I’ve been working on helping my elderly neighbor Ralph move home for about 3 years now. Having exhausted all options, I started a crowdfunding campaign. It’s a huge longshot and will take a modern day miracle, but I can’t just sit by and not try to help him. He has no family and the DC system has done nothing but throw up barriers.”
“Meet Ralph. He is 80 years old, he’s a Navy veteran who served in the Korean war, he’s a widower, a homeowner and longtime resident of the District of Columbia. He never had children and has no remaining family. Until December 2010, he lived quite happily in his tiny, one room apartment in a small coop building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.
In December 2010, Ralph became ill and was taken to the hospital, where he soon recovered. Rather than allowing him to return home, he was moved to a care facility where he has remained ever since. However, Ralph is healthy and has been cleared to return home. All Ralph wants is to go home. Unfortunately, Ralph has become tangled in the safety net and is now mired in a financial and legal mess. His story has become like a bad dream and he needs our help.”
Update with response from MPD Chief Cathy Lanier to the OP:
“The end of your email dictates exactly what I expect from my officers and what we have been training since I have been the Chief- building relationships. I am very sorry that you were subjected to what sounds like unprofessional behavior. Rest assured that we will handle this complaint appropriately and conduct an investigation into what occurred. I expect all of my members to treat everyone with dignity and respect all the time- every time. We will be in contact to get more information.”
I think I had my first experience of being stopped for Walking While Black. Mind you, I’m not black. I’m a 52-year-old white woman. Last night, I was walking from dinner down 14th St. near Spring Rd. with my sons, who are black. One was pointing out to me all the “J.O.s,” the undercover cops who “jump out” and demand see their ID. for no apparent reason, possibly frisk you, and do all other manner of constitutionally questionable behavior.
So after my son had just pointed out a particular J.O., lo and behold, a car pulls up, and out jump four or five officers confronting us and demanding to see our IDs. I ask if there is a problem and why are we being stopped. No answer, but they are becoming a little more aggressive and say they just want to see our IDs. They are obviously more interested in the boys, but want my ID as well. I ask why I need to show my ID. I introduce myself as the mother of these two young men and ask if we’re being stopped because my children are black (we’re used to be followed in the store, for example).
The officers—there are now about 10 or 11 of them surrounding us—become quite indignant and say how offended they are that I would say such a thing and accuse me of being ignorant, and say that I just accused them of being racist. I wasn’t accusing them of being racist. I was accusing them of racial profiling. (more…)
On Friday, I was leaving work and walking to my car, parked on V Street NW between 11th and 12th. Typical scene– dog walkers, middle schoolers heading home, and so on. I got into my car and as I leaned out to close the door, one of the middle school girls slammed my door. At first I thought she was trying to show off in front of her friends, but soon those friends started kicking my car and abruptly ran off. I unsuccessfully tried to follow them, and I didn’t get a look at their uniforms to identify what school they were coming from. There was no damage to the car, but I’d really love to know if others in the U Street/Shaw area are experiencing similar situations so that we can open up a discussion on how to address the issue of teenage violence towards adults.”
My boyfriend and I left Nellie’s tonight [Friday] around 6pm and were walking back to our condo in Bloomingdale. We passed by the 9:30 Club and there was a ten year old BMW parked across the sidewalk. My boyfriend is a BMW-phile, so as a joke, I softly bumped him into the rear quarter panel and said something to the effect of “you’re going to buy this car for me?” We giggled and kept walking when suddenly this guy with a badge called us back to the car. He was an MPD officer and claimed we’d damaged his car somehow. He demanded our identification and threatened to arrest us.
He took my driver’s license and wrote down my information. I asked him to go look for actual damage on his car and he refused. My boyfriend initially refused to give him his name and our address, but as a lawyer I told him he should just cooperate with the cops, even when they’re being irrational d*cks. My boyfriend told him to go look for damage on his car, since he was detaining us, and again he refused. My boyfriend gave his information but then asked the cop if he was detaining us because we are gay, and the cop suddenly stammered and gave our licenses back and told us to be on our way. I asked him for a card and he told me to look at his badge to get his name, and refused to give us his badge number…so this is my chance to say that Officer, you cannot use your badge to “protect” your personal property, you homophobe.”
“I want to address a host of complaints I hear from neighbors of the increased activity of rats in Ward One. From Columbia Heights to U St. to Adams Morgan to Mt. Pleasant, the reports I receive span residential areas, commercial areas and especially where commercial establishments and homes are in close proximity. Doubtless all of the construction that is occurring throughout the Ward is unsettling rat burrows. The problem is acerbated by littering that provides a source of food to rodents. Clearly the warm winter last year did not help.
But this is not a problem that we can leave to Mother Nature alone. We need knowledge, city resources and working together to get in front of this increasing infestation. So please join us,
CM Jim Graham and the District Department of Health Invite You To
WARD ONE RAT SUMMIT
Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard St., NW
This program will feature,
Dr. Robert Corrigan, published author on the subject of rodent control
William Howland, Director, District Department of Public Works
Nicholas Majett, Director, District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Gerard Brown, Program Manager, Department of Health”
The idea of the summit is to get restaurant owners, residents, and members of relevant government agencies together to discus the problem and how restaurants can minimize the rat infestations by disposing of their trash and grease properly—a main cause of the seemingly increased number of rats. (Another cause, according to ANC Commissioner John Fanning, is that rats once lived more discreetly in abandoned lots on the street. Now that most those lots have been developed, those rats have scattered to more populated areas.)”
“Our neighborhood is more vibrant than ever with population growth and many new businesses attracting visitors and tourists. Logan Circle is a tremendous success story, but with progress comes new problems. One that we’re increasingly hearing about is the rodent population.
To proactively and collaboratively address this issue, the ANC 2F Alcohol Policy Committee invites you to attend the Rodent & Sanitation Education, Training and Awareness Summit on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Cir NW).
Representatives from the DC Department of Health, Department of Public Works, and Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will make presentations, followed by a Q&A and action planning session. The tentative agenda is below:
DOH Public Service DVD – 8 min
Community Hygiene Program Overview – DOH 15 min
Trash Compactors – 5 min
DPW SWEEP/Enforcement – 10 minutes
ABRA Complaint Process – 5 minutes
Q&A/Action Planning – 45 minutes”
On Wednesday I was rushing from a work event to my weekly volunteer gig at an ESL program for immigrants. My Ethiopian cab driver and I were chatting about my destination and the program, when we got stuck in traffic. I was visibly distressed that I would be late, but he got me there in time while we commiserated on the stupidity of the government shutdown. When we arrived and I went to pay the $15 fare, he refused, and would only accept $8, because as he said “I volunteer too, and someone should do something nice for you! Thank you for what you do!” I was completely shocked. It was such a genuinely kind, appreciative gesture. Since we always seem to talk about how most DC cab drivers are rough around the edges, I just wanted to remind your readers, that there are, indeed, a lot of good eggs out there.”
Ok, so this is sort of a weird question… I live in a building in Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase, and I like it for the most part, but a couple I live on the same floor as fights. Loudly. I am sure others have heard them, and I don’t know what to do. It’s their business, but they clearly things aren’t working for them. Do readers have any suggestions on what, if anything, I can do to let them know that everyone hears their fights, without garnering their wrath?”
The building across the street from my apartment has a malfunctioning A/C unit that can be heard through our closed windows. I had a noise inspection performed, and it barely passed (due to the automatic decibel deductions that are built into the law). However, it would probably fail a nighttime inspection (the AC runs 24/7 and the nighttime decibel limit is lower). However the inspector, who was apologetic, informed me that it is now DC policy that any nighttime inspections have to be paid for by the resident requesting it (i.e. me). Is this really DC policy? I guess I was mistaken when I thought my taxes plus a budget surplus would actually allow the city to enforce the laws on its own. What’s next – having to whip out the credit card if I call the cops after 9PM?”