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by Borderstan.com — December 27, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Five of the 10 most popular 2012 Politics and Government stories were related to local ANC races. (Collage by Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we will provide you with a list of the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the Politics and Governmenet section.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before (although that was not the case with following stories, all from 2012).

Top 10 Politics and Government Stories of 2012

These Politics and Government stories were Top 10 most read last year on Borderstan.com. Five of them were related to local ANC candidaes/races in Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 1B, 2B and 2F. section.

  1. Meet Walt Cain: Candidate for ANC 2F-02 (Rachel Nania)
  2. Where to Follow the Election Online Today (Borderstan)
  3. Mayor Gray Dines at Hank’s Oyster Bar, Shows Support for Restaurant (Tom Hay)
  4. Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races (Rachel Nania)
  5. Have Our National Monuments Become Too “Disneyfied?” (Maggie Barron)
  6. Streetscape Project: U Street Rehabilitation To Begin June 11 (Tom Hay)
  7. Contested ANC Races: Compare the Candidates’ Positions (Borderstan)
  8. Borderstan ANC Races: Six Contested Races in 2B, 2F and 1B (Tom Hay)
  9. Meet Zahra Jilani: Candidate for ANC 1B-12 (Rachel Nania)
  10. Poll Closes Sunday: Should Just 5 People Be Allowed to Protest a Liquor License? (Rachel Nania)

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by Borderstan.com — December 10, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

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Click for a larger map: ANC 2B covers the Dupont Circle area and has 9 seats. (DC Board of Elections)

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B will hold it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 12 at 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW from 7 pm until 10 pm.

At the height of they city’s impending bill to reform liquor licensing, voluntary agreements (VAs) and the role of neighbors in influencing a businesses liquor license, the ANC will discuss  a consideration of waiver of VA interior hours restrictions during Inauguration Week (January 15 through January 21).

The meeting will also discuss a resolution on planned school consolidations, routine regulatory applications, zoning and development updates and public safety concerns — which should be an interesting discussion, considering the recent spike in crime in the area.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, visit ANC 2B’s website.

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by Borderstan.com — November 7, 2012 at 9:15 am 3 Comments

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Waiting for the provisional and absentee ballot count: Four winners, two races questionable in local ANC races. (Collage Luis Gomez Photos)

All 143 DC Precincts have reported in, but provisional and absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Even with some votes still to be counted by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, there seem to be four clear winners — and two races that could depend on the uncounted votes — in local contested races for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seats in 1B, 2B and 2F.

According to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE), provisional and absentee ballots must be counted no later than 10 days after an election. As of early Wednesday morning, DCBOEE was unable to say how many such ballots are outstanding in DC.

Tuesday Morning ANC Race Results

  • U Street: In the four-way 1B-12 race, Zahara Jilanni has 263 votes with her nearest competitor, John Green, holding 245 votes, an 18 vote difference. Erling Bailey and Dan Wittels finished further back. The question in this race comes down to those outstanding votes.
  • Dupont: In the 2B-03 race, Stephanie Maltz holds a commanding lead over Bevan Mace, 404 to 102; Maltz has 78% of the vote.
  • Dupont: In 2B-04, Kishan Putta has 62% with 497 votes. Stephanie Sheridan is in second place with 208 votes and Martin Espinoza has 87 votes.
  • Logan: In 2F-02, Walt Cain holds a 51 vote lead over Adam Stempel, 292 to 241.
  • Logan: In 2F-04, John Fanning has a 14 vote lead over Joel Heisey, 299 to 285. Again, could provisional and absentee ballots change the result?
  • Logan: In 2F-08, Matt Connolly holds what is probably a comfortable 47 vote lead over Howard Marks, 235 to 188.

ANC 1B-12

  • Erling Bailey: 127
  • John Green: 245
  • Zahra Jilani: 263
  • Dan Wittels: 85
  • Write-In: 9

ANC 2B-03

  • Bevan Mace: 102
  • Stephanie Maltz: 404
  • Write-In: 147

ANC 2B-04

  • Martin Espinoza: 87
  • Kishan Putta: 497
  • Stephanie Sheridan: 208
  • Write-In: 7

ANC 2F-02

  • James Baker: 75
  • Walt Cain: 292
  • Adam Stempel: 241
  • Write-In: 6

ANC 2F-04

  • John Fanning: 299
  • Joel Heisey: 285
  • Write-In: 12

ANC 2F-08

  • Matt Connolly: 235
  • Howard Marks: 188
  • Write-In: 6

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by Borderstan.com — October 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Bevan Mace is running for the ANC 2B-03 seat. (Courtesy Bevan Mace)

There are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor. Recently we introduced you to the candidates, including Bevan Mace (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). He faces Stephanie Maltz for the ANC 2B-03 seat.

Now, it’s Question and Answer Time on the issues.

Borderstan: What will be your first priority/new initiative if you are elected to ANC 2B and why?

Mace: Increasing the communication between residents/ businesses and the ANC would be a top priority. The development of the ANC website is a great resource but we need to continue to find effective ways to directly connect with constituents in our neighborhood. This is important because constituents may not be aware of the issues and topics being discussed that impact them and therefore represent missed opportunities to get their perspectives to inform the ANC’s decisions and actions.

Borderstan: How will you engage your constituents on issues so that your decisions reflect that of the majority of your Single Member District?

Mace: Continuing from the previous question I believe we need effective formal and informal methods to engage our constituents and provide a better network of information distribution. One specific formal method I would like to see is a direct link between the ANC, neighborhood associations and the major residential buildings via the presidents of the homeowner/ condo associations. This would provide a quick way to proactively communicate upcoming issues to a large portion of our constituents. One informal method would involve partnering with businesses to help advertise to residents specific upcoming topics or issues, where to go for more information and how to provide feedback to decision makers.

Borderstan: How will you work to help bring process and transparency to decisions that impact the DuPont neighborhood, such as the renovations for Stead Park, so that the diversity of the community as a whole is reflected?

Mace: Given the complex nature of neighborhood decisions they need a formalized decision making process similar to the informal one we follow when making personal decisions (weigh pros and cons and choose the option we believe meets our needs the most). I strongly believe in collaboratively discussing all stakeholder needs and goals at the onset of any major issue or project. Once needs and goals are established then metrics should be identified that allow planners, designers and decision makers to rank various options and ideas. This ranking provides two benefits: 1 — allows the group to see what solution has the most advantages (pros) and 2 — provides transparency on how a decision was reached that can be used to easily communicate the decision making process to others.

Borderstan: What value do you think neighborhood associations provide and how do you plan to interact with them?

Mace: The neighborhood associations provide a great direct link to both residents and businesses and are a critical part of the community network to increase two way communication between the ANC and constituents. I would meet with the leadership of the neighborhood associations and develop ways to promote increased communication about issues and awareness of needs to inform my decision making.

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Click for a larger map of ANC 2B. (DC Board of Elections)

Borderstan: The East Dupont Liquor License Moratorium, which affects 17th Street NW, comes up for renewal in 2013, and ANC 2B will have an opportunity to weigh in by offering an advisory opinion to the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board on its renewal. Do you support renewing the moratorium? If so, why? If not, why?

Mace: Many constituents have voiced a desire to not see the moratorium renewed. I believe the moratorium is a temporary solution and we need to proactively engage all stakeholders to address the real needs and issues of businesses and residents in this area. By addressing the real issues in a collaborative way I hope we can develop long term innovative and sustainable solutions that integrate businesses and residents needs and can be a model for other neighborhoods.

Borderstan: Do you believe the voluntary agreement process for liquor license applicants needs to be changed? If so, how?

Mace: I believe the voluntary agreement provides a solution to reaching a mutual agreement when all parties act in good faith for specific issues that could not have been concieved or addressed with broader policies or regulations. However, the current process can allow a small number of people to disproportionally affect a larger group of constituents. I believe this process and any changes need to considered as part of the long term solution to the issues currently addressed by the Moratorium.

Borderstan: Do you believe that the police presence, particularly on the 17th Street, 18th Street and Connecticut Avenue corridors, is adequate, especially on weekends?

Mace: I think public safety and police presence is an issue that is constantly changing and strategies need to evolve and adapt with that change. I think the police presence is improved but we can always do better — we still have residents with safety and security concerns that need to be addressed.

Borderstan: Are there types of business in the neighborhood that stand out as something we need more of in the area? If so, can you name three?

Mace: For the last six years I have enjoyed the diversity of our neighborhood that makes it the best place to live in DC! We have a great variety of small and large businesses, landmarks, museums and, of course, restaurants. One thing that stands out is the need to develop the Dupont Underground. Certainly this is a complex topic but one with a lot of opportunity. I look forward to hearing from constituents about potential needs to adapt to current trends and maintain our neighborhood’s diversity.

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by Borderstan.com — October 19, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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A meeting on the 13th and U Project will take place on Monday. (Courtesy JBG)

Neighborhood politicians and development folks are kicking-off next week with meetings to discuss political potential and project progress. Here are the details:

The 13th and U Project

JBG will hold a meeting on the 13th & U Project this coming Monday (October 22) at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th Street NW) at 7 pm. The meeting will review design updates based on residents’ input and the final draft of the benefits package. The meeting is open to the public.

ANC 2B Candidate Forum

On Monday, October 22, the Community Involvement Committee of ANC 2B will host a candidate forum for all ANC candidates standing on the ballot for election on November 6. The forum will be held at the Chastleton Ballroom (1701 16th Street NW).

The event will be moderated by resident activists and will begin at 7 pm.

ANC 2B candidates include:

For more information on Monday’s candidate forum, visit ANC 2B’s website.

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by Borderstan.com — October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

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Some of the candidates in the 2012 race for ANCs. (Collage Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Yes, the nation’s attention is on Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in this November’s election, but they are not the only ones working hard on the campaign trail. And no, I am not referring to Bill O’Riley and Jon Stewart’s efforts to unite/divide the country — I am referring to the efforts made by our local community candidates running in this November’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) elections.

In the Borderstan area, there are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.

Earlier this fall, we ran candidate profiles, concentrating on the six contested seats in the area. In the weeks before election day, we are running Q&A interviews with candidates on specific issues related to their ANCs. Here are the Q&As on the issues: Dan Wittels ANC 1B-12Walt Cain ANC 2F-02Kishan Putta, ANC 2B-04, Joel Heisey, 2F-04Martin Espinoza, 2B-04Matt Connolly, 2F-08 Zahra Jilani, 1B-12,  Stephanie Maltz, 2B-03John Green, 1B-12‘ Stephanie Sheridan, 2B-04; Bevan Mace, 2B-03; Erling Bailey, 1B-12; Adam Stempel, 2F-02; Howard Marks, 2F-08John Fanning, ANC 2F-04.

Here are the first round of profiles on local ANC Candidates:

ANC 2B/Dupont

Contested races are now confirmed for SMDs 2B-03 and 2B-04 in ANC 2B, while in the other seven SMDs, there is only one candidate.

  • Mike Feldstein, 2B-01 – Incumbent, no  opponents
  • Kevin O’Connor, 2B-02 – Incumbent, no  opponents
  • Bevan Mace, 2B-03
  • Stephanie Maltz, 2B-03
  • Martin Espinoza, 2B-04
  • Stephanie Sheridan, 2B-04
  • Kishan Putta, 2B-04
  • Victor Wexler, 2B-05 – Incumbent, no  opponent
  • Mike Silverstein, 2B-06 – Incumbent, no opponent
  • Leo Dwyer, 2B-07 – Sole candidate
  • Will Stephens, 2B-08 – Incumbent, no opponent
  • Noah Smith, 2B-09 – sole candidate

ANC 2F/Logan Circle

The Logan Circle neighborhood had significant growth in recent years and ANC 2F has two new SMDs for a total of eight seats. The ANC will have three contested races, in SMDs 02, 04 and 08.

  • Peter Lallas, 2F-01 – sole candidate
  • Adam Stempel, 2F-02
  • Walt Cain, 2F-02
  • James Baker, 2F-02 – No profile was submitted by the candidate
  • Chris Linn, 2F-03 – sole candidate
  • John Fanning, 2F-04
  • Joel Heisey, 2F-04
  • James Lamare, 2F-05 – sole candidate
  • Greg Melcher, 2F-06 – sole candidate
  • Matt Raymond, 2F-07 – Incumbent, no  opponent
  • Matthew Connolly, 2F-08
  • Howard Marks, 2F-08

ANC 1B

There is only one contested race in ANC 1B that falls within the boundaries of the Borderstan coverage area. ANC 1B now has 12 SMDs with four of them in the U Street corridor. SMD 02 added a huge number of people between 2000 and 2010 and was essentially split in two to form the new SMD 12.

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by Borderstan.com — September 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Bevan Mace is running for the ANC 2B-03 seat. (Courtesy Bevan Mace)

The deadline for filing to run for a seat on DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission is past, and election time is right around the corner.

In the Borderstan area, there are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions: 2B/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.

So now it is time to meet the candidates in the six contested races. Here at Borderstan.com, we will introduce you to your neighbors, campaigning to represent you on the local ANCs. Closer to the election, we will provide follow-up interviews with the candidates on specific issues related to their areas.

Bevan Mace  is  running for ANC 2B-o3 and will face Stephanie Maltz on the ballot; long-time incumbent Bob Meehan is retiring. Essentially, the 2B-03 district runs from the west side of 17th Street, west to Dupont Circle/Connecticut Aveneue NW and from Q Street north to Riggs Place, with one section going as far north as Swann Street (see the map below).

Borderstan: Why did you decide to run in your neighborhood’s ANC race this year? Also, have you run before and/or been an ANC commissioner before?

Mace: Dupont Circle is a great neighborhood to live and work in. With all our diversity brings great opportunity, as well as challenges to find solutions that best serve the interests of everyone in our community – business and residents, single family dwellings and large multi-family buildings, and people of all backgrounds and ages. I decided to run for ANC commissioner this year to bring my experience with diverse teams to find creative solutions to address residents’ concerns and to improve our way of life in our neighborhood. This is the first time I have run for ANC commissioner.

Borderstan: How many years have you lived in your [ANC] neighborhood? How long have you been in DC?

Mace: I have lived in our neighborhood (ANC 2B-03) for six years and in the DC metro area for over 10 years.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Mace:I have served on our building’s condominium association board for the last three years, currently as Vice President. As a member of the board, I have worked to find solutions to building issues and residents concerns, given limited funds and varying expectations of the ideal solution. While a DC resident I have also participated in business organizations within our community, including the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) and Washington Building Congress (WBC), as well as supporting charitable efforts such as Winterhaven Homeless Standdown, Help the Homeless Walkathon, K-9 Lifesavers, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Click for a larger image: ANC 2B. (DC Board of Elections)

Borderstan: If elected to the ANC, what will be your main areas of focus/concern – and why?

Mace: There are three areas of focus that I think will help make positive impact to our neighborhood:

First, increase awareness of community issues and resident concerns through more transparent communications and systems, such as the DC 311 service (311.dc.gov). With more residents using the 311 system, the ANC can better look for trends and service issues to improve responsiveness to resident issues.

Second, focus on working with the community to address issues together versus as individual residents or buildings. A good example is some of the thefts that occurred in buildings over the last year. Our building discussed how to solve the package theft problem internally; where the power of the community could yield more effective results.

Third, working with DC government to make residents more aware of the programs that could help them directly. For example, DC is striving to become the most sustainable city in the country and as part of that established the Sustainable Energy Utility (www.dcseu.com), which aims to help residents and business through energy programs – specifically to reduce building energy consumption and associated utility costs.

I spent time talking with my constituents to learn about their neighborhood concerns. I understand that preventing crime, reducing pollution and other improvements are needed to keep Dupont Circle a safe and unique place to spend time. I look forward to collaborating with the commissioners to address these important issues.

Borderstan: What do you hope to contribute to your community while on the ANC?

Mace: I hope to make the community more aware of the ANC, how it can help them as well as make resident issues more transparent to the broader community so together we can find solutions to make our neighborhood better for everyone. I’ve setup a website (www.facebook.com/Mace4ANC) as a collaborative site for residents of ANC-2B to identify questions and concerns that are important to them. I can also be reached directly by email at [email protected].

Borderstan: What do you think gives you an edge over other candidate running in your district?

Mace: I think it is important for ANC commissioners to understand how to effectively implement change. Change is hard and new ideas or programs often fail not because the idea or program is bad but because of a lack of communication or training about how the idea or program will benefit the community. It is very important once decisions are made to over communicate what is happening, why it will be a benefit and what the expectations are for everyone. I have direct experience in working on leading change in a large organization and I think this experience will be very valuable to my neighbors.

I work with a variety of teams across the world that provides a unique opportunity to learn about new ideas and share best practices across the community. I also have a very holistic approach to solving problems and continually search to understand the root cause of issues to work towards solving the problem as quickly as possible.

Borderstan: What is your day job and is there a connection to how your day job would assist you in being a commissioner?

Mace: I work for a global designer and builder of social and civil infrastructure. My role is to integrate teams of owners, users, architects, engineers, suppliers and contractors to make the team’s vision a reality. Teams regularly face numerous demands (various definitions of user needs/ program, time and money) and the team has to work hard to find innovative solutions that don’t compromise one for the other. This same approach of integration and innovative thinking I believe will serve me well in working with other ANC commissioners, businesses and residents to continue to make Dupont Circle the best place to live and work in the city.

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by Borderstan.com — August 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm 115 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Stephanie Maltz is a candidate for ANC 2B-o3. (Courtesy Stephanie Maltz)

The deadline for filing to run for a seat on DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission is past, and election time is right around the corner.

In the Borderstan area, there are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions: 2B/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.

So now it is time to meet the candidates in the six contested races. Here at Borderstan.com, we will introduce you to your neighbors, campaigning to represent you on the local ANCs. Closer to the election, we will provide follow-up interviews with the candidates on specific issues related to their areas.

Stephanie Maltz  is  running for ANC 2B-o3. Long-time incumbent Bob Meehan is retiring and Maltz will face Bevan Mace in November’s election. Essentially, the 2B-03 district runs from the west side of 17th Street, west to Dupont Circle/Connecticut Aveneue NW and from Q Street north to Riggs Place, with one section going as far as north as Swann Street (see the map below).

Here’s a little bit more about Maltz.

Borderstan: Why did you decide to run in your neighborhood’s ANC race this year? Also, have you run before and/or been an ANC commissioner before?

Maltz: I am running because I love my neighborhood, I am proud to be a DC resident, and I intend to have a positive impact on my local community. This is the place where I want to raise my family, and I am invested in ensuring our neighborhood continues to be a welcoming community for young professionals to retirees. It is important to me that the members of our ANC are representative of the diversity within our neighborhoods. This is my first time running for ANC.

Borderstan: How many years have you lived in your ANC neighborhood? How long have you been in DC?

Maltz: My first experience in the District lasted six months when I was a summer intern at the White House. I stayed through the fall semester to participate in the Washington Semester program at American University. I fell in love with all that the DC area has to offer and relocated here permanently, shortly after graduating law school. For the past six years, I have lived in the Dupont Circle area. My husband and I purchased our condo in ANC2 B0-3 in May of 2010.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Maltz: I am extensively involved and invested in this community. I am the treasurer of my condo board and I volunteer at Ross Elementary as a “Girls on the Run” coach, a program that instills confidence in 3rd- to 5thgrade girls through running. I am helping the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) with the 17th Street Festival in September and am assisting with the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) house tour in October. In July, I was appointed to serve as 2B-06 liquor liaison. I have already worked with local establishments and residents on several liquor-licensing issues.

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Click for a larger image: ANC 2B. (DC Board of Elections)

Borderstan: If elected to the ANC, what will be your main areas of focus/concern – and why?

Maltz: My main area of focus will be on strengthening the positive relationships between residents and local businesses. Our neighborhood is stronger when community residents and neighborhood businesses work together. This will be especially important with the East Dupont Circle Moratorium set to expire next fall.

Borderstan: What do you hope to contribute to your community while on the ANC?

Maltz: I hope to be the clear and consistent voice for residents of the ANC2B03 area on all issues of importance to our neighborhood. I want community members to have a better understanding about the ANC, to receive more information about neighborhood projects, and to always know how to contact me with their questions and concerns. My website, stephaniemaltzfordc.com, will be up and running soon. In the meantime, I can be reached via email at smaltz[AT]gmail.com or on my cell at (202) 309-5138.

Borderstan: What do you think gives you an edge over other candidate(s) running in your district?

Maltz: Since January, I have been attending the ANC monthly meetings to understand the specific issues that come before the Commission. I have taken the time to get to know the current commissioners and learn from their expertise. As the 2B-06 liquor liaison, I have gained direct experience working with the commissioners and establishments, while reaching out to residents for input. Most importantly, I understand the responsibilities, dedication, and time commitment involved to be successful in this position.

Borderstan: What is your day job and is there a connection to how your day job would assist you in being a commissioner?

Maltz: During the day, I split my time between serving as an education policy specialist and a government relations consultant for a public health organization. This, in addition to my prior experience advocating on behalf of small businesses, allows me to bring a unique perspective to the table.

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by Borderstan.com — August 10, 2012 at 10:38 am 2 Comments

From Tom Hay. Follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann or email him at Tom[AT]borderstan.com.

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Click for a larger image: The new ANC 2B map for the 2012 election. (DC Board of Elections)

A few weeks ago we gave you an early overview of who picked up candidate petitions for Borderstan-area Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seats.

In the Borderstan area, there are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont, 2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.

The deadline for submitting petitions was close of businesses on Wednesday at the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE), and the updated list of candidates who have submitted the required 25 signatures can be found on their website. Occasionally, candidates are denied ballot access when petition signatures are declared invalid. Plus, some candidates pull out of a race prior to election day.

Redistricting Changes ANC Boundaries

Registered DC voters should have received a new voter registration card in the mail which reflects redistricting changes to Ward, ANC and SMD boundaries. In the Borderstan area redistricting affected all three ANCs, particularly 1B and 2F, both of which have additional SMDs due to population growth over the past decade.

ANC 2B/Dupont

Contested races are now confirmed for SMDs 2B-03 and 2B-04 in ANC 2B, while in the other seven seats there is only one candidate.

  • The 2B0-3 slate to replace the retiring Bob Meehan has two candidates, Bevan Mace and Stephanie Maltz.
  • The 2B0-4 race for the seat now held by Jack Jacobson, who is running for Ward 2 representative to the DC Board of Education. Confirmed candidates for his seat are Martin Espinoza, Stephanie Sheridan and Kishan Putta.
  • Leo Dwyer is the sole candidate for the 2B-07 seat held by Phil Carney who is retiring.
  • Similarly situated is Noah Smith, who is running unopposed for the 2B-09 seat held by Ramon Estrada; he is not seeking reelection after 10 years holding the seat.
  • Incumbent Commissioners Mike Feldstein (2B-01), Kevin O’Connor (2B-02), Victor Wexler (2B-05), Mike Silverstein (2B-06) and Will Stephens (2B-08) have no opponents.
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Click for a larger image: The new ANC 2F map for the 2012 election. (DC Board of Elections)

ANC 2F/Logan Circle

The Logan Circle neighborhood had significant growth in recent years and ANC 2F has two new SMDs for a total of eight seats. The ANC will have thee contested races, in SMDs 02, 04 and 08.

  • Current Chair of 2F, Mike Benardo, is not seeking reelection for the 2F-06 seat. The only candidate for the recently redrawn 2F-06 is Greg Melcher .
  • Longtime Commissioner Charles Reed in 2F-01 is retiring and the only candidate to file papers is Peter Lallas.
  • Candidates Chris Linn (2F-03), James Lamare (2F-05) and Greg Melcher (2F-06) face no opposition. Current Commissioner Matt Raymond (2F-07) is also running unopposed.
  • In 2F-04 are John Fanning and Joel Heisey will face off on November 6.
  • Incumbent Commissioner Matthew Connolly will face Howard Marks on election day. He currently represents SMD 05, but with the new map he is in SMD 08. Update: Ricardo Ampudia’s nominating petitions were challenged and the Board of Elections declared he lacked the necessary signature to be on the November 6 ballot.
  • Noteworthy in 2F is a three-way race for the 2F0-2 seat vacated this year by Nick Barron. Running for the seat — which includes the commercial strip along the 1400 block of P Street NW — are Adam Stempel, Walt Cain and James Baker. Note: Jack Jetmund withdrew from the race.

ANC 1B

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Click for a larger image: The new ANC 1B map for the 2012 election. (DC Board of Elections)

There is only one contested race in ANC 1B that falls within the boundaries of the Borderstan coverage area. ANC 1B now has 12 SMDs with four of them in the U Street corridor. SMD 02 added a huge number of people between 2000 and 2010 and was essentially split in two to form the new SMD 12.

  • Longtime incumbent Deborah Thomas (1B-04) is running unopposed. Jeremy Leffler is running for the redrawn 1B-02 seat and Marc Morgan is the sole candidate running for the 1B-01 seat now held by ANC 1B Chairpeson Myla Moss, who is retiring.
  • Of particular note is the four-way race for the new 1B12 SMD which was carved out of SMD 1B-02. The candidates are John Carlos Green, Zahra Jilani, Dan Wittels and Erling Bailey. This seat is currently held by Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling who won a special election late in 2011 after Commissioner Aaron Spencer resigned. Lewin-Zwerdling is not seeking a full term. The SMD includes the much discussed 14th and Wallach residential building and the JBG hotel-turned-apartment project on the Rite-Aid site at 13th and U Streets, NW.

by Borderstan.com — August 2, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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ANC 2B encompasses the Dupont Circle neighborhood. District 04 is in the northeast side of the ANC. (ANC 2B website, boundaries that are in effect for 2012 election)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

The race for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in Dupont’s fourth Single Member District (SMD) heated up this week when a third candidate announced intentions to run for the seat.

Stephanie Sheridan, a DC resident since 2003, announced her ANC2B04 candidacy to Borderstan on Monday morning. Sheridan joins the race with Martin Espinoza and Kishan Putta for Jack Jacobson’s seat. (Jacobson is retiring from his ANC position and is a candidate for the Ward 2 DC Board of Education seat.)

As a trained economist and founder of Dupont Green Week, Sheridan is especially dedicated to growing the neighborhood’s green economy.

“I want to foster innovative solutions that integrate what already works – like the preservation in the Dupont historic district, which has resulted in a rich and sustainable urban lifestyle,” said Sheridan, who also says the Dupont ANC needs more women representatives.

If elected, Sheridan also plans to promote issues of gender equality and small business practices.

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Stephanie Sheridan is the third candidate in the race for ANC2B04. (Courtesy of Sheridan)

This week, Sheridan will launch her website (www.sheridan4anc.com) and will hold meetings with a number of people in the neighborhood.

“I want to make sure my platform is representative of the needs and interests of ANC2B04,” said Sheridan.

District 04 is the most densely populated and smallest in geographic area of ANC 2B’s nine districts. By law, each ANC district is to have approximately 2,000 residents.

Both school board and ANC seats are non-partisan, without primaries. The general election is November 6.

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by Borderstan.com — July 31, 2012 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

"ANC 2B Dupont"

ANC 2B encompasses the Dupont Circle neighborhood. District 09 is in the northeast corner of the ANC, running to the southwest corner of 14th and U NW. (ANC 2B website, boundaries that are in effect for 2012 election)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The deadline for filing to run in the race for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat is rapidly approaching, and this past weekend, one local resident announced his candidacy for the 2B-09 seat in Dupont Circle.

Noah Smith, who currently serves as a public safety liaison for ANC 2B, is running in the local election for the first time. Ramon Estrada, the five-term ANC incumbent for seat 2B-09, has not confirmed his plans to run in the November 6 election; he had not picked up nominating petitions as of Monday.

Smith, who describes himself as having “a passion for public service,” believes that one of the most important roles of an ANC Commissioner is to be an advocate for residents when dealing with the DC government.

“I hope to serve as a liaison between the alphabet soup of government agencies and my neighbors to bring critical information to our community faster and to help address concerns sooner,” said Smith, who has lived in DC for seven years and in the Dupont neighborhood for a year-and-a-half.

Smith is a volunteer EMT and a Federal highway safety official, and hopes to bring his experience in public safety to neighborhood government.

Noah Smith

Noah Smith is running for ANC 2B-09 in this year’s election. (Photo courtesy of Noah Smith)

“I am running for ANC to build on my past work to improve the safety of our neighborhood’s roads, including for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to foster a collaborative approach to problem solving,” said Smith.

Smith is also campaigning on neighborhood development, promising to balance the (often times) delicate relationships between neighbors and businesses and work to find collaborative solutions that meet the needs of the community.

The area for ANC 2B-09 encompasses S Street, 17th Street, New Hampshire Avenue, U Street and 14th Street.

The deadline for filing to run for an ANC seat is Wednesday, August 8. Elections for ANC positions are on the November 6 ballot and are non-partisan. 300 seats throughout the city are up for reelection this year. Commissioners elected into the ANC will serve for two years.

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by Borderstan.com — July 30, 2012 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

Featured image: The new ANC 1B map with 12 districts. (DC Board of Elections)

The deadline for filing to run for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat is next week — Wednesday, August 8. That’s the date for potential candidates to turn in a minimum of 25 valid voter signatures from their district to the DC Board of Elections get on the November 6 election ballot for one of DC’s 38 ANCs, and file a declaration of candidacy. (See Community Service: Got What it Takes to Run for an ANC Seat?)

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One of the neighborhood ANCs is 2F, which covers the Logan Circle area. It is gaining two seats due to population growth in the area. Click to see on Google Maps. (Map by Geoff Hatchard)

The DC Board of Elections keeps a list of who has picked up petitions and it’s easy to find out who has picked up petitions by ANC and ANC district (the list is updated as of Friday).

But with only 25 valid signatures required, it is quite possible for a potential candidate to pick up the nominating petitions this week and turn in enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Moreover, just because an individual has picked up petitions does not mean he or she will ultimately decide to run — and in rare occassions candidates are denied ballot access because they lacked enough valid signatures.

Each ANC has Single Member Districts (SMDs) with approximately 2,000 residents. Commissioners will be elected in November for two-year terms, with new boundaries that were drawn following the 2010 Census.

ANC Retirements and New Candidates

In the three local ANCs — 1B, 2B and 2F — there are some notable retirements and one ANC commissioner whose plans are not yet known.

ANC 2B/Dupont

ANC 2B has nine SMDs, the same as before the 2010 Census. While the districts were redrawn to meet population requirements, the changes were minor compared to 2F and 1 B.

  • Bob Meehan, elected in 2002 to the ANC 2B-03 seat is not seeking re-election. To date, only one person has picked up nomination petitions, Stephanie Maltz.
  • Jack Jacobson is giving up his seat and is a candidate for the Ward 2 DC Board of Education seat. Two candidates have officially announced they are running (Martin Espnizoa and Kishan Putta) and a third is getting ready. Stephanie Sheridan has picked up nominating petitions and confirmed with Borderstan that she is making this a three-way race.
  • Notably, incumbent Ramon Estrada in 2B-09 has not yet picked up nominating petitions; he was first elected in 2002 and heads the ANC’s ABRA committee. But, with only 25 valid signatures required, it would be easy for Estrada to still get on the November 6 ballot. (Estrada did not respond to Borderstan over the weekend regarding his plans.)
  • However, one candidate, Noah Smith, is definitely running in Estrada’s 09 district, a fact that he confirmed with Borderstan. Smith and Putta are the volunteer public safety liaisons for ANC 2B.

ANC 2F / Logan 

ANC 2F gained two seats, due to strong population growth in the area between 2000 and 2010. Come January, ANC 2F will have eight seats, up two from its current six seats.

  • Charles Reed, a long time ANC commissioner representing ANC 2F-01 (and who served as chair until recently) is not seeking another term. He made the announcement at the July meeting.
  • Mike Benardo, first elected in 2006, announced last week that he would not seek a fourth term as commissioner. Under current boundaries he represents ANC 2F-6 and is chair of 2F.
  • Nick Barron, ANC 2F-02, announced in May that he would not seek a full term. He was appointed to the seat after the commissioner who won the 2010 election resigned.

ANC 1B

ANC 1B includes several DC neighborhoods, including the bulk of the U Street corridor. With population gains in the corrdor, it gains seat and will have 12 commissioners in 2013. Four of the 12 SMDs are in the Borderstan area — 01, 02, 04 and 12.

Come late next week, we will find out who turned in their petitions for run for an ANC seat, and learn how many contested races there are in 1B, 2B and 2F.

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by Borderstan.com — July 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

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One of the neighborhood ANCs is 2F, which covers the Logan Circle area. It is gaining two seats due to population growth in the area. Click to see on Google Maps. (Map created by Geoff Hatchard)

We’re all guilty of it. “I can’t believe the city hasn’t fixed this street yet!” or “My child needs a playground in the area, there are no safe outdoor places for kids to play anymore.” Whether we like it or not, we are all active complainers when it comes to neighborhood (and city) politics and government.

While some complaining is fun now and then, there is a more proactive approach: running for a seat on one of the city’s 38 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) with a total of 300 Single Member District (SMD) seats citywide. The role of an ANC is advisory and they cannot actually pass laws or set regulations. However, DC government agencies are required to give consideration and weight to the resolutions that ANCs pass.

ANCs Represent Neighborhood Interests

Each ANC has about eight to 10 commissioners, and one commissioner represents a SMD with approximately 2,000 residents. When drawing boundaries for ANCs an effort is made to draw lines that take recognized neighborhoods into account.

ANCs work with community members, District government agencies, the City Council and some Federal agencies on a range of issues including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and the District’s annual budget.

Local ANCs in Borderstan

Locally, the following ANCs serve the Borderstan area:

Getting on the Ballot, Raising ANC Campaign Money

In fact, you could begin picking up nominating petitions on July 9 from the DC Board of Elections (DCBE) — you only need the signatures of 25 registered voters in your SMD. The deadline for turning in petitions is August 8 in order to qualify for the November 6 general election ballot; the races are non-partisan with no party labels attached to candidate names. The DCBE regularly updates the list of people of who have picked up petitions for ANC seats.

Worried about raising money? Campaign contributions are capped at $25, but you can give as much as you like to your own campaign.

Do You Have What it Takes to Serve?

If you think you have what it takes to fight for your neighborhood’s needs and concerns, then consider running for commissioner on your local ANC. If you are committed to the job, it can be time-consuming and commissioners are not paid (see ANC 2F-02 Commissioner Barron Not Seeking Full Term for a first-hand account of the duties of an ANC commissioner).

So let’s all slow down the complaining, stop making excuses, and find a way to better serve our community, one way or another.

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by Borderstan.com — July 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

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ANC 2B represents the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Both ANC 2B and ANC 2F (Logan and Thomas Circles) will host monthly meetings on Wednesday, July 11. (Borderstan)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Two local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, ANC 2B (covering Dupont Circle) and ANC 2F (representing Logan and Thomas Circles), will hold monthly meetings this Wednesday, July 11. The ANC 2B meeting will take place from 7 to 9:50 pm in the Somers Room at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW. TJihe ANC 2F meeting will  be from 7 until 9 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

On the 2B Agenda are topics such as progress on the Dupont South Metro entrance, public space applications (including a sidewalk café for G Street Food and a sidewalk café for the Bier Baron), historic preservation and zoning applications for Sylvia Kotz Realty Revocable Trust and Epiphania, LLC; and alcohol applications (including a license for Sala Thai, a sidewalk café endorsement for Fuel Pizza, a multi-purpose license for Merlots Art, LLC and a CR license for Ted’s Bulletin.

The ANC 2F agenda includes commissioner and community reports, the community development report and the treasurer’s report. Other items to be discussed are ABRA applications for El Sauce Restaurant, Ted’s Bulletin and Belga Café. Additionally, committee members will discuss the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012 introduced by Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

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by Borderstan.com — June 22, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

About 45 residents, government officials, and community leaders attended a public meeting on improving public safety hosted by the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2B) Wednesday night at the Jewish Community Center (see Wednesday: ANC 2B Hosting Public Safety Forum at JCC).

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ANC 2B’s public safety liaisons Kishan Putta, left, and Noah Smith at Wednesday night’s meeting (Kishan Putta)

The meeting, entitled “A Safer Dupont,” was moderated by new ANC 2B Public Safety Liaisons Kishan Putta and Noah Smith.

The goal of the meeting, as Smith described, was “to reach out to the community and hear from residents and business owners about what concerns they have regarding public safety. This meeting was really a listening session and opportunity for folks to influence what Kishan and I plan to work on in the next few months.”

Auto and Smartphone Crimes

Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) gave opening remarks and touted the improvements in public safety in the District in recent years.

The 40 homicides as of June 20 are a decrease from 52 at this point last year and put D.C. on pace to have less than 100 homicides for the first time since 1963.

Evans also pointed out that thefts of electronics from automobiles and robberies involving smartphones are increasingly a problem and residents need to be more conscious of their surroundings and take precautions to avoid becoming victims of crimes of opportunity.

ANC 2B Chair Will Stevens (ANC 2B-08) noted that the ANC meeting agenda is often dominated by regulatory applications and so liaisons and other public meetings like this one are an important way for the ANC to be more proactive about issues like public safety.

Road Safety, Biking Discussed

The meeting included discussion of both road safety issues and crime and law enforcement concerns. A number of representatives from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) attended the meeting to hear resident concerns. Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), recognized that as a result of the 20 percent growth in bicycling in the past year, there may be some conflicts between bikes, cars, and pedestrians.

While bicycle riding on the sidewalk is only prohibited in the Central Business District, WABA encourages all riders to avoid sidewalk riding entirely. Residents encouraged DDOT to improve signage explaining the boundaries of the Central Business District and also recommended improvements to the bike lanes on 15th Street NW.

A draft DDOT report on bicycle facilities includes a number of recommendations to improve the lanes, including better traffic signals for southbound bikers. A number of residents also expressed concerns about traffic signals in Dupont Circle and the inability for cyclists and pedestrians to safely navigate the circle.

Bias Crimes

Hassan Naveed of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) provided statistics on bias crimes in the District. There were 91 such offenses citywide in 2011, up from 68 in 2010. Fifty four of these were related to sexual orientation or gender identity, up from 45 in 2010. Naveed encouraged victims of any bias-related crime to call 911 first, but also contact the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) and GLOV. The GLOV website has a number of safety tips and victim resources.

A number of MPD officers were in attendance, including Second District Commander Michael Reese, Third District Commander Jacob Kishter, and Police Service Area Lieutenants John McDonald (PSA 208) and Nicole Lindsey (PSA 301).

Possible Joint PSA 208 and 301 Meetings

McDonald and Lindsey announced they are considering combining their monthly PSA meetings, because of the overlap of issues and concerns in PSA 301 and PSA 208. As a good example, the meeting location at the Jewish Community Center is in PSA 208, but across the street to the north side of Q Street NW is the south boundary of PSA 301. Meetings for both PSAs are currently held on the third Tuesday of the month, but this date may be changed to avoid a schedule conflict with the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association monthly meetings.

Kishter reminded attendees to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity and also encouraged residents to make use of MPD’s text tip system if they want to report information anonymously. The number to text is 50411. For minor property damage or theft, residents can also make use of MPD’s Online Reporting Tool.

Bicycle-related issues emerged again during the law enforcement portion of the meeting as a concern of residents. MPD officials admitted that bicyclists are not cited often for failure to obey red lights and other traffic signals, although bicycle officers are directed to enforce traffic laws. Commander Kishter noted that bicycle thefts are fairly common and that residents should have pictures or other identifying information so they can claim a stolen bike if it is recovered. Bike owners are also encouraged to register their bike with the free National Bike Registry.

Putta and Smith will follow up with the concerns at the meeting and plan to hold a series of discussions on public safety issues in the Dupont area.

Kishan expressed his satisfaction with how this first meeting turned out: “Despite the hot-weather advisories, we had a full-house and productive, non-heated discussions between us, the residents, the police, the interest groups, and the government. We’re not going to solve every problem to everyone’s satisfaction, but, by continuing the kind of collaboration that we had tonight, we can work together to improve many aspects of safety in our neighborhood.”

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