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General Discussion October 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Missing cat in NE

My cats name is Nala and she is an outside cat but never misses breakfast or dinner. But on Monday 10/24 we let her out after dinner and haven’t seen her since. She is a sweet cat but is probably scared right now. Last seen on the 1200 block of I street NE. Please let me know if you see her!!!
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General Discussion October 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Cat Near U Street NW

I’ve seen this cat on 13th Street NW, between U Street & Florida Avenue multiple times. I saw it this morning investigating some cleaning supplies and was able to snap a few pictures. I’m wondering if this is someone’s indoor/outdoor cat… Any ideas how to find out who the owner might be? This cat is likely to get run over or attacked by something/someone at some point and it’s quite upsetting. The cat does not seem afraid of people and even swatted a leashed dog this morning.

We need a PSA: Cats should not be let outside, especially in the city.

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General Discussion October 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

Black Cat in Lanier Mews

Just in time for Halloween, the residents of Lanier Mews, on Lanier between Adams Mill and Ontario, have a friendly, regular visitor – a beautiful long-haired black cat. The cat does not seem skittish and is very friendly. Two nights ago, she (no idea if it’s a female, really) let me pet her for awhile, and last night she sat with me on my front porch and wanted to come inside. I offered her food and water, which she declined, making me think she’s not without a home, but it’s just a guess. I’ve looked online to see if there are any missing cats in the area matching her description, but haven’t seen anything. She has a collar and bell, but no tags. Is she just a new friendly outdoor cat neighbor? I’m worried about her but am not sure of next steps. Any advice would be helpful!

General Discussion October 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

Constuction that will block the alley (and our driveway)

A multi-unit building is under construction on the opposite side of our alley. Today they built parking spaces, one of them is too small for the lot and if anyone were to park there, it would most certainly jut out into the alley, and would block me from entering or exiting my driveway with my vehicle. What can I do to stop this? This will be a huge problem for us if they actually sell this space to some unsuspecting condo buyer.

General Discussion October 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Landlord charged for painting – can we win in court?

Hi all,
I’m hoping someone who went through a similar situation might be able to offer advice or share their experience. Do we have a good chance of winning our case in small claims?

We moved out of our apartment in the middle of August. It was a 1BD/1BA condo, and we had lived there for 20 months. The people we hired to clean the place did a super awesome job, and we left everything in great condition. We had a pretty quick turn around between the moving, cleaning, and walk through because our landlord is currently living in another country, and he was back in the US for a limited time, during which he wanted to do the key exchange. So we didn’t have any time to do additional work, if the landlord pointed anything out.

We did the walk through, and the only things that my landlord pointed out were that there was a bit of pink mildew in the tub grout (like maybe an inch) and there were a couple places where the wall was scuffed; one in the closet and one in the hallway (and possibly the living room). These scuffs were pretty minor. The landlord pointed them out, said something along the lines of, “I’m not sure if I’m going to have to paint that.” Did not directly say he was going to charge us for anything. For what it’s worth, the apartment was NOT freshly painted when we moved in.

Forty four days later, he sent us an email saying that he needed to paint the apartment, and that it cost him $1000, but he was only going to charge us $500 because he realized that they had a part to play in keeping up the apartment. This was the cost for painting the entire apartment, not just the scuffs (we confirmed this with him). We’re pretty sure that for the condition of the apartment when we moved in and the length of time that we were there, that these scuffs would constitute normal wear and tear. On top of that, the landlord did not send us an itemized receipt, nor did he send us the interest on the deposit (both of which by our lease and the law he is required to do).

We’re still doing some research on how exactly small claims will work with an out of country landlord (will he get served overseas??), but we plan on taking legal action if they do not agree to give us our money back. However, I would like to know if others have had to fight for their security deposit after being charged for painting? Did you win? The regulations are a little murky on where painting falls. We don’t want to go in with a case on shaky legal ground, then have to pay for his (likely hefty) plane fare if he counter-sues.


General Discussion September 7, 2016 at 8:14 am

DC Animal Control Cites Wrong Address, Wrong Dog, What to Do?

Hi All,

Yesterday I received notice, through my mail slot, that someone had filed a complaint with animal control alleging my (tiny) dog had bit them, and requiring me to present my dog for a health inspection twice, once immediately, and once in six months. Thing is, the dog described is the wrong color and wrong size, and moreover neither I nor the dog were home on the date of the alleged incident.

Anyone have any experience dealing with this? I’m hoping to hear about it before I give animal control a call to sort this out.


General Discussion September 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm

EV Charging station installer

Dear PoPVille,

I’m looking for some feedback and/or recommendations for an EV charging station installer in the District. I know any electrician should be able to tackle this job, but I prefer to hear from someone that has installed a 240v station at their home and a installation cost ballpark. Also, I understand DC offers a $10k income tax credit towards the installation?


General Discussion September 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Guy Selling Auto Body Repair Services Door to Door?

I’m curious if this has happened to anyone else, and what was the result: My husband was working in our garage (which opens to an alley), and a guy driving a Mercedes approached him and said he was doing auto body repair work on the spot. The guy asked if we’d like him to repair our car, which has some scratches on the bumpers. He said he had done work for our neighbors, so we went to ask those neighbors how it went (they weren’t home). He left us his contact information and said we wouldn’t pay for the work unless we were satisfied. The trunk to the Mercedes was open while we were talking to him, and it didn’t look like he had much equipment in it.

Has this type of service been offered door-to-door to anyone else? If so, I’m curious to know about your experience.

General Discussion September 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

Shopping Carts!!! Why so many shopping carts???

We recently purchased a house in the neighborhood that includes a driveway off of the back yard. The driveway has open access from the street behind our house.

Even before we closed, we noticed a shopping cart parked in our driveway. We naively assumed that once we started parking a car in the driveway, the person parking the cart would get the hint and move the cart. No luck.

DPW now has visited our house on multiple occasions to remove one to two carts, from a variety of establishments. We usually get a single day/night of reprieve, and then a new one reappears.

They are always empty. They only seem to be used at night because they sit there empty in our driveway during the day.

Has anyone else had this problem? We feel like we are being punked or that we should be more fearful for our safety.

Any suggestions? Thanks!!

General Discussion August 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

NGA & Hirshhorn post about Dogs instead of Women's Equality

I noticed on social media that the National Gallery of Art AND the Hirshhorn (among other places) have chosen to post about National Dog Day instead of the fact that it is Women’s Equality Day. I would think that a gallery for our nation would be politically correct enough to make sure at the very least to treat women and dogs equally (yikes) and post about both, but guess not.

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General Discussion August 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Check No Parking permit information (address approved, etc)?

Is there a way to look up a No Parking permit based on the posted sign? I can only find the ddot site where you can search by location, but not by permit number. The signs don’t have addresses written on them so someone could get a permit for one location and post it somewhere else. This may be the case on my block and I just received a legitimate No Parking sign for next week.. I need to use this space for moving and I don’t think the current No Parking permit holder is using the right block space.

Basically is there a ddot link where I can search by permit number to see what block the permit was approved for?

General Discussion August 17, 2016 at 6:39 am

Horse's Ass Award Nomination

The scaffolding on the unification church at 16th and Columbia in Adams Morgan has been up for years. Does anyone know why? My husband and I saw some workers up there last week and were hopeful that they were taking it down, but I have not seen any change since.

General Discussion August 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Filing a claim with capital bike?

Hello- yesterday while driving by Maple on mo tie street, had a kid on a capital bike dart off of sidewalk and hit my car. He was in the wrong, as he had come out between the parked vehicles and was trying to go across the street, and seeing damage on car biked off before we could get any u formation. We filed a police report, but the bike actually did some pretty major damage to our car-sliced through outer part to the inside of car. Wondering if anyone has filed a claim with them for damage?

General Discussion July 29, 2016 at 10:43 am


Does anyone else hear fireworks around the Logan circle area? Sounds like gunshots but lasted 10+ minutes, not sure what else it could be. A rainy, cloudy night for fireworks maybe?

General Discussion July 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Zika and mosquito control around monuments?

Does anyone know what the Park Service (and maybe DC govt) are doing re: Zika control in and around the Federal monuments?

The number of bugs around the still-water reflecting book between Washington/Lincoln, for example, is gross. Similar still water at the monument on Roosevelt Island, at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, and I’m sure in others.

I know there’s no active transmission in DC yet, but it’s just a matter of time. Haven’t been able to find any information on NPS, DOI, DC govt websites or via google search (lots of articles about a single birdbath on Capitol Hill, though…).

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