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Park View UNC Hosting Councilmember Nadeau to Engage Community on Budget Priorities

June 12, 2017

The Park View UNC has scheduled a meeting with Councilmember Nadeau, who will be in the neighborhood to discuss her budget priorities. The meeting is schedule from 7:30-8:30 on Tuesday night at the Park View Recreation Center. This meeting immediately follows the meeting on the Ty Hopkins Basketball Tournament. See the flyer below for more details.

Basketball Tournament Scheduled for Park View Rec — Community Meeting Scheduled for June 13th

June 8, 2017

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPT) currently plans to return the annual Ty Hopkins tournament to the Park View Recreation Center this year. While no tournament was organized in 2016, it has become an annual event from 2002 through 2015.

In response to concerns raised by neighbors concerning issues including amplified music, trash management, impact on parking, and the overall size of the planned tournament, the DPR Roving Leaders will hold a community meeting Tuesday, June 13th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm to discuss the tournament. The meeting will be held at the Park View Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place, NW.

The current schedule shared by DPR is for an 8 week tournament to begin on June 26th and end on August 18th with games played on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Three games are to be scheduled for each night beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 11 pm. Games will be held at Raymond Recreation Center on rainy evenings.

(Action at the 2014 Ty Hop tournament.)

Brief Notes from Paid Family Leave Panel Discussion

February 7, 2017

paid-leave(Tom Sherwood moderating panel on Paid Family Leave Act.)

Last night, NBC4’s Tom Sherwood moderated a panel discussion at Busboys and Poets (14th Street) organized by the Ward 1 Democrats on the District’s new Paid Family Leave Act. The legislation was approved in December and Mayor Bowser has until 5:30 pm February 16th to act on the bill. While many are of the opinion that she will not veto the bill, there is a possibility that she may allow it to move forward without her signature. After February 16th, Congress has a 30 day passive review process. If they take no action, the bill becomes law.

The panel consisted of Phil Mendelson (DC Council Chair), Joanna Blotner (Jews United for Justice), Maria Gomez (Mary’s Center), Vincent Orange (DC Chamber of Commerce), Jonathan Cho (Sakuramen and Bul Korean), and Jonetta Rose Barras (Barras Report). Mendelson, Blotner, and Gomez spoke in support of the legislation, and Orange, Cho, and Barras were critics of the legislation.

Mendelson opened the discussion by stating that the goal of the Act was to help local businesses by making employment in the District of Columbia attractive and competitive to employees. Even so, implementation will not take effect until 2020 as money can’t be collected for the program until an agency is set up to administer the Act.

Those opposed to the Act stated they were not opposed to universal paid leave, but rather how the leave was being funded. As enrolled, the funds to support the program are raised in the form of a tax paid for by District businesses. Cho stated that the money should come from employees in the form of a payroll deduction and be administered as an insurance program as other cities and countries are currently doing this. Barras was critical that residents from Maryland and Virginia who work in the District will benefit and that the Act excludes Federal and District of Columbia employees. Orange stated that he preferred a mandate that employers provide leave when needed by employees.

Blotner stated that mandates don’t work and expressed support to increase the leave from 8 weeks to a longer period in the future. Gomez acknowledged that the Act will have a significant cost to Mary’s Center, but that providing universal paid leave to take care of District families is the right thing to do.

Mendelson did acknowledge that he would have preferred the structure described by Cho (payroll deductions), but that the District’s unique relationship with Congress and the Home Rule Act prohibits payroll deductions — an issue that has frustrated the Council for many years.

Overall, I left the discussion with the impression that the Act will be implemented and the city will move forward to set up the agency in support of the program … but that the Act can also be amended to make the legislation and program better.

Panel Discussion on Paid Family Leave Act Tonight!

February 6, 2017

If you’d like to know more about the Paid Family Leave Act, the Ward One Democrats have organized a panel discussion that will focus on this recent legislation. Below is their announcement and details.

The Paid Family Leave Act was passed by the DC Council after a contentious debate last month. This bill gives universal paid leave to employees of District-based businesses, creates a new agency to manage the program, and levies a new tax on local businesses to pay for it.

A lot is still unknown on how the Mayor and Executive Branch will implement the legislation, and how our community will be impacted.

To help residents and businesses better understand what’s to come, we are bringing together a rock star panel moderated by NBC4’s Tom Sherwood at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street on February 6 at 7pm.

You can RSVP by clicking here.

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Park View Neighborhood Potluck is Tonight!

December 7, 2016

The annual Park View United Neighborhood Coalition potluck is tonight and the Park View Recreation Center. Its a great, relaxed way to meet neighbors. Details contained in the flyer below.

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D.C. Water Ward 1 Town Hall Scheduled for April 5th

March 24, 2016

D.C. Water is gearing up for its 7th annual series of Ward Town Hall meetings. The meeting for Ward 1 is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th. A location has yet to be announced. I will post an update once a location has been confirmed. In the meantime, I’m sharing the content of an email that was sent to ANC Commissioners:

DC Water releaseAs many of you are aware, since 2010, DC Water C.E.O. and General Manager George Hawkins has been co-hosting one Town Hall Meeting per Ward with District Councilmembers each year to discuss issues related to water and sewer with residents. The primary purpose for the Town Hall Meetings is to generate customer feedback regarding the proposed rate increase for water/sewer services for the upcoming fiscal year-this feedback is shared with our Board of Directors prior to our annual Public Rates Hearing, which takes place in early-mid May. Resident feedback is very important, as their comments are heavily considered by our Board while voting on the proposed rate increase in July. In fact, interested residents are encouraged to sign up and testify at the Hearing; our Board Secretary and her team attend each meeting with a sign-up sheet for this purpose. It is now time for the 7th Annual Town Halls to begin!

In addition to a presentation given by Mr. Hawkins covering the proposed rate increase, our Town Hall Meetings follow an open house format, whereupon DC Water staff representing each of our departments will be stationed at tables around the room and prepared to address customer inquiries on a wide array of topics, including the following:

  • Water quality and water conservation
  • Wastewater treatment process
  • New and ongoing construction projects, and coordination efforts with DDOT and fellow utilities
  • Routine water/sewer infrastructure repairs, both scheduled and emergency repairs
  • Status on pending work orders for reported water and sewer emergencies and/or reporting new emergencies
  • Community Outreach program
  • DC Clean Rivers Project updates
  • Catch basins
  • Water mains and fire hydrants
  • Overall DC Water personnel operations
  • Employment opportunities at DC Water
  • Customer Service (Billing)
  • Residents interested in testifying at the annual DC Water Public Rates Hearing

Please see below the list of scheduled meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 5 – Ward 1 Town Hall
  • Wednesday, April 6 – Ward 4 Town Hall
  • Thursday, April 7 – Ward 2 Town Hall
  • Thursday, April 14 – Ward 5 Town Hall
  • Tuesday, April 19 – Ward 6 Town Hall
  • Thursday, April 21 – Ward 3 Town Hall
  • Tuesday, April 26 – Ward 7 Town Hall
  • Wednesday, April 27 – Ward 8 Town Hall

Each meeting will be from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

We ask that you please mark your respective calendars for the above meeting dates – please don’t miss the opportunity to speak with your water utility about the related concerns or issues you have in your community. We are working to confirm the various meeting locations, and once this has been done we will be providing follow up emails with this additional information, as well as coordinating with Council staff on the creation of meeting flyers that we can provide to you in both electronic and hard copy formats so that you may assist DC Water in spreading the word about the Town Hall Meetings by circulating the flyers throughout your neighborhood. We will also provide up-to-date information regarding the meetings on our website at www.dcwater.com/customercare/rates.cfm, which will include electronic copies of each meeting flyer. Please continue to check that space as well.

In closing, we thank you for your interest in our 7th Annual Ward Town Hall Meetings, and please stay tuned for further updates.

Luray-Warder Neighborhood Assn. Meets This Saturday at 11 a.m.

November 20, 2015

The next meeting of the Luray-Warder Neighborhood Assn. is schedule for Saturday, November 21st, beginning at 11:00 am. Meetings are held at the Park View Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place (at Warder).

The guests at the November 21st meeting will be At-Large Council Member Anita Bonds and New Communities Initiative Director Angie Rodgers.

At-Large Council Member Anita Bonds will share her recent initiatives and updates.

As the redevelopment of Park Morton is quickly evolving, Angie Rodgers, Deputy Mayor Office of Planning and Economic Development is confirmed to attend the meeting to share Park Morton project updates.  She is head of the New Communities Initiative (NCI) and will be leading meetings on this issue over the next couple of months.


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