by Prince Of Petworth November 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been a resident of Petworth for a few years and your blog has been indispensable in that time. I now find myself with a weird District government related question and I’m not getting anywhere with them, so I figured I might try and poll readers.

My situation: I work for the US Military and am being stationed in Germany for the next 3 years. During that time, the US government requires me to maintain a DC address (I haven’t established residence elsewhere, so I have to keep paying DC taxes). The catch is, I no longer have a DC physical address until my tour ends. Most states have a process for this, through which you can register your military mailing address on-base with the State, but DC (or at least the DMV clerks I’ve talked to) know of nothing like this in the District.

You can imagine how much of a pain this potentially is – I have to keep filing taxes in the district and it’s kind of hard to do if they won’t update their correspondence address with me. On top of that, I’m fully expecting them to summon me for Jury Duty or something else convenient…”

by Prince Of Petworth November 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

This family, coming from British Columbia and visiting friends in Mount Pleasant, got a rather rude welcome from the DC Government: a parking ticket for $1000. They parked their tiny trailer on the street, and Parking Enforcement struck, charging them with parking a trailer on a residential street. Yes, the fine for that is a thousand dollars, though surely the District Council did not have in mind little trailers brought into the District by tourists when they prescribed that draconian fine.

This family has been all across the country with their trailer, and had no trouble with it anywhere, until arriving in our fine town. I’m afraid their visit here won’t be a fond memory.”

by Prince Of Petworth November 14, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

Thanks to Anna for sharing from DDOT:

“Welcome to the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Visitor Parking Pass
online registration!

District of Columbia residents may register for a visitor parking pass online, or by contacting the DDOT Call Center at (202) 671-2700. An annual VPP is free for eligible residents.

To register for a 2018 Visitor Parking Pass online, please follow these six easy steps: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm 0

still haunting my dreams

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Bowser led a community “rat walk” in the Dupont Circle neighborhood to discuss concerns around rat abatement and highlight the District’s rodent control efforts, including The Lab @ DC’s Rodent Abatement Predictive Analysis project. Washington, DC’s rodent population is believed to have risen in recent years as a result of warmer winters. Last year, the number of 311 requests for rodent abatement increased by 65 percent from 2,300 in 2015 to more than 3,500 in 2016. The District takes a comprehensive approach to rodent control that includes community outreach, surveys, abatement, enforcement, and cooperation between multiple DC agencies.

“Rats are an issue I take very seriously and my team is being innovative, proactive, and strategic in our approach,” said Mayor Bowser. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’m a student at UDC. Our Adobe Programs have been down for almost a month and the university forgot and refused to pay the license for our programs. So basically we can’t learn anything. We have been fighting the bureaucratic system here at the University and their inability to take our program seriously. On behalf of my fellow students we would greatly appreciate it if you could post a story to shed some light on this situation.

Currently, most of the professors have said they were told it was a licensing issue and that it was likely unpaid but some have honestly no idea why its not working.

I talked to a rep at the Dean’s office and they told me they would quote “rather speak to professors and not students about this situation.” Which I don’t quite understand.”

by Prince Of Petworth November 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

From a press release:

“Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) today introduced legislation that would prohibit discrimination against health care professionals who provide or support abortion care.

“Doctors and nurses are vital patient advocates,” Grosso said. “They should not fear employer discrimination for speaking up in the interest of patients who have decided to have an abortion.”

The Abortion Provider Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2017 would amend the Human Rights of Act of 1977 to make it unlawful to discriminate against health care professionals for providing or being willing to participate in abortion and protect their ability to speak publicly about their support for abortion. It also prevents hospitals from denying staff privileges just because the health care professional is an abortion provider. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and a team of department heads discussed many topics at the regular monthly meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw last night (November 7), but the conversation frequently circled back to garbage and the vermin who feed off of it.

“The number one complaint is rats,” said ANC6E Chair Alexander Padro (Commissioner for district 01), as he prepared to pepper Bowser with sanitation-related complaints from Commissioners and constituents.

“I take it very seriously,” Bowser replied, adding that the city is working with restaurants and examining best practices from other cities. Bowser also said that “the growth of the rat population is real”, due to exceptionally warm weather the last two winters, and she was hoping for “a very cold winter” to assist in dealing with the problem.

Bowser also told the audience that the administration was planning a rat-centric (“not potholes, not lights, not trees – just rats“) community walk in the Dupont Circle area next week.

After discussing some other topics, Padro asked: “Are we ready to move on to trash?” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Find DC Health Link Enrollment Centers here.

From the Mayor’s Office:

Today, Mayor Bowser rang the DC Health Exchange bell to kick off open enrollmentencouraging DC residents to sign-up for health insurance at DCHealthLink.com, the District’s state-based health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act. DC Health Link provides health insurance to approximately 18,000 residents through the individual marketplace and more than 76,000 people through the small business marketplace. Open enrollment for individuals and families begins today, November 1, 2017, and runs through January 31, 2018. Despite the federal marketplace now limiting its open enrollment period to six weeks, DC Health Link is offering a three-month open enrollment period. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Well one of my favorite days of the year anyway – it’s the time I reset the clock for the last Christmas tree in town.

From DPW:

“The fall leaf collection program runs from November 6 through January 12. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

Proposed site of single-family dwelling behind 1665 Harvard St NW from Office of Zoning Files

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

Meridian Hill ANC Says No to Harvard Street “Popbacks”

Homeowners on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Harvard Street NW are meeting local opposition to adding rear additions to their homes. At the October 24 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1D/Mount Pleasant, voted to oppose three separate requests for zoning relief in these blocks. Each vote to oppose was unanimous.

The first case was for zoning relief for a property at the rear of 1665 Harvard Street. The owner of the lot wishes to build a two-story, single-family dwelling on a lot facing a rear alley. Although the owners may build “by right” (i.e., without having to ask for permission), the proposed design cannot satify the requirement for setbacks along the side and rear of the property without zoning relief.

Attorney Meridith H. Moldenhauer, representing the applicants, noted that the city is encouraging the construction of alley dwellings and the lot under consideration was the only lot in the area that is “large enough to be buildable”. However, neighbors came out in force to object to the petition, saying that the proposed project would render an adjoining walkway difficult or impossible to use, and that no other house on Harvard Street has been granted an exception to the setback requirements, among other objections.

One neighbor said approving the zoning relief “would eviscerate zoning requirements”. (more…)


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