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Ward 2 Democrats to Select Woman Rep for State Committee


Click to go to an enlarged map: Ward 2 is outlined in red. (DDoT map)

Ward 2 Democrats will meet Thursday, March 11, to fill a vacancy on the DC Democratic State Committee. This spot must be filled by a woman who is a registered Democrat living in Ward 2. Nominations will be taken from the floor, but nominees must be present at the election meeting.

The election will be held at the John A. Wilson Building (aka the District Building) at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 6 p.m. in Room 120. All Ward 2 Democrats are eligible to vote. For more information, contact Will Stephens, Corresponding Secretary for Ward 2 Democrats.

The Dupont and Logan neighborhoods are located in Ward 2, with the exception of a small strip north of S Street on the east side of 14th Street that is in Ward 1.

March 2, 2010 Posted by | DC politics | , | Leave a comment

WEDNESDAY: ANC 2B/Dupont Meets at New Location


ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

The monthly meeting of ANC 2B/Dupont is this Wednesday the 14th at 7 p.m. Note that the location is now the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW (between 17th and 18th Streets), 1st Floor, Falk Auditorium.

Agenda is here.

October 13, 2009 Posted by | D.C. Government, DC politics, Dupont Circle | , | Leave a comment

Halo: Political Poobahs Turn Out for Same-Sex Marriage


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DC Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton delivered an impassioned plea for same-sex marriage to the crowd at Halo Lounge. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

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Mayor Adrian Fenty and wife, Michelle, outside Halo Lounge. He said he would sign a same-sex marriage bill expected from the Council. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Luis and I headed over to Halo Lounge around 6:30 on Friday evening for Mayor Fenty’s “big announcement.” We got there a few minutes late, but Luis did get a photo of the mayor with wife, Michelle, as they left Halo. He was there to announce (not surprisingly) that he would sign the same-sex marriage bill that is expected to be passed by the DC Council later this fall.

There were many political poobahs (yes, it’s a word I love) on hand; I spotted Councilmembers Jim Graham (Ward 1), Mary Cheh (Ward 3) and [I think I saw] Phil Mendelson (At-Large). At-Large Council candidate Clark Ray was there as was DC’s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton. Continue reading

October 13, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, local business, on local politics | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What You Read Here


These are the most popular postings from the last 30 days.

  1. Saturday-Night Vigilante Justice: Victims Catch U Street Mugger
  2. Mahnke Family Seeks Witnesses to Sept. 3 Metrobus Incident
  3. Me or the Dog? Both of Us?
  4. “Real World” at 2000 S St NW; a Halo Lounge Angle?
  5. RWDC: What Glamor and Excitement?
  6. The Rest of the Story: Report #09085657, “Robbery with Gun”
  7. Policy Restaurant & Bar Opens this Monday
  8. 12th & U NW: “Mama said there’ll be days like this”
  9. Garden District Closing 14th & Church Store
  10. 17th Street Dog Park is Open
    Continue reading

September 26, 2009 Posted by | arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. crime, D.C. Government, D.C. museums, DC politics, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, Metro, MPD, on community, on events, on the blogs, U Street NW | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stuff You Might Have Missed


dcist has a slide show of some the visiting Teabaggers (yes, I still laugh about the use of the term), birthers and such on the National Mall on Saturday. We saw a handful of the visitors (we identified them by their hats and shirts) walking on the 1400-block of P Street NW last night in front of Halo and Stoney’s. My guess is that they were mystified by the site of… oh, a bunch of things… most likely by the fact that all kinds of people manage to get along with one another.

Over at the blog, Who Murdered Robert Wone?… is there a potentially huge new development in the case?

The report of the special committee of ANC 2F-Logan Circle on the Arts Overlay zone for the 14th and U Streets corridors is covered and analyzed… Mr. 14th & You has covered the process all along (with several very good postings) and was a member of the committee. In addition, Greater Greater Washington has also covered the process and weighs in with an analysis of the committee report.

I picked this up up from Loose Lips at the Washington City Paper: “Capitol Hill family wants to raise chickens in their backyard. City says no way. But WTTG-TV reports that the family is ‘working with the office of DC Councilmember Tommy Wells to try to get the law changed.’ ” I will admit that if the economy gets any worse, I may consider some chickens for our back garden.

And a nod to Real World DC: “September 8: Cast member Ashley now bartends at McFaddens near GW…. BREAKING: September 8: Cast member Erika reportedly quits and leaves.”

September 13, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, local business, Logan Circle, public meetings, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

In the Hood: Ray Opens Campaign for Council Seat at Java House


Clark Ray kicking off his campaign for Council at Large at the Java House, corner of 17th & Q Streets NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Clark Ray opened his campaign Saturday for an At-Large Council seat in 2010. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Clark Ray at his Kickoff Campaign event while receiving kisses from Lupe. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Lupe gave Clark Ray a big kiss at his campaign kickoff in front of Java House. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

We headed over to Java House at 17th & Q NW Saturday morning for Clark Ray’s campaign kickoff for at At-Large DC Council seat next year.

There was a nice turnout for Ray, with about 50 supporters, including community and political activists as well as ANC 2B-Dupont commissioners.

I counted four of the nine ANC 2B commissioners this morning and Vice Chair Will Stephens gave an introductory speech for Ray, as did LGBT and neighborhood activist Peter Rosenstein. My volunteer experience over the years tells me that this was a good sign for Ray—these are the kind of people you need to run a campaign and win an election.

Continue reading

September 12, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC politics, Dupont Circle, on events, on local politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SATURDAY: Farmer’s Market, Clark Ray Council Kickoff


The 14th & U Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo: Farmers Market on Facebook.)

The weekly 14th & U Farmers Market is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open into October. (Photo: Farmers Market on Facebook)

Clark Ray kicksoff his campaign for the DC Council at 10 a.m., Saturday, at 17th & Q NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Clark Ray kicks off his campaign for the DC Council at 10 a.m., Saturday, at 17th & Q NW by Java House cafe. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Just a reminder about a couple of things happening in Borderstan tomorrow.

Farmers’ Market, 14th & U NW. Remember that the 14th and U Farmers’ Market continues into October. You can get info about the market on Facebook and since they have a public page on Facebook, you don’t have to be a registered member of Facebook to go to it. (Got that?) On the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

Clark Ray for Council Kickoff, 17th & Q NW. At 10 a.m. Clark Ray will officially announce his candidacy for the DC City Council at the corner of 17th and Q Streets NW next to Java House. Ray is kicking off his candidacy in Ward 2 where served as neighborhood service coordinator for former Mayor Anthony Williams. Ray is running for the At-Large seat held by Phil Mendelson; they will be on the ballot in the Democratic Primary in September 2010. (Full disclosure: I know Ray and am supporting him.)

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, Dupont Circle, local business, on events, U Street NW | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Irony at the Dog Park: Fenty and Ray


Clark Ray, former director of Parks and Recreation--and now candidate for DC Council--was recognized by his fomer boss at the opening of the dog park on 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Clark Ray, former director of Parks and Recreation--and now candidate for DC Council--was recognized by his former boss at the opening of the dog park on 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

I wasn’t able to attend the 17th Street dog park opening yesterday, but Luis covered it and got some good photos.

A couple of people told me that Clark Ray—candidate for DC Council and former head of DC Parks and Recreation until his dismissal by Mayor Adrian Fenty in April—was at the ribbon cutting for the park. Some of his supporters were on hand, too, wearing Ray stickers.

Nothing unusual there… but Fenty, Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Ximena Hartsock (Ray’s replacement) all recognized Ray from the podium at the ribbon-cutting ceremonies today, giving him credit for his role in creation of both the Shaw Dog Park and the 17th Street park.

Ironic that Fenty fires Ray, but then gives Ray credit for his good work. I guess I do have to give Fenty credit for recognizing Ray, but some days it is tough to figure out our mayor.

(Full disclosure: I know Ray and am supporting him in his bid against incumbent Phil Mendelson in the 2010 Democratic Primary for an At-Large Council seat.)

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, Dupont Circle | , , , , , | 4 Comments

17th Street Dog Park is Open


Jack Evans, Adrian Fenty, Dr. Ximena Hartsock at the Inauguration of the Dog Park on 17th and S Street, NW (Photo: Luis Gomez)

From left: Jack Evans, Adrian Fenty, Mike Silverstein (chair, ANC 2B-Dupont) and Ximena Hartsock at the inauguration of the dog park today. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Dogs enjoying the new Dog Park on 17th & S Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Dogs and owners enjoy the special artificial turf for dogs. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Dog fight at the inauguration of the renewed Dog Park on 17th & S Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

There was a dog fight shortly after the ribbon cutting today. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

The weather was great for the political poobahs who turned out on a sunny afternoon for the opening of the dog park at 17th-S-New Hampshire NW.

DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Member Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Dr. Ximena Hartsock (Acting Director, Parks & Recreation) cut the ribbon to the converted dog park on 17th Street.

Many dogs and their owners also turned out for the dog park, which was plagued by long delays and an opening date several months after the original deadline.

Unfortunately, there was a dog fight right after the ribbon cutting. It appeared that a big dog got hold of a Chihuahua, but I don’t know if the smaller dog was hurt. One thing missing from this park is the separate area for smaller dogs that is part of the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW.

One thing I hope we don’t see more of at the new dog park: a small child was running around in the middle of the dogs. Small children should never be inside an enclosed area with dogs. What if that dog had gone after the small child instead of the small dog?  Note to parents: Please read Child Safety: On Dogs, Dog Parks and Small Children.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, Dupont Circle, on community | , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Wed. at ANC 2F: 14th St. Arts Overlay Committee Report


What will the Arts Overlay Committee report say about the number of restaurants and clubs on 14th Street NW. Pictured: Ristorante Posto, at 1515 14th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

What will the Arts Overlay Committee report say about the number of restaurants and clubs on 14th Street NW. Pictured: Ristorante Posto, at 1515 14th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

The September meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle is Wednesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. Same location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

Agenda highlight: The Arts Overlay Committee will give its report as it relates to the 14th and U Streets area. Here is a June 16 posting on the committee… and there are good postings at 14th and You on the Arts Overlay Committee: Continue reading

August 31, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, local business, Logan Circle, on local politics, on the blogs, PSA 307, public meetings, Shaw | , , , , | Leave a comment