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July 2017 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday June 20, 2017, 7:00 pm
The meeting was held at the Gingras Ecumenical Center, 1419 V Street, NW. 
Board members included Chris Young, Kurt Staiger, and Monika Pamp. Visitors included Sheika Nikole Reid and Anthony Miller of DC Ticket Reform, Rose Previte of Maydan, and Tai Meah from the office of CM Nadeau. Quorum was present.
Association Business and Announcements
Next Event: Tuesday September 19 Historic Walking Tour led by architectural historian Kim Williams (in lieu of September meeting).
Next Meeting: October 17.
ABRA License Renewals / Updates
Maydan (ABRA-106450)
We discussed Maydan’s proposal for a tavern license in the Manhattan Laundry building complex, near the rear side of the 14-W apartment building. The tavern is proposed by the owners of Compass Rose on T St., NW.
A principal owner, Rose Previte, attended our meeting and candidly discussed the business plan. Although intending to operate as a restaurant, the business seeks a tavern license to preserve business flexibility and avoid certain paperwork burdens. It seeks an occupancy of 135 patrons with seating for roughly 100, an endorsement for live entertainment, and hours of operation and alcohol service until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rose said that the kitchen will close at 11 pm. There will be no outdoor seating. After a polite conversation members present voted unanimously to protest in support of a settlement agreement sought by nearby residents on Florida Avenue.
New Business
Public Safety
We discussed issues regarding public safety and crime, following news that a well-liked cashier at Yes Organic Market was assaulted and injured by three youth on W Street as he left work recently. We also heard stories about a robbery on 14th Street mid-day, and from Rose that a violent sexual assault occurred behind Matchbox last week. Members discussed general public safety and policing issues, and raised questions about how crime statistics are recorded, as well as whether the statistics include more than events that are reported in the MPD’s daily crime report. Meeting participants were interested in being more involved in these issues. We may co-host a meeting with the DC MPD and the National Park Police. Participants in the discussion generally agreed that youth issues are difficult to solve and that social services may be part of a sustainable solution.
DC Ticket Reform
Sheika Nikole Reid and Anthony Miller of presented an issue regarding DC’s speed camera ticketing policy, in particular the steep escalation of unpaid fines. For example, a $150 citation doubles to $300 if not paid within 30 days, and again to $600 if not paid in 60 days. Due to the potential regressive and disproportionate effect upon DC residents with limited ability to pay, the group has sought legislation in the DC Council to amend the fine escalation policy. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/groups/1030844003681788/

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