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  • commented 2016-08-18 11:20:42 -0400
    Hi there – the construction site at 51 N St NE has been doing work until nearly 2am the last two nights, and it’s made it impossible to sleep. I’ve already contacted DCRA, and apparently they have a permit to do late night construction (permit #AH1600973). Is there anything your office can do? My apartment window looks out directly at the site, and the noise is unbearable. Any help would be much appreciated!
  • commented 2016-08-18 10:18:03 -0400
    Hi,


    The Golden Rule Apartment sprinkler system has been leaking for several months. The leak is causing hazardous conditions on the sidewalk on the south side of K St. NW between 1st St and New Jersey Ave. I have seen one elderly person slip and almost fall on the mud and algae that is growing on the sidewalk due to the leak. It is also beginning to leak on the north side of I (Eye)St. NW. While this is serious now it could become much more dangerous if the leaking water becomes ice in the winter


    Can you please have Golden Rule Apartments either turn off the sprinkler system or get it repaired ASAP.


    Thank you.
  • commented 2016-08-16 15:42:33 -0400
    I am interested in finding out what the maintenance plan and schedule is for the playground in Stanton Park, both with regard to regular maintenance (e.g. replanting grass and picking up trash), as well as with repairs needed on the playground equipment (e.g. two of the metal bars on that make a ringing noise are now missing and fixing broken patches in the rubberized matting).

    I have sent this inquiry onto the National Park Services’ “East” Park’s email address and left a voicemail with the same message but have not yet heard back.
  • commented 2016-08-13 15:37:03 -0400
    This is a request for trash and recycle workers pick up the trash and recycle materials that fall from the trash and recycle cans. Unfortunately, if I’m not there to watch them, fallen trash bags and recycle materials are left in the alley. Overall our alley is clean but on Monday’s and Thursdays the workers create a mess. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter and I look forward to speaking with someone from the office. Thanks
  • commented 2016-08-13 15:35:39 -0400
    Trash/Recycle Collection

    This is a request for trash and recycle workers pick up the trash and recycle materials that fall from the trash and recycle cans. Unfortunately, if I’m not there to watch them, fallen trash bags and recycle materials are left in the alley. Overall our alley is clean but on Monday’s and Thursdays the workers create a mess. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter and I look forward to speaking with someone from the office. Thanks
  • commented 2016-08-10 11:44:14 -0400
    Hi there,


    I called 311 three weeks ago and called your office two weeks ago about the broken crosswalk lights at 6th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE and they still have not been fixed. The timing is completely off on the crossing lights on the side of the street where Mr. Henry’s and the Bank are located. The cross walk will start at the number 2 or it won’t be properly synced with the streetlight. Can you have the city fix this?

    Thanks,

    Emily
  • commented 2016-08-09 18:23:29 -0400
    I want to let Mr Allen know that I was very upset by the suggestion that the Metro remain closed after midnight after the current round of repairs is completed. A 24/7 Metro is essential to a modern city.


    As a second issue, I would like the city to have a policy and ordinances to reduce nighttime light pollution. Street lights and lighting on private property should not emit light above a horizontal plane. Many modern cities have such rules and I would like to see my city move further in this direction.
  • commented 2016-08-07 15:37:58 -0400
    Our VPP was stolen from our Airbnb guest’s car last night. What are you doing to address the rampant thefts of these? Scanning and finding a stolen pemit should be an automatic hefty fine (a $25 ticket once isn’t enough to deter anyone from using these and saving on parking everyday). I’ve heard DDOT officers don’t scan the permits. I can get another pass, but do I risk a friend, family, or guest having to spend hundreds of dollars to park on my street? That’s an expensive parking spot.
  • commented 2016-08-03 13:51:27 -0400
    SW DC is in need of more bike share stations. For weeks I have been able to park anywhere near my apartment. The ones at Waterfront and Wharf are always filled in the PM hours and even the one on 4th is starting to fill up completely. Please consider adding one or two in the Duck Pond or one of the parks near Cap South in SW.


    Andrew Blascovich
  • commented 2016-08-01 16:12:35 -0400
    H Street Cooridor. I just walked the length of the street and saw litter and weeds growing everywhere. It is a shame the city spent our taxes to revitalize the area only to abandon it to all this uglyness.
  • commented 2016-07-26 11:08:49 -0400
    Please help your constituents resolve an epidemic of abuse by the DMV; tickets from over a decade ago are being levied suddenly against those seeking services at the DMV, without any proof that the tickets are valid. DMV is unable to provide copies of the tickets, though this is a legal requirement for levying fines.


    Your constituents (myself and others) have followed the established process for resolving a grievance as closely as possible. But the DMV Ombudsman and the DC Office of the Inspector General have taken zero action to address or reply to the complaints submitted. This is despite both offices replying in writing that they are on the case. Some residents have been waiting over 6 months for action, meanwhile incurring additional vehicular fines. At this point it looks intentional.


    I recently learned from colleagues who work with but not for the DC OIG that the OIG office ignores citizen complaints as a practice, literally laughing about it, because they have no oversight and there is no accountability. Meanwhile your constituents are punished and are unable to keep their vehicles on the blocks where they pay taxes.


    Please raise this issue with the office of the mayor’s office and advocate for the DMV Ombudsman and the DC OIG to carry out the functions they were designed to perform.


    Thank you in advance.
  • commented 2016-07-25 11:08:24 -0400
    I want to share a video of what Watkins field looked like on Sunday evening from the sports teams who use it (how should I send?). As we all know, sport fields are in high demand in Ward 6 and if the current occupants don’t do a better job cleaning up after themselves, maybe they shouldn’t have the right to use it? Also, it is my understanding that DPR will now be charging for use of the playing fields. As a board member of Capitol Hill Little League (CHLL) we are being told it will cost CHLL approximately $25,000 per season to rent 3 or 4 playing fields. Was this field use charge approved by the City Council? Thanks
  • commented 2016-07-24 08:52:06 -0400
    We are having tremendous problems with sewage backup on the 400 block of 19th Street NE. People on both sides of the street have had sewage come through their basement toilets/showers/drains whenever there is a strong rain. Last Tuesday, people up and down the block were hit yet again.


    I was able to find out about a DCWater program that offers rebates for the installation of backwater valves which helps with the problem and was able to install the valve although after six months I am still waiting for the refund. The valve seemed to help with this rain but it did not solve the problem of the water backing up in the back yard drain because it has no where to go. The result is that I have to get a water restoration clean up to the cost of 3000. Last time this happened, on the day before Christmas, we had to pay nearly 15,000 to clean up the sewage (we have a basement apartment that is rented out that was a brand new renovation). Even though we have insurance, it would not cover it because it was a sewage problem. We filed a claim for reimbursement from DC Water and they denied it….. after making us jump through hopes to fill out paperwork and itemize losses, the company they subcontracted to called on a Friday at 5pm to say that since there was no pre-existing problem they would not reimburse.


    DC Water has done nothing to fix this except to come and snake one of the drains once in a while. I heard from the plumber that they cut a hole in one of the drains to divert some of the backup but that has only made the problem worse.


    We really need your help to get this problem fixed. Our family has been able to barely manage, but others on the block don’t have the resources to do anything. Would be happy to meet you on the block to show you more about the situation.


    Thanks
  • commented 2016-07-22 10:45:34 -0400
    Hi there,


    I live across the street from the Historic Congressional Cemetery, and I walk my dog there every day. I’m sure you know that it’s very difficult and dangerous to cross Potomac Ave at the intersection of 18th/E/Potomac. There is a well-marked crosswalk, but most cars do not stop. For a while, we had a sign in the intersection reminding drivers of the fine, but someone ran it over many months ago and it hasn’t been replaced. Can you please put up a new sign with VERY CLEAR WARNINGS about the fine, and/or put a stop sign at that intersection? Many dog walkers cross that street every day to take their dogs to the park, and it is very scary and dangerous when cars won’t stop for pedestrians (and pups!) in the crosswalk.


    Thanks!

    Miranda Selover
  • commented 2016-07-21 17:42:11 -0400
    I requested about 2-3 weeks ago, those scoop Your Poop Signs for our 300 block of 19th St,NE but, have not heard anything back as yet. Could you plz let me know the status. This should not be a closed case as it is still happening on the block almost daily, esp. in the mornings.


    http://dcist.com/attachments/dcist_sarah/dogpoopsign.jpg
  • commented 2016-07-21 10:39:45 -0400
    The house next door is being remodeled. We have sent numerous complaints and letters to DCRA about Andre Harper, the LLC owner, and his subcontractors.. The contractors are using questionable construction practices (like demolishing interior fireplaces that support a party chimney) and their shoddy business practices are unbelievable. Right now, the subcontractors are scraping off the lead paint from the exterior of the house with no safety precautions. There are no covering on the ground to gather the lead debris. This means their lead chips will be in the yard of 1647 C Street NE and then in my yard at 1649 C Street.


    I need help and I need it now. None of my letters have shown up in the DCRA files (I know because I sent in a FOIA request). I am being ignored, my spouse is being ignored and I am angry. We have been discussing suing the LLC for their illegal practices, but we will also sue the city because of its failure to act on our behalf. We have had no support from DCRA and been treated like a nuisance since the get go. We finally got the DCRA Inspector, Mr. Dilraj, to understand the problem and he admitted the fireplace situation was dangerous but he claimed to have no ability to enforce the Washington, D.C. building code??? Mr Harper was fined a grand total of $200. This after his subcontractors work past 7:00 pm routinely and have continued work despite 2 Stop Work orders from DCRA. The late night construction carries a penalty of $2,000 for the first occurance and then it is supposed to double for subsequent violations. This is in the DC Building Codes.


    Mr Allen, if you can do anything to help me I would appreciate it. My near neighbor Aaron Chaletzky says you are a good guy and will help. He can vouch for me, we are not trying to be nuisances but this is my home and my concerns are very real.

    I hope to hear from you.

    Lea McDaniel
  • commented 2016-07-19 19:11:41 -0400
    Illegal parking tickets being issued on the 400 block of 17th St NE. Vehicles are being ticketed without any signage stating “No Parking”. The only location with such signage is located in front of 415 17th ST NE which is a minimum of 800 feet before reaching my vehicle. That would be 6 townhouses, a short street (Isherwood St NE), an alley, and a driveway before reaching my vehicle. I believe there is a certain amount of feet that a sign should be posted to notify the public of any possible infraction. My vehicle was parked directly next to the house located at 1700 D St Ne. I was able to speak with the ticket writer and was told the ANC of ward 6 (Sandra Phillips Gilbert) contacted his supervisor to have the vehicles ticketed. I have been parking my car generally in the same spot since the early 2000’s and have never received a parking ticket unless construction was underway. All current construction permits for this particular block ended July 18th 2016. If indeed this block is magically a No Parking Zone overnight proper signage should be posted. If this is residential parking as it has been since I moved to this part of DC in 1990, Ms. Gilbert, DDOT, and Parking Enforcement is in need of a zoning refresher. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding this matter.
  • commented 2016-07-11 17:16:16 -0400
    Five years ago, Congress eliminated the educational assistance for DC residents adults/seniors of the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (“DCTAG”). It is never too late to educate the young and young at heart who seek to reinvent the wheel of life(because of the struggling economy enforcing financial challenges) to achieve their lifetime educational goals and dreams and return to school to earn a college degree. I feel all residents of the District of Columbia are entitled to apply for this grant program. Why discriminate on the basis of age? That is a violation of the law. DC Residents pay the most taxes in this economy. This is just another congressional roadblock that defers educational training DC residents who desire an educational opportunity in helping them create and establish a pathway to the Middle Class.Can you help?
  • commented 2016-07-08 15:22:43 -0400
    1/2 of the 100 block of E street southeast is blocked off for wash light and gas work for a month now BUT NO WORK IS BEING DONE. we have no parking for a month now for 1/2 block. can you help us out? thanks.
  • commented 2016-07-04 15:34:04 -0400
    Illegal dumping by Sprint store 637 PA Ave SE. A person pulled his car up into our driveway (MD plates A286454) and proceeded to empty the contents of his trunk into the dumpster adjacent to our driveway. He emptied a pile of broken down boxes that were all addressed to the Sprint Store manager plus a large 5×6 foot Sprint store plastic poster into our dumpster. I came out and pointed out what he was doing is dumping on to private property and furthermore he was on our property doing it. He said he was told to dump it here. I just called the store and they did not deny it and said they would call me back. Even if they come pick it up, it clearly shows they do not have a place to put their trash and are going to dump it somewhere else. What can be done?
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  • commented 2016-06-25 20:12:42 -0400
    I am receiving parking tickets from parking enforcement while my vehicle is parked on my property. Parking enforcement supervisors have come to my property on 2 separate occasions and marked lines with spray paint to define the boundaries of the alley and my property. In both instances I have had conversations with these supervisors and at that time provided them a copy of the PLAT of the alley on this block. Each time they have confirmed my vehicle is well within my property lines but I continue to receive tickets. Unfortunately the parking enforcement officers are not looking at the DC Zoning Map prior to issuing me a citation. I have emailed Mr. Frank Pacifico and Mr. Preston Moore, with city parking enforcement, 4 times over the last 3 weeks and have not received a response. Please provide a point of contact that can address this situation.
  • commented 2016-06-23 18:05:44 -0400
    Please vote NO on the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016. I do not want to pay $600 more for insurance!
  • commented 2016-06-20 12:44:54 -0400
    Hello,


    My name is Kirk Anderson and I’m one of your constituents living in Eastern Market. I work in the Reagan Building downtown and ride my bike down Pennsylvania Ave to work. On my ride in today there were a number of portable spotlights stored in the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Ave NW near 13th St NW. These lights completely blocked the lanes and forced riders out into traffic.


    Given the problems on Metro and the city’s supposed commitment to encouraging alternative forms of commuting, using some of the busiest bike lanes on the city as a storage area is completely ridiculous. It makes cycling less efficient and safe and discourages citizens from riding their bikes to work. I was hoping that you could speak to someone about getting the lights moved to a different place, perhaps Freedom Plaza or the RRB’s courtyard. I didn’t take any pictures of the lights, but they’re right outside of the Wilson Building.


    -Kirk
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  • commented 2016-06-17 10:35:41 -0400
    Good morning.

    My name is Shavonna Henson and I would like to talk to somebody about helping me pay off my rent I live in Greenleaf Gardens apts in SW. I owe 2,169 and I can’t pay it all at once they have gave me a notice to pay in full so I don’t get eviction or have to go to court. I was hoping that this program can help me out with my rent. My number is 2025568351
  • commented 2016-06-17 08:51:06 -0400
    Insurance
  • commented 2016-06-14 08:37:47 -0400
    URGENT!! Please help us get DDOT to approve a petition for a BLOCK PARTY on JUNE 25.


    On May 2, I applied to DDOT (Tracking Number 10252141) on behalf of our neighborhood for permission to hold a block party in the 200 block of 5th St NE on June 25. DDOT dropped the ball and never processed our application. On June 6 I returned to DDOT where they admitted their error and restarted the process. To date, we still have not received permission. Over 20 voting households on the block signed the petition for the block party and many are asking me if it can/will still be held.


    I have emailed DDOT numerous times. The DDOT person responsible (but not responsive) is John Stokes, City Wide Permitting Manager. Office: 202-442-8354; Cell: 202-438-9772; email: john.stokes4@dc.gov. Approval of our application is urgent as we need to make plans and get parking signs up well before the actual date. Can you help? Robyn Hinson-Jones
  • commented 2016-06-13 11:11:10 -0400
    I have begun swimming at the DPR Rumsey Pool on North Carolina Ave SE. It is a great pool. However, the website lists hours that are completely incorrect. The website:

    http://app.dpr.dc.gov/dprmap/details.asp?cid=91

    I showed up at 9:51 AM today, expecting to be able to swim (per the website hours 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM). The doors were open, but the staff said the facility was closed. They said the hours were 6:30-9:00 AM. When I asked for a schedule, they said there isn’t one. I mentioned that the website has its hours as above, and they shrugged their shoulders.


    We need DPR to be responsive several ways:

    1) post an accurate schedule online for this (and all) facilities;

    2) provide printed schedules at the pool, or at least post them somewhere at the pool;

    3) train the staff in customer service.


    I would appreciate very much if DPR were notified and asked to respond and remediate.


    Thanks very much.
  • commented 2016-06-13 10:53:02 -0400