Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Know your ANC candidates: ANC1A07

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the upcoming elections, including the important Advisory Neighborhood Commission, which advises the DC Council on local planning issues and de facto controls alcohol licenses, among other things. Only a few of the races have multiple candidates, and I wrote to those folks. Here's the second installment for ANC 1A07, which is the south side of Spring Road from Otis to New Hampshire (see map above).

Up next we'll have answers from candidates in ANC1A01 (near 14th and Spring) and 1A10 (east of Georgia roughly between Kenyon and Irving.) We heard from 1B01 earlier in the day. The other races are unopposed. Here's the full list.

For more information on the elections, check out the city's Board of Elections site.

The two candidates in 1B01 are Darwain Frost and Sharon Farmer. Frost is the incumbent and Farmer did not respond to multiple emails. Here's Frost's responses, he answered all three questions together, apparently:

Darwain Frost
As a Commissioner, I have worked consistently with city agencies, city officials, and residents to help improve infrastructure and issues within the neighborhood. I was able to get city agencies to repair potholes within the streets, traffic signals, removed various tree branches and debris, make alley light repairs within the alleys, and repair an alley. The DC Department of Public Works were able to come to the neighborhood to remove vacant furniture’s from city streets upon request made by me on behalf of the residents. Neighbors who needed to engage with city agencies or city officials, in regards, to quality of life issues, I was able to connect residents with those city agencies and city officials to address quality of life issues within the neighborhood. During ANC meetings, I informed residents about various BZA and Zoning Commission cases. As chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, I inform the public about zoning actions, in regards, to changes within the zoning code. I gathered community input for contested BZA and Zoning Commission cases at committee meetings. I conducted regular community meetings on a consistent bases and it was attended well by residents. My best accomplishments have been meeting regularly with residents to resolve issues and concerns, and I would like to continue to be an advocate for residents of 1A07. A settlement agreement (formerly known as a voluntary agreement) is a contract between an ABC licensee and most likely a protestant to a license. As a Commissioner, I will continue to work with residents and ABC licensee to established settlement agreements when necessary.

Know your ANC candidates: ANC1B01

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the upcoming elections, including the important Advisory Neighborhood Commission, which advises the DC Council on local planning issues and de facto controls alcohol licenses, among other things. Only a few of the races have multiple candidates, and I wrote to those folks. Here's the first installment for ANC 1B01, which is roughly from V Street to Florida, 8th to 2nd (see map above).

Up next we'll have answers from candidates in ANC1A01 (near 14th and Spring), 1A07 (south of Spring from Otis to New Hampshire), and 1A10 (east of Georgia roughly between Kenyon and Irving.) The other races are unopposed. Here's the full list.

The two candidates in 1B01 are Jonathan Goldman and Anita Norman, who are going for an open seat -- incumbent Brian Footer is not running again.

Jonathan Goldman:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your qualifications
Aside from going to school, I grew up and lived in and around Washington, DC my entire life. In my work and private life, I am driven to work toward improving the well-being of others. I have three undergraduate degrees and a master's degree from GW. I now work at the Inter-American Development Bank and have spent my whole career working with and within international government, federal government, and local DC government agencies. I have experience working effectively with government to produce strong relationships and achieve goals.

Why are you running for ANC? What are your main platform issues?
I am running because I believe I can be an effective leader for our community and develop strong pathways to successful initiatives. I believe the primary function of a good ANC commissioner is to serve as a liaison between the community and the government - rather than aiming to achieve personal goals. With this in mind, I have heard two major concerns from the community: tempering development and ensuring it is done in a sustainable and equitable manner, as well as strengthening our park that serves as a crossroads within our diverse community as a means of promoting equitable representation and safety.

One of the ANC's main jobs is to regulate liquor licenses. What are your thoughts on these issues?
I am neither for or against liquor licensing in the neighborhood. Laws are already in place to regulate this and it would be my job to ensure these laws are upheld. Further, ensuring that all businesses with a liquor license are acting as good neighbors is critical and enforcing the conditions of their license is a priority.


Anita Norman:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your qualifications
I am a native Washingtonian and have lived in the LeDroit Park community for over 20 years. In that time, I have seen the neighborhood transform. And, I would like to think that I had something to do with that. I am a graduate of Howard University. I worked as a clinical nurse at Howard University Hospital and as a a school nurse at the former Gage- Eckington Elementary School. I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and mentored in a program called Best Friends within the DC Public School system which serves to promote self-respect and character building for young girls in grades 5th-12th. And, I am active in my sorority Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, whose motto is Service for Humanity. In my sorority, I serve on the Membership and the Nominating Committee. In addition, I have served as the LeDroit Park Public Safety Chair where I worked with MDP to help reduce crime in LeDroit Park, Vice President and current President. And as ANC Co-Chair for Public Safety, I coordinated a multi-government agency summit with MPD's citywide Safety Trainer, Metro Transit, the Fire Dept and other agencies to deal with the community's concern about the increase in citywide crime. During my tenure in the aforementioned positions, I was the conduit between the community and local government to voice concerns and to resolve issues of residents which has given me the qualifications and experience to become ANC 1B01

Why are you running for ANC? What are your main platform issues?
I am a candidate for ANC so that I can continue to be a voice for my community as well as the surrounding neighborhoods that I will represent. Becoming the ANC would give great weight, in accordance with the enabling statute, to issues and to resolutions that I would bring forth to D.C government Officials. My platform will focus on Public Safety, including traffic and pedestrian safety, Parking Enforcement, Sanitation, to include trash and recycling pick up with a focus on illegal dumping and the Community Park, which includes green space and a clean, save environment for kids to play; but, I will also focus on opportunities for greater economic development and improvement. LeDroit Park and North Shaw are very diverse neighborhoods. I want to see my neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods continue to thrive and to grow, yet maintaining its aesthetics, character and charm of the community. I am vested in this community and the N.W. area. I want to see all the residents, old and new, modest and middle income, benefit from the economic grow of the Northwest/ U St. corridor. I want this area to maintain affordable home ownership as well as rental prices. With my former experience in leadership roles within the community, I can continue to work with local law enforcement to continue to affect crime in a positive way, Crime has come down in the years that I was the Public Safety Chair in LeDroit Park. I will continue to work with DDOT to address resident's traffic concerns and to make the neighborhood streets safer for pedestrian traffic and to work on a permanent solution to relieve the traffic bottleneck along Florida Ave. One way would be to have better bike share lanes that extend within the neighborhood and better access to mass transit. Also, I would continue to work with DPW to enforce the parking restrictions. As more people move into our neighborhoods, we must seek to accommodate their transportation needs. One way to accomplish this is by encouraging walking, biking and taking mass transit. I will continue to work with current ANC leadership to keep our neighborhoods clean, such as organizing neighborhood clean ups, to attract businesses as well as customers to shop and to dine in nice clean attractive areas. I would also work with DPR and DGS to make the parks clean and green, inviting and in good repair for families to visit and to play.

One of the ANC's main jobs is to regulate liquor licenses. What are your thoughts on these issues?

With the growth and development in the local economy over the past 10 years, the District has seen a significant increase in the number of new restaurants, hotels and bars. The alcohol license associated with the new (and existing) venues should be properly regulated and licensed, with follow up, education and monitoring to ensure compliance with District laws and regulations. The ANCs have a vital role in ensuring this regulation. I will work to ensure that there is a healthy balance between the vibrant nightlife economy that is contributing to the District's economic growth and the resident's who can expect to enjoy peace and quiet and a safe neighborhood.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pumpkin painting party at Slash Run on Thursday for kids and adults

Slash Run, the great bar at 2nd and Upshur, is holding a pumpkin painting event on Thursday from 5-10 pm with hot citrus butter cider for $6 and pumpkins for $10, including supplies.

Sounds like a fun thing for the kids (earlier) and for the grownups (later.)

If you haven't been to Slash Run, it's a cool spot: delicious burgers and sandwiches, a huge whiskey selection and good beer too.

Here's a bit more from their Facebook:
It was fun the first time!
We are doing it again this Wednesday in case you missed it!
$10 pumpkins includes supplies!
Paint, glitter, & rock n roll!
Citrus butter Hot Cider!! $6
Come on out...AGAIN!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Use Capital Bikeshare? Give them your feedback

If you're a user of Capital Bikeshare, they want to hear from you.

They just released their most recent member survey where they ask about your experience, where there should be more stations and bigger stations, why you ride and a lot more.

Our area recently got some new stations at 14th and Girard and elsewhere, but they are often empty during the day, sometimes starting really early. I think we need bigger stations with more bikes, or maybe more rebalancing during the day.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Chez Billy to be replaced by Ten Tigers Parlour, "tea house, bar and event space" with Asian street food from chef Tim Ma

A few months ago we heard that Chez Billy, the French spot at 3815 Georgia, was closing. It wasn't clear exactly what was coming next, but some rumors said Asian food. Now that seems to be the case.

According to a job posting on Craigslist, it will be a neighborhood spot with Asian style street food, a bar and event space from chef Tim Ma.

Ma has a restaurant group that operates popular spots in Virginia and DC: American tapas at Maple Ave, French and American at Water & Wall, and deli, wine bar and butcher Chase the Submarine in Virginia plus new French spot Kyirisan in Shaw. All of them have four stars on Yelp.

Here's the Craigslist ad. Sounds pretty interesting, and we could definitely use another good Asian spot here.
Ten Tigers Parlour, a neighborhood tea house / bar / event space in Petworth, is seeking all Front of House positions for our opening in November. We have daytime, evening and nighttime shifts available. We are one block from the Georgia Ave Metro (green line). Our kitchen is run by Tim Ma, an award winning chef, and will feature Asian style street-food.  
We are looking for motivated, hard working, energetic staff. 
What we need:  - Servers- Experienced bartenders- Barbacks- Food Runners/Bussers- Dishwashers 
What you should to bring to Ten Tigers Parlour: 
- A positive attitude- The ability to handle a stressful environment and still smile- Anticipation of guests' needs- Fine attention to detail- A willingness to jump in and make sure the job is done right.
Send us your resume and a brief cover letter explaining why you think you are a good fit - we look forward to hearing from you.

Georgia Ave. Fall Fest is this Saturday at Bruce Monroe Park! Food, music, fun for kids, mural painting, crafts and more!

I'm excited for this: the Georgia Avenue Fall Fest, a bit neighborhood fest, is this Saturday from noon to 5 pm at Bruce Monroe Park (3000 Georgia Ave NW.)

Here's more about the event. There will also be a mural painting that you can help with, nonprofits will be on hand to talk about their services, and al to more. It's sponsored by Georgia Avenue Thrive, a great local organization. 
After a successful Georgia Ave Winter Fest in December 2015 that drew over 1200 attendees, Georgia Avenue Thrive will host the Georgia Ave Fall Fest on October 22, 2016 from 12pm-5pm at Bruce Monroe Park (3000 Georgia Ave NW). This family-friendly event will include local performers, vendors (both food and other goods), city and NGO services, kids activities, pumpkins sales, an interactive community mural creation, and more! 
The purpose of the Georgia Ave Fests is to:
  • Support local businesses, artists, performers, and makers by highlighting their good work while providing a fun and direct connection between them and the neighbors and visitors of lower Georgia Avenue.
  • Ensure lower Georgia Avenue community members are aware of and can access relevant city and NGO services.
  • Create a vibrant and beautiful space for all residents, businesses and visitors of lower Georgia Avenue to connect, have fun, and support each other.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

First anniversary of Petworth Citizen's Reading Room tonight: cocktails and more

The folks behind the Reading Room, the bar-within-a-bar at Petworth Citizen focused on literary-themed cocktails, are celebrating the bar's one year anniversary tonight! There will be cocktails from the last year as well as champagne.

In the past, Reading Room has held weekly events with cocktails based on a certain author -- this week's is Edgar Allen Poe on Oct. 22, for example. The drinks come from mixologists Chantal Tsung, Dan Searing and Carlie Steiner, and the events are a lot of fun. The room itself is neat too -- it's a little lending library with a bar in it.

Here's the Facebook invite for tonight and a bit more info from the Petworth Citizen and Reading Room folks. Petworth Citizen is at :
This week the Reading Room DC turns one! At this time last year we were finishing up our brand new bar (within a bar), and putting the finishing touches on menu planning with Chantal Tseng and Daniel A Searing Jr. Since then we've been lucky enough to add Carlie Steiner to our lineup, and the rest is history.

It's been a great year - come celebrate with us! There will be champagne aplenty, and some of favorite drinks from the last year of menus.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Have your voice heard: meeting today on the city's comprehensive plan

If you have an opinion about city planning, development or zoning issues, today is a great opportunity: the city is holding a meeting called [Plan]DC to get public feedback on the comprehensive plan -- the long term plan for the city.

Here's more about it from the city, and the first meeting is tonight at the Columbia Heights Education Campus at 16th and Irving.

District Encourages Residents to Participate in the Amendment Process for the City’s Comprehensive Plan
[Plan]DC aims to get public feedback in shaping the future growth of the District
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser, the DC Office of Planning (OP), and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development have launched [Plan]DC this month, a citywide campaign encouraging District residents to help shape the future growth of the District by participating in the amendment process for the District’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision the District uses to guide future development within Washington, DC.
“We are launching [Plan] DC to ensure that the future growth and prosperity of the District reflects the interests of all residents and businesses who call Washington, DC home,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Together, we will develop a plan that creates positive and inclusive opportunities for residents and businesses across all 8 wards.”
The result of this effort is not a new Comprehensive Plan, but a set of amendments to the existing Plan proposed by OP, other District agencies and the public. The amendments will be submitted as legislation for DC Council approval in early 2018. The Comprehensive Plan was initially adopted in 2006 and last amended in 2011. The plan is a critical tool when allocating public services, infrastructure, and capital investments in DC. It also guides the use, density, and design of buildings within the nation’s capital. Having residents weigh in now will ensure they have a voice on the long-term planning of the District.
“The Office of Planning is working hard to get the word out to residents that we are starting the process to amend the Comprehensive Plan,” said Office of Planning Director Eric D. Shaw. “We are creating as many channels as possible for residents to let us know how to amend the Comprehensive Plan to continue to encourage inclusive, resilient growth and a dynamic District.”
With the massive city-wide advertising campaign currently underway, “street teams” will now be deployed to support OP’s outreach to residents in all eight wards to encourage them to share their ideas on amending the Plan. 
Residents can provide comments and amendments by attending one of the public meetings listed below or by submitting proposed amendments during the open call period in early 2017.

Wednesday, October 19
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.(Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th Street, NW (Nearest Metro: Columbia Heights)
Saturday, October 22
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.(Presentation at 9:30 a.m.)
Thurgood Marshall Public Charter School, 2427 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, SE (Nearest Metro: Anacostia)
Tuesday, October 25
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.(Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW (Nearest Metro: Tenleytown)
Thursday, October 27
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.(Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Department of Employment Services (DOES) Headquarters, 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
(Nearest Metro: Minnesota Avenue)
Tuesday, November 1
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.(Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens, 2425 N Street, NW (Nearest Metro: Foggy Bottom)
Thursday, November 3
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.(Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Jefferson Middle School Academy
801 7th Street, SW
(Nearest Metro: L’Enfant Plaza ) 
Monday, November 146:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.(Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Luke C. Moore High School, 1001 Monroe Street, NE (Nearest Metro: Brookland)

Talk to your friends and neighbors about the future of the District and encourage them to participate in the process. Please visit to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan amendment process and ways to participate.

Social Media: #PlanDC  #DCCompPlan
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DC Office of Planning Twitter: @OPinDC
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[PLAN]DC Project Website:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

POSTPONED: Acre 121 and New Belgium launching new DC-only beer at Oct 21 event

UPDATE: The event has been postponed. Here's a note from Acre 121. Stay tuned for the new date.
ATTN folks: much like DC voting rights, we will have to delay the beer launch a little bit longer -- it is taking more time to get approval from the powers that be to bring our new product into the market than NB anticipated. We will be following up daily and announce the new release date as soon as possible.
Original post below:

This is pretty cool: the staff at Acre 121, the Southern food restaurant and bar at 1400 Irving, collaborated with New Belgium Brewing, the folks who make Fat Tire and others, to make a DC-specific brew called WetHopnation Without Representation 

The beer is made with fresh, wet hops and red malts, and is a limited release only available in DC. The beer references DC's lack of voting rights in Congress, and considering it's made by New Belgium it's probably pretty tasty.

They're holding a launch event on Friday, Oct. 21 starting at 9pm with free New Belgium samples and swag and music from local band MetroSongs.

HalfSmoke sausage restaurant now open at Georgia and Florida

HalfSmoke, the fast casual sausage restaurant with a full bar, is now open at Florida and Georgia. The space, formerly a bunch of things, is on the southeast corner and they have various kinds of sausages that you can get on a bun, rice bowl, salad or a flatbread (think Chipotle or Cava) as well as other kinds of salads, milkshakes and funnel cakes, plus cocktails and a full bar.

They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it sounds pretty delicious to me -- check out the menu.

I wrote about the spot earlier, it was started by Andre McCain, a local entrepreneur, with backing of Bob Kinkead of Kinkead's and other restaurants in town. McCain was able to convince Kinkead and other investors that his was a good idea, rather than a chain place for the location. The Post has more about McCain, who started out selling shoes and party photos to his fellow students in high school and college and later did a lot of data crunching and worked in various fast food and fast casual restaurants to get a sense of the best way to run one.

I've passed by it a few times and it's a really nice space -- modern with a big wood grill, fire places, lots of brick and tile and really nice bar. I like the idea of being open for all the meals -- a quick breakfast or lunch or a beer and a dinner -- sort of like Burger Tap and Shake, if that rings a bell. It has 100 seats plus an outdoor area, so it's a good sized place.

Here's a rendering of part of the interior.