Monday, November 12, 2007

Volunteers Needed-LCCA's Annual Holiday House Tour

LCCA is seeking volunteers to serve as hosts for thisyear's Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 2, 2007. We need 50+ volunteers to staff the homes on the tourand the Wassail that concludes the tour at StudioTheatre.

In-home hosts provide a presence for security andtraffic control, and are provided with informationabout highlights of their assigned home to helprespond to questions. Wassail volunteers set uprefreshments, refresh them as necessary, and helpguide traffic from the sidewalk to the appropriateentrance and reception area.

This is a full, fun day. While the tour itself is heldfrom 1 to 5 p.m., the day begins in the morning withbreakfast and a "pre-tour" so all volunteers have theopportunity to see the homes. The reward comes after the tour concludes at 5pm, with details to come later. Trust us, the day will end on a celebratory note youdon't want to miss!

This is LCCA's only annual fundraiser and we need youto help make it a success. Please note that allvolunteers must purchase a ticket for $15. If you're interested in volunteering for this year'sHouse Tour, please contact Anne Marie Don't miss out on a great time!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Logan Circle House Tour - The InTowner

In case you haven't had a chance to pick up your own copy, check out this month's InTowner, which features a front page story on the annual LCCA House Tour. The House Tour will be held on December 2, 2005 from 1-5. For more information or if you are interested in voluneteering, please contact Tim Christensen.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

ANC 2F Wrap-Up

Last night's ANC 2F meeting was a real humdinger! Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but here are the high points for those of you who couldn't make it:

Community Announcements

  • DCCA is trying to have portions of Q Street zoned down, and part of that they want re-zoned extends into our ANC. They dropped off some information for the ANC. I'm guessing we'll be hearing more about this soon.

  • Mr. Barnes, from ROOT (Reaching Out to Others Together), Inc., stopped by to let us know that he is holding some monthly meetings on the topic of crime and public safety, and offered to provide monthly reports to the ANC. He was referred to work with the ANC's Committee on Crime and Public Safety.

  • Mark Bjorge mentioned the building on 14th street, that's finally getting cleaned out, does have permits from DDOT to block the street. It was noted, however, that the ANC was never contacted by DDOT for commeent on the Traffic Control Plan.

Crime Report

Lt. Mike Smith gave the crime report. The highlights included:

  • There have been several reports of increased prostitution in the neighborhood. The Prostitution squad was re-assigned back here, and made three arrests. Lt. Smith, though personally on the prowl for Johns and Walkers, hasn't really seen any out there. He (jokingly) attributes it to the word spreading among the girls on the street that he's working midnights again.

  • Robberies were up significantly over this time last year, jumping from five to fourteen!

  • Burglaries are down some 50% compared to this time last year.

  • The MPD will be providing some food to needy families, so please contact him if you know of someone who needs help to make this holiday season special.

  • MPD lost two officers recently.

DDOT Report

Chris Ziemann was there for the monthly DDOT check-in.

  • The 14th Street Transportation and Streetscape Study is on-going. They are just finishing up the report and existing conditions, and expect to have it up on the net next week. The next public meeting will likely be some time in January. (On a related note, your's truly is the LCCA rep on that group, so contact me if you'd like anything addressed.)

  • The draft of a final report on whether to make 15th Street two-way, with the addition of bike lanes, is circulating internally at DDOT, and should surface to the public relatively soon. Regardless, due to budget issues, nothing will likely happen there until 2009.

  • There will be construction starting on 11th St., from L St. to O St., in a couple of months.

  • The bus stop on the northwest corner of 14th St. and P St. continues to be a hot issue. Chairman Reed, and other community members, expressed some anger at being stonewalled by DDOT on this, and there also seems to be some confusion from DDOT on where, actually, the bus stop was originally positioned. There were some promises made to figure everything out over email. On a related note, the bus stop shelter on the south west side of that same intersection, which is owned by WMATA, may be removed entirely, due to its very poor condition.

1402 12th St.

There have been reports and complaints, which have bubbled up to various ANC commissioners, and Chairman Reed in particular, regarding possible illegal use of the house at 1402 12th Street. There have been reports of several issues, including:

  1. Rowdy, late-night parties disturbing the neighbors;

  2. Many people living in the house and paying rent, without the proper permits; and

  3. The owners claiming the DC Homestead deduction, despite not actually residing in the house as a primary residence.

Mr. Steve Silva, the owner of the property, appeared before the ANC to present his side of the issue. He admitted to having a handful of parties over the years, and apologized for any disturbances - especially one particular recent night.

However, he was quite angry over the statements as to the people living in the house and his claim on the homestead deduction. He stated several times that he pays taxes in the city, and has spent considerable time and money in improving the property. While commendable, it really was not apropos to the issues at hand. He stated that "his clothes are there", but seemed to dodge the question as to whether he actually live in the property.

Chairman Reed noted that he had received conflicting statements as to the property in his various conversations with Mr. Silva, which further aroused suspicion. He
moved to refer the matter for investigation to the U.S. Attorney and the Inspector General, which passed 4-1, with one abstention. Commissioner Dyer voted against the motion, objecting to the ANC's involvement in what he thought should be a matter for individuals to take up with the proper authorities on their own volition.

Crime and Public Safety

Helen Kramer gave the report of the Committee on Crime and Public Safety.

  • There have been reports of increases in prostitution and drug dealing in the alleyways around the neighborhood. She is working with some businesses, notably Mr. Wash on 13th Street, to chain off their lots at night to prevent Johns parking there.

  • There are patterns of hot spots of problems around the neighborhood. She mentioned several, but all I had time to note was 9th and O.

  • Ms. Kramer emphasized the importance of being aware of one's surroundings, which means turn off your iPod when walking!

  • When the report ran a little long, Chairman Reed chided Ms. Kramer to finish the report before "his clothes went out of style". Commissioner Dyer asked the Chairman, "What do you mean 'out of style?'"

ABRA Matters

  • Izalco Restaurant, at 1228 11th Street, will be seeking an entertainment endorsement to their liquor license. They have not filed yet, but merely wanted to inform the ANC that they intend on working with them to amend the voluntary agreement to all parties' satisfaction. It was nice to see a business taking such a constructive and proactive approach to dealing with the ANC. Stoney's should take notes.

  • Several months back, Whole Foods had its voluntary agreement amended to allow singles sales of a slightly smaller size (still within the public policies set by the ANC), in conjunction with their newly opening sushi bar. The agreement included a sunset clause, which would allow the agreement to revert if complaints of increases in litter or public drunkenness occurred. Jim Richardson, Commissioner for 2F02, in whose SMD Whole Foods resides, noted that he had received no complaints from any citizens. In light of that, the ANC voted to make the change permanent.

And that's all she wrote!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

LCCA Annoucments

At long last, LCCA has a new edition of its newsletter, which can be viewed at We are very excited about two upcoming events – the Annual LCCA Community Dinner on November 15 and the Annual LCCA House Tour on December 2. More information about each can be found in our newsletter or on our website at

We are pleased to announce that both Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Evans will be dropping by our awards dinner, which will be in our traditional “pot luck” style with neighbors bringing dishes to share. This year, we’ve added a few special twists – first, some of our area restaurants have graciously donated appetizer or other food plates to share, and second – LCCA has entered into a special arrangement for discounted beverages from the Washington Plaza. In addition, each member will receive one complimentary drink ticket.

As is our tradition, we’ll be presenting our annual LCCA awards. This year’s awardees include two of our familiar MPD faces – Lieutenant Stuart Emerman and Sergeant Jeff Carroll, both who have been promoted out of the Third District. In addition to the awards we’ll present them, we will also have a brief opportunity for community members to share a few words of thanks and appreciation for their service and commitment to the Logan Circle Community. We’ll also be recognizing several others who have contributed to our community, including the Washington Plaza Hotel, National City Christian Church, Studio Theatre, Modern Liquors, and Office Catering. We hope you’ll come out to show your support and thank them in person.
Even with the upcoming November elections, we have a few board seats open. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Heather Vargas at

We also encourage you to mark your calendar now for this year’s House Tour, which will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2007 from 1 - 5pm and will feature a variety of Victorian homes and extraordinary condominiums. To volunteer, sponsor, advertise, or for general questions, please contact Tim Christensen at Additional information is available on the website and in our November newsletter.

Proprietor of Go Mama Go! Dies

An email to the Logan Circle News list informs us that Noi Chudnoff, owner of the great little shop Go Mama Go!, died yesterday morning.

Chudnoff sustained a brain hemorrhage after falling and hitting her head last night and was kept on life support until her son could arrive in town from New Mexico this morning.

The Blade Blog has the full story.

Our deepest sympathies go out to her friends and family.