December 2017 & January 2018 Meeting Reports

December 14, 2017

Commissioners Ann Mladinov (3B01), Jackie Blumenthal (3B02), Mary Young (3B04) and Brian Turmail (3B05) were in attendance.  Commissioner Lane (3B03) was absent.  Chairman Blumenthal called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  She made a motion to vote on agenda. The motion was seconded and the Commission voted 4-0 to approve the agenda.

Police Report.  Lt. Ralph Neal gave the police report.  Overall, very little crime was reported in PSA 204 for November although there were a number of thefts.  In response to a question about security cameras, Lt. Neal discussed the Private Security Camera Incentive Program.  This program reimburses people who install their own security cameras.  For more information, go to

Discussion Regarding Concerns About Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers.  Grif Johnson, Quiet Clean DC, presented information about the use of gas-powered leaf blowers and why they are a public health issue.  The 2-cycle ones in particular spew noxious emissions which are carcinogenic.  Beside particulate pollution, the tool is a substantial noise polluter.  Not only is the public in general at risk from these machines but also the workers who operate them.  Unfortunately, operators are usually unaware of the risks. Battery powered blowers are cleaner, safer, and not as noisy.  Mr. Johnson asked the ANC 3B to consider passing a resolution supporting legislation introduced by CM Cheh to ban use of gas-powered leaf blowers by 2021.  He would also like us to consider asking for public hearings as part of a resolution.  3B will put the issue out for public comment and consider a resolution in February.

Updates and Information

  • Commissioner Mladinov gave an update on the proposed purchase of Washington Gas and Light by Canadian owned Alta Gas. This sale is opposed by PSC, OPC and the AG.  Information on the merger will be posted on the ANC 3B web site and a public comment period will be open until January 18th when 3B will consider a resolution about the proposed merger.
  • Phil Thomas, the Mayor’s Ward 3 liaison, made several announcements: a) he advised people to call 311 if their leaves have not been picked up; b) for those who want to be on the list to have Serve DC shovel your walk, call 202-727-7925; c) there will be a public meeting on January 31 at Guy Mason regarding the intersection of Massachusetts Ave and Observatory Circle; and d) he described the lead pipe replacement program whose goal is to replace all lead water mains (N.B., service lines from main pipes to residences must be replaced by homeowners)


January 18, 2018

All Commissioners were in attendance.

Election of Officers.  Commissioner Blumenthal presented a motion to approve the proposed slate of officers for 2018:   B. Turmail, Chair; J. Blumenthal, Vice Chair; M. Young, Treasurer; A. Mladinov, Secretary; M. Lane, At-large.  It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Approval of the Agenda.  Commissioner Turmail presented a motion to approve the agenda.  It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Police Report.  Lt. Ralph Neal gave the police report.  Violent crime in PSA 204 was up slightly in December compared to the same month in 2016 but these crimes did not happen in either Glover Park or Cathedral Heights. Property crime, however, is up due largely to thefts.

Presentation on the NEAR Act. Clinton James, Martha Davidson and Bailey Cox gave an overview of the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act.   This act passed the DC Council in spring 2016 and will be fully implementing in FY 2018.   The central premise of the Act is to approach crime prevention from a community health perspective rather than solely from a law enforcement perspective. The Act has four parts:  a) establishment of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement which seeks to identify people at risk of being involved in criminal activity, b) a program to pair mental and behavioral health professionals with MPD officers, c) establishment of the Office of Violence Prevention and Health Equity whose mission includes placing social workers in emergency rooms to respond to potentially violent situations and d)  MPD data collection and analyses on felony crimes, stop and frisk incidents and use-of-force incidents to be used for training and improved policing.  Because of concerns that the DC government Is not being transparent about implementation of the Act and appears to not be implementing it as written in some cases, community activist groups are asking ANCs to pass a resolution urging D.C. to be more transparent especially in the area of data collection and analyses.   These resolutions would be most useful if they were passed before oversight hearings that are being held by the Committee of Health and Human Services and the Judiciary Committee later in February.  ANC 3B will open up a public comment period and the Act and consider a resolution at the March 8th meeting.

Grant Request from Friendship Place.  Mariam Nek, the Director of Friendship Place’s AimHire Employment Program presented a grant request for $2500 to purchase a computer work station and approximately 25-30 TRAC phones.  This equipment will be used to help people looking for jobs or who have jobs but no means to communicate with their employers.   A motion was made to approve the grant.  It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Resolution on the Proposed Merger of Washington Gas and Light and Alta Gas.  Ann Mladinov presented a resolution to opposed the proposed merger of WGL and the Canadian company, Alta Gas.  Background material on the proposed merger along with a draft ANC 3B resolution opposing it were posted on the ANC 3B web site for public comment in January.   The main reasons for 3B’s opposition is the weak financial status of Alta Gas and the fact that the proposed merger includes no plans for infrastructure improvements or implementation of operational efficiencies.  A motion was made to approve the resolution.  It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Updates and InformationCommissioner Blumenthal announced that there would be a status meeting on Wednesday, January 31st on DDOT proposals for the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Observatory Circle.  The meeting will be held at Guy Mason Recreation Center at 6 pm and is open to the public.   All are encouraged to attend.

The next meeting of ANC3B will be Thursday, February 8th. The agenda will be posted at at least a week before and will be circulated via list servs.