BACA meeting tonight


Below please find a copy of the flyer that is being circulated in the community re. the next meeting of the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc. Please share the contents of this flyer with your neighbors and encourage them to attend.

Hope to see you Monday!


Jim Berry

Featured Speakers Include:
Tiffany Simms
National Capital Revitalization Corporation
re. the Economic Development of the McMillan Reservoir Site

Kent Amos
President & CEO, Community Academy Public Charter Schools
re. a Status Report on Plans to Develop the Former Armstrong School Building

Cynthia W. Simms
Community Resource Officer, Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
Re. the Nuts and Bolts of the ABC License Protest Process

Agenda for the evening also includes updates from the following committees:
Public Safety
Youth Services
Environmental Services
Land Use, Planning and Economic Development

Monday, July 10, 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.

Community Update
Liquor Stores in Our Neighborhood:

The ABC licenses of several liquor stores in our community are currently up for renewal. Specifically, the affected stores are Moon Liquors, 322 Florida Avenue, N.W.; Sunset Liquors, 1627 First Street, N.W.; and Walter Johnson Liquor Store, 1542 North Capitol Street, N.W. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C is protesting the renewal of the license of each of these establishments. Community Resource Officer Cynthia W. Simms has been invited to our upcoming meeting to explain the protest process that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration has designed to respond to community concerns about ABC licensing. If you are interested in this subject, you ought to come to the meeting to hear the knowledge that Ms. Simms is coming to share with us.

Company Coming: Candidates for Locally Elected Offices to Appear at Upcoming Meeting!

Ward Five City Council Candidates Vera Winfield, Debbie Smith and Joe Harris are next in line to make introductory statements to the BACA membership and, thus, will be invited to this meeting. By the time of the September 2006 primary elections, it is our expectation that all of the certified candidates for these important offices will have appeared before community residents to tell us why they believe they should be supported for the respective offices that they are seeking.

COalition for Voter Empowerment –

BACA to Sponsor Door-to-Door Voter Registration Drive:

As an extension of its collaboration with the Coalition for Voter Empowerment (COVE), the BACA will conduct a door-to door voter registration campaign commencing on Saturday, July 15, 2006 and every weekend between that date and August 12, 2006. That is, a group of members from the civic association will knock on every door within our service area to make certain that every eligible person in each household is registered to vote. Therefore, if you are not registered to vote in the District of Columbia or if you are new to the area and haven’t changed your address with the DC Board of Elections and Ethics since you relocated to our community, we will have voter registration forms for you to complete in order to do so. If you would like for someone to bring a registration form to your home before the registration teams reach your house, please call (202) 387-8520 (leaving your name, address and telephone number) and we will make arrangements for a form to be delivered to your home.

COVE Mayoral Interviews:

The last of the interviews of mayoral candidates was held with City Council Chairperson Linda Cropp on Wednesday, June 28, 2006. As promised before the series began, the COVE is in the process of compiling the responses of all five major candidates for this office, i.e., Vincent B. Orange, Marie Johns, Michael Brown, Adrian Fenty and Linda Cropp, in order that we can circulate them to residents of our community. On the basis of their respective responses, we will consider the promises made to us by the ultimate winner to be a “covenant” by which we will measure his/her success as the Executive of the District of Columbia and by which we will hold them accountable for commitments made in these mayoral sessions to our community. In this regard, please look for the complete COVE report after August 1, 2006.

Storm Drains: We Must Do A Better Job of Keeping the Free of Litter, If We Expect to Avoid Flooding.

In consideration of the frequency with which it has rain in our community lately, it is essential that we avoid placing litter into the storm drains and, when possible, that we take a few minutes to rake any apparent debris that we can see, out of the entrances to these drains. The fact that so many folks deposit trash and other debris in these drains, accounts for the fact that they become “backed up” when there is a driving rain and the predictable result from this situation is flooding in our homes. There is the much larger problem that our area faces in connection with the “combined sewer system” to which our homes are connected, but we can’t have as immediate an impact upon the problem with our sewer system, as we can have upon the tremendous one that stems from those who carelessly throw trash, bottles and other debris in the storm drains, clogging them up. Given the climatic conditions on our planet nowadays, we are told that we can only expect more turbulent weather of the kind that we have been experiencing lately, so let’s do as much as we can to help ourselves by (1) not throwing trash and other debris in the storm drains and (2) by helping to clear as much of this debris as you can see away from the entrance to the drain that is closest to your house. In the end, we will all benefit greatly by taking these two relatively small actions.