MPD Tells ANC 6A: Robberies, Homicides up

ANC 6A Report

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Chair Amber Gove (6A04) convened the July 14, 2022 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A via Zoom with Commissioners Keya Chatterjee (6A01),  Commissioner Phil Toomajian (6A02), Laura Gentile (6A05), Robb Dooling (6A06), Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07) and Brian Alcorn (6A08) in attendance. Commissioner Mike Soderman (6A03) was absent

Unanimous Actions
The following ANC 6A actions were accepted by unanimous consent:

  • to send a letter requesting a public restroom at 8th and H Street NE and to the Department of Public Works (DPW) to request a process for removal of biohazards.
  • to protest the new license application of Old City Cafe unless a Settlement Agreement is entered into prior to the protest date.
  • to protest the license renewal application of Sticky Rice/Sing Sing Karaoke Palace unless an updated Settlement Agreement is reached prior to the protest date.
  • to protest the license renewal application of Crab Boss LLC unless an updated Settlement Agreement is entered into prior to the protest date.
  • to protest the license renewal application of Kitchencray H LLC unless an updated Settlement Agreement is reached prior to the protest date.
  • to write a joint letter with ANC 6C to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) with post-completion requests for the Maryland Avenue Project, including no right turn on red signs; prioritizing bicycles and pedestrians in this corridor; and remedying the dangerous exit into a steep bioswale on certain blocks.
  • to send a letter of support to DDOT for NOI 22-191-PSD 19th Street NE, Protected Two-Way Bike Facility between East Capitol and C Streets NE.
  • to send a letter of opposition to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for special exception zoning relief from the lot occupancy requirements and from the rear addition requirements to construct a third story and rear addition, and convert to a flat an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit at 647 16th Street NE (BZA Case #20612) in the RF-1 zone on the basis that it causes undue impact on the light and air available to the neighboring property.
  • to set up a Google group to serve as a community forum. This forum will be a place where community members may communicate freely with each other. In addition, ANC 6A is planning to narrow the focus of the current ANC 6A Google Group to serve solely as means of communication for ANC meeting agendas and notices, as well as for Commissioners and committee chairs to share information with the community.
  • to send a letter of support to the Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) for a mural to be installed on the exterior of the Atlas Performing Arts Center Building, facing Linden Court, during FY 2023.
  • to table approving the appointment of Jessica Clark as a member of the Community Outreach Committee until the next ANC6A meeting in September of 2022.

Assistant Chief Andre Wright on Crime
The Assistant Chief shared that Chief Contee has implemented a Homicide Prevention Plan this year as homicides in DC are up roughly 14% since last year. 62% of these homicides have occurred in Wards 6 and 7 with just four Police Service Areas (PSA’s) 603, 604, 703 and 708 accounting for 22% of homicides. However, in general violent crime has decreased though robberies and burglaries are up about 4% each. Additional patrols and scout cars have been stationed along both the U Street and H Street corridors in part to counteract this uptick in robberies. Mayor Bowser’s Nightlife Initiative targets areas such as the H Street corridor, which extends down H Street from 3rd Street NE to Benning Road NE, by sending out multiple enforcement agencies—parking enforcement, Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), and others—in an attempt to lower the number of crimes in these areas. A more thorough breakdown on these crime statistics can be found by visiting mpdc.dc.gov/page/district-crime-data-glance.

Visit www.anc6a.org for a calendar of meeting times, meeting agendas and other information.