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									Wednesday, March 5, 2008                                                     Serving Dupont Circle, Kalorama & Logan Circle                                                                   Vol. VI, No. 39

                         THE DUPONT CURRENT
                       READ ACROSS DC                                            Council alters sick-leave legislation
                                                                                                                             becomes only the second city in the       employers and employees” in the
                                                                                 I Bill: Business groups see                 nation, after San Francisco, to do so.    District.
                                                                                 win with new amendments                        But major amendments pushed               Under amendments offered by
                                                                                                                             by business groups significantly          Ward 2 member Jack Evans at the
                                                                                 By ELIZABETH WIENER                         watered down the bill, one of the         request of the Chamber of
                                                                                 Current Staff Writer                        most heavily lobbied in recent histo-     Commerce, and approved by shift-
                                                                                                                             ry. Neither the business nor labor        ing margins:
                                                                                    The D.C. Council gave final              union lobbyists who packed the            • Employees would have to stay on
                                                                                 approval Tuesday to legislation that        council chamber claimed a clear           the same job for 12 months, or 1,000
                                                                                 requires employers to provide paid          victory, but late in the day the D.C.     hours, to be eligible for any sick
                                                                                 leave to sick employees or those            Chamber of Commerce sent out a            leave.
                                                                                 dealing with domestic violence or           news release hailing the result as “a        Karen Minatelli of the D.C.
                                                                                 the illness of a child. The District        fair compromise between the                            See Council/Page 29

                                                                                 Board nixes Harris Teeter challenges
                                                                                 By IAN THOMS
                                                                                 Current Staff Writer

                                                                                    The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment yesterday
                                                                                 upheld a former zoning administrator’s decision that
                                                                                 Harris Teeter may sell alcohol within the Reed-Cooke
                                                                                 overlay zone, which prohibits “off-premises alcoholic
                                                                                 beverage sales.”
                                                                                    Board members said the overlay’s prohibition on
                                                                                 alcohol applies only to establishments whose primary
                                                                                 business is selling alcohol, not grocery stores that
                                                                                 make only a small percentage of revenue from it. Bill
                                                   Bill Petros/The Current       Crews, the former zoning administrator, came to the
    D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso reads a Dr.                   same conclusion, as did Harris Teeter’s attorneys.
    Seuss book in Spanish to students at Oyster Bilingual School                    The Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association and
    on Monday in recognition of Read Across America Day. The                     resident Napoleon Cooper both filed appeals after
    day’s events also included Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh                   Crews wrote a letter confirming his interpretation.
                                                                                 Harris Teeter attorneys had introduced it as evidence in                                        Bill Petros/Current File Photo
    reading to students at Murch Elementary.
                                                                                 support of their application for a beer-and-wine license           The zoning board said the Reed-Cooke overlay does
                                                                                                                  See Appeals/Page 32               not forbid beer and wine sales at a grocery store.

City boasts new retail                                                                                                       On Ward Court, all signs
in Columbia Heights                                                                                                          point to ire over parking
By NATALIE GONTCHAROVA                                                                                                       By JESSICA GOULD                          ing. Ward Court has signs designat-
Current Staff Writer                                                                                                         Current Staff Writer                      ing which spaces are legal and
                                                                                                                                                                       which are not. According to the
   Jacqueline Arguelles, a resident of Columbia Heights                                                                          Like many of her Dupont Circle        signs, Conley, who left his car on
since 1948, remembers a time when the neighborhood                                                                           neighbors, O Street resident              the side of the street where parking
was not unlike it is now — full of shops and pedestrians.                                                                    Marshall Rorer has scoured local          is permitted, was obeying the law.
   Before the 1968 riots, when many area stores were                                                                         side streets in search of parking.        But that didn’t stop a parking con-
burned or abandoned, the 14th Street corridor was                                                  Bill Petros/The Current   Then she discovered Ward Court.           trol officer from sliding a ticket
crowded with shops like Woolworth and Murphy’s, said        Mayor Adrian Fenty, flanked by Ward 1 Council                    Tucked between M and N just off           under his windshield wiper. “It says
Arguelles, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in         member Jim Graham and at-large Council member                    21st Street, it is nonzoned and           ‘No Parking’ this way and that
the area. “It was a main thoroughfare,” she said.           Kwame Brown, celebrates the new complex.                         slightly hidden — perfect for park-       way,” Rorer reasoned. “Everything
   So when Arguelles learned that Grid Properties was                                                                        ing. At least, that’s what she thought    in between is OK.”
developing a $149.5 million pedestrian-oriented retail      Beyond, Marshalls, Staples and Washington Sports                 until Friday, when her friend,                Ward Court resident Michael
center at 14th and Irving streets, which would become       Club — will make “the community vibrant again.”                  Maryland resident Ed Conley,              Beidler is similarly confused. A few
D.C.’s largest retail development, she was pleased. She        “It was extremely vibrant before,” she said. “People          received a $30 ticket for parking         months ago, “parking adjudication
said the three-level complex — anchored by a two-level      came from all parts of the city to shop.”                        there.                                    started ticketing everything, regard-
Target store and including Best Buy, Bed Bath &                                                  See Retail/Page 8               Rorer found the ticket perplex-                     See Parking/Page 32

                       NEWS                                       EVENTS                                              PA S S A G E S                                            INDEX
   I City debuts subsidies                          I ‘Stunning’ to open at                                I Dupont couple’s film                              Calendar/18                Opinion/10
   for police at bars,                              Woolly. Page 22.                                       shows environmental                                 Camp Directory/24          Passages/15
   restaurants. Page 3.                             I New Hirshhorn exhibit                                impact of war. Page 15.                             Classifieds/44             Police Report/6
                                                                                                                                                               District Digest/4          Real Estate/27
   I Commerce Bank gets                             examines cinema’s                                      I Kennedy Center is
                                                                                                                                                               Dupont Circle Citizen/13   Restaurants/17
   started on Georgetown                            effect on perceptions                                  stage for some major                                Exhibits/23                School Dispatches/36
   branch. Page 7.                                  of reality. Page 23.                                   moments. Page 16 .                                  In Your Neighborhood/34    Service Directory/38
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Three candidates vie to fill ABC Board offers funding for extra patrols
Dupont Circle ANC vacancy                                                                   By JESSICA GOULD
                                                                                            Current Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                organizations and establishments that hire reim-
                                                                                                                                                                bursable-detail officers. The funding, which can be
By KATIE PEARCE                                 Uchin in Rutland Court on 17th                                                                                  used only for Fridays and Saturdays, became avail-
Current Staff Writer                            Street.                                         Around 2 or 3 a.m. on weekend nights, Adams                     able last week and will remain so until it runs out or
                                                    Diener joined the race at the urg-      Morgan’s partiers begin their pilgrimage home.                      until the end of the fiscal year in September.
    An open seat on the Dupont                  ing of neighbors and friends, she           Stumbling over pizza crusts and cigarette butts, they                   Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham introduced
Circle advisory neighborhood com-               said. Her friend Jane Zara, a Mount         choke the sidewalk and file down 18th Street.                       the pilot program as part of the 2008 budget. “It’s to
mission has attracted four candi-               Pleasant      commissioner,       also      Usually, their chatter pierces the night and, some-                 provide greater security and public safety,” he said.
dates who are vying to represent a              inspired her to run, by telling her “a      times, a fight erupts. When it does, Anne-Marie                     “It’s a very important purpose indeed.”
diverse area that includes dense res-           lot of [city issues] seem to have an        Bairstow hopes the police will be there to intervene.                   “It’s great,” Bairstow agreed, adding that the
idential buildings as well as a slice           intersection in the ANC.”                       Bairstow is executive director of the Adams                     Adams Morgan Partnership expects to get reim-
of the 17th Street commercial strip.                Diener is known as a longtime           Morgan Partnership, the area’s business improve-                    bursements starting this month. As a result of the
    The area now lacking representa-            literacy activist in the city. A co-        ment district. Her group spent $69,000 last year to                 subsidies, she said, the business improvement dis-
tion, known as single-member dis-               owner of Chapters, a now-closed lit-        hire two to four overtime police officers to patrol the             trict will be beefing up its police presence as the
trict 2B04, spans between 17th,                 erary bookstore at 445 11th St., she        nightlife-saturated strip of 18th Street on weekends.               weather gets warmer. “It allows us to get a bunch of
15th, S and Q streets. Former com-              spent several years as director of the          The cost of these “reimbursable detail” officers is             officers at the beginning of the summer to nip things
missioner Ryan Butler vacated his               Washington Literacy Council. She            high, she said, but the extra security is crucial. In               in the bud,” she said. She added that the partnership
seat in January to pursue a job                 retired from that job in 2004 but           fact, for years her group has hoped to hire even more               will also be hiring extra officers for St. Patrick’s Day,
opportunity in North Carolina.                  continued interest in literacy              overtime officers to help keep the peace. Now,                      “which we wouldn’t have done otherwise.”
    Stepping up to replace him are              prompted her to join Ralph Nader’s          Bairstow said, it will.                                                 But the pilot program has its critics. Kalorama
Robin Diener, Jack Jacobson, Jim                D.C. Library Renaissance Project,               Under a new $1 million citywide pilot program,                  Citizens Association president Denis James said he’s
Kadtke and Marisa Uchin.                        an organization devoted to library          the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration                    concerned about public funds benefiting liquor-
    The election, open to registered            improvement, about a year-and-a-            is offering up to 50 percent subsidies to those District                                             See Police/Page 12
voters who live in the single-mem-              half ago. She works full-time there,
ber district, will take place at the            as executive director.
commission’s March 12 meeting.                      Diener has also been involved
The commission is holding a special             with the grass-roots activist group
meeting tonight to finalize arrange-            Empower DC, particularly in pub-
ments for the special election.                 lic-property issues. “A lot of this is
    Among the candidates, Jacobson
is the newest to Dupont Circle — he
                                                to try to make ANCs stronger and to
                                                give them an early say in public-                    THE BEST HOME EQUITY LINE IN TOWN.
moved to the area about three years             property disposition,” she said.
ago — while the other three have                “I’ve seen the ANC as a really                       THE BEST RATES IN TOWN.

lived there for around 10 years each.           authentic way that the democracy
With the exception of Diener, who               functions — something I would like
lives in a Corcoran Street home, all            to help strengthen and legitimize.”
of the candidates live in multi-unit                Jacobson announced his candi-
residential buildings: Jacobson in              dacy shortly after Butler’s resigna-
The Cairo on Q Street, Kadtke in                tion and has been campaigning
The Chastleton on 16th Street and                            See Election/Page 35
    The week ahead                                                                                                                                                                       APR
    Wednesday, March 5
         The State Board of Education will hold a public hearing on proposed home-
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    schooling policies. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium
    at 441 4th St. NW.
    I The West End Library Stakeholders Committee will hold a community meeting to
    discuss results of a survey regarding the branch library’s services and desires for
    the future. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West End
    Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW.
    I The Ward 4 Democrats will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a presen-
    tation by Marc Loud, executive director of the Gateway Georgia Avenue                            No closing costs.* No teaser rate.
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    Thursday, March 6                                                                      
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    proposals at Janney Elementary School will hold a community meeting to hear
    from three development teams that responded to the city’s request for proposals
    for the site. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the undercroft at St. Ann’s Church,                                                                    1ST in Mobile Banking
    Wisconsin Avenue at Tenley Circle NW.
    I The Shepherd Park Citizens Association will hold a community meeting to dis-
    cuss past attempts to build a tot lot and current work to add a commemorative
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        The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will            and terms may exist for applications which do not qualify under above
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    7:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW.
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Latest Chavez school plans                                                             Tax plaintiffs seek Supreme Court review
move to Columbia Heights                                                                   G group of homeowners who unsuccessfully
                                                                                       challenged the District’s property-tax assessment
                                                                                                                                                 G D.C. Superior Court judge agreed, issuing a
                                                                                                                                              2006 ruling and order of refunds that could have cost
By VICTORIA SOLOMON                            composition classesY and math into      system are appealing their case to the `.S. Supreme    the city an estimated b15 million. But the local
Current Staff Writer                           procedures and problem-solving          Court. Cleveland Park resident Peter Craig said last   appeals court overturned that ruling last summer and
                                               classes.                                week the group will ask the high court to overturn a   on Feb. 22 denied a petition for reconsideration. The
   The third Cesar Chavez charter                  “Our goal is to prepare the kids    ruling by the D.C. Court of Gppeals.                   appeals court said, in part, that homeowners who did
school in the city, which opened in            for college,” said Touchette.               The group had challenged the city’s use of         not appeal their individual assessments could not be
September, is planning an expan-               “They’re going to need to compete       “across-the-board multipliers” to determine changes    part of the class-action suit and that the District’s
sion this fall into the historic Bruce         with the kids who go the Sidwell        in property value in various neighborhoods in 2002.    assessment method is legal.
School building in Columbia                    Friendses and the St. Glbanses of       They said the lack of a house-by-house analysis vio-      It is not clear whether the Supreme Court will
?eights.                                       the world.”                             lated due-process protections and also tended to       take the case.
   Cesar Chavez Bruce Preparatory                  The school is currently renovat-    favor owners of the higher-priced homes.                                                — Elizabeth Wiener
Charter School is a middle school              ing the interior of its new building,
that will expand by a grade level              the historic Bruce school at
each year until it offers sixth                Sherman and \enyon streets. It
through 12th grades. The school is             should be ready for the students by
accepting applications for students            September.

who will be in sixth, seventh and                  The three Chavez schools are
eighth grades this fall. It plans to           named after Cesar Chavez, a farm

add a ninth grade in 2009.                     worker and civil rights leader who
   Gndrew Touchette is principal of            was born in 1927 and died in 1993.       C A R WA S H C E N T E R

the Chavez Prep school, which is                   The first Chavez school opened        “One Of e Largest
currently operating out of the                 10 years ago in a temporary space,       Carwashes in America”
HMCG at 1325 W St. MW. ?e said                 later moving to 709 12th St. SE.
one of the differences between                 Called the Chavez Capitol ?ill           DISTRICT LINE (
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     RICHE& & CO. SHOES                                                                                                                 Police Report
                        Style never felt so good                                             This is a listing of reports taken   Stolen auto                         10:10 p.m. Feb. 28.                  I 1800 block, California St.;
                                                                                             Feb. 25 through March 2 by the       I 4500 block, MacArthur Blvd.;      Robbery (fear)                       residence; 8:15 a.m. Feb. 28.

    new spring                                                                               Metropolitan Police Department
                                                                                             in the 2nd District and parts of
                                                                                             the 3rd and 4th districts.
                                                                                                                                  street; 10 a.m. Feb. 28.
                                                                                                                                  Theft ($250 plus)
                                                                                                                                  I 5200 block, Loughboro Road;
                                                                                                                                                                      I 1700 block, L St.; parking lot;
                                                                                                                                                                      10 p.m. Feb. 25.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Theft ($250 plus)
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I 1700 block, Columbia Road;
                                                                                                                                                                                                           store; 1:32 p.m. Feb. 28.

     shoe sale                                                                                PSA 201
                                                                                             PSA 201 CHASE
                                                                                              I CHEVY
                                                                                                                                  medical facility; 8 p.m. Feb. 27.
                                                                                                                                  Theft from auto (below $250)
                                                                                                                                  I 4400 block, Lingan Road;
                                                                                                                                                                      I 2100 block, K St.; university;
                                                                                                                                                                      10:30 a.m. Feb. 27.
                                                                                                                                                                      I 1600 block, 20th St.; office
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I 1800 block, Kalorama Road;
                                                                                                                                                                                                           residence; 3 a.m. March 2.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Theft (below $250)
                                                                                                                                  street; 3:08 a.m. March 1.          building; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 28.        I 1700 block, Columbia Road;
     Sale Ends March 16th                                                                    Robbery (force and violence)                                             Stolen auto                          store; 10:17 a.m. Feb. 29.
                                                                                             I 5300 block, 28th St.; street;                                          I 2200 block, P St.; gas sta-        Theft (tags)
     10-30% OFF                                                                              8:35 a.m. March 1.
                                                                                                                                  PSA 206
                                                                                                                                  PSA 206                             tion; 2:45 a.m. Feb. 26.             I 1800 block, Belmont Road;
                                                                                                                                   I GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH
                                                                                             Burglary                                                                 I 1600 block, T St.; street;         street; 9 p.m. Feb. 25.
                                                                                             I 5600 block, Western Ave.;          Robbery (gun)                       7:40 a.m. Feb. 26.                   Theft from auto (below $250)
                                                                                             residence; 10:15 a.m. Feb. 28.       I 3200 block, O St.; restau-        I 1900 block, K St.; street; 11      I 17th and Belmont streets;
                                                                                             Breaking and entering                rant; 12:21 a.m. March 2.           a.m. Feb. 26.                        street; 10:10 p.m. Feb. 26.
                                                                                             (vending)                            Assault                             I 1800 block, L St.; street; 4       I 1800 block, Wyoming Ave.;
                                                                                             I 3800 block, Northampton            I 1800 block, 39th St.; street;     p.m. Feb. 26.                        street; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27.
                                                                                             St.; alley; 7:25 p.m. Feb. 26.       6:40 a.m. Feb. 28.                  I 2300 block, Connecticut            I 2600 block, Mozart Place;
                                                                                             Theft from auto ($250 plus)          I 3100 block, M St.; street;        Ave.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Feb.       street; 12:57 p.m. Feb. 28.
                                                                                             I 5400 block, 32nd St.; street;      9:27 p.m. March 2.                  26.                                  I 17th and Fuller streets;
                                                                                             6:30 p.m. Feb. 26.                   Burglary                            Theft ($250 plus)                    street; 12:01 a.m. March 1.
                                                                                                                                  I 3200 block, P St.; store;         I 1500 block, Rhode Island           I 2200 block, Ontario Road;
                                                                                                                                  12:01 a.m. March 2.                 Ave.; hotel; 5:27 p.m. Feb. 29.      street; 3 p.m. March 1.
                                                                                              PSA 202                             Theft ($250 plus)                   Theft (below $250)                   I 2000 block, Belmont Road;
                                                                                              I FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS
                                                                                             PSA 202                              I 3200 block, M St.; store;         I 1800 block, I St.; office build-   alley; 4 p.m. March 1.
             Thinking of changing careers?                                                    TENLEYTOWN/ AU PARK
                                                                                                                                  7:20 p.m. Feb. 26.                  ing; 6:45 a.m. Feb. 25.              I 1700 block, Lanier Place;
             Like the flexibility and earning                                                Assault                              I 3200 block, M St.; restau-        I 1600 block, Connecticut            alley; 2:25 a.m. March 2.
                                                                                             I 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        rant; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26.            Ave.; office building; 8 a.m.
             potential of real estate sales?                                                 alley; 7:45 p.m. Feb. 29.            Theft (below $250)                  Feb. 25.
              Confused by brokers’ claims                                                    Burglary                             I 3800 block, Reservoir Road;       I 1600 block, Connecticut
                                                                                                                                                                                                           PSA 307 307
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I LOGAN CIRCLE
                                                                                             I 4400 block, Jenifer St.; office    university; 4:20 p.m. Feb. 26.      Ave.; office building; 8 a.m.
                that all sound the same?                                                     building; 2 p.m. Feb. 26.            I 3200 block, M St.; restau-        Feb. 25.                             Robbery (force and violence)
                                                                                             Theft (below $250)                   rant; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26.            I 1100 block, Connecticut            I 1300 block, Vermont Ave.;
            Only one broker can be #1 in producing Top First Year Licensees:                 I 5400 block, 41st St.; street;      I 2800 block, M St.; drugstore;     Ave.; hotel; 11:40 a.m. Feb.         street; 11 a.m. Feb. 29.
           Ricki Gerger, of Long & Foster’s Friendship Heights Office.                       5:55 a.m. Feb. 29.                   12:45 p.m. Feb. 27.                 25.                                  Assault
                                                                                             Theft from auto ($250 plus)          I 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.;       I 2000 block, L St.; unspeci-        I 1200 block, 11th St.; restau-
                        More agents who have achieved Top First Year Licensee                I 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        store; 4:55 p.m. Feb. 28.           fied premises; 6:15 p.m. Feb.        rant; 4:20 p.m. Feb. 27.
                        honors have been from Ricki’s office than from any other office in   parking lot; 4 p.m. Feb. 26.         I 3100 block, M St.; store;         25.                                  Burglary
                        the Metropolitan area.                                               I 4000 block, Brandywine St.;        2:30 p.m. Feb. 29.                  I 1100 block, 19th St.; restau-      I 1700 block, 14th St.; store;
                        If you have a record of success in your past endeavors, can make a   street; 5:55 a.m. Feb. 29.           I 3200 block, M St.; store;         rant; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25.             9:45 p.m. Feb. 26.
                        full-time commitment to our business,                                                                     3:15 p.m. March 1.                  I 1600 block, L St.; office          Stolen auto
                        and have a strong work ethic, call me.                                                                    Theft from auto ($250 plus)         building; 9:30 a.m. March 2.         I 1100 block, 14th St.; street;
                        Ricki Gerger
                                                                                             PSA 203   203                        I 3200 block, Grace St.; street;    Theft from auto ($250 plus)          4 a.m. Feb. 26.
                                                                                              I FOREST HILLS / VAN NESS
    Ricki Gerger, CRB                                                                                                             5:45 p.m. Feb. 25.                  I 1700 block, 17th St.; street;      I 1500 block, 12th St.; parking
    Branch Manager      202-364-5200 301-652-2777                                            Burglary                             Theft from auto (below $250)        8 p.m. Feb. 26.                      lot; 10 a.m. Feb. 27.
                                                                                             I 3600 block, Fessenden St.;         I 3100 block, K St.; street; 9      I 1700 block, M St.; street;         Stolen auto (attempt)
                                                                                             residence; 9:10 a.m. Feb. 25.        a.m. Feb. 27.                       11:40 p.m. Feb. 29.                  I 1600 block, 13th St.; street;

                  LONG & FOSTER
                                                                                             I 3600 block, Yuma St.; resi-        I 3300 block, Reservoir Road;       I Unspecified address; street;       2 p.m. Feb. 28.
                                                                                             dence; 8:40 a.m. Feb. 29.            street; 7:05 a.m. Feb. 29.          6 p.m. March 1.                      Theft (below $250)
                                                                                             Theft (below $250)                   I 1300 block, 34th St.; street;     I 1600 block, M St.; street;         I 1300 block, Massachusetts
                                                                                             I 4400 block, Connecticut            5 p.m. Feb. 29.                     2:30 p.m. March 2.                   Ave.; street; 10:30 a.m. Feb.
                                                                                             Ave.; unspecified premises;                                              Theft from auto (below $250)         25.
                                                                                             1:30 p.m. Feb. 28.                                                       I 1400 block, 17th St.; street;      I 1400 block, P St.; sidewalk;
                                                                                             I 4400 block, Connecticut
                                                                                                                                  PSA 207 207                         9 a.m. Feb. 26.                      9:30 p.m. Feb. 28.
                                                                                                                                  I FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
                                                                                             Ave.; unspecified premises;                                              I 1500 block, 16th St.; alley;       Theft from auto (below $250)
                                                                                             4:55 p.m. Feb. 28.                   Robbery (gun)                       12:07 p.m. Feb. 26.                  I 13th and L streets; street;
                                                                                             Theft from auto (below $250)         I 900 block, Hughes Mews;           I 2100 block, Bancroft Place;        12:01 a.m. Feb. 25.
                                                                                             I 4800 block, 36th St.; street;      alley; 8:15 p.m. Feb. 27.           alley; 4:10 p.m. Feb. 27.            I 1300 block, 12th St.; street;
                                                                                             3:30 p.m. March 1.                   Burglary                            I 1300 block, 18th St.; street;      12:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
                                                                                                                                  I 23rd and E streets; resi-         9 p.m. Feb. 27.                      I 1300 block, N St.; street; 1
                                                                                                                                  dence; 9:15 a.m. Feb. 25.           I 1100 block, 20th St.; street;      p.m. Feb. 26.
                                                                                             PSA 204                              I 2200 block, G St.; university;    10 p.m. Feb. 28.                     I L Street and Vermont Avenue;
                                                                                              I MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
                                                                                              HEIGHTS/ CLEVELAND PARK
                                                                                                                                  5 p.m. Feb. 29.                     I 1800 block, Q St.; street; 10      street; 2:45 p.m. Feb. 26.
                                                                                              WOODLEY PARK / GLOVER
                                                                                                                                  Theft ($250 plus)                   p.m. Feb. 29.                        I 13th Street and
                                                                                             PSA 204CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS
                                                                                              PARK /                              I 2100 block, E St.; drugstore;     I 1200 block, 16th St.; street;      Massachusetts Avenue; street;
                                                                                                                                  9:30 a.m. Feb. 25.                  3:30 p.m. March 1.                   5 p.m. Feb. 29.
                                                                                             Theft from auto ($250 plus)          Theft (below $250)                  Simple assault                       I 1500 block, 10th St.; street;
                                                                                             I 2600 block, Woodley Place;         I 1700 block, Pennsylvania          I 1000 block, 20th St.; side-        2:30 a.m. March 2.
                                                                                             street; 12:50 p.m. Feb. 27.          Ave.; store; 12:15 p.m. Feb. 25.    walk; 1:30 a.m. Feb. 26.
                                                                                             I 2500 block, Porter St.;            I 2200 block, H St.; university;    I 1700 block, R St.; residence;
                                                                                             street; 4 a.m. March 1.              9 a.m. Feb. 26.                     4:20 a.m. Feb. 27.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           PSA 401
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I COLONIAL VILLAGE
                                                                                             Theft from auto (below $250)         Theft from auto ($250 plus)                                              PSA 401 PARK / TAKOMA
                                                                                             I 3100 block, Connecticut            I 2400 block, K St.; parking
                                                                                             Ave.; street; noon Feb. 27.          lot; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 25.
                                                                                                                                                                      PSA 303
                                                                                                                                                                      PSA 303 MORGAN                       Stolen auto
                                                                                                                                                                       I ADAMS
                                                                                             I 3600 block, Fulton St.;            I 2400 block, M St.; street;                                             I 400 block, Cedar St.; store;
                                                                                             street; 4 p.m. March 1.              5:45 p.m. Feb. 27.                  Robbery (assault)                    7 p.m. Feb. 29.
                                                                                                                                  I 2200 block, H St.; parking        I 2300 block, 20th St.; side-        I 4th and Butternut streets;
                                                                                                                                  lot; 1 p.m. Feb. 28.                walk; 6:50 p.m. March 1.             street; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 29.
                                                                                              PSA 205                                                                 Burglary                             Theft (below $250)
                                                                                              I PALISADES / SPRING VALLEY
                                                                                             PSA 205                                                                  I 2400 block, 18th St.; restau-      I 6900 block, 4th St.; unspeci-
                                                                                              WESLEY HEIGHTS/ FOXHALL             PSA 208                             rant; 12:01 a.m. Feb. 25.            fied premises; 10 a.m. Feb.
                                                                                                                                  I SHERIDAN-KALORAMA
                                                                                             Sexual abuse (adult, first-          PSA 208 CIRCLE
                                                                                                                                                                      I 2300 block, Champlain St.;         26.
                                                                                             degree)                                                                  residence; 8 a.m. Feb. 25.           I 7300 block, Georgia Ave.;
                                                                                             I 5400 block, Galena Place;          Robbery (assault)                   I 1700 block, Harvard St.; resi-     parking lot; 4:14 p.m. Feb.
                                                                                             residence; 3 a.m. March 1.           I 1800 block, T St.; sidewalk;      dence; 9:15 a.m. Feb. 26.            26.
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Dupont ANC, preservation officials battle over ‘great weight’ standard
By JESSICA GOULD                                  and community members together.                      As the meeting went on, there were points                     great weight mean to you?”
Current Staff Writer                                  “DCCA wanted to help mitigate the frus-      of contention and points of consensus.                                Applause rippled through the audience.
                                                  tration and tension between the Dupont com-      Resident John McGaw said he would like to                             “Great weight means give serious consid-
    “I’m delighted to see so many friends, and    munity and the historic preservation/planning    see electric meter boxes removed from his-                        eration,” Boasberg responded, referring to the
a few enemies,” Historic Preservation Review      community,” association president Rob            toric facades and placed inside homes, or on                      law that requires the preservation office to
Board chair Tersh Boasberg said at a panel        Halligan wrote in an e-mail to The Current.      secondary walls.                                                  give “great weight” to neighborhood commis-
discussion hosted by the Dupont Circle            “We didn’t expect to solve too many problems         “Here, here,” Maloney replied. He said his                    sion resolutions. “I give serious consideration
Citizens Association on Monday. It was a fit-     but to help open the lines of communication.”    office recently discussed the issue with Pepco                    to each recommendation of the ANC.” But, he
ting greeting for a discussion that was, by           So, on Monday, Office of Planning director   representatives, “and it is possible to put them                  said, “giving serious consideration is not the
turns, friendly and fiery.                        Harriet Tregoning, D.C. Historic Preservation    inside, but the owner has to pay for it.”                         same as agreeing.”
    Frustrations between the preservation         Office director David Maloney, Dupont Circle         Then the advisory neighborhood commis-                            Tregoning said she wished all commis-
office and some Dupont Circle community           Conservancy president Rick Busch and             sion aired its grievances. “We are extremely                      sions were as diligent as Dupont’s. “Just
members date back years.                          Boasberg addressed a packed audience of          frustrated,” said commission chair Ramon                          because you don’t get what you want, you
    To bridge the divide, the citizens associa-   neighbors. Former citizens association presi-    Estrada. “In the past five years, we have yet to                  shouldn’t think we don’t find your input help-
tion decided to bring preservation officials      dent Bill Glew moderated the discussion.         have any of our letters acted on ... . What does                  ful,” she said.

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vacant Reed Electric building at
1611 Wisconsin Ave. But, according

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to neighbors, the bank became
embroiled in a lawsuit with the

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owners of the site over the property
price, which held up the project.
   “It’s our policy not to comment
on matters that are involved in legal

proceedings,” Flaherty said when

                                                                                                                       is ju corner.
asked about the lawsuit.
   But Flaherty confirmed a Feb. 18
report on the D.C. real estate blog

                                                                                                                          the that the bank
finally is going ahead with plans to
build on the site. Contractors will
demolish the Reed Electric build-
ing, on the north side of the lot, to
clear the way for the two-story
bank, which will be 29 feet tall and
front Wisconsin Avenue. Customers
will have access to a parking lot on
the south side of the lot.
   Mike Powell, construction man-
ager for Commerce Bank, said three
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RETAIL                                  and, like Arguelles, pleased at the
                                        sky-high signs of urban renewal.
                                                                                     it really is amazing to see us with
                                                                                     these great new retailers,” Fenty
                                                                                                                                         Radio Shack, Children’s Place,
                                                                                                                                         Payless     ShoeSource,        Panda
                                                                                                                                                                                 organic grocery store, is a serious
                                                                                                                                                                                 contender and a popular choice with
From Page 1                                Mayor Adrian Fenty recalled the           said.                                               Express, Maggie Moo’s, Mattress         the neighbors, Greenwald said. He
                                        neighborhood’s years of blight dur-              Fenty also said the District loses              Discounters and Vitamin Shoppe          said his company is also in talks
   Target will open officially this     ing a news conference yesterday              $1 billion a year in retail sales to the            are now setting up shop.                with outdoor-goods store REI and
weekend, with the other stores stag-    inside the complex’s spacious atri-          suburbs. He expects this retail proj-                  While a number of properties are     clothing store Ross Dress for Less.
gering their openings over the sub-     um lobby, with its glassy, three-            ect to help mitigate that.                          spoken for, Drew Greenwald, presi-          No matter what goes in the
sequent six weeks. While some in        story enclosure.                                 The development includes a                      dent of Grid Properties, said his       remaining spaces, the development
the neighborhood are concerned             “Having grown up a few short              number of smaller retailers, most of                company is still in negotiations with   is sure to provide a lot of jobs. Ward
about the traffic congestion they are   blocks away and having [seen] this           which will have storefronts that face               several retailers over one of the       1 Council member Jim Graham,
already seeing, others are looking      area really become more and more             the street. Greenwald said establish-               largest      spaces.         Ellwood    who pushed for the developers to set
forward to the added conveniences       decayed, blighted and abandoned ...          ments including Desi’s Chicken,                     Thompson’s Local Market, an             aside jobs for D.C. residents in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 retail complex, said it will provide
                                                                                                                                                                                 more than 1,000 permanent, full-
                                                                                                                                                                                 time jobs. Target alone has already
                                                                                                                                                                                 hired 300 employees, 250 of whom

                                        GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR                                                                                                                    are D.C. residents, he said in an
                                                                                                                                                                                     Greenwald said during the press
                                        A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!                                                                                 conference that Grid Properties has
                                                                                                                                                                                 set aside about 15,000 square feet of
                                        Through March 14                                                 March 12 at 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.                                            the 540,000-square-foot retail space
                                        Exhibition: Out of the Chateau: Works from                       Research: Biomedical and Health Research                                for local and minority business
                                        the Demuth Museum                                                in the Service of Society                                               owners.
                                        Luther W. Brady Art Gallery                                      Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre                                                But all the new stores will be in
                                        Media and Public Affairs Building                                Marvin Center, First Floor                                              vain if people cannot get to them.
                                        805 21st Street, NW                                              800 21st Street, NW                                                     Blogs and listservs that highlight the
                                        This exhibition showcases more than 30 works that                The 13th Annual GW Medical Center Research                              development are abuzz with con-
                                        span the career of modernist artist Charles Demuth.              Day features keynote speakers Harold Varmus,                            cerns about traffic and parking prob-
                                        Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free            president and chief executive officer at the                            lems in the neighborhood as a result
                                        and open to the public.                                          Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in                               of the development.
                                                                                                         New York City, and Davis Kessler, professor of                              Kraig Jennett, an advisory neigh-
                                        March 5 at 6–7 p.m.                                              pediatrics and epidemiology and biostatistics                           borhood        commissioner        for
                                        Lecture: Saudi Arabia: Legacy, Stability,                        at the School of Medicine, University of California,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Columbia Heights, said the devel-

                                        and Destiny                                                      San Francisco. For more information, visit
                                        Elliott School of International Affairs                
                                                                                                                                                                                 opment is “exciting, but of course
                                        Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213                               Registration required. Free and open to the public.                     we’re worried about traffic.”
                                        1957 E Street, NW                                                                                                                            Graham said in the interview that
                                        The lecture features Edward W. Gnehm Jr., GW’s                                                                                           residents should expect a temporary
                                        Kuwait Professor for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula                                                                                          traffic increase because the D.C.
                                        Affairs. RSVP to                                                                                                       Department of Transportation is still
                                                                                                                                                                                 paving roads around the project,
                                        March 6 at 5–7 p.m.                                                                                                                      Potomac Electric Power Co. is lay-
                                        Panel Discussion: Notes for the New U.S.                                                                                                 ing new cables and workers are put-
                                        President: Understanding Global Challenges                                                                                               ting last touches on the retail center.
                                        Lindner Family Commons, Room 602                                                                                                             “There’s enormous congestion
                                        1957 E Street, NW
                                                                                                                                                                                 right now. Why? Because the con-
                                        The panel discussion is moderated by Kristin M. Lord,                                                                                    struction isn’t finished,” Graham
                                        associate dean for strategy, research, and external                                                                                      said.
                                        relations at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
                                                                                                                                                                                     He added that for the near future,
                                        RSVP to Free and open to the public.
                                                                                                                                                                                 the city has placed traffic-control
                                        March 10 at 8 p.m.                                                                                                                       officers at the corner of 14th Street
                                        The Kalb Report:“Covering the World”                                                                                                     and Park Road.
                                        with special guest Christiane Amanpour                                                                                                       Yesterday, Graham introduced a
                                        National Press Club                                                                                                                      residential parking “protection” bill
                                        National Press Building, 13th floor                                                                                                      to the D.C. Council. If the plan is
                                        14th and F streets, NW                                                                                                                   enacted, one side of the residential
                                        CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane                                                                                         side streets in Columbia Heights
                                        Amanpour and legendary journalist Marvin Kalb                                                                                            would be reserved for Ward 1 resi-
                                        will discuss war, crisis, and disaster coverage in the           Dennis Ferry, principal trumpet of the Orchestre de la Suisse
                                                                                                         Romande in Geneva, Switzerland, will perform in GW's Phillips Hall,     dents. The streets currently allow
                                        third installment of this season’s Kalb Report series.           March 13.                                                               non-Ward 1 residents to park for up
                                        The Kalb Report is produced by GW, Harvard’s Joan
                                                                                                                                                                                 to two hours during the day. The
                                        Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club                  March 13 at 2:20 p.m.
                                        and underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and
                                                                                                                                                                                 two-hour restriction on the other
                                                                                                         Performance: Dennis Ferry
                                        Excellence in Journalism Foundation. This event is                                                                                       sides of the streets would be extend-
                                                                                                         Phillips Hall, Room B-120
                                        sold out.                                                        801 22nd Street, NW                                                     ed from ending at 8:30 p.m. to end-
                                                                                                                                                                                 ing at 10 p.m.
                                        March 11 at 12–1:30 p.m.                                         The GW Department of Music presents Dennis Ferry,                           Other features of the plan include
                                        Seminar: Bilateralism, Pure Multilateralism,                     principal trumpet of the Orchestre de la Suisse
                                                                                                         Romande in Geneva, Switzerland. Free and open
                                                                                                                                                                                 installing meters on the high-density
                                        and the Quest for Global Free Trade                                                                                                      commercial part of 14th Street and
                                        Monroe Hall, Room 321                                            to the public.
                                                                                                                                                                                 adding more no-parking zones in
                                        2115 G Street, NW
                                                                                                         March 17–21                                                             front of commercial buildings,
                                        The seminar features Kamal Saggi, Dedman                         Seminar: Noveno Seminario Sobre Estrategias                             according to Graham’s transporta-
                                        Distinguished Collegiate Professor of Economics                  de Campañas Electorales—Herramientas para                               tion adviser, Jonathon Kass.
          For more information          and chair of the Economics Department at Southern                Campañas Innovadoras                                                        Graham, while encouraging resi-
          on the GW Community           Methodist University. RSVP to                      Jack Morton Auditorium
                                        Free and open to the public.
                                                                                                                                                                                 dents to take Metro’s Green Line
          Calendar, please                                                                               805 21st Street, NW                                                     and buses to the center, also touted
          contact Michael Akin                                                                           GW’s Graduate School of Political Management’s
          in the Office of              March 11-14                                                                                                                              the development’s 1,000-space
                                        Exhibition: Thoroughly Amusing                                   Latin American program hosts a seminar on                               parking garage, which he pushed
          Community Relations                                                                            political campaigns strategies. Speakers include
          at (202) 994-9132             Dimock Gallery                                                                                                                           the city to help fund with $42 mil-
                                        Lisner Auditorium, Lower Level                                   Jamie Duran, political consultant for Mauricio Macri,
          or visit us at                                                                                                                                                         lion in tax-increment financing.
                                        730 21st Street, NW                                              the mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Carlos
          www.neighborhood.                                                                                                                                                          Target and the other stores are
                                                                                        Mandujano, consultant for the President of Ecuador.
                                        MFA Thesis Exhibition for Kenny George. Gallery                  The event is in Spanish. On March 18 and 20 the event                   only the latest addition to Columbia
                                        hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., and                  will feature English speakers. For more information,                    Heights, where nearly $1 billion
                                        Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free and open to the public.              e-mail                                                worth of new housing, retail and
                                                                                                                                                                                 office space has been developed
                                                                                                                                                                                 since 2001, Fenty said.
                                                                                             THE CURRENT                                                WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008     9

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     ple. They had lettuce, tomatoes    ON THE STREET                             Georgetown Pizzeria and Bagelry               !!20 Connecticut Avenue Suite 3
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carrot shavings sprinkled on top.       — salads rolled into flatbread —          service beginning in early March.
But those humble beginnings are         cost $5.79. You can also choose               “We understand how many peo-
behind us now. Take one look at
Dupont Circle’s Chop’t and it’s
                                        from a menu of “chef-designed”
                                        salads and sandwiches.
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clear that these are our salad days.
    Things move fast at Chop’t,
where the hungry and health-con-
                                            The make-your-own salad craze years,” owner Jonathan Umbel said
                                        is nothing new for D.C., where
                                        chains like Cosi planted a flag
                                                                                  in a release. “That is why it’s
                                                                                  important to us to maintain the
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                                        Boatright said.
                                                                                                        Bagelry at the
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where he greets customers and           meat at a commissary in Rockville. ture: Tackle Box, a New England-
explains Chop’t’s process to the        The products are driven to the D.C. style lobster shack. Umbel said
uninitiated.                            shops daily, Boatright said.              Tackle Box will be a casual version
    Here’s how it works: You step           But by far, Chop’t’s most             of Hook, the Georgetown restau-         ABA-SST-BSSU V ISWW ! )t., 7W, )Fite ABB
up to the counter, where a dozen        impressive feature is the proficien-      rant he also owns.
salad specialists chop and toss with    cy of its assembly-line staff. Using          Tackle Box plans to offer fish,
practiced precision. Then you           curved knives that look like minia-       chips, clambakes and lobster pots
choose your lettuce and select from     ture guillotines, the salad specialists to go, Umbel said. Customers can
a variety of “choppings.” In addi-      chop with a speed and rhythm that         then take their pots home, add
tion to meat, fruit and cheese,         would impress Henry Ford himself. water, wine or beer, and have a full
Chop’t’s choppings include arti-            “There’s nothing like us,”            do-it-yourself lobster or clambake.
chokes, avocadoes, chickpeas,           Boatright said.                           “It makes your kitchen smell like
asparagus, olives, snow peas and            Chop’t plans to open its third        you’re at the beach,” he said.
string beans. The base salad is         area outpost, across from the                 Tackle Box, which will also
$5.99, and choppings generally          Rosslyn Metro station, in March.          provide delivery service, is due to
cost 49 cents. “Salad sandwiches”       I Bagels, pizza and fish. After 27        open in April at 3245 M St.

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10 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008                             D                         THE CURRENT

                                                                           It ain’t Manhattan, but …

                  Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor
                                                                                    he Downtown Business Improvement
                                                                                    District has issued a snapshot of who’s buy-
                                                                                    ing all those condos in the heart of the city.
                                                                               It’s a mini-Manhattan.
                                                                               The survey shows that 70 percent of the nearly
                                                                                                                                     Fenty administration basically felt that it was best
                                                                                                                                     to open schools where children could be safe dur-
                                                                                                                                     ing the workday and where many receive free
                                                                                                                                         Your Notebook sides with opening the schools.
                    Chris Kain/Managing Editor                             800 respondents earn incomes of $100,000 or               We’re an urban area. People should clear side-
                                                                           more, and 42 percent earn over $150,000. The              walks in front of their homes (if they’re able), and
                                                                           breakdown is 55 percent female, 45 percent male.          businesses should do the same. But more impor-

Rosenbaum memorial                                                             Forty-two percent of
                                                                           the respondents are 25
                                                                           to 34 years old, younger                   TOM SHERWOOD’S
                                                                                                                                                                   tant, the school system
                                                                                                                                                                   itself should have the
                                                                                                                                                                   ability to clear the
                                                                           than you might have                                                                     sidewalks around all
   The family of slain journalist David E. Rosenbaum recently plant-
ed a memorial tree on 38th Street near Reno Road.                          expected. As for educa-
                                                                           tion, 96 percent of them
                                                                                                                      NOTEBOOK                                     schools.
                                                                                                                                                                       More than snow, the
   Two years ago, Mr. Rosenbaum was robbed and beaten by two                                                                                                       big school issue is
                                                                           hold at least an under-
men a few blocks from his Chevy Chase home. A neighbor found               graduate degree.                                          going to be the old question of “how much?” In
him, and the man’s wife called an ambulance. The paramedics incor-             Gentrification? Sure. But it’s also a population      late March, the mayor will present his $9 billion
rectly diagnosed him as intoxicated, and they transported him over         that needs little more than basic city services and       city budget. How much goes to schools — and
four miles to a hospital farther from the site than two others.            funnels tax monies into city coffers to provide serv-     how much goes to teachers to relinquish some
   The family members understandably filed suit against the District       ices to others.                                           work rules — will make big headlines.
for wrongdoing. But, rather than seeking monetary damages, they                Only 5 percent have a child under 18 residing         I Avalon update. The Avalon Legacy Kick-off
opted for reform. Mayor Adrian Fenty also made the welcome deci-           with them. No surprise there.                             this past Saturday brought out a sprightly crowd.
sion to acknowledge the city’s failure to fulfill its duty to Mr.              See the full report at         My good, make that great, media colleague Arch
Rosenbaum and to involve the family in devising and implementing           I Those pundits said what? We’re writing this             Campbell did a fine job of introducing the film
appropriate improvements to its emergency medical services.                week’s column before the mini-Super Tuesday of            “All the President’s Men,” which had won the
                                                                           the Ohio and Texas presidential primaries. Clinton        contest for best Washington movie. (We still think
   Hard work by the District government led the family to drop its                                                                   “Dr. Strangelove” is better.)
                                                                           has either gained new life or campaign aides are
lawsuit last month. Mark Rosenbaum, David’s brother, said the city         packing their bags.                                           Sarah Pokempner, campaign manager for the
had “lived up to its side of the bargain” in pursuing reform.                  But one Web site in particular caught our atten-      Avalon Theatre Project, said volunteers had lined
   All of us owe the family a debt of gratitude. Complaints about          tion. We believe it might provide a little fun going      the street with balloons. “And there was great spir-
inadequate emergency medical services are nothing new in the               into the general election for those who watch the         it in the room,” she reports.
District; nor are promises of reform. Past attempts sank, however,         campaigns and the endless punditry that now                   It was a fine kickoff. And remember, it was the
due to a potent blend of bureaucratic inertia, insufficient leadership     accompanies every up or down.                             “kickoff” to the fundraising campaign, not the end.
and budget limitations. With the help of Mr. Rosenbaum’s family                The site is It has begun a        I A final word. The city’s historical society had a
and Mayor Fenty, we have finally effected change — and, hopefully,         “Pundit Accountability Project” in which it holds         fun event this past week to honor the memory of
brought the emergency medical services system up to par.                   the mediatocracy accountable for predictions and          the late John Wilson. All sorts of folks gathered to
                                                                           assessments that turn out to be, well, wrong. Jared       recall a true character in city politics and his blunt
                                                                           Young, who returned our call to the site’s opera-         way of dealing with political niceties. Ward 2

Fond recollections                                                         tors, says it has no affiliations with any political
                                                                           group. Try it out and let me know what you think.
                                                                           I Gun control? No thanks. It may come as a
                                                                                                                                     Council member Jack Evans moderated.
                                                                                                                                         Former Council member Nadine Winter
                                                                                                                                     recalled how Wilson would just start “cussin’ and
    Nearly 15 years have passed since John Wilson committed sui-           shock to D.C. Democrats, but both Hillary Clinton         fussin’” endlessly and the only way she knew to
                                                                           and Barack Obama favor the right to bear arms             calm him down was to tell him how nice he
cide, cutting short his life’s work in politics and civil rights and                                                                 looked. That’s because Wilson was a clotheshorse.
                                                                           under the Second Amendment. Both say reasonable
depriving the city and its residents of a passionate, forceful advocate.   restrictions on weapons are constitutional, but out-      He dressed conservatively, but always in nice
    Last week, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., debuted a       right bans (such as the D.C. handgun bill) are not.       things.
new John Wilson lecture series. Held in the building that now bears            The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel broached the               We unfortunately missed the event, but we have
his name, the event brought together his friends, colleagues and con-      issue on Jan. 15 during the Wisconsin primary, but        our own little Wilson story in the same vein. We
stituents to share stories.                                                it hasn’t gotten much play in the District, where the     recall what he said once when presented with a
    As Ward 2 council member and later as council chairman, John           gun law is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.             campaign button that had a pin clasp.
Wilson had a way of enlivening council discussions and community           I Closing schools. We were on WTOP Radio a                    “I don’t poke holes in my clothes for nobody,”
meetings, with blunt honesty tinged with a keen wit. Many of his           couple of weeks ago discussing local politics with        Wilson grumped. We’ve used that line ourselves a
observations — whether on the lack of D.C. autonomy or frustration         host Mark Segraves. Both your Notebook and                thousand times since and laugh every time.
                                                                           Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher weren’t             I Vacation note. It’s time for really warm weather
over reticent executive-branch officials — remain just as true today.
                                                                           too sympathetic to those who thought city schools         in Florida and one of those slurpy drinks with an
    At a House hearing, he once pleaded for lawmakers to give up                                                                     umbrella. We’ll be back week after next, in time
                                                                           should have been closed with the ice storm that
oversight of the District budget and provide full autonomy: “Why           disrupted traffic the day of the radio show.              for those Supreme Court oral arguments on the gun
are you interested in whether we have four firefighters on a truck? I          The teachers union complained that many               law and probably in a much better frame of mind.
wouldn’t if I were you.” He also urged citizens to take a more active      teachers had to drive in from the suburbs, where              Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a polit-
civic role: “People have got to get more involved in this government.      the weather was worse, to make it to class. The           ical reporter for News 4.
... Who puts in their view? My wife, my cat and people who con-
tribute to me. The voters I very seldom hear from.”
    In the same speech, he warned of the need to counteract danger-        LETTERS TO                             handing out an inflammatory flier
                                                                                                                  to every guest who approached
                                                                                                                                                         wise use for growth, capital
                                                                                                                                                         improvements, increased benefits
ous social and economic trends. In his ward, he said, he was seeing a
third generation in the same predicament as their parents and grand-       THE EDITOR                             the restaurant. She knew I was         and my family.
                                                                                                                  against the Accrued Sick and Safe          However, the costs associated
parents, asking once again for his help. “We’re creating too many
people who have nothing to lose. We’re becoming a city of the very,        Sick-leave bill would                  Leave Act and was targeting my
                                                                                                                  restaurant. This is not the hospi-
                                                                                                                                                         with this act would have crushed
                                                                                                                                                         my original Chef Geoff’s in years
very rich; the very, very poor; and the very, very old. The middle         injure businesses                      tality I want my guests to enjoy. It   one and two (2000 and 2001). If I
class is fast deserting us.”                                                  Days like this make me won-         makes me sick to my stomach.           hadn’t made it through years one
    The day before he died, the veteran legislator presided over a         der why I live and do business in          I spoke to the woman and told      and two, I wouldn’t have opened
council hearing on planning issues but adjourned the session abrupt-       D.C. In the morning I offered to       her my thoughts: I am a small-         my second restaurant, Chef
ly, dissatisfied with the answers he was receiving from the mayor’s        make an in-kind donation worth         business owner, entrepreneur and       Geoff’s Downtown, nor my third,
Office of Planning director. “We’re paying these people $80- to            $2,110 to the D.C. Design House,       chef. My industry has very low         Lia’s.
$90,000 to have nothing to comment on,” he said in frustration.            which benefits Children’s              rates of success and small profit          Starting, running and main-
    Mercifully, one of the predictions he offered just as the District     National Medical Center. This is       margins. I truly appreciate the        taining a business are hard
                                                                           just one of hundreds of donations      hard work of my staff. I worked        enough. D.C. Council members
sank into its fiscal morass proved overly pessimistic. On the eve of       that I make every year supporting      hard to get where I am today.          think they are helping workers,
his death, he cast doubt on the suggestion that the District’s economy     everything from local schools to a         This unfunded mandate could        but this regulation is simply too
would improve any time soon: “I have hopes that there might be a           D.C. Little League team.               cost me as much as $100,000 a          expensive for people like me in
turnaround in the next 10 years.”                                             I then drove downtown to my         year. I could absorb these costs       the hospitality business.
    The District did indeed see the start of a strong resurgence within    restaurant on 13th Street. Outside     now, but it will take away a great                        Geoffrey Tracy
a decade, thanks to the type of fiscal discipline he had long urged.       my front door a woman was              deal of the profit I would other-                   Owner, Chef Geoff’s
                                                                                              THE CURRENT                                            WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008   11

LETTERS TO                                    One option suggested at the
                                          Feb. 5 community meeting recom-
                                                                                   cant. The public now looks forward
                                                                                   to reviewing acceptable alternatives
THE EDITOR                                mended that all of the Jesse             outside the C&O Canal Park when
                                          Baltimore cottage footprint and          the study is complete.
Numbers misleading                        adjacent land be reserved as lawn
                                          with a modest turn-off from Sherier
                                                                                       Defenders of Potomac River
                                                                                   Parkland, an alliance of 24 nation-
in zoning editorial                       Place to accommodate automobile          al, regional and local conservation,
    Your Feb. 27 editorial regarding      drop-off. Removal of the parking         recreation and civic groups repre-
rezoning of several blocks in             lot and asphalt drive would create a     senting tens of thousands of indi-
Dupont Circle [“Protecting                pedestrian-friendly park. This           viduals, is very much in favor of
Dupont?”] is misleading in that it        option represents a real choice, and     new boathouses on the Potomac
suggests that the allowed height on       it wouldn’t cost half a million dol-     River. But we are opposed to the
many streets would be rezoned             lars.                                    inappropriate plan for a
from 90 to 50 feet. Actually, only            There are several powerful argu-     Georgetown University boathouse
the buildings on 16th Street              ments to support this option, the        in the C&O Canal Park. The wood-
between S and U streets would be          first of which is offset. Thousands      ed section of tidal floodplain within
so affected. On the other streets,        of feet of forest and meadow were        three historic areas, proposed for
                                                                                                                           Peggy Ferris     Molly Peter           Judi Levin
the allowed height would lower            lost to asphalt in the 2007 construc-    the enormous facility, should
from 50 to 40 feet.                       tion. Returning the Baltimore            remain as parkland.
    There have already been four          House footprint to real green space          We invite The Current to join in
successful rezonings in the area          would be modest compensation.            our efforts to protect the scenic
sponsored by our Dupont Circle                Then there is the question of        D.C. shoreline of the C&O Canal
organizations and the advisory            future maintenance. The options          National Historical Park from
neighborhood commission. These            now on the table would all require       unnecessary development. We hope         Real Estate Partners Neighborhood Knowledge
cases brought zoning into compli-         maintenance. That alone should           the next editorial on this subject
ance with the actual scale of the
blocks affected, a goal sought in
                                          make them dead letters given the
                                          city’s inability to maintain even its
                                                                                   will be titled “Build the boathouse
                                                                                   outside the C&O Canal Park and
                                                                                                                                 Convenient Condos
this case. In no instance did proper-     school properties.                       share it with the community.”
ty values decline as a result of the          A final argument is fairness. To                              Sally Strain
changes.                                  date, the development lobby has               D.C. Coordinator, Defenders of
    We are residents in the blocks        gotten everything it wanted and                      Potomac River Parkland
under consideration and have              more. Some consideration of fair-
worked with our neighbors in the
preparation of this Zoning
                                          ness and prudent compromise
                                          might be appropriate at this point.
                                                                                   City shouldn’t cater
Commission case. Its successful               The National Park Service, D.C.      to special interests
conclusion is something we have           Department of Parks and                     Hallelujah, and kudos to Anne
desired since 1982. A number of           Recreation, Palisades Citizens           Allen of Chevy Chase [“Expectant
presentations have been made in           Association and Ward 3 Council           mothers don’t need parking,”
the neighborhood, and the time is         member Mary Cheh have shown a            Letters, Feb. 20]. It is wonderful to
now ripe for action.                      consistent insensitivity to the eco-     see a reflection of the spirit of the
                     Kathryn Eckles       logical, archaeological and historic     America we learned about in histo-
                  Thomas Popovich         qualities of this national park.         ry class in the 1950s —- the spirit
                      Tom Coumaris        Before what has been a neighbor-         of “Give me your tired, your poor,”         Wesley Reights Washington, DC
                        Dupont Circle     hood rift becomes a permanent            “We’re all in this together,” “A ris-           4201 Cathedral Ave, NW #110TW
                                          divide, they need to exhibit some        ing sea raises all boats,” et cetera.
Palisades Park has                        leadership — and a spirit of com-
                                          promise — on any future park
                                                                                      We have had several decades
                                                                                   now of chopping the country into
enough pavement                           intrusions.                              special-interest groups, yielding the
    Kudos to the D.C. Department                                         A. Lee    only result that could come out of
of Parks and Recreation and the                                  The Palisades     that exercise: never-ending conflict.                     $269,000
Palisades Citizens Association for                                                 Anne Allen gives me even greater
posting possible plans for the 2008
phase of construction at the
                                          Boathouse shouldn’t                      encouragement than the Arlington
                                                                                   County folks who decided several
Palisades Recreation Center.              intrude on C&O Park                      years ago that while it might be
Unfortunately, the three plans pre-          I am writing in response to The       good to provide convenient parking
sented so far aren’t so much              Current’s Feb. 13 editorial “Move        spots for handicapped people, there
options as they are variations on a       on the boathouse.” The way to do         was no need to let them park for
theme: more pavement and more             that is to build it outside C&O          free. Now if we could only figure
landscaping that requires mainte-         Canal National Historical Park.          out how to keep people from taking
nance.                                       If the National Park Service had      Grandpa’s handicap placard and
    In 2007, almost all of the level      agreed to do an environmental            using it to allow able-bodied family
ground in this historic park was          impact statement years ago, instead      members to abuse the system!
developed. In addition to the field       of planning for the waterfront                                  David M. Carr
house, baseball diamond, tennis           development in a piecemeal man-                                The Palisades
courts and tot lot, we now have an        ner, there probably would be a new
artificial soccer field, six basketball   boathouse standing today — at a                                                        Glover Park Washington, DC
courts, an asphalt apron, a batting       safe, accessible location outside the                                                       2400 41st Street, NW #403
cage, asphalt walks, four kinds of        C&O Canal Park. A boathouse out-                LETTERS TO
fencing, a sprinkler system, night        side the narrow gateway to the                  THE EDITOR
flood lights, Victorian street lamps,     C&O Canal Park, Potomac Gorge             The Current publishes letters
10 park benches, six drainage             and Capital Crescent Trail, in a less     representing all points of view.
basins and various plots of nursery       congested area with fewer environ-        Letters should be signed and
shrubs that will require mainte-          mental/historic preservation              must include the writer’s home
nance. In contrast, Battery Kemble        impacts, would protect the C&O            and business telephone num-
Park, larger than the Palisades           Canal Park from private develop-          bers, as well as home address.                           $269,000
Recreation Center by a factor of
five, has none of these amenities.
                                          ment. Such a site also would allow
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                                  BANK                                                        renovating the original one, is necessary to meet the
                                                                                              bank’s goals. “The current building didn’t meet the pro-
                                  From Page 7                                                 gram for Commerce Bank, and that existing building
                                                                                              was ... not a historic building. So Commerce Bank elect-
                                  Architecture’s Jim Clark, said he expects to get the dem-   ed to provide a new building that was more in keeping
                                  olition and construction permits by the end of March.       with the context of Georgetown,” he said.
                                      Clark — who said his firm specializes in building          The site is zoned for commercial development, and
                                  banks — said constructing a new building, rather than       the project will be built as a matter of right.

                                  POLICE                                  negatively impact policing in the
                                                                          rest of the PSA,” he said.
                                                                              Graham, however, said the pro-
                                                                                                                   MPD,” Graham said. “Everything is
                                                                                                                   being done to avoid what [Police
                                                                                                                   Chief Cathy] Lanier would call a
                                  From Page 3
                                                                          gram means more cops on the street,      conflict of interest.”
                                  licensed establishments, and about      not fewer. He said if they were not          Second District Commander
                                  conflicts of interest emerging.         participating in the program, “offi-     Andy Solberg said he’s enthusiastic
                                      For example, James said, he’s       cers would be at home with their         about the program. “I think it’s
                                  worried about an officer becoming       families. They would be off duty.        going to be great,” he said.
                                  “a creature of an establishment” and    They’re able to volunteer for this,”         But the first step is making liquor
                                  about how the program might influ-      he said.                                 licensees aware of the funds. “What
                                  ence the relationship between the           He also noted that the police        we’re going to do is try to get more
                                  alcohol administration and liquor       department has taken precautions to      restaurant and nightclub owners to
                                  licensees. “The agency that regu-       prevent any conflicts of interest. The   take advantage,” he said.
                                  lates the establishment is also hand-   relevant patrol district will deter-         All licensees and business
                                  ing out free money to the establish-    mine how many officers are needed        improvement districts seeking the
                                  ment,” he said.                         in a given area, and the department’s    funds must submit applications to
                                      Finally, he said, he doesn’t want   Special Operations Division will         the police department’s Special
                                  increased police presence in D.C.’s     authorize the subsidies.                 Operations Division, but those
                                  club zones to siphon off resources          Bars will not contract directly      already running reimbursable-
                                  needed in other public-safety           with police officers. “They don’t        detail programs have been pre-
                                  hotspots across the city. “It could     work for bars. They work for             approved.
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                                                      The Weekly Newsletter of Dupont Circle Citizens Association
                                                                                                                    D C C A • Keeping It Neighborly

        Act Now for Best Results                                                        Please join us
The DC Office of Planning has begun an extensive review of
Zoning Commission policies and procedures. Dull and tedious                        for DCCA’s next meeting:
as this effort may sound, the results will affect all of us in areas
that literally hit us where we live: Parking, PUDs, Matter-of-Right
Expansion, Parks and Open Space, Commercial Corridors,
                                                                                    When:      Monday, April 7, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Historic Buildings, Sustainable Architecture, the list is long (20                  Topic:     Being an Effective Citizen Activist
subject areas). DCCA in combination with other neighborhood                         Where:     The Green Door
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working groups to issues of importance to our neighborhood.
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Go to and look at the                           of interest to all in the community    and about half have a secondary
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The timing of the various elements of the study offers a wide
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assignments are possible. Please give this request serious             address community needs before         illness back to work and living
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                                           D.C. film festival
   David Brown
                                           Dupont couple focuses on
                                           war’s environmental effects
Why I’m glad it’s                          By LINDA LOMBARDI
                                           Current Correspondent

no longer 1982
                                                    lice and Lincoln Day moved to D.C. in
                                                    199\ after long careers as sociologists.

        ast week I was shopping in a                They planned to enjoy living near one
        high-end retail store 4Target6     of their children, and, Lincoln said, “We
        when something in the elec-        thought when we retired we might take some
tronics department caught my eye. It       holidays.”
was a compact disc, or CD, as the              Things haven’t turned out ]uite as they
kids call them. It featured a photo of a   expected. The child has moved away, and
heavily Jheri-curled African-              instead of relaxing, the Days have embarked
American gentleman in a white suit         on a new career as filmmakers.
lounging seductively.                      Their first movie, “Scarred Lands                                                                                              Top, Bill Petros/The Current;
    “Hey, I remember that guy,” I said     and Wounded Lives^ The                                                                              Left and below, courtesy of the Environmental Film Fest
to myself. It was Michael Jackson.         Environmental Impact of War,” will                                                            Lincoln and Alice Day, above, made a movie about the
Whatever happened to him, anywayI
Oh yeah.
                                           be featured this year at the                                                                  environmental affects of war after volunteering with
                                           Environmental Film Festival in the                                                            the Environmental Film Festival of the Nation’s
    Putting aside the last 1M years of     Nation’s Capital, which will start
Jacko’s escapades, I snatched up the                                                                                                     Capital. It will be shown as part of this year’s events.
                                           Tuesday and continue through
2Mth-anniversary                           March 22 at more than \M locations                                                                                                      ]uiet, revered
edition of “Thriller”                      around the city.                                                                                                                        preserved
and headed for the     It was                  The medium is new for them, but                                                                                                     spaces, you can
checkout aisle. It
was purely an          Michael             the message is not. “It goes way                                                                                                        see environmen-
                                           back in terms of our interest in the environ-        and could get to all the films without                                             tal aftereffects
impulse buy, moti-     Jackson.            ment, population, war and peace,” Alice said.        a car. Over the years, as spectators,                                              of war if you
vated by nostalgia
and curiosity. What
                       What                The Days wrote a book together in 19`\ on            then volunteers and board members,                                                 know what
might this album       happened            the effects of overpopulation, and they have
                                           always been activists in their own lives, even
                                                                                                they began to feel that there was a
                                                                                                gap in the films’ subjects.
                                                                                                                                                                                   you’re looking
                                                                                                                                                                                   for. For
sound like nowI
What feelings
                       to him,             in the small details.                                    “We began to feel that one topic                                               instance, “In the
might it conjureI      anyway?                 “We’re ardent environmentalists,” she said.
                                           They don’t have a car, cell phones or even a
                                                                                                that was left out was the environmental impact
                                                                                                of war,” Alice said.
                                                                                                                                                    Somme bin Francec, the hardwoods are very
                                                                                                                                                    few and far between, because they take a long
And why isn’t it
available on 8-track
                       Oh yeah.            clothes dryer^ “People are just amazed that I            The two are world travelers, having spent a     time to grow,” he said.
                                           can use a towel that hasn’t been fluffed dry in      good part of their careers living and working           Deforestation is a problem in current con-
anymoreI                                   a dryer,” she said.                                  in Australia and visiting various countries for     flicts as well, and modern weaponry poses
    I was in fifth grade when                  So it was natural for them to start attending    Lincoln’s research as a demographer. On             additional problems. Even something as sim-
“Thriller” was originally released in      the Environmental Film Festival, especially          many of these trips they visited historic battle-   ple as heavy tanks compacting the soil can
November 1982. More than any other         since, as Alice observed, they lived downtown        fields, where, Lincoln observed, even in these                                   See Film/Page 28
it was the defining album of my
youth. Music videos were just coming
into fashion, and Jackson took what
was previously a primitive gimmick
for selling albums and turned it into a
revolutionary art form. MTV existed,
                                           How he spent his summer vacation: working on ‘Cloverfield’
but not in my household. So we had         By AILEA SNELLER                                                                over cyberspace.                      ture people liked him from his
to stay up late Friday and Saturday        Current Correspondent                                                              While helping out with what        time in the office, so it wasn’t a
nights to see videos on shows like                                                                                         Eric called a “guerrilla video        hard sell.”

“Friday Night Videos” and “Night                      hile people across the                                               shoot” for “Cloverfield” at 1            They offered him a position
Flight.” My friends and I would count                 country speculated                                                   a.m. during his spring-break          as a “Cloverfield” production
how many times we had seen “Beat                      last summer about                                                    visit last year, Michael proved       assistant for the summer. In the
It” and “Billie Jean.” Pathetic, wasn’t    the upcoming release of J.J.                                                    his skills in the high-intensity      role, Michael got to travel to
itI Well, we didn’t have all this new-     Abrams’ enigmatic new movie                                                     environment of Hollywood              Los Angeles and New York City
fangled technology back then, like         “Cloverfield,” one                                                              filmmaking. After taking a vow        to herd extras and cavort with
your Internets and your MyTube and         Washingtonian was working 1\-                                                   of secrecy about his glimpse of       talent on the sets, sworn to tell
your YouSpace and whatnot.                 hour days to help bring the                                                     the top-secret production,            no one until the movie’s release
    I hadn’t heard “Thriller” in its       mystery project to life.                                                        Michael returned to college in        what he was doing.
entirety in a very, very long time. So         Michael Lehrman, a native                       Courtesy of the Lehrmans    Rochester, N.Y., but made fre-           Although Michael performed
when I got home, I popped it in the        of Patterson Street in Chevy           Michael Lehrman, in hat, took a          ]uent in]uiries of his brother        some standard production assis-
CD player and told my Z-year-old           Chase, worked as a production          vow of secrecy to work on the            about the movie’s progress. As        tant functions, such as making
daughter it was time for a dance party.    assistant on the set of the film.      film ‘Cloverfield,’ which                an arts major with aspirations        copies and fetching coffee, his
She thoroughly enjoyed it. Who can         He landed the job after taking a       producers tried to keep under            for a career in the entertainment     primary duty was crowd control.
listen to the beginning of “Wanna Be       trip to Los Angeles to visit his       wraps. His brother, Eric, who            industry, Michael was eager to        The shooting of grandiose
Startin’ Something” and not get up         brother Eric Lehrman, who              works for the production compa-          be a part of the filmmaker’s          action se]uences re]uired, in
and moveI Dead people, that’s who[         works for Bad Robot, Abrams’                                                    team.                                 one instance, an empty
                                                                                  ny that made it, is to his right.
    The first thing that struck me about   production company.                                                                “When the movie was gear-          Brooklyn Bridge in New York
the album was the format. This was             Abrams is the creator of the       “Cloverfield” under the utmost          ing up for production in the           City. While folks in L.A. are
an album I remember as having Side         hit TV shows “Lost” and                secrecy, inspiring a flurry of          summer, I knew we had to get           used to having their daily rou-
                     See 1982/Page 30      “Alias,” and he produced               speculation from movie buffs all        him on it,” said Eric. “Our fea-               See Cloverfield/Page 30
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