ANC 6C Discuss Concerns About Crime

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C met on March 8 via WebEx. Commissioners Christy Kwan (6C01), Leslie Merkle (6C02, secretary), Jay Adelstein (6C03), Mark Eckenwiler (6C04, chair), Joel Kelty (6C05, treasurer), Patricia Eguino (6C06) and Tony Goodman (6C07, vice chair) were present.

Crime
Commissioners raised concerns about crime following a shooting at Third and K streets NE in late February, outside Eguino’s apartment building.  “As a commissioner,” said Eguino, “I take crime seriously. I heard the shots outside my window. I know it affected everyone in my district. It did shake me, and I am open to all residents’ input.”

Seeking to address concerns on crime, Jake Stolzenberg, community outreach and relations specialist of the Ward 6 Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, introduced himself as the “eyes and ears for the mayor on the ground.”

Kelty, referencing recent instances of car theft and a beating near his residence, replied, “I just want to make sure that we relay to you the concern the community has about crime and particularly violent crime in ANC 6C.” Eguino urged the mayor to address the root causes of violence in the District. Eguino continued, “I know we don’t hold a consensus on how to solve crime, but I do think that, at least personally, treating the root causes of crime would help decrease the instances of violence that have happened recently.”

Other Matters
The commissioners supported a historic preservation application to raze a dry cleaning establishment and construct a three-story residential home at 601 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

They supported E-bike legislation proposed by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D), with authorization for the transportation committee’s chair, Michael Upright, and member Mark Kazmierczak to testify at the upcoming hearing.

They agreed to submit comments on proposed amendments to DC’s zoning regulation, and authorized Eckenwiler to testify.

ANC 6C will meet April 12, at 7 p.m., via WebEx. Learn more about the commission and register to attend the meeting by visiting www.anc6c.org.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.