Friends and neighbors,
With our Commission back in session, school back in session, and the Pope’s visit to DC, September has been a busy month – and it’s not even over yet! Here are some of the things I’ve been working on:
Pushing my progressive Commissioner Agenda through the DC Council:
Over the past few months I’ve been meeting with members of the DC council to talk about our issues in SMD 5C02. I’m making sure your concerns on public safety, transportation, youth issues, and environment are being heard and addressed. Together we’re fostering an even more livable, walkable, and environmentally sound community.
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 am still working closely with MPD and various DC agencies to ensure we’re responding effectively and working hard to prevent crime and violence in 5C02 – especially the Queen’s Chapel Road corridor.
I was delighted to meet with Sara and Tomeika of the DC Public Charter School Board earlier this month. I’m very proud to be a Charter Success from Washington Latin‘s 2014 graduating class but even prouder to have two great charter schools in 5C02.
Autobody Paint Facility Permit Rulemaking – Update and Hearing:
The Department of Energy and Environment is holding a public outreach meeting on September 29, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 718 at 1200 First Street, N.E., 5th Floor, in Washington, D.C. The Department is beginning the process of revising the air quality regulations governing automotive painting in the District of Columbia. Examples of regulation revisions the Department is considering and wishes to receive input on are as follows:
1) Adoption of the more stringent volatile organic compound (VOC) paint content standards currently in place in California and some other states;
2) Possible VOC emission control strategies such as the use of carbon filters, carbon cartridges, carbon beds, or other control methods;
3) Emission stack parameters, such as height restrictions;
4) Paint booth design parameters; or
5) Any other emission or odor control strategies that might be suggested at the stakeholder meeting.
DOEE is requesting that those planning to attend the meeting notify William Bolden at 202-535-2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 28, 2015.
Last week I represented the entire Commission at the Stop Exelon rally downtown. The Exelon/Pepco deal is a bad deal for you and me, and earlier this year, 5C was one of 26 other Commissions to oppose the deal. View some photos of the rally 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,
Joint 5C02/5C01 Meeting – Sept. 29, 6:00 pm – 8 pm, Mckendree-Simms-Brookland Methodist Church, 2421 Lawrence Street, NE.