CPCA ANNUAL MEETING

Thursday, June 9

Election of 2016-17 Board

6:30 to 7:00 pm

Money and Politics:

Proposals for DC Election Reform

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Council Member Mary Cheh

DC Attorney General Karl Racine

Dan Smith, Democracy Campaign Director, U.S. PIRG

Kesh Ladduwahetty, Chair, DC4Democracy

Walter Smith, Executive Director, DC Appleseed, Moderator

District 2 Community Room

3320 Idaho Ave.

Refreshments will be served

In this primary season, it is especially timely to step back and look at how the process can be corrupted by money.

Please let your friends and neighbors know about this meeting and urge them to come.

We are also pleased to have so many of our board members returning and look forward to welcoming  Elizabeth Ferenczi to the Board.  Here is the slate.

President — Ruth Caplan

1st Vice President — Jennifer Ward

2nd Vice President — Susie Taylor

Treasurer — Richard Nash

Corresponding Secretary — Ann Hamilton

Recording Secretary — Margaret Lenzner

At Large — Phil Eagleburger, Elizabeth Ferenczi, John Korbell, Karen Lightfoot,

Mark Rosenman

CPCA Forum on “Money and Politics: Proposals for DC Election Reform”

Thursday, June 9, 7- 9 PM.

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will host a forum on “Money and Politics: Proposals for DC Election Reform” at the District 2 Community Room, 3320 Idaho Ave.  This timely issue will be discussed by Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh, DC Attorney General Karl Racine, Dan Smith US PIRG Democracy Campaign Director, and DC4Democracy Chair Kesh Ladduwahetty.  The forum includes discussion of current legislation before the City Council and will be moderated by Walter White, Executive Director of DC Appleseed.  All are welcome.

CPCA Community Meeting – Save the Date!

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association is sponsoring a community meeting, “Toward Quieter, Cleaner Neighborhoods,” on Tuesday, April 19 from 7-9 PM in the District 2 Community Room,  3320 Idaho Ave.  Speakers will feature Council Member Mary Cheh, who has introduced a bill to ban the sale and use of gas-powered leaf blowers by January 2022; Jamie Banks, Executive Director of the national organization Quiet Communities; James Fallows, writer for The Atlantic and former presidential speech writer; and Morgan Stallard, who runs Four Feet to the Yard, a local lawn care company.

Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #13

Miraculously enough, the construction work on the Cathedral Commons development is all but over, and the Liaison Committee which has been meeting monthly for over three years [really!] to monitor and address issues as they arise has disbanded, passing responsibility for dealing with any concerns to the ANC.  The community is deeply indebted to the ANC Commissioners who have served on the committee (Nancy MacWood (Chair), Victor Pereira, Carl Roller, and Margaret Siegel) as well as to the representatives of the Chesterfield Cooperative, the Cathedral Heights neighborhood, Vaughan Place, and the members of the public who have regularly attended meetings.

The apartments in both the North and South Blocks are fully rented, as are seven of the eight townhouses on Idaho.  With arrangements for the rental of the “rotunda” space at the corner of Wisconsin and Newark to a “high-end beauty store” almost complete, all the commercial space in the South Block will be leased, except for some 850 square feet on the ground floor of the rotunda, facing the Giant.  On the North Block, the “flatiron” space at the corner of Wisconsin and Idaho has been leased to My Eye Doc, and a lease has been signed with Ah Love Oil, an olive-oil-and-vinegar emporium, leaving only three commercial spaces available.  The final restaurant, Grilled Oyster, on Newark, will be open by the time you read this.  And the lower parts of the windows on the second floor of the rotunda will be frosted, denying passers-by the heart-warming sight of young ballet dancers at work, but according them a greater degree of privacy.

The last remaining work, except for some minor punch list items, is completion of the paving on Wisconsin Avenue, which will involve some relatively brief closures of a lane of traffic.  Most of this work has to wait for warmer weather, but work on the concrete layer below the asphalt will proceed as weather permits.  Similarly, replacing dead trees and final touches to the landscaping will also have to await the early signs of spring.

It’s been a long and often-bumpy road, but it is quite gratifying to be arriving at the destination.  It’s wonderful to have a grocery store, a drug store, and a dry cleaner back on our stretch of Wisconsin, and it is a delight to have many new shops and restaurants, as well as new neighbors.  Welcome to Bozzuto and Cathedral Commons!  And farewell to the Cathedral Commons Construction Management Agreement Liaison Committee!