04/24/14 2:10pm

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Supreme Court construction:

“Does anyone have any info on what all the construction around the Supreme Court is? There has been constant construction on the grounds since I first moved to the Hill six years ago. For the first few years, the sidewalks on East Capitol were blocked, then opened, then blocked again. Now I notice all the work on my walk down Maryland. Nothing seems extensive enough to merit six years (more assuming this didn’t start right when I moved here) worth of work.”

Accessible roof decks?

“It seems like every bar and restaurant in the city is adding a rooftop deck. While I applaud this trend in theory, as a wheelchair user I feel I will never have the opportunity to enjoy any of them. Does anyone know of any rooftop terraces with elevators or alternate wheelchair accessibility?”

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04/23/14 2:10pm

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Calling the police on homeless men smoking crack?

“I live in a condo building that overlooks an alley. I have witnessed homeless men smoking crack on a few occasions and felt conflicted about calling the police. I mean, if I were homeless, I’d probably want to be in a numb state, too. If I call the police and they get arrested, they end up getting thrown in jail and doesn’t solve the problem. If I let them be, I have crackheads in my alley. The other day, I yelled at them that I already called the police (which I didn’t) and they thanked me and moved on. What’s your opinion?”

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04/22/14 2:10pm

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Doodie In The Garden:

“OK…I’m not even sure how to describe what’s going on here.

We have a lot of feral cats in our corner of Petworth. So I’m used to digging up cat poop in our garden. (Not enough ground cover, too much mulch for the cats to resist.) But three days ago something new turned up: A king-sized doodie! There is no way this came from a cat. It was too large and there was no attempt to bury it. So I dutifully scooped up this uber-turd and got rid of it, and the next day…another. And then…another, on the third day!

Now our back gate is not locked–doesn’t even have one, but up until now, we’ve never seen anyone try to get into our garden, and our neighbors are very vigilant. So this had to have happened overnight. I thought perhaps someone was letting their dog into our backyard to do their business, but the Frogette took one look at this and said, “That’s a person. EEEWWWWW!” (You might ask how we know this, but if you’ve lived in San Francisco for any length time, you’d get it.)

So my question for the forum? Has this happened to anyone else? Ever heard of anything like this? Besides putting a lock and chain on our gate…anything else we can/should do?

Any suggestions are appreciated.”

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04/21/14 2:10pm

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Nighttime grass cutting:

“Now that spring has sprung I have to deal with my absentee neighbor’s late night grass cutting. He has a handyman who shows up between 8pm and 11pm to cut his grass. He really does cut the grass in the dark. It is a disturbance late in the evening when windows are open or you want to relax on your porch. I’ve tried to talk to the handyman but he is always intoxicated and the absentee owner could care less. Can’t find anything online about hours of grass cutting. I would appreciate any feedback. Also the intoxicated grass cutter is here every week…sometimes twice.”

Kitchen Cabinet Painter?

“Is there anywhere I can drop off some kitchen cabinets (12 cabinet doors) with the paint I want and have them paint it for me? I’ve already prepped them (sanded and primed) and just need someone to put two coats of the desired color on it. I actually did my bottom kitchen cabinets but I can’t find the time to finish off the upper cabinets.”

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04/18/14 2:10pm

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Man impersonating an FBI agent?

“I was on the 64 Bus south to federal triangle on Tuesday morning around 9:15 when a man got on sometime between Irving and Florida Ave. He was dressed like an FBI agent with tactical pants and boots, a professional looking belt with hand cuffs and a few other official looking pouches. He was wearing an FBI sweatshirt that anyone can purchase from one of the many tourist trap trucks around the mall which raised a red flag for me. His pants were also really saggy. Maybe I just have unrealistic ideas of FBI agents but he seemed way too unprofessional to be a real one – especially the touristy FBI hoodie.

Has anyone else seen this guy? Or maybe you know him and he actually is an FBI agent? Maybe he’s just an FBI agent that had a bad morning and was looking a little sloppy. I don’t know – but considering impersonating a federal agent is very illegal I just thought I’d throw this out there and see if anyone else had any similar sightings.”

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04/17/14 2:15pm

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Home inspection fees:

“We would be very interested to know what others have been charged for a home inspection (house, not condo). We’re interested in the range of fees, high and low, not just the “best price” – it would also be useful to get a sense of how large the property was. We’re trying to do a reality check on an invoice. Thanks.”

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04/16/14 2:10pm

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Notice to vacate a lease after initial term as a co-signer:

“I’m cosigned on a lease and after the initial term ended we are on month to month. I told my roommate 2 months ago that I was moving so he needed to find someone to take over the lease. He has made absolutely no progress in finding a new roommate so I am starting to worry. The lease says: …The lease automatically extends beyond the Initial Term on a month to month basis unless a party gives a termination notice as described under section 5. I would interpret “a party” to mean that I can give notice myself, and the month to month agreement would be over in 30 days, and we would have to vacate the apartment. The leasing office has continuously told me that I need my roommates signature to give the notice. This seems weird to me because what if my roommate refuses to sign the notice FOREVER?!? Not saying this would happen, I just need to know my rights because I feel that I’m being misinformed, trapped and need to find a way out. I should also mention there is a clause in the lease that I am jointly and severally liable for all obligations of the lease.”

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04/15/14 2:10pm

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DC Taxes – Letter requesting additional documents to verify our ID??

“My husband and I filed joint DC taxes for the first time this year (as we just got married in 2013). I am a new DC resident, but my husband is not. We rec’d a letter in the mail from the DC Government stating they received our taxes, but that to “ensure your identity is protected” we need to (each) send them any 2 of the listed documents – – DC drivers lisence issued before or during 2013, dc vehicle registration from before or during 2013, utility bill from 2013, apartment lease (if applicable) dated 2013, 2013 real property tax bill (if applicable). Additionally, they want us to provide them with the amount we listed on line 3 of a 2012 DC return (if one was filed)

Everything appears legit about the letter but neither of us have ever heard of anything like this before so before we send off copies of our documents I just wanted to see if anyone has heard of this/experienced this. We purchased a home in DC in 2013 and applied for homstead deduction, so I wondered if it might be an attempt to make sure we really are residents or something? Just seemed odd. Comments/insights welcome!”

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04/14/14 2:10pm

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Random DCRA inspection?

“Came home to a flyer on our door from DCRA saying they had come by and “attempted to inspect” our house–and we should call to reschedule. Anyone ever hear of that? Do they random inspect or would someone have called them? We’ve had some painting recently done and repairs to our staircase but nothing that seemed to need permitting, and nothing that has irritated neighbors to the best of our knowledge. I’m on good terms with them all (I think). Strikes me as very odd (also because they note a different address than our house–it’s a corner and used to have doors on both streets but they used the old address that no longer has a door and isn’t the official address). Anyone hear of a scam this way? Wondering if I should call to reschedule or ignore.”

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04/11/14 2:15pm

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Chinese herbalist:

“Does anyone know of a Chinese herbalist doctor? Someone once told me there is a good herbalist doctor in Chinatown, does anyone know who he/she/they could be?”

Running groups in Petworth??

“I just move to Petworth and am hoping there is a run group that meets up nearby. Ideally looking for people that are interested in a couple shorter (3-4 miles) runs during the week and a longer run on the weekends. Please let me know if you know of such a group or if you live in the area and are interested in finding some running buddies. I am a 10-min miler.”

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