Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

April 26, 2007 - Adopted on May 24, 2007


The meeting started at about 7:08 p.m.  It was held at the Lamond Recreation Center, 20 Tuckerman Street, NE, Chair (also 4B05) Blondine Hughes presiding.


Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Fred Grant, 4B06 Gloria Palmer, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson, and 4B09 Muriel Bowser.  Commissioner Bowser arrived after the first roll-call vote.  A quorum was present for all votes.




1.  In a unanimous roll-call vote, the Commission accepted Commissioner Grant's motion to add to the agenda an emergency resolution to support Safeway's application for a license to sell beer and wine at its 6500 Piney Branch Road, NW store.


Commissioner Green objected, explaining that the issue was not an "emergency." She said that the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is keeping the record open until June 1, 2007, several days past ANC 4B's scheduled May 24 public meeting, and that ABC Chair Charles Burger told Chair Hughes that ANC 4B had until June 1 to submit a resolution.


Also, the Safeway issue is not on this evening's advertised agenda, and should be properly noticed to the public due to its significance, Commissioner Green said. She noted that the existing ANC 4B resolution opposing the Safeway license was decided during a 2-hour public hearing in 2003 which was attended by more than 100 residents.


2. In a 3-4-1 roll-call vote, the Commission rejected Commissioner Green's motion to add a resolution to agenda that would support ANC 4B01 residents' requests to the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority and the D.C. Department of Transportation to change the signage for bus stops on Eastern Avenue, N.W.


Voting "yes" to the amendment were Commissioners Green, Wheeler, and Bowser.  Commissioners Grant, Hughes, Palmer, and Jefferson voted "no."  Commissioner Jones abstained.


3.  In a 5-3-0 show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Wheeler's motion to add a grant request from Eduseed, of 1666 K Street, NW, to the agenda.


4.  In a 7-0-1 show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Green's motion not to read the draft March 22, 2007 minutes.


5.  In a 6-1 show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Wheeler's motion to adopt the March 22, 2007 minutes.


6.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Grant's motion to accept the Treasurer's report.



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Treasurer Gloria Palmer reported that ANC 4B officially joined the City's Security Fund Program as of March 6, 2007, and that checks were then issued and accumulated bills paid


Treasurer Palmer also reported that after paying bills the new check book balance is $46,529.58.  The Commission paid $25 to the City's Security Fund Program, $1,800 for office rent for February, March, and April, $375 for telephone service for those three months, $698.01 to lease the photocopy machine and $330 for copy machine maintenance, also for that three-month period, and $67.18 for photocopy paper.


The Quarterly Report was sent to the D.C. Auditor on April 17, 2007, Treasurer Palmer said.  She also said that the Commission received a letter from the Auditor's Office noting that they had received the 3rd Quarterly Report from the Commission and were releasing ANC 4B's quarterly allotment.


7.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Wheeler's motion that ANC 4B write a letter to the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD)  4th District asking that special attention be paid in patrols to ANC 4B-area schools and recreation centers at closing time so that students and staff can be protected.


Commissioner Wheeler said that earlier this month a staff member from the Takoma Recreation Center was beaten up as he waited for a bus at 5th and Underwood Streets, NW at about 10 p.m., just after the center closed for the day.


8.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Wheeler's motion to write a letter to MPD 4th District Commander Hilton Burton in thanks for Officer Heather Straker's service to the community.


9.  In a 7-0 show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Grant's motion to award Citizens Aware a $1,000 grant to distribute "Club" anti-car theft devices to the community.


10.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Wheeler's motion, pending approval from the D.C. Auditor, to grant $448 to Eduseed to help pay for a Memorial Day Weekend program to teach etiquette and social skills to D.C. high school students.


Commissioner Wheeler said that the $448 grant was based on the $1,600 total cost of the program and the percentage (7 girls, or 28 percent of those slated to participate) who attend Coolidge High School.


Commissioner Wheeler said that she spoke to Lynard Barnum, of the D.C. Auditor's Office, about some Commissioners' questions about the grant, including a concern about whether the Commission could award a grant to a group with offices outside the ANC 4B boundaries.  Mr. Barnum said the grant could be approved conditionally, and that he would discuss the issue with city attorneys.  (continued)

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10.  In a 4-2-2 roll-call vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Grant's written motion to rescind its opposition to Safeway's request to sell beer and wine at its store at 6500 Piney Branch Road, NW and to support the license.


Voting "yes" to the motion were Commissioners Grant, Hughes, Palmer, and Jefferson. Commissioners Green and Wheeler voted "no." Commissioners Jones and Bowser abstained.


Commissioner Grant said that earlier opposition to the license has changed, that 80 percent of his constituents want Safeway to have the license.  


Commissioner Bowser asked Commissioner Grant what community outreach he had done and if he held a public meeting on the issue.  Commissioner Grant said he spent about 100 hours going door to door, but did not hold a meeting because he had not been told this was needed.


Commissioner Green repeated a request that the vote be properly noticed and considered at the May 24 public meeting.  Bowser said she agreed with Commissioner Green. 


Commissioner Wheeler asked for a written survey to determine community views.


11.  Following Commissioner Hughes' motion, there was a unanimous show-of-hands vote to adjourn. 


Presentations & Discussion Items


1. Police Officer Heather Straker gave her monthly report, noting that thefts from autos continue to be a problem.  She also said that a recent job fair for area teens was successful.


2.  Whittier Elementary School Principal Natasha Warsaw spoke about parent and teacher concerns at the school, and recent improvements, including a monthly union meeting with teachers, new weekly and daily bulletin and partnerships with senior citizen tutors.  She also noted that there is a task force now working to resolve issues.


In response to questions from Commissioners Jefferson and Palmer, Principal Warsaw also said that the majority of parents have not been heard from, that she seeks participation from everyone, including the LSRT and the PTA, and that those teachers who have complained will not be penalized.


Recent suggestion box items include air freshener in the bathrooms, more sports teams, and more frequent school cleanings.


3.  Whittier Teacher Tenia Pritchard said the LSRT is not now functioning, that teachers unanimously voted "no confidence" in Principal Warsaw, and that a school task force is not representative.                                                   (Continued)

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Commissioner Grant asked to meet with Ms. Pritchard and the LSRT.


4.  A Whittier parent said that her child was attacked and that Principal Warsaw was not responsive. 


Ms. Warsaw responded, noting that she is investigating and that the parent's request for immediate action would have created anxiety for another child taking a test.


Community Concerns


1.  Carolivia Herron, of Rittenhouse Street, NW, said she supports the use of Takoma Theater for arts programs and other community events.


2.  D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Batallion Fire Chief Maxim A. Saunders said he wants to make a presentation at ANC 4B's May meeting. He discussed the question of separating the fire and emergency medical services functions of his department.


3.  Paul Montague said the March minutes did not reflect that he delivered ANC 4B's check book to the Inspector General during the time he served as ANC 4B's treasurer.  He also noted that the Auditor has not yet "accepted" ANC 4B's recently submitted quarterly report.


The meeting adjourned at about 9:15 pm.