The election is afoot! The easiest way to submit your ballot is by mail or using the dropbox outside of Stead Recreational Center. If you did not receive your ballot, contact the Board of Elections. If you are not registered to vote, today’s the last day, or you can register in person at an Early Vote Center starting at the end of the month.
If there’s one link to check out, track your ballot using this official tool: votedc.ballottrax.net/voter
If you haven’t made up your mind on the races, there are a number of guides and endorsements:
- The League of Women Voters has one of the best nonpartisan guides to your ballot: vote411.org/ballot
- Greater Greater Washington provided candidates with questionnaires on housing, transportation, and land use, budget, and equity. They posted those questionnaires from all candidates and made endorsements for Ward 2 Council (Randy Downs), At-Large Council (vote for two: Robert White, Ed Lazere, with Christina Henderson runner-up), and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (Mo Pasternak, Kyle Mulhall, Robin Nunn, Matthew Sampson).
- The Washington Post has great pieces on Initiative 81, the State Board of Education races, and the crowded at-large Council race.
- The Washington Post Editorial Board, which is a small group not connected with the newsroom, endorsed Christina Henderson, Marcus Goodwin, Brooke Pinto, and Allister Chang.
- DCist also has an extensive guide on the at-large Council race.
- As your outgoing commissioner, I have very strong opinions about the local ANC races, and deeply care that our 2021-2022 Commission is responsive and respectful to all of us in Dupont Circle. I strongly encourage neighbors to vote for Mo Pasternak, Kyle Mulhall, Matthew Sampson, and Robin Nunn.
- Many of you have asked how I voted. I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, At-Large: Christina Henderson and Robert White (vote for two), Ward 2 Council: Randy Downs, At-Large SBOE: Mysiki Valentine, and Initiative 81: YES. For Ward 2 SBOE, I like these top three candidates: James Harnett, Allister Chang, and Sarah Mehrotra and wished I could vote for all of them.
Connecticut Avenue Streetscape and Deck-Over Project
At our next ANC 2B meeting, October 14 at 7 p.m., a presentation will be given by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) regarding the streetscape of Connecticut Avenue and deck-over between Dupont Circle and Q Street. To get a sneak peek, the slides featuring the 65% Intermediate Design are online early!
1730 R St NW – Ross Elementary School
Construction has begun for an ADA-accessible elevator in the rear of Ross Elementary School. This is a project that the ANC supported last month and was recently approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment. The special exception was regarding the rear yard requirements.
School Without Walls
Last week, veteran principal Richard Trogisch abruptly departed School Without Walls, and it was quickly met with significant protest from parents and students. The Washington Post’s Perry Stein covered the circumstances surrounding this sudden change, and the Washington Post’s Editorial Board amplified deep criticism around this departure. The ANC 2B will be considering a resolution demanding answers from our government on this issue, and a circulated draft resolution goes as far as to demand the principal’s reinstatement and is harshly critical of D.C. Public Schools’ leadership. If you have any feedback about this issue, please contact me.
1500-1700 H St NW – “John Lewis Way”
The D.C. Council has introduced legislation honoring the late Representative John Lewis by symbolically designating two blocks of H Street, along Lafayette Square, as “John Lewis Way.” The ANC 2B has an opportunity to weigh in on this, and it is anticipated we will unanimously support it. This location is near where he stood on Black Lives Matter Plaza a month prior to his passing this year.
1536 16th Street NW – PETA Foundation
On the corner of 16th and Q Streets, the Foundation to Support Animal Protection (FSAP), better known as the PETA Foundation, is seeking a zoning special exception regarding lodging, as they are renovating to provide space for up to 10 guests. Their intended use: “FSAP would like to offer some staff and business guests visiting its 1536 16th St. NW office free, temporary accommodations, to save on costs currently associated with providing them accommodations and to eliminate the need for them to travel between the office and where they would stay otherwise.” This is planned to be on the ANC’s agendas in November.
The long-term transportation plan for the District is moveDC, and they recently announced they are updating it in 2021. If you’d like to chime in on the future of transportation in the District, please take their survey.
1617 17th St NW – Prego Again
Prego Again’s alcohol license is up for renewal. I do not see this as controversial and the ANC 2B will likely take “no action” on this item. With ABRA’s processes, “no action” generally implies neutral support and that the ANC doesn’t wish to interfere.
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Please let me know if you have any feedback or questions about anything. I’m available to you to chat about any neighborhood issue!