by Tim Regan August 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm 1 Comment

Nadeau on safety walk, photo via acebook.com/BrianneKNadeauD.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will host free neighborhood watch training for residents of Ward 1 in September.

The training session will be held on Sept. 12 from at 9:30 a.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th St NW).

During the session, residents will have the chance to learn how to start and run their own neighborhood watch groups and meet with other neighbors who are interested in local safety.

“This training is for everyone in the community; long-time residents, newcomers, business leaders,” said Nadeau in a press release today. “My dream is for Ward 1 to have the best community engagement in the District, and it starts with building connections block-by-block, complementing the work of our ANCs and community association leaders, and all those who came before us.”

In the press release, Nadeau praised D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s newly reintroduced firearms tip reward program.

The councilmember also called on the MPD not to revive its use of vice squads despite the recent rise in violent crime.

“The practices employed by them, which involves officers pulling up to a location and arresting a group of people, have been retired by MPD, and have been widely criticized,” Nadeau said.

“I cannot support these proposals, and I do not think they help us achieve the long term, sustained outcome we truly want for the District. When violence and drug activity were at their worst, what made the biggest difference was residents partnering with MPD, taking back their blocks and being part of the solution,” she continued.

Photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

by Sean Meehan August 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau urged the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to invest more in protected bike lanes and highlighted several priority areas within her Ward in a letter to the District Department of Transportation sent yesterday.

According to the letter, Nadeau worked with bicycling advocates in Ward 1 to identify areas where bike lanes were needed the most, including protected bike lanes along 15th Street NW between V and Euclid Streets NW, which runs alongside Meridian Hill Park; 14th Street NW, particularly between Florida Avenue and Euclid Street NW; and 11th Street NW, particularly an extension of existing bike lanes to Kansas Avenue NW.

The letter also called for the completion of the Florida Avenue streetscape project between Sherman Avenue and U Street NW, and for DDOT to support the eastern downtown protected bike lane study.

Nadeau emphasized the need for protected bike lanes, saying that they are safer and cause less illegal parking problems.

“Continued investment in bicycle commuting infrastructure will mean less traffic, cleaner air and healthier residents,” she said in the letter. “Prioritization of these projects would address current gaps in the system and would help to make the District and Ward 1 an even better place to live.”

by Tim Regan August 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Brianne Nadeau, photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeauColumbia Heights residents will be able to gripe to a D.C. Councilmember about broken street lights, inadequate sidewalks and funky trash smells tomorrow night.

Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will lead a “311 walk” along Argonne Place NW tomorrow night. The walk will leave from Rabaut Park (16th Street and Columbia Road NW) around 6 p.m.

During the walk, Nadeau will hear from residents about non-emergency problems such as cracked sidewalks, burned out street lights, and trash issues. She’ll also demonstrate how to use the District’s 311 reporting system.

Image via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

by Tim Regan August 3, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

Nadeau on safety walk, photo via acebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

Columbia Heights residents will be able to join D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau on a public safety walk tonight.

The walk will last from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and begins at the intersection of 14th and Girard streets NW. Specifically, the walk will leave from the spray park next to the Domino’s Pizza.

The public safety walk comes amid debate over several recent violent crimes in the area.

Last Thursday, a man was shot and killed in Park View. The following night, another man was forced into a van at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in Columbia Heights.

Nadeau said in a statement last Friday that she’d like to curb loitering and public drinking and drug use to help combat violent crime.

“In our public safety walk at Georgia and Lamont last week we heard from many residents who were concerned about loitering, drinking and drug use in the area,” she said.”When I was an ANC, the Council attempted to pass anti-loitering laws. Unfortunately, there was no path for them, given the fact that the courts would strike them down. That said, MPD has the tools to address illegal activity such as drug use and public drinking without anti-loitering laws.

During the walk, residents will have the chance to address safety concerns with employees from the Metro Police Department, Department of Behavioral Health and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

This is one of several public safety walks that Nadeau is organizing across Ward 1.

Photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

by Jared Holt August 3, 2015 at 8:45 am 1 Comment

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Oliver! — John Oliver skewered opponents of D.C. Statehood on “Last Week Tonight.” “[Eleanor Holmes Norton] basically has pretend power,” Oliver said. “Like a child watching Dora the Explorer.” [Youtube]

101 Violations — D.C. police have now arrested 101 men on prostitution-related charges as part of an ongoing sting operation that began on July 14. [WJLA]

Councilmembers to Get Served — D.C. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Jack Evans will play in a competitive ping pong match next month, per a suggestion given by At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange. The match will be Sept. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. at Farragut Square. [Washington City Paper]

Man Kidnapped and Assaulted in Columbia Heights — A man was forced into a van at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in Columbia Heights on Friday. Police are currently on the lookout for two suspects. [Borderstan]

by Daniel Levitt July 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm 0

Nadeau on safety walk, photo via acebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

Ward 1 residents will be able to join D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau on a public safety walk next Tuesday.

The walk will last from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and begins at the intersection of 11th and Lamont streets NW.

During the walk, residents will also have the chance to chat and address safety concerns with employees from the Metro Police Department, Department of Behavioral Health and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

This is one of several public safety walks that Nadeau is organizing across Ward 1.

Photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

by Tim Regan July 21, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

Brianne Nadeau, photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau(Updated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 24) Ward 1 residents will have another chance to meet and talk with D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau next week.

Nadeau will visit the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St NW) next Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to chat with locals one-on-one, take questions and meet those interested in just saying hello.

At-large D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman will also be in attendance.

The event is part of Nadeau’s Brianne on Your Block series, a regular series of public appearances connecting Nadeau with Ward 1 residents in informal settings.

Photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

by Jared Holt July 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

LeDroit-Park-Ice-Cream-SocialLeDroit Park residents can connect over ice cream at a backyard party next week.

LeDroit Park Civic Association Vice President and Public Safety Chair Anita Norma will host the LeDroit Park Ice Cream Social in her backyard at 1853 3rd St. NW next Thursday at 6 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to go enjoy free ice cream sundaes, banana splits, brownies and cookies.

Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1 will also attend, according to a Facebook post.

The event is free, but organizers are asking that attendees RSVP so they know how much ice cream to purchase.

Image via Facebook.com/LeDroitParkCivicAssociation

by Tim Regan July 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Brianne_Nadeau(Updated at 1:50 p.m.) D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss and share information related to yesterday’s report of gunshots near the Columbia Heights Community Center.

The meeting will be held in the community center at 9 p.m.

Nadeau will be joined by Third District MPD Commander Jake Kishter and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreaton Chief of Staff John Stokes.

In a statement released yesterday, Nadeau said she was taking the reports that several gunshots rang out near the community center yesterday “very seriously.”

“Immediately following this incident I spoke with the director of Parks and Rec, who relayed to me what steps they took to keep the children safe, and also what MPD is doing to pursue those involved,” wrote Nadeau.

“In the long term, I am working to ensure MPD has the resources they need to prevent these kinds of incidents, while applying constant pressure on MPD so that they leave no stone unturned in their efforts to keep Ward 1 safe,” she said.

by Tim Regan July 1, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

Nationals_Park_Willis_Scroll_BorderstanWard 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is seeking volunteers to join her in escorting senior citizens to and from Nationals Park for a baseball game next Tuesday, July 7.

All volunteers will receive a free ticket to the 7:05 p.m. game, during which the Nationals will face off against the Cincinnati Reds.

Volunteers will meet at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at the corner of of 14th Street and Park Road NW  for a quick orientation at 5:00pm before heading to the Georgia Avenue, Columbia Heights, U Street or Shaw Metro stations to pick up a senior.

“We’re telling seniors that they can come to any of those Metro stops,” says Tom Fazzini, spokesperson for Nadeau’s office. “They will be able to meet a volunteer of ours there, and then the volunteer will escort them to the ballpark.”

After the game is over, volunteers will lead the seniors back home.

Nadeau’s office is urging those who want to volunteer or seniors who want to attend the game to sign up online.

by Tim Regan June 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Brianne_NadeauWard 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will meet with members of the community at The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Rd NW) in Adams Morgan next Monday.

Nadeau will drop by the coffee shop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to chat with locals one-on-one, take questions and meet those interested in just saying hello.

The event is part of Nadeau’s Brianne on Your Block series, which are monthly public appearances aimed at letting Ward 1 residents meet Nadeau while supporting neighborhood businesses.

by Tim Regan June 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

grosso_nadeauD.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Brianne K. Nadeau will talk with Ward 1 residents about the future of education in the District at the Frank D. Reeves Center tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The town hall meeting, which will be held in the community room on the second floor of the Reeves Center at 14th and U streets, is an opportunity for the residents to weigh in on an education funding plan passed by the D.C. Council in May.

The plan includes the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, a $1.6 million allocation for a new literacy intervention program and new funding priorities for public schools.

Residents are encouraged to RSVP before attending the town hall.

by Borderstan.com April 24, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

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Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW is one of the participating local businesses. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Sustainable U has partnered with renewable energy provider Clean Currents to offer U Street residences and businesses added incentives for going green. Starting this past Monday (Earth Day) and continuing through June 21, Clean Currents will donate $250 for each U-Street business and $30 for each U-Street home that enrolls for its services. Sustainable U will use this money to purchase new tree boxes for the 14th and U Street area.

Brianne Nadeau, former ANC-1B commissioner and 2014 candidate for the Ward 1 DC Council seat, founded Sustainable U in 2012. The community organization works to promote environmentally conscious development in the 14th and U Street and encourage civic engagement around the effort. To learn more about Sustainable U, local residents can attend the next meeting, scheduled for 7 pm on Wednesday, April 24, at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments (2001 15th Street NW).

Interested business or home owners should visit the Clean Currents website or call 301-754-0430 (x3) and note that they are participating in the Sustainable U challenge. Local businesses SweetGreen, Busboys and Poets, and The Heights are among Clean Current’s customers. Sustainable U and Clean Currents are hoping to prompt U-street residents and business owners to start using clean energy and take advantage of the automatic contribution to new tree boxes in their neighborhood.

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by Borderstan.com March 29, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

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

Two candidates are up against Graham for the Ward 1 Council seat.

Two candidates are up against incumbent Jim Graham for the Ward 1 Council seat. (DC Government)

Incumbent Jim Graham has another challenger in the 2014 Ward 1 Council race: Bryan Weaver, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, March 26. In addition to Graham, Weaver is up against Brianne Nadeau, who announced her candidacy for the position back in December.

The three will face off in the Democratic Primary next year (probably April 1).

Weaver, a self-proclaimed activist who has been a Ward 1 resident for more than 20 years, says the city needs more authentic leadership.

“Our leadership must live up to what our city’s residents deserve” Weaver said in his announcement.

According to The Washington Post, this is Weaver’s second attempt at the Ward 1 seat and his third run for D.C. Council, overall. Weaver was a candidate in the April 2011 special election to fill an At-Large Council seat, finishing fourth behind Vincent Orange, Patrick Mara and Sekou Biddle; Weaver ran well locally, carrying several precincts.

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Bryan Weaver. (Luis Gomez Photos, 2011 file photo)

Both Nadeau and Weaver announced their candidacies at a time when current Ward 1 Councilmember Graham  is being questioned in the media for unethical behavior in relation to a development deal during his time spent on the Metro Board of Directors.

The Washington Post also reports that Nadeau has already raised more than $37,000 for her campaign.

Check out a detailed map of Ward 1 from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B, which includes the U Street corridor, as well as ANC 1C/Adams Morgan, are in Ward 1.

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by Borderstan.com February 26, 2013 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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Graham stripped of ABC Board oversight by DC Council. (Borderstan file photo, Luis Gomez Photos)

On Monday, February 25, the DC Council voted to strip Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) of his oversight of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board. The measure was first proposed by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on February 21.

The 13-member council voted 11-2, with Graham and Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) voting against the resolution. The bulk of the U Street corridor and neighborhood are in Ward 1, along with Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and Howard University.

Immediately after the vote, Graham released the following statement:

“It is time to move on. I have very important responsibilities as chairman of the human services committee and all the responsibility of representing Ward 1. Going forward, I will continue to represent the people who elected me to serve with the same passion and fervor as I have from my first day in office.”

The public reprimand comes after the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability found “substantial” evidence that Graham broke the code of conduct in a lottery contract bid.

A tweet from Bruce DePuyt (@News8NewsTalk) quotes Barry saying, “We all trade votes. I’ve done it. I’m arguing due process. He’s had no opportunity to defend himself.”

“This is a somber moment and a sad one, of course, because there is no joy in what we were asked to do today,” said Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) in a statement. “But, it is an obligation that falls to us and that we were and are duty-bound to discharge. Put very simply, we must keep and preserve that most delicate of commodities: public confidence.”

A reprimand is the least serious action the council can take against a member. It must be approved by a simple majority and carries no punishment. Barry was censured in 2010, which is more serious, WTOP reports.

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