by Borderstan.com May 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

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ANC 2B Meeting on May 8. David McAuley)

At its regular monthly meeting last night, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont became the last of four ANCs inside the boundaries of the proposed 14th and U liquor license moratorium to condemn it. The vote was 6 to 1 in favor of a resolution against the moratorium; there was one abstention.

Commissioner Abigail Nichols, 2B-05, was the lone vote against the resolution. Commissioner Leo Dwyer, 2B-07, abstained. Commissioner Mike Silverstein, 2B-06, recused himself from the vote. Silverstein recuses himself from all ANC 2B alcohol licensing matters as he also serves on the DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board.

ANC 6E/Shaw, ANC 2F/Logan Circle and ANC 1B/U Street have already voted against the proposed moratorium. ANCs are advisory in nature; they cannot approve or reject legislation or rules. The DC Council and city agencies are to give their opinions strong consideration.

The moratorium will be the subject of a public hearing by DC’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration on May 22 at 1:30 pm at the Reeves Municipal Building, northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. The hearing will take place in the Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor South. The Board is accepting email comment through Friday, May 17.

Next Up: East Dupont Circle Moratorium

The meeting gave one final chance for members and supporters of moratorium petition originator, Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA), to repeat their case. Former and current leadership of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association also spoke in support of the SDCA’s petition. A few other members of the community also gave input, and some commissioners spoke about the rationale for their votes.

Abigail Nichols had recently suggested delaying the vote, but she did not propose a motion to do so at the meeting.

After its vote on the 14th and U moratorium, ANC 2B will turn its attention to the East Dupont Circle liquor license moratorium. This moratorium covers most of 17th Street between P and S Streets, and will expire on September 23.

ANC 2B will hold two listening sessions to hear citizen comment on the East Dupont Circle moratorium. The first listening session will be on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 pm, at the Chastleton Ballroom (1701 16th Street NW). This is a change from a previously-announced date of Monday, May 20.

There will be another listening session at the Chastleton Ballroom on Monday, June 24, at 7 pm. ANC 2B then plans to role out a draft presentation on the East Dupont Circle moratorium at its liquor licensing affairs committee meeting on Wednesday, August 7. The matter will then be considered by the full ANC at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 14.

Garrison Elementary, Stead Park Battle for DC Funds

ANC2B joined ANC2F/Logan Circle in unanimously passing a resolution in support of accelerated funding for the renovation of Garrison Elementary School (1200 S Street). The resolution calls for $16 million in funding for the renovation to be moved from the 2015 DC budget to the 2014 DC budget.

The co-chairs of the ANC 2F Education Committee, Commissioner Matt Connelly, 2F-08, and Evelyn Boyd Simmons, appeared at the meeting in support of the resolution. They brought the fresh news. DC Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large) had just told a community meeting at Garrison the Council had found $8 million in the 2014 budget to begin the renovation.

At the beginning of the meeting, Commissioner Kishan Putta, 2B-04, announced that, after a local show of support and testimony by concerned citizens, the DC Council Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs had recommended $1.6 million for the renovation of Stead Park (1625 P Street) be moved to the 2014 budget. Putta pledged to work to get the recommendation included in the budget when it appears before the full DC Council on May 22.

Hotel Palomar: Valet Parking Problems

The ANC unanimously passed a resolution noting unsafe valet parking practices by the Hotel Palomar (2121 P Street). The Commission noted photographs showing the hotel parking vans and customer cars on the sidewalk of the 2100 block of P Street, and that the ANC and local residents have asked the hotel to stop. Still, the practice continues.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) asked ANC 2B to produce a document specifying the complaints against the Hotel Palomar, so they can move ahead on enforcement. The resolution is the result.

Food Truck Resolution

ANC 2B unanimously passed a resolution advising the DC Council to reject proposed rulemaking on food trucks and send the matter back to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for review. Commissioner Kevin O’Connor, 2B-02, said the rules as currently written have no procedure for the community. through ANCs, to weigh in on this public space matter. Use of public space is ordinarily an area of ANC input.

There were too many action items for the three-hour meeting time, so ANC2B has scheduled an “Overflow Special Meeting” next Monday, May 13, 7 pm, at the Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hampshire Avenue). Most of the items on the agenda concern Historic Preservation Review Board applications to change or renovate local properties.

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by Borderstan.com May 8, 2013 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

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The boundaries of the proposed liquor license moratorium for 14th and U Streets NW.

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

In a long comment posted on the website of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont, Commissioner Abigail Nichols, 2B-05, said she opposes ANC 2B’s resolution against the 14th and U liquor license moratorium and wants to postpone the vote until the following week.

ANC 2B will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 7 pm at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, for its regular monthly meeting. A vote on the resolution is on the agenda.

Nichols writes: “I recommend the ANC give this its best attention by beginning discussion May 8 and continuing to a vote at the special meeting that has been already been called for May 13, 2013, for other reasons. I believe there would be time on the agenda May 13, 2013, to include more on the moratorium petition.”

Nichols also writes about touring the U Street area in the early hours of a recent Sunday morning. She saw pools of vomit, screaming and drug dealing, although police were present. Abigail said her tour on showed “the tip of the iceberg.”

Nichols criticizes the resolution as written, saying: “The proposed resolution objects to the moratorium law itself but could include more information that would indicate whether existing law applies in this case.”

She also calls the resolution “too optimistic about the ability of alternative tools that deal with individual alcohol establishments to preserve the peace, order, and quiet of residential neighborhoods.”

ANC 2B heard public comment on the liquor license moratorium at the March multi-ANC listening session as well as at a separate listening session for ANC 2B residentsANC 6E/ShawANC 2F/Logan Circle and ANC 1B/U Street have already voted against the proposed moratorium. The city’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration is required to take serious consideration of the opinions of ANCs before it decides whether to send the moratorium to the DC Council.

Nichols was elected to serve on ANC 2B in a special election in March.

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by Borderstan.com March 14, 2013 at 6:49 am 1 Comment

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

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Sealing the ballot box at last night’s special election. Seated from left are three ANC 2B commissioners: Chair Will Stephens (08), Vice Chair Mike Feldstein (01) and Noah Smith (09). (David McAuley)

Abigail Nichols defeated Dito Sevilla in the special election for the vacant seat on Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont last night, Wednesday, March 13. The final tally was 34 votes for Nichols and 12 for Sevilla.

Nichols will fill the seat for Single Member District 05 until the next election in 2014. The seat became open after Commissioner Victor Wexler resigned after being re-elected in November. Each district has approximately 2,000 residents and there are nine commissioners of ANC 2B.

Gottlieb Simon, executive director of the District Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, acted as election manager. Simon allowed me to observe the vote count, along with Nichols. There was no representative present from the Sevilla campaign. A resolution endorsing the election results  passed unanimously after the results were reported.

Abigail Nichols new 2B05 Commissioner.(Courtesy Abigail Nichols)

Abigail Nichols. (Courtesy of Nichols)

Nichols must now be sworn in by a member of the DC council. Ruth Warner of the office of Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) was present at the meeting and offered to arrange a swearing-in before the next ANC 2B meeting.

ANC Meeting Highlights

The election was held on the sidelines of ANC 2B’s regular monthly meeting. Some highlights from the meeting:

  • The ANC unanimously authorized spending up to $100 for new signs for the park at the intersection of T, 17th and New Hampshire NW (located just north of the Dog Park). The signs will remind that this park is for humans, not for dogs. The police will enforce this rule only after signs have been placed warning citizens, and the wait for signs from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation is too long.
  • The ANC, by a vote of 5 to 0 (with one abstention), voted to endorse proposed additional bus service for lower 16th Street NW. The extra buses will run from 7:30 to 9:15 am weekdays on a short route starting at Harvard Street and ending at McPherson Square. WMATA head bus planner Jim Hamre told the meeting that the extra buses will start on March 25.
  • The ANC unanimously approved Commissioner Noah Smith’s resolution in support of the DC Council’s “Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013.” Smith represents 2B-09.

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by Borderstan.com March 13, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com.

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Click for a larger map: The ANC 2B-05 special election is tonight. (DC Citizen Atlas)

A special election for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat in 2B-05 will be held tonight, Wednesday, March 13, from 7:15 to 9:30 pm, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW. The March ANC 2B meeting is also tonight.

Voters must either present their voter ID card indicating that they live in 2B-05 or be on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics voter registration list.

ANC 2B-05 includes much of the area in a square between G and Q Streets NW, and 15th and 18th Streets NW.

Check this map to see if you live within the boundaries of ANC 2B-05. The candidates are Abigail Nichols and Dito Sevilla. The seat became open when former Commissioner Victor Wexler resigned following re-election in November.

Don’t understand ANCs? This Borderstan article explains.

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by Borderstan.com March 8, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com.

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Dito Sevilla and his dog. Sevilla is a candidate for the ANC 2B-05 seat. (Courtesy of Sevilla)

Full disclosure: Sevilla is a Borderstan contributor.

Dito Sevilla is running against Abigail Nichols in a special election to fill a vacant seat on Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B. The District 05 seat became vacant when former Commissioner Victor Wexler resigned.

The election is Wednesday, March 13, from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm at the ANC 2B/Dupont monthly meeting at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW. You must be aregistered voter in ANC 2B Single Member District (SMD) 05 to vote.

Sevilla’s full name is Eduardo Sevilla Jr. His father and grandfather were both Nicaraguan ambassadors to the United States. He has been bar manager at Floriana Restaurant, on 17th Street NW since 2004. Before that, he owned a small business.

Borderstan: Where can potential voters go to find out more information about you?

As a DC native and 17th Street resident for more than nine years I hope I have been able to forge lasting relationships with many potential voters. If anyone, voter or not, needs further information, they are encouraged email me questions or concerns and I will personally reply to each of them.

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Click for a larger map of ANC 2B-05. (DC Citizen Atlas)

Borderstan: What motivated you to run for this position?

Sevilla: As they say, all politics is local. One can only live in a place for so long before one must do what is required to better it. I love this neighborhood, and I love my neighbors.

I think the residents of 2B-05 have made terrific brand ambassadors for the kind of culturally diverse, economically sound, young and not-so-young area in which we live. Washington offers so much to potential new residents, and 2B-05 has many of those on display.

A vibrant restaurant scene, a good amount of retail and just enough nightlife offerings coupled with safe, clean, well cared for streets allow home prices to soar. To maximize that appeal is probably the most important factor in my decision to seek the burdens of office.

Borderstan: What sets you apart from the other candidate?

Sevilla: What doesn’t. She knits during meetings, and I don’t attend them. I suppose whichever of us wins, our habits will have to change.

Borderstan: Why should people vote for you?

Sevilla: Essentially, voters will choose between the past and the present, between the status quo and progress, between moving forward, or standing still. I am a candidate who is able to balance the concerns of our residents and our commercial neighbors. I understand that we must work together to fortify our community and forge common sense plans to continue improving the way of life of our residents without hindering the growth and vitality of our business community.

Borderstan: What is your favorite thing about the neighborhood?

Sevilla: To pick one would be a disservice to another. What’s not to like? The joys of a quiet Sunday morning, a long walk along one of our clean, safe streets, my neighbors — these are all reasons to smile, but it is the variety of architectural and historical landmarks that truly have my heart. I’m a preservationist at heart and it pleases me deeply to see our community band together to respect the architectural masterpieces of centuries’ past.

Borderstan: What is one thing that you would like to change about the neighborhood?

Sevilla: To pick one would be a disservice to so many others! In all seriousness, trash collection has become a comedy of errors in our community. The congestion caused by the collection of a myriad of different receptacles from both private and commercial locations needs to be streamlined, and efficient schedules should be created. There is simply no need for an area as small as ours to use over a dozen different companies with over a dozen different trucks clogging our streets to collect garbage seven days — and in some cases nights — of the week.

Borderstan: What is your opinion, generally speaking, about liquor moratoriums?

Sevilla: Generally, I don’t speak about liquor moratoriums.

Borderstan: What, if anything, should be changed concerning on-street parking for residents in your district?

Sevilla: The rules and requirements found on the back of “EMERGENCY NO PARKING” signs used by residents to move, or during times of construction should be enforced. Not a day goes by that they are not used improperly. They are found attached to trees, left up long after expiration, edited by residents… it is a mess, and it causes congestion and creates unnecessary hassles for residents looking for parking spaces.

I believe that parking spaces are first and foremost the benefit of the residents of the neighborhood in which they are located. Visitors to our businesses are encouraged to utilize public transportation, including of course the Metro, which is within walking distance of all parts of 2B-05.

Borderstan: How many ANC2B meetings have you attended since January 1, 2012?

Sevilla: None.

Borderstan: Where were you on the evening of February 13, when the last ANC2B meeting was held? Why?

Sevilla: Unfortunately, for the purposes of attending evening meetings I can offer no quarter. Until I am elected, my current work schedule will overlap meeting times.

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by Borderstan.com March 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com.

Abigail Nichols is running against Dito Sevilla in a special election to fill a vacant seat on Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B. The District 05 seat became vacant when former Commissioner Victor Wexler resigned.

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Click for a larger map of ANC 2B-05. (DC Citizen Atlas)

The election is Wednesday, March 13, from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm at the ANC 2B/Dupont monthly meeting at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW. You must be a registered voter in ANC 2B Single Member District (SMD) 05 to vote.

Nichols has lived on 18th Street NW in Dupont Circle for 33 years. She is on the ANC 2B Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Policy Committee. Nichols earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and worked for 20 years as a policy analyst and manager at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

Nichols is treasurer of the DC chapter of the League of Women Voters and the co-founder of the Alcohol Sanity Coalition DC.

Borderstan: Why is this election important?

Nichols: The Advisory Neighborhood Commission advises the District government and the Council on many issues. These include traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor license, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation, and trash collection. In many cases there is a formal process for requesting this advice, but the ANC can lobby the government on any subject.

(Courtesy Abigail Nichols)

Abigail Nichols is running for ANC 2B-05. (Courtesy of Nichols)

In my experience most residents benefit from the work of the ANC but do not get directly involved. I was in that position until alcohol businesses moved in directly across from our condominium for the first time. That experience working with the ANC’s and several excellent commissioners made it very clear to me how important it is that the right person be in the job when you need him or her. Residents should not take who their commissioners are for granted. Paying attention now can help later when they need help.

Borderstan: Where can potential voters go to find out more information about you?

Nichols: I have a website and you can write me at ACNforANC2B05[AT]hotmail.com

Borderstan: What motivated you to run for this position?

Nichols: It’s a natural progression in service to my community that began with protecting my large condominium from the excesses of club central. It’s fun to get to know the people living in my single member district and the issues related to government that interest them. The topics the Commission considers — zoning, historic preservation, schools, alcohol licensing, and community festivals interest me. ANC 2B has an excellent reputation and I want to join it.

Borderstan: What sets you apart from the other candidate?

Nichols: I don’t know Mr. Sevilla. I know I’d be an excellent representative, and it’s hard to believe he is better prepared. Voters should ask both of us about the positions we already hold and whether we have any conflicts of interest that might affect our ANC service. How would we handle such conflicts? One thing I’ve learned is that commissioners must be nonpartisan so I will have to drop active campaigning in party politics.

My preparation includes 1) successfully negotiating several settlement agreements with alcohol establishments, 2) several years’ experience with ANC procedures, 3) testimony and meetings at the DC Council, 4) selling the transferable development rights of my church in a million dollar business development deal and 5) education in economics including urban economics and a career in policy analysis.

Borderstan: Why should people vote for you?

Nichols: I am prepared, I will be able to devote time to service, and my instincts are to listen and gather facts before making decisions. I will be diligent in bringing forward and voting on ANC business and will help residents find the right place to go in DC government for other kinds of issues they face.

Borderstan: What is your favorite thing about the neighborhood?

Nichols: I love the fact that I can do so much by foot: post office, bank, library, church, groceries, restaurants, etc. Then, if I do need to go further afield, there is great transportation to other parts of the city and even to other cities. I love the old buildings. I like the people who live here; they like the neighborhood for the same reasons I so. I like remembering that my parents met each other in long-demolished rooming houses whose addresses are now in ANC 2B-05.

The single member district (SMD) for which I am running is not the typical DC SMD. The whole of the District of Columbia is divided into single member Advisory Neighborhood Commission districts that contain about 2,000 residents. Districts differ in the number of businesses they include.

Some SMD’s may have no businesses at all, but the ratio of businesses to residents in this SMD is huge. 2B-05 runs from 15th Street Northwest west to 17th with a bit of 18th Street NW and south from Q to Pennsylvania Avenue. We have museums, retail stores, bars and restaurants, churches, professional services, service facilities like the Jewish Community Center, and the YMCA, organization offices and parks.

Most residents have other near-by residences, but Presidential at 16th and L and the Palladium at 1325 18th Street NW, are apartment/condo buildings, which aren’t close to other residences and are surrounded by business. Other residents also live in apartment buildings like the Berkeley and the Richmond on 17th, 1 Scott Circle and 1500 Massachusetts Avenue. But the district also includes some townhouses and detached homes as well.

Borderstan: What is one thing that you would like to change about the neighborhood?

Nichols: I’m grateful to those who work to nurture trees. I’d love to see trees thriving again in all the areas where we’ve lost trees.

Borderstan: What is your opinion, generally speaking, about liquor moratoriums?

Nichols: I realize that a moratorium on 17th Street is expiring this fall, and that I will need to learn a lot about the history of the moratorium and how it currently affects business and residents. Voters can be confident that I will diligently study the issue and talk to residents before making any decisions. Interested residents should organize like-minded people to make sure their views are heard. Newcomers may not even know that this is an issue and will be surprised how concerned longtime residents will be about this.

Borderstan: What, if anything, should be changed concerning on-street parking for residents in your district?

Nichols: Good question. I haven’t thought about this because I live above a commercial garage and park there. I intend to represent the whole SMD so I will learn about parking and resident problems.

Borderstan: How many ANC 2B meetings have you attended since January 1, 2012?

Nichols: I’ve attended most meetings of the ANC for the last four years. Attendance is a good way to keep up on the neighborhood issues and activities.

Borderstan: Where were you on the evening of February 13, when the last ANC 2B meeting was held? Why?

Nichols: I was there. I attended the ANC meeting to hear the announcement of the special election in which I am running in and what was said about its logistics, to respond to the chairman’s invitation and make a short speech about my candidacy, and — because I was on the agenda — to discuss a new alcohol license application that affects residents.

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by Borderstan.com February 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com

March 13 Special Election. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A March 13 special election will fill the ANC 2B-05 seat. (Luis Gomez Photos)

There will be a special election March 13 to fill a vacant seat on the Dupont-area Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B. The Single Member District (SMD) 05 seat fell vacant after unchallenged incumbent Victor Wexler withdrew his candidacy before the last November’s election.

It seems probable that a small number of votes will decide the election. SMDs each have about 2,000 people. The most hotly-contested ANC races appearing on November ballots rarely get more than 900 voters.

The number of voters is often far below that, and the margins of victory are very small. Moreover, special elections for ANC seats sometimes draw no more than 100 voters.

In this case, a nearby DC Council At-Large Special Election forum, which will be held on the same night, might further drain off voters who take a special interest in local politics.

Two Candidates Running for Seat

Two candidates are vying for the seat: Abigail Nichols and Dito Sevilla. (Full disclosure: Dito Sevilla is a Borderstan contributor.)

The election will take place on the sidelines of ANC 2B’s regular monthly meeting at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Polls will be open from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm only. You must be a registered voter in District ANC 2B-05 to vote.

SMD ANC 2B-05 is bordered by H Street on the south, Corcoran Street on the north, and 15th Street on the east. The western border is a jagged line which, from the south of the district, runs up 17th Street to Connecticut Avenue to 18th Street, before turning east on Massachusetts Avenue for one block and north again on 17th Street.

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Click for a larger map of ANC 2B-05. (DC Citizen Atlas)

Election manager Gottlieb Simon from ANC 2B said that voters would be required either to have their names appear on a list provided by the DC Board of Election and Ethics (DCBOEE) or provide a valid DC Voter Registration Card in order to vote.

It is too late for unregistered votes to register by mail or online, but voters who register in person during normal business hours at DCBOEE offices (441 4th Street NW, Suite 250 North) and get a Voter Registration Card will be eligible to vote. There is no absentee voting for this election.

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