Category Archives: ANC

ANC 5B Special Meeting Tonight To Discuss The 805-809 Channing Place NE Project

Sorry for the short notice,but unfortunately we just learned about this meeting, which was announced at the last ANC 5B meeting but as far as we know was only published on a Ward 5 Google group. This Google group is only used by a very small group of people and does not reach many ANC 5B residents. It would be helpful if the ANC Commission would take advantage of more social network tools that would assure a much wider readership and outreach. Here is the flyer for tonight’s meeting. Please share this information with your neighbors. The development that will be the only topic of this meeting will occupy a large piece of land north of Rhode Island Ave. and west of Reed Street NE. All who would like to be informed prior to the construction phase, should attend, ask questions, and get an understanding of the details of this project.

ANC 5B Meeting Dec 3

Election Results Round Up For Brooklanders

ANC 5B Boundries 2013
ANC 5B Boundries

Sure, we have a new mayor and all…but here are the results we really care about here at the Bridge. (View the results at the DC Board of Elections website.)

  • Predictably, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie cruised to an easy victory, with 86%  of the vote for another term.
  • The winners for ANC Commissioner in ANC 5B are as follows:
    • (5B-01) Gayle Hall-Carley
    • (5B-02) Ursula Higgins
    • (5B-03) Michael Morrison
    • (5B-04) Joe Barrios
    • (5B-05) — Undetermined (this was a write-in campaign, so results are not yet known.)

Congrats to those who won, and thanks to all who ran. To see where you live in the ANC 5B boundaries, see the map to the right.

Write-In Candidate, Anita Hairston, Emerges In Uncontested ANC 5B05 Race

ANC 5B Boundries 2013
ANC 5B Boundaries

We had the pleasure of meeting Anita Hairston the other night and were happy to hear that she has launched a write-in campaign for the soon-to-be-vacant ANC 5B05 seat. As we posted back in August, current 5B05 Commissioner Jenese L. Jones is not running again and until now, no one else has declared a candidacy to fill the seat. We would like to thank Commissioner Jones for her service and are excited about the prospect of having this part of the neighborhood, near Turkey Thicket and the Metro represented after all. We caught up with Ms. Hairston and asked her a few questions about her campaign. If you live within 5B05 (see boundaries below and to the right), we encourage you to write her name in when you vote.

1) Why are you conducting the write-in campaign?

I am conducting a write-in campaign for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of Single Member District (SMD) 5B05 because I would like to be a voice for the aspirations and concerns of my neighbors.  The current ANC 5B05 Commissioner, Jenese Jones, is not running in this election, and has endorsed me.  A write-in campaign requires initiative on my part to make sure that my neighbors in 5B05 have information about the upcoming election, about me, and how to vote for me.  The write-in campaign requires initiative on the part of 5B05 voters as well.  The ballot for this election does not include any names for the position of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of Single Member District 5B05.  Voters filling out a paper ballot will need to locate the section of the ballot for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, fill in the “write-in” bubble on their paper ballot, and then write in my name, Anita Hairston. Voters filling out an electronic ballot will need to locate the screen for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, select the “write-in” check box, and then key in my name, Anita Hairston.

2) Tell us a little bit about your background

Public service and civic engagement have been a driving force of my career as a public policy professional.  During my time working for PolicyLink and DC Office of Planning, I have played a role in shaping policies that revitalize neighborhoods and foster strong and inclusive communities.  Through that work, I have developed a deep appreciation of the role of authentic community voice in how priorities are set for cities and neighborhoods.   My public service / civic engagement activities include: Ward 5 representative for the DC Pedestrian Advisory Committee, member of the MoveDC transportation plan committee, and member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board Citizens Advisory Committee.  I am currently active with Neighbors United for DC Statehood, which began as an initiative of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association.

3) If elected, what issues will you focus  on in your SMD?

I will focus on community safety, particularly pedestrian safety.  Our residents need to be able to travel safely and easily to Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, the Brookland/CUA Metro station, businesses on 12th Street NE, local schools, and other important destinations.  Additional attention to this issue by the city, particularly the District Department of Transportation could make these trips safer.  Given the expected development in the SMD and adjacent to it, I will focus on how residents can influence the development process to ensure that there are positive benefits to our community.  In addition, I will focus on community engagement, getting a broad range of residents to connect with one another and share information that will make sure we maintain a strong quality of life for all of us.  I will also look to pursue other priorities that 5B05 residents identify as important concerns during SMD meetings and neighborhood walk-throughs.

4) What do you love about Brookland?

When I moved to DC in 2003, I recall taking a walk down 12th Street NE and saying that this is a neighborhood where I would love to live.  It took me a few years before I could settle in the neighborhood, but since I moved to Brookland 7 years ago, I have felt so “at home”.  There are so many things that I love about Brookland.  I love that the people of Brookland are so diverse, and that we say “hello” to one another as we pass each other on the street.  I also love that once I step outside my front door I am a short walk from Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, the Franciscan Monastery, a grocery store, a hardware store, farmers markets, locally-owned restaurants, and the Brookland/CUA Metro.

5B05has the following boundaries – the railroad tracks to the west, Varnum and Taylor Streets NE to the north, 13th Street NE to the east and Otis Street NE to the south, see the map above.

ANC 5B03 Meeting Wednesday – Public Safety, MPD On The Agenda

Michael Morrison, the ANC Commissioner for Single Member District 5B03 reached out to us and asked that we spread the word about his next meeting. Check out the flyer below. The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 29 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Public Charter School (MMB PCS – 1404 Jackson Street, NE) at 6:30 pm. The agenda for the meeting is safety concerns in regard to the Brentwood Road and Rhode Island Avenue Northeast intersection. MPD leaders and other District representatives will be in attendance. The entrance to the MMB PCS is on the 14th Street side of the campus between Irving and Jackson Streets, up the steps, through the courtyard, and via the purple doors. The meeting will be held in the school auditorium.

Community Police Meeting Hosted By M&S Barber Shop Owner Duane Johnson Monday

Mr. Duane Johnson, the owner of the M&S Barber Shop, has approached ANC 5B04 candidate Joe Barrios about his concerns on crime and safety in his neighborhood. Mr. Johnson is not the only resident who voiced his concern. In the many conversations with his clients he hears that many of them are worried about crime activities in Brookland. Joe Barrios encouraged Mr. Johnson to host a community meeting and contacted Fifth District Police Commander Dierdre Porter, who in return committed Lt. Durand to be available for a neighborhood meeting. Mr. Johnson generously agreed to offer his Barber Shop at 2900 12th Street for this meeting on October 6 at 7pm. It is wonderful to see Brookland business owners like him to actively engage in community outreach and problem solving. I hope that  many residents will take advantage of this opportunity made possible by Mr. Johnson to speak with Lt. Durand of the local police force and share their observations and concern. Also those who have missed the recent police meeting at the Luke C. Moore High School are given another opportunity to share their issues with MPDC.

police community meeting jpg



ANC 5B September Meeting next Wednesday

The summer is over and the ANC Commissions are picking up their meeting schedule. The ANC 5B Commissioners invite all neighbors to attend the next meeting on Wednesday September 24. See details below.

I encourage all residents who live in the ANC 5B boundaries to attend. As past experiences have taught us, it is important that we are engaged, express our opinion, hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, and to make sure the Commission  is acting on behalf of it’s constituency and not to  please their own agenda.

The ANC 5B Commission will have to finish 2014 with a vacant seat, since Ms. Carolyn Steptoe has resigned from her post as ANC 5B04 Commissioner.

ANC 5B Meeting

November Ballot For ANC 5B Races Is Set – Only 2 Races Contested

ANC 5B Boundries 2013
ANC 5B Boundries

Completed petitions for those seeking offices that will be elected this coming November were due August 6th. We checked the DC Board of Elections site to get a handle on the upcoming Advisory Neighborhood Council (ANC) 5B ballot. However things turn out, the ANC will be quite different than it has been in recent years. Notably, current ANC 5B Chair and 5B-01 Commissioner Shirley Rivens-Smith is not running, and neither is current 5B-05 Commissioner Jenese L. Jones. Unfortunately, no one is running in 5B-05, leaving this part of the neighborhood, near Turkey Thicket and the Metro unrepresented. Lastly, readers may remember that current 5B-04 Commissioner Carolyn C. Steptoe triumphantly and emphatically announced her departure from Brookland and her ANC seat via an email statement in late July.

The races for ANC Commissioner in ANC 5B are as follows:

(5B-01) Gayle Hall-Carley and Timothy Thomas
(5B-02) Ursula Higgins
(5B-03) Michael Morrison
(5B-04) Joe Barrios and Rayseen Woodland
(5B-05) —

To see where you live in the ANC 5B boundaries, see the map to the right.

Outgoing ANC 5B Commissioner Steptoe FOIA Case To Cost Taxpayers $58,400

120px-Freedom_of_Information_logoSo, we are a little late in posting this, and many readers have probably already seen this news in other places, but better late than never. Regular Bridge readers will recall that in April we reported that  Superior Judge Michael O’Keefe has announced his final ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case that pitted many neighbors against ANC 5B. The judge ruled against ANC5B and at the time it looked like the case would cost tax payers about $60,000. Here is a link to the complete Court Order. Now, the case has finally been settled and the result is that taxpayers are on the hook to pay $58,400 to cover the costs associated with defending Commissioner Steptoe’s actions, which included deleting a recording that was the subject of a FOIA request. Here is outgoing ANC 5B04 Commissioner Steptoe’s email announcement of the settlement:

Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 20:09
To: Steptoe, Carolyn C.(ANC 5B04)
Cc: Steptoe, Carolyn C.(ANC 5B04)
Subject: [WardFive] Status Update: Crimmins v. DC

Dear Community —

Followup information re the FOIA lawsuit case (Conor Crimmins v. District of Columbia ), involving ANC 5B, our ANC 5B rec’d update information today that the District has decided to settle the Crimmins case for $57,000, plus the $1,400.00 sanctions awarded against ANC 5B by Judge O’Keefe, for a total of $58,400.

ANC 5B was notified that this settlement will be paid out of the Settlement and Judgments Fund and that, in exchange, each party would withdraw its appeal. ANC 5B was also told that OAG and OSG are in agreement regarding settling this case.

Very kind regards,

Commissioner Carolyn C. Steptoe
Single Member District 5B04
Vice Chairperson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B
(202) 321-3860/ANC cell
(202) 636-8191/home
(pardon typos, etc.)

The story was also covered in the Washington City Paper.

ANC 5B04 Commissioner Steptoe To Relinquish Her Seat Soon

ANC 5B04 Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe needs no introduction to our regular readers. Here is one of the latest of multiple stories we covered about Ms. Steptoe and our ongoing neighborhood saga regarding Freedom of Information Act compliance and ANC 5B. We learned tonight that Steptoe is moving on and vacating her seat as ANC Commissioner.
Carolyn Steptoe (left) with some of her fellow ANC 5B Commissioners in 2013.
Commissioner Steptoe just shared the following  message via email.
Dear 5B04 Community —
In keeping with my commitment to the 5B04 community, I wish to pass along this information.
After 16 blessed years in my Lawrence Street (Brookland) home – a lovely environment I purchased as a single, young professional – I have decided to sell my home.  I will remain in my D.C. hometown, but will live in upper, upper N.W. (16th Street  – the inimitable “Gold Coast.” )  Like many Washingtonians, yes, I do sing The Jefferson’s theme song in association w/the prospect of living on The Gold Coast… lol!
Anyway, my new home will be 2 blocks from Walter Reed.  It is also but a few blocks from Rock Creek Park and Silver Spring.  As most know, the Gold Coast is a very quiet, tree-lined and long-standing residential neighborhood.
I anticipate finalizing (prayerfully) all my relocation matters soon; several weeks anyway.  Once everything is finalized, I shall then relinquish my 5B04 SMD commissioner seat since, at that point, I shall neither be a 5B04 resident nor a resident of Ward 5.
I wanted to share this with you so you may know, until my formal transition out of our 5B04 community, you may contact me anytime should you need assistance.   Until such time, I shall continue to be in the 5B04 community and work as the elected 5B04 commissioner.  Although ANC 5B is on summer break, I can be reached on 202-321-3860.  You may also send me an email at
Please know it remains my honor to serve my community and enjoy my neighbors.  Blessings and happy summer to all!
Very kind regards,
Commissioner Carolyn C. Steptoe
Single Member District 5B04
Vice Chairperson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B

(202) 321-3860/ANC cell
(202) 636-8191/home
(pardon typos, etc.)