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  • commented 2016-06-10 08:16:52 -0400
    Good Morning,

    I’m hoping you could help us with a dumpster that’s parked on my street, on 5th between H and Eye streets. It’s just sitting there blocking precious parking space which we have less and less of as more folks move into condos nearby.

    The dumpster isn’t even being used; I believe the property it’s outside of hasn’t even started its renovation yet.

    Could you help us by having it removed until it’s actually needed, and ask the owners to make sure it’s actually full of construction waste rather than the random garbage folks have been throwing in?

    Thank you!
  • commented 2016-06-10 06:47:38 -0400
    Another voice regarding the 10 month construction dumpster at the 800 block of 5th Street NE. It has become a huge sanitation issue. I’ve repeatedly witnessed people putting food trash and animal waste into the dumpster. The dumpster has not been emptied once in the several weeks it has been at the location. If you walk by, you can not only smell the waste but you can see lots of flies circling.
  • commented 2016-06-06 19:18:29 -0400
    We have a trash dumpster that is scheduled to sit on our street until October. The contractor is not doing any work on the building due to negotiations with neighbors and no permits. This container takes up four parking spaces, is filled with illegally dumped trash and obstructs the road way. The street is very narrow (800 block of 5th st NE) and multiple near misses and traffic jams occur everyday. This is starting to seriously deteriorate our quality of life. How can we have this container removed? How did DDOT issue a 10 month approval for this container to sit on a busy residential street? The residents of this street are demanding action.
  • commented 2016-06-04 12:17:18 -0400
    Dear Councilman Allen,

    With all the development in SW, are there plans to develop more schools for families of young professionals moving into the area?

    Thank you!

    Devinn & Elias
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  • commented 2016-05-26 12:10:41 -0400
    Hi Charles,

    Each week day I bike myself and my kids (in a bike trailer) across the Hill, stopping at Maury and then continuing on to my office and my 2yo’s daycare at 2nd & F St. NE. Sometime in March the bike lanes on F St. NE between 8th and 2nd were torn up for a utility project. They were put back together in TERRIBLE shape – tons of potholes, sinking/soft/loose gravel, seams, and other hazardous conditions that make it extremely unpleasant and unsafe to bike over. It’s especially bad for my 2yo who’s bouncing around in the trailer behind me. I end up regularly veering out into the car traffic lane in order to avoid these obstacles, which makes me nervous and also defeats the purpose of the bike lane. The pavement in the car traffic lane is fine – it’s just the bike lanes that got dug up. I’ve been making 311 requests but haven’t had any success – can you do anything to spur a proper repavement of these bike lanes?

    Thank you!

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  • commented 2016-05-25 10:14:19 -0400
    The trash / recycling collection was once again missed !! We have a serious rats infestation and by missing the collection the problem gets worse !! Please get the City to do their job

    Location Alley between 100 block of D St SE and NC Avenue SE
  • commented 2016-05-20 09:14:58 -0400
    The intersection of South Capitol and I street, SW is getting out of control! As you probably know, it is a traffic nightmare during rush hour. Coming from SW, crossing over South Capitol, there is not separate lane for going straight, so people choose to go into the right hand only lane to try to go around the backup of cars making a left. This means that you have potential accidents every day as cars that stayed in the left lane and waited their turn, try to go straight at the same time as the other ones going around the turning cars…it’s a huge mess. Plus people jump the light and get stuck in the box, so then you have all that chaos plus trying to navigate around parked cars.

    On top of this, I witnessed something even more disturbing this morning. A biker was in the BIKE LANE waiting to cross South Capitol (right by the McDonalds) and a huge dump truck (I’m guessing from the construction sites) was behind her and wanted to make a right turn on Red. He couldn’t because of the biker. He proceeded to get angrier and angrier, started out by laying on his horn for 30 seconds, to yelling every misogynistic anti-woman curse word in the book out the window at her. He then decided he would make a right turn anyhow, and literally maneuvered his massive truck to push her over to the left, in front of another car. Thankfully the light turned green, and everyone moved, before he killed her. I have never seen a man so angry at a woman for no other reason than she was on her bike. This intersection is a deadly accident waiting to happen on every single level! Do you know if DDOT is looking into possible solutions (such as banning right turns from I street onto South Capitol?) It’s getting ridiculous. Thanks Charles and Team!
  • commented 2016-05-17 10:20:02 -0400
    Rats – the 300 block of D St SE is having a severe rat problem. A number of us have reported this to the DC 311 site, and also alerted Diane Hoskins, our ANC commissioner, since there is an elementary school (Brent) in the block and so not only are the 7 small children living in the block at risk, so are the rest of the school children – not to mention the adults.

    Recent attention to the rodent problem in nearby restaurants may point to one source, but there has also been recent excavation of a basement in the block, and perhaps more critically, the dumpster on the school property is overflowing with trash all the time.

    Thank you for getting attention to this problem
  • commented 2016-05-16 20:47:20 -0400
    Councilmember Allen,

    I would like to draw your attention to a rodent problem at the 300 block of D Street SE. I live at 322 D Street SE next door to Brent Elementary School. Over recent weeks and especially the last few days, I have noticed rats in my yard as well as the school parking lot, trash bin, and alley. My neighbors have also mentioned rat sightings in their yards. I have filed a complaint with the city and request your assistance in bringing attention and a resolution to this matter.

    Thank you,

    Shannon Perry
  • commented 2016-05-12 20:19:32 -0400
    I am a bit troubled with the response I received after calling in a 911 emergency call to report a man for indecent exposure on 4/24/16. I was walking near 3rd and C Street SE and observed a man, which I recognize as someone who frequently loiters in the Seward Square area, expose his genitals and proceed to walk down 3rd Street toward Brent Elementary School. While he walked down the street he passed by another women. I promptly called 911 to report the incident and they dispatched officers to try and locate the perpetrator, however, I was told that I should leave the area. I followed up on the call the following day and was told that car 1072/Officer Cummings and Car 1081/Officer Donald Duke responded to the call. They stopped the man at the 500 block of D Street at 9:52 am and left at 10:14 am. I was told by the person at 311 that because I did not remain in the area to give a statement the officers simply asked the man to move along rather than writing a citation. It is unacceptable that behavior such as this is tolerated in our community and I hope that dispatchers can be instructed to provide more complete information to people calling in so that these incidences can be responded to WITH a citation. While I understand that this is not considered by statute a very serious offence, as a women, this is an incident that makes me feel very unsafe in my community.

    After some effort to figure out if there was anything I could do to get more response, I got frustrated with trying to deal with the police department. I am not sure what else you can do in this situation, but think it is important that these calls are treated with the same seriousness that one would place on a sexual assault.
  • commented 2016-05-11 18:33:39 -0400
    Charles Allen and Staff Members-

    I have become increasingly worried about the safety and navigability of our alley. I live in the 1100 block of 5th st NE and the alley behind (west) of our house is narrow, dangerous, and in a state of disrepair. The northern section of the alley adjacent to 1166 5th st is barely navigable and has uneven old cobblestones and dangerous potholes. The curb cut on 5th st (alleyway entrance) for the northern section of the alley has the old-style stone curbs that drop down to the cobblestone alley and then step up. This feature trips our children, snags luggage, isn’t ideal for the elderly, and is not handicap or wheelchair friendly/compliant. All of the alleys south and east of us have been rebuilt in the past few years, but ours languishes and causes continued concern. Can you tell us what DDOT’s (or whomever’s) plan is to repair our alley or when it is scheduled to be repaired to bring it up to modern standards? If a plan is not in the works, can you request this repair? Thank you so much for fielding this request. We support your great work in Ward 6.
  • commented 2016-05-11 17:20:49 -0400
    I am trying to find out when I will get my DC Tax refund. I got a letter saying I ws going to get $2000 more than I anticipated. When I called they said the was a computer glitch that had happened to many. It was being fixed. I filed my taxes on Mar. 17. I tried to call the tax office three times. 45 minute wait on hold each time. Did get through after 45 min. the 3rd time last Friday, the 6th. Mr. Sullivan said he would look into when I might expect my refund and call me or email on Monday. No call or email. I called and left him a message on Monday. No answer as yet. Please help.
  • commented 2016-05-10 12:14:43 -0400

    We are the first Holistic, Biological and Eco-Friendly Dental Office on the East Coast and we are located in Ward 6.

    We have several staff members who bike or use metro to arrive at the office, however, we do have some who live in Virginia and Maryland who must drive in to work. What we are finding is difficulty in parking. With new construction popping up all around us the parking is at a minimum.

    Please advise on parking permits available to the office.

    Thank you,

    Yejide Calhoun


    The DC Dentist

    509 11th St. SE

    Washington, DC 20003
  • commented 2016-05-10 11:25:19 -0400
    Hi Charles,

    I work at garden a shop on 10th St. SE. I love my job and the neighborhood in which I work. Unfortunately, I feel like I’ve been unfairly placed under financial pressure due to the lack of parking. I’m paying super high prices for parking or getting tickets because I can’t take time to move my vehicle when I’m lucky enough to find a spot on the street. I work retail and my earning ability is quite low and I can’t take metro due to it’s unreliability. I need help.

    I look forward to hearing back.

  • commented 2016-05-04 14:35:45 -0400
    Because I have a long mail address, the DC Tax office chops off my unit number (says unit 9 instead of 901) on my tax refund. This has gone on for years. I just discovered that my tax refund was returned and I don’t know what to do to get it back. I spoke with them but unless it is hand addressed or I am allowed to pick it up in person, I don’t know how I can get my tax refund. Also, I have contacted your office before with this issue but have gotten no response.
  • commented 2016-04-30 11:04:57 -0400
    Dear Sir,

    I know that DC Water is working on pipes, but last night black water exploded out of my pipes, and this morning they started work – very loud work – at 7am. Is there anything you can do? Also, the streets are very bad, especially 17th Street. Thanks!
  • commented 2016-04-29 15:56:42 -0400
    There is a problem at Lovejoy Park (corner 12th St & E NE)

    Within the last six months, many of the plants in the park have died. This includes bushes and trees of various species and established plants as well as recent plantings. Obviously, the loss of the plants is a concern but I am more concerned that the broad spectrum of the die-off may indicate something toxic in the soil. I emailed my concern to the Parks Dept. last Fall but received no reply and, as far as I can tell, nothing has been done at the park.

    This is a very popular park and something is obviously wrong so I hope you can have it checked out.
  • commented 2016-04-27 11:35:44 -0400
    I am concerned about the state of the Southwest Duck Pond. The standing water is already beginning to attract bugs (especially mosquitoes) and presents a health hazard to people and especially children. It sounds like repairs will not be completed until July. Can you please work with DC Parks to address the standing water/bug issue before work begins and during renovation? If not, could you please direct me to the appropriate person for assistance? Thank you. Kelly
  • commented 2016-04-26 18:03:41 -0400
    The problem is the drug sales, loitering, and general nuisance making on the corner of 15th and C NE. There are a lot of young families on this block and in the immediate neighborhood, and the police do not seem to take the problem seriously. We would like to arrange a neighborhood meeting about how we can be more helpful to both the police and the store owners, and come up with a solution. Would Your office be interested In helping us organize this.

    Thanks in advance.
  • commented 2016-04-18 07:25:32 -0400
    The adjoining row house (1647) has been under renovation since Oct 2015 numerous complaints to DCRA illegal construction have been unsuccessful in providing correction of the safety issue. The renovation project demolished the party chimney (1647 side) from basement floor to second story ceiling, leaving the part above the second story ceiling hanging off the party wall. Clearly a violation of chapter 21 of DC building code,and danger of collapsing at any time. Please help me get DCRA to have builder correct this deficient and abide by DC building code
  • commented 2016-04-14 16:05:36 -0400
    Project empowerment not real work to the dc residents to help found permanent job
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  • commented 2016-04-11 09:39:46 -0400
    Mr. Allen, thank you for your excellent responsiveness to your constituents. I’d like to draw your attention to traffic cameras that are placed in a manner inconsistent with the stated goals of the DC StreetSafe program, but appear to be situated only to generate revenue. One example that has raised great concern among residents of NE is positioned in the 600 block of Kenilworth Ave. This non-residential road connects 295S (50 mph limit) and Benning Rd (35 mph limit), but has a limit of 25 mph for no apparent reason. Furthermore, the signage is very confusing as highlighted in a recent report by Adam Tuss of NBC4 (link below). Because of these nonsensical circumstances, residents often have no idea that they’ve been charged many hundreds of dollars of fines before receiving the tickets weeks later.

    Are you able to assist us in prevailing upon the MPD’s Photo Enforcement Program to have this camera moved to a more appropriate location that serves a genuine public safety purpose?
  • commented 2016-04-07 11:24:38 -0400
    Hi Mr. Allen,

    My name is Rob Barnett and I am a math teacher at Eastern Senior High School. I am writing to see if you could write a letter to Eastern’s graduating class of seniors – which is known around here as the Legendary Class of 2016 – on the occasion of their graduation. Is that something you might be able to do? I know our students and families would really appreciate it.


    Rob Barnett
  • commented 2016-04-04 20:34:26 -0400
    RE Service Request Number: 16-00445485. Eastbound Potomac Avenue, SE has been insufficiently restored/repaired after WASA contract water main replacement. This has been an issue since early March. No effective effort has been made to correct the original shoddy restoration. I have contacted Lisa Robinson at DOT by phone, but have been unable to connect via email to send pictures. I did include pictures attached to the service request referenced above. I believe it is worth noting that there have been numerous other service requests by other Potomac Avenue residents. The damage to the road surface on the east bound side has drivers crossing the double yellow lines into the west bound lane to protect their cars, trucks and buses. The situation and the shoddy efforts of the contractors to correct it is disrespectful to a completely unacceptable degree. Come on by and take a look. Put your car at risk.
  • commented 2016-03-21 14:58:47 -0400
    Many thanks for supporting the Private Security Camera Incentive Program. Due to the program, we purchased and installed security cameras on our home, and we were informed that the rebate is on the way. Great!

    The only problem is that the program apparently only reimburses homeowners for the camera’s themselves, and not the mounts to install the cameras on houses. Its a relatively minor difference in cost, so no worries, but just seemed odd, as without the mounts the cameras are pretty useless. Maybe it would be useful for the Council to consider tweaking the program to allow for these costs, as well.

    Thanks, again.
  • commented 2016-03-21 14:35:44 -0400
    Washington Gas has closed down street parking on Rosedale St NE for the entire month of March – 7am-5pm, every day, including weekends. We’ve heard rumours that they might extend it. However, they only worked weekdays for about 1.5 week and have moved on. And we are still not able to park on our street, without a risk of a parking ticket from a very eager parking enforcement staffer. Could you please let me know if there is anything that can be done to remove the parking restriction? It makes life for my wife very difficult with ferrying our two small children around, when she can’t park on our street.
  • commented 2016-03-10 14:05:00 -0500
    Mr. Allen:

    We the residents of the intersection of Massachusetts Ave., SE and 15th St. are not happy with the lack of concern you and your office has shown for our neighborhood with respect to the incoming 7-11 and the two incoming drug clinics. We just learned that Andromeda has obtained a certificate of occupancy (on February 6) for general office space. A clinic is not an office. Please work with us to appeal the certificate of occupancy. Andromeda should have sought a certificate of occupancy for its intended operation of a mental health and drug abuse treatment facility. They lack sufficient parking for even an office. Further the clinic is too close to Payne school.

    Andromeda will duplicate many of the service that CAG will provide. Our neighborhood does not need two clinics within a block of each other. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the area where you live in NE could use a couple of facilities. Our neighborhood is still struggling with drug dealers and the combination of an unwanted 24/7 7-11 in addition to two treatment facilities does not bode well for a community that has become very family oriented. We are concerned about our safety and our neighborhood.

    Please help us.


    Cynthia D. Earman