Daily Archives: October 7, 2015
Recently there were efforts underway to recall three of the ANC5D Commissioners: 5D02 Keisha Shropshire, 5D03 Adam Roberts, and 5D06 Yvonne Buggs. For background on the ANC recall, please refer to the two previous posts.
The deadline to submit recall petitions with signatures to the DC Board of Elections (DCBOEE) was October 5th. No petitions with signatures were submitted for Yvonne Buggs (5D06) or Keisha Shropshire (5D02), the two Trinidad Commissioners impacted by the recall. It is good news that they can continue the work that they have been doing for the community without interruption or further distraction.
A petition with signatures was submitted by Mr. Motley against ANC 5D03 Commissioner Adam Roberts in Carver Langston. The process will continue in that case and DCBOEE has 30 days to verify all signatures. There must be 166 valid signatures for the process to continue and the results of signature verification will be reviewed at the November DCBOEE meeting. If signatures are verified, there will need to be a special election called by DCBOEE with a yes/no vote by citizens within ANC5D03. As noted in our earlier post, we would like to remind our neighbors that all ANC Single Member District Commissioners are up for reelection in 2016. As always we encourage competitive races at the ANC level, and challenging the incumbents at that time does not risk a loss in representation.
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.
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The DC Department of Transportation issued a press release on October 6th with the Bikeshare Development Plan for public feedback (see below). The comment period is open until November 15, 2015. The scenario recommended would add 99 stations throughout the city and expand a dozen others in core areas downtown and in high-density neighborhoods over the next three years.
Trinidad and Carver Langston would be slated, under the proposed scenario, for new stations in 2018. This would complement the one station we have in Trinidad located outside the Joe Cole Recreation Center on Neal Street.
The report is worth a glance if you are a Bikeshare user or are interested in transit options and equitable access to resources.
DDOT Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, (202) 671-5124; firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, (202) 671-0624, email@example.com
DDOT’s Draft Bikeshare Development Plan Released for Public Feedback
Public comment period open through November 15
(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today released a draft of its first ever Bikeshare Development Plan for public feedback. The draft plan establishes a set of goals, measures, expansion plans, and financial projections for the next six years for the District of Columbia’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare program.
Under the proposed plan, Capital Bikeshare in the District would expand by 99 stations over the next three years, doubling the number of stations east of the Anacostia River. By 2018, approximately 65 percent of residents, 90 percent of jobs, and 97 percent of all transit entry and exit points in the District would be within a quarter mile walk of a bikeshare station.
The Capital Bikeshare program is a partnership between the District of Columbia; Montgomery County, Maryland; Arlington County, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia.
DDOT is soliciting feedback on the draft Bikeshare Development Plan, and anyone can comment on this webpage, http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/capital-bike-share-form, until November 15, 2015.
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Michelle B. Phipps-Evans | Communications Specialist
District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
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