ANC 6B 2014 Voter Guide


The Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) is delighted to provide our neighborhood’s voters with this guide to the candidates for ANC6B. The guide is organized by Single Member Districts (SMD’s), beginning with ANC6B01 and continuing through ANC6B10.

If you are not sure which SMD is yours, please consult this map above.

Info on ANC petition pickup and filing, can be found at: https://www.dcboee.org/pdf_files/nr_1538.pdf

After reading your candidates’ bios and their responses to our seven questions, please come out to meet them: Monday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the basement of the SE Library at 7th & D streets, SE.

And, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

 

 

 

This guide was prepared the week of Oct. 12, 2014. Candidates appear in the Voter Guide in this order:

  1. K. Diane Hoskins, 6B02
  2. Gerald (Jerry) Sroufe, 6B02
  3. Claudia Holwill, 6B03
  4. James M. Loots, 6B03
  5.  Kirsten Oldenburg, 6B04
  6.  Steve Hagedorn, 6B05
  7. Ellen Opper-Weiner, 6B05
  8. Carl B. Reeverts, 6B05
  9.  Nick Burger, 6B06
  10.  Anthony J. Cassillo, 6B06
  11. Daniel Chao, 6B07
  12. Chander Jayaraman, 6B08
  13. Brian Flahaven, 6B09
  14. Kathryn Denise Rucker Krepp, 6B10

Kelly Vielmo (6B03) stated he was withdrawing for personal reasons.

Candidates Jennifer E. Samolyk (6B01) and  Peter Gould (6B10) did not provide responses

K. Diane Hoskins -- ANC6B02

On the ANC, I want to champion efforts to improve public safety, advocate a balanced and sustainable approach to growth that works for the character and quality of life in our neighborhood, and build open lines of communication to help solve problems. I was born in Washington, DC, and deeply believe in the importance of serving and giving back to the community.

Currently, I work at a non-profit advocacy group on environmental issues where I lead the organization’s government relations efforts to help protect and restore special coastal places across the country. Previously I worked for the Nature Conservancy on national climate change policy, the District Department of Environment as Parks Program Manager, and EcoEnterprises Fund. I also served with AmeriCorps where I was involved with Gulf Coast recovery and building projects after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I’m running for a seat on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for 6B-02 because like you, I love our neighborhood and I am proud to call it home. You can count on me to be thoughtful, collaborative, energetic and fair.

The ANC plays a vital role as community mediator, advocate, and representative. Regular opportunities for input and open communication are vital to succeed as Commissioner. If elected I will establish regular opportunities for input in-person to help establish the collegial spirit each ANC Commissioner should embody.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

Listening to neighborhood concerns and engaging in meaningful dialogue is a paramount role for commissioner. I will establish regular communication through online updates and solicit regular input to ensure my views are absolutely grounded and informed by my neighbors’ concerns. I see the ANC’s “great weight” as a significant opportunity to build a greater understanding of issues facing our neighborhood and resolve issues in a way that moves our neighborhood and City forward.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

There are a number of critical issues facing ANC6B over the next two years including, construction of the Hine development, weekend operation of Eastern Market during and after construction, advancing plans for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza including expansion of the Library, consideration of Hill East development including Reservation 13 and RFK stadium, and improving public safety. My approach will be collaborative, authentic, up front and results oriented.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

Transparency and openness are key tenets necessary for fair and thoughtful deliberations. The Hine Development process definitely raised some key transparency issues within the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. To best advocate for our community, I would seek to apply the lessons learned from the Hine Development process to the Hill East Development. In particular, ensuring the City meets its commitment to transparency and obligation to ensure the timely availability of public records. Further, developing established public updates and input opportunities throughout the process: early and often.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

Moving forward I would support continued formal establishment of the Hine School Redevelopment Sub-Committee and continued working group leadership to help track and ensure the developer meets all the terms of the ANC-negotiated Memorandum of Agreementand Construction Management Agreement. I believe these agreements provide a strong framework to help protect the community during the construction process. That said, there will undoubtedly be challenges that arise during the construction process. I will work to proactively and constructively to address issues that arise and continue to advocate for those of us who are immediately adjacent to the site in to mitigate avoidable impacts.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

A good mix of dining and retail options in our neighborhood is a big part of why many of us love living on Capitol Hill. The success of Barracks Row continues to offer exciting new dining options but this has not been without noticeable impacts to our neighborhood. Balancing new growth with neighborhood livability is absolutely critical and a top priority. The Eastern Market Neighborhood has had some of these same tensions but with the Hine Development and the potential of more restaurants on 7th St., the stakes are even higher. From adequate indoor trash storage, odor mitigation measures, and sound controls, I will advocate a balanced approach to new development. For example, in a recent case before the ANC, I successfully engaged with other neighbors to help ensure new development plans included adequate indoor trash containment – this maintains cleanliness and creates no new opportunities for rodents.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

Living in the Nation’s capital and within the in the heart of the Capitol Hill Historic district presents an exciting opportunity to advance both sustainability objectives, including green construction and historic preservation goals. I have committed my career to environmental projection and ensuring the sustainability of our natural resources for future generations. Both advancing sustainability and protecting our historic assets are grounded in a common belief that we owe smart and sustainable decisions today to our children and grandchildren. On the ANC, I am committed to ensuring new and robust resources are fully available for property owners in Capitol Hill’s stunning historic district.

Gerald (Jerry) Stroufe -- ANC6B02

Mary Ann and I moved to Capitol Hill in 1969 and became Brent parents. I have been a classroom teacher, university professor, and university administrator; I am currently Senior Advisor and Director of Special Projects at the American Educational Research Association. My Ph.D. in education was earned at the University of Chicago. I have participated significantly in Ward 6 and city-wide elections and have been active in community groups. Currently I am co-chair of the Eastern Market Metro Area Association and a member of the Hine Advisory Committee. I participate in the work projects of the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church and the Capitol Hill Garden Club. I enjoy our book group, WNO, running in the neighborhood, E Street Cinema, and the Nationals.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

The ANC provides a unique opportunity to serve the community by working on both the small issues (rodents) that determine our quality of life, and the big issues (development) that will shape Capitol Hill’s future.

For the ANC to succeed, its Commissioners must reject the seductive idea of being “deciders” who are independent of the community. “Working with Neighbors and Working for Neighbors” is a slogan, of course, but it reflects my philosophy of ANC decision making. Our ANC already has adopted some procedures to encourage communication but it is well behind the curve in adopting social media to facilitate two-way communication with its constituents.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

Representing the views of neighbors within their SMD is a primary function of a Commissioner. However, the rain-barrel analogy – collecting rivulets of expressed opinion – is insufficient. Leadership is required to assure that structures and processes are in place for offering residents opportunities to formulate informed opinions. While issues are often first identified by those with strongly held opinions, opportunities must be provided for consideration of alternative approaches, costs and benefits, and facts, in working toward a consensus that is inclusive.

When consensus cannot be achieved, mature judgment is required to represent the best interests of the community.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

Education: Many parents are concerned about the options available for middle school and, while many in the community have been working to address this issue, our ANC largely has been silent. I plan to lead an ANC Special Committee on Education to add the ANC’s voice in convening city agencies and community groups to explore new approaches.

Zoning and licensing: Zoning requirements, such as those associated with hard-won designations such as the “Capitol Hill Historic District,” clearly can be by-passed to accommodate development. Obstinacy will be required to ensure that growth occurs within the framework of existing zoning regulations. Similarly, restaurants and other businesses must be required to comply with regulations that address health and safety issues.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

Since the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted in 2001, the District has been required to post all Land Disposition Agreements on the DC Government Website. It has refused to do so. I am a plaintiff in a petition before the DC Superior Court to require the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to post these documents, as required by law. This information would eliminate rumor and back-door arrangements. Several members of the present ANC also have taken steps to achieve greater transparency from agencies of the DC government, and I will join their efforts.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

The big digs in our immediate and adjacent community raise serious issues about construction staging and work schedules, changing traffic patterns, and the overall impact of construction on neighbors and merchants. With regard to Hine in particular, these issues are intended to be mediated by a community advisory committee on which I have represented EMMCA and where I would continue as 6B02Commissioner. Among the provisions of the agreement worked out by the ANC and the developer is to be a table-top analysis of traffic patterns during construction phases. (It is estimated that 10,000 truck trips will be required at Hine.)

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

The ANC cannot overturn the laws of supply and demand. Those who wish for a men’s clothing store, a sporting goods store, or a Woolworth’s, should recall that the buildings formerly housing these stores now are restaurants. The Yards and H Street are essentially serving the same markets with the same products as Barracks Row, and it would be advantageous to have a broader mix of services and vendors to complement the current food and drink establishments on the Hill. The ANC can work with others to monitor and analyze the mix on Capitol Hill and nearby areas and can encourage diversity through its licensing decisions.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

Swarms of young people strolling through our neighborhood provide testament to their appreciation of our architecture and life style. The 6B ANC Commissioners share a common value with regard to protection of the historic look and have acted to maintain it through their decisions regarding build-outs and add-ons. The problem is with regard to new developments, such as the Hine project, and construction outside the historic district, such as pop-ups. The solution is continued diligence within the historic district and working with city agencies and other ANCs to develop appropriate zoning restrictions. A major environmental issue is the cargo to be carried by the expanded CSX railroad. I would continue the work of our ANC to advocate procedures for monitoring CSX cargo.

Claudia Holwill -- ANC6B03 - www.ClaudiaForANC.com

I grew up on Capitol Hill, right off of Lincoln Park, and moved to my current home in 6B03 in 2002. I have watched the neighborhood develop and evolve, and I want it to continue to be a wonderful place to live. I want visitors to enjoy and love it as much as I do but with more non-restaurant retail and parking options that doesn't crowd out the residents. 

I am running for ANC because I love this neighborhood and what it means to be part of a community. I want every neighbor to be informed before projects are finalized. I am committed to alerting neighbors to pending issues through social media and personal contacts. I will work with my neighbors to ensure that their priorities are voiced as articulately and persuasively as possible.

You can learn more about my candidacy on my website, ClaudiaForANC.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter. You can also email me at claudia@claudiaholwill.com.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I am running for ANC because I want to take a more active role in shaping the future of our neighborhood. I want it to develop in a way that preserves its unique history. ANC representatives must be a communications link between the community and city government. That communication must run in two directions. I will ensure that the neighbors are informed and that their views are communicated to policy makers.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

ANC Commissioners are elected by citizens and should listen to and respect their concerns. Where there is a disagreement among neighbors, the ANC Commissioner has an obligation to work to bring all sides together to ensure that we speak with a single coherent voice.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

The entire area from the Navy Yard through Eastern Market is about to undergo several major construction projects that will have a large impact the neighborhood. These include, but are not limited to safety concerns with the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project, to concerns for neighbors and market vendors affected by the Hine development project. This increases the need for better communication between the city, developers, business owners and residents. I can’t promise to magically fix any of these problems but I can promise that I will advise all about hearings and decision points and can promise that I will articulate concerns as effectively as I can.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

The lack of transparency is the heart of the problem. I will engage developers from day one to understand the issues they face and to convey the concerns of the neighbors to before plans are finalized. This, I believe, is the best way to avert long-term problems. Capitol Hill is a community. Developers who come here must become a part of the community for our common the good.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

I plan to work with the developers to provide regular updates on street closures, hours of construction, and progress so that the neighborhood can stay informed of the project. In addition, I will help hold the developers accountable for making sure the area around the construction site remains safe for neighbors travelling to and around Eastern Market.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

In 2011, I served on the ANC 6B Retail-Mix Task Force to examine this very issue. I believe the city must incentivize non-restaurant retail in commercial corridors by offering tax breaks and other types of financial assistance. In addition, I will work with the city and businesses to find solutions to the parking issues around Barracks Row and Eastern Market. For example, the parking lot under the freeway is under used, and is in need of better lighting and signage. I also plan to work with the Marines to explore the options for use of the building that they want to abandon that is adjacent to the SE/SW freeway. That site could become a parking garage similar to those that serve Shirlington in Arlington and the entertainment area in Bethesda.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

Groups like DC Solar, Casey Trees and others have been doing great work to help Capitol Hill residents make their properties more environmentally friendly while preserving the beautiful character of our neighborhood. I want to see the ANC push the city to help property owners and developers make improvements to the neighborhood that will help keep our streets and rivers clean for years to come. The area around Yards Park is a great example of how small steps – large tree boxes, rain gardens and permeable walkways – can make a big difference while respecting the character of the neighborhood.

James M. Loots -- ANC6B03 -- www.votesforloots.org

Jim Loots has lived on Capitol Hill for more than 30 years, where he maintains a law practice serving primarily Capitol Hill residents and small businesses. He is married to Barbara Dougherty and has three children, the youngest now at Brent Elementary. He is currently on the Board of CHAMPS, is a former trustee of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, two-term board member of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and served with the Stanton Park Neighborhood Association. He was also a board member of Legal Counsel for the Elderly and for eight years served as volunteer Chair of the DC Commission on Human Rights. He also received the District of Columbia Distinguished Public Service Award and was named the D.C. Bar “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.” Jim Loots has been endorsed by Councilmember Tommy Wells and retiring ANC6B03 Commissioner Phil Peisch. More information is available on his website: www.votesforloots.org.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I believe that the community is best served by thoughtful and assertive representation by ANC commissioners, and believe that I have the abilities and experience to be its voice in the larger body politic. Although many of the ANC's statutory functions involve what some consider micro-management of local issues, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts, since it is through individual zoning variance, historic preservation, development and liquor license decisions that a community's character and atmosphere are defined. These functions are critically important to our neighborhood, and each deserves careful and thoughtful consideration.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

We are nothing if not the voice of the constituency in local matters, and it is vital for ANC commissioners to keep the "pulse" of their neighborhood in mind when considering and voting on issues affecting the community. At the same time, it is important to keep a balanced approach and realize that the most vocal members of the community do not always represent the plurality or best-considered interests of the whole. ANC commissioners are selected to ascertain, assimilate and articulate the views of the community, not to impose their own opinions without efforts to determine and harmonize the different views within that group.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

We have a wonderful opportunity to help shape and effect the redevelopment of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, which has been a community eyesore and health hazard for decades. But that, too, will require more than listening and looking at pretty drawings. The ANC needs to ensure its voice is heard and the community's needs addressed as this project moves forward. The CSX tunnel project will require close supervision and coordination with various DC agencies, and the resulting traffic and environmental challenges will directly affect our ANC. We need to ensure a "hotline" is in place to ensure compliance with existing issues and to quickly resolve unexpected ones. Resident parking must be protected, and a better and more effective balance struck with competing commuter and commercial demands on this limited resource.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

As an attorney, I am a huge believer in integrity of process. And after thirty years watching that process work (or not) within the DC government I am more convinced than ever that we need increased vigilance and accountability from city agencies, boards and commissions to which so much authority is delegated. If my view or position on a particular issue is of less merit or in the minority, then in the end it may very well not prevail. But that does not lessen the importance of being heard and validly considered prior to the decision itself. I feel we in our neighborhood have been often denied that opportunity and am greatly troubled by actions and inactions by the District government in which the process was not honored and the decision making improperly concealed. I would fight for a more open process and insist on accountability in the future.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

This issue will be vitally important to our quality of life in the next few years, and I believe the developers have incentives to not only comply with regulatory and permitting requirements, but also to keep the community's concerns in mind as they execute what will in any event be a disruptive and unpleasant buildout of the property. In addition to establishing and maintaining a dialogue with the developer, the ANC is in a unique role to help coordinate and enforce action by various city agencies charged with supervising and enforcing environmental, building, and traffic aspects of this project. A close vigilance by the ANC will serve to minimize disruption and ensure compliance with laws and regulations during the construction phase of this project.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

The ANC has some effective regulatory influences to help shape the look and feel of our non-residential neighbors, but the process is of necessity an ad-hoc determination shaped by who wants a fast-food or liquor license on any particular month and what major reconstruction or development is "on the boards" or "in the pipeline" at the moment. I believe the city should use more economic development tools to encourage retail on our commercial streets, such as was done on H Street in the Atlas District. We can't control rents or the "best use" of existing spaces, but we can offer incentives and tax breaks to help non-restaurant tenants provide and maintain the eclectic mix of shopping and service that compliments food offerings. Those are not within the ANC's budget or authority, but can certainly be influenced by ANC efforts and requests on behalf of our community in coordination with DC agencies.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

I believe the biggest administrative problem with DC agencies is that they never listen to each other -- and only sometimes to their stakeholders. The Office of Tax and Revenue and DCRA are 250 feet from each other, yet one would think they exist on different continents when they need to work together to resolve an issue involving real property or business regulation. Harmonizing historic preservation and appropriate redevelopment and growth is area where better communication and cooperation would improve the result. As simple a concept as photovoltaic roofing requires constant coordination with other city agencies, and the Department of Energy doesn't even have a liaison to smooth over and resolve what should be simple and solvable conflicts. We can have both renewal and historic preservation, it isn't a choice but rather a need for better coordination and careful oversight.

ANC6B04 – 1 Candidate

Kirsten Oldenburg -- ANC6B04

Commissioner, ANC6B04, since December 2007: Served as Secretary (2 years), Vice Chair of Planning & Zoning Committee (6 years), Chair of Transportation Committee (4 years). Education: MA Science, Technology & Public Policy, George Washington University, 2000; BS Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley CA, 1980. Retired from Federal service: March 2006. Most Recent Jobs Held Prior to Retirement: 2000 to 2006—Project Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Department of Transportation. 1996 to 2000—Consultant specializing in Pollution Prevention.1983 to 1995—Senior Analyst, Office of Technology Assessment, US Congress.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I am running for reelection to continue to serve the residents of the 6B04 single member district in the many ways that I have done for almost 6 years. ANC Commissioners have many roles. We are advocates for our constituents and work to ensure their views are represented when we have to make decisions. This involves mediation, advocacy and leadership on the critical issues facing our community. I also spend considerable time connecting constituents to the city services they need and deserve and mediating between residents and businesses.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

I continually provide information to constituents on the matters before the Commission and happenings in the community and, thus, seek out their views. These views are critical and I always consider them when I have to make decisions, such as voting at the Commission. I do not, however, always follow the loudest voices and sometimes I try to lead in other directions.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

The biggest challenges I foresee are two-fold. First, there are the transportation-related projects such as the impacts to neighborhoods during the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, assuring that the SE/SW Freeway area is converted into a neighborhood with access to the Anacostia River, the completion of the 11th Street Bridges project, and the redesign of Barney Circle; and many block level issues such as parking and traffic on residential streets. Non-transportation issues will include the upcoming 11th Street Bridge Park, and development of the few remaining vacant parcels on CH, especially Reservation 13 and the Boys & Girls Club, and participating in an environmental assessment of the proposed Eastern Market Metro Plaza project.

I will continue to take the same approach as before: studying each issue fully and listening to my constituents with the goal of making decisions that will improve the quality of life on Capitol Hill.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

I work hard to get input from my constituents and others who would be impacted by any development in my single member district or areas close to my district. Our area has seen a lot of such activity in the past few years and will continue to do so, as I have highlighted in my answers to other questions. I will continue to work to make sure all voices get heard and information is available to all parties so the best decisions that can benefit our area can be made.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

Through the PUD process, the ANC negotiated a very strong Construction Management Plan that includes a committee of stakeholders set up to discuss and remedy construction impacts that arise. The ANC itself may only get involved when problems cannot be resolved by the committee or need the attention of city agencies. As my single member district does not include Hine, I only will be engaged when matters come before the 6B Transportation Committee, should I be its chair in 2015.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

Private owners of buildings can lease to whomever they wish and that usually means to the highest value such as restaurants and taverns. The only time the ANC has a direct role in an individual case is under zoning regulations pertaining to fast food establishments. In large Planned Unit Developments, the ANC can negotiate binding retail strategies that can force more shops rather than restaurants. In other cases, such as Reservation 13, the ANC can use persuasion by convening community meetings with developers to discuss and push for retail shops over restaurants.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

About ½ of ANC6B is within the CH Historic District and the Commission has a vital role in all renovations and new construction that occur within that area and through that process can “protect the historic look”. For the balance of the area, the Commission only has a say when a project is not “by right” under zoning. In such cases, the Commission can negotiate with developers to push for LEED status and affect how the Green Area Ratio is calculated and may have an opportunity to work through the Dept of Transportation on landscaping and other street scape issues. Soon the ANC will have an opportunity to opine on a zoning change that will make it more difficult to add “popups” in most of the residential areas of ANC6B whether in or outside the Historic District (HD). I will be supporting that change. I vote consistently against the closure of side yards in the HD. But I lean toward new construction that adopts historic features but is clearly of 21st Century design.

Steve Hagedorn -- ANC6B05

My wife, Sue, and I have been residents of Capitol Hill for over 25 years. We moved to our present house at 9th & C Street, SE in 2000. After an award-winning career in broadcast and cable television I became a realtor in 2002 to spend more time in the community. I am a member of CHAMPS and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. I serve on the ANC6B Hill East Task Force and I am a member of the Development Committee at Congressional Cemetery where Sue and I, along with our dog Gibbs, are members of the K9 Corps. Professional memberships include the National Association of Realtors, the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and the District of Columbia Association of Realtors.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I am running for ANC6B05 because our community will be facing several issues in the near future that will test our patience, tax our infrastructure and disrupt our neighborhood. As a realtor and member of the ANC6B Hill East Task Force I have kept informed on the impending projects throughout ANC6B and feel strongly about helping my neighbors maintain the integrity of our community while carefully embracing inevitable progress.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

The ANC is and should be a sounding board for citizens’ concerns and a valuable asset for those concerns to be relayed to city agencies. Your ANC Commissioner should give great “weight” to those concerns in order to make sure the city is fully aware of any impact on our neighborhood.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

There are several challenges that ANC6B will face over the next few years. Assuming the Hine School project moves ahead ANC6B will have to ensure the developers adhere to the construction management plan. The Hine Community Advisory Group should continue to monitor the project. The redesign of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza will require monitoring through neighbors, city agencies and the designers and another construction management plan will have to be drafted and ratified. The Eastern Market Metro Plaza Redesign Task Force founded by Barracks Row Main Street should also continue to meet. The pending CSX tunnel may close the SixthStreet ramp off I-395 which will alter traffic. These three projects alone will endanger pedestrians and bicycles and will require working closely with DDOT and MPD. We will also have to ensure neighborhood access to the river by working against the “as is” reopening of Southeast Boulevard, continue to improve our schools and encourage the development of Reservation 13 according to the 2007 Master Plan. These issues all require interfacing with city agencies, developers and, most of all, neighbors.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

Transparency in the development process has been and remains elusive. I would keep pressure on the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development and I would recruit residents who have knowledge of our zoning laws, real estate law and finance for a task force or committee that would monitor the process for any future projects. EMMCA’s efforts to seek transparency should be commended.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

The Hine Development may not be perfect but it is time to move forward and get it done. This project will have a tremendous impact on our neighborhood and I would recruit neighbors in the vicinity to monitor the demolition and construction process and ensure that the construction management plan is adhered to. Again, the Hine Community Advisory Committee should continue to meet and review the project.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

A good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood is vital to maintaining our “village” feel and diversity. The ANC should keep the community posted on applicants coming before the commission and listen to their concerns. I would like the commission to encourage local entrepreneurs through access to grants and city programs. The ANC should also negotiate with the developers to ensure that small businesses be a part of any future projects.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

As a member of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society I am an advocate of the historic look and values of our neighborhood. The ANC should continue to seek the input of the Preservation Board and CHRS along with citizen concerns and present that information to the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, the Zoning Commission and DCRA, among others.

The ANC can encourage “green” construction by making developers, contractors and homeowners aware of grants and programs that make such construction financially attractive. In fact, I am having my house assessed for solar panels. That information could also be shared with the agencies involved in permits and approvals. The ANC should also work with the Ward 6 Councilman to introduce legislation to encourage “green’ construction.

Ellen Opper-Weiner -- ANC6B05

I have lived in my single member district for 36 years and raised my 3 children here. I am a community-activist who has been engaged in many neighborhood issues, including but not limited to: Eastern Market, Boys Town, and I served on the Alcohol Beverage Control Board for 4 years, and I also served on the past 4 Mayoral Public Safety Transition Teams. My current employment is as an attorney in solo practice. I previously worked as a professional social worker as the director of drug and alcohol treatment programs, with a special emphasis on helping the homeless.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I believe that my background and knowledge of the community will be helpful as ANC 6B makes important decisions for our neighborhood. Our neighborhood is undergoing rapid and extensive change and I want the ANC to ensure there are meaningful opportunities for public discussion that are open and transparent with regard to all proposed development projects and the many other issues that directly impact our lives, including public safety, zoning, and noise issues. Your ANC Commissioner should also work to ensure the delivery of basic city services, such as alley repair, trash and recycling collection, etc.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

It is essential that your ANC Commissioner gives “great weight” first and foremost to the residents’ concerns. Therefore, your ANC Commissioner must communicate with as many residents as possible both one-on-one and in group settings to elicit residents’ concerns and when working to resolve existing problems.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to address these challenges?

Enforcement of the Construction Management Plan for the Hine Development project will be an ongoing challenge once demolition and construction begins. Your ANC Commissioner must work closely with the Construction Management Group and all of the stakeholders, and especially the residents directly impacted by this project. Additional challenges are ensuring that the development in ANC 6B is more balanced and that we retain neighborhood-serving retail and small businesses. Also, that we encourage development of affordable housing for seniors and young families who want to live here in order to retain the long-standing diversity in our community.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents in the community?

I would insist that all city agencies, applicants, provide to the community’s residents and ANC 6B-05, complete and comprehensive information both before and during any development process. I believe that the ANC Commissioner for 6B-05 must advocate for the interests of its residents, and work closely with all of those engaged in this process, including the other ANC Commissioners and the affected businesses.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

As stated in Answer to #3, your ANC Commissioner must work closely with all individuals and stakeholders involved in the Hine Development and ensure that there is minimal negative impact on the neighborhood’s residents and existing businesses. Providing consistent and direct oversight of the project will be required in order to accomplish this goal.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

Your ANC Commissioner must work with the other ANC Commissioners to encourage neighborhood-serving retail and small businesses to either remain in our neighborhood or to come to our neighborhood. There are potential legislative actions that ANC 6B can work with our Councilmember to support and/or introduce to encourage the desired mix of development projects for our community.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

ANC 6B can work with city agencies to enforce the already-existing laws with regard to preserving the Capitol Hill Historic District. I believe we ought to work diligently to retain the existing historic character of our neighborhood. In addition, ANC 6B should support ‘green’ construction consistent with already existing laws, and encourage the development of incentives for developers and residents to engage in ‘green’ construction when renovating, restoring, and/or building their new homes and apartment houses.

Carl Reeverts -- ANC6B05

I know the neighborhood and I’m involved!My family has lived on the 300 block of 9th Street SE for more than 33 years. Our three children grew up in neighborhood and graduated from neighborhood DC public schools.

I know the issues!I’m co-chair of Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA), facilitating involvement and comments on local issues affecting neighborhood.

I have the skills! My background is ideal to serve as an ANC commissioner. I was appointed to DC's Green Building Advisory Council, providing oversight of DC’s green building code. During my 38 years at EPA, I worked with local government to implement environmental regulations. Success came through local, tailored solutions derived through negotiation.

I have the right personality! I love to listen, observe, and "put myself in other people's shoes." I know success with ANC means working toward resolving issues, not taking stands that paralyze processes. One commissioner does not make majority.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I am running for the ANC 6B seat to make a difference in influencing how and what decisions will be made to guide the evolution of our great neighborhood. This is my neighborhood. Decisions need to be guided by clearly articulated "smart growth" principles, with needs and preferences of the residents built into a workable ANC decision process communicated in transparent way.

ANC role is to have testable "smart growth" principles articulated to all to guide decision making, special bias in decision making toward resident’s needs, and preferences, and a transparent process assuring no closed decision process's or unexplained decisions.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

ANC's mission is to make recommendations to DC agencies and elected officials to make decisions that effectively guide neighborhood development issues on behalf of residents. To be effective in serving our neighborhood, the ANC must always keep the concerns of residents visible throughout decision process.

As a new commissioner, I would work with my fellow commissioners to have the ANC take more concrete steps to more effectively engage citizens in front end efforts and follow through to decision. ANC decisions not in line with resident’s preferences would be documented and explained in feedback loop back to residents.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

Overall challenge ANC6B faces in future is to make sure its recommendations do not alter existing unique historic, social, and cultural nature of our neighborhood. Eastern market is special. All signs are that individual development decisions are done in ad hoc way, without clear, testable "smart growth" context. The neighborhood is at risk.

Biggest challenges in coming two years are: Hine project implementation, better oversight of zoning approval, public school attention, and more effective use of public space around metro.

Best approach to address challenges is to serve on ANC. See answer to question 2 on why I’m running for ANC.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

Currently, the ANC6B has a decision process on paper that involve residents, which seem to work well at the beginning of a project but falls off dramatically as project progresses. Also, although there is commitment to transparency, its follow through has been spotty at best. It is ready for improvement.

As a new ANC commissioner, I would work with fellow commissioners to: (1) operationalize "smart growth" principles to use in every decision; (2) establish improved protocols and measurable activities to strengthen resident involvement throughout process; (3) ensure that we enforce open and transparent processes in measurable ways communicated to residents. 

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

·         Request ANC to work with SEB and DC agencies to publish concise documentexplaining all aspects of the status of Hine decision and expected next steps. Current confusion about status has created great anxiety

·         Restart and strengthen task force to include residents to oversee project development, including planning and management of the dismantling of the Hine school surroundings.

·         Evaluate and ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, policies, and good practices (e.g., asbestos removal) to ensure safe, efficient, fair practices.

·         Take steps to make sure whole process is transparent and that residents are kept informed throughout process.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

ANC6 B has a mission and is able to use many tools to influence future residence and retail patterns in commercial areas (e.g., Barracks Row, Eastern Market). Getting proper balance between retail vs restaurants has not been good and problems seem to be growing (e.g., too much fast food, ineffective rodent control.)

As a new Commissioner, I would work with fellow commissioners to assess this issue in detail, evaluate how individual zoning and other development decisions contribute to the problem, and then use the ANC “bully pulpit” with local government and developer groups to influence retail/restaurant decisions.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

The historic look and values of our neighborhood are at great risk from uncontrolled development and growth. Managing population growth and facilitating greater incomeand cultural diversity is critical to the future of the neighborhood. But doing so in a way that changes the nature of our neighborhood is an avoidable disaster. As a new Commissioner, I would work with fellow commissioners to operationalize our overall "green growth" objective to use as testable benchmark to evaluate proposed development proposals. Our green growth objective would have many elements related to environmental sustainability, historic preservation, diversity, etc. to guide ANC decision making.

Nick Burger -- ANC6B06

I have lived in Capitol Hill for six years, and my wife and I are committed to the neighborhood and to improving our community. I grew up in Alaska, but I love living in DC and have made it my home. I believe the ANC is one of the most important ways to support our neighborhood and serve our city as it evolves and prospers. I hope to have the privilege of representing the residents of ANC 6B06 following in the footsteps of ANC 6B06’s great outgoing commissioner, Nichole Opkins.

For the past two years I have served as a resident member on ANC 6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee, giving me the opportunity to meet our neighbors and learn about their needs and opportunities. I have also enjoyed the chance to get to know the projects that will house our future neighbors. I have also served on the Hill East Task Force.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I am running for ANC because I enjoy helping to shape the growth of our wonderful community in Capitol Hill. I have taken on increasing roles within ANC6B, most recently the Planning and Zoning Committee, and serving as Commissioner for 6B06 give me the opportunity to increase my commitment to our neighbors and neighborhood. The ANC plays a critical role in helping shape neighborhood growth and change. I view the ANC as helping supporting the needs, desires, and opportunities for all neighbors, while ensuring we make Capitol Hill an inviting, enjoyable home for new residents.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

ANC commissioners represent the people of their single member district and make decisions that affect our broader neighborhood. Citizen's views, desires, and concerns matter tremendously when it comes to ANC decision making. The commission needs to be responsive to the views of current residents and strive to make Capitol Hill dynamic, livable environment for new residents and visitors.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

All of DC--and Capitol Hill is no exception--faces challenges with housing. ANC6B will need to help find solutions that allow our longest-term neighbors to continue to live in the Hill, and we need to do what we can to provide more affordable housing opportunities for individual and families for whom housing prices are a barrier. The ANC is only one part of what needs to be a city-wide solution, but we can help promote affordable housing options and support amenities for long-term residents.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

ANC6B has done a good job of working to bridge gaps--between neighbors, with developers, and with the city—and I would work with my fellow commissioners to continue that approach. The ANC can be a conduit between these groups, working to ensure developers talk to neighbors and present their plans and ideas in an open forum. The ANC can also help bring groups to the table and resolve disagreements, given the ANC's role in reviewing and approving development projects.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

The Hine project represents tremendous opportunity for Capitol Hill, but like any major project it carries significant risks, too. Since Hine is not in my SMD, I would defer the most active engagement to the relevant ANC 6B commissioner, but I would gladly work with my colleagues and with residents to ensure previous agreements with the community are followed and new challenges are resolved through a participatory process that respects the needs of the entire community.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

Like most Capitol Hill residents, I value having a diverse set of business in our neighborhood. The mix we see on the Hill is largely driven by market forces, and it's important to recognize that there is only so much the ANC can do to affect that mix. I think the ANC needs to do what it can to ensure new and current businesses are complying with relevant rules and regulations, and it needs to look for opportunities to support responsible development that will provide additional commercial space for the full range of business we'd like to have as neighbors.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

Capitol Hill is a beautiful neighborhood, and I support responsible efforts to ensure we respect its visual history. The ANC reviews development proposals in historic districts, often coordinating with relevant city agencies, and I look forward to continuing the practice. I also agree that it's critical for the ANC to support efforts to promote energy efficiency and green building. Here the ANC can work with city agencies—including historic preservation—to ensure we properly balance green building goals with other development requirements.

Anthony J. Cassillo -- ANC6B06

I live on Ives Place SE and I have the knowledge, the experience, and the know-how to get things done in our neighborhood. If anyone has questions or wants to get the ball rolling on a specific issue, feel free to contact me at acassillo@yahoo.com.

I hope to use the contacts I’ve made and the understanding I’ve gained over the past couple of years at the Council to help better my own neighborhood and actually enjoy the benefits of my work.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I’m running to be the commissioner representing 6B06 because I know how to get things done when working with DC government. I work as a Constituent Services Specialist for Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh meaning that each day I organize with agency staffers and DC residents to fix problems in Ward 3 neighborhoods. I get a lot of issues resolved in Ward 3 and stay abreast of changes that will particularly affect upper northwest DC, but now I want to become more involved with happenings closer to home.

The role of the ANC is to be the voice of the people when addressing neighborhood issues with DC government agencies and the Council. I hope to lend my experience at the Council and preexisting working relationship with government agencies to get things done to better our community.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

A commissioner should give “great weight” to the concerns of his or her constituents. The residents are the individuals who can best paint the picture of the actuality of a situation. I, as the commissioner, would have to rely greatly on their input of the residents in my district because they are the ones experiencing the reality of the problem on a daily basis. I will use my expertise in navigating the district government to outline a path to a solution.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

The biggest challenge ANC6B will face in the next two years is the appropriate management of public space, specifically transportation infrastructure. I vehemently oppose the reopening of the Southeast freeway as it acts as a barricade between our riverside neighborhood and the river, itself; while the 11th St. bridge park project plans to reengage our community with the Anacostia, the plan to reopen Southeast freeway would block access to the river that is a stone’s throw away from our homes. The alternative proposal by the Office of Planning to include a neighborhood boulevard with green space, new neighbors, and shopping would be a more responsible plan to pursue.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

The way to ensure transparency in the development process is to establish a productive working relationship with the developers, invite them to ANC and committee meetings to brief the neighborhood on the most recent happenings, and publish relevant updates to local news sources like the Hilleast listserv, the Capitol Hill Corner, individual commissioner webpages, etc. Overall, I would like to see ANC 6B have a greater presence on the yahoo listservs; in Ward 3, listservs have proven to be an effective means of getting the word out about neighborhood issues and updates. With this information made public, residents will be aware of what’s going on in their community and have the opportunity to opine.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

To productively engage the Hine school redevelopment, I would create a construction liaison committee, made up of commissioners, residents, council staffers, and the developers, which would hold regular monthly meetings allowing all stakeholders to remain updated on the progress and happenings at the site. I’ve seen this method of engagement work positively in Ward 3, specifically the Cathedral Commons development project on Wisconsin Ave. Commissioners and council staffers would then communicate this information to the appropriate media outlets so residents can stay informed and bring forth their concerns to the ANC.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

When a developer desires to enter the neighborhood, whether to create restaurant space, retail, or residences, most likely they will need to request a variance in some capacity. Upon that request, the ANC can submit a resolution approving or rejecting the variance and testify at the zoning board’s hearing to advocate one way or another.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

To protect the historic look of the neighborhood, the ANC should engage the zoning commission and devise an approach that allows for responsible matter-of-right projects. The problem is that zoning code deems “pop-ups,” like that monstrosity on 11th and V St NW, as a “matter-of-right” development, meaning it can be done without a variance or coming before the ANC. The ANC needs to pressure the office of zoning to make the necessary changes in its code to ensure responsible development. I support a home owner’s right to expand on their own property, but the project should be respectful of the neighborhood.

Daniel Chao -- ANC6B07

I’m Daniel Chao, and if elected, it would be a privilege to serve as the next ANC 6B07 commissioner. I am a 15 year DC resident, have worked on Capitol Hill since 1999, and possess years of experience negotiating with local, state and federal governments. As Hill East residents, my spouse and I enjoy the perks of walking our dog Lucy to nearby parks, walking and biking to local Hill restaurants and businesses, and taking advantage of short commutes via Metro and car to our workplaces.

I look forward to getting to know and work with EMMCA Members next year. Should any supporters of EMMCA exist within my ANC 6B07 district, please feel free to contact me. I am eager and happy to speak with and hear from my would-be constituents. I also recognize that I did not submit direct answers to your questions. 

Our ANC 6B07 district stretches north to south from Pennsylvania Ave to south of L Street SE and east to west from 12th to 14th Streets SE. I have lived at two locations within 6B07, first at Jenkins Row and currently in a single resident home. 

6B07 is the most densely populated ANC 6B single member district, with the portion west of 12th Street SE designated inside the Capitol Hill Historic District zone. Just within these past two years we have seen many changes from increased traffic associated with the ongoing construction of 11th Street freeway entrance/exit, planning and temporary work on a new boulevard adjacent to our L Street residents, and continued construction of new residential buildings, to name a few. These changes can and will impact our community positively but only with proactive partnerships and input from our residents. 

As ANC 6B07 commissioner I look forward to meeting more of our neighbors so I can work efficiently to represent, inform and advise other ANC commissioners and government officials on critical quality of life issues. I also look forward to partnering with other Capitol Hill ANC members and continue to improve public safety, traffic patterns and monitor development to ensure that all changes continue in a positively for the entire Capitol Hill community. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to earn your support on November 4th.

Chander Jayaraman -- ANC6B08

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I amrunning for reelection to a second term representing ANC 6B08. I am a small business owner, serve on the Board of Directors of the Hill Preschool, and on weekends assist with coaching my son’s Little League team. I am a community advocate who enjoys talking to people and providing guidance to my constituents on improving our community and neighborhood. I have been a resident of Capitol Hill since 1995 when I moved from Kansas City and have resided in Hill East since 2004 with my wife and son.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I am seeking reelection to this office because our diverse neighborhoods face on-going concerns and new challenges as it grows and evolves into one of most thriving areas of the city. I believe that I am a strong voice for the residents of ANC 6B08 in Hill East on the important discussions that will continue to take place over the next two years.

I believe the role of ANC members is to be a conduit for residents and businesses to navigate the District government’s structure and process and accomplish their aims. The ANC is should also be a persistent advocate for the communities we represent on such issues as the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project, Hine Development, Historic Maintenance, and preservation of our traditions.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

I believe that it is the responsibility of commissioners to give voice to the variety of opinions from their constituents when deliberating their position and creating a workable strategy on a particular issues of concern to their constituents.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

I believe the three biggest challenges in the next two years are: Monitoring the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, facilitating the Development of the Hine School while minimizing it’s impact on Eastern Market, and balancing smart economic development and maintaining neighborhood character. My approach is to work to find equitable solutions that balance resident concerns and promoting growth by championing innovative solutions.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

The ANC has taken extensive steps to increase transparency by providing notice to the community and information through the ANC 6B website. Advocating for residents and the business that enhance the livability of communities is at the core of a commissioner’s duties. Commissioners must strive to promote development that encourages the incorporation of amenities that benefit the community.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

ANC 6B should proactively engage the developer and impacted parties to develop innovative solutions for minimizing the impact of construction on business operations near the construction site and at Eastern Market.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development / retail / restaurants in the neighborhood?

The ANC can opine on and advocate with District agencies for sensible zoning regulations that promotes growth. The ANC can also encourage variety in businesses by actively supporting plans and development concepts that include such business diversity.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

The ANC can establish sensible review standards that could be used to evaluate applications for zoning relief and home renovations. The ANC should permit the development of private property that is not inconsistent with the existing style of neighboring homes and maintains the character of our neighborhoods.

Brian Flahaven -- ANC6B09

I’ve had the privilege of serving as commissioner for ANC 6B09 for the past four years (two terms).

My second term has been a busy one. My Single Member District has seen a number of large construction projects including three residential projects underway or planned for the eastern end of Pennsylvania Ave. And we are on the cusp of seeing phase I of the Reservation 13/Hill East Development become a reality. 

I’ve also been active at the Wilson Building. Over the past two years, I’ve testified 7 times in front of the Council on issues such as Reservation 13, DC General and the future of RFK Stadium. I’ve also testified at Zoning Commission and Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearings.

And I’ve been a leader on ANC 6B. For the past two years, I have had the privilege of being elected unanimously by my colleagues to serve as chair of the commission.

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

I’m running for ANC to improve the quality of life of residents in Hill East and Capitol Hill. While ANCs are purely advisory, commissions can and should use their “great weight” to highlight major issues and pressure the city to address them.

I’m motivated by the big issues, the issues that will ultimately have a major impact on our neighborhood such as development of the Hill East Waterfront/Reservation 13 and the future of RFK Stadium. If re-elected, I plan to continue to urge my commission colleagues to spend time and weigh in on these major issues.

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

 ANC commissioners should give the “greatest weight” to citizen concerns, particularly the views and concerns of their constituents. Commissioners are elected to be advocates for their neighborhoods and to ensure that the city is addressing the needs of residents in their Single Member Districts. In instances where constituents are split on an issue, an ANC commissioner should listen to both sides, explain why he or she voted in a particular way and respect the views of constituents who disagree with his or her vote or position.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

There are a number of challenges, but the biggest is achieving a balance between preserving the unique, residential character of Capitol Hill while at the same time encouraging additional commercial, mixed use development. The debate over the Hine development was an example of this tension, and I predict the same scenario will play out as new projects are proposed for other parts of Capitol Hill (ex. Hill East Waterfront).

I plan on approaching problems by proactively engaging residents affected by the development (both nearby neighbors and others), listening closely to concerns, and supporting the path that achieves an appropriate balance.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

ANCs should be champions for transparency, pushing the Mayor, DC Council, agencies and boards to follow the law. When the city fails to be transparent, the ANC should call them out. This is exactly what we did when the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development failed to produce and share public documents related to the Hine Development. We as an ANC also need to practice what we preach by making it as easy as possible for residents to access our minutes, letters and other key documents.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

 I would urge the commission and, in particular, the Single Member District Commissioners who represent Hine and nearby neighbors, to make sure that Stanton-Eastbanc is following its Memorandum of Agreement with ANC 6B. Scheduling periodic update meetings with the development team where residents can ask questions and raise concerns would also be helpful. I'd also suggest having the appropriate SMD commissioners provide brief quarterly updates on construction progress at either the full commission or planning and zoning committee meetings.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

While there is certainly a limit to what ANCs can do to ensure a good retail mix, we can work to strengthen our relationship with building owners in our commercial corridors (Barracks Row, Penn Ave, 7th Street, etc.) and encourage them to seek out retail options. The commission can also urge the Mayor and City a Council to enact incentives for small business retail in our commercial corridors. And, of course, we should encourage our constituents to support our existing small businesses and retailers so that other businesses see that retail can survive and thrive in southeast Capitol Hill.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

ANC 6B has done a good job of balancing the need to protect the historic nature of our neighborhood with the need to encourage more commercial and residential development. We can continue to achieve this balance by asking tough questions of developers seeking zoning relief and by encouraging developers and residents to work towards compromise.

We should also encourage developers to “go green” at every opportunity. This can be done by asking developers at our planning and zoning committee meetings to address how they are incorporating green building principles into their projects.

Kathryn Denise Rucker Krupp -- ANC6B10

1) Why are you running for ANC; how do you see the ANC’s role?

The role of the ANC is to advocate on behalf of ANC6B residents before the Council of the District of Columbia and local and federal agencies. The ANC should hold the agencies accountable for the actions they take. For too long, DDOT and other DC agencies have made decisions that directly impact ANC6B residents without gaining neighborhood input and more significantly, without considering the long term impact on ANC6B itself.

I live next to RFK Stadium. For several years, the Stadium has hosted an annual Shamrock Festival that includes significant amounts of alcohol. Attendees have not respected the property of near-by neighbors when entering and leaving the event. As a result, I worked with RFK management to place porta-potties outside of the Stadium for attendee use. I've also ensured that there is additional police presence to prevent the annual eye-sore of public urination in our front and backyards. 

2) City agencies are to give ‘great weight’ to recommendations from ANCs. How much ‘weight’ should an ANC commissioner give to citizens’ concerns?

Citizens elect ANC Commissioners. Therefore, ANC Commissioners are responsible for advocating on behalf of their constituents.

3) What do you consider the biggest challenges the ANC6B will likely face in the next two years; what approach would you take to addressing these challenges?

The biggest challenges will be RFK Stadium and Reservation 13. The DC government along with several private sector interests are developing plans for these areas, including the Olympics. These plans have not been fully shared with ANC6B residents. Nor, have they incorporated ANC6B interests. I will work with my fellow ANC Commissioners to force the DC government and others to be more transparent.

4) How would you address transparency in the development process and advocate for residents of the community?

As ANC Commissioner, I will use the existing development process to advocate for residents. I will submit written comments and testify at DC Council meetings. Similar to my testimony before the DC Council on the CSX rail tunnel expansion proposal, I will highlight the flaws and provide recommendations for the agencies to act upon. I will also work with DC Council members and the Mayor to make sure that ANC6B comments are addressed.

I've been fortunate in my career to have worked as a Congressional staffer, career agency counsel, and political agency Chief Counsel. I know how policies and regulations are developed and I will use this knowledge to ensure that ANC6B interests are addressed.

5) How would you constructively engage with the Hine Development going forward to manage the impact of construction on the neighborhood?

 I'll work with the ANC Commissioners representing the Hine development neighborhood. Construction can significantly impact neighbors. On my block, we have three new pop-ups that are currently in various stages of development. The overflowing porta-potties, car-blocking dumpsters, and illegal construction have frayed neighborhood tempers. I would not wish this experience on anyone.

6) What can the ANC do to ensure a good mix of development/retail/restaurants in the neighborhood?

By being a squeaky wheel. ANC6B is a community and all aspects of our community must be represented.

7) How can the ANC work with city agencies to protect the historic look and values of our neighborhood and encourage ‘green’ construction?

ANC6B10 is located outside of the historic district. That being said, the pop-ups that are being built in ANC6B10 are extremely troubling to current ANC6B10 residents and I will work with the ANC to make sure that the existing rules are being followed.

The purpose of the Eastern Market Metro Community Association is to promote the civic interests and enhance the quality of life of residents of the District of Columbia, especially within the neighborhood surrounding the Eastern Market Metro. This includes preserving the historic, architectural and aesthetic value of property and objects within the Eastern Market Metro neighborhood and presenting to government, public, private, and other organizations, the views of EMMCA's Membership.


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