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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

Who Will Check the Dogs’ Genitalia?


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Example of a fluffy dog: I have always thought of Chow Chows as unpredictable when it comes to biting and nipping. Good luck checking a male Chow Chow's genitalia. (Photo: Wikipedia.com)

Before reading,  you might want to read the posting directly below, “TUESDAY: 17th Street Dog Park Community Meeting.” From the posting: The Dupont Current ran a front page story in last week’s paper, “Park success may lead to bone of contention.” ANC 2B/Dupont Commissioner Bob Meehan is quoted in the Current story and told the paper that the believes the meeting will focus on hours of operation, the number of dogs in the park at any one time and whether un-neutered male dogs should be permitted on the premises.

Prohibition of un-neutered males in the dog park? I see. Okay…

No disrespect to Commissioner Meehan is intended here; he was one of the ANC 2B/Dupont commissioners who worked very hard to make this dog park reality. And, as a dog owner, I know how contentious these issues can be. I am sure Meehan was just saying what some dog park regulars have suggested.

However, if it is decided that male dogs who are un-neutered are going to be banned from the 17th Street dog park, I have some questions: Continue reading

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Dupont Circle, Media, on community, on local politics | , , , | 18 Comments

This Week in Borderstan: MidCity B.A. Mixer, ANC 2F Meets


MONDAY: MidCity Business Association Mixer on Monday, October 5, 6 to 8 p.m., at Solly’s at 1942 11th Street NW: “Meet and Mix with MidCity business owners, community members, civic leaders and politicians. Learn about MiDCity BA’s continuing efforts to promote more constructive, proactive policies around nightlife management. Learn what city leaders plan to do to help ensure that MidCity’s commercial corridors thrive and retain their unique mix of independent businesses, restaurants and cultural venues.” RSVP to Natalie.

WEDNESDAY: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F, Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m., Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW: The agenda for ANC 2F/Logan Circle is online at the ANC 2F website. ANC 2F meets monthly at the Washington Plaza Hotel on the first Wednesday of the month.

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Logan Circle, on community, on events, on local politics, PSA 307, public meetings, Shaw | , , , , | Leave a 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.

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

Happy Tuesday, Borderstanians


Lupe at the ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday for the new dog park on 17th Street NW. Behind Lupe from left: Councilmember Jack Evans, Mayor Adrian Fenty and ANC 2B Chairman Mike Silverstein. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos.)

Lupe at the ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday for the new dog park on 17th Street NW. Behind Lupe from left: Councilmember Jack Evans, Mayor Adrian Fenty and ANC 2B Chairman Mike Silverstein. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos.)

Ug. Summer is sort of over, but autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 23. In the meantime, here’s a cute-dog-pic for you: Lupe at the opening of the 17th Street dog park last Thursday with political poobahs.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on community, on events, on local politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

10:09 PM: Gun Robbery at 14th & P NW


Crime Alert on Wednesday evening:

Police Alert-ROBBERY HOLD UP GUN. ROBBERY HOLD UP GUN 2209 HOURS 14TH AND P STREET NW. LOOKOUT FOR B/M, WHITE SHIRT, JEANS LAST SEEN  EASTBOUND ON S STREET FROM 14TH STREET. DO NOT TAKE ACTION. CALL 911 W/EVENT #445297.

Let’s set the stage for this robbery with a gun, shall we?

  • Heavily traveled street and neighborhood.
  • Lots of people out walking dogs, sitting at outdoor restaurants, going to the grocery store, etc.
  • Oodles of expensive condos and houses nearby.
  • An area touted by developers, real estate agents and the city itself as “the place to be.”
  • People attending the Studio Theatre.

If it isn’t safe to walk at 14th & P NW at 10:09 pm, no place in Borderstan is safe at any time of day. Of course, we figured that out with the daytime armed robbery and scooter jacking on Sunday-Monday on 16th Street NW.

  1. Note to our elected officials and Chief Lanier: STOP talking about the lower murder rate in DC. Our neighbors are having guns stuck in their guts by thugs. What is your plan? It has been obvious for several years now that the emerging shopping and nightlife corridor on 14th Street is a destination for wanna-be robbers and muggers
  2. Note to ANC 2B-Dupont and ANC 2F-Logan: When is violent street crime going to become a top priority for you, instead of freaking out about liquor licenses and Real World filming crews? Priorities, perhaps, need to be set?
  3. Note to the real estate and development lobby in DC: Would you mind putting the pressure on the DC government? You may have more trouble selling the expensive condos in the area if this trend continues.
  4. Note to the store owners in Borderstan: When are you going to start raising hell and demanding some sort of permanent police presence, perhaps a permanent substation?

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, DC politics, local business, Logan Circle, MPD, on community, on crime, on local politics, PSA 208, PSA 307 | , , , , | 3 Comments

Wednesday: ANC 2B/Dupont Meets


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 August meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle is  Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW (entrance on Q Street). The agenda is here (PDF).

Starting with the September meeting, ANC 2B will meet at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

August 11, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on local politics, public meetings | , | Leave a comment

Wednesday: ANC 2B Meets; “Local 14” Application on Agenda


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 July meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B / Dupont Circle is this coming Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q NW (entrance on Q Street).

Item of note on the agenda is the liquor license application for the new establishment planned for 1832 14th Street NW, “Local 14.” For some background information, please see the posting on Local 14 over at 14th & You blog: “Plans for ‘Local 14’ Take Shape.”

Remember that West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of ANC 2B while East Borderstan is part of ANC 2F/Logan Circle.The Borderstan commissioners on ANC 2B are Victor Wexler-District 5 and Jack Jacobson-District 4.

Agenda follows (plus a link to the PDF here).

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July 7, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, on community, on local politics, on the blogs, PSA 208, public meetings | , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday: ANC 2F Meets; R St. Sidewalk Trash on Agenda


ANC 2F/Logan Circle meets July 1 at the Washington Plaza Hotel. One agenda item is

ANC 2F/Logan Circle meets July 1 at the Washington Plaza Hotel. One agenda item is "1400 Block of R Street, NW: Street/Sidewalk cleanliness."

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F/Logan Circle meets Wednesday night, July 1 at 7 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. One item of note on the agenda of interest to some Borderstanians is “1400 Block of R Street, NW: Street/Sidewalk cleanliness.” The item is under “Community Development Committee Report (Michael Benardo, Chair) – 8:25 p.m.”

  • Who: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F
  • What: Regular Monthly Meeting
  • When: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle NW

The agenda is available at the ANC 2F Web site. Remember that East Borderstan (east of 15th) is in ANC 2F.

June 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, Logan Circle, on local politics, public meetings | , , , , | Leave a comment