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  • commented 2015-11-07 12:14:45 -0500
    I would like the councilman to address the issue of the poor service from Washington Gas. They are replacing gas lines on my street for the last 3 weeks and the coordination between the office and road crew is nonexistent.

    I received notice in October that they would be replacing our lines and would CALL to schedule a day to reconnect us. They assured us the stoppage would be temporary and last only a day. Also that the construction would only last 2 weeks.

    When construction began, I received no notice of when they would cut my service for maintenance or when they would need to enter my place. There was no timetable for when I would need to be home to let their techs into my apartment to restore service

    I placed 10 calls over a 2 week period trying to schedule the visit and seeking information. I scheduled the service cut and visit day 4 times and each time Washington Gas DID NOT show, resulting in 4 missed work days waiting in vain for techs who never showed.

    When they finally did do the cut in service and the visit, It was on a day neither I nor my neighbors could be home. My neighbors were able to restore visits but my work schedule did not allow me to me to be home.

    I had NO SERVICE for 2 days (Nov 3 & 4) after I had purposely scheduled it weeks ago for a time at their convenience.

    Finally I was able to get a tech out last Wednesday Nov 4 to restore my service.

    I then arrived home Friday (Nov 6) evening to see another note that my service would be cut on Saturday (Nov 7).

    When I called Washington Gas on Saturday neither their customer support nor their supervisors could give me a time frame for when my service would be restored other than 9 am to 7 pm.

    Further, the supervisor said that only an emergency crew is working on the weekends so they were short staffed. Washington Gas knew there was an issue during the regular work week and then WAITED until Saturday when it is short staffed to knock out the gas on my block.

    This is unacceptable service for myself and your other constituents.

    We are already dealing with the noisy and obtrusive construction of the Whole Foods Condo H St complex Mon-Sat from 7 am to 7 pm.

    Now we have no heat, hot water, or cooking gas on the Weekend where tech services are already understaffed. The only saving grace is that the weather has been unseasonably warm during my break in service.

    The city council must address the lack of coordination among its utilities.
  • commented 2015-11-05 22:15:33 -0500
    Hi Charles,

    The pedestrian crossing light on the NW corner of 4th and Mass does not have power and pedestrians don’t know when they can cross safely. I’ve seen this been dangerous for pedestrians a couple of times now and I don’t want anyone to be hurt. I’ve recently reported the issue to DC 311 (ticket number 15-00308258). Is there anything you can do to look into this and make sure it gets fixed?


  • commented 2015-11-05 17:59:28 -0500
    The Street Light is Out at 1328 “A” Street Southeast – 20003.

    Thank you much for your assistance.
  • commented 2015-11-05 06:08:22 -0500
    The street light on 15th St SE between G St and Kentucky is out. The light is on the triangle of land bounded by 15th, G, and Kentucky. Thanks for your help!
  • commented 2015-11-04 23:22:57 -0500
    Dear Councilman Allen:

    I am writing to you regarding a parking situation. My girlfriend is currently living at 130 M st NE at the Flats 130 apartment building. She was told that she could pay for the garage for a nominal fee or park on the street. However, she’s been informed that this apartment complex is not zoned for resident street parking. Unfortunately, she is on a budget and cannot afford to pay for the garage or any overnight parking lots. Would you be able to tell me how she would be able to go about getting a zone 6 resident parking permit? She is considering selling her car, because of the apartment complex’s outright misrepresentation of claiming (falsely) that she could get a permit for street parking. It’s been truly upsetting to the both of us as we try to come up with solutions.

    Would greatly appreciate your assistance with this matter.

    Thank you,

    -Dan Stepanian-Bennett
  • commented 2015-11-04 19:19:19 -0500
    There is a streetlight out on the west side of the 1700 block of 6th street northwest. It is the streetlight closest to the intersection with Rhode Island. Thanks!
  • commented 2015-11-04 17:54:26 -0500
    “Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk” on 14th St. SE & South Carolina (NW corner sort of) is not at the corner and so no one yields to peds when they are trying to cross 14th on S. Carolina. Moving the sign up further to the actual intersection and making it one of those fluorescent signs would help a lot. Sticking one of those fluorescent signs on the ground might be even better. The current sign is just a yield sign with text and it’s hidden in the shadows of the trees.
  • commented 2015-11-04 17:41:42 -0500
    “Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk” on 14th St. SE & South Carolina (NW corner sort of) is not at the corner and so no one yields to peds when they are trying to cross 14th on S. Carolina. Moving the sign up further to the actual intersection and making it one of those fluorescent signs would help a lot. Sticking one of those fluorescent signs on the ground might be even better. The current sign is just a yield sign with text and it’s hidden in the shadows of the trees.
  • commented 2015-11-04 17:30:33 -0500
    streetlight on pole #61602 (at Stuart Hobson door—DC 311 accepted address is across the street at 505 5th St NE). Reported 6 times before it was fixed last spring. Last reported 10/15/15—folks looked at it—its still out. Very dark along this street.
  • commented 2015-11-04 16:22:38 -0500
    If we see a light that needs to be fixed/replaced, if we tell you then you will send to the appropriate city service? Or is there a DC office we can contact directly?
  • commented 2015-11-04 16:20:47 -0500
    Regarding street light issues, the light on the east side of the 900 block of 13th Street SE (just south of Potomac Ave) has been out for a few weeks.

    Thank you
  • commented 2015-11-04 16:20:46 -0500
    Regarding street light issues, the light on the east side of the 900 block of 13th Street SE (just south of Potomac Ave) has been out for a few weeks.

    Thank you
  • commented 2015-11-04 15:20:13 -0500
    This concerns 2014 DC Tax refund. I was a victim of tax refund fraud for both fed and state. IRS fixed theirs. DC has been inept and non-responsive. I’ve made 2 trips to DC Office of Tax and Revenue,numerous phone calls, each time starting over,and getting additional documents requested from the police and IRS. Mr. E.Williams of Office of Tax and Revenue phoned today, the only communication from OTR I’ve ever received (IRS sent a fraud notice in March), telling me the DC tax return (submitted a second time) with all supporting documents I delivered to him on Sept 21 had been “accidentally shredded”. I have the phone message! Because he left no direct number,I will have to start all over again. Some of these submitted documents had to be originals. I need a supervisor at OTR who will be personally accountable to handle my case by appointment rather than make a third trip, take a number,turn over documents and then get no response when I call. Could you get me an accountable supervisor’s name and help me set up an appointment?.
  • commented 2015-11-04 11:39:18 -0500
    Light out at 1329 wylie court ne

  • commented 2015-11-04 11:05:28 -0500
    the west side of the parking lot on 8th St, under the freeway, is completely dark at night. there is NO working lighting.
  • commented 2015-11-04 10:46:12 -0500
    One of the streetlights on the K St NE (between 2nd and 3rd streets) are out. It’s about halfway down the block on the side of the empty lot next to the Loree Grand apartments.
  • commented 2015-11-04 10:04:03 -0500
    The residents of the 500 block of 5th street SE have been asking the city to repair or replace our sidewalk for years with no results. We have lots of elderly residents and small children and the large number of tripping hazards is very concerning to everyone on the block. What can we do to get the city to take action?

    Thank you for any assistance.
  • commented 2015-10-30 11:23:06 -0400
    Although you are not on the Committee of the Judiciary, I wanted to ask for your support for a vote on the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2015 (B21-0004) so that it can be considered by the full Council. Anything that you can do to move this along would be appreciated by all bicycle riders throughout the city, not just in Ward 6.
  • commented 2015-10-28 16:23:38 -0400
    Reading other comments and talking to neighbors, package thefts seem to be on the uptick all around. Compared to other, more violent crimes happening in the neighborhood, I realize where this issue lies in the overall scheme of things. But this low level crime seems to contribute to the overall feeling of danger in our ward and could be a starting point for getting information on other crimes/criminal activity.
  • commented 2015-10-28 10:39:56 -0400
    We had a package stolen from our porch on Thursday. I filed a police report (CCN 170-637) and emailed the officer links to videos that our security camera (an old iPhone) captured as well as a still. I haven’t heard back from him, but at the safety meeting last night, you seemed interested in such videos. I’d be happy to share this in a broader public forum, but I don’t know where to do that or if I should without guidance from the MPD. If nothing else, the design of the guy’s jacket is a unique initial identifier. Here are the links for you.

    Video of theft (10/22/15, ~8:20 p.m.)

    Still shot of culprit
  • commented 2015-10-22 11:57:51 -0400
    I’ve lived on the Hill for 8 years, and I’ve never seen this much concern over safety. My mother/mother-in-law take turns watching my toddler and they are afraid to go for walks in our neighborhood (I live at Lincoln Park!). I just reached out to a real-estate agent as I no longer can justify living here. The entire MOTH community is shaken by the recent events and I hope your team can persuade the police department that it’s gotten out of hand. Thank you so much for your time.

  • commented 2015-10-22 09:59:04 -0400
    Why isn’t Crime on Capitol Hill your first priority? Last night, five robberies within 30 minutes??!! Sadly this has become a nightly occurrence. Capitol Hill residents are afraid to walk outside. All the other projects should be put on the back burner: Increase police presence, tougher sentencing of armed robbery.
  • commented 2015-10-20 13:49:28 -0400
    Mr. Allen

    I am curious what you and the city council are doing to curb the recent rise within violent activity within our neighborhood.

    Recently an individual was sentenced to only 5 years for shooting and robbing someone within our neighborhood, and only received the minimum sentence!

    Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Hill East Shooting

    In addition recent news articles highlight the fact that repeat offenders, often of gun related violence are often re-released back onto the DC population and to continue with their violent behavior. However the city council and the mayor’s administration appear to be more focused on “synthetic drugs” and “high capacity magazines (these only have 5 more bullets than the legal ones allowed in DC) as their primary focus, even though the city has the most restrictive gun laws for law abiding citizens in the Nation. When will city council and the mayor’s office turn their focus toward the individuals that are actually committing these crimes, and ensure they don’t get 5 year minimum sentences or are prematurely released to continue harming of members within our community that have placed you into office?

    In addition to the story above, take for example the 9/14 article reported by the Daily Caller, where Bijon Brown only spent 4 months in jail after he was previously charged with shooting a teenager on a neighborhood basketball court, only to be involved in a second shooting on a populated DC Metro Buss while out on parole! In addition on 9/8 NBC News 4 reported that “21 murder suspects were under court-ordered supervision at the time of the offense, police said. Among murder victims, 26 were under court-ordered supervision when they were killed. Six homicide victims and 10 homicide suspects had prior murder charges but were back on streets.” However the city councils and the mayor’s response was a plan that involved “tracking violent gun offenders as they go through the criminal justice system” followed by continued “monitoring once they’re released from jail” Really? Here’s a novel approach for the city council and the mayor’s office to consider, how about implementing laws to ensure these offenders get locked up and stay locked up more than the minimum sentences of 5 years , instead of re-releasing them back into our neighborhood to continue their killing and harming of our neighbors.
  • commented 2015-10-19 10:28:48 -0400
    This weekend was a stark reminder of how prevalent robberies have become on Capitol Hill. I live a block from Lincoln Park and I am truly afraid to go out past dark by myself. On Friday night, a woman was grabbed from behind and robbed by four teenagers less than a block from my apartment. Another woman was robbed during the day on Sunday after being grabbed by the throat. Both of these crimes were committed by a group of teenagers, as has been the case with many of the recent robberies on Capitol Hill. Simply put, we need to be doing more to prevent, or at least reduce, robberies. I fully recognize that we cannot stop these robberies solely by putting more police on the street, or getting “tough on crime”, and that we need a long-term approach to increase education and opportunities for many young people in this city. But while I encourage you to work towards that goal in the long-term, we do need to do more to reduce the culture of fear that I and many of my neighbors currently live under. We need a stronger police presence, at least for the time being, we need neighborhood watch groups, and maybe instead of installing more traffic cameras, we should put more cameras on street corners so we can actually start to catch some of these people. But we need action. I hope this weekend was a tipping point for you, as I know it was for many of us that live on Capitol Hill.
  • commented 2015-10-16 15:20:47 -0400
    What is the status of tree trimming on the 700 block of 5th St. NE??????
  • commented 2015-10-16 15:19:15 -0400
    The 700 block of Fifth St. NE was signed no parking for tree trimming from 10/13 – 10/16 from 7:00 am to 3:00 p.m. It is now past 3:00 p.m. on 10-16 and there has been no tree trimming. Meanwhile, the residents of the block, some of them elderly, have been inconvenienced by having no on street residential parking during those days this week. What will happen? Will be subjected to another week of no parking on our block. This is DC government at its finest.
  • commented 2015-09-30 11:07:02 -0400
    Approximately half of the plants in Lovejoy Park are dead or dying. This includes new plants, well established plants, trees and bushes of various species. At least something should be done to save what can be saved but I also think the soil should be tested for toxicity.
  • commented 2015-09-28 17:02:53 -0400
    There is a trash issue along C and D Sts NE and the adjacent areas especially around the bus routes — caused by trash spilling out of garbage trucks and by littering in front of people’s yards. I urge for your help to help discouraging this behavior whether it means through more trash cans or fines.
  • commented 2015-09-26 13:10:45 -0400
    Every time I call Comcast to report a service issue my account is changed without my knowledge or consent, What can be done about this? It then takes hours on the phone to have my account restored. Can you please look into this for me? Thanks so much!
  • commented 2015-09-16 07:28:59 -0400
    Good Morning Mr. Allen,

    I write to urge you to oppose Mayor Bowser’s plan for a taxpayer funded practice and events facility at St. Elizabeth’s. Taxpayer-funded stadiums are always a dubious proposition, but spending $90 million on a facility at St. Elizabeth’s seems to offer almost no benefit to the surrounding community. While some many argue whether the benefit provided by the DC United or Nationals facilities are worth the cost paid to build them, those at least are properly located in their communities. St. Elizabeth’s, on the other hand, is isolated and disconnected from its surrounding neighborhoods. Surely there are better uses for our tax dollars.

    Best regards,

    Shaun Brodie