Friends and neighbors,
I hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer, and for teachers and parents, looking forward to the start of a great school year. While the Commission is officially in recess, it has been a busy month around 5C02. Here are some of the things I’ve been working on:
Fighting proposed elimination of the B8, B9 routes
In order to foster truly livable, walkable, and environmentally sound communities, residents in SMD 5C02 need more access to public transportation, rather than less. Considering that Woodridge South, Langdon, and Fort Lincoln are already severely underserved by public transportation, slashing the B8, B9 routes would leave many residents, especially seniors, students, and young professionals, with no transportation option to the Rhode Island Ave. Metro station.
Public safety continues to be a concern in nearly every area of the city, including neighborhoods in 5C02. As Chief Lanier and the Mayor said when I stood with them to announce new drug enforcement policies, the increase in violent crime we’re seeing in the District doesn’t have any simple explanation nor any easy solutions. I will continue working closely with MPD and DC agencies to ensure we’re responding effectively and working hard to prevent crime and violence in all our neighborhoods.
Commissioner Deleon leads efforts to revamp ANC 5C’s public outreach:
As the Secretary of ANC 5C, it is my pleasure to announce that all public meetings of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C will be live-streamed beginning with our meeting in November. Testing of live-streamed meetings will continue in September and October.
It is also my pleasure to announce a complete redesign of the Commission’s website, which will go live later this year. A sneak peak of the site can be seen here.
Standing for DC Statehood:
I was delighted to have been invited by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to be part of a conversation on how to move forward with DC Statehood last week. As many of you might know, I passed a Resolution in support of Statehood earlier this year.
If you see someone struggling with the heat or in need of a ride to a cooling center during a DC Heat Emergency, call the hotline at 1-800-535-7252. Rec centers, DC public libraries, & senior wellness centers, are all places to beat the heat and are open to the public.
Free Summer Meals for DC Kids
The DC Free Summer Meals Program is serving free meals for DC kids 18 years & under. Learn more about the program here. Remember that hunger doesn’t take a summer break!
DC Kids now ride on Metrorail for FREE
Reminder that DC students with a DC ONE Card are eligible for a $100 monthly Metrorail benefit starting August 17th! More info here.
As always, thank you for reading and for your support. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you or your part of the neighborhood. All the best,
ANC 5C Monthly Meeting – Sept. 16, 7:00 pm – 9 pm, 5th District Police Precinct