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TONIGHT: Public Safety Meeting At Brooks Mansion

Although widely published via listserve, ANC  and Civic Associations email lists, here a quick reminder about a community meeting at the Brooks Mansion this evening.

As a combined effort of the Metropolitan Police Department, ANC Commissioners and Brookland/Woodridge Cicic Associations a meeting has been organized to address the topic of Neighborhood Watch initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity for all residents, who would like to make a difference in their neighborhood.

Here the official flyer and invitation:


ANC 5B Meeting Wednesday – MPD, Oxbridge Development And More

ANC 5B is back in action after last month’s meeting was cancelled due to the weather. The agenda below is for the next meeting on Wednesday February 26th. We are interested in seeing what is new with the Oxbridge development and what we will learn from Gottlieb Simon, who is the Executive Director of the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. We also find it curious that Steel Plate’s liquor licence is not on the agenda, as the timeframe to protest the license will end before the March ANC meeting. Note: unlike usual 5B meetings, this one will take place at the Noyes School Auditorium at 2725 10th Street, NE, DC 20018, which is at 10th & Franklin Streets, NE.


ANC 5B Loses Another FOIA Case And A Reconsideration Of Brookland”s Finest Liquor License

Can we please put all this to rest? Brookland Finest ABRA Hearing 8/14/2013. Photo courtesy of Frank Rettig.
Can we please put all this to rest? Brookland Finest ABRA Hearing 8/14/2013. Photo courtesy of Frank Rettig.

You may remember that ANC 5B lost a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case that forced ANC 5B to release the Exhibits associated with their vote to protest the Brookland’s Finest liquor license application. We recently got word that ANC 5B lost another FOIA case, also related to Brookland’s Finest.  The issue at the heart of this case is the April 2013 ANC 5B-04 meeting hosted by Carolyn Steptoe. For many neighbors this was the first chance to learn about the restaurant directly from the owners.That meeting, attended by well over 60 neighbors, was pretty bizarre as ANC meetings go and ended abruptly by Commissioner Steptoe after only one question was asked by the attendees. Many residents claim that Commissioner Steptoe was rude and dismissive to her constituents and the Brookland’s Finest team, and grew increasingly hostile when it was clear that the vast majority supported the restaurant. On the other hand, Commissioner Steptoe claimed that meeting attendees were disrespectful and mob-like towards her, and that is what prompted her to shut down the meeting; as documented by her postings on the Brookland listserv and a letter she wrote for the DC Watch website:

Recently, my single member district gathering to hear a presentation from an establishment about its liquor license application became so disruptive and unruly that the gathering was adjourned within the first hour.

Other than hearsay, the only documentation of what actually occurred is an audio recording Commissioner Steptoe made during the meeting. Realizing this recording could provide clarity to the situation, Brookland resident Conor Crimmins and the Brookland Bridge submitted FOIA requests to ANC 5B for the recording, both of which were denied. Mr. Crimmins decided to pursue the issue and took it court. The result, this summary judgment, requires Commissioner Steptoe to release the recording despite her contention that the recording was made with her personal device and therefore is her possession. An excerpt:

 “Given the plain meaning and intent of Freedom of Information Act, this argument is bewildering. Simply put, Defendant ANC 5B is a statutorily created entity which is part of the government of the District of Columbia. Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe is the Vice Chairperson of ANC 5B. In her official capacity as Commissioner of SMD 5B04 she held a public meeting concerning issues important to the people of her district. She recorded that meeting as required under the law and she referred to the recording in the exercise of her official duties. The law requires that she make that recording available to the public, and she will do so.”

We will attempt to get a hold of the recording and make it available to our readers.

Another blow to ANC 5B was delivered yesterday when their Motion for Reconsideration of the liquor license that was granted to Brookland’s Finest was denied by ABRA. (You can read ANC 5B’s  Motion here.) The ABRA Order denying the Motion stated that the arguments made in ANC 5B’s Motion were “conclusory, speculative, and without merit”.

Hopefully the FOIA case and the denied Motion will be the last attempt to throw roadblocks in the way of this neighborhood business. Commissioner Steptoe has sent an email to her distribution list saying that ANC 5B will not pursue further litigation on the matter.

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.