Acqunetta Anderson
Commissioner, ANC4A01
ANC4A01 Commissioner's Contact
202-642-6151
 

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Up To The Minute ANC4A01 News

 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Washington, D.C.  August 25, 2014.  SMD4A01 Commissioner will address the Verizon copper to fiber matter at the upcoming SMD4A01 September 8th monthly meeting. Other issues which will be discussed at the September 8th SMD4A01 meeting include a community swimming pool, DC Water and other utility concerns. 
 
The meeting will be held at the Washington Ethical Society.
 
IMMEDIATELY PRESS RELEASE
 

DC New Boundary Plan May Be A Nullity

 

Washington, D.C.—August 26, 2014.  The “massive” DC new School Boundary Plan may become a nullity.  The Mayor announced the plan last week.  According to news report today—two DC Council members and mayor candidates would delay the boundary implementation “indefinitely”.   The new plan would possibly disruptive and setting some school up to fail in some communities across the city if the school is implemented.  The Mayor states that the boundary plan is “to important to delay”.

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=329927830517650&set=vb.100005013063303&type=2&theater&notif_t=video_processed

Press Release

16th Street Circle Plan 

June 11, 2014



SMD4A01 Commissioner Seeks Citizens Input and Comments Regarding SHA's 16th Street Circle



In 2013, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) completed its evaluations of various options to signalize all five approaches around the 16th Street Circle.  The 2013 study evaluated existing geometric conditions, traffic volumes, signal phasing, peak hour observations, crash history and assessed signal phasing and timing needs, impacts associated with providing signalization for all five approaches, and other potential options to improve intersection operations.  For the purposes of the study, it was assumed that the existing intersection geometry would remain and the intersection footprint would not be modified.  SHA has incorporated these and other recent data into a 16th Circle plan with five alternatives.  Alternate 3 is SHA’s preferred alternative. 



ANC4A01 citizens who wish to submit comments on the SHA 16th Street Circle Project are urged to submit comments to the ANC4A01 Commission Acqunetta Anderson no later than June 15th via email at ANC4A01@gmail.com



The Commissioner will submit all submissions to DDOT and the SHA.    The purpose of  seeking citizens comments is to include the citizens in the decision making process in regards to the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA)position on the need for improvements at the MD 390 (16th Street) at MD 384 (Colesville Road/N./ Portal/Portal Drive/Easter Avenue intersection located at the DC and Maryland lines and in Washington, D.C. 



According to the SHA—described alternatives—numbers I and II are feasible alternatives to the traffic congestion and safety at the DC and Maryland lines.  Alternative III will re-route metro buses from Eastern Avenue to Portal Drive.  Alternate III proposes to   re-route metro buses (more than 100 buses daily) on Portal Drive, and removal of medians south of the 16th Street Circle to allow for metro buses to turn left onto Portal Drive.  The SHA preferred plan also proposes to prohibit left turns onto Eastern---and Eastern as a one-way street traveling east.



Click to here to read the SHA Pros and Cons

Click here to view the 16th Street Circle google pictures

Click to submit your comments here. . .

ANC4A01 The Blair's Press Release

June 11, 2014

Washington, D.C.---SMD4A01, Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson.  
(1)    Traffic – 

The Blair's Response:

As we explained at the ANC meeting, there are currently three curb cuts on Eastern Avenue that service The Blairs development.  The project proposes to close one of them, the one closest to Blair Mill Road.  A second one, closest to Portal, is being slightly reconfigured so that it lines up with North Portal on the DC side of Eastern;  and the third is intended to remain as it is today.  The first attachment is a traffic analysis of Eastern done by Wells and Associates for the DDOT.  It is self-explanatory, but it shows the traffic volume that’s anticipated on Eastern upon completion of the project.

(2)    Stormwater –

The Blair's Response

 A  Stormwater Management System is being put in place (none exists there today) that will capture stormwater from Eastern and handle it in a bio-retention facility as shown on the plans in the second attachment to this email so that the stormwater from Eastern no longer will flow down the street to 16th Street.

 

The full traffic analysis and stormwater management plans for the project are much to large of a file to send in an email.  However, all of this information is available (as well as much more information) on the Montgomery County Planning website.  The link is - http://www.mcatlas.org/Development_Info/Default.aspx   -The file/application number is 92013005. ANC4A01 and Ward 4  neighbors should be able to find everything related to the project at that link.

ANC4A01 News Update

June 4, 2014


ANC4A01 and Ward 4 Crime Summit


Reducing violent crime in Single Member District 4A01 and Ward 4 has been my primary goal since I was sworn in as ANC Commissioner. We hosted the ANC4A01 and Ward 4 Crime Summit to discuss violence prevention strategies with our cross-city colleagues and some of the most innovative thinkers in the field of law enforcement.


Violent crime continues to plague communities’ areas throughout the SMD4A01 and Ward 4. As a society we must all work together to address crime, in our communities.


The Crime Summit was a great opportunity to engage in conversation centered on new, innovative practices to combat crime, increase the use of real-time surveillance technology, speeding and signage in SMD4A01 and Ward 4. And to discuss ideas about how we can decrease criminal acts in our Ward.  D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Lt. Allan Griffith, Trena Carrington, Michele discussed these issues with neighbors at the summit.



The Blair’s Project in Silver Spring, Maryland


The Tower Companies (“Tower”) filed an application to construct improvements in the Eastern Avenue right-of-way in conjunction with the redevelopment of The Blair’s property that it owns in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The work contemplated includes among other things the closing of one of the existing curb-cuts on Eastern Avenue, relocation of an existing curb cut, new ADA compliant sidewalk features, new plantings and storm water management facilities, where none currently exist.  The Tower has made presentations at two public meetings sponsored by the Commissioner of Single Member District 4A01 and the ANC4A.  I will introduce The Blair’s Tower Resolution for approval before the ANC4A for the commissioner’s approval at its special July 2014 meeting.


The Tower has agreed to continue to work with, and keep, the ANC 4A01 and ANC4A community informed throughout the construction of the project. ANC4A01 and ANC4A neighbors input is important to me.


Please read the resolution and provide me with your input via my email at ANC4A01@gmail.com or call me at 202-642-6151.


Click to read the Blair's Resolution and submit comments.

Click to read the ANC4A01 Update. . .

ANC4A01 News Release

April 10, 2014



The April 2014 ANC4A01 News has been released.  It has been an amazing year in ANC4A01.  Neighbors have expressed their concerns regarding traffic patterns, congestion and safety.  We have invited guest speakers to address these matters from the D.C. Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, and other governmental agencies.  Click to read the ANC4A01 News in its entirety.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



January 13, 2014.--Washington, D.C.  Chris Turner who lives in Takoma Park in Washington, D.C. attended the ANC4A01 Monthly Meeting to express his concerns about PEPCO  Smart Meter's and the possibility that the meters may cause health problems.  Turner has shared several important links to ANC4A01 Commission Acqunetta Anderson--who invited PEPCO to her January 3, 2014 meeting to discuss the PEPCO Smart Meter, and the polectric rate increase. 


The ANC4A has not focused on the PEPCO Smart Meter's and the threat to shutoff neighbors electricity--if they fail to provide PEPCO access to their properties to install the meters.  PEPCO in response to Commissioner Anderson has indicated that they will not turn-off neighbors electricity inspite of PEPCO's notices to shut-off meters in Washington, D.C.  Commissioner Anderson has been transparent--in reporting information to the neighbors regarding PEPCO shut-off notices.   


Pck on the sites below to read more about Smart Meters and Health Concerns.


http://www.scribd.com/doc/96601393/Smart-Meter-Health-Effects-Santa-Cruz-DPH  (there are more documents at the bottom of this link)

Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity - Federation of ...  https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42338.pdf by BJ Murrill - 2012 - Cited by 1 - Related articlesFeb 3, 2012 - CRS Report for Congress. Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress. Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity. Brandon J.

Challenges in Securing the Electricity Grid - US Government ... www.gao.gov/assets/600/592508.pdfJul 17, 2012 - United States Government Accountability Office. GAO ..... report indicated that the miscreants hacked into the smart meters to that cyber ...



http://acluhi.org/2012/01/11/know-your-rights-new-electrical-smart-grids-raise-privacy-concerns/ (1/11/12)  Privacy rights, once lost, can be difficult or nearly impossible to restore. In the quest to modernize and improve basic municipal systems like phone, water and electricity, user privacy must be built in on the front end. Even electrical and ordinary household devices may increasingly share more of our personal habits or information than we think – and more than we should be comfortable with.

http://www.acluvt.org/issues/smart_meters.php (2011)

https://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-national-security/call-logs-try-kilowatts-reports-reveal-demands (6/18/13)

http://www.stopocsmartmeters.com/home/former-cia-director-james-woolsey-calls-smart-grid-really-really-stupid/

http://www.sedonasmartmeterawareness.com/APS-MYTHS-V--FACTS.html (“Smart” Meters: The most massive invasion of privacy in U.S. History by Warren Woodward)

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/smart-meter-surveillance-use-confirmed/ (6/20/13)

http://thetruthaboutsmartgrids.org/2013/10/16/smart-meter-robbery/ Smart Meter Reports That Naperville Home May Be Vulnerable to Weekend Burglary (10/16/13)

http://thetruthaboutsmartgrids.org/2013/10/03/smart-meter-data-reveals/ (10/3/13)

ANC4A01 Monthly Meeting January 6, 2014


Washington, D.C. January 6, 2014.  ANC4a01 Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson and invited guest  to Address    PEPCO's Pending Electric Rate Increase, Smart Meter Legislation,  Smart  Meters   Opt-Out, Infrastructure, ANC4A01 Street Repairs, Crosswalks,   Jobs and Jobs Training at her ANC4A01 Monthly Meeting on January 6, 2014.  Click to read the Januasry 6, 2014 agenda.

 Smart Meter's Technology Cause for Fiery Concerns



Smart meters allow for two-way communication between you and Pepco.  The meters record your energy use information daily, then that data is sent to our data center for billing and customer service.  Smart meters are the foundation for future smart homes and businesses.  Soon you’ll be able to control “smart appliances” like your thermostat, from the internet or smart phone.  You will also be able to receive alerts when your bill reaches a certain usage or dollar amount.  

 

Citizens in Washington, D.C. and in other states have expressed  their concerns about the Smart meters.  According to a Fox News report  in May 2013 “Pepco this past summer reported at least 15 smart meters caught fire or got so hot, the meters melted. Similar fires have been reported in other states too”.

 

The D.C. Office of People’s Council (OPC) has filed a motion before the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting further examination of smart meter opt-out options based on findings of the West Monroe consultants’ report. OPC is also working with the City Council’s Government Operations Committee, chaired by Kenyan McDuffie, to address the smart meter-related concerns described in your correspondence with the Office.  ANC Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson will continue to monitor the Pepco smart meter concerns—with the OPC and Pepco.  Please visit the ANC4A01’s website to read the OPC’s motion in its entirety. Click on the icon on the right to read the motion in its entirety.

 

ANC4A01 Commission Ask Councilmember McDuffie To Introduce PEPCO Emergency Smart Meter Moratorium Legislation

 

CM McDuffie please introduce emergency moratorium legislation regarding PEPCO's intent to disconnect service to DC Citizens who have decided to opt out of installation dangerous smart meters in their home---known to have caused fires in homes in Illinois, Canada and other jurisdictions. DC citizens in all Wards of this city need emergency action from your committee now. PEPCO begins disconnection of service within 10 days beginning last Friday, December 6th. Beginning December 16th PEPCO will begin disconnecting services to seniors, children and families---placing them in darkness, cold conditions and a Third World living conditions in our city. Click here to read entire letter.

SAVE THE DATE

ANC4A01 Monthly Meeting

Agenda

January 6, 2014

Washington Ethical Society
7:00 pm

 

 

Invited Guest Speakers:

 

Guest: Lt. Vines, MPD 4, PSA 401

Discussion: Lt. Vines  will  meet face to face with ANC4A01 neighbors to discuss crime in Colonial Village, North Portal Estates, and Shepherd Park (a portion of ANC4A01).  Lt. Vines will also discuss hosting the PSA 401 together with the ANC4A01 Monthly meeting in earlier 2014 (February 2014).  Many citizens from other single member districts attend the ANC4A01monthly meetings---the ANC4A01 monthly  meeting is open to the entire ANC4A—since we share many concerns regarding crime and safety in our neighborhood.  Other invited guest includes Councilmembers Vincent Orange and Tommy Wells to discuss crime and safety and special police funding for Colonial Village, North Portal Estates and Shepherd Park (a portion of ANC4A01) Click here to read entire agenda.

NEWS RELEASE

Comments on the Department of State’s Proposed EIS for development of portions of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center

 

ANC4A01, Washington, D.C. December 6, 2013.  Community involvement  in the U.S. Department of State—Foreign Mission Center’s (FMC) former WRAMC plans has been a vital part of Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson’s plan to keep the citizens full informed about what is happening as we go forward.

 

The closing of the historical Walter Reed Army Medical Center site in August 2011 signaled new changes not only for the 120 year old medical campus, but also for the city and Ward 4 residents in ANC4A01.   The U.S. Department of State also share these thoughts---they will be seeking citizens feedback regarding the federal former WRAMC Plans in February 2014.  Click to read entire release.

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

COMBATING CRIME AND SEEKING MORE POLICE PRESENCE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Neighbors,

 

Washington, D.C.—December 5, 2013.  You’ve already talked with some neighbors—at the grocery store, on the sidewalk, over the back fence, at the bus stop, across the kitchen table. You know people are unhappy about the way things are, that they’d like to see something done in Colonial Village, North Portal Estates and Shepherd Park (a portion of ANC4A01). 
 
The next step—we have made that discussion a bit more purposeful and organized at our October 8, 2013 and December 2, 2013 meetings.  We have invited MPD4 to meet with our neighbors to discuss how we can increase police presence, and patrols in Colonial Village, North Portal Estates and Shepherd Park (a portion of ANC4A01) because of the increase of burglaries, automobile break-ins, loitering, and other indies crimes which creates an unsafe neighborhood.  Regardless if there have been one criminal act or ten acts against our neighbors—our neighbors have expressed to the MPD4 that we must stop the crime in our communities.  We have also welcomed neighbors who attend our ANC4A01 Monthly meetings to discuss crime and safety in their single member districts—because we share the same concerns.  Please click here to read the entire Press Release.

Press Release

Sharing ANC4A Meeting Minutes With Neighbors


 

Washington, D.C.--November 20, 2013. Transparency in government is a priority of the ANC4A01 Commissioner and the Commission will begin sharing the ANC4A monthly minutes on the ANC4A01 website. The ANC4A executive committee under the chair holds monthly meetings prior to the regular scheduled monthly meetings (closed to the public) to prepare the ANC4A meeting agenda and to discuss community concerns prior to the public ANC4A meetings. Following the executive meeting--ANC4A monthly minutes are circulated to the commissioners for review and corrections prior to the upcoming monthly meeting. The minutes are not official--but must be voted on by the Commission as a Whole at the ANC4A meetings.   The draft minutes are circulated to give the commissioners the opportunity to review the minutes for accuracy. The ANC4A01 commission will post the unofficial ANC4A minutes on the ANC4A01 website to provide an opportunity for neighbors to follow actions taken at ANC4A meetings and the closed executive meetings. And to post the draft unofficial ANC4A minutes on the website to give neighbors the opportunity to read the minutes in advance to determine if they have corrections prior to the meetings (procedure adopted by the Commission at its October 2013 meeting).


Click to read the drafted minutes. . . .
 
 

Press Release

 
Meeting to Discuss Neighbors Concernn
 
Washington, D.C.-November 19, 2013.  The ANC4A01 host public monthly meetings to listen to neighbors in Colonial Village, North Portal Estates, and Shepherd Park (a portion of ANC4A01) concerns.  The Commissioner also invites special guest speakers from city agencies and the federal government to present governmental programs and to engage in discussions with our neighbors regarding crime, education, economic development, infrastructure, taxes, etc.
 
The next public ANC4A01 Monthly meeting will be held on December 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th Street, NW.Click to read the agenda in its entirety. . . . 

A HISTORICAL BRIDGE IN ROCK CREEK PARK TO CLOSE SIX MONTHS FOR REPAIRS

 

Washington, D.C.  October 25, 2013 The Kalmia Road Culvert between East Beach Drive NW and West Beach Drive NW in Colonial Village, North Portal and a portion of Shepherd Park in ANC4A01 will be closed on Tuesday, October as part of the DDOT’s efforts to make the long waited repairs on the bridge since 2010.  The closure is expected to last approximately six months.  ANC4A01 has held several meetings to discuss the concerns of the neighbors since January 2013.   DDOT is concerned that “another rain event could cause further deterioration of the structure” and therefore will close the bridge earlier than anticipated. 

 

DDOT stated in a recent press release that this closure was previously scheduled to be “implemented in late November to replace deteriorated culvert at this location with a new bridge structure.  However a recent inspection of the Kalmia Road Culvert revealed additional deterioration has developed in the form of a scour hole due to rain storms over the past few weeks”.

 

According to the DDOT, the roadway crossing at this culvert is still safe for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  Neighbors expressed their concerns about “proper detour signage” at the ANC4A01 meetings in September and October 2013.  DDOT recently stated that detour signage will be in place to guide vehicular traffic around the closure.  DDOT encourages motorists to plan for additional travel time because “traffic delays are likely to occur along the detour routes. 

 

For more information and updates click to read more. . . . .

Upcoming ANC4A01 Monthly Meeting

 

The regular monthly meeting of ANC4A01 will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, beginning at 7 PM in the main hall room, Washington Ethical Society,   The meeting agenda is embedded below and is posted on our website, www.ANC4A01.net .

 

Click here to read the agenda. . . .

Former WRAMC Master Developer Citizens Electronic Voting Extended

 

September 7, 2013

 

Washington, D.C.---September 7, 2013.  Former WRAMC Master Development Citizen electronic  voting has been extended until September 22nd. In person voting will be held on September 21st between 12:00pm until 3:00pm. Details regarding the location will be posted throughout  the community next week once plans are finalized with DMPED.

 

Citizens  in Ward 4 will be able to meet all three developers team members and to cast their vote to select the master developer. The voting results will be submitted to DMPED.  In our democratic process---citizen’s votes carry great weight.

 

Please go to ANC4A01's website to vote today!

 

DDOT Repair Update

 September 6, 2013

 

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will commence repair work as part of the Americans with Disability Act Compliance Project at the intersection of Kalmia Rd and Myrtle St NW on or about September 11, 2013. Construction is scheduled to be complete by September 16, 2013, weather and construction permitting. The purpose of the repair work is to ensure members of the disabled community can access and use the sidewalk.

 

It will include repair to sidewalks and installing wheelchair ramps.
 
 

The Contractor is authorized to work during the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.  There will be no work at night.

If deemed necessary, Parking Restriction signs will be posted at least 72 hours in advance, at locations where parking will not be allowed. These signs will advise the dates and duration of “No Parking” and contact information of the Project Engineer.

 

Thank you, for your patience and understanding during the repair work. Should you have any concern please feel free to contact me at 202-642-6151or via email ANC4A01@gmail.com.  You may also receive updates via the ANC4A01 website at www.ANC4A01.net or on twitter @ANC4A01 for daily updates.

 

Up to the Minute News Updates

 
 

May 13, 2013

 

Ward 4 Citizens Meet Former WRAMC Developer  Finalist

 

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), has selected a short-list of respondents to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Master Development Services for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) campus in Ward 4.  Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson invited five developer finalist to attend her May 13, 2013 meeting to introduce their corporate team to citizens and to discuss their corporate mission and vision; other development project's and to answer citizens questions to help citizens to get to know the developers.

 

 Listen to the ANC4A01 May 13, 2013  Monthly Meeting Tapes---Meet the former WRAMC Developer Finalist

 

  • Forest City Washington
  • Hines Interests LP/Urban Atlantic Joint Venture
  • Roadside Development LLC
  • Walter Reed Associate LLC comprising the Wilkes Co., Captsone Developer LLC, Quadrangle Develoment Corp.  (the developer did not respond to the Commissioner's invitation to meet Ward 4 citizens.)
  • Western Development Corp. (the developer responded, but cancellled due to receiving notification on Friday, May 10, 2013 from the  Office of the Deputy Mayor for  Planning and Economic Development  about their proposed  meeting scheduled for July 2013.)

 

 Click here to learn more.. . . .

 

 

April 18, 2013

 

WRAMC Proposed Real Property  Taxes

Recently Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Colonial Village, North Portal Estates and a portion of Shepherd Park, informed Ward 4 home owners to be cognizant about a proposed real property tax strategy that was discussed on April 2, 2013 at a Walter Reed Development Authority meeting.  The authority hired the Urban Land Institute to report on the WRAMC Interim use and Small Area Plan.  The Ward 4 councilmember, the D.C. Office of Planning and the Office of the Mayor Economic and Development would like Ward 4 citizens to accept their opinion that the Urban Land Institute's proposed real property tax strategy is an "idea".  Commissioner Anderson's response is "if it’s not on the table--but an idea, the council should pass legislation guaranteeing Ward 4 citizens that the so call idea will not become a reality".

 

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) purposed a similar tax increment financing (TIF) for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) on April 2, 2013.  ULI in its report to Ward 4 citizens (WRAMC’s Interim Use and the Small Area Plan recommendations) stated that citizens will invest in the proposed partnership if the proposed real property tax plan is adopted.  ULI’s proposal will cause for the creation of a proposed taxing district in Ward 4 to fund and support the Walter Reed Development.  A range of tax assessment options and financing alternatives are on the table, from taxing Ward 4 properties within a five to ten minute walking distance of the former WRAMC.  Revenue from these levies will generate funding for the WRAMC----capital costs and help offset operating losses. 

Washington’s strong real estate market makes increased property tax assessments more palatable than they might be elsewhere, but Washington is not the only places proposing to use a special assessment real property tax,    Property assessments are helping fund new transportation lines in Rockville, Maryland, Tampa, Seattle, San Francisco, and Kansas City, Missouri, and the success of a push for streetcars in Los Angeles will depend on support from local property owners.

 

Read the Entire Press Release

Listen to the Proposed Strategy to impose a real property tax on Ward 4 Homeowners

Part 1

Part 2

 
 
April 2, 2013
 
ANC4A Meeting Update
 
 
The regular meeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A was called to order by the Chair, on April 2 2013 at approximately 7:20  p.m.  at the Grace Lutheran Church.  Motion by ANC4A01 Commissioner Anderson:
 
Motion to amend the ANC4A Budget to allocate funds for fiscal year 2013 grants:
 
Several citizens expressed their support of the grant funds.   The motion did not pass.  Commissioners Anderson(SMD4A01) and Black(SMD4A08) supported the Motion to fund the Grants Program.  Commissiners Braxton (SMD4A05), Wilson (SMD4A07), Whatley(SMD4A03), Toliver(SMD4A01), and Benett (SMD4A04).
 
The D.C. Planning Office of Economic Developent and the Zoning Commission presented a Comprehensive Plan. 
 
 

ANC4A01 Calendar

 Traffic Advisories Updates

Walter Reed Medical Center Development

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