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DC City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson Brings ‘Meet up with Mendo’ To Brookland

Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!

We thought Brooklanders would be interested in this opportunity to meet DC City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson and discuss any concerns. From a community announcement from Chairman Mendelson’s Constituent Service:

Chairman Phil Mendelson
Invites You to Ward 5 for…
Meet up with Mendo
Share your Questions, Comments and Concerns with the DC Council Chairman at…
Askale Café-3629 12th Street, NE (In Brookland)
January 14th, 2017

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.

Early Voting Begins Today At Brookland’s Turkey Thicket Rec Center

Community Center Brookland NE Washington DC
Turkey Thicket Exterior Photo Courtesy of DC Dept. of Public Works

Election Day is coming up on Tuesday November 4, 2012. The DC Board of Elections allows early voting, so why not save yourself some time and hassle and get it done now? There is one early voting site for each of DC’s 8 Wards. The Ward 5 early voting location is Turkey Thicket, located here in Brookland at 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE.  Early voting is going on from Saturday, October 25  through Saturday, November 1 (except Sunday). Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. You can even check the wait time at early voting places at this website to best plan your trip.

The general election is the following positions:

  • Delegate to the US House of Representatives
  • Mayor of the District of Columbia
  • Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • Ward 1, 3, 5 and 6 Members of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • United States (“Shadow”) Representative
  • United States (“Shadow”) Senator
  • Ward 1, 3, 5 and 6 Members of the State Board of Education
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Offices
  • Initiative 71 – “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014”

For information on our local ANC races, check out out earlier post on the topic here.

US Senate will hold Statehood Hearing Next Monday – Support the “New Columbia Admission Act” Bill

T-shirt Image courtesy of Neighbors United for DC Statehood.
T-shirt Image courtesy of Neighbors United for DC Statehood.

Our good friend and Statehood activist Josh Burch would like you to know about a hearing that has been scheduled for Monday September 15th. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is taking up the “New Columbia Admission Act” bill.  Please take the time and read Josh’ message and his important request to take action, because Brooklanders and all other DC Residents deserve the same representation rights as the rest of the nation:

(The  awesome T-shirt and other items can be purchase here.)

Hi All,

Very exciting news today that there will be a hearing in the US Senate on the statehood bill next Monday, September 15th at 3pm in Senate Dirsken 342 (more below). This is big news and now is the time for us all to be engaged. Below are 3 things we all can do to help push for statehood over the next week so I hope you’ll consider doing one or all of the suggested tasks below. I’d also like to remind you that we’re scheduled to have our monthly meeting this Saturday at 3pm at a private residence in Brookland. If you plan on attending please RSVP to me and I’ll send you the address.
Though we have a draft agenda for given the significance of the hearing I think we’ll spend most of our time on planning for it and next steps. We hope to see you Saturday & Monday!
Many thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication to this cause. We have a long way to go but we’ve made huge strides over the last three years and that’s something we all should be proud of but not necessarily content with. Let’s keep working until we achieve our ultimate goal: statehood for the people of DC.
Here’s the write-up below of what we all can do over the next week that’s posted at Please share with others now’s the time to life our voices together!!!

The Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), announced that there will be a hearing on September 15th for S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act, which would grant statehood to the people of the District of Columbia. This will be the first time in over twenty years that there will be a hearing before Congress for this piece of legislation. This is an important opportunity to show the Senate & the country what we want and what we deserve, statehood. We need to seize the opportunity this hearing presents to elevate this issue both in the Senate and around the country and over the next week so let’s get to it.

Below are a few things each and every one of us could do to help push the cause forward:

  1. Email Senate Staff: Draft and send an email asking that their bosses cosponsor S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act. You can also ask friends and family around the District or in one of the 50 states to do the same. Here’s a list of targeted Senators with staff contacts to email: Senate_TargetList_2014
  2. Op-Eds: Draft and submit an Op-Ed to a paper around the country asking citizens of each state and their representatives in Congress to support the statehood legislation. Here’s a write-up on why Op-Eds are so important ( and a link for how and where to submit Op-Eds and Letters to the Editors for papers around the country (
  3. The Hearing: We need you at the hearing which is scheduled for September 15th at 3pm in the Senate Dirksen Building Room 342. We need District citizens to turn out for this hearing to both fill the hearing room and the halls of the Dirksen building. We might not all be able to testify and speak with our voices but we can speak with our bodies. Please show up wearing red (DC flag red!!!) and bring a picture of your family if they can’t join as we are all in this together. Let’s show the US Senate that the people of the District want and deserve statehood.

Statehood is our democratic destiny and we must seize the opportunities this hearing provides us. Let’s be active, let’s be engaged, and let’s help make our country more democratic.

Josh Burch

Brookland, DC

Community Activist Jose “Joe” Barrios To Run For ANC 5B04 Seat

Joe Barrios and CM McDuffie at a 2013 Brookland event where both spoke on the importance of civil rights.
Joe Barrios and Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie at a 2013 Brookland event where both spoke on the importance of civil rights.

Many of our readers know Jose “Joe” Barrios from when he stepped in to the Brookland’s Finest liquor license dispute and led the brokering of a Settlement Agreement with 149 nearby residents and the restaurant. Here are some other things you may not know about Jose:

  • He works pro bono to legally defend victims of domestic violence and abuse 
  • He is a co-founder, board member, and secretary of the Friends of Noyes Park, Inc.,
  • He is an elected officer of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association
  • He worked hard in the background  with community leaders to successfully save the Brookland Green from development
  • He was raised in a working-class Latino family and worked his way through undergrad and law school on his own

We recently learned that Jose is going to run for ANC Commissioner of Single Member District 5B04 on the ballot this fall. Full disclosure – Astrid and I have been close friends of Jose for many years and quite frankly, are thrilled he is running. We asked Jose a few questions about his candidacy and here’s what he had to say:

Why did you decide to run?

I decided to run because I care passionately about this neighborhood and all the people that call it home. The work I’ve done in the neighborhood has allowed me to meet many residents from all walks of life and learn from them. That has motivated me to seek public office for the first time.
Our neighborhood is changing quickly. Some people like that, others have concerns. Now is the time for a strong leader to work with people across the neighborhood to help craft the vision of what we want our neighborhood to be like. I believe that my background, legal and negotiation skills, and passion for local issues make me the best person for the job.
What is your platform? What are you hoping to achieve?
My platform theme is “Bringing Brookland Together,” which reflects the approach I prefer in resolving the neighborhoods problems such as last year’s Brookland’s Finest controversy. To me that means three things:
First, it means forging solutions that bring Brookland neighbors together with respect. Brookland is one of the most diverse and open neighborhoods in DC with a remarkable mix of people from all kinds of ethnicities, religions, professions, and so on.
I’m a Latino from a working class family. I never forget where I come from or the challenges that working class families face, because my family experiences them even today. My elderly parents are both on fixed social security incomes with no retirements, and believe me that hurts. Because of Brookland’s diversity and the hot housing market there are folks here who are better off and some that struggle to make ends meet from day to day. Brookland needs a leader who can relate to the needs of the entire wonderful mosaic of people who live here rather than trying to pit them against one another.
The fact that the incumbent Commissioner Steptoe arbitrarily cancelled all community (Single Member District) meetings with her constituents speaks volumes about what she thinks of many of them, and also speaks to her inability to work with people. I will restore the SMD meetings and use them as a regular public forum where neighbors can come together to air their differences and resolve their problems.
Second, my platform means supporting small businesses in a manner that respects Brookland’s character and quality of life. Brookland and Ward 5 deserve to share in what is happening elsewhere in this city. I strongly support attracting those businesses to Brookland so long as they are willing to respect the neighborhood’s unique character. Attracting small businesses means attracting jobs, it means increasing the services that all residents can enjoy, and it means increasing the city’s tax base so that it can better afford its expenses and social services for the good of everyone.
I don’t want to live in another Columbia Heights. I will ask the tough questions and fight the good fight when I believe something is out of character or is disrespecting our residents. But our commercially-zoned 12th Street corridor does not need the anti-business reputation we have gotten in recent years. Those businesses deserve our support, and so do new ones who wish to come and make great uses out of abandoned or underused buildings that we can all enjoy. Because nobody can convince me that an abandoned rat-infested building is better for residents than a lively restaurant where neighbors can connect with one another!
Third, my platform means returning transparency and ethics to ANC 5B04. Public servants should never forget that the public has a right to know what they are doing. To do otherwise is to misuse the position. It shouldn’t take FOIA lawsuits that waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. I will restore transparency by posting meeting recordings and exhibits on the internet for all to see. I will also make sure residents know of important votes I will be taking well in advance so they have an opportunity to weigh in.
As for ethics, many people know by now that Commissioner Steptoe has been referred by a DC court for possible prosecution on charges of perjury (ten year maximum prison sentence if convicted) and destruction of a public recording she had been ordered to produce. I mean, really? ANC 5B04 deserves better and needless to say I will bring a different standard to the position.
What are your favorite things about living in Brookland?
One of my favorite things about living here is that it’s literally a neighborhood where people can feel comfortable coming by to ask for a garden tool, or to exchange garden plants, or to just sit on the porch and chat. And that is true regardless of who you are, whether you’re new to the neighborhood or not, whether you’re young or older, and so on. People simply care and are willing to accept you as you are. I think that’s great.
People are also really passionate about their vision for the neighborhood. Sometimes that causes sharp differences of opinion, and that’s fine. It means they care enough, which is a good thing. And although a few people prefer to emphasize those differences, I think our neighbors are more united than divided in their vision for the neighborhood. We all care about crime, safe streets, more jobs and local services, better local schools, more parks and open spaces, and the like. I think most of us would enjoy having more of the amenities that other DC residents in other Wards enjoy, even if we disagree about how much, the location, and the density. If you look behind the conflicts you see most people united in common cause for their neighborhood, and that level of passion for the place we call home really means a lot to me.
I also love my Brookland garden. Mark and I spend a lot of time planning it in winter and planting it in spring. I can never keep up with the weeds, less so now with my campaign getting started, but walking through the garden after work is a joy and reprieve from the stresses of the world that I wouldn’t give up for anything.

The boundaries of Single Member District 5B04 are the railroad tracks to the west, Monroe Street NE to the north, 13st Street NE to the east, and Rhode Island Avenue NE to the south. As far as we know, no one else has announced their intention to run for the seat. The current ANC 5B04 Commissioner is Carolyn Steptoe, who should need no introduction to our readers. Here is the contact information for Jose’s campaign:

Website here.
Email: josebarrios2014(at)yahoo(dot)com
Twitter: josebarrios2014
Facebook page here.

Ward 5 Councilmember Candidates Answer Your Questions

On November 4th, 2014 DC will have its general election, and the seat for Ward 5 Councilmember will be on the ballot. The DC Board of Elections released the list of candidates on the ballot for the Democratic primary at this point. For Ward 5 Councilmember, these are:

  • Kathy Henderson, current ANC Commissioner of SMD 5D05 (near Benning Rd. and Maryland Ave, NE). Her website is here.
  • Jacqueline Manning, current ANC Commissioner of SMD 5C04 (near Mt. Olivet and Benning Roads, NE). We could not locate a website for Ms. Manning.
  • Kenyan McDuffie, current Ward 5 Councilmember. His website is here.
  • Carolyn Steptoe, current ANC Commissioner of Bookland’s SMD 5B04. Her website is here.

We asked readers to submit questions for these candidates, and we asked these candidates to answer them. Jacqueline Manning did not respond. Carolyn Steptoe responded that “The Steptoe for Ward 5 City Council campaign greatly appreciates receiving this questionnaire” but after a 2 day deadline extension did not send any answers. So, you asked it, here are responses from Commissioner Henderson and Councilmember McDuffie:

1)      What is your platform/why are you running?

Kathy Henderson:

I am running for the Ward 5 seat because I have an exceptionally strong record of improving the safety and livability of my community by targeting open-air drug markets, tackling overwhelming trash issues, nuisance housing and effectively advocating for new trees, sidewalks, street lights and amenities like Denny’s, the Starburst Plaza and Atlas Flats; I also supported other Ward 5 projects like the Gateway Market project, Rhode Island Row and the Hecht’s Warehouse project. I have been elected five terms as an advisory neighborhood commissioner (ANC) and serve as the chairperson for ANC 5D. I have been recognized for my excellent work in People magazine and Essence magazine and received awards from the US Attorney’s Office, Chief of Police, Fifth District, ANC 5B and Ward 5 Democrats.

Kenyan McDuffie:

As a pledge I made when running in 2012’s special election, I have restored integrity to the Council and built a legislative and constituent services record I am proud of. In a second term I will continue to deliver resources to improve the quality of life for all residents in Ward 5. This includes:

  • serving as the Council’s affordable housing champion;
  • implementing recommendations from my Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force;
  • enhancing employment opportunities for Ward 5 residents, supporting our small businesses, and advocating for our storefront corridors; and
  • holding DCPS accountable for quality educational opportunities for our families.

2)      If elected, what specific steps will you take to maintain Ward 5′s economic diversity?

Kathy Henderson:

The community I represent is economically diverse; we have retired seniors, working professionals, persons earning six figure salaries and persons receiving subsidized housing and food assistance and we have students and unemployed residents. I have worked tirelessly with DC Government and Federal stakeholders to create a safer, livable community that supports a good quality of life for all. If elected to represent Ward 5 I will expand my advocacy for affordable housing, market rate housing, including home ownership and leverage legislative resources to attract desirable businesses and jobs to Ward 5. I was an early supporter of inclusionary zoning and restoring full funding to the Housing Production Trust Fund. I will also expand my advocacy to ensure compliance with our city’s “first source” hiring provisions. I support city initiatives to attract and maintain small businesses that add an aesthetic and economic benefit to our community. I believe there is a place at the table for everyone.

Kenyan McDuffie:

Economic diversity is a vital component of the city’s character. My wife and I live in the house that has been in my family for over 60 years. Unfortunately, if we wanted to purchase that house today, we probably could not afford it. We have a serious problem when those who are born and raised in this city, those who are retiring after a lifetime of service, and young professionals starting a family here all cannot afford to live in the District. The city’s growing unaffordability is a problem that I have been focused on since taking office in 2012.

3)      How will you make sure that lower and middle class residents are not priced out of neighborhoods because of gentrification?

Kathy Henderson:

The District has some of the strongest rent control laws in the country and I support maintaining protections for renters, especially seniors on fixed incomes. Applying inclusionary zoning provisions to new development and setting affordable housing guidelines at 50% of the area median income are credible ways to expand affordable housing opportunities. Using the Housing Production Trust Fund to create condominiums is a way to create affordable home ownership opportunities. I believe the time has come to implement affordable modular homes and rentals in the DC market, which is proving to be a successful affordable housing strategy in New York City.  We can move forward as a city without pushing our residents out.

Kenyan McDuffie:

The city’s renaissance should be celebrated, but more importantly, it should be shared. As the Council’s champion for affordable housing, I have the knowledge and skills necessary to grapple with the difficult issue of housing affordability. I introduced three bills to improve the city’s housing affordability, and also allocated funds in the 2014 budget toward housing subsidies for renters and those at risk of homelessness. I voted to increase the city’s minimum wage to $11.50/hour and have been a consistent advocate for our working class. I will continue to push for policies that support affordable housing and fair employment conditions.

4)      What steps would you take to reduce hate crimes on the basis of race and sexual orientation?

Kathy Henderson:

I support enhanced enforcement to make our communities safer and more livable. I created the 5D Court Watch program to help close the door on repeat offenders by encouraging residents to write community impact statements at sentencing. Superior Court judges are listening to residents and issuing tougher sentences for criminals. I am working on legislation entitled: “The Omnibus Community Protection Act”, which will offer additional tools to fight certain categories of crime, including matters related to race and sexual orientation. I believe the DC Office of Human Rights must improve upon its record of investigating and resolving complaints based on race and sexual orientation.

Kenyan McDuffie:

Since taking office, I have proactively engaged public safety agencies and community activists to raise awareness on hate crimes. I have joined outraged residents in rallies against recent violent attacks appearing to be hate crimes in Eckington and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. As Chair of the Committee which has oversight of the Office of GLBT Affairs, I will continue to seek ways to improve our city’s response to suspected hate crimes. As a legislator, I will continue to make certain that MPD has the resources necessary to ensure that hate crimes are thoroughly investigated and suspects are properly charged.

5)      How would you strengthen ethics in government?

Kathy Henderson:

I am a proven leader citizens can trust, underscoring an unassailable record of ethical leadership. I intend to maintain my integrity if elected to represent the residents of Ward 5. I will provide vigorous oversight as a member of the Council and hold the office of the Inspector General accountable for safeguarding the public trust. Councilmembers have an important oversight role, which if consistently undertaken will protect the public trust. Agency performance hearings represent an excellent opportunity to account for DC Government resources and to ensure that appropriate management controls are in place to protect our resources. I will remain vigilant on my watch.

Kenyan McDuffie:

Since taking office, I’ve introduced and passed legislation to strengthen government ethics and increase transparency and fairness in elections. In fact, last year the Council passed my comprehensive campaign finance reform bill that substantially improves the integrity of District elections. I also wrote and passed a bill giving greater authority to the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, and have introduced a comprehensive ethics bill that, among many things, creates a Universal Code of Conduct for all District employees.

Voters also share our responsibility to hold elected officials accountable through our democratic process.

6)      How will you address the health disparities in Ward 5? (Type 2 diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, etc.)

Kathy Henderson:

Income disparities, lack of health insurance and education contribute to poor health outcomes for our residents. I have facilitated meetings to register our residents for health insurance and provide HIV testing, mammograms, health screenings and education. If elected as the Ward 5 Councilmember I will strengthen my partnership with hospitals, schools, including universities to conduct health information and service outreach to our residents.

Kenyan McDuffie:

The key to addressing health disparities is education and access, so that preventative care and early detection is sought and readily available for all residents. I will work with the Department of Health to establish community clinics in areas where health outcomes are poor. A key barrier to healthcare access is access to insurance, so it is also vitally important that all residents are insured or have access to Medicare or Medicaid. In a second term, I will continue to work with our city’s social services agencies to ensure they are adequately resourced to fulfill their missions.

7)      It seems that Ward 5 is a dumping ground for projects the rest of the city doesn’t want. Why are there so many trash transfer facilities and marijuana growing facilities in Ward 5? It seems that someone other than the Council representative is driving things like Costco, the McMillan project, and the school closings. Are Ward 5 Councilpersons obligated somehow to accept what the other wards don’t want?

Kathy Henderson:

When I moved to Ward 5 in 1998, I joined the fight against trash transfer stations here and I expanded my efforts to keep sexually oriented businesses out of Ward 5; I joined forces with like-minded neighbors and we were successful in keeping a sexually oriented business from opening on Mt. Olivet Rd.  While serving as the Chairperson for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D my colleagues and I worked to keep another marijuana facility from opening in Ward 5.  As an ANC and private citizen I have always fought the good fight against undesirable businesses and industrial eyesores in Ward 5. I relish the opportunity to fight on behalf of all Ward 5 residents to protect our interests against the crap that others do not want. I will stand up against the proliferation of strip clubs, marijuana facilities, trash stations and any undesirable facility that threatens a good quality of life for Ward 5 and I will rally Ward 5 residents to stand with me.

Kenyan McDuffie:

Since my first day in office, I tackled the challenge of Ward 5’s industrial land by spearheading the Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force, which is developing a strategic plan to transform our industrial areas into a magnet desirable businesses and amenities.

I have also passed a legal moratorium to prevent new strip clubs from opening in Ward 5, put limits on additional medical marijuana facilities, introduced legislation to address poor industrial air quality (including funding two air quality inspectors) and introduced a bill to address the operations of the ward’s waste transfer businesses.

8)      What is your stance on awarding city contracts to developers for large land tracts like The McMillan-Olmsted Park?

Kathy Henderson

I am a former member of the DC Historic Preservation Review Board and now serve as a member and trustee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City Council, underscoring my interest in historic preservation. I have attended many community meetings to discuss development plans for the historic McMillan Reservoir/Olmsted Park. I support moving forward with a thoughtful development plan that preserves and balances green space with an aesthetically pleasing and appropriately scaled development plan. I believe allowing the community and stakeholders to participate in refining the plan will result in a stronger design that benefits all parties.

Kenyan McDuffie

In many instances, the private sector is more technically capable of developing land. While each site and each project must be analyzed individually, in general I support utilizing the talent and efficiency of the private sector to achieve important city objectives.

Brookland’s ANC 5B-04 Commissioner Steptoe To Seek Ward 5 Councilmember Seat

Commissioner Steptoe spaking at the February 2013 ANC 5B Meeting.
Commissioner Steptoe speaking at the February 2013 ANC 5B Meeting.

On November 4th, 2014 DC will have its general election, and the seat for Ward 5 Councilmember will be on the ballot.We learned in late October that current Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is seeking re-election, which shouldn’t be a surprise given his popularity. The race, however, just got more interesting this week when Brookland’s own ANC 5B 04 Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe decided to throw her hat in the ring. (For brevity, I am assuming that Brookland Bridge readers do not need a back story on Commissioner Steptoe, as we have written a number of posts about her tenure as ANC.) Here is an email she sent to constituents earlier this week:

Hello Ward 5 – After much deliberation and prayer, I picked up nominating petitions seeking the democratic ballot for the Ward 5 D.C. City Council seat.  If you are a Democrat and interested in signing my nominating petitions to help me qualify for the Ward 5 City Council ballot in the April 2014 primary, please let me know. 

 Also, if you are interested in helping me obtain petition signatures, please contact me.  The minimum signatures are 250; 20 per page with nominating petitions due January 2, 2014.  More campaign information to follow.
Meanwhile, I shall continue working hard in and for our ward while also obtaining signatures to earn your support and vote.  Pls. know I greatly appreciate any support.  Thank you kindly.
A few days later she followed up with another message:
Good afternoon Ward 5 –

 In response to so many generous offerings, I feel obliged to provide this disclaimer.  Please know that the Steptoe campaign seeks only volunteer worker efforts and Ward 5 citizen votes.  No financial donations please.

 DISCLAIMER: While financial donations are helpful to any campaign, we do not relish the idea of perceived or expected favors to donors.  Given what we believe are our strengths and accomplishments, the Steptoe campaign opts not to accept individual or business monetary donations.  Instead, we prefer to work hard as we personally grind the pavement to earn your vote and your support.  We believe this approach allows us not only to retain the ethereal integrity of elected leadership (similar to the days of old) but, more importantly,  remain beholding only to the electorate Ward 5 citizen masses, our Ward 5 citizen issues and our Ward 5 concerns.  Of course this approach is more work but, it’s worth it.

 Meanwhile, thank you again for your support.  Our formal website w/more detailed candidate information is forthcoming. 

See you on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Ward 5!   Send/leave us a message if you wish to sign the petition and volunteer!
We will keep you apprised of any developments – this should be an interesting one to watch!

Mayor’s 2014 Budget Townhall Comes To Brookland Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 10th, one of the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Town Hall Meetings will be held at Brookland’s Luke C. Moore Academy. The Town Hall will be from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Luke C. Moore is located at 1001 Monroe Street, NE. This is your chance to listen and learn – as well as ask a few questions. For example, it would be great to know why Mayor Gray requested $50 million for NoMa parks in his 2014 budget proposal! I mean, we all want more green space, but wow, just wow…Mayoral Budget Town Hall Announcement

David Grosso, DC Councilmember And Brookland Resident, To Host Meet And Greet This Thursday

David Grosso and team in Brookland. Photo courtesy of David Grosso's Facebook page.
David Grosso and team in Brookland. Photo courtesy of David Grosso’s Facebook page.

On January 2nd, David Grosso, a new DC At-Large Councilmember took office. And, we are proud say, he is a Brooklander! If you are interested in meeting CM Grosso and his team, check out this upcoming event. From an announcement sent by his office:

Councilmember David Grosso cordially invites you to his Open House at the Wilson Building on Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 406. Light refreshments will be served. The Open House is an opportunity for constituents to visit Grosso’s new office and meet his key staff. We all look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts and concerns for the upcoming Council period.

For more information, contact Dionne Johnson Calhoun, Director of Public Relations (202) 724-8105

Local Election Results – DC Council, Ward 5 ANCs, Maryland Gay Marriage

Washington DC Flag Brookland NE Election CoverageSo we know that President Barack Obama has won his reelection. (YAY!) But what about our local elections? Here is a rundown of DC election results you may be interested in:

Delegate, House of Representatives – Eleanor Holmes Norton

At-Large Council Members – Vincent Orange, David Grosso

 Chairman of the DC City Council – Phil Mendelson

Ward 5 ANC Races:

5A01 – Frank Wilds, 5A02 Michael Williams, 5A03 Adrian Jordan, 5A05 Ronnie Edwards, 5A06 Albrette “Gigi” Ransom, 5A07 Sandra “Sandi” Washington, 5A08 Angel Alston, 5B01 Shirley Rivens Smith, 5B02 Ursula Higgins, 5B03 Tiffany Bridge, 5B04 Carolyn Steptoe, 5B05 Jenese Jones, 5C01 Antonette Russell, 5C02 Karla Butler, 5C03 Bob King, 5C04 Jacqueline Manning, 5C05 Regina James, 5C06 Marjorie D. Thomas-Brown, 5C07 Nolan Treadway, 5D01 Peta-Gay S. Lewis, 5D02 Vonetta Dumas,  5D03  India Henderson, 5D04 Bernice Blacknell,  5D05 Kathy Henderson, 5D06 Tina Laskaris, 5D07 David Hooper, 5E01 Debbie Smith-Steiner, 5E02 Christy Davis, 5E03 Tim Clark, 5E04 Sylvia Pinkney, 5E05 Joyce Robinson-Paul, 5E06 Teri Janine Quinn, 5E07 Wanda Foster, 5E08 Mark Mueller, 5E09 C. Dianne Barnes, 5E10 Angela Blanks.

Also, Maryland Question 6 – to approve same-sex marriage passed 🙂

To see full DC votes go here.