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November 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

November 14, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:00PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
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Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Agenda Items

ECA Elections — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Individuals running for ECA office in 2023:
    • For President: Jason Gerson
    • For Vice President (up to 4 positions may be filled): Brandt Witt; Ben Colbert; Michele Keegan
    • For Treasurer: Daniel Agold
    • For Communications Director: William Dick
  • Additional candidates may be added before Monday. Please contact us at eckingtoncivic@gmail.com if you would like to run for office. 

Upcoming Meetings & Events

October 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

October 24, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Link: meet.google.com/ryy-qwco-bod 
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

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Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Presentation and vote on proposed curb cuts for “Rhode Island Avenue Assemblage” project
  • Vote on letter re: proposed installation of protected bike lanes on 8th Street NE to fill gap in the Metropolitan Branch Trail
  • Update on Fort Myer Asphalt Plant Advocacy
    • DOEE (finally) responded to the ECA’s May letter – they have received our concerns. They will share a draft permit when they are ready and will work with the ECA to ensure a hearing on the permit is scheduled at a time that allows residents to participate. 
  • ECA Elections on November 14. We are particularly interested in recruiting candidates who will help ensure that the ECA’s leadership is representative of the community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Conor if you’re interested in running for office this fall. Current candidates for office:
    • President: Jason Gerson
    • Vice President (up to 4 VPs may serve at once): Brandt Witt, Ben Colbert, 
    • Treasurer: Daniel Agold
    • Communications Director: William Dick
  • Eckington Day Recap
  • Short updates:
    • The ECA-funded Art-in-the-right-of-way project completed installations at three intersections in the neighborhood, and they look great. Many thanks to Nick Roland and Japer Bowles for leading the project and all of the volunteers who helped paint. 
    • Other grant project still looking for volunteers:
      • Folks who live near the Met Branch trail to host a purple air quality monitor
      • Folks to host a pollinator garden
    • Pedestrian access to Union Market via Florida Avenue NE to be restored once concrete pouring is completed – hopefully by December. DDOT has also commenced its own work on Florida Avenue, so space is tight (or at least that is the latest story they are sticking with)
    • Remember to vote for your Eckington ANC commissioners on your 2022 ballots!

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

September 12, 2022 Meeting Highlights

Decisions Taken

ECA members voted as follows:

  • Voted to transmit a letter to DC’s Office of Planning re: the New York Avenue study
  • Voted to support Langley Elementary riversmart grant application for “an ADA accessible paver path through the garden, raised beds, increasing the number of garden beds, expanding outdoor classroom capacity, expanding the herb garden, adding butterfly, pollinator, and rain gardens in the terraced area by the stairs, planting more shade trees in the playground area, and creating a sensory garden in the courtyard.”

How You Can Help

  • Eckington Day
  • Art in the right of way. Help paint several street corners Eckington:
    • 3rd and R Streets NE –  September 17th starting at 11am
    • 2nd and R Streets NE – September 25th starting at 11am
    • 4th and S Streets NE – October 1st starting at 11am
  • Run for ECA office in November. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Conor if you’re interested in running for office this fall. Current candidates for office:
    • President: Jason Gerson
    • Vice President (up to 4 VPs may serve at once): Brandt Witt, Ben Colbert, 
    • Treasurer: Daniel Agold
    • Communications Director: William Dick

ECA Updates

  • ANC elections in November
    • There are now four different single member districts that are either wholly or partially in Eckington
    • Candidates have been invited to participate in Eckington Day
    • We are exploring the idea of a candidate forum that would likely need to be a standalone meeting due to the number of races
  • Updates
    • Art in the right of way grant projects to occur this fall
    • Pedestrian access to Union Market via Florida Avenue NE during construction
    • RPP coming to 3rd Street NE between S St. and Seaton Place
    • News expected on Rhode Island Avenue developments this fall, including a construction timeline for the Jair Lynch project and a proposed disposition of the DC-owned lot at 5th and Rhode Island Avenue. 
    • BellRinger, a bike ride that raises money for cancer research, is seeking someone to help form an Eckington team for their inaugural 2022 fundraising bike ride. Please contact Kate Colgan at kate@bellringer.org if you are interested. 

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • First and third Saturday of every month: community cleanup with Eckington Parks & Arts
  • Every Thursday from 3-7pm: Farmer’s Market at Tanner Park
  • Saturday September 17: Nature Walk with Eckington Parks & Arts
  • Saturday September 17: Art in the right of way at 3rd and R Streets NE 
  • Sunday September 18: Family bike day (plus book bike & story thyme)
  • Saturday September 24: Art in the right of way at 2nd and R Streets NE 
  • Sunday September 25 at 2:30pm: Meeting re: triangle pocket park in NE Eckington (Contact Simon Ira Galed)
  • Saturday, October 1: Eckington Day!
  • Saturday October 1: Art in the right of way at 4th and S streets NE
  • Monday, October 10: Next ECA monthly meeting
  • Thursday, October 13: Listening session with democratic candidate for Ward 5 councilmember Zachary Parker
  • Monday, November 14: ECA Elections 

September 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

September 12, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Link: meet.google.com/ryy-qwco-bod 
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Agenda Items

Guest presentations (7:00 – 7:15)

  • BellRinger is seeking someone to help form an Eckington team for their inaugural 2022 fundraising bike ride (Kate Colgan) 

ECA business — 7:15-8:00 pm

  • Vote on draft ECA letter to DC’s Office of Planning re: the New York Avenue study
  • Vote on letter of support for Langley Elementary PTO riversmart grant application for “an ADA accessible paver path through the garden, raised beds, increasing the number of garden beds, expanding outdoor classroom capacity, expanding the herb garden, adding butterfly, pollinator, and rain gardens in the terraced area by the stairs, planting more shade trees in the playground area, and creating a sensory garden in the courtyard.”
  • ECA Elections in November. ECA elections in November are going to be an important opportunity to bring fresh energy to the association. We are particularly interested in recruiting candidates who will help ensure that the ECA’s leadership is representative of the community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Conor if you’re interested in running for office this fall. Current candidates for office:
    • President: Jason Gerson
    • Vice President (up to 4 VPs may serve at once): Brandt Witt, Ben Colbert, 
    • Treasurer: Daniel Agold
    • Communications Director: 
  • ANC elections in November
    • There are now four different single member districts that are either wholly or partially in Eckington
    • Candidates have been invited to participate in Eckington Day
    • We are exploring the idea of a candidate forum that would likely need to be a standalone meeting due to the number of races
  • Eckington Day Updates:
  • Short updates:
    • Art in the right of way grant projects to occur this fall
    • Pedestrian access to Union Market via Florida Avenue NE during construction
    • RPP coming to 3rd Street NE between S St. and Seaton Place
    • News expected on Rhode Island Avenue developments this fall, including a construction timeline for the Jair Lynch project and a proposed disposition of the DC-owned lot at 5th and Rhode Island Avenue. 

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 8:00 – 8:30 pm

ECA Calls on Councilmember McDuffie to pursue legislation that would regulate last mile delivery services

On July 12, 2022, the Eckington Civic Association sent at letter to Councilmember McDuffie calling on him to pursue legislation that would regulate last mile delivery services.

This request comes as a result of hearing numerous concerns voiced by our neighbors and community members, such as:

  • contracted drivers observed imbibing alcohol or smoking marijuana before driving;
  • the operators of the facilities claiming no responsibility for disruptions of peace, order, and quiet or conduct by their operation or their drivers; and
  • contracted drivers routinely speeding, ignoring stop signs, and endangering the health and wellbeing of our community as a result.

This request also comes at the heels of numerous other neighborhoods in ANC 2E, ANC 2B, ANC 5E, and ANC 6B sharing the same observations and concerns regarding the impact of LMDS operating in their neighborhoods under the current rules and regulations for their business type.

We look forward to working with Councilmember McDuffie and his staff to address this important issue.

July 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

July 11, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:00PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting

Link: meet.google.com/ryy-qwco-bod 

Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-7:45 pm

  • ECA grant presentations and vote:
    • D.C. Natives 10 garden consults + 200 plants (Thorne Rankin) – $750 
    • Installation of 3 air quality monitors in Eckington  (Joshua Blatt) – $760
    • 5 Arts in the right of way installations (Nichola Roland) – $918
    • Vote on ECA officer recommendation to fund all three projects
  • Letter of support for grant submission to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to bring found-object sculptures to Alethia Tanner Park in Eckington for Earth Day 2023 (Ira Tattleman)
  • The ECA elections in November are going to be an important opportunity to bring fresh energy to the association. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Conor if you’re interested in running for office this fall.     

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 7:45-8:00 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

June Meeting Highlights Posted

Highlights from our June ECA meeting have been posted.

Members voted to submit a proposed letter to Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Business and Economic Development,  seeking enhanced regulation of Go-Puff and other last-mile delivery services.

We also flagged a few ways Eckington residents can make a difference:

  • Eckington Day is returning October 1, 2022
    • Volunteers can sign up for the following activities by contacting Dana Samuels: dana.samuels@gmail.com:
      • Outreach to local businesses/potential sponsors
      • Outreach to local news outlets and others who can spread the word about the event
      • Helping to staff the event for part of the day on October 1.
  • DDOT is looking for someone in Ward 5 to join its recreational trails advisory committee. The committee only meets twice a year, but it’s a great opportunity to get involved if you use and love DC’s trails–including the Met. Branch Trail. Please email us if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity!

Our July meeting will be Monday, July 11, from 7:00 – 8:30. We’ll be hearing from three prospective grantees about proposed projects to promote air quality, traffic safety, and improved ecosystems. We hope you’ll join us!

June 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

June 13, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:30PM

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Link: meet.google.com/ryy-qwco-bod 
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Voting item: proposed letter to Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, seeking enhanced regulation of Go-Puff and other last-mile delivery services.
  • Eckington Day is returning October 1, 2022
    • Discussion of possible changes/additions this year
    • Request for volunteers to assist with planning
  • Second round of ECA grants to be discussed and voted on at our July meeting. We’ve received 3 requests for funding, which is great!
  • Partnership with Shizuka (Zukes) Hsieh, Associate Professor of Chemistry Trinity Washington University to install air quality monitoring equipment at a private residence on 4th Street NE. 
    • Thanks to help from Shelley Vinyard, a member of CM McDuffie’s Ward 5 industrial land task force, we’re going to coordinate with a professor at nearby Trinity University to better understand air quality in our community. As we pointed out in a recent letter to D.C. officials, the city does not monitor ambient air quality in our part of Ward 5 even though that is where the city has chosen to concentrate most of its industrial land. 
  • Update on ANC Redistricting 
    • The boundaries proposed by the Ward 5 task force are final. Councilmember McDuffie did not support a new ANC single member district in northeast Eckington. It has been disappointing not to be able to count on our Ward councilmember’s support in confronting sources of pollution in our community–and this push was a part of that fight. Fortunately, Ward 5 will have a fresh start next year–remember to vote in the upcoming democratic primary! (View the responses to the ECA’s candidate questionnaire here!)
    • Eckington and Edgewood will be part of the new seven-member ANC 5F. Eckington will be represented by four commissioners, one of whom (5F04) will represent residents in Edgewood too. Eckington’s new SMD boundaries are pictured below
New Eckington single member district boundaries
  • Small updates
    • DDOT is looking for someone in Ward 5 to join its recreational trails advisory committee. The committee only meets twice a year, but it’s a great opportunity to get involved if you use and love DC’s trails–including the Met. Branch Trail. Please email us if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity!
    • After 4 years serving as ECA President and Treasurer, respectively, Conor and Neil are going to be stepping down from those roles at the end of this year. The ECA elections in November are going to be an important opportunity to bring fresh energy to the association. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Conor if you’re interested in running for office this fall.     

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

May 9, 2022 Virtual Meeting Highlights

Decisions Taken

Civic Association Members voted

  • YES to send this letter to the District Department of Energy and the Environment re: the Fort Myers asphalt plant and associated concerns
  • YES to send this letter to the District Department of Transportation calling for safer bike facilities between the Metropolitan Branch Trail and Shaw, Dupont Circle, and other points to Eckington’s west.
  • YES to send a questionnaire to Ward 5 council candidates. View the responses the ECA received here.

How You Can Help

  • Share information about or consider submitting a concept for a small ECA grant for programs, projects, or activities focused on:
    • Environmental, sustainability, or health improvements for Eckington residents
    • Promoting community engagement and providing opportunities for neighbors to connect with each other
    • Offering skill building, education, mentorship, civic engagement, or other community-building activities for Eckington youth
    • Enhancing traffic, biking, & pedestrian safety

More information about concept requirements can be found on the website. Concepts are due June 6.

  • For those who wish to participate in a restorative justice meeting discussing concerns about dirt bikes in the neighborhood, a meeting will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 p.m. at Catholic University, Columbus School of Law: 3600 John McCormick Rd NE Washington, DC. The meeting will be held in Room 305. With questions or concerns, please contact Jullian Brevard, Chief Juvenile Section, Office of the Attorney General at Jullian.Brevard@dc.gov.

Highlights

Guest Speaker: Matthew Graves, US Attorney for the District of Columbia

  • Mr. Graves requested the opportunity to address the civic association. He has jurisdiction over all adult criminal offenses in D.C., including prosecutions brought in District or federal courts.
  • Mr. Graves shared some reflections on the approach of his office:
    • Only a handful of people are responsible for the majority of violent crime. It is the view of his office that the best path for creating accountability in the short and medium term is an intelligence-based approach focused on the few repeat offenders.
    • Communities are an important source of information about what’s occurring regularly and can serve as witnesses or provide background on ongoing issues.
    • Misdemeanor offences can be nuisance issues but can also have knock-on effects if not mitigated. Root causes are often substance abuse issues, mental health issues, or a combination of the two. Arrests lead to probation or some jail time, but nothing is done to address root causes, and frequently they return to the same misdemeanor/nuisance offences. For these cases, this office is seeking to address root causes in order to disrupt patterns, seeing services provision as an alternative to traditional prosecution.
    • Q&A with residents included the following:
      • What’s the processes for prosecuting felonies vs. misdemeanors? Felonies include an arrest, with the suspect taken into custody. At a first court hearing within 24 hours, the District Attorney’s office makes a recommendation about whether to detain the accused further. This is a high standard set by the DC code and is only pursued for violent crimes, or if the suspect was otherwise under probation at the time of the offense. Detaining someone creates the right for a hearing within 3 days where evidence must be presented to a judge, who decides whether the defendant can be detained until trial. If someone is detained, the trial typically happens sooner. For anything other than homicide or violent sexual assault, a trial for someone being detained will happen within 100 days, unless the defendant requests a continuance. However, felony cases involving suspects who are not being detained will take longer to get to trial. For misdemeanors, unless the person is violating parole, they likely won’t be detained. Defendants in misdemeanor cases do not have a right to a jury, so a judge hears the evidence and decides whether to convict or acquit. Misdemeanor offenses usually take 3-6 months to resolution.
      • What is your view on Violence Interrupter programs? There is very good data on the value they can add. Looking at risk factors, there is good predictive info on who the next generation of violent offenders will be. Violence interrupters can work with these individuals to stop the cycle. It is important that they be trusted members of the community and therefore it is essential that they have independence from the police and prosecutors.  
      • What would help you to be more effective? What are the missing tools in the toolbox that policy could support? Most important is adjusting problematic old laws and avoiding new problematic laws. The DC Council is in the midst of massive re-write of the code for the first time since 1901. There are some things that are problematic which this office feels would undermine its work. For instance, the current revision package eliminates carjacking as a standalone crime; instead it would be treated as a robbery. It also eliminates all mandatory minimums. It is the view of the office that these deserve a reasonable conversation, but nuances are important. A car is an extension of the home, a potentially deadline weapon in itself. If armed carjacking is not its own offense, and rather is treated as armed robbery, the penalty would shift from a current mandatory max of 15 years to a penalty of 0 (with probation) – 8 years. This office believes a floor of 5 year minimum should be set for any offense with a firearm or imitation firearm.
        • A note from Conor Shaw: Please remember that there are other perspectives on mandatory minimums. Many legal and D.C. criminal justice organizations advocate for the elimination of mandatory minimums because of their questionable efficacy in reducing crime and because of their disproportionate impact on the Black community.
      • How are you taking on ghost guns? We have way more illegal firearms today than we did a decade ago. Some of this is due to trafficking but a lot of it is due to ghost guns. Ghost guns are responsible for a greater number of crimes than legal weapons. This office would consider it an aggravating factor; when considering the bucket of charges to be brought, the fact that someone possesses a ghost gun would be an argument for more serious charges for that individual.
      • Questions about pending cases or other questions can be shared with Magdalena Acevedo, Community Prosecutor for the 5th District: Magdalena.Acevedo@usdoj.gov, 202/834-5146
  • Eckington Day will be on October 1 – Save the Date!

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 8:00-8:30 pm

  • Silas Grant, Senior Advisor, Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
    • Following the shooting a few weeks ago at 4th & Rhode Island, will be doing a joint walk with Commissioner Wright tomorrow from 5-6 p.m.
    • The Coucilmember is still reviewing comments from Ward 5 Redistricting Task Force. Also comments and testimony from the two hearings.
  • Nokomis Hunter, Ward 5 Liaison, Mayor Bowser’s Office of Community Relations & Services
    • Based on the Point in Time Count – the annual census on homelessness, the number of people experiencing homelessness has declined by 13.7% over the last year and by 47% since 2016.
  • Other members of the community
    • A Farmers Market will be taking place at Tanner Park on Thursdays from 3-7pm
    • NoMa BID is hosting movies in Tanner Park in coming weeks. The posted schedule includes Mrs. Doubtfire (May 11, 8:20 p.m.), Cool Runnings (May 18, 8:25 p.m.), The Sandlot (May 25, 8:30 p.m.), Space Jam (June 1, 8:40 p.m.), and The Princess Bride (June 8, 8:45 p.m.)
    • Bloomingdale Community Day will take place in Crispus Attucks Park on Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9am-3pm. Eckington neighbors are welcome.

Upcoming Meetings & Events