Budget Requests and Friendly Neighbors

The COVID-19 pandemic has improved over recent months, and it's getting safer to be out with friends and neighbors. But the rising pressure of urgent issues like increased gun violence and potential overturning of Roe v. Wade is scary. Now as much as ever is when strengthening our neighborhoods is vital for all the challenges ahead.

The 2022 municipal budget season is nearly over, but there were plenty of eye opening moments along the way. Now that the school year is approaching summer break and public spaces are getting even busier, it's a good time to make sure we are ready for the approaching warm months. And that starts with a community cleanup scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 10AM, beginning outside Marie Reed Elementary School on 18th St NW.


Looking forward to seeing neighbors come out as we clean up the neighborhood!

Now let's revisit April 2022, look toward May 2022, and share our resident + business in focus plus this month's video briefing.

WHAT WE DID
  • Voted 6-0 to pass a settlement agreement with Le Mont Royal

  • These are voluntary agreements between community groups like the ANC and liquor vendors over the terms of their business operations

  • Voted 5-0-1 to send a letter of dissent regarding a small portion of the Ward 1 Redistricting Task Force's recommended map

  • Because I served on this task force, I abstained my vote to avoid a conflict of interest

  • Voted 5-0-1 to name an officer and point of contact for a Freedom of Information Act request

  • Because I was the subject of this request, wherein members of the DC community asked to see communications I had in relation to the property at 1800 Columbia Rd NW, I abstained my vote to avoid a conflict of interest

  • Testified at a Judiciary and Public Safety budget oversight hearing

  • I joined several local organizations to request DC Council improve funding for survivors of domestic violence; more info can be found in this related article

  • Testified at a Committee on Health budget oversight hearing

  • My testimony focused on the pressing need for supporting those most affected by the ongoing opioid crisis

  • Represented ANC 1C at the April 2022 Adams Morgan Partnership BID board meeting

  • Offered testimony on the Ward 1 redistricting process to the DC Council's Subcommittee on Redistricting

  • Speaking as solely a DC resident, I shed some light on how the final recommended ANC boundary map was created

  • Served as a guest commentator for a class's final projects at the University of the District of Columbia

  • Students presented mock ANC campaigns for neighborhoods around the city

  • Facilitated the acquisition of a District of Columbia flag in Kalorama Park!

  • Created a map showing which acts of gun violence tend to get the most attention in DC


WHAT'S UP NEXT
  • May 4: ANC 1C general meeting (agenda here, link to attend here)

  • May 14: Neighborhood cleanup! Meet at 10AM by the Marie Reed entrance on 18th St NW

  • Ongoing: many liquor licenses in ANC 1C are up for renewal in 2022

  • Please reach out if you have any feedback—positive or negative—on establishments

  • TBA: the property owners at 1831 Belmont Road NW and at 1864 Columbia Road have donated their wall for a mural

  • MuralsDC is in the process of finalizing mural sites and will soon be reviewing the portfolios of artists who applied to be a part of this year’s program

  • If this site is selected, the work would begin late summer

  • Email murals.dc@dc.gov with any historic information on the area that could help an artist plan a mural!


KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

Resident in focus: Andrew Nguyen

Lives on: Mintwood Place

Originally from: Omaha, NE

In Adams Morgan since: 2018

For fun: Spending time with his cats, playing board games, rock climbing

For work: Senior Analyst at the Federal Reserve Board

Favorite part of living in Adams Morgan: "I love the walking access to parks, food and friends"

Andrew was quintessential in organizing a new mural and workshops for the Marie Reed Aquatic Center last year; see more here!



Business in focus: Zenebech Restaurant

Industry: Food & beverage

Address: 2420 18th St NW

In Adams Morgan since: 2017 (but in DC since 1993!)

Featured on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list, be sure to try the awaze tibs



If you would like to nominate an Adams Morgan 1C03 business or resident (including yourself!) to be featured in a future month's update, message me here


See a reference or abbreviation you don't understand? Look it up in my ANC key term index


Don't miss May's video update! Always about 1 minute long; this month's topic is transportation