pictured above right - Councilmember Evans explaining District finances to a local third grade class.
Week of June 9, 2006
violence in Shaw affects everyone - MPD cannot do it alone
With emails and phone calls from concerned residents, it has been brought to the attention of Councilmember Evans, that recent instances of street violence have taken place in the Shaw neighborhood. Attributed to gang violence by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Tuesday (May 30) afternoon at approximately 4:45 pm, semi automatic gun fired rang out hitting automobiles near the United House of Prayer in the 600 block of M Street, N.W.
"After speaking with MPD's 3rd District, there appear to be no suspects in this case. Officers showed up and after no one came forward to aid in the description of who, what and where, a property damage report was taken," Evans said. "What is wrong with this picture? It was 4:45 pm, but there were people on the street, and no doubt witnesses. Our police officers need more information than property damage to apprehend criminals."
In an effort to quell gang activity, PSA 308 Lt. Neal has saturated the area with the Crime Unit and, there has been detailed a Power Shift from 6:00 pm - 4:00 a.m. In addition, the Warrant Squad has been deployed in the area to execute outstanding warrants.
As one email received by Councilmember Evans stated, "there needs to be a comprehensive effort from MPD and the community to make a change." Fortunately, Evans had already planned to be in the Shaw and Mt. Vernon Square neighborhoods addressing crime and other quality of life issues. There are upcoming community meetings in which the community is encouraged to attend to learn about what is being done to combat violence and what the community can do to help.
A list of these important community meetings follows:
Come out and participate in force - a strong community presence is necessary to demonstrate to the criminals that our community will not tolerate this type of activity.
information, contact Evans' MPD liaison, Windy
on Thomas Circle enters final phase
The work is scheduled during the daytime hours from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Wednesday June 7 and Thursday June 8. However, bad weather could cause delays. The completion of the Thomas Circle rehabilitation project is currently scheduled for July 2006.
Work on Thomas Circle is a joint effort by DDOT, the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration. The new design directs traffic along the perimeter of the circle eliminating cut-through lanes. This configuration allows for a larger and more functional landscaped area, bicycle lanes and for the first time, pedestrian access to the center of the circle and to the statue of Civil War General George Thomas.
annual Volta Park festivities
Friends of Volta Park have invited the community to several events taking place this coming weekend. Friday night, June 9 is a fundraising celebration and silent auction at Georgetown Visitation School, 1524 35th Street, NW from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. All proceeds go toward maintaining and improving Volta Park. The celebration continues on June 10 with the annual Volta Park Picnic. Festivities begin at noon in Volta Park and include food, games, moon bounce for the kids, dunk tank, giant slide, human foosball and a pie-eating contest scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Included in the fun are a Flea Market and softball games, and a two-day tennis tournament beginning on Saturday, June 11. Donations can be made to Friends of Volta Park, Inc. and mailed to 1516 34th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Evans has always been a strong advocate for ensuring neighborhood parks and recreation centers throughout his Ward meet the recreational needs of the community. This is evident in his:
For more information, contact Evans' Georgetown liaison, Ruth Werner.
of the Whole Additional Meeting
the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, June 6, the DC Council
met to consider a range of new measures on the legislative agenda. Councilmember
Evans moved the following pieces of legislation, all of which were passed
by the Council:
the following revenue bonds were passed as emergency legislation:
For more information, contact Evans' Committee Clerk, Ruth Werner.
in an Historic house? Come out for SmithBarney seminar
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the investment services firm, SmithBarney, are offering a free seminar to inform DC residents about the benefits of the "Gifts of Heritage" program. The Gifts of Heritage, an NTHP program, is for real estate owners interested in preserving the historic character of their property and realizing lifetime and estate tax benefits. The seminar will be offered on June 12 and June 14 at 5:30 pm in the NTHP offices (1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW - Board Room).
"I encourage residents to take advantage of this seminar and the property tax deduction available through the conservation easements," Councilmember Evans said. "Tax incentives such as the deduction for the contribution of a preservation easement are essential to implement this policy and to encourage preservation activity. I especially want to thank Nancy Hartsock, Smith Barney Financial Advisor and Dupont Circle Citizens Association board member for organizing this event."
Although this tax deduction had been accepted by the IRS and, defended at the state level through a series of court cases, the District Office of Tax Revenue (OTR) did not agree with these rulings and disallowed the deduction. So, in 2002, Evans introduced a provision of the "Tax Clarity and Recorder of Deeds Act of 2002" to ensure DC residents could make this charitable deductions of conservation easements allowed under federal tax law.
Several historic preservation organizations such as the L'Enfant Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have created conservation easements for building facades. The donation of an easement to a non-profit organization ensures the exterior of a historic building may never be altered, thus preserving the historic quality of a neighborhood. IRS guidelines allow a tax deduction of approximately 10% - 15% of the fair market value of a property.
reservations, please contact Christopher Miller at (703) 739-3682. For
more information, contact Evans' Economic Development liaison, Windy
Triangle kicks off summer concerts June 8
"I thank the Golden Triangle BID and the National Park Service for presenting this lunch time concert series for eight years in a row," Councilmember Evans said. "I know it's enjoyed by office workers, residents and tourists alike."
Besides the professional artists, artists from VSA Arts, an organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities, will be performing. Farragut Square is accessible by Metro at Farragut North (Red Line), Farragut West (Blue Line/Orange Line) or via the DC Circulator bus along K Street.
more information, contact the Golden Triangle BID, 1120 Connecticut Avenue,
NW Suite 260 Washington, DC 20036, 463.3400.
Pride parade and festival set for this weekend
If your weekend plans take you into the Dupont, Logan Circle or downtown areas, be sure to stop and enjoy the Capital Pride Parade this Saturday, June 10 and the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 11.
Starting at 6:30 pm along 23rd & P Streets, NW, the Capital Pride Parade features hundreds of participants and will proceed over the next several hours through Dupont & Logan Circle, ending at Thomas Circle on 14th Street. The Street Festival held on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, takes place Sunday from 11:30 am - 7:00 pm and features hundreds of informational booths and entertainment from dozens of performers.
PLEASE NOTE: Southbound 14th Street (from Church Street to Thomas Circle) will be closed to traffic for this event. No parking will be allowed starting the morning of Saturday, June 11. Towing will be enforced. Parking in the Whole Foods garage will also be limited. Again, organizers anticipate 14th Street to be primarily impacted from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.