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January 13, 2002

Big Issues

Dear Big Thinkers:

It's a big, long issue; let's get on with it.

Gary Imhoff 


Political Qualifications
Dorothy Brizill, 

When Mayor Williams proposed replacing an elected Board of Education with an appointed one, he argued that it would take politics out of the school board, and allow him to name people to the Board who had an expertise and interest in education. On Friday, he selected Marian Saez to fill the vacancy on the board left when Bob Peck resigned last year to head the Greater Washington Board of Trade ( Ms. Saez had no background, expertise, or demonstrated interest in education, and in their remarks neither she nor the mayor mentioned any reason related to the education or welfare of DC's children for her to be named to the position. The appointment was about Williams's reelection politics, pure and simple.

Ms. Saez's “qualifications” for the position were that she is an Hispanic, a woman, and a lesbian; and that she is the president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city's largest and most powerful gay and lesbian Democratic party organization. She was selected because of her ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, and political connections. Mayor Williams needed to improve his record of Hispanic appointments. In his first three years in office he had named only two Hispanics to major positions — Rosario Guitierrez as the Director of the Office of Latino Affairs and Angel Cartenaga as chair of the Public Service Commission. And one of the Mayor's key constituency and contributor groups is the gay community. What makes Saez's appointment so egregiously political is that she does have a solid background and expertise in housing issues, particularly in public housing, but at Friday's press conference the mayor said he had never even considered her for any of the recent important housing related vacancies in the administration — director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, for example, or positions on the Public Housing Authority Board and the Housing Finance Agency Board of Directors.


Redskins, Political Correctness, and Living in DC with Stigma
Mark David Richards, Dupont East, 

Councilwoman Carol Schwartz stood “in the crossfire” on Thursday evening at 7:30 on CNN’s Crossfire to defend the DC Council’s vote on the “Washington National Football League Franchise Name Change Emergency Resolution of 2001,” (November 6, 2001, PR14-0440, The resolution gave the sense of the Council that the Redskins' owners should change the team’s name prior to the 2002-2003 football season. It was supported 12-1; only Harold Brazil voted no. The Post wrote a brief story on January 9, 2002: The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments voted 11-2 the same day to ask the Redskins to change its name to something less offensive to Native Americans. Schwartz belongs to both governing bodies. I agree with the resolution — the DC Council and COG did the right thing in supporting a name change because it is disrespectful.

In fact, Councilwoman Schwartz was less in the crossfire than up against the firing squad with the smug Tucker Carlson holding the gun. I often enjoy Carlson's perspective, but last night his argument had little to do with the issue and only demonstrated to me, once again, that DC lives with stigma. Carlson launched his attack with, “I was glad to learn that you and other elected officials in Washington have the free time to worry about American Indians. That’s a lot to worry about. I just want to read you a few statistics from the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. You’re probably familiar with it, second biggest in the country, life expectancy of 56, suicide rate twice the national average, infant mortality rate the same, epidemic of obesity, of diabetes, of alcoholism, an unemployment rate of 75 percent. It’s in tough shape. And I’m wondering when you’re sitting in a meeting with your fellow elected officials, wouldn't they be more effective just to take up a collection from all the rich liberals in the media and just go ahead and send it to the Indian reservation -- they could certainly use it — rather than passing pointless laws like this?” Schwartz responded with, “Well, first of all, you’re talking to a Republican here,” to which Carlson responded, “Oh, I’m fully aware.” See full transcript of interview: I suppose there is a rule of politics that when you do not have an argument you attack below the belt, so to speak. The use of the “you’ve got a lot of free time” argument is so old and ignorant, and caused me to think Schwartz should have given Carlson a good smack. But she didn’t — she was very diplomatic.

So, what should they change their name to? One Saturday on WPFW, I heard a DJ spinning the blues suggest they change the name from Redskins to Fedskins. This site suggests the Washington Tampons:  And, the Wit Memo suggests the Reaganskins to honor the Gipper: Related items:;!_721.htm;;;;;


Illegally Parked Cars
Alexander Padro, 

I can report that indeed, cars parking on some streets where parking is prohibited during rush hour are being ticketed and towed. I have recently witnessed tow trucks removing cars parked along North Capital Street near K Street during rush hour. Indeed, I saw the trucks making numerous trips on that occasion.

Of course, on any given day, every car that is parking on every street where rush-hour parking is restricted throughout the city is not being towed. But if the culprits are chronic violators of this law, before too long they're going to have an expensive lesson taught to them. The ticket and towing charges need to be paid before the car can be retrieved, for a cost of $175.00, plus cab fare to DMV. If they don't get to DMV in time, they likely won't get their car back that night. I doubt the average scofflaw will park on a no-rush-hour-parking street again after that experience.


Cuppa’ Jo Coffee House for Sale or to Permanently Close
John Olinger, 

I thought you would find this [January 7 press release] interesting. “Evolve, LLC today announced plans to sell or permanently close Cuppa' Jo Coffee House located in the Capitol Hill/Trinidad neighborhood at 1006A Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC. The business opened in June 2001 in response to community demand and as part of Evolve's overall mission to revitalize and improve neighborhoods where their properties are located. The company started looking at alternative plans for the Coffee House shortly after failing an Inspection Report by the DC Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday 1/3/02. The Inspection Report focused around four areas of concern. 'Three of the four concerns were fairly minor and would have been relatively easy to address,' said Christopher Swanson, co-owner of Evolve, LLC and manager of Cuppa' Jo. The business needed to install a garbage disposal, fix a slow leaking pipe under the kitchen sink and ensure that a certified food supervisor was on duty at all times.

“The fourth concern is the demand that has resulted in the recent decision to close the business. The DOH found that the (deli) license, which was the type of license originally recommended by the DOH, for Cuppa' Jo was inappropriate because the business provided seating for guests and advised the company to purchase a new (restaurant) license. 'It seemed as though we were always trying to hit a moving target with the city's health inspectors. Every time they came to visit we were told we needed something new and each time it was something different,' said Swanson. 'This wasn't our first inspection, we've had the same number of seats in here for each of the two inspections prior to 1/3/02, including the initial inspection that occurred before we were allowed to open for business, but none of these concerns were listed on those Inspection Reports. As it stands, in order to keep our existing license we would have to remove all of the seating in the coffee house.' 'As with any new business we struggled with the usual financial startup challenges while the popularity of Cuppa' Jo continued to grow. Until now we were just determined that we could make this project work,' said Jeff Printz, co-owner of Evolve. 'After we received the latest Inspection Report we estimated that it would take the next two to three months of profits to pay for a new business license and there was no assurance that once we addressed this concern that there wouldn't be different and even more expensive concerns in the future.' While they were not specifically listed on this report, the inspector alluded to the need to add an additional restroom and exterior staircase from the second floor of the business. 'Given this future uncertainty combined with the previous track record from working with the Department of Health, we decided we could no longer accept that risk,' said Printz.

“In the past seven months since Cuppa' Jo opened, the business has received tremendous accolades from the community. The Coffee House was a feature story in the District section of The Washington Post, it was highlighted as 'a coffee house for all people' and for community involvement in a Fox 5 News story about Gallaudet University, and received national recognition in a story by The Silent News, a publication for Gallaudet Alumni. Last month Cuppa' Jo hosted a visit from Mrs. Santa Claus where over 300 toys, donated by local businesses, were distributed to needy area children. Cuppa' Jo provided full and part-time jobs for 9 DC residents and area students and was a proud participant in the Clerc Internship program for deaf students. For additional information about Cuppa' Jo Coffee House please visit” 


Cable or Satellite
Ed T. Barron, 

For those folks debating on whether they should choose cable or satellite for their TV channel provider, the satellite TV system I use has recently added the local PBS channels (22 and 26) and also added channels 20 and 50 to the normal four major local channels. All these channels are at no additional cost to the basic monthly charge.


The Triumph of Cynicism
Paul Dionne, 

Sadly, few will pay for the recent fundraising scandal, and the price certainly won't be high. If we lived in a city or state where there was a viable two party system the other party would jump on this as a chance to ferret out corruption. However, with Republicans as the second party (in terms of voter registration) so far behind (outnumbered 13 to 1), it would do more harm for them to use this as a political issue. Until voters are willing to drop our one-party system we will probably have to live with such corruption.


Mail Issues
Joan Eisenstodt, 

Our mail continues to baffle me. I got a bunch this week dated as early as November 1 (Ohio, first class letter), 11/24 (DC, first class letter, had a large footprint on it!), 11/28 (IL, first class letter), and so on. I thought the irradiated letters were from September and October, not November, and besides, none of this appears to have gone through that process (not brittle and yellow, just late). Clues? What is anyone else doing about it?


Taxi Metering
Malcolm L. Wiseman, Jr., 

I agree with Mr. Barron who says taxi zones must go. They have always been a source of confusion and bilking of DC visitors and residents alike. However, he's wrong or at least misguided in his complaint about our circles and diagonals, which to my mind are extremely efficient once you learn to drive them. The avenues allow one to traverse the city in two directions on one vector at the same time. DCPS taught me that the hypotenuse is always shorter than the sum of the sides. The circles might be seen as the price you pay for the efficiency of the avenues. I see circles not as “chaotic” or “nightmarish” but as scenic breaks in the cityscape that also help to regulate (some would say slow down) traffic flow. In a metered taxi system avenues and circles save you money.

Maybe the Washington street map should be a part of the driving test for cabbies and newcomers. I know that I've never seen a city's layout more logical and predictable than is Washington's, including the addressing along the avenues. Not so in Manhattan, a city whose dwellers are fortunate that it is long and narrow and not “square-ish” as are DC and other cities. I'll take the beauty and eye-relief of avenues and circles over the simplicity of a straight grid any day, and twice on Sunday


Washington the Marketing Concept
Kevin Palmer, 

Following is a letter I wrote to the Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation back in December, but decided not to send when I realized that the whole organization is stacked with suburbanites whose ears would probably have been deaf to it. “As a resident of Washington, DC (the city, not the marketing concept), I am offended that your recent list of holiday restaurants includes places in Leesburg and Alexandria (The Dandy). As far as I can tell, these places do nothing to encourage tourists and area residents to spend their dime in the District, while you are actively promoting these locales under the moniker of Washington, DC. In fact, the negativity that most residents and business owners in these places display toward the region's true core (the city) is hardly veiled.

“This may seem like a minor infraction, but the problem is exacerbated all the time by national advertisers that trade on the cachet of the Washington name when, in fact, their locations are far afield from the city itself. For instance, the new Ikea relocation has lacquered Metro stations with ads proclaiming, in one case, 'Light up the holidays. Light up a city' or some such nonsense. Last time I checked, Potomac Mills has a Woodbridge address. The same goes for L.L. Bean's pre-opening bus placards in preparation for their first retail store outside Vermont: 'Now in Washington.' Um, no: now in Tysons Corner. Given that residents here pay some of the highest taxes in the land (without a vote in the national body that ironically calls the place home), commuters who live in the suburbs don't contribute to our tax rolls, and city residents must fight to get basic retail in some neighborhoods, it's offensive to find the WCTC promoting suburban locales. In case you weren't paying attention, Alexandria seems to happily separate itself from Washington when it's beneficial: it has the audacity to promote itself as the 'Fun Side of the Potomac.'

“Your name suggests that you are chartered to promote Washington. It's called the 'Washington, DC Convention and Tourism Corporation,' so it seems fair that the businesses you promote and the place you cheerlead is actually Washington, DC. Do us all a favor and stick to the city when doing PR for 'Washingtoon' and don't waste our tax dollars promoting the suburbs. In my opinion, your membership shouldn't even be open to suburban businesses/hotels/professionals until those suburban places start shedding their pessimism, antagonism, and arrogance toward the city that makes this entire region a desirable place to do business in the first place.”


Score Another One for the Gipper
Philip Murphy, 

Judging from the responses regarding Reagan National Airport I would say that the promoters of the name change have largely achieved what they intended. The name Reagan continues to irritate those it was meant to irritate and at the same time that irritation isolates them from the mainstream population that sees nothing controversial about honoring a highly successful president. Let me let you in on a little secret: if you continue to let Ronald Reagan bug you, the conservatives have won.


Card Sharp
Mark Eckenwiler, 

Annie McCormick and others have lamented and/or speculated about the rules for transferring value from standard Metro farecards to a SmarTrip card. The rules are that you may transfer the value of a) a used farecard or Metrochek (worth $7 or less) or b) an unused Metrochek or farecard (of any value). I found this information (which was also in the printed info packet issued with my SmarTrip card) at after all of 10 seconds of research. (As a friend in DC says, "the Internet is the source for all the information you're not supposed to have.")

As for those diddlysquat leftover farecards (with the odd .15 left), per the above rule they are readily transferable. If the transfer won't work, there's a problem with the card, in which case you can go to the service kiosk at Metro Center or any other Metro sales office. (Nota bene: It says at that you have to have a certification from a station manager that the card is non-working. I've traded in dysfunctional cards more than once without any such paperwork. The one catch is that WMATA will only issue you new cards in whole dollar amounts, e.g., if your bad cards total $0.85, be sure you have another fifteen cents — preferably in coins — to trade for your shiny new $1 farecard.)


Public TV
Victor Chudowsky, 

Not to belabor the point, but are people watching the same public TV I do? First of all, the distinction between public TV and commercial TV is getting dimmer. What is all of that material that you now see for a good 4-5 minutes before the Jim Lehrer News Hour? Those are commercials! Insurance companies, investment firms, and the ever-present Archer Daniels Midland — all slickly produced with loud music, just like on commercial TV. I'm a total news junkie, and unfortunately I've been watching more TV because of the war. Frankly, public TV news (I'm thinking of the News Hour) is no more hard-hitting and thought provoking than commercial TV. Ray Suarez, Jim Lehrer, and Gwen Ifill usually throw their guests softball questions; the only advantage to their show is that they can spend more time on a given subject. On the war, the coverage from Aaron Brown and a few others on the commercial side has been as informative. And what about coverage of local, DC news in the evenings on public TV? Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Public TV's only saving grace is “Frontline.”

And on the entertainment side, what do we get on public TV? I've channel-surfed over to it several times to be confronted with self-help gurus, psychobabble, and “spontaneous healing” quacks. This is no different from the usual downchannel infomercials. And the worst offenses, often aired during pledge weeks, are the endlessly repeated “Riverdance” and John Tesh concerts. As Joe Queenan has noted, all of this is supported by taxpayer money. So think of it — your tax dollars support the airing of John Tesh. I think we should examine why this is the case and let public TV compete without taxpayer subsidy. The only real public TV is CSPAN, where you can veg out with a beer and watch the minute-by-minute proceedings of the latest event at American Enterprise Institute or Politics and Prose, and be amused at the weird questions on the call-in shows. Almost all of what is broadcast actually happens here in DC. Another gem is Free Speech TV (available on Dish TV), which I guess is run by some Chomsky cultists, but at least it is admirable that they can put something unusual together without taxpayer money or Archer Daniels Midland.


It’s Not Ed T. Barron
Ken Katz, 

While I do not cast aspersion upon Ed T. Barron's intent nor sincerity of belief, I nonetheless respectfully suggest that when anyone claims a simplistic answer to what is clearly a somewhat complicated problem, the claim is suspect. Ed's statement implies the following logic: since DC has the #4 spot in student spending but ranks 49 out of 51 in SAT score (I won't go into the value or lack thereof of that measure) , "it's not money." While I don't discount the significance of this correlation in assessing and solving the complexity of inner-city school system troubles, as a simple truth it lacks rigor and assumes a strength of argument based on correlation that does not exist. For example, say I can well afford to live in my $300,000 house in NW DC at my current salary: I could hardly afford the same quality of life if I bought a run down $150,000 house that required $400,000 in repair/renovation: same salary, house costs half, why not same quality of life? That is, same per student outlay, why not the same result? Maybe the costs/outlays are different? While my analogy may suggest only capitol budget issues, it is not intended to be so limited. As others have noted, at a minimum the correct comparison would be not between DC and 50 states, but rather between DC, NYC, Philadelphia, East St. Louis . . . you get the idea. But even then, I believe such simplistic answers tell us nothing more than that the analysis was equally simple and lacking in rigor.


DC Self-Government: Two Aspects
David Sobelsohn, 

George LaRoche ends his impassioned argument for the importance of local control over local DC matters by concluding that, “The issue at stake is self-government, not 'representation' in the national legislature.” Well, yes, in the abstract. But let's not blur two separate aspects of self-government. In theory, DC could get as much local self-government as any other American city, but still not have representation in Congress. (Does anyone know whether San Juan, Puerto Rico, has as much local self-government as, say, Tallahassee?) Since Congress makes laws for the whole country (including DC), local control with non-representation in Congress is still a denial of self-government. Nor should we ignore the power relationship between local self-government and congressional representation. Local self-government wouldn't help us get representation in Congress. But representation in Congress could help us get local self-government. Right now, we have no leverage at all. How is it in the self-interest of members of Congress to give us local control? With voting representatives, we'd have something other members of Congress want. Who knows, seniority might eventually get us an important committee chair (Mexico City's situation has uncertain relevance without knowing more about the structure of Mexico's legislature). Finally, most American cities don't have complete power over their own local affairs. They're subject to state oversight (which varies from state to state and isn't always limited by state constitutional “Home Rule” provisions). And ultimately, even states must suffer a degree of federal regulation. Just ask Oregon, which has tried to legalize suicide assistance, or California, which has tried to legalize medicinal marijuana.


Right On! It’s Self-Government!
Floyd H Agostinelli, 

As always, my dear friend George LaRoche always hits the nail on the head. “Taxation without Representation” is a great motto and I have a sticker to that effect on my car. But representation for DC, does not mean self-government for DC. Our “Home Fool” government simply means that neither our Mayor nor our City Council can be really held accountable. And, of course, how do we poor little residents of DC hold the mighty Congress of the United States accountable? I, first and foremost, want true self-government. Down the road, the merits of the various plans for representation can be further discussed. Again, for me, self-government is the more important issue. For instance, I am one of the original members of the DC Statehood/Compact Commission. Our charter was to “promote, educate and advocate” statehood for the District of Columbia. We are established in the Executive Office of the Mayor and we use to have an annual budget of $150,000. Under the great leadership of lovely Jo Butler (may she rest in peace) we made such strides that Congress forbade the District to fund us anymore. With true self-government, we, the people can do what we, the people, decide to do.


January 2002 InTowner
Peter Wolff, 

This is to advise that the January 2002 on-line edition has been uploaded and may be accessed at Included are the lead stories, community news items and crime reports, editorials (including prior months' archived), restaurant reviews (prior months' also archived), and the text from the ever-popular “Scenes from the Past” feature. Also included are all current classified ads. The complete issue (along with prior issues back to January 2001) also is available in PDF file format by direct access from our home page at no charge simply by clicking the link provided. The next issue will publish on February 8. The complete PDF version will be posted by early that Friday morning, following which the text of the lead stories, community news, and selected features will be uploaded shortly thereafter.

To read the lead stories, simply click the link on the home page to the following headlines: (1) “Adams Morgan Garage on 18th Street Opens with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony”; (2) “Tivoli Developer Gets Nod as Lead in Partnership for Wax Museum Site.”



CHIME Music Around the World Programs
Dorothy Marschak, 

Music Around the World is a series of interactive presentations for all ages by local professional performers and educators of music from different cultures, genres and periods placed in cultural context. Programs include music from the Middle East, South and Central Asia, China, Africa, Armenia, and Latin America. There are also programs featuring histories and demonstrations of gospel music, jazz, the saxophone, the opera, African-American drumming, and fiddle music. They will be held on Saturday afternoons at Benning, Lamond-Riggs, and Petworth libraries, and on Tuesday evenings at Mount Pleasant library. The programs are partially funded by a matching grant from the Humanities Council of Washington; CHIME is seeking donations to cover the balance of the cost.

The first monthly programs scheduled for each library: January 12 at Benning Library, Benning Road near Minnesota Avenue, NE, from 2-3 p.m.: “History of Gospel Music” with singer, actress and TV producer Angela Polite. January 22 at Mount Pleasant Library, 16th and Lamont Streets, NW, from 7-8 p.m., “Learn Songs for Chinese New Year” with singer Cynthia Lin. January 26 at Lamond-Riggs Library, South Dakota Avenue at Kennedy Street, NE, from 2-3 p.m., music of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh), with sitar player Brian Silver. February 9 at Petworth Library, Georgia Avenue and Upshur Streets, NW, 2-3 p.m. Duke Ellington: his music and influence with saxophonist Fred Foss and pianist Benito Gonzales. You can see a complete schedule and description of these programs on CHIME’s website:, or at any of these libraries.

CHIME (Community Help In Music Education) is a volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize community resources to promote and provide music education for DC public school children in and outside of school. Besides the library programs its activities include providing music instruction and donated instruments to schools and after-school programs; providing professional development workshops for teachers; a Music Buddies program to introduce children (and parents) to different performing organizations; and an advocacy campaign to incorporate music education in the core elementary school curriculum. For more information about CHIME activities or to make donations of your time, unused instruments in good repair, or your money, see our website or contact us at


Make Your Web Site Work: The Return on Investment (ROI) Method
Barbara Conn, 

Are you a business owner or manager frustrated with the performance of your web site? Dirk Johnson, successful entrepreneur, author, trainer, and owner of ROIWebsites, is making a presentation on the information you need to make smart decisions about your web site strategy. Bring your questions to the Saturday, January 19, 1:00 p.m., meeting of the Capital PC User Group (CPCUG) Entrepreneurs and Consultants Special Interest Group (SIG). Meetings are free and are held the third Saturday of each month at the Cleveland Park Library (second floor large meeting room) at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, a block south of the Cleveland Park Metrorail station, half a block south of the Cineplex Odeon Uptown movie theater. (Note: in March 2002 we will meet on the fourth Saturday, March 23, because the Cleveland Park Library book sale is scheduled for the third Saturday of March.)

For more information about the presentation, the speaker, and CPCUG, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, and to register for the meeting, visit


Community Stakeholder Meeting on Emergency Assistance
Susie Cambria, 

Be a part of an exciting new effort to urge the District to establish an emergency assistance program to help people with rent, mortgage, utilities and other emergencies! The workers who were laid off after the September 11 attacks exposed a gaping hole in the District's safety net that many already knew about. With thousands of workers facing eviction, it's time to act. Monday, January 14, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 Eleventh Street, NW (nearest Metro: Metro Center). Tentative agenda is to describe the need for emergency assistance, introduce proposed emergency legislation, and discuss strategy and next steps to pass emergency assistance.

This meeting is sponsored by the Emergency Assistance Working Group: Covenant House Washington; DC Action for Children; DC Employment Justice Center; Local 25, Hotel & Restaurant Employees Union; National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Neighbors' Consejo; So Others Might Eat; Washington Council of Agencies; and Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.



Correct Phone Number for “Help Wanted”
Anne Anderson, 

Unfortunately, I have been informed that there was a typographical error in the phone number of the “Help Wanted: Mayor and Candidates for other public offices” message that I sent you last time. The correct phone number to call for instructions on how to indicate one's interest in being a candidate is 529-0003.


Minority and Women Owned Business for Government Contracts
Arthur H. Jackson, 

On the birthday of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., January 16, the AHJ Group will launch Project 2005+ which will assist 2,005 or more business in becoming certified to bid on government contracts as small, disadvantaged, minority or women owned business. More than $200 million will be awarded to business like these in 2002. Our business consultants are available to speak at civic, business or community meetings. Also we are seeking business professionals to train as business development consultants. Call 240-508-5926 or E-mail resume to



Apartment for Rent
David Hunter, 

I am moving into my new house on Monday, January 19th. My apartment in DC will be free by the end of next week. It is located at 3303 Cleveland Avenue, NW, behind the Cathedral. I am in the basement apartment of a nice private home and the entrance is from the garden/patio back yard through the alley. The neighborhood is terrific as it is in Woodley Park and a close walk to the Metro. The landlord/owner is a woman with kids away at college, minimal intrusion and quiet. I rented month to month. Full kitchen, one bedroom, one bath with shower, no tub, and a large living room. Washer/dryer privileges next to your kitchen. It has been remodeled recently and has been a nice place to live. The rent is $1200 per month and that includes utilities and expanded Starpower cable. If you are interested or know of anyone, please E-mail me and I can put you in touch with the landlord.



Hand Cart
Phil Greene, 

Large, sturdy hand cart for sale, sort of like a flatbed wheel barrow with no sides, $20 or best offer. Great for heavy or light hauling, measures about 3' x 5'.



Free Zagat Washington DC/Baltimore Restaurant Guide
Michael Karlan, 

The DC Society of Young Professionals is making Zagat Washington DC/Baltimore Restaurant Guides available free. To receive your free guide, E-mail your name and address to, and E-mail a copy of your request to DCYoungPro will then add you to its E-mail list, and it will tell Zagat that you are now eligible to be sent a questionnaire. Zagat will then send you a restaurant questionnaire. If you fill out and return the questionnaire, you will receive a free copy of the next edition of the Zagat Washington DC/Baltimore restaurant guide. For more information about the DC Society of Young Professionals, please visit



CCADA Appeals for Corporate Donors to Help in Crisis
Arthur H. Jackson, 

The Concerned Citizens on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, located at 3115 Martin L. King, Jr., Avenue, SE is one of our city's oldest alcohol and drug treatment and prevention programs and is facing a crisis in funding due to government cuts and privatization of awarding of contracts to large global treatment corporations ,rather than to community based organizations like CCADA.

We are seeking to raise $300,000.00 to continue this program, which has assisted thousands of DC residents. Your support or donation is needed to replace the government cuts. "We must help Samuel and Nona Foster in their crusade to save our people from drug and alcohol abuse; we can not depend on government contracts," says Arthur Jackson, Jr., Ward 8 Democratic State Committeeman, whose firm The AHJ Group is providing pro bono services to the East of the River organization. To assist CCADA in these efforts call 563-3209/3210 or E-mail



Response to Flexcar Classified
Claudia Marquez, 

I have recently used Flexcar and love it. I had researched ZipCar and found it too expensive just to sign up! ($25, $75, and $300) so when I found out about Flexcar and looked it up on the website, it seemed the right thing. Took about a week to process my application, went to a meeting and reserved a car the next day. Picked up the car, drove it, returned it, done!

I love it, no more parking headaches (I live in Adams Morgan, ugh hate the parking), no more towing difficulties (have had a car towed twice, ugh hate those trucks). I have signed up for limited use during a month period, and just the thought that I have a car to use when I really need one is great. I highly recommend it and I hope you will have the positive experience I had.


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