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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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