From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com
Advisory Neighborhood Council (ANC) 2F members criticized a controversial proposal for a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U street area at a public meeting last night, but then voted unanimously to support holding joint public hearings with neighboring ANCs about it. ANC 2F covers the Logan Circle area.
ANC 2F Chairman Matt Raymond declared that he was “leaning strongly against” the moratorium, and Commissioner John Fanning, chair of ANC 2F’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Committee, said that he was “leaning towards not supporting” it.
However, the commission agreed with resolution’s statement that the matter was best handled at one or more joint meetings of the ANC districts that are likely to be affected by the moratorium, specifically, ANC districts 2B, 1B and 6E.
Raymond hoped that the joint meetings would be able to take place on or around March 20, but an exact date had not been set. Commissioners also said that the statement had been circulated to the relevant neighboring ANCs, all of which, by law, must pass a similar resolution before joint hearings can take place.
No one from either of the two organizations supporting the petition, the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance or the Residential Action Committee, identified themselves as present at the meeting, and a request to find anyone present who would speak for the proposal was met with a deafening silence. One local resident eventually spoke up to note that “there are people who are concerned”.
Also last night, ambiguous signals came out of meeting of neighboring ANC6E. A tweet from the Shawington Times confirmed that ANC6E passed an anti-moratorium resolution last night. It is not clear what effect this would have on ANC2F’s proposal for a joint meeting.
The DC Council would have to pass legislation approving the moratorium.