by contacting the Mayor’s Call Center at 311 in any of the following ways—calling 311, visiting online at 311.dc.gov, or by using the DC311 smartphone application.”