The Cleveland Park 3C05 Newsletter from Sauleh Siddiqui [July 8th]
Welcome to my twelfth Newsletter!
Keeping you updated on what’s happening in the neighborhood
I hope to use this email newsletter as a way to keep everyone updated on what’s happening in the neighborhood. I promise not to spam you all and would love feedback on what to include!
Petition for Removal of Principal Eskay at Eaton Elementary School
D.C. public school officials are investigating claims of misconduct at John Eaton Elementary after 100% of Eaton teachers signed a letter of no confidence in Mr. Eskay for creating a hostile work environment and called for his resignation. I will be presenting a resolution for a vote at our next ANC meeting supporting the John Eaton Home & School Association’s (HSA) call for immediate removal and replacement. You can also sign their petition here.
Renaming Reservation 630 in honor of Mrs. Georgia Ellard, first woman and first Black person to be superintendent of Rock Creek Park
I will be joining my colleagues in ANC 3A to support a resolution to rename Reservation 630 (formerly the Melvin Hazen trail) to honor Mrs. Georgia Ellard, retired superintendent of Rock Creek Park. She has led a remarkable life of service, and having her name attached to this trail would be an honor for us.
ANC 3C Committee Meetings Next Week
In addition to the two items above that I plan on bringing up at our ANC 3C meeting Monday, July 17th, we will have four ANC 3C Committee meetings next week to discuss a number of issues. Agenda items and registration links below!
Planning, Zoning, Housing & Economic Development Committee Monday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) for Multi-Family Buildings by Building Innovation Hub
ABCA Application – Buffalo & Bergen, 3501 Connecticut Ave NW, Retailer’s Class “C” Tavern (ABRA-124816) NATURE OF OPERATION: The Establishment will be a Tavern serving American foods. Total Occupancy Load of 120 with seating for 70 inside premises. Summer Garden with 40 seats.
Community Engagement and Grants Committee Tuesday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grant application by St. Columba’s and a Ward 3 interfaith planning team for “Undesign the Redline”
Safe, Sustainable, and Equitable Transportation Committee Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Discussion of Lowell St. NW road safety
Discussion of Porter and Connecticut Intersection Safety
Discussion of Garfield St. NW Safety
Discussion about road safety and traffic calming on 34th St. NW/Reno Rd. NW
Bikeshare stations close to CP Metro and Klingle Rd. NW
Residential Historic Preservation Review Committee Thursday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
3424 Quebec Street NW, HPA 23-438, concept/second story addition to bungalow
3542 Porter Street NW, HPA 23-443, concept/two story addition
2821 Ordway Street NW, HPA 23-444, concept/one-story addition
Resources Page on ANC 3C Website
We have added a resources page on our ANC 3C website. You can find answers about tenants’ advocacy, reporting issues to the DC government, support for mental health services, and many more answers about how to engage with the ANC. If you have more resources you would like added, please email them to me!
A talk on exclusionary zoning moderated by Jerusalem Demsas (July 14 at 7pm)
Join Montgomery for All and Ward3Vision at Politics & Prose for a talk on Richard Kahlenberg's new book, Excluded: How Snob Zoning, NIMBYism, and Class Bias Build the Walls We Don't See, moderated by journalist Jerusalem Demsas! If you are interested, the group will meet at 6pm (RSVP) at a local restaurant, then walk together to Politics & Prose for the author talk.
This week’s super constituents and thanking a government employee!
I cannot do my work without your help, so I want to celebrate constituents who helped make our neighborhood better. Emily Vargas-Baron, David Harris, and Megan Draheim reached out to me about construction on Porter St. NW which had signs put up and work being done on the street without any notice. Confused, I reached out to the Mayor’s Office and DDOT, who gave me conflicting information about what was going on. I mentioned this confusion at our last ANC 3C meeting, and lucky for me and all of us, Ashlee Mercer from Councilmember Frumin’s office was at the meeting and said to me in a message that she would help find out what was going on. Within 24 hours, Ashlee figured out it was PEPCO, but also got this message to us: “Apparently, the concerns raised by nearby residents and Commissioner Siddiqui are accurate because this job was shut-down today by DDOT.” Many thanks to Emily, David, and Megan for pointing this out and to Ashlee from Councilmember Frumin’s office for solving this problem!
Sauleh Siddiqui, Commissioner, ANC 3C05
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