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Big Thank You!

The Thank You & No Thank You Update

DC4RD’s latest: The “Thank you & No Thank You” Update

The people of Brookland Manor want to stay together in their homes.Giving thanks to Brookland Manor folks, supported by OneDC and Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights who are standing up to Mid-City Financial greed mongers seeking to displace hundreds of black and brown families from their Ward 5 home.

Congress Heights Fights Slumlords & DisplacementGiving thanks to Congress Heights residents and president, Ruth Barnwell who along with Justice First and other allies are pushing back against slumlords and winning the AG’s help.

Barry Farms Tenants and Allies Don't Want To Be Displaced from Ward 8Giving thanks to Barry Farms Tenants and Allies – Ward 8 families and residents supported by Empower DC among others – who are protesting the razing of their home and the 1.6 billion giveaway to an out-of-town private developer of one of the most, if not the most historic land and culture in the city.

No Thanks
Brianne Nadeau Councilmember Ward 1No thanks Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau for making it even harder for homeless folks to seek services in this so-called progressive city.

No thanks to cheerleaders of the Union Market Tax Gift — Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmembers Phil Mendelson, Charles Allen, Robert White, and Kenyan McDuffie.

Phil Mendelson Council ChairKenyan McDuffie Councilmember Ward 5Charles Allen Councilmember Ward 6Robert White At Large Councilmember

They talk being progressive, but they support funding monied investors and out-of-town developers who want to construct an exclusive and segregated high-rise high-luxury brand new community on top of what was the Florida Avenue Market (the only wholesale market in the District razed for the rich) and hand over an 85-million dollar blank check. (The Mayor funds “affordable housing” at $100 million annually).Mayor Bowser Strikes Again

Department of Consumer and Regulatory AffairsNo thank you the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (“DCRA”) for issuing permits to unethical contractors and developers who f**k up people’s homes and allow developers to build luxury cracker-jack boxes that won’t be resilient to climate change.

Mary Cheh Councilmember Ward 3No thank you Councilmember Mary Cheh for giving away the historic Franklin School (13th and K Street NW) to a group of inside players who want to operate a private museum (despite the CFO exposing how private museums are failing in the city).  In a startling display of ignorance, Cheh supported the gift of this prime property without even knowing how many available public assets (buildings/land) we have left downtown for social needs (say for the homeless).

Jack Evans Councilmember Ward 2No Thank you Councilmember Jack Evans and Metro for not ensuring developers (“foreign investors” who intend to make bank by constructing luxury developments on prime time land next to our public transit hubs) share equitably in funding the gaps in the Metro budget.  Instead Evans wants to force working DMV residents to cough up more taxes and pay stricter higher fares for less services.  But thank you to the SaveOurSystem campaign.

affordabullshitNo Thank you to the so-called “smart growthers” and the Mayor’s “planners” in defining an affordable housing in the District as $1500+ a month for a studio/one-bedroom.

Thank You District Defenders

But big thanks again, and love to those doing something, especially those residents and families directly impacted by the overdevelopment of the city and sheer greed of the monied classes and privileged politicos.

Please do and try to find the time to see and hear public housing residents tell their own story fighting displacement in their upcoming play, “On My Mind/In My Heart” with several production dates coming up. Also starring the legendary, DJ RBI.

On My Mind, In My Heart, a play by and for DC residents and families fighting displacement

Thank you to all the amazing organizations and individual community leaders trying to make a difference in fighting displacement and seeking to ensure EXISTING residents, families, culture, and DC life is protected from the influx of “outsider” global capital and invasive force of well-heeled single professionals.

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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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:
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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/


JOIN [DC4RD] ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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Orwell is puking >>
http://dc.gov/release/mayor-bowser-launches-private-security-camera-program-part-safer-stronger-dc-initiative

Justice after the Storm Update [dc4rd]

DC4RD sends this update to show you what isn’t cancelled this week!

REMINDER: TONIGHT 1/27
United Nations Townhall Meeting with DC, MD, VA Black Community >>
https://www.facebook.com/events/1500445823595760/
6:30pm at UNION TEMPLE Baptist Church
1225 W St SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20020

REMINDER: TOMORROW NITE 1/28
Affordable for Who?  The Zoning Commission takes up their IZ program tomorrow night.  Take 5 minutes to send in a note seeking to fix the definition of “affordability” in the District of Columbia. http://www.dc4reason.org/updates/275
Be at the hearing, 6:30pm, Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the Zoning hearing room, 441 4th Street NW, WDC 20001 — Judiciary Sqaure Metro.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 1/29 + 1/30
Service to Justice Conference >> https://www.facebook.com/events/216866925314916/
Jan 29 at 9:00 AM to Jan 30 at 4:30 PM
Luther Place — 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20005

SUNDAY 1/31
Gentrification: the Good, the Bad, and the Incarcerated >> https://www.facebook.com/events/545723382247538/
Sunday, January 31, at 6 PM
Busboys and Poets Brookland — 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20017

MONDAY 2/1
#SaveDCArts – The Union Arts building at 411 New York Ave NE is the last collective art space of its kind in Washington, DC — its being threatened with demolition to make way for a luxury hotel.
Monday, February 1 at 6:30 PM
Be at the Zoning Hearing, 441 4th Street, NW, WDC 20009
https://www.facebook.com/events/232235183782617/

TUESDAY 2/2
Black History Kick-Off & Celebration >> https://www.facebook.com/events/1000525560016735/
The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum — 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Tuesday, February 2, at 6 PM – 8 PM

WEDNESDAY 2/3
Washington, DC: ‘TPP is Betrayal’ Action >> https://www.facebook.com/events/102599070123349/
The White House — 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20500
Wednesday, February 3, at 12 PM

###### ARTICLES OF INTEREST ########

Report: Nearly 50,000 East New York Residents Will Face Displacement with City’s Rezoning Plan
http://www.bkreader.com/2015/12/report-nearly-50000-east-new-york-residents-will-face-displacement-citys-rezoning-plan/

DC’s Walmart Problem [Updated] — WCP
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2016/01/22/d-c-s-walmart-problem/

Hemp Fiberboard Poised To Replace Plywood – THC Magazine
http://www.thcmag.com/hemp-fiberboard-poised-to-replace-plywood/

Republicans Push $269 Billion Handout For Millionaire Heirs And Heiresses
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/14/republicans-push-269-bill_n_7061458.html

DC Housing Authority accused of gentrification — WASHINGTON (WUSA9)
http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/dc/2015/11/30/dc-housing-authority-accused-gentrification/76587424/

Prototype Quadrotor with Machine Gun! – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU

D.C. Has A New Zoning Code. Here’s How It Could Change The City’s Look And Feel | WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio
http://wamu.org/news/16/01/15/after_eight_years_of_debate_dc_approves_new_zoning_regulations

What Would MLK Say? Displacement & Disparate Treatment | DC4RD Updates
http://www.dc4reason.org/updates/257#walmart

Hundreds of D.C. homeless families to ride out storm in Maryland motels – The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/hundreds-of-dc-homeless-families-to-ride-out-blizzard-in-maryland-motels/2016/01/22/668e6f30-c082-11e5-83d4-42e3bceea902_story.html

Policy & Tools: Community Benefits Agreements and Policies | The Partnership For Working Families
http://www.forworkingfamilies.org/resources/policy-tools-community-benefits-agreements-and-policies

Why a bright idea for growing food in the city had to move . . . to the country – The Washington Post >> https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/why-a-bright-idea-for-growing-food-in-the-city-had-to-move–to-the-country/2016/01/25/81f96816-bfd2-11e5-9443-7074c3645405_story.html

How to View Five Planets Aligning in a Celestial Spectacle >>
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/20/science/space/five-planets-align-mars-jupiter-mercury-saturn-venus.html

DC Public Banking Center – Welcome to the DC Public Banking Center
http://dcpublicbanking.org/

Do You Live Within 50 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant? | Science | Smithsonian
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-you-live-within-50-miles-nuclear-power-plant-180950072/

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What Would MLK Say? Displacement & Disparate Treatment

Welcome to 2016!

Lets continue to live up to our resolution to fight displacement and get some victories this year.
* http://dc4reality.org/updates
* https://facebook.com/dc4reality/
* https://twitter.com/dc4reality

Be at the 2016 MLK Holiday Parade :: See meet up map :: www.activist.one

As part of the resolution to fight displacement, you and the good peoples fighting for justice are invited to walk with peace in honor of our communities and in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King sought to challenge the status quo. He wanted everyone to be lifted out of persistent poverty using a guaranteed minimum income. He believed the act of war steals from our grandchildren, expending obscene amounts of government money to kill and maim working-families on other lands. And he fought racism on a daily basis, marching steadfastly across the arc of justice.

We are hoping all anti-displacement forces will be walking in honor of MLK’s dedication to humanity on his holiday, this Monday. http://activist.one

We will be gathering, starting at 10am, nearby the National United Black Fund office along MLK Ave, just south one block from the Anacostia Metro stop (Green Line). Anti-displacement Forces, RSVP: Chris 202-810-2768


#ZRR

What would MLK say about the #ZRR which was made final last night by the DC Zoning Commission. The classism, exclusivity, and disparate treatment is being turned up in the 1,000 pages of zoning amendments. The city’s planning and zoning officials like the volume on high. See the videos >> http://twilightzoning.org


#walmarthatesdc

News just broke about how ‘disappointed’ City officials are that Walmart will not move into Ward 7 or anywhere East of the River at this time.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Wal-Mart-Abandons-Plans-for-Two-DC-Stores-Amid-Closing-of-269-Stores-Worldwide-365428641.html

If City officials are truly pissed, they would use the authority we granted them through election to now rescind all bad-faith deals and then move to take back our public land.

Council Backbone needed:  It is highly unethical to allow a corporate real estate developer from Virginia (Rappaport) to continue to own what was a DC public asset — 15+ acres at Skyland after their assured deal with Walmart fell through. This is especially acute as all the political agreements around the Walmart deals were predicated on Vincent Gray, mayor at the time of these deals, to veto a living wage requirement for big-box stores.

“The Skyland store is among those Wal-Mart has threatened to abandon should the living-wage bill become law.”

Gray did veto the bill, clearing the way for EOR Walmarts at Skyland and Capitol Gateway.

So now what?  Is the City Council a bunch of corporate suckas?  The deal is broken, take back our public land!

update: 1/19/16
The Washington Post published a story today regarding Walmart.  The story refers to a “handshake” deal and quotes Walmart as saying “fresh assumptions” have changed, so they have to walk away.

But, the WBJ article from November 2015, states that “having finally put all entitlement issues behind them,” including a “Wal-Mart lease,” the deal was moving forward.

This sounds far different then the “reluctant promise made on a handshake, apparently with fingers crossed behind their backs,” as described in the Washington Post story.

“That’s horrible; you can’t do that. A deal’s a deal.” — Jack Evans, Councilmember Ward 2

What is/was the deal?  Who with?  And what of the stipulations if the deal is broken?

Back in May 2015, Councilwoman Alexander wanted the Mayor to eliminate a covenant with Safeway, in order “to end the legal cloud hanging over the long-awaited Skyland redevelopment.”

Then, in November 2015, the City sold Skyland’s 15+acres as the deal seemed to be moving forward.

So, what happened between November 2015 and now that suddenly Walmart insinuates “the profitability of stores slated for black working-class neighborhoods” wasn’t as great as they presumed.

This has racial and social-economic discrimination implications — Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Ward 7

If there is/was a lease with Walmart, as the WBJ article states, then who gets paid when Walmart breaks that lease?  How does the City recoup the 90 million investment?

And, what really becomes of Ward 7 without a Walmart?


#nomopopo

Here we go again– security cameras being used by politicos to give a sad facade of real protection >>
http://wtop.com/dc/2016/01/new-d-c-law-aims-to-fight-crime-with-larger-security-cam-arsenal/

First it was the stupid police cameras on the polls, and then recently on their uniforms, now big brother wants everyone to snitch for $500 (maybe). he pressure is on to bring on more untrained police and bring us into a state of fear. DC will not cower.

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2016/01/04/bowser-barnstorms-to-pressure-council-on-crime-bill/

Imagine how much crime could be reduced by funding 24-hour recreation centers, therapists, healers, job training, and good paying $15/hour jobs.

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EMPOWER DC
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Lets continue to live up to our resolution to fight displacement in 2016.
* http://dc4reality.org/updates
* https://facebook.com/dc4reality/
* https://twitter.com/dc4reality

 

DC4RD Seasonal Confusion & Corruption Update

Here’s the latest DC for Reasonable Development Update
// Engage & Act
CORPORATIONS VS. THE PEOPLE (with the help of some friends in the Govt)

Exelon Paid FreshPAC Chairman To Lobby D.C. Government About Merger with Pepco >> http://tinyurl.com/wamu-freshpac-exelon

 

— SOUND FAMILIAR —

City officials paid Baltimore PR Firm, Fontaine & Co., to “Neutralize Public Opposition” to McMillan Park Giveaway >> http://tinyurl.com/hn8rp6r

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~ Confusion + Corruption at all time High in DC ~
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SO… TAKE ACTION NOW!
 

* On the Pepco-Exelon Merger, use this link >> http://powerdc.org/take-action.html

* On Saving McMillan Park, use this link >> http://savemcmillan.org/blastnote


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