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ANC 5D November Meeting (11/10)

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting will be next Tuesday. Details, agenda, and minutes from the October meeting are posted below. This agenda looks very different from past meetings and outstanding business issues have been moved to the earlier part of the meeting.



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ANC 5D 10-13-15 Meeting Video

Did you miss the A5D Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting yesterday?

You can catch up on local politics and watch it on YouTube. There are four videos with sections of the meeting. The agenda is posted below so you can identify specific segments that may be of interest to you. Starts at the beginning of the agenda with call to order and roll call. Continues with presentation in process by Thornton Development. Continues with presentation in process by Pepco on the merger with Exelon at the beginning of this section and concludes with brief discussion on minutes and treasurer’s report (which were not addressed or voted upon). This starts with discussion on the past due phone bills (over $2,000) and the meeting devolves into fighting and abrupt adjournment while the Council Member’s Office representative and Mayor’s Office representative try to convey information to the public. Citizen Concerns and Announcements were not addressed.

The outstanding issue of the Chair attempting to move funds from the bank account was not addressed at the meeting. That is unfortunate as the Office of the ANC representatives were present at the meeting to observe the process and procedures and could have addressed citizen questions on this topic.

Agenda for the October 10th meeting and minutes from the September 2015 meeting.




ANC Recall UPDATE Round 2

News has been coming fast on the ANC 5D recall efforts. This morning ANC 5D03 Commissioner Adam Roberts provided an update on Twitter about the recall petition against him. The deadline to submit petitions was met but the DC Board of Elections determined that the required number of signatures was not met. His post is below.

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October ANC Meeting

The next 5D Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting will be held on October 13, 2015 at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at the 5th District Police Station located at 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE. While the meeting has been announced, the agenda has not been conveyed by the Chair. We will provide information on the agenda if that is  available from the ANC prior to the meeting.

Minutes from the September 8, 2015 meeting were distributed via neighborhood list serves with the meeting announcement.  The minutes can be accessed from the link below. Please note that the email referenced in the minutes (see link below) under the Treasurer’s Report section was from the Auditor’s office concerning a Commissioner, not named in the message, that was visiting bank branches to try and move funds from the ANC account. The Auditor’s Office noted that they froze the bank account and would keep the ANC checkbook until the matter is resolved. This potential theft, abuse, or misuse of ANC funds should be of concern to all 5D residents. Per the email read in the meeting, the banks would not allow the transfer of these public funds as the account cannot be accessed by one individual (two signatures required for transactions) nor can they be moved by one individual. The Chair noted in the meeting that this information came to light in an abuse of power by the Office of the ANC and she has filed charges with the Attorney General as a result but she was not concerned that someone tried to access and move funds as noted by the bank. Hopefully at the meeting on October 13th there will be discussion on resolution of this troubling incident or series of events.


ANC5D September meeting video can be accessed here. The section on the attempt to move funds from the account begins at around minute 21. This is in the 3rd video of the meeting. You can watch the entire meeting (five total videos) if interested. Part 4 of the meeting includes discussion of an ongoing issue with past due phone bills. ANC5D pays for phone bills on at least two unpublished phone numbers for certain Commissioners. Bills from January to present, for over $2,000, have not been shared with the Treasurer.

A previous version of this was published during editing. Apologies for the inconvenience.

UPDATE: Zoning Cases on Bladensburg and Montello Ave NE

There are three updates to zoning cases for Trinidad properties that were scheduled in the September 15, 2015 hearing of the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).

  1. The review of parking variance for the proposed dialysis facility on Bladensburg Road was delayed until October 20th. This is case 19004.
  2. Review of the parking variance for the Thornton Development property at the corner of Florida and Montello Ave NE was delayed until October 27th. This is case 19061.
  3. Case 19062 for parking variance on the Thornton Development property at 1112 Montello Ave NE, between Eli’s Carry Out and the alley, was reviewed and approved by BZA. Thornton Development requested exception from the width of two standard parking spaces. The 9-unit building has to have 5 parking spaces to meet requirements. Based on lot size, 5 spaces only fit if 2 spaces are sized for compact cars to save 1 foot and 3 inches of space. Interesting points of discussion from the publicly available video of the meeting include:
  •    DDOT did not have objection if Thornton Development also installed 3 long-term bike racks and 1 short-term bike rack. They agreed to do so.
  •    ANC 5D did not submit a letter or attend the hearing. The project had been discussed in previous ANC 5D06 Single Member District meetings. There was discussion on ANC 5D, the current “situation with internal conflict”, and difficulties of getting zoning cases on the Chair’s agenda. The Zoning Chair also noted that “They are having some serious issues in ANC 5D.” The discussion continued and the case was voted on without input from ANC 5D.
  •    There was opposition from a resident in the 1100 block of K Street NE who cited Zone 6 parking issues. He noted that he has had to park as far as three blocks from his house as Maryland residents park on their streets, clients of  H Street businesses park on their streets, and the additional parking pressure coming from new condos being built on Florida Ave NE in Zone 6 and Zone 5 will exacerbate the problem. He requested that ANC 6A be consulted on this issue with DDOT and BZA and that the case be delayed until such time and then heard in conjunction with BZA Case 19061. Mr. Anthony Hood, Chair of the Zoning Commission, noted that there has never been an issue with ANC 6A weighing in on projects that border two ANCs in the past. Mr. Lloyd Jordan, BZA Chair, noted that they would continue with the hearing as scheduled. What is important to note here is that ANC 5D, when better placed to react to zoning issues in the future, should also be consulted on projects in the neighborhood across Florida Ave NE.

The transcript of the hearing and other documents related to the BZA cases can be found on the Office of Zoning website.  Case numbers cited above can be used to search for documents related to these specific cases.

Did you Miss the ANC5D Meeting this Week?

COan6oeUYAA1YEg.jpg-largeYou can catch up on what you missed at the ANC5D meeting this week as it was all caught on video. Check out Edward Milton’s ANC5D 9-8-15 Meeting playlist on YouTube. The video is broken down into 5 parts.
Trinidad residents @FrozenTropics and @ker_dc also live-tweeted from the meeting so take a look at their feed from Tuesday night.

There is some good stuff here so grab some popcorn.

Here is the agenda:


Public Meeting

September 8, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE


1.      Greetings                                             Chairperson Kathy Henderson
2.      Roll Call                                              Secretary Yvonne Buggs
3.      Citizen’s Concerns                              All
4.      Public Safety Report                           Commander William Fitzgerald/Team
5.      Bladensburg Road Development        Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden
6.      Administrative Matters:

a)      Approval of Minutes
b)      Treasurer’s Report
c)      Motion to Pay Phone Bill

7.      Garage Addition: BZA #19061          Alex Hastings, Homeowner
8.      Announcements:

a)      Tommie Jones                               Executive Office of the Mayor
b)      Laisha Dougherty                         Ward 5 Councilmember
c)      Citizen Announcements

9.      Adjournment


Petagay Lewis, 5D01
Keisha Shropshire, 5D02                                Treasurer
Adam Roberts, 5D03
Bernice Blacknell, 5D04                                 Parliamentarian
Kathy Henderson, 5D05                                 Chairperson
Yvonne Buggs, 5D06                                     Secretary
Clarence Lee, 5D07                                        Vice Chairperson


ANC 5D September Meeting

The agenda for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting tonight at 7 pm at the 5th District Police Substation has been published. It is copied below as distributed by email.



Public Meeting

September 8, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE


1. Greetings Chairperson Kathy Henderson

2. Roll Call Secretary Yvonne Buggs

3. Citizen’s Concerns All

4. Public Safety Report Commander William Fitzgerald/Team

5. Bladensburg Road Development Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden

6. Administrative Matters:
a) Approval of Minutes
b) Treasurer’s Report
c) Motion to Pay Phone Bill

7. Garage Addition: BZA #19061 Alex Hastings, Homeowner

8. Announcements:

a) Tommie Jones Executive Office of the Mayor
b) Laisha Dougherty Ward 5 Councilmember
c) Citizen Announcements

9. Adjournment

Petagay Lewis, 5D01
Keisha Shropshire, 5D02 Treasurer
Adam Roberts, 5D03
Bernice Blacknell, 5D04 Parliamentarian
Kathy Henderson, 5D05 Chairperson
Yvonne Buggs, 5D06 Secretary
Clarence Lee, 5D07 Vice Chairperson


Video of the August ANC 5D Meeting

Miss the recent ANC meeting on August 11th?

A resident of Carver-Langston takes video of our ANC meetings, as they are public forums. The videos are available to watch on YouTube if you want to keep up with events in ANC 5D. The links below are to the Twitter notices of the videos and a link to the videos on YouTube. The videos are in sections to facilitate taping and uploading/downloading files.

Video Part 1 notice:

Part 1 YouTube:

Video Part 2 notice:

Part 2 YouTube:  

Video Part 3 notice:

Part 3 YouTube:

Video Part 4 notice:

Part 4 YouTube:

ANC Recall Election Process

There have been some recent developments in Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5D that merit highlighting as they impact the Trinidad neighborhood. Two of three ANC Commissioners in Trinidad are being recalled along with one Commissioner from Carver Langston. TNA cannot set forth an opinion unless there is a vote of paid members or a special meeting organized and properly noticed at least 7 days in advance to discuss the issues. While TNA cannot weigh in on merits of the allegations, there is concern that if the recalls are successful Trinidad will be lacking representation for an undetermined amount of time. Residents should be aware of the process initiated and underway as well as consider potential impact of gaps in elected leadership.

For additional information on ANC meetings, you can listen to audio of most recent meetings online. Some meetings are also on YouTube or on blogs or Twitter feeds (#ANC5D). The DC Board of Elections has detailed information on the recall process. You can view that site here for information. Specifics on the three recall petitions are briefly outlined below.

On July 10th, George “Action” Jackson, resident and candidate in the last election, filed paperwork with DCBOEE to recall ANC 5D06 Commissioner Yvonne Buggs and resident Steve Motley filed paperwork to recall ANC 5D03 Commissioner Adam Roberts. On July 16th, Darlene Miles Harrison, resident and candidate in the last election, filed paperwork to recall ANC 5D02 Commissioner Keisha Shropshire. Each Commissioner was served with a notice of intent to recall letter from DCBOEE with the petitioners’ statement of reasons for the recall. The elected officials were then given opportunity to prepare a written response of 200 words.

In their August 5th meeting (agenda at nr_1739), DCBOEE reviewed all three petitions and responses. As there were no changes to the statements provided by petitioners or Commissioners, the board approved the draft petitions as final for circulation (see below for copies). DCBOEE does not investigate allegations in the notice of intent to recall; they simply verify that what was submitted to them is included in entirety on the petition to be circulated. Once approved, the petitioners were to make double side copies that have both statements affixed on page one*. They can then begin collecting signatures from 10% of the registered voters in the Single Member District (SMD). The numbers established by DCBOEE, based on registered voters at a given date just prior to the date the petitions were submitted, are 181 signatures in ANC 5D06, 166 signatures in ANC 5D03, and 160 signatures in ANC 5D02. All petitions are to be returned to DCBOEE on October 5, 2015. If all signatures are validated by DCBOEE, there will be a special election called in each SMD to vote for/against a recall of the Commissioner previously elected.

If successful in the recall election, there will not be representation at the ANC level in those SMDs until such time as another special election is held and a new candidate duly elected and sworn in. In this scenario, the seven person ANC 5D would be reduced to four with only one representative from Trinidad. That would impact Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) protests; work with the Bureau of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) on variances and special exceptions, including for those residents that need to seek exception; and resident input on traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget. These are areas where the ANC is given weight on policies and procedures. (See for information on the role of the ANC).

Again, the intent of this posting is to be informative and provide links for additional information but not express an opinion or discuss allegations made by petitioners. DC residents were given right to recall any elected official in 1979 with passage of the Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Procedures Act. If you have questions or concerns about this process, please contact the Office of the ANC, DCBOEE, a Councilmember, your Commissioner, or other elected official.

A-Roberts Y_Buggs K_Shropshire

* A DCBOEE staff person did make those copies for 2 of the 3 petitioners in the DCBOEE offices, which may or may not be permitted by DCBOEE procedures.

Commissioner Shropshire Hosts SMD 5D02 Meeting Saturday

trinidad smdsAdvisory Neighborhood Commission

Single Member District 5D02

Community Meeting


Saturday, July 25, 2015

11:00 am1:00 pm

Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street, NE


  • Welcome/Introductions
  • PSA 506 Public Safety Update:

Meet the New Fifth District Commander, William Fitzgerald.  Come hear what MPD is doing to address the crime in the Trinidad neighborhood.

  • New Tenants’ Bill of Rights

The Office of the Tenants’ Advocate will outline the new Bill of Rights for DC Tenants which includes leases, security deposit, disclosure of information, rent increases, building conditions, discrimination, right to organize, retaliation and eviction.

  • Community Updates and Announcements


RSVP to Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire

Phone: (404) 245-6772


Twitter: @shropanc5d02

Facebook: Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire


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