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Wednesday’s Park View UNC Meeting Focuses on Vacant Properties, Public Safety, & More

September 5, 2017

The September 6th Park View UNC meeting promises to be well worth attending. Below is the meeting announcement from the Park View listserv.

Please join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition for our monthly meeting next Wednesday, September 6 from 7-8pm at the Park View Rec Center.

The main topic of our meeting will be vacant properties. We are honored to be joined by City Councilmember Elissa Silverman, who has championed a number of bills in recent years to address vacant property issues in the District. She will brief us on the problems that led her to work on this issue in the Council, and we’ll discuss how we can address vacant property issues in Park View.

We will also be joined by representatives from MPD to provide a monthly update on police activity in the neighborhood. We’ll also hear an update on the recent meeting of the UNC’s new Public Safety Working Group and the latest on the upcoming neighborhood block party.

Luray-Warder Neighborhood Meeting Schedule for Saturday, July 15th — All Welcome

July 12, 2017

If you are interested in public safety, consider joining the Luray-Warder Neighborhood Association meeting this Saturday, July 15th! This is their annual public safety meeting and their guest will be MPD’s Third District Commander Stuart Emerman.

The meeting will be held at the Park View Recreation Center and begin at 11 a.m.

Please keep in mind that the border between the Third and Fourth Police Districts is Park Road, with the Third District area south of Park Road.

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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