Well, if you plan to attend an ANC 2B/Dupont Circle meeting this year, I would pick the one next Wednesday. On the March 11 agenda are two notable items:
- “Report by the ad hoc Committee on the Dupont East Liquor Moratorium; consideration of proposed resolution on same.” This is the big kahuna and you canfind the committee’s recommendations here.The report presents the committee’s position on the 17th Street liquor license moratorium, which goes to the full ANC. This is a long and old story and I won’t go into the details here, but you can see Borderstan postings here and here. Long-time residents of the neighborhood will understand what the words “17th Street, liquor license moratorium, JRs Bar and Grille, DCCA and ANC 2B” all have in common. Note: ANC Commissioner Jack Jacobson (2B-04) has a posting on his Web site about the committee’s recommendation.
- “Presentation by DDOT on 18th Street Reconstruction project and announcement on 15th Street decision.” Probably nothing too exciting here, but it will be interesting to see if Borderstanians have anything to say about DDOT’s plan to put bicycle lanes on 15th Street NW while leaving traffic one-way north. See the Borderstan posting here.
The full agenda is below. Remember that West Borderstan is part of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle, while East Borderstan is in ANC 2F/Logan Circle. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q NW.
The next membership meeting of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is this Tuesday, December 2, at the Phillips Collection gallery at 1600 21st Street NW, from 7 to 9 p.m. “Artful Evening at the Phillips” is the theme of the meeting with a tour of the “Christo & Jeanne-Claude: Over the River” exhibit. A reception follows at Mark & Orlando’s Restaurant, 2020 P Street, NW. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information about DCCA, contact President Joel Lawson.
David at Greater Greater Washington critiques D.C. Chief Financial Officer’s presentation/performance at the Dupont Circle Citizens Associaton (DCCA) meeting last Monday night, November 3:
I expected to find a confident, intelligent financial manager with a through grasp of DC finannces in DC CFO Natwar Gandhi when he spoke at the Dupont Circle Citizens’ Association meeting on Monday. What I discovered was a confident, intelligent financial manager who dodged almost every question and didn’t seem to know quite as much about DC’s financial situation as most of the audience had hoped.
Councilmember Jack Evans led off the discussion, framing DC’s $131 million budget shortfall as peanuts compared to our much more troubled neighbor states – Maryland with a $2 billion deficit even with slot money, and a $3 billion hole in Virginia. DC’s budget problems come from two main taxes: the capital gains tax, which will bring in $70 million less than projected (since most people won’t have any capital gains next year) and the deed and recordation tax ($50 million under projection), since real estate sales will slow.
News from Joel Lawson, president of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA):
- What: DCCA is sponsoring, “DC’s Financial State: Discussion with Dr. Natwar Gandhi and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2).” A discussion of the city’s financial portrait and projections as it navigates the current economic crisis.
- When: Monday, November 3 at 7 p.m.
- Where: German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW.
- Who: Dr. Natwar Gandhi, DC Chief Financial Officer; Jack Evans, DC Council Finance Committee Chair.
- More Information: Email Joel Lawson or call him at (202) 215-7809.
From Friends of Jack… the next monthly meeting of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is Monday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Universalist National Memorial Church, 16th and S Streets NW (northwest corner).
Don’t miss the upcoming DCCA Monthly Membership Meeting: “Notorious Scandals of Dupont Circle.”
- Body parts blown onto rooftops in 1919!
- Hope diamond purchase negotiations in a bedroom closet
- Titanic survivor who lived on New Hampshire Avenue
- The Holocaust hero who once lived on Corcoran Street
- Bizarre Last Will & Testament of Robert Dyrenforth
- And much more…
Where: Universalist National Memorial Church, 16th and S Streets NW (northwest corner)
When: Monday, October 6, 7:30pm
Wine, Cheese and Hors d’Oeuvres to Follow Meeting
Historian, Paul Williams has been researching Dupont Circle houses and their occupants for more than fifteen years. During that period he has uncovered everything from the mundane to the outright bizarre, with murders, sex scandals, exploitive divorces, and society curses! You may think that youths throwing eggs on Halloween night, public drunkenness and live music are more recent events, but Williams will present evidence of these scandalous and shocking events that have been happening in Dupont Circle for well more than 120 years!
Williams is a graduate in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams and Cornell University, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.