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July is HOT & So Are the People!

JUST BEFORE THE 2018 LEGISLATIVE SUMMER BREAK — THE DC CITY COUNCIL IS HOLDING ROUNDTABLES, HEARINGS, AND VOTES THAT DEMONSTRATE, OR NOT, HOW MUCH THE CITY CARES FOR CULTURE, FAMILIES, AND HISTORY OF THE DISTRICT.

DC Feedback put out our press release with an update on the July calendar here.

and . . . RUN FOR ANC!

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Run For ANC! 2018

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are the most locally elected body in the District.  They advise the executive, and independent agencies like the Zoning Commission, as it regards planning, programs and other major decisions that will affect DC neighborhoods and citywide policies.  ANC’s were created by the DC Home Rule Act.

ANC NOMINATING PETITIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. PICK ONE UP TODAY.

There are more than 300+ ANC Commissioners that sit on almost 40 ANC Commissions, citywide.  Each ANC Commissioner represents about 2,000 people, your neighbors.  It is a 2-year term & commitment to represent your Single Member District.  Who is your ANC? Find out here, or here.

FIND OUT MORE & RUN FOR ANC IN 2018!

Allies are hosting training sessions for new ANC candidates that are worth checking out if you’re passionate about transit justice, housing justice, or economic justice:

Saturday, July 14: The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition is hosting a session about ANC’s: https://www.facebook.com/events/180168576006695/

Sunday, July 15: Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America is having their session: https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/251780758/

Nominating petitions will be made available by the Board of Elections on Monday, July 9. You’ll need to collect 25 verifiable signatures of registered DC voters in your single member district. Standard practice is to collect 2-3 times that amount to account for any errors. Petitions are due to the BOE by Wednesday, August 8th, to get on the ballot.

 

 

 

 

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2018! Energized to Act!

Happy 2018 to the Dissenters and Disaffected! 
#resistencia

Key events to start the year:

MORE EVENTS (Calendars & Bulletin Boards)

* DC Grassroots Planning Coalition >> http://www.fb.me/dcgrassrootsplan
* EmpowerDC >> http://www.empowerdc.org
* ONE DC >> http://www.onedconline.org
* DMV Black Lives Matter >> www.blacklivesmatterdmv.org
* DC for Democracy >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/2540176953/
* Food Not Bombs DC >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/foodnotbombsdc/
* The Peace House >> https://www.facebook.com/thepeacehousedc/
* Washington Peace Center >> http://washingtonpeacecenter.net/calendar/
* Neighborhood Network >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeighborhoodSolidarityNetwork
* The Greater Ward 7 >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/DCWard7/
* The Great Ward Eight >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/161579963922562
* DC for Reasonable Development >> https://www.facebook.com/dc4reality/

THANK YOU!
Chris Otten, Co-Facilitator DC4RD
ANC Commissioner 2008-2010;
Homeless services advocate;
Statehood activist;
Public property watchdog
202-810-2768

DC MUGGY ANTI COLONIALIZATION UPDATE

The displacement we see now in the cities around the world is neo-colonization — not by Columbian-swords and fighting ships — but by bankers, speculation, and racism in planning.  Here in DC we are under full assault by ignorance, ad-hockery, and unreal estate costs.  If we don’t continue to push back, we will lose the city and our place in it forever.

‘Plymouth Rock landed on us!’ Malcolm X

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SOME IMPORTANT DATES THIS COMING TIME
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This is a good week to engage on critical socio-economic-cultural issues of our time in the District of Columbia, and beyond.


1. Thursday, Oct. 12 — COURT BATTLE AGAINST DISPLACEMENT
2. Saturday, Oct. 14 — FORUM: AFFORDABLE TO WHOM?
3. Sunday, Oct.15 — TOWNHALL: AFFORDABLE ARTISTS SPACE IN DC?
4. Tuesday, Oct. 17 — FUNDRAISER: SaveOurPlaza.com



1. THURSDAY MORNING COURT BATTLE: Fighting Displacement Around Union Market. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017, 9:30AM, DC COURT OF APPEALS,
430 E Street NW, Courtroom 2, Judiciary Square Metro (redline). Be there in person to see and hear one of the top zoning/planning lawyers in the District, Aristotle Theresa, Esquire, as he presents the argument that the massive overdevelopment of unaffordable studio/one-bedrooms in the District is an absolute adverse impact to longstanding District residents and families. We stand with Union Market Neighbors who are tired of city planning officials putting luxury greed over neighborhood needs.   http://www.dc4reality.org/unionmarketneighbors
PLEASE RSVP: unionmarketneighbors@gmail.com || (240) 308-8872

2. AFFORDABLE TO WHOM?  Affordable Housing and the Comprehensive Plan. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1:30 to 3:30pm. BENNING LIBRARY
. http://tinyurl.com/affordable-to-whom-oct2017 The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition hosts this forum on the definition of ‘affordable housing’ in the District of Columbia.  We will explore what the DC Comprehensive Plan says about affordable housing and discuss why city planning officials cannot seem to systemically and consistently contend with this number one crisis in the District (for more than a decade now)! District residents from around the city will be in attendance, with experienced housing organizers to help facilitate the forum.  Be there and be ready to act for the benefit of your friends, family, and neighbors in your community. Event time and location: October 14, 2017, Starts 1:30pm, at the Benning Library. https://www.dclibrary.org/benning, 3935 Benning Road, NE, WDC 20019. Please RSVP: dc@grassrootsplanning.us || 202-234-9119 x100

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[[ location change ]] Artists Town Hall: Space is the Place. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2:00pm to 5:00pm. UPTOWN ART HOUSE. http://www.tinyurl.com/artists-townhall-oct2017  Gather with artists from around the District, including the ArtsxAction, NomuNomu, and 411Collective crews to discuss the number one issue facing artists in the city today, affordable longterm collective artist space.  Why is it disappearing?  How do we preserve and protect existing artists space?  Why is affordable artists space important to our community health and campaigns for justice?  We will explore these and other questions together as we build an action plan to win permanent affordable artists space in the District. Use Redline (Cleveland Park stop; 1 block south on the west side) Please RSVP: collective411dc@gmail.com, like the Facebook page >> http://www.tinyurl.com/artists-townhall-oct2017

4. SaveOurPlaza.com Fundraiser at Madams Organ.  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017, 6PM. http://tinyurl.com/sopa-mo-fundraiser-oct2017 The people of Adams Morgan DC fought racist redlining in the 1970’s and won.  Now bankers and developers want to sweep this victory under the rug (under a wall of luxury condo units) and crush the peoples plaza at 18th and Columbia Road, NW.  However, modern day Adams Morgan anti-displacement organizers are winning and are preparing for trial to protect the people’s victory and preserve the historic plaza at the center of their community. Be there to find out more and have a great time! Please RSVP: admo4rd@gmail.com || 202 670 2366

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MORE EVENTS (Calendars & Bulletin Boards)
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* EmpowerDC >> http://www.empowerdc.org
* ONE-DC >> http://www.onedconline.org
* DC for Democracy >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/2540176953/
* SURJ DC >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/652826544817571/
* Food Not Bombs DC >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/foodnotbombsdc/
* The Peace House >> https://www.facebook.com/thepeacehousedc/
* Washington Peace Center >> http://washingtonpeacecenter.net/calendar/
* Neighborhood Network >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeighborhoodSolidarityNetwork
* DC Organizing Posse >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/235632049818909/
* The Great Ward Eight >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/161579963922562
* DC for Reasonable Development >> https://www.facebook.com/dc4reality/

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THANK YOU!
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Chris Otten, Co-Facilitator DC4RD
ANC Commissioner 2008-2010;
Homeless services advocate;
Statehood activist;
Public property watchdog
202-810-2768

PS: Watch one of the  #JusticeForBarryFarms videos here >>
https://youtu.be/dX9CaTCcq-g

Wha-Mata with You! DC4RD Update

The Latest DC4RD Update

~~ UPDATE menu ~~

I) Citywide Planning Issues:
i) Defending the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map
ii) Martin Luther King Memorial Library Renovation & Friends Meeting (Ralph Nader)

II) Racism and Police Abuse in DC

III) Organize & Fight Back!


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I) Citywide Planning issues:
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i) DEFEND THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND FUTURE LAND USE MAP
http://tinyurl.com/20-year-dc-comp-plan

DC for Reasonable Development, a citywide network of groups and residents who care about planning in the District of Columbia, asks you to join us in defending the DC Comprehensive Plan. The developer-class working by and through DC “planners” want to dismantle our most progressive planning document in the city.

Be at the upcoming meetings to defend the development of an inclusive city that is building truly affordable housing >> http://planning.dc.gov/page/plandc-amending-dc-comprehensive-plan



ii) MARTIN LUTHER KING LIBRARY

Our central public library is being renovated, your voices needed, http://www.dclibrary.org/mlkfuture

Be at an upcoming meeting and get your ANC’s and civics involved to express your concerns, critique, and affirmation of all or parts of the renovation plans, here are the plans dated August 2016, http://www.slideshare.net/DCPublicLibrary/slide-show-for-website-8-2016

–> ALSO, join the Martin Luther King Memorial Library Friends at their Annual Meeting and Election on Wednesday October 26 at 6:30 pm in Room A-5 of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library.

Guest Speaker: Author and Consumer Activist Ralph Nader will speak about his new book Breaking Through Power. The MLK Library Friends will be selling books ($13.95 paperback) and Mr. Nader will be pleased to autograph copies.


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II) Racism and Police Abuse in DC
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The #Racist planning and unjust behavior seems to be at an all time high in the District in 2016.

* JUSTICE FOR TERRENCE STERLING
https://www.rt.com/usa/361509-terrence-sterling-protests-dc/

* BLACK CHURCHES GETTING PUSHED OUT
http://www.afro.com/gentrification-pushing-black-churches-out-of-d-c/

* METRO SHUTTING DOWN STOPS SERVING BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS
http://wjla.com/news/local/wmata-board-debates-budget-options
http://tinyurl.com/gw5h8sh


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III) Organize & Fight Back!
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As they say, don’t agonize, organize! Here’s some important upcoming meetings and other resources to review & share!

* EMPOWER DC Annual Meeting Tomorrow (Sat Oct 22)
http://empowerdc.org/event/empower-dc-2016-annual-meeting

* ONE DC 10th Anniversay Gathering (Nov. 18th)
http://www.onedc10thanniversary.org/

* SURJ (Two upcoming meetings in November)
https://www.facebook.com/surjdc/

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MORE EVENTS (Calendars & Bulletin Boards, Interwebs)
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* Washington Peace Center >> http://washingtonpeacecenter.net/calendar/
* Neighborhood Network >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeighborhoodSolidarityNetwork
* DC Organizing Posse >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/235632049818909/
* The Great Ward Eight >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/161579963922562
* EmpowerDC >> http://www.empowerdc.org
* ONE-DC >> http://www.onedconline.org
* DC for Democracy >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/2540176953/
* SURJ DC >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/652826544817571/
* Food Not Bombs DC >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/foodnotbombsdc/
* The Peace House >> https://www.facebook.com/thepeacehousedc/
* DC for Reasonable Development >> https://www.facebook.com/dc4reality/


video

Watch one of the #JusticeForBarryFarms videos here >> https://youtu.be/dX9CaTCcq-g

Activism in Fall, on Fleek

Fall on Fleek :: Get Active & Involved

DC4RD Fall on Fleek Update

~~ This year’s fall theme is finding accountability in the courts because the woeful City Council and Mayoral oversight of agency action is no longer cutting it.

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HOUSING ACTIVISM
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* Barry Farms (Ward 8) in Court this Wednesday >>
https://www.facebook.com/events/1784614785138267/

* Kenilworth Courts (Ward 7) in a zoning battle against displacement >>
http://www.dchousing.org/property.aspx?id=5N

* Brookland Manor (Ward 5) residents take racism and classism to court >> http://thehilltoponline.com/2016/09/23/brookland-manor-v-gentrification/

* Congress Heights (Ward 8) rally to defend their homes >>
https://dcindymedia.org/node/1246

* Museum Square Tenants (Ward 2) win in Court of Appeals >>
http://dcist.com/2016/09/museum_square_tenants_win_another_c.php

—> If you have questions about any of these above items, contact us:
dc4reality@gmail.com 202 810 2768

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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM
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* McMillan Park (Ward 1 & 5; National Landmark) has its day in Court >>
https://www.facebook.com/SAVEMcMillan/

* Buzzard Point (Ward 6) residents air and water quality under threat >> http://planning.dc.gov/page/buzzard-point-urban-design-framework

* Zoning Rewrong (The whole city) — The ZRR passed with no impacts studies conducted >> http://www.twilightzoning.org/legal

* The ZRR is still being amended >>
http://www.dc4reason.org/updates/316

* [new] DC Consumer Utility Board >>
http://www.dcconsumerutilityboard.org/

—> If you have questions about any of these above items, contact us:
dc4reality@gmail.com 202 810 2768

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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* Adams Morgan Suntrust Plaza (Ward 1) — PN Hoffman wants it all >>
http://www.saveourplaza.wordpress.com

* Union Market (Ward 5 & 6) facing serious upheaval >>
http://tinyurl.com/wapo-union-market-sep-2016

* DMPED Land Disposition Agreements (The whole city) — Finally put online >> http://dmped.dc.gov/node/1019962

—> If you have questions about any of these above items, contact us:
dc4reality@gmail.com 202 810 2768

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MORE EVENTS (Calendars & Bulletin Boards)
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* Washington Peace Center >> http://washingtonpeacecenter.net/calendar/
* Neighborhood Network >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeighborhoodSolidarityNetwork
* DC Organizing Posse >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/235632049818909/
* The Great Ward Eight >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/161579963922562

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DON’T AGONIZE, ORGANIZE!
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* EmpowerDC >> http://www.empowerdc.org
* ONE-DC >> http://www.onedconline.org
* DC for Democracy >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/2540176953/
* SURJ DC >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/652826544817571/
* Food Not Bombs DC >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/foodnotbombsdc/
* DC for Reasonable Development >> https://www.facebook.com/dc4reality/

Thank you!
Chris O. & The DC4RD team!
www.dc4reality.org
202 810 2768

PS: If you haven’t already seen this weeks big event, check out >>
http://www.BreakingThroughPower.org

#McMillanPark Supporters Pack Courthouse

Changes to ZRR, Already

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TONIGHT, Sep 22, 6:30PM
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Tonight, Washington, DC, at the DC Zoning Commission, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 200 South, 6:30PM, Sep 22.

The Zoning Amendments Being Amended;
Ad hoc project for favored developer prompting consideration of substantial changes to the ZRR

Members of the Committee of 100 found that the Office of Planning was trying to define “substantial” changes to the ZRR as only “technical” changes.  There is a difference that requires a more public process for substantial changes.

Tonight, the DC Zoning Commission will be considering OP’s suggested changes, one which includes completely waiving the minimum area requirements for when developers request the city for a super variance, i.e. PUD applications.

EastBanc is asking the city for an entitlement to ignore the standards and rules regarding the minimum size of PUDs. However, the regs make clear that the Commission must not use their flexibility or discretion beyond what is allowable by law, which is why the Commission chose to have the hearing tonight.

08-06F :: https://app.dcoz.dc.gov/Content/Schedule/ZCCalendar.aspx

The public is welcome to testify, but it’s hard to imagine what OP’s rationale could be for a substantial change that could invite a PUD to be dropped anywhere in the city, especially without comprehensive planning direction.

Tonight, Sep 22, 6:30PM at the Zoning Commission Hearing Room, Suite 200 South
441 4th Street NW, WDC 20009
Judiciary Square Metro

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IN OTHER NEWS
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A report from the Hine School legal team tells favorably of efforts that resulted in the Deputy Mayor’s Office putting online a list of land abuse contracts between developers and DMPED.

Deputy Mayor’s Office Website with LDA’s >> http://dmped.dc.gov/node/1019962

There are noted issues, for example The Grimke School LDA Term Sheet reveals that the developer acquired the property for $25,000, while the appraisal indicates the property is valued at around $15-$20 million.

DC for Reasonable Development wishes if you have the time and interest to dig into the numbers of these contracts that affect DC taxpayer assets and the public interest and inform us of any perceived malfeasance.

Contact Chris: dc4reality@gmail.com || 202 810 2768

This information was delivered via Mr. Oliver Hall, Esquire, who will be speaking at the upcoming BreakingthroughPower.org conference starting September 26, 2016.

DC4RD Calendar Update: The Week to Speak!

Here is the latest DC for Reasonable Development CALENDAR Update [dc4rd].

This is the WEEK to SPEAK IT!!!

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CITY OVERSIGHT HEARINGS
http://dccouncil.us/calendar
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There are many City Council Oversight hearings this week (DCRA; Zoning; Planning; and more). Be there to keep your Executive agencies accountable >> http://dccouncil.us/calendar

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800,000 PEOPLE IN DC?
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Out of the blue, the Mayor has announced that she wants the City to have 800,000 residents in the next two decades. That’s 200,000 more than what the 20-year DC Comprehensive Plan had expectations for. Where did this 800,000 number come from? How will the City handle this many more people? Find out more. Ask Muriel the hard questions.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW >> http://planning.dc.gov/event/join-mayor-muriel-bowserpreserving-planning-progress

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SPECIAL HEARING ON PLANNING & ZONING
Wednesday, 3/2/2016
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This coming Wednesday, testify about planning and zoning in the District of Columbia. Are you happy that there’s been no mitigation of displacement of tens of thousands of black folks from DC? Are you satisfied that planning officials define an ‘affordable’ studio as costing $1500 a month? Hold the ‘planning’ officials to account.

http://www.dc4reason.org/updates/#zoning

Council Hearing on the Office of Zoning, Office of Planning, and the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development this coming Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 9:30am, in Room 412 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

You can sign up to testify about zoning and planning, Contact: Sarina Loy, sloy@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8058.

You can also take two minutes to write letters using the following links:

*** REDEFINE AFFORDABILITY ***
http://twilightzoning.org/testify/

*** RESCIND THE MCMILLAN PARK GIVEAWAY ***
http://savemcmillan.org/oversight/

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AFFORDABLE FOR WHO?
March 3, 6:30PM
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Right now the Office of Planning is considering the redefinition of ‘affordability’ in the District. City planners want us to believe that a studio/one-bedroom renting at $1200 a month is ‘affordable.’ Be there in person this coming Thursday night to tell the Zoning Commission that $1200/month rent is not affordable >> http://www.dcoz.dc.gov/news/2016/news020216.shtm

SEND A NOTE: Take 5 minutes to testify about affordability >>
http://twilightzoning.org/testify/

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
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* March 5, 2016 — Rally to Fulfill the Promise: Ensure affordable housing. End chronic homelessness. Build a DC where all residents thrive. >> https://facebook.com/events/482591355268148/

* March 9, 2016 — Urgent: Defend Congress Heights! Protest on March 9, 7:00pm >> https://facebook.com/events/1705917289685157/

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OVERSIGHT HEARINGS REDUX
http://dccouncil.us/calendar
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–> Please participate in the following hearings if at all possible (all hearings at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)

* Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABC) 2/29/2016, Monday, 10:00am, Room 500

* Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Monday, 2/29/2016, 10:00am, Room 500

* Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA), Monday, 2/29/2016, 10:00am, Room 500

* District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Monday, 2/29/2016
11:00am, Room 412

* Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED),Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 9:30am, Room 412

* Office of Zoning (OZ), Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 9:30am, Room 412

* Office of Planning (OP), Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 9:30am, Room 412

* Office of Zoning (OZ), Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 9:30am, Room 412

* Department of Corrections, Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 10:00am, Room 123

* Office of Returning Citizens Affairs, Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 10:00am, Room 123

* Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Friday, 3/4/2016, 11:00am, Room 500

* Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF), Friday, 3/4/2016, 11:00am, Room 500

* Public Service Commission (PSC), Monday, 3/7/2016, 10:00am, Room 500

* Department of Employment Services (DOES), Monday, 3/7/2016, 10:00am, Room 500

* Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (Kathy Patterson), Tuesday, 3/8/2016, 10:30am, Room 412

* New Columbia Statehood Commission, Tuesday, 3/8/2016, 10:30am, Room 412

* Office of Disability Rights (ODR), Thursday, 3/10/2016, 10:00am, Room 412

TO TESTIFY AT THESE HEARINGS CONTACT THE COUNCIL >>
http://dccouncil.us/calendar

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GET SOCIAL WITH DC4RD
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Blog: http://dc4reason.org/updates
FB: https://facebook.com/dc4reality
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dc4reality

Thanks,
Chris Otten, co-facilitator
202-810-2768

JetStream DC planning

DC4RD Jet Stream Update [Council Hearings]

DC4RD Jet Stream Update — Winter/Spring 2016

Please visit DC for Reasonable Development on the inter-webs:
www.facebook.com/dc4reality
@dc4reality
www.dc4reality.org/resources

Here’s the next DC4RD informational Update — (did the groundhog see its shadow or not?)


* HOMELESS DC RESIDENTS & FAMILIES
* SAVE UNION ARTS!
* PLANNING & ZONING IN DC
* ZONING REWRITE (ZRR)
* AFFORDABLE HOUSING
* UNITED NATIONS & WARD EIGHT
* DC COUNCIL OVERSIGHT HEARINGS


HOMELESS DC RESIDENTS & FAMILIES

Mayor Bowser gave two-day notice regarding her trumpeted closure of the structurally sound, yet internally neglected DC General — a building, and grounds of which are currently public assets >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WQXeGE1Al0

As a result of the DC General Closure plan, the City keeps only the status quo number of homeless beds, except now homeless DC families will be scattered around the city at random locales >> >> http://tinyurl.com/wapo-2016-dc-shelter-locations

On top of that, the Council has defunded individual bathrooms in the new shelters, telling DC families they didn’t want them to “get too comfortable” in the shelter >> http://www.grassrootsdc.org/2015/11/dc-council-votes-to-lower-the-legal-standard-for-new-family-shelters-whats-wrong-with-us/

Bottom-line: Despite the great costs of demolishing DC General, and leasing new shelter sites around the District, plus the planned privatization of the vast Reservation 13, there is still no net increase in beds for DC’s homeless families and individuals, and the new shelters will be dormitory in nature with several proposed to be sited in strange locations not suited for families.

DC’s homeless numbers are increasing, so if the Mayor’s self-limiting real-estate focused DC General closure plans are pursued, there will be even more homeless folks on DC’s streets in the coming years >>
* http://tinyurl.com/wapo-2016-homeless-counts
* http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2016/01/23/3742195/dc-winter-storm-homeless/


SAVE UNION ARTS!

411 Artist Union seeks collaboration to avoid displacement of an “eco-system” consisting of authentic professional arts and other expert cultural craft. SUPPORT DC’S ARTISTS! Rally & Hearing! February 23, 2016, 5:00 Rally; 6:30 Hearing begins: Testify in support of DC Artists & Art! http://www.artistuniondc.org/events/

Check out the 411 Artist Union open studios this entire weekend. Please be sure to put Feb 23 in permanent marker >>
https://www.facebook.com/events/1110113062353471/


@OPinDC + @OZinDC

The District of Columbia Office of Planning and Zoning agencies will be available for questions/testimony very soon . . . ZONING & PLANNING Oversight Hearing — Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 9:30am – DC City Council Hearing Room 412 – John A. Wilson Building – 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW –  The Committee of the Whole will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing on The Office of Zoning, The Office of Planning & the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) — To Testify, CONTACT: Sarina Loy, sloy@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8058.


#ZRR

The Zoning Regulations Rewrite (ZRR) has left out so many voices and so many needed fixes.  For example, the ZRR never clarified critical zoning definitions into plain language for “habitable space” & “cellar” as well as “adjacent-grade,” among other terms.  Further, the ZRR allows Downtown DC to be tripled in size without the Office of Planning assessing the impacts of this drastic development change against any analysis of the capacity and efficacy of the existing transportation and utilities infrastructure >> twilightzoning.org

Controversial as the #ZRR may be, it is without a doubt a massive overhaul of DC’s development rules which somehow the Office of Planning and Zoning Commission have together over 7 years failed to evaluate through the prism of the Implementation Element of the District of Columbia 20-year Comprehensive Plan.  http://tinyurl.com/dc-comp-plan-ch-25-and-ZRR

Maybe the Mayor should rename it the Zoning Rewrong!


AFFORDABLE FOR WHO?

Right now the DC Office of Planning and so-called smart-growth supplicants are pushing the City to define “affordable” as rent set at $1,200/month for a studio/one bedroom apartment.

That would equate to $14,400 a year for housing costs not including utilities.  Developers would be able to rent this “affordable” unit to someone making about $50,000 a year and in return the developer gets to build bigger and taller buildings.

We want to redefine an “affordable unit” as one which reflects REAL levels of affordability, $500 to $800 a month in rent.  And, we want to push for the construction of more family-size units to meet DC’s a number-one priority >>  http://www.dc4reason.org/updates/172

Developers should not be rewarded for building more cramped studios and junior one-bedrooms using damn cheap materials – this is not helping DC’s affordability crisis.

HELP TO REDEFINE AFFORDABILITY IN THE DISTRICT
* Please attend the hearing on Inclusionary Zoning (IZ), March 3, 2016, 6:30pm, 441 4th Street, NW, Judiciary Square Metro (redline).  Sign up to testify >> http://tinyurl.com/dc-real-affordability


#JUSTICE for #BARRYFARMS

The United Nations recently cited the historic Ward 8 community of Barry Farm as a flash point nationally for how wrong, racist, and classist Gentrification really is on working-families in US cities >> http://streetsense.org/article/united-nations-stands-against-gentrification/

“The process of gentrification has a heavy impact on African Americans who are being displaced from city centers under the argument of the need for new investment and development. In particular, the United Nation’s Working Group was alarmed by incidents of eviction, demolition and conversion of Barry Farm public housing in Washington D.C.”  >> http://tinyurl.com/UN-report-Barry-Farms

Contact Schyla for ways to Empower our movement against demolition of public housing & to seek community-control over our public land!  schyla@empowerdc.org or 202-234-9119


DC COUNCIL OVERSIGHT HEARINGS

It’s that time again (3 to 5 minutes) of “accountability” DC government-style. Here’s the DC Council’s “oversight” hearing calendar >> www.dccouncil.us/calendar

Be there to inform the Council about the services you are getting from City agencies and for you to “grade” agency service to the public.  Sending letters can help >> http://tinyurl.com/testify-dc-council-hearings

REVIEW OF KEY COUNCIL HEARINGS
http://dccouncil.us/calendar

DC WATER & DGS (Dept of “General” Services)
Thursday, 2/25/2016
12:00pm, Room 500
The Committee on the Transportation and the Environment will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing on the Department of General Services & DC Water. To testify, CONTACT: Nicole Rentz, nrentz@dccouncil.us or by calling 202-724-8062.

DCRA & TENANTS RIGHTS
Monday, 2/29/2016
10:00am, Room 500
The Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABC)
* Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
* Department of Small and Local Business Development & Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity
* Office of the Tenant Advocate
(OTA)
To testify, CONTACT: Peter Johnson, pjohnson@dccouncil.us or 202-727-6683.

DDOT, BIKES, AND PEOPLE
Monday, 2/29/2016
11:00am, Room 412
The Committee on the Transportation and the Environment will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:     Bicycle Advisory Council; Pedestrian Advisory Council; District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
to testify, CONTACT: Nicole Rentz, nrentz@dccouncil.us or by calling 202-724-8062.

TWILIGHT ZONING & PLANNING
Wednesday, 3/2/2016, 9:30am
Room 412
The Committee of the Whole will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Office of Zoning
* Office of Planning
* Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
(DMPED)
To Testify, CONTACT: Sarina Loy, sloy@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8058.

DC PRISON SYSTEM & RETURNING CITIZENS
Wednesday, 3/2/2016
10:00am, Room 123
The Committee on the Judiciary will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Department of Corrections
* Corrections Information Council
* Office of Returning Citizens Affairs
* Commission on Fathers, Men, and Boys
* Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
To Testify, CONTACT: Katherine Mitchell, kmitchell@dccouncil.us or 202-727-8275.

DC HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Friday, 3/4/2016
11:00am, Room 500
The Committee on Housing and Community Development will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
* Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF)
* Rental Housing Commission
To testify, CONTACT: Oscar Montiel, omontiel@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8198

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION & DOES
Monday, 3/7/2016
10:00am, Room 500
The Committee on Housing and Community Development will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTT)
* Office of the People’s Counsel
* Public Service Commission (PSC)
* Department of Employment Services (DOES)

PARKS & RECREATION (not NBC)
Monday, 3/7/2016
10:00am, Room 123
The Committee on the Transportation and the Environment will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Department of Parks and Recreation & Department of Public Works
To testify, CONTACT: Nicole Rentz, nrentz@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8062

THE DC AUDITOR, STATEHOOD, AND COG
Tuesday, 3/8/2016
10:30am, Room 412
The Committee of the Whole will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (Kathy Patterson)
* Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)
* New Columbia Statehood Commission
To testify, CONTACT: cow@dccouncil.us.

DISABILITY RIGHTS
Thursday, 3/10/2016
10:00am, Room 412
The Committee on the Health and Human Services will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing. The following agencies will testify:
* Department of Disability Services
* Office of Disability Rights
To testify, CONTACT: Malcolm Cameron, mcameron@dccouncil.us or 202-741-0909


 

COUNCIL HEARINGS CALENDAR >> www.dccouncil.us/calendar
* Even if you can’t make the hearing, you can send in testimony and letters to help the discussion along >> www.dcfeedback.com/oversight/


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Affordable for Who? Inclusionary Zoning Must Be Fixed!

The number one priority of the 20-year DC Comprehensive Plan is to preserve and protect inclusive affordability in the City.

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The implementation of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ), one of DC’s affordable housing programs, was to help meet the goal of inclusivity as DC’s growth machine charges forward driving up housing costs and expenses.

That is, per the IZ rules, when developers construct any new building (over 10 units) — rental or condo — they are required to build residential space dedicated as “affordable” IZ units.

In concept, the IZ requirement is good, but the results since 2009 have been unspectacular due to disengenuous defintions of “affordability” as found within the IZ rules — rules which we must seek to change.

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Passed as law in 2006, and implemented starting in 2009, IZ largely produces so-called “affordable” housing units set at 80% of the Area Median Income.  The AMI for the DMV area is now $109,000 a year!

This means, if you currently live in the District of Columbia, are single, and make $60,000 a year you can qualify for an “affordable” studio/one-bedroom thanks to the DC Inclusionary Zoning program.

Also, the IZ requirement comes with a big carrot — Bonus Density!

This means developers get to build bigger buildings to create more “market-rate” luxury units to, as they say, “offset” costs associated with the IZ requirement (To compensate developers, they are allowed to build about 20% more luxury or “market-rate” housing).

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As an example, lets say a developer wants to build a 5-story rental apartment with 100 units made of stick all of equal size. For the developer to fulfill the current mandatory IZ units in this new building, they are required to market only 8 units as “affordable” out of the 100 units constructed, and then they can market these 8 units to singles making 80% of the AMI (those making $60,000 a year).

By this example, you can see how due to disengenuous definitions of “affordability,” DC’s IZ program has mistakenly backfired and instead has directly challeneged the city’s traditional rent metrics for working families ($500 to $1000 rent per month). It’s a case of good intention that has failed reality.

IZ is not currently helping to alleviate the affordable housing crisis in the District.

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Further, many people have called the current IZ rules “racist & classist”, in that the current IZ rules exempts affordability requirements for Downtown and parts of Georgetown, and other wealthy parts of the City.

We can eliminate Exclusivity & Redefine “AFFORDABILITY” in the District! PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES TO SIGN THE PETITION & SEND A LETTER

Use the easy online at the following link to send in your thoughts about fixing the broken IZ program.

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