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February 18, 2009

Selling Our History

Dear History Owners:

On February 14, Jonetta Rose Barras reported on her web site ( that the Secretary of the District, Stephanie Scott, is negotiating an exclusive contract with a Utah genealogical company, The Generations Network. “The city essentially would relinquish physical and intellectual control of the genealogical records [in the District Archives] to TGN. These will be managed exclusively by TGN.” Barras says that Scott’s agreement with TGN would grant “TGN the rights and license to digitize, index, copy, publish, republish, market, distribute, and sell the Licensed Materials anywhere in the world within any media, including printed and electronic products of genealogical records — birth and death certifications; marriage licenses, wills, probate records, etc. — of the District government, located in the DC Archives.” On H-DC, the Washington, DC, History Network’s E-mail discussion forum, Mary Belcher asked some of the unanswered questions about this deal: “This is a very troubling report — especially Barras’s statement that ‘physical and intellectual control’ of the city’s vast repository of historical records would be relinquished to an outside entity. This is the sort of deal that could easily fly under the radar screen of the public at large, given the fact that most people probably don’t even know that the DC Archives exists. As a legal question, don’t we, the District taxpayers, enjoy some kind of ownership in these documents? Can our history be bought and sold?” And can the Fenty administration negotiate a deal to give a private company sole authority over the city’s public government records and the right to charge DC residents for access to the records gathered and paid for by taxpayer funds, without any public discussion or even notification?

The Washington Teachers Union has opened a new web site, United for DC Kids,, to promote its counterproposal for a contract between the union and DC Public Schools. According to the site, “The proposal is more than just words on paper — it is an action plan for schools that draws from successful, collaborative contracts from across the region and the nation, and takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the serious issues facing the students in DC’s Public Schools. Most importantly, the WTU’s proposal stresses the importance of accountability, collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders, essential characteristics of any successful school district.” It’s the union’s answer to the charge that it is just opposing the Chancellor’s proposal, but doesn’t have an alternative.

In the last issue of themail, I asked how any of us can know what DC’s citizens really prefer among the various proposals for the relationship between the federal and local governments. Do we want the status quo, a floor vote in the House for the District delegate, two senators and a House representatives without statehood, statehood, or retrocession into Maryland? We have groups and individuals advocating each of these alternatives, but what authority does anyone have to say he or she speaks for the DC public, and represents what the people want? It’s not a rhetorical question; I really want to know.

Gary Imhoff


Mayoral Nominations
Dorothy Brizill,

In the last issue of themail, I wrote that Omar Nour was not qualified to be a member of the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, the position to which Mayor Fenty has nominated him. My criticism was based on the fact that Nour, who first registered to vote in DC in 2005, has no knowledge, interest, or experience regarding elections or campaign finance issues in the District. Nour would not bring any skills or requisite qualifications to the Board, and he would be joining a Board that already faces widespread criticism from citizens and the city council for its management of what has become a troubled agency. The mayor’s office touts Nour’s IT skills; however, his company, TOT Solutions, LLC, is a telephone answering service in Hyattsville, Maryland, not a high-tech company. As I wrote in the last issue, this appointment is based mostly on Nour’s being a jock buddy of the mayor’s.

This week, David Nakamura ( and Mike DeBonis ( reported that Nour is one of twelve members of the American Odyssey relay team headed by Mayor Fenty and sponsored by the Fleet Feet store owned Fenty’s parents; this team will run in a two-hundred mile relay race from Gettysburg to Washington on April 24-25. Nakamura listed the names and backgrounds of the team members, and DeBonis took it one step further by annotating that list with the Boards and Commissions to which Fenty has nominated five of his teammates.

Another troubling aspect to Nour’s nomination is that he has made a substantial contribution, $1794.53, to Fenty’s 2010 reelection campaign war chest. DC Code Section 1-1001.04(b)(3) says that no member of the Board of Elections shall “participate in or contribute to any political campaign of any candidate in any election. . . .” Nour has not technically violated this section, since his contribution to the mayor’s election campaign was made in December, predating his nomination to the Board. However, it is clear that the contribution violates the spirit of the law, since it is for the 2010 campaign, which would occur while he would be a member of the Board, should he be confirmed. His political impartiality has been compromised.

Nour’s nomination is not the only problem nomination by the Fenty administration in recent months. In his Washington Examiner column on Tuesday, Harry Jaffe commented on the mayor’s nominees to the Public Employee Relations Board ( Jaffe concluded that these nominees aren’t qualified and “don’t measure up to the letter of the law.” These are just the latest in a continuing pattern of questionable, unqualified nominees. Does the mayor not have a wide enough circle of friends, acquaintances, and contacts, or is he reluctant to appoint people with the knowledge, experience, and qualifications to think for themselves and act independently as members of independent boards and commissions?


High PEPCO Bills
Kami Corbett,

By now you may have heard or read in the news about complaints of unexplained extraordinarily high PEPCO energy bills in the last few weeks in the Washington Metropolitan area. In fact, the Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) is now hearing such complaints in the District of Columbia, particularly Ward 3. We are aware that the Washington Metropolitan area has experienced unusually cold weather this year, and for at least the past five years, the electric generation rate has increased approximately 85 percent; this rate has been completely unregulated by the local Public Service Commission since the deregulation of the electric industry in the District. In addition, the PEPCO distribution rate increased in 2007. However, OPC is somewhat surprised to hear District residents complaining of high PEPCO energy bills during the heating season, given that 75 percent of DC residents heat their homes with natural gas provided by Washington Natural Gas Company.

Again, OPC has heard from a number of consumers through its consumer complaint operations and from communication with Ward 3 consumers, but now we need to hear from other residents in the District to find out if extraordinarily high PEPCO energy bills is a citywide problem. OPC needs to hear whether you have experienced unexplainably high PEPCO bills over the past few months. If yes, please let the Office of the People’s Counsel know via E-mail at or by telephone at 727-3071, and provide your name, address and telephone number so that we may contact you to obtain your consent to review your PEPCO bills as part of our investigation of these complaints of high PEPCO bills.


What You Need to Know
Dorothy Brizill,

This Friday, February 20, the city’s Drinking Water Quality Task Force will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in room 1114 at 441 4th Street, NW (One Judiciary Square). This is your only public notice of the meeting. Even though the meeting is supposed to be open to the public, the DC government hasn’t issued any press release announcing it, and the District’s web site contains no announcement that it will be held, even on the Task Force’s dedicated page (,a,1209,q,498508.asp). The task force was created a year ago to investigate issues related to the quality of the District’s drinking water, especially lingering concerns about lead in the water.

When established, the task force was placed under the aegis of the District’s Department of the Environment (DOE) and its director, George S. Hawkins. In the intervening twelve months, the task force has met only twice. Moreover, the existence, membership, work, and meetings of the task force are largely unknown to most citizens. Until I raised the issue with Hawkins’ assistant recently, even basic information regarding the task force, including the minutes of its past meetings, was deeply buried — six links away from the home page of DOE’s web site. Now it has been raised to only three links away from the home page. Nevertheless, in his testimony on February 10 at the council hearing on water quality, Hawkins testified that he had “convened a taskforce that includes all stakeholders, from DC WASA to community-based organizations, and have initiated a transparent process to design a definitive study that will close examine and carefully analyze the District’s water quality with respect to lead. The taskforce meetings have been honest and open. . . .”


DC United Soccer Items
Dave Mallof,

Hooey in PG: county officials are trying to portray the deal as “businesslike” in the press, but in reality it sounds like the PG government will be classic “dumb money” sitting on the sidelines. If the management fails to deliver revenue, or if the stadium shuts down due to a soccer labor dispute, etc., then the public has been given notice that it will be on the hook to make the debt repayments. Excuse me, that’s businesslike? Rather, if the county does not get an active seat on the United board as any venture capital or private equity guy would demand, at the very least if management fails to deliver for whatever reason to cover debt servicing, the lender should end up owning the team. That’s the public in this case. Every team wants free money and a free lunch paid by the public. We will see if PG can sell this proposition to an intelligent public and legislature.

Meanwhile, back in DC: congratulations to all those in DC government, like Councilmember Jack Evans and then-member Vincent Orange, who pushed hardest for the precedent-setting 100 percent freebie Nats Stadium. They squandered DC’s precious fiscal maneuverability on that one deal, leaving little dry powder, if any, for soccer (or more importantly, for other precious community economic development deals like Georgia Avenue, which go begging for vital financial seeding today). Then-Mayor Williams and his naive (and possibly corrupt) council “shot the moon” on funding an unprecedented, bloated stadium deal, leaving DC increasingly unable to initiate or move other economic development projects. Our indebtedness has edged up to precarious levels that are higher than DC’s Chief Financial Officer has long forewarned are acceptable to credit rating agencies.

Indeed, with the egregious public funding of the $770 million Nats Stadium ($611 million borrowed and another more than $150 million cleverly hidden here and there in other DC operating and capital budgets, together with cost overruns finally admitted just five days before Opening Day), Major League Baseball walked out of town with a cool $450 million in cash, which the Lerners tithed. Of that amount that MLB received, $120 million recouped the amount MLB paid to buy the Expos and move the team. But the remaining massive $330 million that left town was profit on having held that team for less than twenty-four months. That gain was not due to any investment or improvement MLB made in the team itself during the period. Rather, that staggering third of a billion dollars was public value DC contributed due to DC’s superior demographics and market, all of which the DC government just gave away. To the Lerner family, the total deal purchase price was worth $450 million no matter where the money went, whether into MLB’s pockets or into bricks and mortar. From a taxpayer’s viewpoint, that $330 million should rightly be viewed as a public golden gift or subsidy. Either way, the DC public got hosed. My guess is the $330 million gain was distributed to MLB’s thirty teams at about $10 million each, with about $30 million kept by MLB’s front office. Just a guess. So the bottom line is that Mr. McFarlane and his DC United may get no public candy or financing yeast to accelerate a deal because DC’s elected leaders acted irresponsibly, as if on some kind of unreal fiscal high, and as if money is printed in the basement of the Wilson Building. Now instead, they will increasingly be looking for quarters in the sofas there.

It’s not over till it’s over on $occer, if DC is both welcoming and shrewd. But this is a hard balance of our elected leaders to achieve, given the damage already done and the egregious expectations and precedents already set.


DC United
Marion Barry,

[An open letter to Mayor Adrian Fenty] I am writing this letter on behalf of the Poplar Point Coalition. The Poplar Point Coalition is made up of over three hundred individuals, ANC Commissioners, heads of civic organizations, ministers, and other community people. We are outraged! We are disappointed in the way you and your administration have mishandled the Poplar Point development. As you know by now, DC United is leaving the District to relocate to Prince George’s County. As you are aware, Victor McFarland, majority owner of DC United, has worked relentlessly to keep the team and organization in the District. But the way you and your administration have handled the soccer team left him no choice but to leave. The Coalition holds you personally responsible for this fact. (Soccer is the number one sport in the world and Washington, DC, would have been the central place where Maryland and Virginia and others would come.)

Let me put this in perspective. On behalf of the Coalition on August 31, 2007, I indicated “For the past two years, the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, heads of civic organizations, ministers, and other community people had spent hundreds of hours in fifty to sixty meetings discussing and inputting into what we in Ward 8 and 7 want to see at Poplar Point.” Mr. Mayor, I have never seen the Ward 8 community so unified behind a project like Poplar Point. There are persons who supported the project who rarely agree on hardly anything. I’d like to refer you to my letter of August 31, 2007, where the Coalition predicted that your approach was counterproductive and would fail. The first blow was for the city to terminate Clark Realty’s agreement and in a press release make it appear as though it was Clark who pulled out. I have investigated this situation and found that Clark had done everything the city asked them to do, including doing term sheets, financial arrangements, etc. Let me point out that not once did you meet with Clark. Neil Albert, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, did all he could do to keep Clark in the deal as well as to keep soccer at Poplar Point. We in the Coalition know that Deputy Mayor Albert would not terminate the agreement without your explicit approval.

The final blow was the wooing of DC United by Prince George’s County officials and the State of Maryland. I told you some time ago that I was in County Executive Jack Johnson’s box at a Redskins game and that Prince George’s is serious about trying to get DC United. Apparently this information fell on deaf ears. Now they are leaving. We need development at Poplar Point. The city and those of us east of the river need the thousand jobs that would have come to Poplar Point. We needed thousands of affordable housing units and thousands of feet of retail space that would have been part of this project. Moreover, we needed the seventy-acre recreational space and park. The Coalition believes you have squandered what you described as “a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Your approach attracted only four developers (contrary to your view that it would open up competition to many developers). Furthermore, NEPA under your administration is six to eight months behind schedule.

Eleanor Holmes Norton fought very hard and succeeded in getting the federal government to transfer this 110 acres of prime land. This makes it seem as though she fought for nothing. In that, you only have four developers under good circumstances, it is unlikely that any major developer would want to work with the city because of the way the city treated Clark. Finally, on behalf of the Coalition, I reiterate my outrage and disappointment that under the best of circumstances Poplar Point is at least ten to fifteen years away in development. Thousands of jobs have been lost. Thousands of affordable housing units lost and thousands of square feet of retail space. Notwithstanding this awful situation, in the loss of DC United, the Coalition and the community intend to press you to personally get and stay involved to make Poplar Point development a high priority. This is the only way that it can be developed.


How Long?
Ed T. Barron, edtb1@macdotcom

How long do we have to put up with a dysfunctional criminal who is a symbol of Washington, DC? That’s Marion Barry, a twice-convicted felon who has done nothing for the city or its constituents and yet remains, in the eyes of those away from DC, a laughingstock symbol. Throw this bugger off the city council and impeach him with a big public fanfare. As I travel around the US and even overseas, I am taunted by those whom I tell I’m from the nation’s capitol with comments about our mayor, Marion Barry. I have to explain that Barry is not the mayor, but is on the city council. I tell them that the city has a new mayor and a good public school chancellor, and that the city is getting better. This city will never be recognized as a major, important city until Barry is tossed out.


Online Checking
Jack McKay,

I know, what’s this got to do with themail’s focus on life in the District and District government matters? Well, this is about our Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s checking account, which is to say your tax dollars. Some time ago I arranged for online access to this account, just as I have for my home checking account. Early this month, logging in just to track the cashing of our ANC checks, I got quite a rude surprise: three withdrawals, totaling over a thousand dollars, by some scammer in Alabama. That the routing number was for a bank in DC, and the business address on the checks was in Alabama, triggered no warnings.

Because I detected the theft just a few days after these checks were passed, I was able to put a quick stop to it, stopping withdrawals from that checking account. The bank has refunded the bogus withdrawals, so little damage was done to our ANC account. But suppose I had passively waited for the monthly bank statement, four weeks later? By that time this enterprising scammer could have passed dozens of checks, none large enough to trigger close inspection, but the total amounting to much more than the thousand dollars that he evidently got away with.

I’ve advised other ANCs to arrange for online access to their accounts, for close monitoring. Some commissioners have said that their bank would not allow them online access, or would require stiff fees for the service. It seems to me that online access, and frequent monitoring of ANC checking accounts, ought to be mandatory, and banks should be happy to provide it. Think of how much I might just have saved the Bank of America. This applies to you and your personal checking account, too. Keep a close eye on it, because you might be the next victim of this kind of fraud.


Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
Robert Meisnere,

In response to Ron Deline’s post about ANC’s (themail, February 15): “These ANC’s are just armchair wannabe politicians, basically busybodies that have too much time on their hands and have far too much detrimental influence,” is an accurate statement. Last year, while following the process to put up a fence, my family had an altercation with a local commissioner on the Woodley Park ANC. This commissioner harassed, intimidated, and told lies to my family. He arrived at my house on a Friday night at 9:00 p.m., unannounced, while my wife was putting our two kids to sleep. I was not at home, and he expected my wife to leave the kids in the house alone so that she could show him the plan outside. He showed his District badge through the mail slot as if he were conducting “official business.” I rushed home because my wife was intimidated while he stood in our kitchen.

He made it clear that I was required to ensure that we receive his “blessing” on our proposed fence. I stood outside with him until 11:00 p.m. and listened to his repeat promises that he would support the request. At the ANC hearing, he did not vote for it and publicly stated that we had not implemented his suggestions in the ten days since his unannounced visit to our house. Subsequently, he came to the Public Space Committee hearing and was prepared to testify against us if the committee supported our request. Once again, his presence at the committee hearing was an effort to intimidate us and to assert his self-contrived sense of importance and his power to control the neighborhood.


Restaurant Bill
Paul D. Craney,

I would like to respond to some of themail’s readers about the DC Republican Committee’s objections to Councilmember Mary Cheh’s Restaurant Hygiene Act of 2009. The DC Republican Party agrees with Cheh that we need to eliminate Freedom of Information Act requests when the public wants to view DC restaurant inspections. Currently, District law requires the public to make a FOIA request, and we can all agree this needs to be eliminated. The DC Republican Party thinks that taking Virginia’s model, in which reports are posted online, is the way to go. In fact, the DC Republican Party thinks the District government should post all its financial transactions (procurement) online to promote transparency, but that is a different topic. The problem with Cheh’s legislation is that it would give so much power to only a few inspectors, which can harm some of our favorite places to eat. Does that mean we oppose restaurant inspections? No, of course not; DC should inspect restaurants. Restaurants that receive a poor inspection should be shut down until their violations are corrected and, as is done currently, when these restaurants are shut down the Washington Post and others should publish this information.

The DC Republican Party, however, thinks that the process in the proposed Cheh bill would be very damaging for individual restaurants and the restaurant industry as a whole. Restaurants depend on word of mouth to drive business. If a restaurant received a low letter grade for a minor problem, and would have to display the letter sign for a long period of time during which they attempt to appeal it, this would dramatically hurt its business.

Again, we agree that restaurants that could potentially make people sick should be shut down and the public should know, and that is currently the case. The real problem is if restaurants get anything less than an “A” for a minor problem The problem may be corrected immediately, but the damage is already done. We all have experienced pop-quizzes in school, Cheh’s legislation is like making students’ scores on one pop quiz their final, total grades for a course. So what else can be done? Why don’t we follow what other cities do and reward restaurants that excel at keeping their standards above average? Why doesn’t the District give restaurants stickers or signs they can place at their main entrance to show for their good work? Dare I say, why doesn’t the District pay for publicity to increase business for the District’s best restaurants? This will create an incentive for businesses, while addressing the concern of bad places to eat to be properly shut down.


Soul of the City Seeking Youth Applicants During Spring Break
Lisa Alfred,

Soul of the City is the youth leadership development program of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. We are seeking youth aged 15-18 during spring break to participate in a week-long innovative program to explore Washington, DC, neighborhoods. This year’s participants will create a documentary on our great city. If you know of any DC youth that would be interested in this program, please send them to our web site to fill out the application at or contact Tyra Fennell at 387-8391. Applications are due by Monday, February 23.


Brookland Heartbeat January/February Issue Now Available
Abigail Padou,

The January/February issue of Brookland Heartbeat is now available. Articles and features in this issue include: San Antonio Bar and Grill Opens in Brookland, Sparks Fly over Proposal to Eliminate N. Capitol “Cloverleaf’,” Neighborhood Sees Few Benefits from “Amenities,” Local Dancer Leaps into Big Time, and Brookland Heartbeat Holiday Pie and Cake Contest Winners! Brookland Heartbeat is mailed to more than 9,500 homes in the greater Brookland area. Brookland Heartbeat is also on the web at Brookland Heartbeat is a nonprofit, all-volunteer community newspaper. To be added to the E-mail distribution list, send your E-mail address to



Department of Parks and Recreation Events, February 20-21
John Stokes,

Friday, February 20, Frederick Douglass Museum, 320 A Street, NE. The youth of Joe Cole Recreation Center will get a lesson of history when visiting the historic Frederick Douglass Museum. Ages 8-12. For more information, contact Kyanna Blackwell, Site Manager, 724-4876.

Friday, February 20, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE. Live Every Voice: seniors will enjoy R&B, gospel, blues, and jazz. A tribute to African Americans in music. Ages 55 and up. For more information, contact Sue Wynn, Recreation Specialist, 576-9238.

Saturday, February 21, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Fort Davis Recreation Center, 1400 41st Street, SE. Weekend at the museum: the staff of Fort Davis will accompany the youth the center to several museums in downtown DC. This will be a fun-filled learning experience for ages 8-18. For more information, contact Mark Chisholm, 645-9212.

Saturday, February 21, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Rosedale Recreation Center, 17th and Gales Streets, NE. A Black history salute and brief readings of Black American poetry and spoken word during a brunch to learn about all the important figures of the past who have paved the way. All ages. For more information, contact Brian Williams, 724-5405.

Saturday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Hillcrest Recreation Center, 3100 Denver Street, SE. Music therapy with table harps for children with special needs, ages 7-12. Program is scheduled on Saturdays from February 21 to March 28. Cost is $25.00 per person. For more information, contact the TR Center, 645-6516.


Cashing in Through a Web Presence, February 21
Barbara Conn,

Every small business, consultant, writer, and freelancer needs a presence on the Internet — that’s where potential customers expect to find you. This session will discuss the reasons why, and walk you through the steps involved in establishing a domain name and web site, inexpensively and easily. We’ll also have a brief discussion of search engine rankings. Learn how to bust through the jargon, and learn enough to do it on your own or to confidently hire someone. No technical expertise is needed — just your own good business savvy.

Gather your colleagues (whether consultants, small business owners, entrepreneurs, soon-to-be small business owners, writers, freelancers, or free agents), and your questions, and bring them to this Saturday, February 21, 1:00 p.m., gathering of the Capital PC User Group (CPCUG) Entrepreneurs and Consultants Special Interest Group (E&C SIG). There will be a handout. These monthly events are free and open to all. This month’s event is at the Cleveland Park Branch Library (first floor large meeting room) at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW (between Macomb and Newark Streets), Washington, DC — just over a block south of the Cleveland Park Metrorail Station on the Red Line. For more information about the seminar, the speaker, and CPCUG (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization), visit To RSVP, send E-mail to


Black History Month Literary Arts Events, February 23-25
Maresha Tadesse,

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud to promote the literary arts scene in Washington during Black History Month. Immerse yourself with icons of past, living legends of today and the voice of youth sharing their art form at special events across the District.

February 23, 12:00 p.m. E. Ethelbert Miller, Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University since 1974. Poetry Reading at the Library of Congress.

February 23, 5:30 p.m. Amanda Fernandez, Poetry Out Loud National Champion 2007. Poetry Out Loud at the Woolly Mammoth Theater.

February 24, 6:00 p.m. Langston Hughes (1902-1967), busboy at the Wardman Hotel, won first poetry prize in DC. Event: It’s All Love by Marita Golden, at the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets, NW.

February 25, 3:00 p.m. Elizabeth Alexander, inaugural poet for President Barack Obama, talk on Black studies at Founders Library Browsing Room, Howard University.


Healthy DC, Or Not?, February 24
Anne Renshaw,

The Federation of Citizens Associations of Washington, DC, will focus on the state and cost of DC’s health care delivery system at its meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 6:45-9:00 p.m., at The Charles Sumner School, 1201 Seventeenth Street, NW (at M Street). Our guest speaker, Councilmember David Catania, Chairman of City Council’s Committee on Health, will summarize his committee’s investigations and priorities. Have the city’s health agencies suffered financial shortfalls leading to program cuts? How many DC residents are still without health insurance? What diseases and/or chronic conditions (e.g., pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, drug or alcohol abuse) largely impact the local population? Will the Department of Health (DOH) receive federal stimulus monies to improve health facilities and services for city residents? What benefits have resulted from the 2008 RAND Study on the District’s health? How reliable is the management of DC’s Medicaid program?

The District’s health care delivery system is an expensive operation. How well does it work and is it achieving the desired results of a healthier population? The Citizens Federation will put a stethoscope to health care in the nation’s capital and ask Councilmember Catania for his diagnosis. The Citizens Federation is a citywide coordinating body for community and neighborhood associations. Formed in 1910, the Federation is currently celebrating its 99th year of citizen activism. For further information, contact Anne Renshaw, Federation president, 202-363-6880.


The Future of the Mt. Pleasant Library
Laurie Collins,

Due to expressions of concern from a variety of Mount Pleasant civic groups as well as the ANCs of Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights regarding the DC Public Library’s (DCPL) planned renovation of the Mount Pleasant Public Library, the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services is coordinating a public meeting for the community to address our concerns and issues to the DCPL and related parties regarding the library’s proposed plans for renovation.

Please join us in open discussion to address its future renovations. The meeting will take place at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library on Tuesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m.


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