Happy New Year! This will be my final update as your ANC Commissioner.
I’ve inserted a link to the completed alley survey, which I’ve transmitted to DDOT. I will work with Steve Hagedorn to make sure they respond and to answer any of their questions. We have a number of problematic alleys in the SMD…
ANC6B05 Alley Survey Dec 2014.pdf
Updated Punch List
Attached you’ll find an updated punch list of issues in the SMD. Please contact STEVE if there’s something missing or improperly characterized .
Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee – Independent Community Member
Are you interested in serving on the EMCAC—the city body responsible for the operations and planning at Eastern Market? EMCAC will hold an election for the Independent Community seat in late January. If you’re interested, contact Chuck Burger at cburger by January 7th. If you have any questions about EMCAC or the inner-workings of the market before you jump in to the fray, feel free to contact me.
Though legal proceedings have yet to be fully resolved, Hine developer Stanton-East Banc (SEB) is planning to begin hazardous material remediation on the site in early February. This activity triggers several components of the Hine construction memorandum agreement between the developer and the community, chiefly provisions requiring the developer to install monitoring devices and establish a condition baseline of adjacent properties. If you are an owner of an adjacent property (there are approximately 90 properties in the surrounding blocks that are considered adjacent) you should have received a package early last week that provides a copy of the construction agreement, outlines your rights as a property owner, and requests permission to conduct a photographic assessment of your property in order to establish a record of existing conditions. SEB is holding two meetings to address questions regarding the agreement, Tuesday, January 20th at 7PM annd Sunday, January 25th at 2PM. Both meetings will be held at the Stanton Development Corporation offices on 7th St, above Radici.
Passing the Baton
Steve Hagedorn assumes responsibility as your ANC Commissioner tomorrow at 2PM. I’m confident he will do a great job and look forward to being his constituent. I intend to pass on my e-mail distribution list to Steve, in order to facilitate his ability to communicate with the neighborhood. If you prefer that I do not pass along your name and e-mail, please let me know.
A Long List of Thanks
First and foremost, I’d like to thank my wife, Elisabeth, and children, Jonah and Caroline, for supporting me during my time as a Commissioner. They’ve been incredibly patient, flexible and understanding.
Thank you to Sandra Mills and Barbara Riehle, both incredible activists in their own right, for putting me up to the task four years ago.
Thank you to 6B05 resident members Susan Eads Role, Tom Woteki, Steve Hagedorn, Mark Adelson and Molly Singer for serving on the Committees and Task Forces of ANC6B. Your help and insights were important to me, and your involvement set an example for how the ANC can build a stronger community through greater engagement and inclusiveness.
Thank you to my predecessor, Ken Jarboe. Not only did Ken graciously provide insight whenever requested, after walking in his shoes for awhile, I’ve gained a much greater appreciation for the fine job he did during his tenure.
Thank you to constituents John McGaw and Brian Hanlon—though their purviews are City-wide, they never forgot where they lived and did not hesitate to help our neighborhood where they could.
Thank you to Larry Janezich, for caring enough to sit through many interminable meetings so that he can provide a unique perspective on neighborhood affairs (even if I don’t always agree with that perspective).
Thank you to my colleagues on ANC6B, particularly my friend and ally Ivan Frishberg.
Thank you to my great neighbors on 13th St and Kentucky Avenue. Many of us live on fantastic blocks or in great alleys (Gessford Ct is a stand out), but I feel really lucky to live on mine.
Lastly, thanks to all of you for making my time of service rewarding and interesting. You are a great group of very talented people, a deeply civic and strong neighborhood. I’ve learned allot from you, even in disagreement, and have come to a greater appreciation for the nature of community. True community is a rarity, and difficult to find. We are all indeed very fortunate.
Politics, even the junior varsity level politics of the ANC, inevitably entail tensions between ideas and positions. Tension can lead to conflict, which in turn can lead people away from their better selves. The best politicians skillfully navigate these tensions, finding compromise or novel solutions that bring people together. I can honestly say that I did my best, but acknowledge that I was not always the skilled navigator that I desired to be. For those of you experienced my less than better self—you have my regrets.
My Best Wishes and Regards,
P.S. – A Final Observation
You taught me very early on that you don’t have to be an ANC Commissioner to make our neighborhood better, or as is true in some cases with the DC government, protect it from entropy. All it takes is an idea, energy, tenacity, and, ideally, a couple of friends with a sense of humor to help. For those who may be wondering, that’s what I’ll be doing next…