by Borderstan.com November 25, 2008 at 7:53 am 0

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Jack Jacobson (standing) moderated the November 13 Borderstan Neighbors public safety meeting at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Borderstanians: The following recap of the November 13 Borderstan Neighbors public safety meeting was written by Jack Jacobson who moderated the meeting. He is the commissioner for ANC 2B-04, which represents a large chunk of West Borderstan. Jacobson assists Borderstan Neighbors, working with residents, police and city officials. – Matt

On Thursday, November 13, about 35 residents and community leaders gathered at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church to follow up on an August 6 meeting about ongoing and growing crime in the Borderstan neighborhood. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans participated in the meeting as well (Borderstan Neighbors thank his staff for helping plan the meeting.)

Four Goals

The meeting was called to note progress on four main issues that the community requested at the August 6 meeting:

  1. Commitment from MPD for coordinated, regular, permanent Borderstan patrols on both the Police Service Area (PSA) 307 (East Borderstan) and PSA 208  (West Borderstan) sides of the border.
  2. Stepped up drug enforcement efforts in the entire Borderstan area, to include vice operations and plainclothes officers on an ongoing basis.
  3. To hold owners and management of the buildings on the 1400 block of R Street accountable for enforcement of laws and rules of Section 8 housing.
  4. Increased and institutionalized communication and coordination of initiatives between PSA 208 and 307.

Progress Review

It was obvious that there is still much work to be done by MPD and city officials to bring down crime in the neighborhood, and the community needs to continue to apply pressure to ensure that our repeated requests for action are answered.

Patrols. PSA 208 has kept routine patrols in the area, and has in face increased police presence in the Borderstan neighborhood. There are now four officers from PSA 208 assigned either full- or part-time to Borderstan. On the PSA 307 side, the Third District had assigned no permanent full or part time officers to Borderstan, though we were assured that several officers do patrol the neighborhood, none are dedicated to Borderstan.

Special Units. There have been several vice and crime suppression unit operations in Borderstan by both PSAs 208 and 307. They have achieved some degree of success, and we encouraged them to continue and for MPD to relay successes to us.

1400 R Street. The buildings on the 1400-block of R Street NW continue to be a source of crime in the area. The city has taken no action, and there seems to be no desire to address the problem forcefully, either on the part of city leadership or MPD. As one way to begin dealing with the problem, ANC Commissioner Jack Jacobson requested that MPD send information to Borderstan when criminals who live on the 1400-block of R Street NW are sentenced, so that residents could submit Victim Impact Statements to judges hearing those cases. This is one way to attack crime that the community can be involved with, and more information about that will be forthcoming on Borderstan.com.

Communication. Both the Second and Third District leadership at MPD admitted that they have not institutionalized communications between PSAs 208 and 307. Inspector Klein from the Secondd District gave his word that he would work to make these communications more routine and effective.

Moving Forward. There is obviously much work to be done, and as a community, we need to keep pressure on MPD and our elected officials to attack crime in our neighborhood and to forge better community partnerships and communications between the PSAs and community members.

Action Item: Residents Can Testify on D.C. Crime Bill

Councilmember Jack Evans invited Borderstan representatives to testify at a December 5 roundtable on the Omnibus Crime Bill ( “Omnibus Anti-Crime Amendment Act of 2008”, Bill 17-951). The roundtable will be at 12:00 pm in the 5th Floor Council Chambers; participants can contact Heidi Tseu at 202-724-8038 or at [email protected] to request to testify. If you are unable to attend but would like to submit testimony, please email testimony to Tseu and to [email protected] so we can ensure that she receives it.

Future Meetings

Borderstan Neighbors public safety meetings will need to continue in order to achieve success in our neighborhood. Borderstan is committed to holding our politicians and our police force accountable and will continue to press for positive action to bring down crime. Please check back for additional updates.

Holiday Season: Be Extra Careful

In the meantime, the holiday season always brings an upsurge in crime. Please be wary of holiday scams, and make sure you keep your home and car secure at all times. And most of all, help your neighbor by reporting suspicious activities and crimes in the neighborhood. It’s better to be safe then sorry.

by Borderstan.com November 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm 0

MPD's Second Police District (click on image to enlarge).

MPD 2nd District. PSA 208 is in the southeast corner of the district.

The following report for November 18 is from the MPD Second District Yahoo! Groups listserv. You can sign up for emails on this listserv. Following are crimes for PSA 208; East Borderstan (east of 15th Street NW) is part of PSA 208.

PSA 208 Summary Crime Report

  • Assault occurred in the 1200 block of Connecticut Ave. NW on 11/15/2008 between 2:25-2:30 am. Citizen reports he was assaulted following a verbal altercation. CASE CLOSED with the arrest of an Asian male, 26 years of age.
  • Burglary occurred in the 1700 block of R St. NW between 11/15/2008 6 pm-11/17/2008 6:45 am. Citizen reports the premises entered with force and cash was stolen from the office.
  • Theft occurred in the 2000 block of L St. NW on 11/15/2008, 10 am-2 pm. Citizen reports cell phones were stolen from the store by unknown suspect.
  • Theft occurred in the 1500 block of K St. NW on 11/17/2008 between 3-3:10pm. Citizen reports that a wallet, cash and credir cards were stolen from an office when left unattended.
  • Attempted Theft occurred in the 2100 block of M St. NW on 11/17/2008 at 5:38 am. Citizen reports the suspect, a black male, 5’7, 150 lbs. went behind the counter of the store and attempted to steal cash. Suspect fled without property when the clerk returned.

by Borderstan.com November 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm 0

borderstanmeeting111308The second Borderstan Neighbors public safety meeting was last Thursday, November 13. Representatives of the Second and Third police districts, Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) and ANC Commissioner Jack Jacobson (ANC2B-04) attended, along with about 35 Borderstanians. A recap of the meeting is coming this week.

by Borderstan.com November 19, 2008 at 10:56 am 0

ACTIVATE is the Source Theater

ACTIVATE is the Source Theater’s grand opening celebration, Nov. 22-23, at 1835 14th Street NW. (Image from Source Theater Web site.)

From the Source Theater at 1835 14th Street NW:

On November 22-23, 2008, Cultural Development Corporation is hosting a community opening weekend to celebrate the newly renovated Source. The celebration will spread over both days, with parties, performances, classes and workshops.

Saturday, November 22: Red Light Source
Celebrate the Grand Opening of the marvelously new Source in style with DJ Neville C and midnight cabaret with go-go and performances from Washington Improv Theater and Special Agent Galactica.

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Cash Bar | Ages 21 and Up | $20 in advance  $25 at the door | Purchase tickets online.

To volunteer on Saturday, please visit www.activate1.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, November 23: Community Open House
Drop by our day-long open house to catch (free!) performances, workshops, and classes that offer a chance to step behind the curtain of the performing arts. Catch a class on slam poetry, learn traditional Latin dance, sign your kids up for Adventure Theatre’s exciting lightsaber workshop and watch the best of the 2008 Source Festival in the afternoon.

Check out Sunday’s Schedule!

The weekend festivities will introduce Source to many people in the community and welcome back others familiar with the landmark theatre. For more information about the event, Source, or Cultural Development Corporation, please contact Merin Frank at 202.315.1322 or [email protected].

To volunteer on Sunday, please visit www.activate2.eventbrite.com.

by Borderstan.com November 19, 2008 at 10:43 am 1,298 0

 

FotoWeekDC runs through Saturday, November 22. (Image courtesy of gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW in Borderstan.)

FotoWeekDC runs through Saturday, November 22. (Image courtesy of gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW in Borderstan.)

If you appreciate the medium of photography as an art form, this is an event that looks like it will be a must-attend. The first annual FotoWeek DC started Monday, November 17. Even better, you don’t even have to leave Borderstan to visit some of the galleries that are participating in the event.

FotoWeek DC is a week-long event that includes gallery and museum exhibits, a closing FotoWeek DC Gala at National Geographic (tickets $85), exhibitions at embassies and publishing companies, the Tech Pavillion (with equipment exhibitors) and more. You can check out the complete list of events.

Here is FotoWeek DC’s description of the event:

The week of November 15-22, 2008 will mark the launch of FotoWeek DC, the first annual gathering of a diverse and wide-ranging photography community in the nation’s capital, including photographers, museums, universities and all those involved in the profession across the metro D.C. area, including Virginia and Maryland. Unique among American cities, Washington, D.C. is a nexus of artistic, business, political and public sector energy, in which photography plays an integral role. FotoWeek DC seeks to bring together all photographers and imaging professionals from every discipline to join with the public in celebration of the medium.

Several galleries in the Greater Borderstan area are participating in FotoWeek DC:

  • Borderstan’s own Gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street, NW. Photographers include Kermit Berg, Christopher Dubia, Susan Engle, Jeff Gay, Charlie Gaynor, Juditha, Sook Young Lee, John Skwiot, Jim Vecchione and David Young.
  • Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th Street NW. Exhibition: Lawrence Schiller.
  • Curator’s Office, 1515 14th Street NW. Exhibition: “Vanitas”, Exhibition of Photography & Film; Artists: Nicholas & Sheila Pye.
  • Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW. hibition: Jonathan B. French, Michael Dax Iacovone and Anne Chan. Panel Discussion led by Exhibiting Artists Jonathan B. French, Michael Dax Iacovone and Anne Chan.
  • HEMPHILL, 1515 14th Street NW. Exhibitions: Hiroshi Sugimoto: Drive-in Theaters and Portraits; and Kendall Messick: The Projectionist.
  • Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th Street NW. Exhibition: New works by Kahn & Selesnick, Gina Brocker, Marla Rutherford and Kerry Skarbakka.
  • Nevin Kelly Gallery, 1517 U Street NW. Exhibition: Temporary Constructions: New Photographs by Stirling Elmendorf and Mark Parascandola.
  • Located in Borderstan, The Pink Line ProjectTen Miles Square, 1444 Church Street NW. Exhibit: “Fixation.”
  • Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U Street NW. Exhibition: ThomasMüller.
  • Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts; The Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW. Exhibition: VISIONS OF PARADISE: Nine National Geographic Contemporary Masters (William Albert Allard, Jodi Cobb, David Doubilet, Beverly Joubert, Michael Nichols, Paul Nicklen, Randy Olson, Joel Sartore and Mike Yamashita).
  • Transformer, 1404 P Street NW.

by Borderstan.com November 14, 2008 at 8:41 pm 0

Find information about and from the D.C. MPD in the links section in the right-hand column.

Find information about and from the D.C. MPD in the links section in the right-hand column.

Borderstanians, I received this today from MPD Second District Acting Commander Matthew Klein:

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Committing Gay Hate Crime in Georgetown

WASHINGTON – A 19-year-old Virginia man, Ruddad Abdulgader, pled guilty today before D.C. Superior Court Judge Harold L. Cushenberry, Jr. to two criminal counts, including Felony Assault with Bias Intent, for his role in an unprovoked hate crime attack with a bottle on a gay man in the 3400 block of M Street, NW, on October 3, 2008, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor announced.

Abdulgader pled guilty to one count of Felony Assault with Bias Intent and one count of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. Because Abdulgader committed a bias crime, his maximum penalty on that charge is enhanced by District of Columbia law by 1½ times (Felony Assault carries a 3-year maximum penalty, and Felony Assault with Bias Intent carries a 4½ year maximum penalty).

In total, Abdulgader faces a maximum punishment of 5½ years incarceration, and he is likely to be sentenced according to the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission’s Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines. Abdulgader’s sentencing date has been scheduled for February 6, 2009, and he remains incarcerated pending his sentencing.

According to the Statement of Offense to which Abdulgader pled guilty, Abdulgader and another individual approached the victim and his friend, and entered into a conversation with them as to their sexual orientation. During the conversation, the victim and his friend were subjected to homophobic remarks, and they attempted to leave the area. After the victim and his friend tried to leave, Abdulgader moved ahead of them and pretended to apologize. In the middle of making an apology, with no warning or provocation, Abdulgader hit the victim in the left side of his face with a glass vodka bottle. The victim was knocked unconscious and required medical attention to deal with his injuries. Abdulgader admitted that he hit the victim in his face with the bottle based upon his prejudice against the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.

In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Taylor praised the work of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Detective Kathy Jackson, MPD Sergeant Vernon Gudger, and MPD Officers Heath Tucker, Monica Agusti, and Eric Adgerson. He also praised the work of Legal Assistant Kalisha Johnson-Clark, and Paralegal Supervisor Wanda Trice. Mr. Taylor also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal S. Chawla who investigated and is prosecuting the case.

by Borderstan.com November 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm 1,129 0

This is from DCmud, which bills itself as the “Urban Real Estate Digest of Washington, DC.” This post, “A Scaled Back Utopia on U Street,” is from Monday, November 10. The project would level a huge portion of the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. This area is actually part of Dupont Circle ANC/2B in District 09. From DCmud:

Robert Moore of Georgetown Strategic Capital LLC (GSC) and Eric Colbert & Associates have gotten the go-ahead from two of the District’s governing bodies – the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) – to move forward with their mixed-use Utopia development at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

Artist rendering of the Utopia project at 14th and U Streets NW. (Image from DCmud.)

Utopia has been in the approval queue for more than a year, but only now able to move through the approval process after obliging several variance requests. As such, the building will no longer feature a rooftop pool, and will top out at 90 feet, instead of the proposed 100. The building’s design was also tweaked to allow for varying levels of density throughout the parcel, which occupies two adjoining historic sites at 1912-1944 14th Street NW and 1400-1418 U Street NW.

Read entire post.

by Borderstan.com November 14, 2008 at 7:41 pm 1,007 0

The Intelligent Traveler at National Geographic’s blog compares the low-cost bus options–the “Chinatown Bus” as we call it–between Washington and New York:

The low-cost bus routes between Washington DC and New York City have become a perennial travel story, one that we ourselves covered first in June 2006, and then again this year with the launch of the BoltBus and Megabus $1 fares. But we had yet to sit down and look at how they compare to each other, so we figured now, as everyone tightens their belts a bit, would be the perfect time. And of course, with the holiday seasons upon us and Inauguration weekend approaching, New York and D.C. are sure to be popular destinations over the next couple months.

Read entire post.

by Borderstan.com November 14, 2008 at 8:39 am 0

facelift_logoFrom the Washington Blade, November 13:

“One of two men arrested for assaulting a gay man in Georgetown pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to two charges, including felony assault with bias intent.

“Ruddad Abdulgader, 19, faces a maximum sentence of five and a half years in prison for the bias-related assault charge and the second charge to which he pleaded guilty–possession of a prohibited weapon, a liquor bottle.”

Read entire story.

by Borderstan.com November 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm 1,070 1 Comment

Here are the year-to-date Borderstan crime stats for 2006, 2007 and 2008. Borderstan encompasses the area from P to S and 14th to 16th Streets NW. It is split between PSA 208 (west of 15th) and PSA 307 and between the Dupont Circle (ANC 2B) and Logan Circle (ANC 2F) neighborhoods.

Crimes that occurred within 1,000 feet
of 15th Street and Corcoran Streets NW
between January 1 and November 9 for 2006, 2007 and 2008

Crime Type

2006

2007

2008

Homicide

0

0

0

Sex Abuse

1

4

0

Robbery Excluding Gun

14

16

22

Robbery With Gun

4

7

6

Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun

11

6

6

Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Gun

1

0

1

Total Violent Crime

31

33

35

Burglary

33

33

24

Theft

85

55

64

Theft F/Auto

115

90

96

Stolen Auto

39

16

28

Arson

0

0

0

Total Property Crime

272

194

212

Total Crime

303

227

247

by Borderstan.com November 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm 0

Here are the Borderstan crime stats for August through October 2006, 2007 and 2008. Borderstan encompasses the area from P to S and 14th to 16th Streets NW. It is split between PSA 208 (west of 15th) and PSA 307 and between the Dupont Circle (ANC 2B) and Logan Circle (ANC 2F) neighborhoods.

Crimes that occurred within 1,000 feet
of 15th Street and Corcoran Streets NW
between August 1 and October 31 for 2006, 2007 and 2008

Crime Type

2006

2007

2008

Homicide

0

0

0

Sex Abuse

1

1

0

Robbery Excluding Gun

3

6

7

Robbery With Gun

1

3

2

Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun

3

1

1

Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Gun

0

0

0

Total Violent Crime

8

11

10

Burglary

8

14

5

Theft

25

18

20

Theft F/Auto

24

16

26

Stolen Auto

5

2

10

Arson

0

0

0

Total Property Crime

62

50

61

Total Crime

70

61

71

by Borderstan.com November 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm 1,085 0

The Second District of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has a new Acting Commander: Matthew Klein. West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of the Second District, in PSA 208. Here is the info on Klein from the Second District’s Web page:

Inspector Matthew Klein joined the Metropolitan Police Department in June 1989 and quickly rose through the ranks, achieving the rank of sergeant in 1993, lieutenant in 1994 and captain in 1997. In 2004, Klein was promoted to Inspector and placed in charge of the Internal Affairs Division. In that position, Inspector Klein oversaw all internal investigations for the department, to include serious uses of force, misconduct and corruption, and the agency’s compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Throughout his career, Inspector Klein has served in a variety of assignments, including the Seventh District as a patrol officer, the Second District as a sergeant, the Seventh District as a lieutenant, and the Fourth District as a captain. In 1999, Klein was transferred to the Special Operations Division where he served as the commanding officer of the Emergency Response Team.

On Sunday, October 26, 2008, Klein was moved to the Second District as the acting commander.

Inspector Klein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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