September Candidates Forum Update

Our September Candidates Forum for candidates for Attorney General was standing room only with all 5 candidates (Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward Smitty Smith, Lateefah Williams, and Paul Zukerberg) in attendance.

The Attorney General of the District of Columbia is the chief legal officer in DC. Historically, appointed by the Mayor, DC voters approved a charter amendment in 2010 that will make the DC Attorney General an elected position after this year’s election on November 4, 2014. The 2014 elected Attorney General will be decided by and accountable to DC Voters.

Thank you to our guest moderator attorney William W. Taylor, partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, and to the Cleveland Park Library for providing the facility for our forum.

Click here to listen to the September 18 Candidates Forum podcast.

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September Letter from the President

The September Letter from the President is now available. Click here to read the letter.

September Membership Meeting and Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum for Candidates for DC’s First Attorney General Election

When: Thursday, September 18, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
7:00 PM – CPCA Business Meeting
7:15 PM – Candidates Forum
Where: Cleveland Park Library, 1st floor meeting room

The CPCA Business Meeting will convene at 7:00 PM at which time we will share the 2014/15 work plan and budget. Both items will be considered and approved by the membership at the October 16 Membership Meeting.

At 7:15 PM, candidates for Attorney General of the District of Columbia, to be decided in the General Election on Tuesday, November 4, will participate in a CPCA Candidates Forum. All 5 candidates (Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward Smitty Smith, Lateefah Williams, and Paul Zukerberg) have confirmed their attendance.

Our forum’s guest moderator will be attorney William W. Taylor, partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. What is the role of the Attorney General? To whom does he/she report? What criteria should voters evaluate to cast an informed vote? Not sure who to vote for in DC’s first Attorney General election? Come to this important and informative forum.

Cheh’s Waste Bills Pass Council

Composting Promoted/Styrofoam Banned/Zero Waste Goal

Council Member Mary Cheh’s solid waste bills passed the full DC Council on July 14th. Mayor Gray is expected to sign the bills. Here are highlights.

“Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013″
– Calls for a ban of the use of Styrofoam for food service businesses by January 1, 2016.
– Requires food service businesses to only use compostable or recyclable food service ware by January 1, 2017.

Major Zero Waste Provisions of the “Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014″
– Requires separation of waste into recyclables, compostables and trash.
– Requires the Executive to develop a zero waste plan that lays out the programs necessary to achieve Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC goal of 80% waste diversion and clears the way for a Pay as You Throw (PAYT) system that can help increase the District’s waste diversion rate.
– Prioritizes reuse and recycling over landfilling and incineration.

Click here to learn more about CPCA’s efforts to promote composting.

Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #9

July 11, 2014

Predictions about progress on the new Giant/Cathedral Commons project should be taken only with an extremely large grain of salt — perhaps an entire salt mine.

The latest chapter in our own local “Perils of Pauline” saga began on June 16th, when work finally got underway on the replacement of the 20″ water main on Wisconsin between Idaho and Macomb, already the subject of several delays. Although the ANC had urged DDOT to allow as much work as possible to be done during the day, outside of rush hour, DDOT’s concerns about the traffic impact had led them to issue permits for work only between 9pm and 4am. The all-night misery caused by jackhammers, back-up beepers, and other sleep-disrupting noise led to an outcry on the part of affected neighbors, especially the residents of Vaughan Place. Both DDOT and DCRA pulled their permits, and work stopped. In order to allow continued mobilization of the subcontractor’s crew and to avoid an extended delay in completion of the project, the ANC issued no objection to the continuation of night work during the short week of June 30 (but with no staging work on Idaho), leading up to the July 4th holiday. Although all concerned recognized that there are significant trade-offs between day and night work, in terms of disruption to commuters and residents, the problems of neighbors who had been unable to sleep for so long were rapidly becoming unmanageable. Any error should be on the side of the residents’ health and well-being, and night-time work would simply have to stop.

This point was made forcefully and repeatedly at a June 30 meeting of the Liaison Committee, attended by representatives of DDOT, Council Member Cheh’s office, and about 40 upset neighbors. All present recognized how difficult it would be to develop the necessary Traffic Control Plan and issue the necessary permits in the two or three days left before the long weekend, but — to the credit of everyone involved — it happened. Although night-time work will be required on occasion, requiring a separate permit and ample notice to the neighbors, the bulk of the work is now taking place during the day, between 9:30am and 3:30pm, and between 8am and 7pm on Saturdays. If you have tried to navigate Wisconsin Avenue, you have almost certainly noticed that. The bright(?) spot is that school is not in session, and many users of the Wisconsin corridor are on vacation, so it could be worse. (And probably will be. See below.)

Timing now becomes a real cliff-hanger. If all goes well and no unforeseen problems arise — a big ‘if’ — the main portion of the utility work should take 6 – 8 weeks, plus a few more weeks for tie-ins, signalization, and other work — taking us to early October at best. If Giant and CVS deem the proposed space ready for occupancy in time, then CVS is expected to move in in October, the Giant in November, and the first restaurants in December. These dates already represent significant slippage from earlier predictions. (See previous Updates.) If this schedule cannot be maintained, the openings may well be delayed until early 2015, since all tenants want to avoid opening over the holidays.

This also means that disruption due to construction will continue until the end of the year, but the noise will dissipate as the work moves further into the core of the building. No schedule is yet available for the North Block, since the focus is currently on the CVS and the Giant. Progress on the buildings themselves, especially the South Block and the Idaho townhouses, continues apace. Parking in the neighborhood by workmen continues to be a problem, one which Bozzuto intends to address.

Only one or two more leases have been signed since the last report — Solidcore Fitness and Park Fabricare (previously at the site). Since there has reportedly been a lot of Letter-of-Intent activity lately, there may be some additional news as the summer progresses.

The next Liaison Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for August 6th at 6:30 pm at the police station. The public is welcome.

Click here to view the CPCA’s full Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction page, including previous updates.

Cleveland Park Firehouse – Community Open House Update

Cleveland Park Firehouse Before and After

June 27, 2014 With the conclusion of an important historical community project earlier this year, the CPCA worked with other Cleveland Park neighborhood organizations to host an open house for residents to stop in and tour the newly renovated … [Continue reading]