I’m disappointed that only the usual suspects showed up, I was hoping for more of you. But off the top of my head this is what happened…..
The developers showed their stuff for an Eckington project. 625-675 units, 850 parking spots. Jim Berry asked about jobs for the community, and not just laborer positions, jobs for architects, accountants, etc in the community. After the developers departed Jim mentioned that we need a resume library to find the accountants and whatnot in the community. Mary Ann talked up Flower Power and she’d like donations for the reception, such as a bottle of wine, food, etc. On the topic ABC licenses, it will be a long battle. The ABC board is very business friendly, so much so that the battle with the liquor store on the corner of 4th and Florida has been going on for over a decade and their license still gets renewed. Jim Berry solicited invitations from residents to send him their stories, videotape, etc relating to the stores. Jim also prepared the audience for what the store’s supporters will throw at them such as, “These white people…. these new people are coming in and wanting to change things…. I’ve been here 40 years….. drive out black businesses…” One of the 15 candidates for Ward 5 spoke. At 9:05 I left ’cause Vance went on one of his non sequiturs.
I’ll type up my notes and place them on the site where I keep the other notes, provided I don’t loose them under a pile like I did the other notes.
It’s the first Monday of the month and so there is a BACA meeting. On the agenda tonight are the three liquor stores whose (is that the right word “whose”?) liquor licenses are coming up for renewal. Our great leader Jim, wants to hear from you and it would be good to hear testimony from supporters, as I gather there will be opposition. There was a petition that did go around so I’d be surprised if there isn’t someone who would oppose.
And there are some other things on the agenda:
Paul Tummonds, Esq.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
re. the Fairfield Development Project at the Capital Commerce Center
Agenda for the evening also includes updates from the following committees:
Land Use, Planning and Economic Development
Monday, June 5, 2006
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
3rd and Q Streets, N.W.
Rooms 1 and 2 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association, please contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520