Salty, Snowy, and Gaining Traction

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January 2022 was absolutely jam packed for ANC 1C03. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create serious risks and barriers for many, ANC meetings will continue to be held virtually (at least for the time being). It is also oversight and budget season for DC Council; that means ANC commissioners and the general public have the chance to voice concerns and priorities by submitting testimony.

Along with many fellow volunteers, I participated in the 2022 Point in Time Count on January 26. This is a one night event to estimate how many people are currently unhoused in cities across the US.

The Adams Morgan community sent a great deal of love & support to Amsterdam Falafel of neighboring 1C07 after learning that owner Scott Bennett passed away.

Below is a summary for January, a glance at February 2022, our resident + business in focus, and this month's video briefing.

WHAT WE DID
  • Letter supporting liquor license for internet-based sales for Mufson, Faron, & Brand passed 7-0

  • Letter supporting a potential pilot program converting the 1800 blocks of Kalorama and Wyoming into one-ways passed 7-0

  • One condition of ANC 1C's support is including speed calming on those blocks

  • Request for supporting zoning relief at 1650 Harvard St NW passed 7-0

  • Resolution requesting traffic enforcement modifications to intersection of Harvard St NW and Lanier Place NW passed 7-0

  • Settlement agreement with Entice Lounge passed 7-0

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

  • Joined the ward 1 redistricting task force to help draw ANC boundaries for the coming decade

  • US flag in Kalorama Park has been replaced, but playground hammock still awaits repair

  • Presented at the DC Climate Change & Resiliency Knowledge Forum Exchange

  • Testified at the Transportation and the Environment Committee oversight hearing

  • I advocated for solidifying clean, sustainable energy consumption in DC

  • Testified at the Government Operations & Facilities Committee oversight hearing

  • I called for increased funding and staff for the Office of LGBTQ Affairs

  • Coordinated with DCRA and DC Fire Department regarding the dangerous condition of 1840 Kalorama Rd NW

  • Inquired about a man who, very sadly, was found deceased in Hargrove Park

  • MPD has yet to share further details on the matter

  • Met with neighboring residents and business owners to arrange improved rodent control

  • We all owe gratitude to Fred & Kathy Lawrence, who have been leading these efforts!

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

  • Met with Ward 1 education and youth committee to discuss budget season goals

  • Signed letter advocating for a supplemental COVID paid leave program


WHAT'S UP NEXT
  • February 1: Ward 1 Redistricting Town Hall for public input (more info here)

  • February 2: ANC 1C general meeting (agenda here, link to attend here)

  • February 7: I'll be giving testimony on encampment protocols at the Committee on Health performance oversight hearing

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

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


KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

Resident in focus: Shedrick Pelt

Lives on: Kalorama Rd NW

Originally from: Huntsville, AL (the Rocket City)

In Adams Morgan since: 2017

For fun: Exploring the intersection of photojournalism and art

For work: Shedrick has worked as a photographer, designer, and creative director for 10+ years, primarily focused on photojournalism and portrait, music, and commercial photography

Favorite part of living in Adams Morgan: the community experience. Knowing the shop owners and the people living in the neighborhood

Be sure to peruse Shedrick's outstanding portfolio of work at sdotpdotmedia.com


Business in focus: Smash! Records

Industry: Retail (alternative clothing & music)

Address: 2314 18th St NW

In Adams Morgan since: 2007 (but in DC since 1984)

Much more than just a record store, Smash! is a pillar of the Adams Morgan music scene


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 February's video update! Always about 1 minute long; this month's topic is street & park cleanliness