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November 3, 2002

The Only Poll that Counts

Dear Pollsters:

It's usually the candidate who is far behind in the polls, or whose support seems to be slipping in a series of polls, who trots out the old chestnut, “The only poll that counts is the one on election day.” That's certainly true of the informal poll constituted by contributions to themail since the primary election. If we went by the opinions expressed here, the big winners on Tuesday will be Carol Schwartz, by nearly a hundred percent of the vote, and the Statehood-Green candidates for all the other offices. I swear to you, I'm not slanting these things. I haven't been editing out any messages that support Mayor Williams; I just haven't received any. If that's not the way that the election comes out, I wish those of you who voted some other way would write in and explain your position, so that all the rest of us can understand.

And once we have that out of the way, let's get back to writing about our city, our neighborhoods, and our own individual blocks, and keeping each other informed about what's really going on.

Gary Imhoff


Why Vote for Carol?
John Whiteside, johnwhiteside at earthlink dot net

I fully expect Tony Williams to be reelected, and I don't even think that's a bad thing. That said, I will be voting for Carol Schwartz. The reasons have less to do with her qualifications (which are great) that with sending a message to the mayor: even if you are reelected, Mr. Williams, you need to know that it's not an unambiguous stamp of approval from the citizens. You need to know that we are not happy with the ethical lapses or the slowdown in the pace of improvements in the city. So there needs to be a solid chunk of non-Tony votes, even as you go into the second term that we all expect you'll win.

Why Carol and not another candidate? Because if she somehow wins, she'll be a good mayor, and I can't confidently say that about anyone else. The rest of the crew seems to be either hopelessly vague, spouting feel-good slogans with no concrete plans for how they'll do anything, or living in another reality. (I so want to support the Statehood Green party, because they are right about a number of things, but when I read endless promises of improvement, funded by a commuter tax (HA!), and comments about restoring DC General without any indication of how we'd avoid the disaster that it was, I realize that they're not dealing in reality. Mayors have to deal with reality.)


Williams Does Not Deserve Our Vote
Ron Eberhardt,

As a twenty-plus year resident of the District and registered Republican, I attempted to vote for Williams in the mayoral primary. Mainly to send a message that none of us wanted to return to the polarizing rhetoric of the Barry era that seemed to surround Willie Wilson's campaign. Since the primary I have continually been dismayed and highly disappointed in Mayor Williams. The mayor's continued ethical problems involving the senior leadership both in his administration and campaign are unsettling at best. When confronted on these issues he repeatedly displays the arrogant look that says how dare anyone ask such questions, responding curtly followed by failed efforts to distance himself from whatever folly is at hand.

Williams has become arrogant with the very voters that elected him. His management failures and ethical problems cause me to suggest that he no longer deserves either our trust or our vote. I urge Democrats, Republicans and Independents to vote for Carol Schwartz for Mayor. Do not be dissuaded by the suggestion of a wasted vote. At minimum, a close election will send a clear message to King Anthony that his arrogance must go and that he must effectively lead and manage this city and raise the ethical bar. At best, Anthony can do whatever it is that he intends to do in retirement and Carol can bring a refreshing change to our government.


Richard Worthington-Rogers,

I will happily vote for Carol Schwartz.


All the Mayor’s Men
Dennie Bloomberg,

On the eve of Democracy Day, November 5th, I am appealing to the US Attorney General to investigate Mayor Tony William's major campaign fundraisers and their use of federal funds to provide election day pollworkers for Mayor Tony Williams on September 5, 2002. Former City Councilman H. R. Crawford dispatched numerous employees paid through a federally funded employment placement and training program to voting polls throughout the city. The relationship between the Mayor and his campaign financiers with city contracts should be investigated immediately. Contract corruption costs taxpayers, children, and our city as a whole.


Ray Browne for Shadow Representative
Patrick Pellerin,

Ray Browne, the Democratic nominee for re-election for DC's Shadow Representative, deserves your vote. As he promised in his last campaign, Ray has worked hard to reach out to other cities and states to gain support for voting representation in Congress. For his efforts, he has been endorsed by a number of organizations and individuals throughout our city. He has taken the job to new heights and deserves your vote on Tuesday.


Klingle Valley Savers Issue Voter Guide
John Campbell, jcampbell@geofinity dot com

The Save Klingle Valley Campaign this week issued a voter guide for Tuesday's District of Columbia elections, providing their supporters and the public with information about candidates’ positions on the controversial Klingle Valley issue. The guide makes clear which candidates are “savers” of the valley as a park — with a trail, not a road — and which ones are “pavers,” advocating the repaving of the Klingle stream valley through Rock Creek Park. Mayor Williams has announced he favors converting the valley into a park with a hiker-biker trail. Most of those Councilmembers who have taken a position publicly favor such a plan. However, the Council is expected to consider the issue in the coming months.

The voter guide lists candidates by the saver or paver categories they have chosen for themselves. The savers are listed here. Mayor: Anthony Williams, Democrat; Steve Donkin, DC Statehood Green. Council Chairman: Debby Hanrahan, DC Statehood Green. Council-at-Large: Phil Mendelson, Democrat; Michele Tingling-Clemmons, DC Statehood Green. (You may vote for two at-large candidates.) Ward 1: Edward Chico Troy, DC Statehood Green. Ward 3: Kathleen Patterson, Democrat. Ward 6: Sharon Ambrose, Democrat; Jenefer Ellingston, DC Statehood Green. US Representative: Adam Eidinger, DC Statehood Green.


Stein Club Endorsements
Kurt Vondran,

In the last issue I announced the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club's most recent endorsements for the November 5th election ( Several readers have asked me for the full list, so here it goes. [Listed below are only those endorsements not in the previous posting.] District of Columbia: Mayor, Anthony Williams; At-Large Member of the Council, Phil Mendelson, no position on second at-large. Ward 1 member of the council, Jim Graham; Ward 3 member of the council, Kathy Patterson; Ward 5 member of the council, Vincent Orange; Ward 6 member of the council, Sharon Ambrose; United States Senator, Paul Strauss; United States Representative, Ray Browne. Maryland: 4th Congressional District, Steny Hoyer; 5th Congressional District, Al Wynn; 8th Congressional District, Chris Van Hollen.


An Open Response on Tax-Exempt Bonds
Phil Mendelson,

A posting last week sent me an open letter for voting to lift the tax exemption on non-District municipal bonds. I've gotten lots of mail (E-mails and otherwise) and comments criticizing not just me but the eight-member majority that that voted to lift the exemption. I've listened, and thought, and will vote this coming November 7th to reverse course. I went down this path initially because only a couple of states provide the kind of exemption we provide (an exemption on interest earned from any municipal, county, or state bond issued in the country), and because in the last several years we have enacted tax cuts targeted at middle and upper income taxpayers — e.g., widening the middle income tax bracket and lowering the top rate. In 1998 the Tax Revision Commission recommended simplifying the personal income tax by removing numerous exemptions and then piggybacking onto federal returns.

Any change in tax structure should have broad support from the affected taxpayers. This particular change does not. Folks object to the unfairness — that investment decisions made long ago were based on the exemption being in place. Removing the exemption wreaks havoc with their decisions. I was prepared to look for alternative revenue sources so that we could restore the tax exemption on bonds, but the District's Chief Financial Officer has indicated that spending cuts are available instead. That's the better approach.

Finally, I have to say that the controversy over this tax exemption highlights the reason why ordinarily there are two readings (votes) on legislation: the intervening period enables the press and the public to look at what we're doing and make us change if the initial vote was a mistake. That's what's happening here, and I thank everyone who has taken the time to speak out on this issue. I'm confident the exemption will be restored.


AOBA’S Multi-Million Dollar Gift from the Council, Part 2
Debby Hanrahan,

I’m responding to the six-page posting by AOBA’s lobbyist Shaun Pharr (, who was responding to my original October 20 posting ( My original concern was with recently passed legislation that exempted the city’s downtown property owners, including members of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA), from having to pay ground water discharge fees to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) — and that the costs of treating this ground water at Blue Plains is being borne by all WASA rate payers and not just those that generate the ground water from their deep basements. Mr. Pharr responded that I had committed a lot of “egregious errors and misinformation” (not so), but he failed to address several key points that I made. For example:

Mr. Pharr can’t deny that this legislation mightily benefited AOBA members and passed on costs to the general rate payer. I originally wrote that in late July the DC Council, “thanks to legislation introduced by David Catania, handed members of AOBA a multi-million-dollar gift.” AOBA had bragged on its own web site several months prior to that Council action that “AOBA continues its opposition to attempts by . . . (WASA) to require metering of and billing for ground water discharges into the city’s sewer system . . . Our organized and methodical resistance to this ill-conceived program has forestalled its implementation for over eight years now, effectively saving AOBA members millions of dollars in the process.” By granting a permanent exemption to members of AOBA and others, the Council removed the legal authority for WASA ever to capture ground water discharge fees from AOBA members and other institutions (including those that had been paying the fee, including Metro, the World Bank, George Washington and other private universities). Since AOBA was already, in its own words, saving its members millions of dollars through resistance to metering and billing, what the Council did was to provide AOBA members a permanent multi-multi-million dollar gift, no matter how AOBA tries to spin it otherwise.

You and I have been paying, and will continue to pay, for that gift. Ground water discharge fees that should be borne by members of AOBA and other institutions will now be charged to all rate payers, including residential customers — even though those residential customers’ structures do not generate ground water. David Catania, the author of this multi-million dollar giveaway to AOBA, said at a campaign forum that the cost to all of us rate payers would be $1 to $2 per billing period.

I’m happy to give joint credit/blame to others. Mr. Pharr stated that AOBA “was merely the lead” organization lobbying the Council on the ground water discharge fee issue, having been joined by the Hotel Association, the Hospital Association, the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trade and the Restaurant Association. I’m happy to have these other prominent business lobbying groups share the credit or blame for AOBA's success, and would further note that none of these organizations pushing for a change in the law is an environmental group, a consumer group, a civic association, etc. My original point remains: AOBA (through lobbying and court action) fought having flutter meters installed in their members’ properties and pushed for a change in the law for eight years — and finally got it. If Mr. Pharr prefers, I will amend my original posting to say that the Council handed a multi-million gift to all the downtown business interests -- the Board of Trade, the Chamber of Commerce, the Hotel Association, et al., and not just to AOBA members.

There was no public hearing. Mr. Pharr wrote that the Council held a public hearing on the legislation in October 2000 — hardly relevant to a Council action almost two years later. The result of that 2000 hearing was that the Council did not give AOBA what it wanted. This July, two years later, the advocates, apparently having learned from past experience, held no public hearing, and buried the bill in the omnibus Budget Support Act. Mr. Catania's web site and AOBA's web site (the portion still open to the public, anyway) indicate that no press release was issued, and there was no press coverage of this story. I only found out about it in late August by a chance encounter with a WASA board member.

Red herrings. Mr. Pharr suggests that the recently repealed law would have required single-family homes to pay ground water discharge fees. I spoke to several WASA staff members who said that the old regulations did not cover single-family homes. Rather, the old regulations were directed at those structures that have deep basements that capture ground water, which is then sent to WASA’s Blue Plains treatment plant where it is processed at a cost and discharged into the river. A lot of those structures belong to AOBA members, and the cost of processing their ground water discharge could be as much as $30,000 a year per building, according to WASA staffers.

Environmental Effects. Mr. Pharr says this change will have no environmental effect. He is dead wrong. I will merely repeat and stand by what I wrote in my original posting: “This legislation also has environmental ramifications because, by eliminating all the ground water discharge fees, a major incentive not to create ground water (for example, by deep digging) is eliminated. And our efforts to capture the sewer water overflow will be undermined, according to a local environmentalist involved in efforts to seek federal funds to contain raw sewage. The legislation could undermine those efforts to get federal funds, this environmentalist said.”

Mr. Pharr, AOBA members, and the other associations lobbying for a change in the law felt that this was an unfair law, and they lobbied hard and effectively to change it in their favor. Now, exposed to the light of day, they don’t like to see this moneysaving measure for their members depicted as one of the latest examples of this Mayor and Council giving powerful business interests what they want — especially in an election year when downtown business interests can be especially generous to incumbents, and vice versa.


Lopsided, but Secret
Charlie Wellander,

First, a quote from The New York Times: “Voting used to seem so simple. But now the public knows: a close race can expose an imperfect system in which faulty machines, uncounted absentee ballots, and sloppy procedures can go undetected in a more lopsided race.”

Though serious problems in the voting process are expected in many parts of the country (can you say “Flor-i-da”?), we in DC have such lopsided races that problems will go undetected here. Another good thing about living in DC. But seriously, remember that you can still have a secret ballot here. Don't hand your ballot to anyone else, you can feed it into the machine yourself, putting it facedown. The scanner will read the ballot properly when the voter inserts it regardless of orientation (of the ballot, not the voter). See


Absentee Ballots
Jonathan Tannenwald,

Many fellow registered DC voters here at Penn and I have not yet received absentee ballots for the upcoming Mayor's race. I called the DCBOEE and was told that my ballot was “processed” and “cleared” on 25 October, but I have not received anything yet, and mailed ballots must be postmarked by November 5 (Election Day) to be counted. To add insult to injury, I have friends here from Guam who got their ballots over three weeks ago. Is there any excuse for this? If I recall correctly, the first Mayoral debate was nearly a month ago.


Something to Make You Go Hmmm
Patricia H. Chittams,

I have been lurking for some time reading the posts on themail and think the folks here are somewhat intelligent. I have some questions that maybe someone here could answer, because I, for one, can't come up with a reasonable answers. 1) The statement of the developer of the Columbia Hospital for Women site: “We are located right by 3,000 lawyers, they should want a high end apartment to live in.” What about the secretaries, paralegals, receptionists . . . don't they deserve a decent place to live near where they work? 2) How can a public charter school take public money, kick out the children of parents they don't like, and refuse to allow the public to attend their board meetings? 3) Why is a principal of a DCPS school allowed to remain as principal when there have been three years of unsatisfactory ratings? 4) How can this same public school graduate a student with an F average? 5) Why should I teach my children to take responsibility for their actions when they see elected officials deny accountability and not be punished for their wrong doing? 6) How come the first thing that DCPS cries out to cut is Special Education, and the last thing is the salaries of the administrators? 7) How can a DCPS school without a lunchroom request a parent to fill out free and reduced lunch forms? Where is the lunch served? Where is the money going? 8) Why do I see cars towed during morning rush hour on Tunlaw Street in NW and not on Minnesota Avenue, SE, ever? 9) On Tunlaw Street and New Mexico Avenue, NW, where the average speed is about 28-30 mph, there are speed camera cars. On Minnesota Avenue, SE, where the average speed is 50-60 mph, there never is speed camera car. Why? 10) Why is it at my church (located in Georgetown), I can make a call to a DC agency about a repair to a sidewalk and see immediate results, when at home I make a call to a DC agency about a repair to the sidewalk and nothing happens? (I have been trying to get the sidewalk in front of my house repaired for more than ten years; when I call they just come and put down more asphalt, causing more of a water dam.) 11) When a parent drops off a child at a DC Public School in a car with Maryland tags, in front of a school administrator, why does the administrator fails to double check the address of the student? 12) How can an administrator of a DCPS Charter school allow a student to continue to attend, knowing that this same student resides in Maryland? 13) Could someone explain why in a Charter School, inappropriate actions of staff, suicide attempts in the school, sexual assaults, etc., are not reported to DCPS nor to the parents. 14) How come it costs more to purchase a season pass to a DC Department of Recreation pool than it does to purchase a season pass to Six Flags? 15) How can a pool close, get painted and then be reopened and get to be called renovated? (What is the Webster's Dictionary definition of “renovated” versus the District's?) 16) Why do I as a taxpayer pay more in taxes than in the state of Connecticut and still have to pay to use the pool in my neighborhood?

I have many more question, but you get the idea. I await all answers with baited breath.


Elections in Washington City Two Centuries Past
Mark David Richards, Dupont East,

Mayor Anthony Williams is Washington, DC's fourth post-home rule (1973/74-) mayor. Between 1802 until DC lost home rule for 100 years in 1874, Washington City had twenty different mayors. Allen Clark details the history of Washington City's fourth and fifth mayors in Volume 28 of the Records of the Columbia Historical Society (1926). In 1812, Congress established an eight member Board of Aldermen, two from each of four wards elected for two year terms, and a 12-member Common Council, three from each ward elected for one-year terms. Congress gave the Councils the right to elect Washington City's mayor, an honor previously held by the president. Colonel Benjamin G. Orr was elected mayor by the Councils in six rounds of voting on June 9, 1817. He was a realty investor and an army supply contractor. In a letter to the Councils after his election, Mayor Orr wrote: “Gentlemen-- . . . It is made the duty of the Mayor to lay before you, from time to time, in writing, such alterations in the laws of the Corporation as he shall deem necessary and proper. In the discharge of this duty, I feel somewhat at a loss. Having been for some years, generally occupied in business which was transacting in different parts of the country, and often absent myself, hence the laws themselves, as well as their execution, have in a great degree, escaped my notice; more time for inquiry and examination, than has yet been afforded me since my election.” Mayor Orr was most interested in policing and building a penitentiary building. He was concerned with the “low standard of morals in the community.” DC seems to have been the Las Vegas of the time, with lots of gaming and horse racing.

In the early years, DC officials interacted more with nationally elected officials. When James Monroe (a Democrat-Republican) won the Presidency in 1817 and arrived to DC in September after a long national tour, he was met and welcomed to the “Metropolis” by DC officials. He met with officials the next day, and he spoke in favor of DC political rights and development. He called upon Congress to find for DC “an arrangement better adapted to the principles of our system.” In 1819, the House of Representatives debated whether to establish a unified Territorial government for DC, but, in Richard Bland Lee's words, Alexandria, Georgetown, and Washington City were “too incongruous in their feeling to permit a harmonious co-operation in a common government.” There was another reason for skepticism about establishing a Territorial government — money. Lee said “we are not rich enough to support the expense; unless that were paid by Congress, it would be ruinous to the people.” Clark wrote: “It was a case of political privilege on one side, of the balance and impoverishment of purse on the other — greater independence with less money — no greater independence and no diminution of money.”

In June 1819 the Councils elected as mayor Samuel Nicholls Smallwood, a lumber merchant and a wharfinger. Smallwood had served as a city legislator four times between 1804 and 1810. Despite financial fears, the city decided to build a durable and permanent City Hall (the current Old City Hall building). The Intelligencer published (Smallwood's) words at the dedication; “If we have not to boast of an independent Legislature for the District we may congratulate ourselves on having a government for this city, invested with legislative powers adequate to all our present wants. Let us then select for our public offices men distinguished for integrity and capacity, in order that our affairs may be so conducted that we shall never have reason to be ashamed of the interior, any more than the exterior of our City Hall.” In 1820, Congress modified Washington City's home rule charter to provide for the election of mayor by white male property owners (popular vote). Smallwood was reelected that year. Clark reports that his most important acts as mayor were (1) for the preservation of the Navigation of the Harbour, (2) to regulate the sweeping of chimneys, (3) the establishment of the Washington Asylum, (4) prescribing conditions on which free colored people may resident in the city, and (5) to prevent horses from being cruelly beaten or abused. He was praised for public works improvements.


DC — A Minor League Town
Ed T. Barron, edtb@aoldotcom

In the mistaken belief that DC is a major city, some folks are trying very hard to get the Major Leagues to move a baseball team to the Washington area. This is folly as long as Selig and Angelos are in the game. In addition, Washington is really not a major city. We are really one big town with a sprawling suburb. Is there a major city in the world where the subway system shuts down at midnight? I don't think so. Had to take a cab (only the second time in my fifteen years in DC) from Union Station the other night when my Amtrak train arrived from a real major city, the Big Apple, at 12:15 a.m.

Let's be realistic. DC has a lot going for it. I love this place. I'm still here after fifteen years because this is a delightful, digestible place to live. But, a major city it is not. We should be aiming at the right targets and move up gradually to major league status. Start with a good minor league team in a brand new stadium right in DC that is readily accessible by public transit. Preempt that clown, Angelos, by making Cal Ripken one of the primary owners and the general manager. That would be a major addition to our town.


Surveyed about DCMPD in DC
Mark David Richards, Dupont East,

Tonight I was called by American University student and asked to participate in a short opinion survey. I did. As a pollster, this was an enjoyable exercise and the interviewer was pleasant and clear. The topic of the survey was DCMPD, for a study by the Police Foundation,, and apparently funded by the DC government. Research laboratories often hire students to be interviewers — I'm not certain which company was collecting the data. I also do not know if they are collecting comparative data in other jurisdictions. They were examining community perceptions of DCMPD and were clear to make the distinction between DCMPD and other police forces in DC. They asked about topics such as police presence, visibility, communication between me and DCMPD, satisfaction, etc. They didn't explore the issue of police officers on bikes and walking the beat — something most people probably like to see more often than not! One series of questions related to the racial mix of DCMPD. I couldn't answer the question about whether DCMPD is racially diverse enough. I heard DCMPD is trying to hire more people of South/Central American Spanish speaking origin, so they must realize they need more diversity in that area. I was glad to see they are collecting quantitative data to combine with their community interactions at ANC meetings, etc. In the future, they could benefit by adding at least one open-ended question to capture what is on people's minds in their own words. When they asked for my race, I said I fit into their white box, but I'm probably more black than the mayor. I'm just joking Mayor!


Get the Lead Out
Paul Penniman,

We District homeowners recently received an informative booklet from the water company, WASA. Six companies that test water for lead were mentioned. Has anyone had any experience with any of them? Does anyone really know if the Brita contraptions filter lead? If you let your water sit for a few hours, does the lead sink to the bottom? (Something is sinking, but I don't know what.)


Stiffed by Channel 4 (WRC)
Ed T. Barron, edtb@aoldotcom

Perhaps because New York was announced as the candidate US city for the 2012 Summer Olympic games, Washington's local channel 4 (WRC) did not televise the NY City Marathon at 11 a.m., as was listed in the Sports section of the Post. Instead, they presented a lot of the normal political drivel that pervades the airwaves on Sunday mornings as we get wave after wave of spinning from the mouths of hot air politicians (a frequently seen species common to the area). Will have to content myself with highlights of that world famous notable race from the sports channels.


New E-mail List for Nonprofits
Phil Shapiro,

A new E-mail list has been set up for persons working to strengthen technology use at nonprofit organizations in DC and the surrounding areas. This E-mail list is moderated (i.e., you'll see no spam). The purpose of this list is to share questions, answers and ideas -- as well as to help direct donated technology to places where it will get the best use. This list will also be sharing ideas about low-cost and no-cost technology training opportunities for nonprofit staffers and volunteers. Further info at


ANC Candidates Online
Kathryn M. Sinzinger,

The Common Denominator's Voters' Guide to candidates for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions is now online. This year is the first time The Common Denominator has asked ANC candidates to respond to a questionnaire, as we ask all other candidates to do before DC elections. The ANC Voters' Guide may be accessed from The Common Denominator's “Election 2002” page at or simply by clicking on the appropriate link from our main page.

This week's issue of The Common Denominator also includes our Voters' Guide to the rest of the candidates and issues on the Nov. 5th ballot in the District of Columbia. That guide is available both online and in the print edition of The Common Denominator, which may be found on sale from bright red street vending boxes, at neighborhood merchants, and at CVS, Safeway and Giant stores in the District and close-in suburbs.


The Future Is Just Around the Corner
Len Sullivan,

What are the good news and bad news about the just released “Strategic Neighborhood Action Plans?” What might happen to the grungy old South Capitol Street approach to the city? Where would you put a new in-town DC baseball stadium? What might happen to 25 surplus DC schools if high school dropouts were treated like faulty manufactured products? How can the next DC Government expand its horizons for the good of the national capital metro area? NARPAC's answers can be found in the November update of its web site at Try a new approach to making DC better. After you vote, get positively involved.



Neighborhood Parking Solutions Meeting, November 7
Aisling O'Connor,

The Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN) presents a meeting on neighborhood parking solutions on Thursday, November 7, with Adam Millard-Ball, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting. Introduced by the Honorable Jim Graham, DC Councilmember and Metro/WMATA Vice Chair. 6:30 p.m., refreshments, 7 p.m., program, at the Sumner School, 1201 17th Street, NW.

Parking management in an urban neighborhood is an difficult balancing act between the needs of residents, employees, shoppers and commuters — not to mention those who don't own a car at all. Parking is an essential component of a successful, vibrant business district. However, each space is also extremely expensive, consumes land that could be used for housing or commercial development, detracts from the pedestrian environment and adds more traffic to already congested streets. Adam Millard-Ball, a San Francisco-based transportation planner with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting, is working with developers, cities, transit agencies and advocates to resolve thorny parking problems. Join him to learn about the latest innovative policies to manage parking to promote vibrant, livable communities. To learn more about his work see:

Thanks to FlexCar and ZipCar for providing the refreshments for this event. RSVP (attendance only): WRN, 667–5445, or E–mail: This event is free of charge. Find out more about WRN at:


World War II Dance, November 9
Sally MacDonald,

Just to let you know that there will be a World War II Dance at the Hyatt Hotel (1000 H Street. NW) on Saturday, November 9, as part of a World War II conference. The dance will be from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and will have a 21-piece jazz band playing; the cost is $20.00 ($15.00 if you register early and/or come in vintage dress/uniform or modern uniform - there is a number to call) and will have a cash bar! It sounds like fun!


Public Schools Out-of-Boundary Hearing, November 12
Ann Loikow,

Below is a hearing notice (from the Mayor's weekly outreach E-mail) I thought might interest readers.

“Public Hearing on School Out-of-Boundary Policy: The District of Columbia Board of Education will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Out of Boundary Policy for DC Public Schools on Tuesday, November 12, 2002, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 825 North Capitol St., NE, 5th Floor Board Room. The Board, in conjunction with the Superintendent, DC Public Schools, has been working this past year on a policy recommendation with input from a cross section of community members. The new policy, expected to be adopted this calendar year in preparation for the upcoming out-of-boundary period in January/February of 2003, will impact the 2003/2004 school year. The Out of Boundary Policy defines the process that enables students to enroll in schools other than their neighborhood schools. For more information or to be added to the speaker's list, please call 202-442-5190. To view other events on the Board's Monthly Calendar, click here:”


Author Talk, November 14
Patricia Pasqual,

DC Center for the Book at the DC Public Library and the Biography Division of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library are sponsoring a lecture and book signing on Thursday, November 14, featuring Peter Krass, author of a new biography entitled simply Carnegie. The book is a compelling new biography that paints a portrait of a genius, villain, and emotionally troubled man. This free program begins at 6:30 p.m. on the A Level of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G Street, NW). For more information, call 727-1167. RSVP to 727-1151.


Meyer Elementary School Fundraiser, November 16

Meyer Elementary School, located at 2501 11th Street, NW, will be holding a flea market on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit children's educational programs. Furniture, clothing, books, toys, and other household items will be on sale, as well as, baked goods. If you would like to donate items, please contact Betsy at 673-7259.



Home Grocery Delivery
Richard Urban,

Why go out to grocery shop when you don't have to? Save time and save money. Let us do the shopping, waiting and lugging for about the same price as shopping yourself. Try it now, guaranteed. If you are not completely satisfied, we will refund the delivery fee (see web site for details). Delivery is made by friendly Urban Grocery Associates. Go to, or call 544-5081 for more information.


Graduate Research Questionnaire — Win $100
Dave De Seve,

If you work in the Information Technology (IT) profession or work with IT here's a chance to win $100 and help me with graduate research at American University! Just complete a short survey (which can be requested by sending an E-mail to or and E-mail it back to me by November 8. Those that are returned before November 8 will be entered into a random drawing to win $100.


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