Two issues related to neighborhood safety in the wake of the Jan. 6th attacks on the US Capitol are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B. The ANC response to the liquor license application from a contentious new business will also be discussed.
First, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) First District Commander Morgan Kane will address concerns about neighborhood safety and the upcoming inauguration. 1D Captain Jonathon Dorrough told the Monday night meeting of ANC 6D that Kane led First District officers in clearing the Capitol Building Wednesday, Jan. 6 after it was attacked by a mob of pro-Trump supporters. Neighbors have expressed concern about residential safety, especially after two pipe bombs were found near the headquarters of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Two letters to District officials addressing safety concerns have also been discussed online, although it is unclear if either will be discussed at the meeting. One letter, spearheaded by Commissioner Denise Krepp (6B10) asks the Department of Justice (DOJ) asks “that the individuals who participated in the insurrection receive significant prison sentences.”
A group of District-wide commissioners have written another sign-on letter asking District officials to take specific steps to address safety in the District, including ‘encouraging’ hotels and short-term rentals not to rent rooms during the week, sheltering homeless persons in hotels and enforcing social distancing and the wearing of masks.
Finally, Commissioner Corey Holman (6B06) has announced that he will put forth a motion to rescind the $14,000 allocated for legal fees in the Handle 19 case. The funds were approved at a special call meeting of the ANC. Holman tweeted that he did not oppose ANC participation in the protest of the license, just the use of funds.
Holman has said that he thinks a protest towards the negotiation of a Settlement Agreement (SA) would overall be the best solution to community concerns. “I’m not trying to stop the ANC from protesting the liquor license,” he tweeted early Tuesday. “However, the money allocated is simply too much. And we still haven’t been able to negotiate a contract bound by the resolution passed.”
Holman said he would put forth a subsequent motion that funds remaining from the allocation be used to restart the grant program ANC 6B established last year to support organizations working to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 virus on the community.
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