June 29 SMD Mtg Report: No amphitheater for Chuck Brown Park

Below are my notes and information from the SMD Meeting last June 29 at the Woodridge Library. Check out my Meetings page to learn about upcoming meetings.

Chuck Brown Park

The big news from the meeting came from the DGS and DPR presenters who said the concept of the Chuck Brown memorial as an amphitheater has been scraped and the memorial will now be a plaza. When this was announced, the meeting broke out in applause! The current designs include a statue and information about Chuck Brown’s life and legacy. They call for a human-scale wall that will include his discography and images. Both designs also included a statue of Chuck Brown, which would require a different process, but one they expect to include.

The designs can be viewed just below here. If you click all the way through the presentation, there is a way to give feedback on the designs on the last slide. DC Government is giving people until Friday, July 12 to comment online. I will also be holding a meeting on Thursday, July 11 (7pm, at the Langdon Rec Center) where I will collect feedback that I can pass along to the DC Government.

Chuck Brown – Concept Design Options

The response at the meeting was overwhelmingly positive to the new direction. The one thing to note is the plaza is likely to move forward without the statue at first, but only because building statues on public land requires a different process than building a plaza or building. Essentially, building a statue on public land has to go through the Arts Commission and that process will take a couple years to produce a statue. In the meantime they’ll go ahead with the rest and add the statue when it’s done.

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Campaign Financial Report

As with all ANC candidates, I am required to file a campaign finance report. (If you don’t spend or raise any money, then you just have to check a box saying so and that’s your filing). You can view the report here [2012 Campaign OCF Report Filing] but it’s a pretty skimpy report, and part of why I ran was to bring more transparency to the ANC office, so I figured I’d go into some more detail here.

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Mark your calendars: Monday, Oct 22 at Lace!

I’m very excited to announce a Meet and Greet coming up in the neighborhood featuring myself and two other exceptional candidates for ANC here in Woodridge. Please join us on Monday, October 22 from 6pm – 8pm at Lace on The Avenue, 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE:

Join ANC Candidates Nolan Treadway, Karla Butler and Antonette Russell on Monday, Oct 22 from 6p-8p at Lace.

You can also view the event on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/278058262312376

For more information on my friends who are running in adjacent districts, check out their websites: