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June 21, 2006


Dear Non-Excusers:

In the last issue of themail, I asked you to point out things that are working well in DC. As you can see below, nobody has responded. Don’t worry, with enough time and enough people working on it, somebody will come up with something.

As the perfect example of what doesn’t work well, I offer the DC Inspector General’s report on the emergency response to the assault on David Rosenbaum ( It was released on June 16, and it makes for dismal reading. The summaries in news reports over the past few days can’t do it justice. I’d suggest asking current officeholders and candidates what they intend to do about the fire department and the ambulance service, something over which they actually have control. Throwing a low-level first responder overboard hasn’t worked to quiet public concern, so Fire Chief Adrian Thompson will have to walk the plank, sooner rather than later, to give the impression that elected officials are concerned. But what do they really propose doing to reorganize Emergency Services so that mistakes of this magnitude won’t happen again?

Candidates for mayor and the city council would rather talk about what they’ll do about the schools, since once they’re elected they have a built-in excuse for not delivering on their promises: it’s the Board of Education that’s responsible for the schools. Meanwhile, candidates for the Board of Education blame the city council and mayor for not giving enough funding to the schools. What would be enough funding? There will never be enough, since the real problem with the schools is bad management, not a lack of funds. But candidates for the Board of Education say they’re responsible only for setting policy, and aren’t responsible for management.

So what’s working well, what’s always working in DC, is the ability to make a good excuse, to find somebody else to blame.

Gary Imhoff


Widow Tax
Trish Chittams,

A friend of mine was cleaning up her husband’s estate and determined that, since the car needed to be registered and he was deceased, she would take his name off of it. She thought that it would be a simple process, but quickly learned otherwise. She assumed that she needed to bring a copy of his death certificate, no problem since she had extra copies with the raised seal. She received her letter from the lien-holder removing her husband’s name from the lien. She thought that this wouldn’t take long. She was wrong; it took all day.

First she had to present her husband’s death certificate. She had that. They made a copy and gave it back. (Imagine that cost if all they needed was a copy). Then she had to obtain a temporary tag — $13.00 for the three hours it took for her to have the car inspected. Next, she had to drive to the inspection station with the temporary tags and have the car inspected, though inspection for the car hadn’t expired yet. Then she had to return to the Department of Motor Vehicles. There she paid a recordation fee, a title fee, and then the cost for registering the car. Total cost: well over three hundred dollars (she wanted two years registration so she didn’t have to deal with DMV again; if she could have registered it for five years she would have done it.)

She was even told that she had to obtain an administrative letter from the court in order to remove her husband’s name and that she would need to retain an attorney to obtain this letter. What a labor-intensive process. One would think that if two names are on the registration of a car, it would not take long to remove a name in the case of death. If a lien-holder removes the lien, does the company have to go through the same mess? I don’t think so. I think it’s a scam or a tax on the person who has the temerity to survive; in this case I call it a widow tax.


All About Access
Dorothy Brizill,

From June 7 through June 11, Mayor Williams visited Seoul, South Korea. A mayoral press release stated that the purpose of the trip was to “strengthen ties between the District and the South Korean capital” in light of the sister-city agreement between the two cities that had been signed in March. The press release also stated that the trip “is a strong statement about the importance” of the city’s Korean-American community, and indicated that it was being paid for by the Korean American Business Association of Greater Washington (KABA).

In response to a FOIA request, the Williams administration has just released some interesting information regarding the trip. Contrary to what the press release said, KABA made only an "in-kind donation of airfare valued at $5,160" for three individuals — Mayor Williams and his wife Diane, and Julie Sooyhun Koo, the deputy director of the DC Asian-American and Pacific Islander Commission. KABA also used its influence to persuade the Seoul city government to pick up the other expenses. Seoul paid for lodging, meals, and ground transportation. In making the donation, KABA was required to sign a formal donation agreement with the District government stating that “to the best of the Donor’s knowledge, the donor is not aware of any transactions pending before any agency of the District government involving the Donor, nor any litigation pending against the government involving the Donor.” However, KABA and some of the individuals who accompanied the mayor on his trip do in fact have several important policy issues and transactions currently pending before the District government. KABA represents several of the store merchants east of the river who are fighting the Ward 8 community’s efforts to curb the sale of drug paraphernalia in liquor and neighborhood convenience stores. An article in today’s Washington Post details how bitter this fight has become ( KABA is contesting legislation currently pending before the council to expand the definition of drug paraphernalia, and is also defending several merchants against efforts to challenge their liquor licenses on the grounds that they sell drug related items.

The principal representative and negotiator for the Korean merchants is Gary Cha, the president of KABA and a leading member of the delegation that accompanied Mayor Williams to Seoul. Four of the six Korean businessmen who were members of the delegation — Sang Oh Choi, Williams Wonkyun Hwang, James Sohn, and Sang Jin Choi — are business and property owners in the Florida Avenue wholesale market area. Another major governmental policy initiative by the Korean-American business community is the New Town Project to redevelop the wholesale market. This project is heavily contingent on government support, economic development assistance, and permitting and zoning from the District government. They are likely to seek governmental financing through a TIFF. The Korean merchants involved in this effort are being represented by John Ray and Tina Ang of Manatt Phelps, who have been hired to provide legal and political advice. The trip provided the businessmen who financed it unfettered, prolonged access to the mayor, and a great opportunity to lobby him to support their interests. In other words, they made a good investment, if you can overlook the ethical question about buying and selling access to the mayor.


Duncan Signs in DC
Karen Alston,

The other day I was driving into Washington, DC, from Maryland. I was headed to Anacostia, so I took 295 South towards southeast Washington. I was amazed to see Doug Duncan campaign signs (note that Doug Duncan is running for governor of the state of Maryland) along Route 295 near River Terrace. I think it is a brilliant political move, since we know so many Marylanders travel 295 every day. So the next logical questions is can the major candidates running for mayor of Washington, DC, put up signs on Rt. 355? The 270 corridor? Tysons Corner? Dulles Toll Road?

Just curious.


Has Been Abandoned?
Petra Weinakht,

Check out the home page for the Department of Motor Vehicles at An announcement that ticket services will "Resume Wednesday, August 24, 2005, at 301 C Street" is prominently displayed, as it has been for close to a year. In fact, check out almost any departmental page at and you will find old news, dead links, and non-working features everywhere. You’ll find that DOT no longer posts information about scheduled street repairs, unless possibly it’s buried deep within a section of the site that the useless search engine can’t find. It’s too bad that the city at the core of the Internet demonstrates a lack of understanding of simple e-commerce design and web management. Or is that a surprise?


Broken Ballpark Promises
Mary C. Williams, ANC 6D03,

Last month the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission submitted to our ANC a slick booklet about four inches thick, filled with proposed changes to the Ballpark design in preparation for the June 26 zoning hearing. Well, at our June meeting, the SEC’s architect and lawyer, Claude Bailey, did an hour-long presentation on the changes to the design, but failed to point out the waivers that were included in the book. Prior to the meeting, I actually read the booklet, which was quite an expensive compilation, brought to us by Fed Ex . However, when confronted, the SEC team that made the presentation told us that not all of the changes were included in the book, and that those that were had been scrapped. They expected to have the real changes in days before the hearing. Now, why they wasted money and time to present proposals that weren’t on the table and why they didn’t point this out until questioned is beyond me. They basically wanted to talk about parking and laying the blame on the many changes on the fact that the council limited spending on the ballpark. Bailey must have repeated this at least fifteen times during the presentation. Also, when Andy Litsky pointed out that the architects did not include plans for a “green” stadium, Bailey responded that this was not a legal requirement, but that now they didn’t have the money to do this.

Still, the waivers sought are of enormous concern; we’re going to get a cardboard box. Among some of the hidden gems were a request to waive the sixteen-foot setback for the stadium required under the South Capitol project; lower the fourteen-feet ceilings in the retail area of the stadium; cut down on the preferred retail space (there’s only about 60,000 square feet inside the stadium anyway); and measuring the 130-foot height restriction from the South Capitol roadway, which is the highest elevation point. The design from the South Capitol side is as unsightly a building as you can imagine. A wall of cinder blocks (painted to look like stone) topped by horizontal industrial-styled windows is what the stadium appears like from South Capitol. This is the view from my house. It is not a pretty site. The access to the parking garage, which begins on N Street, SW, from S. Capitol, will lead to traffic jams along one of the busiest entrances. And our community’s promise of a pedestrian thoroughfare along South Capitol will vanish with a parking garage entrance right there. That is why the mayor needs an Office of Baseball to make this work. The plans, as we now know, don’t work for the rest of us, and none of the things promised will come to past.


City Dodging Ballpark Spending Cap by Selling Property Taken by Eminent Domain
Ed Delaney,

The Baseball Brigade seeks to dodge the ballpark spending cap by selling city property taken by eminent domain to private interests. From “The mayor has asked the DC Council for permission to sell city land at the new baseball stadium site to a developer who would build more than 900 parking spaces — both above ground and below ground. The mayor wants approval to authorize the city to sell ‘certain real property’ at the stadium site to WDC Baseball Partners, an entity headed by Herb Miller’s Western Development.” The Brigade’s lack of interest in sticking to any form of the purported cap on ballpark costs has become obvious with their nonstop efforts to evade rather than work under the constraints of the cap at the first sign of trouble with the parking issue. The city’s portion of the costs associated with the already woefully inadequate parking situation was at least supposed to be a set figure at this point, not something that the Brigade and the developers allowed to escalate and then engage in creative accounting to pay for it. Last week, certain city officials were lamenting that the presence of aboveground parking garages will cut down on the city’s ability to maximize revenue from the land in question. However, this “solution” — which appears to leave much of the parking above ground — pours all of the potential revenue into parking garage overruns and gives up a set asset of city-owned land with a specific value and whose revenue-producing potential is not a “but for the ballpark” scenario and could’ve been targeted towards other city project rather than ballpark overruns. The real property in question most certainly qualifies as a revenue source that otherwise might go to the city’s general fund, and as such cannot be allowed to be added to the supposedly capped costs of the ballpark.

The sale of this land by the city to a private developer, especially one as close to certain officials as Herb Miller is (to the point that his attorneys drafted ballpark legislation that Jack Evans attached to a pending bill [Post, May 30, 2004]), after it was taken from existing landowners by the city for a purported public use, is extremely suspect and troubling. It has every appearance of a shameless pass-through of private property to a developer facilitated by his friends in high places. It also raises the question of the proper use of eminent domain and could leave the city vulnerable to more lawsuits and higher payouts (AKA more ballpark costs) to the previous landowners, whose lawsuits are still not resolved.

The matter has to be approved by the city council. When the issue of selling development rights to pay for ballpark overruns came up last December, councilmember Kwame Brown said that he did not “favor giving up a city asset — land — for the money.” This will be the first clear test of whether the DC Council meant it when they insisted that the $611 million cap was real and not just a political number that could be creatively dodged down the line when the public wasn’t looking as hard.


Who Needs Experience Like This?
Ed Dixon, Georgetown Reservoir,

Considering the financial weight of education in the management of this city one would hope future mayoral candidates have a strategic plan to wrestle the education bureaucracy in a way that will benefit both the stockholders and beneficiaries of the system. Since she has been DC Board of Education chair, one would think Linda Cropp would certainly have the background to juggle educational issues. What is not clear is why, with that background, her mayoral education proposals for the city seem so meaningless. See

For example, Linda has a get tough on “failing” schools plank. She plans to take over schools five years after they have not shown academic success, presumably based upon the No Child Left Behind regimen. That proposal seems a little odd, since after four years the schools will be shuttered or chartered by federal law or the District will lose federal monies. What exactly is she planning to take over?

Another example is her desire to mobilize the public in defining clear learning standards. This effort should also be fairly easy for the mayoral hopeful, since the Board of Education adopted language arts and mathematics standards last year and is currently vetting social studies and science standards, the latter of which will be used to take city wide science tests next spring. These standards have already been mandated by the US Department of Education as set down in No Child Left Behind law. By the time she is sworn in, her work will be complete.


Mendelson Compromises Public Safety
Chuck Thies, chuckthies [at] aol [dot] com

The DC Inspector General’s “Rosenbaum Report” was released Friday, June 16. As Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Phil Mendelson should have conducted his own inquiry months ago. Findings and resulting actions that benefit public safety could have been implemented by now.

I can’t imagine former Judiciary Chair Kathy Patterson sitting on her hands for six months waiting to act. Indeed, in a letter dated January 16, Patterson urged Mendelson to conduct an investigation: “I write to ask you to schedule a public roundtable on the emergency response, and to consider initiating a Committee investigation. . . . I also believe we have a responsibility to use the full force of our oversight powers to secure timely and consistent answers to questions about the emergency response in this case.”

Mendelson rejected Patterson’s request. Shortly thereafter, on January 31, he had this to say, “Everything I have seen indicates that the firefighter EMTs performed correctly.” (  I worked for Mendelson’s reelection campaign in 2002. For those who continue to wonder why I am supporting and working for Scott Bolden’s campaign to replace Mendelson, the scenario as detailed above is one of many reasons.


Will Jail Replace the Summer Jobs Program?
Danilo Pelletiere,

What is going on in our city that people who presumably are well informed can write things such as, Through arrest they can be placed in to programs that provide counseling, education, drug treatment, and job training, as Jamal Turner did in the most recent themail (June 18)? Does he really believe this? Can he point to evidence that juveniles or adults arrested and put into the District’s justice system go on to receive counseling, education, drug treatment, and job training, let alone go on to become better citizens? Can he show that making juvenile records available to police would improve policing? I’d be surprised if he could.

Like minimum sentences, this appears to be a feel good measure that self-interested politicians and the police like to trot out to show they are doing something or to explain their failures. “If we just had those records we could really clean up this town,” as if that is the problem with the MPD. Moreover, it blurs the very important distinction made between juveniles and adults in our criminal justice system, and reforms should not be taken lightly or done quickly. This policy deserves consideration, but I suspect Mr. Turner’s only interest in it this summer is as a brickbat to beat council member Mendelson with in an election year. But I may be wrong; convince me.


Our Goal
B. Simmons,

Re: Leo Alexander’s posting on Adrian Fenty’s vote against an Emancipation Day holiday [themail, June 18]. What nonsense. Yet another holiday? Let’s go forward. It’s high time we, in the District, focused on the main issues. Education, education, with city government able to manage competently at every level. We are citizens deserving exemplary management serving a city of diverse ethnic backgrounds. I lived in DC and attended public schools when they ranked among the highest in the US, and the city infrastructure was well administered. That’s our goal.


Emancipation Day: Bread and Circuses
Victoria McKernan,

While Adrian Fenty’s age is an unquestionable fact, I don’t accept Leo Alexander’s conclusion that only youthful immaturity compelled him to vote against a holiday for Emancipation day. In fact, I find it quite mature to make a fiscally sound but politically unpopular decision, particularly when Mr. Fenty is certainly aware of the racial polarization that people like Mr. Alexander try to foment in this city. My understanding is that while Mr. Fenty appreciated the significance of Emancipation Day, he considered the financial hit the city would take (a million or more dollars) by making it an official District holiday, and decided that the city’s money could be more responsibly spent in other ways. I see nothing hypocritical in his participation in parades or events. He didn’t, to my understanding, vote against parades or ceremonies, just against a big fat paid holiday. One can object to spending $50,000.00 on wedding festivities and still appreciate the sanctity of marriage.

I do agree with Mr. Alexander that “We will be going to the polls September 12 essentially to hire the next chief executive of our multi-billion dollar business.” And so I will be voting for a candidate that has demonstrated willingness to take a responsible, if unpopular, position. Since emancipation from the horrors of slavery, African Americans have worked against crushing obstacles to accomplish great things, among them, governance of this city. Isn’t it better to honor the sanctity of that struggle by practicing fiscal responsibility and refusing to placate with bread and circuses?


DPW Doubletalk on ROSA Enforcement
Mark Eckenwiler, themale at ingot dot org

In some other, happier world, public officials promptly acknowledge legitimate criticism and make efforts to resolve the problems brought to their attention. Then there’s the universe we inhabit here in DC. Normally I’d be grateful to see a DPW spokesperson respond to my comments in themail (May 21), even when it takes almost a month (and some additional behind-the-scenes prodding). Alas, Mary Myers’ recent response (June 18) is a masterpiece of doubletalk and evasive posturing.

Let’s put aside the deliberate distortions in her opening sentences (I never said the ROSA regulations aren’t being enforced at all). No, the most outrageous part of Myers’ response is her claim that I “misspoke” when I said ROSA violators are, by DPW policy, never ticketed less than thirty days apart. Oddly, my information comes from two reliable sources: 1) one of the ROSA program overnight supervisors, who confirmed this information over the telephone, and 2) my own observations on the street and via DPW’s publicly accessible parking ticket database. To recap: under DC law, ROSA violators are supposed to be ticketed every day after the first thirty days, but DPW’s tracking database starts a new thirty-day clock after every ticket. Here are the ticket issuance dates for one ROSA scofflaw in my neighborhood: 2/16, 3/21, 4/27, 6/1. Here’s another vehicle, going back to last fall: 10/11, 11/21, 1/9, 2/16, 3/21, 4/24, 5/30. Both vehicles, along with numerous other violators, park here every night; both have been reported to DPW on a near-daily basis going back to last year. And, I might add, both are sufficiently undeterred by DPW’s lax enforcement that they remain parked here every night.

In Mary Myers’ alternate reality, however, the ROSA regulations are being enforced as written. Here’s a challenge, then: Ms. Myers, please identify one vehicle that has ever — ever — received two or more ROSA tickets within fewer than thirty days. Just one vehicle (with ticket numbers and dates, please). Given your latest claims, this should be a trivial task. Please put my mind at ease, lest I harbor baseless doubts about your honesty or about DPW’s diligence in enforcing the law.


Critiquing Comprehensive Planning Without a Full Deck
Len Sullivan,

For those of you who might have visited NARPAC’s latest commentary on the inadequacies of DC’s transportation planning, let me try again to provide an adequate URL:


Statehood and the Crisis of the Nonwhite Majority
Samuel Jordan, Stand Up!,

Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition (Stand Up!) is a grassroots organization established in 1997 as a continuation of the Free DC movement to mobilize and advocate for full democracy for the residents of Washington, DC. Stand Up! supports H.R. 5410, the “No Taxation Without Representation Act of 2006,” which provides full representation for the District of Columbia in Congress with two seats in the Senate and one vote in the House of Representatives Nevertheless, Representative Thomas L. Davis (R-Va.) has introduced a bill, HR. 5388, the DC Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2006. The principal mechanism set in motion by the bill is a vote in Congress altering the size of the House of Representatives from 435 seats to 437, permitting the District of Columbia to be assigned voting membership in the House with one vote and an expansion of the congressional delegation of the state of Utah by one vote in the House. The bill promotes a “balancing” act that raises, rather than settles, questions concerning the goals of the proposed legislation.

In 1959, Hawaii became a state after Alaska was admitted in order to satisfy concerns of the US Senate, led by Senator Lyndon Baynes Johnson, who insisted that the nonwhite majority of Hawaii be balanced by the admittance of a state with a white or Anglo majority. Johnson feared that Hawaii would send a delegation to Congress that was “opposed to segregation.” There has been only one other response to the demand by a territory of the US for statehood when that territory possessed a nonwhite majority among its inhabitants If not balanced like Hawaii by Alaska in 1959 or like the District of Columbia by Utah in Rep. Davis’ bill, H.R. 5388, the nonwhite majority is subjected to a deliberate erosion of its numerical superiority in favor of a white majority as in the case of the admission of New Mexico as a state in 1912.

New Mexico experienced the longest wait between application and grant of statehood of any of the states admitted to the union — 62 years, from 1850 until 1912. When the census of 1910 confirmed New Mexico’s white majority, statehood was granted by Congress forthwith. Until its admission, New Mexico was reputed as “. . . an ignorant, foreign community under the influence of the Roman Church . . . nine tenths are Mexicans, Indians, ‘greasers’ and other non-English speaking people. . . ,” according to an article appearing April 1, 1876, in Harper’s Weekly, a leading periodical of the era. Accordingly, Hawaii experienced the second-longest wait between application and grant of statehood — 56 years, from 1903 until 1959.

The Davis bill is but proof that the two “rights by race” tactics — racial balancing or the sabotage of the nonwhite numerical majority, remain the fundamental responses of the official US political culture to the democratic aspirations of peoples of color. Lynching, deadly riots, massacres, mass incarceration, disenfranchisement, and forced expulsion are other responses somewhat discredited, but nowhere fully renounced as alternatives.

Proof that the Davis bill belongs to the “rights by race” tradition is the grant of an additional seat for Utah. What is the justification for such an extraordinary grant to Utah if not "racial balancing?" Is there a crisis of democracy in Utah that requires such an expeditious remedy? Of course not, the crisis of democracy confronts the residents of the District of Columbia and full representation in Congress is the only principled resolution. Must democratic principle be trumped by the “rights by race” tradition? Perhaps not, although it belongs in the museum of shameful antiquities alongside the Ku Klux Klan bed sheet and lynching picnics. The “rights by race” tradition can be discarded now — in 2006.

A lingering irony of the Davis bill is its claim to achieve progress in the name of democracy, the kind of democracy that the US champions in the rest of the world At no time did Rep. Davis engage the bill’s primary benefactors, the residents of the District of Columbia, in any meaningful democratic consultation. That residents of Utah were also spared democratic consultation is perhaps, to Rep. Davis, a mere collateral dereliction since race solidarity often proceeds with a wink and a nod i.e., “this is a race freebie, enjoy.”

Fully apprised of the historical context in which this "freebie" is wrapped, perhaps the citizens of the state of Utah may not be amused. They may well insist on democratic principle and disdain any phony horse-trading with the rights of the citizens of the District of Columbia.

Maintenance of the “rights by race” tradition embraced by the bill is not compelled by any contemporary necessity. The grant of democratic representation to the District of Columbia need not conform to a traditional accommodation available only to territories characterized by nonwhite majorities. This is a tradition we can retire for its affront to a superior tradition or principle -- fair and equal treatment for all.

The pseudo-democracy of the bill serves only to discredit Congress while revealing how shallow is the yet-uncovered grave of the rights by race tradition. If the “one for the District, one for Utah” plan comports with the “balancing” tradition, statehood for the District must await sabotage of the numerical strength of its nonwhite majority — unless British Columbia or Ottawa Province apply for statehood, thereby providing "balance." Traditionally, there are no other choices.



Florida Market Tour, June 24
Richard Layman,

The Capital City Market, more commonly known as the Florida Market, is the primary wholesale food distribution center in the city. A number of the businesses sell to retail customers. The cinder block "DC Farmers Market" building on Neal Street is comparable to Eastern Market, except it is privately owned, and a lot less pretty. The market area is under great development pressure because of its location and the attractiveness of the New York Avenue subway stop. The Office of Planning Cluster 23 Study proposes that the market be revitalized through a food-centered plan. An alternative proposal suggests demolishing everything and starting over. We’re interested in showing people the assets that the market has to offer.

On Saturday, Elise Bernard of the Frozen Tropics blog, and I (Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space blog) will lead a free tour of the market. It will start at 9:00 a.m. at 4th and Morse Streets, NE. We will then go eat at Young’s Deli (inexpensive Korean and other foods). People could join us at 9:40 at Young’s (300 block of Morse St., NE) for the rest of the tour if they are not up for kimchee. We will then visit eleven other places that sell retail, including the multi-vendor cinder block “Farmers Market” and the outdoor flea market, before finishing at Litteri’s, which in my opinion, has the best Italian sub sandwich in the city (sorry Vace, sorry Mangialiardo’s). We should finish up around noon.

We will repeat the tour on Saturday, July 29, at 9 a.m. at the same meeting place.


DC Public Library Events, June 24, 26-27
Debra Truhart,

Saturday, June 24, 6:00 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue, SE. Fifth annual Jazz Comes to Hillcrest, a jazz concert featuring Washington’s talented musicians. Public contact: 645-4297.

Monday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, 2nd Floor West Lobby. All the World’s a Stage Book Club. Different countries, times and lives, each book is an adventure. Royal Blood by Bertram Fields will be discussed. Next month’s selection: Blowing My Cover by Lindsay Moran. Public contact: 727-2079.

Tuesday, June 27, 12:00 p.m., West End Neighborhood Library, 24th Street, NW. West End Film Club. Bring your lunch and enjoy the film, Sense and Sensibility (1995), starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Public contact: 724-8707.
Tuesday, June 27, 12:00 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room 307. The Washingtoniana Division will feature the documentary, 7th & T Street. This film is about the residents, visitors, and jazz entertainers who frequented the clubs and the Howard Theater at 7th and T Streets, from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. Public contact: 727-1213.



Furniture for Nonprofit
Samuel Jordan,

Health Care Now! is moving up in the world! Not satisfied with fighting low health status indicators in Wards 7 and 8, Health Care Now! will open a full-service satellite office in Brookland Manor in Ward 5 on July 3! The defined community at Brookland Manor, the home of many of the charter members of HCN!, will provide an opportunity to implement our preventive and primary care concepts with the hope of attracting support from public and private sources.

We need furniture: conference table, office desks and chairs, waste baskets, book shelves, file cabinets, lamps, kitchen stuff, even plants and flowers (no pets). Can you help us? This is our defining opportunity to demonstrate that health care seeking behaviors can be modified. A well functioning office at 2428 14th Street, NE, in Brookland Manor is a major project asset. Deliveries and pickups can be arranged. Call Samuel Jordan or Dolores Brooks at 388-6661. You have our everlasting gratitude!


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