Monday, December 12, 2005

Churches, Logan, and Parking - Part II

For those of you who remember our first report on this issue, it seems that residents who are against discriminatory ticketing have gained substantial media attention in their campaign.


The Washington Times covered this story as well.

We will post further developments as this continues.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is our ANC in this? Isn't this well within their realm?

Brian Vargas said...

At last week's ANC 2F meeting, an angry constituent raised this issue during the Community Announcements portion of the agenda. However, Chairman Reed appropriately cut the discussion short, as that was not the appropriate venue, and promised to work with the individual to get it on the upcoming agenda.

So it seems that the ANC is working exactly as it should. I mean, up until now, they have not really heard of the problem.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I can't imagine any resident of Shaw/Logan not being aware of this problem even if it doesn't affect them directly. I'm all for "appropriate" times and places to discuss things but I agree with anonymous - surely our elected ANC commissioners were previously aware of this problem. Maybe they're too uncomfortable with the topic or the controversy it's bound to start.

Anonymous said...

I think the ANC is useless. People trying to be politicians who have no clout.

If you join a citizens group, at least your money will hold your leaders accountable for something.

Anonymous said...

The ANC is very typical of any political body. They will behave as if they never heard of the issue, they will put it on the agenda and discuss it, they may send a few people a letter about it and only if there is a community uprising then perhaps they will try to form a committee (ie: the recently formed Crime and Public Safety Committee). As long as they don’t actually have to do something or (heaven forbid) take a stand against the real politicians in the city they will be happy to take the credit if a resolution to the issue comes about.

Brian Vargas said...

Sure, the ANC is a political organization, and thus acts slower than many other community groups. It's the nature of compromise and consensus on which a representative democracy is built.

With that said, if you truly feel that they are either inept or stagnant, then there are other community organizations you can join, as one of the commenters stated. Even better, you could run for a commissioner's seat, or support a new candidate who might be a better voice for your point of view.

One thing is for certain: Simply complaining anonymously on a blog won't solve the problem any faster than the ANC. Get involved!

Chris K said...

ANC Commissioners are non-paid, non-partisan citizens who volunteer many hours to represent the community that elected them.

There are neighborhoods across the city that do not have community associations, and in those places, the ANC acts as both a citizens group and a regulatory body of government to represent the interest of the community to District agencies.

Yes, we are fortunate in Logan to have both a community association and a strong ANC. But I have to agree with Brian - unless you get involved, there's not much good you can do by complaining.

Anonymous said...

It's good that our tax dollars go towards a group of people that sit around writing letters? How does that give Logan a "strong" ANC?

Anonymous said...

How can you get involved when the ANC chairman doesn't even allow a discussion about the issue? This issue will not even be taken up at the next meeting or the meeting after that ... it will take people actually calling the cops or even blocking the double parkers in to get any government official to pay attention.

Chris K. said...

I can assure you, as the Executive Director of Logan's ANC, that the parking issue will be on the agenda and open for discussion.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information. I would like to post that I just called the Mayor's call center and was told that they do not enforce the parking laws on Sunday out of courtesy to some organizations. After I pressed the guy on the issue telling him it was illegally he backed away from his statement and said to call my district commander. I'll call the 3rd district commander next.

Also, when is the next meeting? I would love to attend on this issue.

Anonymous said...

Just got done talking to the 3 District Police Station and they said it was their policy (probably unwritten) not to ticket church goers on Sundays.

The officer I spoke with said that if there was a double parking problem to call the non-emergency number and have officers come to ask the church goer to move the car.

I personally find the policy unworkable for people who live in the Logan Circle Community. I think it is a waste of my time and the police to have to go into a church and wait for someone to move their car.

I know there will be no resolution to this issue because its DC but its nice to see others have the same problems.

Chris K said...

ANC2F will meet on Wednesday, January 4. LCCA will meet on Wednesday, January 18th. Both will be held at The Washington Plaza Hotel at 7 PM. See you then.

Mike said...

Sgt. Emerman comments on every post except for this one. Why is that?

Sgt. Emerman said...

The reason that I have not yet responded is not due to a fear of the question, but an overburden of work. That being said, I agree that nobody should be treated differently thatn others as a result of what organization/church/synagogue or whatever they are a part of. I think that parking violators should be ticketed whenever and wherever they offend. It is my understanding, as was stated by one of the annonymous, that many officers will not ticket the churches on Sunday. I do not know if this is a result of a personal belief of the officer, or if it is an unwritten policy of the department. I have never seen it in writing, and therefore, I don't follow it. I will talk to the Command Staff here at the Third District and will advise further.

Anonymous said...

what does that mean: "an overburden of work"? People should feel free to park anywhere they want because our police force doesn't want to work i.e. write tickets and tow?

Anonymous said...

I just got off the phone with Sgt. Emerman. I can attest to the fact that he works very hard for the Logan Circle community, and posting on this blog due to unnecessary criticism is not something that his job entails.

Please be respectful and mindful of those who are trying to help us all. Thank you.

Sgt. Emerman said...

The overburden of work was my reference to being too busy to respond back to your blog, not to do my job. I don't always have the ability to sit at a computer and answer emails due to the fact that I am often on the street. Sorry that I did not clarify that. And I think that I am slightly offended by the comment insinuating that we (police) don't feel like doing our jobs. Additionally, the MPD does not tow vehicles for traffic violations. The Department of Public Works has that responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Sgt. Emerman-
Thanks for all you do. We do appreciate your efforts, especially those going beyond your stated duties (i.e., this blog!).Your comments and the information you share is often more insightful than that of some community members.

dcbubble said...

Why cant the church goers take the Metro. One of the advantages of where their facilitiy is located is that it is so close to the Metro.

www.dcbubble.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

These church members can not take the metro b/c they all live in Maryland