My 2014 Endorsements

A quick run down of my picks for the November 4th election (in order of my personal priorities):

For ANC6B05 – Steve Hagedorn – As I wrote in a previous endorsement, Steve understands the issues, is level-headed, has knowledge of how the ANC works and will be a pragmatic representative that listens while seeking to advance major improvements in our neighborhood, such as the Eastern Market Metro Plaza redesign.  Carl Reeverts, one of Steve’s two opponents, is a good man who I believe would listen to all sides of an issue, but I do not understand his vision for the neighborhood, and I do not agree with him on several issues.  For example, I can’t tell if he wants to move forward with the EM Plaza redesign or start anew.  He has historically been opposed to Hine (EMMCA—the group he leads is an intervener in the litigation that seeks to stop the redevelopment of the parcel), yet he’s failed to own this position during the election.  I find the lack of a succinct position unsettling.  Ellen Opper-Weiner, the third candidate running for the seat, has run an energetic campaign for the office.  Alas, following my mother’s sage advice, I have nothing to say about Ellen, but will simply urge voters to do a little research of their own.

For Delegate to the House of Representatives – Tim Krepp – Tim has a been a friend for many years, but that’s not why I’m voting for him.  Tim brings wit, passion, integrity, intelligence and a fresh approach to the filling this position.  As a City, we need it, because the status quo is not working.  What’s more, the limited amount of leverage we do have goes underutilized (where is that CSX Record of Decision—Eleanor?).  Tim will engage with the Park Service to redefine our relationship and ensure that our many park parcels serve not only the Nation, but the communities within which they reside.  He will pay attention to and work with other members of Congress to influence matters that impact the City, rather than react out of convenience or for PR purposes.   Not to mention, he (and we) will have a good time while he’s doing it.

For my 1st At-Large Council Vote – Elissa Silverman – I supported Elissa in the last election and she has only gotten better.  What did she do after barely losing the 2013 special election?  She campaigned vigorously, and successfully, for laws and policies that improve the lives of lower and middle-income families. But Elissa is way more than just a champion of the working class.  Where other candidates talk about campaign finance reform and election integrity, Elissa acts.  She has set the standard for refusing corporate campaign contributions in a major election.  Most of all, I like Elissa because I believe she has the intellect, attitude and understanding of the City’s inner-workings to hold Departments accountable through oversight.  She soberly acknowledges the dysfunctional state of our City’s social services system, and will work to ensure that our tax dollars are not waisted, but used effectively to improve the lives of residents that most need assistance.  It also doesn’t hurt that Elissa is a Ward 6 resident.

For Ward 6 Council Member – Charles Allen – Charles has a deep understanding of the neighborhood, is an effective facilitator, a good listener and a bridge builder.  He will serve us well on the City Council.

For Ward 6 School Board Rep – Joe Weedon - Joe is a fellow Maury Parent, so I’ve witnessed his passion and involvement first hand.  He is impressive in his ability to motivate action, use data to assess issues and his tenacity in dealing with the daunting bureaucracy that is DCPS.  Joe’s energy and activism have helped to make Maury a great school, and is having a visible impact at Elliot-Hine Middle School.  He understands the local and City-wide educational issues and will be a tireless advocate for establishing cradle-to-grave feeder patterns that serve all of our City’s children.

For Mayor – David Catania – I like his approach to problem solving.  He digs into a problem and commands the details surrounding an issue.  I appreciate his focus on education and his results on health care.  Will David’s temper suit him well as a manager of the City bureaucracy?  I’m not sure, but I do know a few agencies that are in dire need of the kind of aggressive reform he can provide.

For Attorney General – Paul Zuckerberg - This is one of the toughest races to pick.  Flying in the face of several City Councilmembers’ declaration that this race would be a failure because “no qualified candidates would run” and their efforts to delay the race, we indeed have a field packed with qualified contenders.  Karl Racine, Lorie Masters, Lateefah Williams and Edward “Smitty” Smith all have great qualities and good back stories.  But simply put, there would be no election without the Herculean efforts of Paul Zuckerberg.  I admire his pluck and tenacity and believe he will be a great counter-balance to whichever candidate occupies the Mayor’s Office.  And, I can say that after speaking with Mr. Zuckerberg, those who shallowly label him as the single issue  “Marijuana Candidate” have it wrong.  Paul has an extensive vision for improving the juvenile justice system, chiefly by working hard to keep our youth out of trouble and out of jail.  We need someone who will focus on this issue with the same laser like attention he demonstrated while pursuing the creation of an elected AG position—he deserves a chance to do the job.

My 2nd vote for At-Large – Toss Up – Snowden, Pitts, Putta and Bonds (yes, Bonds) all have qualities that I admire, all have baggage.  I don’t believe in bullet voting, and will likely surprise myself by voting for Bonds (why? because she’s a staunch advocate for senior citizens, a repository of DC civic history, and, in her demeanor, she reminds me of a late, dear family member).

City Council Chair – Phil Mendelson

Shadow Senator – Paul Strauss – Operating from a largely ceremonial position, Paul used his bully pulpit to help concert organizers break a log jam with NPS that threatened a long running Fort Reno concert series.  He also demonstrated creativity by initiating the “51-Stars” campaign for DC Statehood, which recruited the likes of Mario Van Peebles to  film Public Service Announcements in favor of DC Statehood.  Pretty good for a shadow position…

Don’t forget to vote and I look forward to seeing you at the polls tomorrow!

Kim’s Garden Annual Community Meeting, Meet and Greet update

Neighbors,

After you awake from a night of Halloween revelry, consider taking the opportunity to learn the latest about Kim’s Garden, the restored park at 8th and North Carolina Ave SE. Kim’s Garden will hold their annual community meeting on Saturday from 11:30AM to 1:00PM at Christ Our Shepard Church, 801 North Carolina Ave. If you have any feedback on the recently restored and updated park, come to the meeting and share your thoughts. For more info visit the web at http://kimsgardendc.blogspot.com/ or contact Juliet Brenegar Michaud at 646-522-5684.

Also, a reminder and update about tonight’s meet and greet. Steve Hagedorn, whom I am supporting for the ANC6B05 seat this election, will actually be executing his ANC6B resident member responsibilities at a meeting of the Hill East Task Force from 6:30PM to 8:00PM at the Congressional Cemetery Crypt. The Task Force is discussing the planned closure of the family shelter at D.C. General Hospital and meeting potential developers of the Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club. If you’d like to see Steve in action, head on over to the TF meeting. If you’d like to meet Tim Krepp, candidate for DC Delegate to the House of Representatives, he’ll be at Chez Pate from 6:30 to 8:00PM. Apologies for the civic confusion—if you’re really a civic gymnast, it’s probably possible to do both!

Regards,

Brian

ANC6B05
web: www.pate6b.orgtwitter: @pateANC6B05

My 6B05 and Congressional Endorsements – Meet & Greets and more

Neighbors,

You’ll have a chance to meet all three ANC6B05 candidates this evening at an Eastern Market Metro Community Association Meet and Greet, tonight, Monday, Oct 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Southeast Branch Library.

I’ve had an opportunity to work with all three candidates over the course of the past four years, and am unequivocally supporting Steve Hagedorn. Steve has the leadership, experience, pragmatic approach and thoughtfulness that will serve our neighborhood well. In his role as the 6B05 resident member on the Hill East Task Force, he was a thoughtful voice on issues ranging from Reservation 13 to the future use of RFK Stadium. I’ve worked with him on approaches to traffic calming on his block and have been impressed with his service to Congressional Cemetery. I believe Steve will keep important projects, like the Eastern Market Metro Plaza redesign, moving forward, while working hard to ensure that we manage the impacts of commercial growth on residents from all walks of life. He has my full confidence.

Moving from the hyper local level to the Federal level, I am strongly supporting my friend and our neighbor, Tim Krepp, in his bid to be our next Delegate to the House of Representatives. I’ve known Tim since he was a gangly Midshipmen in the GWU NROTC unit, and believe he has the right mix of wit, leadership and vision to truly challenge the status quo and redefine what has become an honorary position in the pantheon of our elected positions. You can read more about Tim’s view’s here.

If you’re interested in meeting both candidates in person, and asking them your own tough questions, I’m hosting a meet and greet with both of them this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00PM at my home (111 13th St SE). Please send me a note if you’d like to drop by for a drink, snacks and good political discourse.

Regards,

Brian

ANC6B05

web: www.pate6b.orgtwitter: @pateANC6B05

Meet and Greet – Elissa Silverman

Neighbors,

I am once again supporting Elissa Silverman to be one of our two next At-Large Councilmembers.

Elissa continues to impress me with her work ethic, command of the issues and vision for substantive solutions in our City. I also admire her position on ethics and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s a Ward 6 resident.

This Thursday, October 23rd at 7PM, I’m co-hosting a meet and greet for Elissa with fellow ANC Commissioner Ivan Frishberg, Linda Elliot and several others at Riverby Books, 417 East Capitol Street SE. Please feel free to come and meet Elissa, ask her your toughest questions and sample some charcuterie from Acqua Al 2. You can RSVP by contacting me at patebc, or by signing up online at http://www.elissa2014.com/frishberg_meet_and_greet.

Hope to see folks there!

Regards,

Brian

ANC6B05

web: www.pate6b.orgtwitter: @pateANC6B05

REMINDER – Public Meet​ing for the Southeas​t /Southwest Transpor​tation Improvement S​tudy​

FYI. This is not the same as the SE Blvd/Barney Circle effort, but one has to ask how they overlap or potentially impact each other.

Regards,

Brian

ANC6B05

web: www.pate6b.orgtwitter: @pateANC6B05

Quick updates

Neighbors,

A few quick updates on major projects in the neighborhood.

Eastern Market Metro Plaza redesign
Elements are gradually falling into place to keep the redesign project moving forward.

In late August, we learned that the latest City budget includes $23.5M in FY19 for the proposed expansion of the SE Library. While Fiscal Year 2019 might seem like a long way off, this is an important marker and commitment to the project—something with which we can work. Some have questioned the cost of the proposed expansion. On the surface, it may seem like allot of money, but it is, in fact, in keeping with other similar library renovations and expansions across the City. Considering that the SE library has one of the highest circulations in the City, but is one of the smallest facilities, this seems like a totally reasonable investment.

In the past two weeks, our Councilmember, working with City budget officials, successfully secured $300K to initiate an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed design. The Department of General Services (DGS) has agreed in principle to serve as the sponsor of the EA. The EA is the next critical path activity in the process, and will include opportunities for public input and project refinement. From a political perspective, I feel like it’s important to get this phase of the project underway before the current administration changes over, so that the project maintains momentum during the inevitable pause that will occur (regardless of who becomes our next Mayor).

My colleagues and I have also been pushing Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) to keep and repurpose the inclusive working group that helped shape the current designs. The working group, which included representatives from multiple community stakeholder organizations, would continue to serve as a conduit for information and feedback as the project advances. BRMS is in agreement with this approach and this week I expect to see announcement of the next public meeting on the project.

SE Boulevard/Barney Circle
As work on the 11th St bridge comes to a close, the City has opted to re-open the SE Freeway in "as-is" condition. ANC6B is unanimously concerned about the re-opening, as it appears to undermine efforts to create a new SE Blvd that will reconnect this part of the Hill to the waterfront, create new green space, support the objectives of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, and provide opportunities for additional housing on the Hill. Last month, we sent the attached letter to DDOT expressing our concerns (pg 3 of the attached report).

In parallel, and at the urging of ANC6B, the Office of Planning conducted a "rapid planning study" of the SE Blvd area to propose holistic alternatives that take into account all of the above objectives. Last week, OP delivered three design concepts for further consideration (concepts bellow).​
icon_10_pdf_list.png2014-10-06 SE Blvd Concepts.pdf

While two of these designs still include a bus depot, my opinion is that they do a much better job of achieving the objectives of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. What are your thoughts?

Ward 6 Public Safety Festival
This Saturday from 11AM to 4PM at Folger Park (3rd and D St SE). Food, music and informational displays on public safety from MPD, Fire and Emergency Services, the Department of Health and others. Brent school is holding their annual book fair and sale adjacent to the park—meaning there will be lots of opportunities for learning!

Hine
The Hine litigants have opted to request an en banc hearing of their appeal. My sense is that this will take at least 2-3 additional months to resolve. If the en banc request is granted, it will probably take another year or more to resolve the case.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Brian

ANC6B05

web: www.pate6b.orgtwitter: @pateANC6B05

Transportation-Committee-September-3-2014-Report.pdf

Eastern Market Metro Plaza Redesign meeting

Neighbors,

EMMCA, the Eastern Market Metro Community Association, is holding a meeting this Thursday in the library to talk about the plaza redesign project. I will be there giving an update on the project along with fellow commissioner, Ivan Frishberg. Please join us: 7 to 8:30 at SE Library, 7th and D St SE.

To see more about the current design proposals, click here: www.easternmarketmetropark.org/

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Brian

ANC6B05

web: www.pate6b.orgtwitter: @pateANC6B05